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Elizabeth

East Hardwick, VT, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Mark of Athena: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1734)
    Performance
    (1564)
    Story
    (1587)

    Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy - after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera - it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon figurehead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans.

    Jm says: "Felt like an episode of a weekly tv series..."
    "So good once you start it is hard to stop."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Mark of Athena in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, Captivating and Imaginative!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It explained things from the other books that were left hanging.


    What about Joshua Swanson’s performance did you like?

    He was clear, easy to follow and voices not over done.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud a few times.


    Any additional comments?

    Once I started listening it was hard to stop. I have listened twice so far and will listen again. The story was entertaining and action packed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Parker J. Palmer
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    This book builds on a simple premise: good teaching cannot be reduced to technique but is rooted in the identity and integrity of the teacher. Good teaching takes myriad forms but good teachers share one trait: they are authentically present in the classroom, in community with their students and their subject. They possess "a capacity for connectedness" and are able to weave a complex web of connections between themselves, their subjects, and their students, helping their students weave a world for themselves.

    Alan says: "Food for Thought"
    "Informative and Reflective"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Courage to Teach in three words, what would they be?

    Encouraging, Uplifting, and Connecting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Courage to Teach?

    Everyone has the "horror student" moments. Parker Palmer's "horror student" story was shared in a particularly heartfelt and honest way.


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?

    Entire story told in a clear and comforting tone and pace.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The overall idea that art of teaching starts within.
    This is what I need to keep reminding myself of when I am particularly challenged by students, parents, colleagues or administration.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversation at a Time

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Susan Scott
    • Narrated By Susan Scott
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Fierce Conversations is the master guidebook to transforming the conversations that are central to your success, offering a new way of relating to people - at work, at home, and in every area of your life.

    Matthew says: "Took a while, but Scott eventually delivered"
    "relevant and real"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Fierce Conversations in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging - Entertaining - Educational


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Me


    Which character – as performed by Susan Scott – was your favorite?

    N/A


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Fierce Conversations?

    Silence is a powerful conversation strategy.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened 3 times and keep learning/hearing something new each time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The 39 Clues, Book 2: One False Note

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Gordon Korman
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (250)

    The race is on to find 39 Clues that safeguard a great power, and 14-year old Amy Cahill and her younger brother, Dan, are shocked to find themselves in the lead. The search seems to be taking them to Vienna, and they hold a coded piece of Mozart's sheet music that's the key to finding the next Clue. But tailed by a pack of power-hungry relatives, Amy and Dan can't see if they are sailing toward victory - or straight into a deadly trap.

    SHAWN says: "Good read for kids & adults..."
    "Fun for the whole family"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The 39 Clues, Book 2?

    We had the first book in hard copy and read it together as a family. We couldn't wait for the library or purchase delivery. Unanimous that all wanted the audio book so we could just dream the story in our heads together. The clarity of the voices, the just right sound effects (not too much or too little) and just the suspense of the story is great! Definitely five stars in our family. We are going to continue alternating reading out loud and listening.


    What other book might you compare The 39 Clues, Book 2 to and why?

    This was our first audio book and it was wonderful.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    Excellent!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES! We did this.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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