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Beverley

Roswell, GA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 9 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 94 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015
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  • The Story of Dr. Dolittle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Hugh Lofting
    • Narrated By Bobbie Frohman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Hugh Lofting's wonderfully whimsical story of a doctor whose love of animals allows him to learn their language and becomes a splendid "animal doctor"... with their help. And he even goes all the way to Africa to cure the sick monkeys...it's charming!

    Beverley says: "A childhood favorite"
    "A childhood favorite"
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    I loved this story as a child. The kindly Dr. who finds his way despite all insurmountable difficulties, the clever animals and the far fetched voyages and adventures are all wrapped up nicely with a satisfying ending. Now my children love this story and narration and have listen to it several times. Frohman's narration is well done with little quirky accents and a good sense of timing. This was a good purchase. Now we're onto The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freddy the Detective

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Walter Brooks
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    This heirloom book about a renaissance pig is lovingly passed from generation to generation, and is an authentic American classic. Freddy the Pig knows the rats have stolen the missing toy train. Now he has to find where it is hidden and convict the rats of the crime. Who will win Freddy's first case, the sly, scheming rats or the honorable Freddy?

    Beverley says: "They listen to this over and over again."
    "They listen to this over and over again."
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    I really didn't know anything about this series other than its inclusion in our second grade reading list. I had no idea that buying this would plant Freddy firmly within our family history. It began with this story, but we've gone on to listen to several other titles in this series. Freddy and the other inhabitants of Mr. Bean's Farm are wonderfully detailed and imaginative characters. Its entertaining for adults and children alike. It wouldn't be the same without John McDonough perfect narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Battle: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Patrick Stewart
    Overall
    (1169)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (455)

    The Unicorn says that humans are brought to Narnia only in time of greatest need, and that time is now. The great Lion Aslan, the heart of Narnia, is missing. An impostor roams the land in his place, enslaving Aslan's loyal creatures and spreading treachery and lies. Only King Tirian and his small band of loyal followers are left to fight the last battle in this magnificent ending to The Chronicles of Narnia.

    Michael says: "Narnia Chronicles come to a great conclusion"
    "C.S. Lewis AND Patrick Stewart - Win! Win!"
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    My kids loved all six of the previous Narnia stories that we purchased in this series of audio books. Of course, C. S. Lewis does not disappoint with this last, beautiful offering. Patrick Stewart was a perfect narrator for The Last Battle. His voice has a beautiful range and he needed all of his skills to capture the despair and beauty and triumph in this work. This was a home run in our house.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cottage at Bantry Bay

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Hilda Van Stockum
    • Narrated By Valerie Gilbert
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    This book, written in 1938, offers a vivid picture of an Ireland that has all but disappeared. The O'Sullivan family invite the reader to share their many homely adventures. Michael and Brigid brave the wilds and gypsies on an errand for their injured father and come home with a new friend; twins Liam and Francie keep everyone hopping; Mother and Father draw the family together with story-telling, warmth and humor. Then Michael and Brigid find a treasure which changes the course of things for all.

    William says: "Fun tales of a 1930s Irish family"
    "Great book, Great Publisher, painful narration"
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    We're thrilled that Bethlehem Books has made this title available on audible. Our 10 year old has really enjoyed reading along with the narration of the book. Its a wonderful, wholesome story. I'm sad to report the robotic narration leaves quite a bit to be desired. A children's book probably required a narrator with more of a range. I wish it wasn't true, but it is. I hope Bethlehem Books will continue to release their audio books on Audible! I just hope they can find a narrator to bring their wonderful stories alive.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ingri d'Aulaire, Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
    • Narrated By Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, Kathleen Turner, and others
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (57)

    Read by Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, Kathleen Turner, and Matthew Broderick, here are the stories of the immortals of Olympus - the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece - as freshly described as if they were alive today. Mighty Zeus, with his fistful of thunderbolts; mischievous little Hermes; grey-eyed Athena, godess of wisdom; Asclepius, the first physician; Orpheus and his beloved Euridice; Helios the sun, crossing the heavens in his fiery chariot....

    Beverley says: "The best way to read the Book of Greek Myths!"
    "The best way to read the Book of Greek Myths!"
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    We're so happy with this purchase. We love all the D'Aulaire books and have spent many happy hours with them, but, I must admit, the Book of Greek Myths was a bit of a trying experience to read. All the many names of the Greek Gods and Goddesses left me tongue tied, but the illustrations were so compelling that the children (8, 6 & 5) requested it again and again. It was such a joy to happen upon a flawlessly enunciated, unabridged recording. We often listen to it while following along with the book. Its been a great way to share these stories and now we all know how to pronounce the names!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just So Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Jim Weiss
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Kipling's own drawings, with their long, funny captions, illustrate his hilarious explanations of "How the Camel Got His Hump", "How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin", "How the Armadillo Happened", and other animal How's. He began inventing these stories in his American wife's hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont, to amuse his eldest daughter - and they have served ever since as a source of laughter for children everywhere.

    Beverley says: "Timeless stories masterfully narrated"
    "Timeless stories masterfully narrated"
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    We purchased this as it was recommended on our first grade reading list. What a treasure! Kipling regales everyone with "origin" stories such as "How the Whale got his Throat" and "How the Camel got his Hump." It seems anything narrated by Jim Weiss turns to gold. This is a perfect narration for the car. Lots of short stories that can be completed in a short trip. This has been one of our best purchases as the children love to listen to them over and over again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rufus M.

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Eleanor Estes
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Rufus Moffat, a very lively and creative boy, stars in this charming tale set in the 1910s. Rufus is seven and he has two older sisters and one older brother. Rufus has many adventures. During one adventure he gets a library card all by himself, even before he can read! Other days, Rufus plays baseball with his sister. Rufus loves baseball, but he also hopes the team will take lots of breaks for cookies and punch.

    Mitchell says: "Great Reading of a really charming story"
    "Yea for Rufus!"
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    Where does Rufus M. rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its one of our favorites.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course, Rufus is our favorite. He's a bit scruffy, valiantly determined, humble, sincere, curious and loves his family very much.


    What about Christina Moore’s performance did you like?

    Moore handles the different characters so well you lose yourself in the story and hardly realize that just one person is creating all these different people.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is on our daughter's second grade read aloud list, but our younger children have really enjoyed listening to it also.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Narrated By Victoria McGee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (214)

    Mary Lennox, a sickly and contrary little girl, is orphaned to dim prospects in a gloomy English manor - her only friend is a bed-ridden boy named Colin whose prospects may be dimmer than hers. But when Mary finds the key to a Secret Garden, the magical powers of transformation fall within her reach. A beloved classic of children's literature The Secret Garden tells an inspirational tale of transformation and empowerment.

    Matthew says: "Shockingly bad narration"
    "Classic story, average performace"
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    Where does The Secret Garden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The narration falls far beneath Jim Weiss reading Beatrix Potter or Just So Stories, but the appeal of the story and its characters was very strong for my children.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Secret Garden, a sad and tragic tale in the beginning, contains such memorable characters that the children couldn't wait to see what happened to them.


    What aspect of Victoria McGee’s performance would you have changed?

    Her management of the different accents was acceptable, but in general the story telling quality of her voice was lacking. I found it noticeably awkward and distracting, but the children, the intended audience, once they became interested in the story, didn't seem to mind at all.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This is a completely irrelevant question.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this quickly one day before an long car trip. There were several unabridged versions available and I bought the cheapest one. It might have been worth it to buy a more expensive version as the narration was the only thing lacking in this purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By T. Burgess, Beatrix Potter
    • Narrated By Jim Weiss
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The warmth, whimsy and charm of these animal stories by Beatrix Potter and T. Burgess have made them favorites with generations of children and adults.

    Laura says: "Terrific narration"
    "My children will listen for hours"
    Overall

    I was a bit dubious about this at first. It's a lot of language for kids ages 3, 5, and 7, but I was wrong to doubt its appeal. The children love all of these stories and have requested them over and over again for weeks. It's a great narration and a good price for almost 6 hours of storytelling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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