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jen

Madison, WI, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Book Four: The Siege

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kathryn Lasky
    • Narrated By Pamela Garelick
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (83)

    Soren's beloved mentor, Ezylryb, is finally back at the Great Ga'Hoole Tree. But all is not well. There's a war between good and evil in the owl kingdom. On one side is a group led by Soren's fearsome brother, Kludd, who wears a terrifying metal mask to cover his battle-scarred face. On the other side are the owls of the Great Ga'Hoole Tree, who must fight to protect their legendary tree from Kludd's attacks.

    jen says: "Fun book, but...that singing!!"
    "Fun book, but...that singing!!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    My 8-year old loves this series, and I think it's a good family listen. But the singing is gawdawful. Fortunately the later books have much less of it.


    What didn’t you like about Pamela Garelick’s performance?

    The singing. It could have been much improved if they had a composer actually score the songs instead of having her fake her way through. Not an appealing, memorable tune in the whole series. That might have made her voice tolerable.


    Do you think Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Book Four needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    My daughter would love to listen to a Book Five.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic Fishbone

    • UNABRIDGED (26 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Written in 1867, The Magic Fishbone is one of Charles Dickens' best loved fairy tales for children. It tells the story of an impoverished King who can barely manage to keep his nineteen children, and it is a long time until pay day. One day he meets a Fairy Godmother who tells him to give his eldest daughter, Princess Alicia, a piece of salmon, and after she has eaten everything but the bone, she is to dry and polish the bone carefully because it has magic powers.

    jen says: "A family favorite"
    "A family favorite"
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    Any additional comments?

    When we first heard the narrator's voice, I thought it would be a dull listen. She speaks so slowly! But she's brilliant, and gives the characters such great, dry wit. My 10 y.o. daughter laughs each time we listen, and she asks for it again and again in the car. We quote the lines to each other ("No, indeed, Papa!") ("Will you be good, sir?!"). I had no idea Dickens had written such clever children's stories. Well-written, of course, but also charming and funny and slightly skewed. A great listen.

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