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Marianne

ST PETERSBURG, FL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Familiars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Adam Jay Epstein
    • Narrated By Lincoln Hoppe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Running fast to save his life, Aldwyn ducks into an unusual pet store. Moments later Jack, a young wizard in training, comes in to choose a magical animal to be his familiar. Aldwyn's always been clever. But magical? Jack thinks so - and Aldwyn is happy to play along. He just has to convince the other familiars - the know-it-all blue jay Skylar and the friendly tree frog Gilbert - that he's the powerful cat he claims to be. Then the unthinkable happens. Jack and two other young wizards are captured by the evil queen of Vastia!

    Marianne says: "The Familiars"
    "The Familiars"
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    My daughter and I both loved this book. My daughter loves cats and to hear the story from the animals perspective was refreshing. It was clever and kept us both engaged through the entire story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Liesl Shurtliff
    • Narrated By Maxwell Glick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (31)

    In a magical kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone's joke. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. Rump discovers he has a gift for spinning straw into gold. His best friend, Red Riding Hood, warns him that magic is dangerous, and she's right. With each thread he spins, he weaves himself deeper into a curse. To break the spell, Rump must go on a perilous quest, fighting off pixies, trolls, poison apples, and a wickedly foolish queen.

    dvidal says: "Nice fresh point of view on an old story"
    "My 10 year old like the book and I did not."
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    This is a 2014/2015 Sunshine State Reader which I downloaded to listen to with my daughter. I have listened to almost a 100 audio books with my daughter and we almost never disagree on a book, but this one we did. She really enjoyed it and I did not. If it weren't for the fact that she was enjoying it I would have never finished listening to it. It was slow and tedious for me.

    I thought that the characters made stupid decision after stupid decision and they were idiotic (with the exception of the trolls). I found the lack of any real communication between characters frustrating and unrealistic. I felt that crucial information wasn't disseminated between characters in an attempt to move the plot in the direction the author wanted to go, not because real characters would actually behave that way.

    My main problems with the story are:
    1. The grandmother withheld critical information from her grandson that would be crucial for his survival.
    2. His friend knew more about his past then he did and never shared this information with him until it was too late. She preferred to chastise him then to give him information that may be helpful.
    3. The miller's daughter was unusually dumb and dim witted. I don't appreciate stories with characters that are so dumb that they are unbelievable.
    4. Almost all the characters in the book are unlikable. Even Rump I had a hard time getting behind when he kept making stupid decisions.

    With all that being said, the things that my daughter enjoyed about the book:
    1. She really liked Rump and Red,
    2. She liked that he found his name in the end,
    3. She liked the trolls, and
    4. She liked the re-telling and different perspective of an old story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elvis and the Underdogs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jenny Lee
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (13)

    Concerned for Benji's health, the doctor offers him two options: wear the world's ugliest padded helmet or get a therapy dog. Benji chooses the dog, of course. But when a massive crate arrives at Benji's house, out walks a two hundred-pound Newfoundland. And that isn't even the strangest thing about the dog. He announces that his name is Parker Elvis Pembroke IV. That's right, this dog can talk!

    Christopher says: "Fun for the whole family"
    "Wonderful Story - 10 year daughter and I loved."
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    This is one of the 2014/2015 Sunshine State Readers. Downloaded at the beginning of summer to listen to with my daughter. Didn't have very high expectations for this book, but was pleasantly surprised. It was a great story of friendship and trust.

    The dog Elvis is such a great character. We loved how the story evolved and the lessons that both Benji and Elvis teach each other. The story kept us so involved that before we knew it we were at the end wishing for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret of the Three Little Bottles

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Roza S. Shyfres
    • Narrated By Liat Shnapp
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Dargo and Deal meet interesting friends from different cultures. Together, they search for an answer to save their people, who are in danger from the two mysterious bottles. The answer is in the third bottle, which is held by Gert, who lives up on the mountain. Gert discloses to them the world beyond the purple clouds and, at that same moment, a magical world full of dangers is exposed.

    Marianne says: "The Secret of the Three Little Bottles"
    "The Secret of the Three Little Bottles"
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    This book is not read in English, and the preview of the book doesn't state that anywhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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