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MummyCooke

USA | Member Since 2008

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  • 15 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 361 titles in library
  • 42 purchased in 2014
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  • Olga Meets Her Match

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Michael Bond
    • Narrated By Lynda Bellingham
    Overall
    (1)
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    Olga da Polga goes visiting and meets Boris, a guinea-pig. Olga and Boris become friends and Olga discovers that Boris can tell even taller tales than she can. Soon, the time comes for her to return to her own garden, but she doesn't mind.

    MummyCooke says: "We love Olga.."
    "We love Olga.."
    Overall

    We absolutely love Olga Da Polga books, and listening to them is just as great. The narrator, Lynda Bellingham, does a wonderful job bringing Olga to life. We love the "wheeeeees" she so beautifully squeals, and the way the tone of her voice can easily convey to us how Olga is feeling. My children love listening as well, and can't wait for more! This is the second book in the Olga Da Polga series, and it's just as delightfully done as the first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Until We Reach Home

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (61)

    In this sweeping saga, three Swedish sisters endure an 1890s Atlantic crossing, an Ellis Island detention, and various other trials as they struggle to find love, faith, and home. First came their mother's death. Then their father's suicide. For orphans Elin, Kirsten, and Sofia, life stretches on like an endless winter. When circumstances become unbearable, they write their Chicago relatives, desperate for a safe haven.

    MummyCooke says: "Another Great One"
    "Another Great One"
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    Lynn Austin has yet to disappoint me with one of her stories. Always so neatly woven together & mixed with history I find them hard to resist and put down. This is most certainly Christian Fiction, which for me is another added bonus.

    Some listeners may feel concerned upon the opening scene where it's implied that something very wrong has happened between an uncle & a niece, but whatever that thing is, it's never mentioned in any detail in the book. It's merely an always lingering fact between some of the characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • For the Children's Sake

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Susan Schaeffer-Macaulay
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Every parent and teacher wants to give children the best education possible. Everyone would like education to be a joyous adventure and celebration of life, as well as a solid preparation for living. Sadly, most education today falls far short of this goal.

    MummyCooke says: "Not Bad"
    "Not Bad"
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    I'm not generally one to listen or read heaps of nonfiction books. Yet this book had been in my pile so long that our local homeschooling library called and asked if I could please return it. Whoops! I quickly downloaded a copy from Audible & spent the next few days listening to it while I walked.

    The book is well written & full of great ideas regardless of the homeschool method you may be using. While it is written under the pretence that a Charlotte Mason Education is best, I think there's a little of something in there for everyone.

    It was certainly an easy listen, despite being non-fiction. In fact, the only real downside was that I was out walking & not at home so I could jot down notes about what I was hearing!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fever 1793

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Laurie Halse Anderson
    • Narrated By Emily Bergl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (62)

    During the summer of 1793, Mattie Cook lives above the family coffee shop with her widowed mother and grandfather. Mattie spends her days avoiding chores and making plans to turn the family business into the finest Philadelphia has ever seen. But then the fever breaks out. Disease sweeps the streets, destroying everything in its path and turning Mattie's world upside down. At her feverish mother's insistence, Mattie flees the city with her grandfather. But she soon discovers that the sickness is everywhere, and Mattie must learn quickly how to survive in a city turned frantic with disease.

    Amazon Customer says: "Educational and enjoyable"
    "Captivating"
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    Mattie Cook is the young daughter of the widow who owns and runs the local Coffee Shop in Boston in 1793. She watches loved ones around her fall ill & is whisked away to safety in hopes of keeping her from catching the growing unknown epidemic. The story was a true page turner & my children were eager to listen to the very end.

    The story is well written and gives you an amazing idea of what it must have been like to have lived during that time period. It doesn't sugar coat the rougher parts or the areas where life wasn't grand. The Narrator does a fantastic job with differing voices for the many characters within the book as well. That's always a bonus!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spy Dog: Superbrain

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Andrew Cope
    • Narrated By India Fisher
    Overall
    (3)
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    (2)
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    (2)

    She drives cars. She's a Playstation champ. She's got a black belt in karate... She's Agent GM451 (or LARA to you Licensed Assault and Rescue Animal.) A gang of villainous teachers are plotting to make their school the very best. They're creating a secret formula and will stop at nothing (even banning playtime) to get what they want. Can anyone stop them? Canine super-spy Lara sniffs out her most dangerous mission yet... The fourth fantastic Spy Dog book from bestselling author Andrew Cope.

    MummyCooke says: "Brilliant"
    "Brilliant"
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    My children are big fans of L.A.R.A.the Spy Dog with her one sticky up ear and one floppy ear, & with a busy week of running around I quickly downloaded Superbrain for them to listen to in the car. They were taken aback by the English accented narrator as they are use to me reading the books allowed to them, but honestly it was only fitting to hear an English Accent with these books.

    New readers/listeners to the Spy Dog series may find some of the narration unusual as it's difficult, at times, to know that some of the spoken word is what L.A.R.A. is thinking, but even still the book was well done & we fully enjoyed the latest instalment with the Cook family. Now if only we could have a little bit of the Professors Brain Powder Formula...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Proper Pursuit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (57)

    Fresh from finishing school, Violet receives a double shock. Her dad announces his upcoming wedding and then confesses an old lie - her mom didn't really leave for a sanitarium 11 years ago. But why then did she leave? Under cover of visiting the World's Fair, Violet travels to the stately Chicago home of her saintly grandmother and three eccentric great aunts.

    ruth says: "NOT AUSTIN NOT UP TO PAR"
    "Wonderfully Done"
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    I'm a big Lynn Austin fan, and this book was just as good as all the rest. Historical Fiction mixed with Christian Fiction & a delightful combination. I truly loved listening to this book & found it hard to turn off when other things needed my attention. It's always a true delight when both story & narrator do an amazing top notch job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Search of Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Linda Nichols
    • Narrated By Andrea Gallo
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    In this Romantic Times Top Pick, Christy Award finalist Linda Nichols follows the wanderings of Miranda DeSpain, a young woman still haunted by a painful adolescent experience. When Miranda finds a clue to this mystery from her past, she travels to an idyllic Virginia town. There, an 11-year-old girl helps her find lodging and a job. Suspicious of strangers, the police chief discovers there's absolutely no record of Miranda. And then he notices his niece's picture among Miranda's belongings.

    Brandis says: "Excellent Inspirational Book!"
    "Captivating"
    Overall

    This book was very captivating for me and I found it hard to stop listening. The narrating was beautifully done and the story itself was beautifully done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jacqueline Kelly
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    The summer of 1899 is HOT in Calpurnia Virginia Tate's sleepy Texas town, and there aren't a lot of good ways to stay cool. Her mother has a new wind machine from town, but Callie might just have to resort to stealthily cutting off her hair, one sneaky inch at a time. She also spends a lot time at the river with her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist. It turns out that every drop of river water is teeming with life - all you have to do is look through a microscope!

    MummyCooke says: "Great Listen"
    "Great Listen"
    Overall

    This was a delightful story about the love of family, nature, and life in general. I really enjoyed this story and the fun relationship between Grandfather and Granddaughter. Despite the name of the book evolution isn't use in it's typical argumentative state in this book. Rather it refers to the ever changing and evolving person we become as we grow and mature.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The City of Ember

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jeanne DuPrau
    • Narrated By Wendy Dillon
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (223)

    The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she's sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever! This stunning debut novel offers refreshingly clear writing and fascinating, original characters.

    Jolie Brewer says: "Good story; annoying narrator and background sound"
    "Wonderfully Done"
    Overall

    I really, really, really enjoyed this story. It was quite hard to put down and we really enjoyed the narrating with all the different voices for each character. Yes, the mayor was a tad wheezy, but it fit him perfectly. We've enjoyed listening to this story several times all ready!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cinderella Deal

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (285)

    Daisy Flattery is a free spirit with a soft spot for strays and a weakness for a good story. Why else would she agree to the outrageous charade offered by her buttoned-down workaholic neighbor, Linc Blaise? The history professor needs to have a fiancée in order to capture his dream job, and Daisy is game to play the role. But something funny happens on their way to the altar that changes everything.

    Laura says: "The Listener"
    "Fun Story"
    Overall

    This was a fun story, but I was disappointed with some of the language in this book. There were some strong words used and a rather detailed adult ending in the second to last chapter. Aside from that it was a fun story and the narrating was terrific.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Angela Brazil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    The husband of Monk's former assistant, Sharona, has been arrested for murder. Now back in San Francisco, she's ready to reclaim her place in Monk's life - much to the chagrin of his current assistant, Natalie. While Monk tries to maintain a delicate balance between the two women, he discovers a few unsettling snags in the case against Sharona's husband, and may be up against a killer who not only understands him, but is one step ahead.

    MummyCooke says: "Monk Strikes Again"
    "Monk Strikes Again"
    Overall

    I really enjoy the Mr Monk stories, they are always funny and a quick listen. I was slightly disappointed in this one due to the context of the story. I didn't expect there to be language in this book, and there was a great deal of it. There was also other very adult topics in this story, something I don't recall being in any of the other Monk stories I've listened to. I love the way Angela Brazil captures the voice of Natalie so well, I was just slightly disappointed in some of the content of this particular story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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