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Randall

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  • Smithsonian's Backyard Collection: 10-Book Set

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Soundprints
    • Narrated By Alexi Komisar
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    This Backyard Library set teaches children about the amazing animals, insects, and birds that live in backyards all across North America. The audio features read-along narration for ten titles, including Ladybug at Orchard Avenue, Monarch Butterfly of Aster Way, Bumblebee at Apple Tree Lane, River Otter at Autumn Lane, Red Fox at Hickory Lane, Raccoon at Clear Creek Road, Groundhog at Evergreen Road, Firefly at Stonybrook Farm, Canada Goose at Cattail Lane and Alligator at Saw Grass Road.

    Randall says: "Almost Perfect"
    "Almost Perfect"
    Overall

    I am a HUGE fan of the Smithsonian's Backyard printed books series. The stories about the animals and insects are indepth, informative and the illustrations are excellent.
    The book series also came with a companion cassette tape with extremely well done audio production. So, I was expecting "all" the audio from the tape cassettes to be included with the downloaded audio files.

    Unfortunately Soundprints chose to leave out the additional information about the animal (after the story) found on the taped version.

    In addition these stories all have the page turn sound effect, which is fine if you own the book series, but I do not and honestly didn't expect the page turn sounds to be included on the downloadable versions. It would have been nice had soundprints or audible given me a choice of which version I would have prefered to download.

    Other than those two somewhat minor disappointments, the story and production of this series is extremely well done and informational.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Smithsonian Oceanic Collection: 10-Book Set

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 11 mins)
    • By Soundprints
    • Narrated By Doug Thomas
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    With this Oceanic Library set, children can learn about the animals who inhabit the earth's oceans. The audio features read-along tracks for 10 books, including Polar Bear Horizon, Dolphin's First Day: The Story of a Bottlenose Dolphin, Swordfish Returns, Great White Shark: Ruler of the Sea, Pelican's Catch, Otter on His Own: The Story of a Sea Otter, Coral Reef Hideaway: The Story of a Clown Anemonefish, Manatee Winter, Little Walrus Warning and Penguin's Family: The Story of a Humboldt Penguin.

    Randall says: "Almost Perfect"
    "Almost Perfect"
    Overall

    I have the same likes and dislikes with this collection as I do with Soundprints Smithsonian's Backyard Collection.

    I am a HUGE fan of the Smithsonian Oceaninc COllection printed books series. The stories about the animals and fish are indepth, informative and the illustrations are excellent.
    The book series also came with a companion cassette tape with extremely well done audio production. So, I was expecting "all" the audio from the tape cassettes to be included with the downloaded audio files.

    Unfortunately Soundprints chose to leave out the additional information about the animal or fish (after the story) found on the taped version.

    In addition these stories all have the page turn sound effect, which is fine if you own the book series, but I do not and honestly didn't expect the page turn sounds to be included on the downloadable versions. It would have been nice had soundprints or audible given me a choice of which version I would have prefered to download.

    Other than those two somewhat minor disappointments, the story and production of this series is extremely well done and informational.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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