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Jean

Garden Grove, CA, USA

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  • The Tale of Despereaux

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kate DiCamillo
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (106)

    This is the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in darkness but covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl with a simple, impossible wish. These characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and ultimately, into each other's lives.

    Kimberly says: "A fabulous family adventure!"
    "Graeme Malcolm was perfect person to narrate!"
    Overall

    This book has an unusual style of narration. Kate DiCamillo has the narrator speak directly to the audience, to ask them thought provoking questions, as if it was a tale told at their bedside.


    As a 5th grade teacher, I have decided to make this a classroom read aloud. It is at times challenging with the way Ms. DiCamillo presents 3 timelines converging. That jump in sequence of events may need to be explained to younger readers/listeners. Yet it is well laid out, contains enriching vocabulary, and at times requires higher-level thinking or analysis. The story is not overly complex. In addition, it has many elements of other fairy tales. But, those elements only add to the charming way she has the characters and plot unfold.

    Is this a book for the parents? No. Would I buy it just for me? No.
    But I do believe it is a captivating and worthy listen/read for someone who is 9-14. Furthermore, it is a good book for a family to enjoy together. Listen and discuss the points or thoughts the narrator directs at the reader/listener, write a continuation of other tales, or just let it stand on it own as an enjoyable way to spend 3 hours. This book offers many ways to be enjoyed. It was well worth the investment.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • So You Want to Be a Wizard: Young Wizard Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Diane Duane
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (249)

    Because she insists on fighting with words instead of her fists, 13-year-old Nita is regularly tormented by a gang of classmates. One day, running to escape their blows, she hides in the only safe place nearby: the library. When a book about wizardry catches her eye, Nita finds the help she needs in its pages. As she moves from chapter to chapter, Nita learns more sophisticated spells. Soon, stepping through a worldgate, she enters a shadowy city swirling with vicious taxicabs and carnivorous fireplugs.

    Diana says: "Not quite Harry Potter ... better"
    "A book to spark the Love Of Reading!"
    Overall

    Not every child likes to sit down and pick up a book as a Freetime activity.
    Infact, those parents who have a child like that, feel blessed. This book though is one of the few books I have found that get my reluctant readers to want to open a book and read ahead. I can tell you it is a real delight to see 10 copies of this in the laps of children at recess, independent reading time, and before/after school waiting for parents.

    This is delightfully read and well written. (Written much better than any review I could give it).

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • James Earl Jones Reads The Bible: The New Testament, King James Version

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Topics Entertainment
    • Narrated By James Earl Jones
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (115)

    In a voice as rich as it is recognized, James Earl Jones lends his narrative talents to the King James Version of the New Testament. In over 19 hours enhanced with a complete musical score, James Earl Jones interprets the most enduring book of our time utilizing the acclaimed actor's superb storytelling and skilled characterizations. Hailed as the greatest spoken-word Bible version ever, and with almost half a million copies sold, this exquisite audio treasury is certain to enthuse and inspire.

    Robert says: "Background music"
    "Is the Focus God's Word or the music?"
    Overall

    I tend to agree with many of the above comments. Mr. Jones has, as always, a wonderful voice, clear deliverance/vocal inflections and proper pacing. BUT the piano is often distracting. I'd be able to listen to the Word of God better without the music.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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