Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2012
Exhilarating. Compelling characters.
Horace does something unexpected near the end. Don't want to spoil it!
His narration is just amazing. The characters come to life, as well as the humor and poignancy. Halt and Gilan are especially good. I'd never heard this narrator before this series, and now I'm looking for his work.
The ending. Again, don't want to spoil anything. If you enjoy the relationship between Halt and Will, it is very meaningful.
I thought this was even better than the original, and was not a formula sequel at all. The relationships between the characters are so well done in the writing and in the narration, especially Halt, Gilan, Will and Horace, but also Alyss as well.
Very interesting chapter in American history, well told by Hakim.
It is such an inspiring time in US history, filled with extraordinary people. Served for me as an antidote to the discouraging state of modern affairs in the world. (Of course, they had their problems then too, like slavery and the unequal status of women...)
The story of how Jefferson and Adams died on the same day, each believing the other survived, friends in old age after a long political rivalry. I've loved that story since I was a kid and was glad to share it with my son.
Other favorite bits were the end of George Washington's life (what a great man! I didn't fully appreciate him as a kid) and the Burr-Hamilton duel (what a waste of Hamilton's extraordinary intelligence).
The narrator here is particularly good -- she is lively without being distracting, and keeps us engaged with the material.
I found the story trite and boring. Certainly there is a lot of potential in the Italian Renaissance setting that wasn't realized. My 12 year old son loved it, but he plays the game -- he must be the target audience, since I certainly wasn't!
Yes, if the genre is novelizations of video games. On the other hand, I will continue to read historical fiction/mysteries which is I believe how Audible has this characterized.
I was not aware of this narrator before and he was fantastic. His performance was the only thing that enabled me to tolerate this. And my son's enjoyment of his performance has inspired him to sign up for Italian lessons! I hope to hear Jackson narrate something I like better.
Not for me!
This is a somewhat bizarre title. It seems to have much appeal for my 12 year old and his peers, though there is a fair amount of borderline inappropriate content (other families would probably say *completely* inappropriate!). I'm not so bothered by that when I perceive works to have other good qualities, but it is hard for me to see much artistic merit here. From an adult perspective, there are a lot of other, better books out there.
The Who Was...series is one of my kids' favorites, especially out of the educational titles they listen to.
Harry and his wife are both compelling characters.
He is definitely a pleasant narrator. He doesn't intrude but keeps one engaged.
I have always found Houdini's story a bit sad but thankfully some of the poignant aspects were downplayed, which helped with listening to it before bed with my 12 year old.
I'd recommend this series to anyone looking for educational audios for kids that they will see simply as entertainment. Both my 12 and 15 year old have enjoyed them -- as have I.
Fast-moving biography that was enjoyable for adults and kids. We really enjoy this series on audio when we are in mood for a shorter title. My 12 year old loves these, but his 15 year old brother does as well.
I thought I knew the Kennedy story well, but even in this short book I found out some new facts. The emphasis on his early years was good. And my sons enjoyed learning more about a well-known President.
These are really nice on audio. He's not a splashy narrator but we find him very easy to listen to, and we stay completely engaged. After experiencing some bad narration recently, I all the more appreciate narration that doesn't intrude.
Yes, this series has been really enjoyable for both my 12 year old and me. If you like history, it is educational but truly a pleasure to listen to. I'm urging my high schooler to listen to it too.
Well, of course the other books in the Hakim series. If you had a child that liked The Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer, or other children's history books, this would be a hit too.
Her narration is lively and keeps me interested -- at the same time, she has a pleasant, non-jarring voice.
This is one of the most interesting in the series, since it is such a fascinating time in US history.
My son can't put these books down, and eagerly waited for the next installment. Other than the Riordan series, I haven't seen him that anxious to get the next book downloaded.
All of the allusions to fairy tales and other well-known stories.
My 12 year old came close -- certainly was anxious each evening (our time to listen to books on tape) to get this playing.
From an adult perspective I didn't love this series as much as my son -- but I would definitely recommend it to kids in his age group.
Great narrator and a funny book. My 12 year old laughed out loud.
of course, it is a lot like the other books in the NERDS series.
He's a wonderful narrator for kids' books, and particularly fine with funny ones like this.
I thought the narration was excellent and as such I recommended for everyone to listen to it on audio.
I bought this audio several months ago for my sons (ages 12 and 15). I was surprised how much I liked it too, though I found it much sadder than they did. We enjoyed the literary allusions and humor throughout. I haven't seen the movie, but they both thought the audiobook was superior.
We didn't read the print version. It is well-suited to an audio version.
Very much along the lines of the Rick Riordan books, though it suffers a bit by comparison. At the beginning, i was a bit disappointed, thinking it didn't live up either in the story or the narration to the Riordan audios. By the end, though, I very much appreciated it, My son (age 12) was drawn in from the beginning. It helped to tide him over to the next Riordan book!
Very educational in the way that the Riordan books are. We both learned a lot about Norse mythology in a very fun way.
Johnny Heller is one of our favorite narrators and some of the stories made me laugh.
I'm not sure exactly what we were expecting, but I think we thought it would be full of funny and obviously fake stories. Some were, but others were pretty disturbing. Some involved rape and murder. My 12 year old was surprised it was billed as a kids' book. I certainly wouldn't recommend it for young kids. And I didn't enjoy it as a parent.
He always adds humor. We enjoy listening to his voice.
No. Or at least we wouldn't buy it.
The main reason I gave it more than one star is that my son was interested enough to finish it, despite his complaints.
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