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.
Yes, it was a fun listen. The mystery kept me engaged and yet I also found it relaxing to listen to the story.
Yes, she is a favorite narrator of mine. She has a pleasing voice, and also does wonderful accents and characterizations for the different people in the story. I would recommend her as a reliably excellent performer.
Yes, I wasn't able to but it was a good length to listen straight through. It would make a good one to listen to on a drive.
This is not a "typical' Alcott but I'm glad that I have heard it. Definitely would recommend this.
We almost never give up on a book, but this time my 12 year old and I couldn't finish it. He so disliked the main character and the tone of the interactions between the high schoolers in the book he said he just couldn't continue, and since it isn't exactly a book that will be on the AP English exam, I didn't have the heart to force him to finish it. I liked the premise a lot, but I find real-life tweens and teens much more appealing then the ones depicted here.
Yes, this was a great audio for children and adults. I was especially glad my 12 year old and I listened together. I have never seen him so often pause an audio to discuss various aspects -- the clothes, the ethnic stereotypes, what various words meant, etc. Those discussions were probably as educational as anything. He's reading this book for school, but I know listening to the audio while he has the book in front of him has made it into a pleasure for him.
Probably Francie, but Kate Burton is a wonderful all--around narrator.
I think it is too intense and long, but certainly it is compelling to listen as long as you can. We're actually on our second listen, which is unusual to imagine for such a long book.
Ordinarily I like some music as a part of an audio, but somehow the music played between chapters here is a little jarring. My son calls it Random Music Moment.
The narrator has a pleasing voice and the mysteries were enjoyable.
Well, I liked Mr. Wong from a prior book and it was great to see him again. A fine person and interesting to learn more about the Chinese experience.
I certainly could have listened to it in one sitting and enjoyed it. That said, if you are looking for something to listen to over time (say before bed over several nights, as I like listening to audios), this would work well being short stories. Also, these are some of my favorite mysteries but are not particularly suspenseful to me (possibly part of why I like them so well). So they work well to listen to over time.
This is a minor note, but I thought the narrator pronounced Fuller strangely, at least in the beginning.
I would definitely recommend this to someone who likes Locke's other mysteries or who is wondering if they would -- it would be a fine introduction since these are free standing stories and wouldn't spoil the other ones.
Funny and fast moving. A good sequel if you liked How to Train Your Dragon.
Doyle has really grown on me as a narrator. He has a great voice and a wonderful way with creating different voices to differentiate characters. He added a lot of humor. He kept my attention (and my son's) with his engaging style.
Definitely an audiobook that both adults and children can enjoy.
Yes, it was funny and educational. My son and I were just saying that we needed to review the mythology stories when this came out. And how better than via Percy Jackson and Jesse Bernstein.
Just as humorous as the original Percy Jackson series. It covered both the mythological characters we all know, and some I'd never heard of.
He is the best narrator for the Riordan books and one of best children's narrators we have run across. He's funny without being distracting. And he does wonderful, distinctive voices for the different characters.
The Riordan books are a blast for kids and very educational. This one is no exception. This middle aged mom loved it too.
I purchased this audio for my 12 year old and me to listen to, thinking it would be an introduction to the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham that killed 4 little girls (note I had always heard them referred to as the "four little girls" but I was interested to learn that they were 14).
It starts out pretty far away from that, as a mostly humorous look at an African American family in Flint, MI. My son liked how the book progressed as a series of vignettes, which made it easier to pause the book and resume listening later. There were many funny moments which I wasn't expecting.
Once we got to the end, "our" family has lived through the bombing and is dealing with the aftermath. Over the following days, my son continued to question why people would have killed children to prevent having to go to school and restaurants with people of a different race. It is a very hard situation to understand, and I thought this book did a great job of making it present for him, as opposed to an event in history that's impossible to understand or experience.
LeVar Burton is a wonderful narrator. He has a thoroughly pleasing voice that would be suitable to any number of books -- he dealt with the comedic and tragic aspects equally well. I plan to look for other books he's recorded.
The book ends with a brief overview of the history, which my son enjoyed almost as much as the fictional story.
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.
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