Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2012
Funny. Exciting. Extraordinary.
Per my 11 year old: Interesting plot. Lots of humor.
The 11 year old: Duncan is my favorite in the overall series. In this book, Heathcliff/Simon/Choppers/Screwball/Brainstorm. The narrator is great, and adds to the laughs.
No, but it was very enjoyable.
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.
Magic Tree House books definitely follow a formula, but they are beloved in my family. This was especially fun since it dealt with Houdini who is someone we have all been interested in. For sensitive listeners, this ends before his untimely death.
My sons have loved Mary Pope Osborne's narration; me, not so much. Impossible to change narrators at this late date, but many parents may not want to listen along.
This is a series that all kids would like in early elementary. My son has stayed involved out of nostalgia -- his mom, too, I guess!
It is hard to rate this since Letter is an important document in civil rights history. My 6th grader had to read it for school and so we decided to listen to this audio. I was glad we did. The audio performance was quite good and it was, as a result, a much more compelling experience than just reading it.
These are great audio books for younger kids. Even my 11 year old still loves them! Both my sons devoured these when they were younger, and frankly I enjoyed them as well. Very formulaic in a comforting way.
As always, the author does a great job melding educational information (here, Alexander the Great and Bucephalus) with an interesting story.
I've always thought the narration was the weakest part of these audios, and I often don't care for author/narrators. I know other parents find MPO's voice grating. I can tolerate it, and at the 50 book mark, I now can't imagine anyone else narrating them. Still, I would listen to a preview if you plan to listen with your child (though these are good ones for younger kids to listen to alone).
This is a series that I would unqualifiedly recommend for younger listeners.
I read it almost 40 years ago and found the final plot twist really shocking. What was fun about the audio was that I could share the experience with my 6th grade son. He loved it! This was some elective reading he had to do for school, but it turned into a fun experience for us to do together. I wouldn't have thought of this as a kids' book!
Well, it is a great example of Agatha Christie. It actually isn't one of her ones I most enjoy experiencing -- in fact, I found it disturbing enough when I read it as a tween that I didn't reread it until now. However, because of its subversion of the conventions I can see why it is an interesting one to read for English class. A great example of the unreliable narrator.
So to compare it to other Christies, I would say it is more thought provoking, but not a cozy (though much of Christie has disturbing elements, especially for the time it was written).
Well, I enjoyed him as Dr. Hastings, Poirot's sidekick on PBS Mystery. Although my son often watches Mystery with me, he wasn't familiar with the Poirot episodes so it was a new narrator/actor for him. Neither of us had listened to his audios before.
I thought he was an outstanding narrator for this book. I would hope that he narrates other Christies.
My son certainly found it hard to take a break from. We had to turn it off so he could get some sleep!
I continue to marvel about how accessible this was to a modern 11 year old who has grown up on TV and computers.
My 11 year old son would say it is one of his all time favorites. It didn't capture me quite the same way, but then again, I am not in the target demographic. There are a lot of books and series out now that attempt to retell classic fairy tales or set them in modern times or with modern characters. This is one of the better entries.
One of the things my son has particularly liked about this series is the way they are so interconnected, instead of being discrete episodes. The disadvantage is that he wants to rip through all of them back-to-back instead of interspersing with other books.
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