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Emily

Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2012

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The Mark of Athena: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1413)
    Performance
    (1273)
    Story
    (1286)

    Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy - after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera - it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon figurehead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans.

    Scott Fabel says: "Another Solid Story in the Heroes of Olympus Serie"
    "Good Continuation for Riordan Fans"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Mark of Athena the most enjoyable?

    As always, an interesting story with humor and mythology.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm glad that Riordan has continued his mythology series, and has woven in characters from the original Camp Half Blood series into this new one. This was an interesting storyline, though I feel his best ones were found in the original Percy Jackson books.


    What does Joshua Swanson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Certainly the Riordan mythology series work well as audiobooks -- the characters and humor translate well, and the reader did a good job with the different voices, and building excitement. That said, my personal preference is for the other narrators used on the Riordan books.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. But it was suspenseful.


    Any additional comments?

    Neither my 10 year old son nor I have liked this series as much as the original Percy Jackson series or Riordan's Egyptian mythology series. Nonetheless, this installment was well done. My son wanted to zip through it. He keeps pestering me about the next one, so despite being a tad off from the Riordan highwater mark, it is still the most exciting series going to him.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Tree House #49: Stallion by Starlight

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 45 mins)
    • By Mary Pope Osborne
    • Narrated By Mary Pope Osborne
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    If kids get hooked on Magic Tree House, they're hooked on books! This is one series that kids, teachers, librarians, and parents all agree on. A perfect blend of magic, adventure, history, science, danger, and cuteness - the topics range from kid pleasers (pirates, the Titanic, pandas) to curriculum perfect (rain forest, American Revolution, Abraham Lincoln) to seasonal shoe-ins (Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving). Magic Tree House #49 features Jack and Annie heading back to ancient Greece....

    Emily says: "Another great installment, Magic Tree House fans!"
    "Another great installment, Magic Tree House fans!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As always, the author does a great job melding educational information (here, Alexander the Great and Bucephalus) with an interesting story.


    Did the narration match the pace of the 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).


    Any additional comments?

    This is a series that I would unqualifiedly recommend for younger listeners.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected, also, that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose. But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death.

    Emily says: "Great narration; loved by my 6th grader"
    "Great narration; loved by my 6th grader"
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    What did you love best about The Murder of Roger Ackroyd?

    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!


    What other book might you compare The Murder of Roger Ackroyd to and why?

    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).


    Have you listened to any of Hugh Fraser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    My son certainly found it hard to take a break from. We had to turn it off so he could get some sleep!


    Any additional comments?

    I continue to marvel about how accessible this was to a modern 11 year old who has grown up on TV and computers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fairy-Tale Detectives: The Sisters Grimm

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Buckley
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (425)

    The recently orphaned Sisters Grimm find out from their Granny, who they thought was dead, that they're descendents of the legendary Brothers Grimm. Now they must take over the family responsibility of being fairy tale detectives in a town where fairy tales are real. Their first case: a giant is destroying the town and it may have something to do with a boy named Jack and a certain famous beanstalk.

    Tina says: "Funny twists"
    "One of my 11 year old's favorite series"
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    Where does The Fairy-Tale Detectives rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Candy Shop War

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Brandon Mull
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (63)

    Welcome to the Sweet Tooth Ice Cream & Candy Shoppe, where the confections are a bit on the... unusual side. Rock candy that makes you weightless. Jawbreakers that make you unbreakable. Chocolate balls that make you a master of disguise. Four young friends - Nate, Summer, Trevor, and Pigeon - meet the grandmotherly Mrs. White, owner of the Sweet Tooth, and soon learn about the magical side effects of her candies.

    A.B. says: "Entertaining for grade schoolers and their parents"
    "Another great adventure from this author"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Candy Shop War to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version but this fun and adventurous story certainly lent itself to audio. Enjoyable for children and tweens - and their adults. Would be a great choice for a car trip - very lively.


    What about Emily Janice Card’s performance did you like?

    One of the good narrators. I'm not as fond of female narrators but my son thought this book was up there as one of the better narrations. Certainly in no way irritating as some children's book narrators can be.


    Any additional comments?

    Although an entirely different book if you liked Fablehaven you should like this book too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Chris Colfer
    • Narrated By Chris Colfer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    After decades of hiding, the evil Enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty is back with a vengeance.Alex and Conner Bailey have not been back to the magical Land of Stories since their adventures in The Wishing Spell ended. But one night, they learn the famed Enchantress has kidnapped their mother! Against the will of their grandmother, the twins must find their own way into the Land of Stories to rescue their mother and save the fairy tale world from the greatest threat it's ever faced.

    Emily says: "Second in the series continues the adventure"
    "Second in the series continues the adventure"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but this is a great book on audio. Fairy tale fantasy type stories seem to translate really well to the audio format.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fresh take on fairy tale stories we all know. Enjoyable for all ages.


    Have you listened to any of Chris Colfer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    My 11 year old and I listened to his first book as well (the prior book in this series). They were very similar so if you liked the last one, you will likely enjoy this as well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were several funny moments.


    Any additional comments?

    Colder isn't my favorite narrator which surprised me since he's an actor. He has a flat quality to his voice which I didn't really like. I preferred other narrators in this genre like Bronson Pinchot and Johnny Heller.

    That said, my 11 year old liked the narration. He also found the story engrossing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Villain Virus: NERDS, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Buckley
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A virus has infected Arlington, Virginia, home of NERDS headquarters, and it's much worse than your run-of-the-mill flu. Instead of coughing and sneezing, the victims of this voracious virus are transformed into superintelligent criminal masterminds. Soon nearly everyone - including some of the NERDS team - is plotting to take over the world. And who's to blame for this nasty infection? None other than former NERDS teammate Heathcliff Hodges. With more people breaking out into evil cackles every day, it's up to Flinch, the hyperactive superspy with a sweet tooth, to stop the virus.

    Emily says: "Weakest NERDS installment"
    "Weakest NERDS installment"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you otherwise like the NERDS series, it is worth it to continue the series. Not the place to start the series, however.


    Have you listened to any of Johnny Heller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Johnny Heller is one of our favorite audio narrators. His performances are always very good.


    Do you think The Villain Virus needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    My 11 year old certainly hopes the series continues! Hopefully with the same narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (920)
    Performance
    (843)
    Story
    (853)

    At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

    C. MacMillan says: "Great story, but....."
    "Good Riordan Installment"
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    What made the experience of listening to The House of Hades the most enjoyable?

    Interesting story with familiar characters. Always enjoyable to be back in one of Riordan's worlds.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He wasn't as terrible as other reviewers said, but he suffers in comparison to the other Riordan books' narrators.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    One aspect of the story involves a same-sex attraction. It waas handled well and fairly poignantly. I had heard some parents were offended and it certainly didn't warrant that, whatever your views on the issue.

    That said, my personal view is that I wish it been treated even more as a matter of fact. As an adult, I enjoy the Riordan books a lot, and they are great to listen to with my sons. My least favorite aspect of the books has been the teen romances. (I realize I am not the target audience for these books, and realize the romance aspect may add to the appeal for the usual audience.) That said, if an author is going to include romances for almost every character, I would appreciate it if some of the happy/normal romances involved gay characters. At least where I live, that's a normal aspect of teen life, and it would be good if the only gay attraction in these books wasn't an unrequited love by a sad/tragic character. That aspect seemed awfully dated.

    Especially when we are dealing with ancient Greece and Rome, gay themes should be appropriate!


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable and only suffers in comparison with the other Riordan installments.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Dr. Seuss
    • Narrated By Walter Matthau
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, hates Who-ville's holiday celebrations, and plans to steal all the presents to prevent Christmas from coming. To his amazement, Christmas comes anyway, and the Grinch discovers the true meaning of the holiday.

    Glenn says: "Pop pop Smith"
    "Christmas Classic to Share with Your Kids"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of How the Grinch Stole Christmas to be better than the print version?

    It is certainly a fun one to listen to on audio.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    We did listen in one sitting -- it is very short.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio isn't the best quality. And of course it is very short -- I wished it had been paired with other Christmas stories.

    But I assume most folks know what they are getting with the Grinch, and this recording could save parents of younger children from repeat readings!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cheerleaders of Doom: N.E.R.D.S., Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Michael Buckley
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    The New York Times best-selling author of the Sisters Grimm series, Michael Buckley has also written and developed shows for Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Discovery Channel. Supervillain Gerdie Baker, assisted by criminal mastermind Simon, has created a device that opens portals to other worlds, which she and other cheerleaders have been pillaging. But the alternate realities are starting to get awfully close together, so it’s up to Matilda “Wheezer” Choi and the NERDS to stop the cheerleaders before the worlds collide.

    Emily says: "Not as good as the other NERDS books"
    "Not as good as the other NERDS books"
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    If you could sum up The Cheerleaders of Doom in three words, what would they be?

    Funny. Exciting. Extraordinary.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Per my 11 year old: Interesting plot. Lots of humor.


    Which character – as performed by Johnny Heller – was your favorite?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but it was very enjoyable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Train Your Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (220)

    Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III may be the son of the brave leader of the mighty Viking tribe the Hairy Hooligans, but he certainly doesn’t feel very heroic. When Hiccup and the other boys his age are challenged to pick baby dragons from the dragon nursery, Hiccup actually manages to catch a small one. But now how will he train his stubborn new pet?

    Susan says: "Not the same as the movie"
    "Funny kids book that I enjoyed too"
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    Where does How to Train Your Dragon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely one of the better kids' books. My 11 year old and I both enjoyed it.


    What other book might you compare How to Train Your Dragon to and why?

    From my son:

    Similar to Ranger's apprentice in that they are both set in a medieval fantasy world, although this book is more humorous.

    The humor is like Hero's Guide to Saving the Kingdom.


    Have you listened to any of Gerard Doyle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. He grew on me as a narrator. I was sorry initially that the David Tennant narrations are no longer available.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    We could have, but we didn't have the time. Certainly it is fast paced, and would be great for a long road trip.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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