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Grace

Pearland, TX, USA

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  • The 39 Clues, Book 3: The Sword Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Peter Lerangis
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (180)

    When the hunt for the 39 clues leads 14-year-old Amy Cahill and her younger brother, Dan, to Japan, their only chance to find the third Clue seems to lie with their unreliable uncle, Alistair Oh. Will they be foolish enough to make an alliance? With a Clue on the line, Amy and Dan might not have a choice. But in the Cahill family, trusting your relatives can get you killed.

    Mallory says: "Disappointed..."
    "Intriguing"
    Overall

    If you loved the "National Treasure" movies you're gonna love this book. Listening in the car allows us to discuss the history and clues and to stop the tape from time to time to try to predict what will happen next. Audiobooks have been great for keeping our commutes free from arguments, increasing our vocabulary as well as our basis for learning literature. My kids loved this book and we are looking forward to the next one coming out in June.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1183)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (685)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "Amazing good fun"
    Overall

    We loved the adventures of Jacky Faber! The descriptions of the Black Plague are graphic, but a springboard for a discussion of the era. We have begun our own high seas adventures with Jackie, following her throughout all the sequels.
    Ms. Kellgren does a FABULOUS job narrating and has an INCREDIBLE talent for oration, fluency and dialect. I feel fortunate to have her reading style as a role model for my children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Rodman Philbrick
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Through a series of fascinating events, Homer's older brother has been illegally sold to the Union Army. It is up to Homer to find him and save him. Along the way, he encounters strange but real people of that era: two tricksters who steal his money, a snake-oil salesman, a hot-air balloonist, and finally, the Maine regiment who saved Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg and won the war for the Union.

    Holly says: "Teacher's Perspective"
    "What Fun!"
    Overall

    I wish the kids in my daughter's class could have read this book instead of "Across Five Aprils"! It is funny, insightful, tragic and an all around good time. Mr. Philbrick manages to portray the naivety of youth with the harsh realities of war in an accessible way for all readers. I highly recommnend this fun, face paced book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Baseball Great

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tim Green
    • Narrated By Tim Green
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Josh feels like he's starting to make it big! Jaden, the school reporter, says he's going to take the baseball team to number one. Then his dad pulls him off the field and signs him up with Coach Rocky Valentine's youth championship team, the Titans. He says Josh has what it takes to be a baseball great and the Titans will help him get there. Now Josh is gulping down Rocky's "Super Stax" milkshakes to build muscle and trying to fit in with his new teammates.

    Grace says: "Good Read for Sports Fans."
    "Good Read for Sports Fans."
    Overall

    The book had a slow start and Mr. Green spends a lot of time in descriptive prose. My girls were not happy at first, but out of respect for Mr. Green and what he has done for kids I made them ride it out and we were rewarded with his signature excellent writing throughout the rest of the book. The ending was so intense we had to sit in the driveway and run the tape to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pigs in Heaven

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (49)

    In Heaven, Oklahoma, pigs are both edible and inspirational! The story begins when a 6-year-old named Turtle is the sole witness to a freak accident. As a result she and her adoptive mother, Taylor, have a moment of celebrity that changes their lives forever. After seeing them on television, Annawake Fourkiller, a young attorney for Oklahoma's Cherokee Nation, claims that Turtle was improperly taken from the tribe.

    Betty says: "Knitter Lady"
    "A good read - Not for all kids"
    Overall

    This was a great book. We picked it after listening to Pam Munoz Ryan's "Becoming Naomi Leon". While the book is well written and narrated, there is one scene that my kids were shocked at and we had to fast forward past it. Overall we enjoyed the book, just be careful.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • By The Great Horn Spoon!

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Sid Fleischman
    • Narrated By Willard E. Lape, Jr, the Full Cast Family
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    One of Newbery Medalist Sid Fleischman's most beloved books, this rip-snortin' saga of a young man and his butler bound for California during the great Gold Rush was just made to be read by a full cast. Our collection of coots, codgers, geezers, and outlaws will have you laughing out loud...when you're not holding your breath in suspense!

    Steven says: "Spoon!"
    "Great Fun!"
    Overall

    This reminded me of an American rendering of England's Bertie and Wooster. Sid Fleischman delivers a fast paced story while the folks at Full Cast Audio once again prove their magic touch. A great story for the whole family.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • United Tates of America: The Story and the Scrapbook

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Paula Danziger
    • Narrated By A Full Cast, Featuring Paula Danziger as Ms.Lipschitz
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Skate Tate has a good life. She has close friends, a loving family, and her beloved Great Uncle Mort. However, Skate has to figure out the new world of Biddle Middle, where eighth graders rule, old friendships start to change, and a sixth-grader has to struggle to make a place for herself. Then other, more painful changes arise for the Tates. This story of how this close knit family responds to tragedy will move and delight listeners everywhere.

    Grace says: "Loved It"
    "Loved It"
    Overall

    The biggest disappointment about this book is that Ms. Danziger passed away before she could continue the series.

    I consider it fortunate to have this entertaining remembrance of her great talent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adam Canfield of the Slash: The Slash #1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Winerip
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Adam Canfield's friend Jennifer talks him into being co-editor of the Slash. Between supervising know-it-all cub reporters and arguing with Principal Marris about which articles will "propel the Good Ship Harris forward," Adam worries he might lose it altogether. But then a third grader delivers a scoop bigger than any of Adam's career, and only Adam can dig deep enough to crack through a cover-up that will rock the very foundations of Harris itself.

    Grace says: "High Hopes Dashed"
    "High Hopes Dashed"
    Overall

    I had high hopes for this novel. It's sluggish beginning to it's hohum ending was not in my taste. My kids enjoyed it, but didn't ask for another book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Bloody Jack #2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (717)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (395)

    Jacky Faber, Bloody Jack, is back, and this time, she's facing a situation far worse than a ship full of murderous pirates. Curse of the Blue Tattoo, L. A. Meyer's sequel to the enormous popular Bloody Jack, is just as bawdy and entertaining as the original.

    William says: "Nice story, extremely well read!"
    "Mesmerizing, Awesome and Stupendous!"
    Overall

    Once again Katherine Kellgren delivers a first rate oral presentation of 'Jackie Faber'. She delivers a full cast rendering in one voice of LA Meyer's incredible literary talent for kids and adults. My kids, 8 and 11, have boycotted all other books until we finish the series. My 8 year old got so excited she was reading ahead in the book, and my 80 year old parents have requested the sequels for Christmas!
    Many thanks to Audible for making the series available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rolling Stones

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By David Baker, the Full Cast Family
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (117)

    It doesn't seem likely for twins to have the same middle name. Even so, it's clear that Castor and Pollux Stone both have "Trouble" written in that spot on their birth certificates. Of course, anyone who's met their grandmother Hazel would know that they came by it honestly.

    George says: "Good Fun, Good Science"
    "Pretty good"
    Overall

    We listened to this one on a nine hour drive almost straight through. We didn't enjoy it as much as some of our other choices, but we didn't stop the tape either. There were a lot of familiar episodes that were reminiscent of the old sci-fi movies that I enjoyed as a child. My kids liked it but didn't love it and haven't requested anymore Heinlein novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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