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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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