Probably one of the best. The happiest reading I've ever heard of a Dr. Seuss or alphabet book.
The way Mr. Alexander says "A....a....A." :)
I knew I wanted to buy this book when I heard Mr. Alexander say the first few lines "A....a....A" with such enthusiasm. I was totally hooked.
It's really not bad. Scott Brick has become one of my more preferred, American accented narrators. The story itself is amusing to me as I'm a huge fan of 2001, 2010, 2063.
Poor ol' Frank gets taken down a peg or 2 - and that's saying something. He's so blown away by the technology available in this new millennium he finds himself in. I really enjoyed hearing Scott Brick read the bits of the book that referred to 2010. I'm pretty geeky about all that, so it was a pleasure to revisit it. He does a great job.
His easy-sounding, laid back manner lends itself to the realm of the 2001 series. (I just couldn't imagine what could be done with the story itself - they FIND FRANK?? lol - I was gladly mistaken. I should have more faith in one of my favorite authors whose stories have truly touched my life.)
I really recommend this novel and audible version.
There is a section of writing in which the character telling the tale speaks in an almost classic old English manner, then he'd say something like "Dig it? Cool." It seemed a little inconsistent.
Perhaps I've just been spoiled by the wonderful length and writings of Robert Jordan, yet for this story I kept waiting for it to get "started". I really wasn't sure why the main character was the one to root for, considering the circumstances; he's just the one we're introduced to as being the teller of the tale. I wasn't sure if he was any better than the other princes? What were his redeeming qualities?
Mr. Juliani's performance is *the* reason I listened to the entire book. Every character he does sounds very distinct. One could almost say you forget you're listening to the same man, towards the end. Really fantastic.
Near the top. One of the best.
The way the story is brought to life by David (McDonald) Tennant.
The emphasis he puts on certain words adds to the delight of listening - it really grabs my attention. I find what he is saying hilarious. It's difficult to explain. Not just a regular narration - there's some *feeling* here! :D yayyy
I haven't even gotten through the whole book yet and I'm hooked.
Book is read a little too fast for younger children. It seems this selection and those chosen to narrate it was for adults to recognize? The Dr. Seuss app books has narrators that seem to read a bit slower for children to grasp.
I really enjoyed some of the readings, but I believe they were read too quickly for children who may be learning how to speak. I really think the music accompanying the stories helps to immerse folks in the fun.
I wanted to comment on some folks finding the "Audible version" of this recording and perhaps mixing it up with the "Kindle Fire App", which is a series of 3 or 4 books set up as an actual application. 1) To play the application, you must make sure you are purchasing from the App Store on Amazon.com. The App allows you to read through the book itself, where people can click on the words or pictures to hear the sounds repeated. The stories in the book can also be read to you or you can read them at your own pace. The App would be located in your "Apps" section of your Kindle Fire. 2) The Audible version is a larger selection of stories with only the narration and no pictures or pages to view. It's a different item from the Dr. Seuss book apps. However! To listen to the Audible version on your Kindle Fire, make sure you have the Audible.com Application, (should be free) - which connects to "Audible" and downloads the recorded book from this website. Then, if you select the Audible App on your Kindle Fire, you will be able to listen to your purchase. _____ We have both types at the house, so when I saw some folks commenting that they were unable to listen to the Audible version, I wanted to help! :) I also wanted to try to point the way to the amazon.com application for the Dr. Seuss book as an app for Kindle Fire.
Jeff Woodman *is* 'Charlie'. "Flowers for Algernon" is one of my favorite Hugo Award winners, ever. Jeff Woodman's performance/narration is - so very perfect - for the content of this book. Charlie is a young man with MR chosen to be in an experiment to attempt to make humans and animals capable of becoming more intelligent. The story is first person, from Charlie's perspective. It begins with Charlie barely being able to spell correctly for his required writing assignments for the doctors performing the experiment to.. well.. You'd just have to find out. :) Reading the story is a real treat because you can begin to see Charlie's progression and discoveries in his writing. Jeff Woodman's performance of the story is just fantastic.
I'd compare the story to "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" as it follows a young man writing the story in his particular, special fashion. Charlie's progress from misspelling and errors in grammar begin to improve as the effects of the experiment become evident. While the character in "Flowers for Algernon" has MR, the 15 y.o. in "Curious Incident" is on the latter end of the autism spectrum and likes to number/list his chapters using only Prime numbers. Fun, fascinating. Although "Flowers" is categorized as a science-fiction short story, the 2 characters are similar in that they learn more about themselves, their environments, and the people in their lives.
I have also listened to Jeff Woodman's performance of "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" which is a story similar to "Flowers for Algernon" as it is told in first-person by a very interesting person who undergoes an incredible personal journey. I was not surprised to find that Jeff Woodman was the narrator reading this other, wonderful book because his performances are spot-on for the novels. "Believable" would be the right word, I think. :) Can't help but be choked up by the events that occur and Jeff Woodman's fantastic narration of each character.
If you're looking for a great, heart-felt story - this is it. I'd recommend it to anyone that enjoys stories about people or science fiction. This is a kind of book that also seems to ask questions about the morality and consequences of certain scientific advances.
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