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Funkymunky

EDISON, NJ, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Wonder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By R. J. Palacio
    • Narrated By Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
    Overall
    (1587)
    Performance
    (1410)
    Story
    (1415)

    August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and writing that shines with spare emotional power.

    Regina-Audible says: "Everyone deserves a standing ovation at least once"
    "Author tries sensitivity: FAIL"
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    Would you try another book from R. J. Palacio and/or the narrators?

    No I would not. R.J. Palacio's voice was irritating and whiny. Perhaps like a kid his age but annoying. I'm having a hard time like the kid in the story, as are my children, because the voice is whiny.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Theodore Boone the Activist. This is a kid who uses all his God-given gifts to make the world a better place rather than dwell in his own misfortunes (perhaps few, but they DO exist.)


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get rid of the speaker and put in a regular kid's voice, not a raspy one. And quit whining.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I think in print it may have been a better book. You avoid the whining and moaning about how life is so hard being so "special." Though, I guess it's there in print too, but not as annoying. Kids with special needs should be depicted with stronger character. This book only serves as a disturbing picture of how hard it is to have special needs.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Theodore Boone: The Accused

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (243)

    Theo Boone might only be 13, but he's already uncovered key evidence in a groundbreaking murder trial and discovered the truth behind his best friend's abduction. Now with the latest unfolding of events in Strattenburg, Theo will face his biggest challenge yet. Filled with the intrigue and page-turning suspense that made John Grisham a number-one international best seller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone's adventures will keep listeners enthralled until the very last minute.

    Jean says: "A delightful series"
    "Good, Fun Listening."
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    What made the experience of listening to Theodore Boone: The Accused the most enjoyable?

    My kids aged 11 loved the reference to previous book of John Grisham and how it flowed into the next book. The author does a neat job of connecting the accused with the actual guilty part. Not scary, so no parts that my kids freak out on. they just hate getting out of the car


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Theodore Boone: The Accused?

    I think it was time with Ike, Theo's uncle. He gives lots of good leads that make things more fun.


    What about Richard Thomas’s performance did you like?

    Richard Thomas has a wonderful voice that captures the feeling of the book as if you were there. He speaks slowly when reinforcing or teaching a new concept so my kids have time to let it sink in.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Dunno


    Any additional comments?

    This book had excitement, drama, and humor all neatly packaged by Grisham and delivered by Richard Thomas. A really nice combo. We just listened to The Activist and are really disappointed there aren't any other books of his in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (425)

    In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he’s only 13 years old, Theo Boone thinks he’s one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk—and a lot about the law. He dreams of being a great trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom. But Theo finds himself in court much sooner than expected. Because he knows so much—maybe too much—he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial.

    Brian says: "Fantastic for young audience, Good for adults"
    "Family Loved it"
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    Would you listen to Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer again? Why?

    My kids were on the edge of their seats listening the entire time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer?

    We liked the courtroom drama parts the best...that and kitty court.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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