Being part Irish, my family and friends constantly recommended that I read the tear-jerker, Angela's Ashes. I always found an excuse not to sit down and read it. Maybe it was because I knew that I had to listen to him tell me. Frank McCourt sings the Irish pub songs his dad would sing walking drunk down the street; that did it for me. Because he read the words himself, I knew that all of it was right on and I felt like I was witness. Get ready for some sad writing written extremely well. What a guy.
First of all, Daivd Lubar is excellent for all those readers out there who would rather watch tv, play outside, or get some thumb exercise. He wrote the Invasion of the Lawn Weenies and other funny short stories, as well as the Hidden Talents novels. This book, however, is in its own league. This is well-written (both kids and adults will love it), charming, funny, and the performance is fantastic. I love the full cast!
This book is about freshman year from a nerd's point of view. He figures out what it means to be friends in high school and constantly stresses about the everyday life of it. And best of all (I'm an English teacher, mind you), is that he's always talking about what they learned in English class. But don't think it's an extra lesson for you--the topics he brings up are topics every English teacher should discuss: puns, comics, and more.
Just trust me on this: get past the initial cheesy part, sit back, and smile. Easily a 10.
Although I don't like that Audible made me pay for two books on this one, I'll let it slide considering how great the story is. Make sure you read the first book, though: Inkheart. (And then read Inkspell Part One). I love both of them!
This sequel is terrific! And Brennan Fraser is doing the voices, and he's a terrific reader. (Apparently Cornelia Funke loves him and wants him to be Moe in the upcoming movie!) If you were turned off by some gaps in the first book, they are explained in this one. This time we all get to experience Inkheart's scenary and it's more than I had imagined. Great read; you're sure to love it. Although, it might be a little scary for those under 9. Perfect for a family going across the country, no doubt! I listened to it on my move from AZ to OR.
I'm really beginning to like Brennan Fraser. I didn't like him before as an actor, but now I see the talent! Dragon Rider would have been a slower read with the book in hand. But with his voice reading it (and doing all sorts of voices and additional sound effects), I find myself praising the book more. The story is not Cornelia Funke's best by any means. I love Inkheart and Inkspell (and I've heard great things about The Thief Lord), but with Brennan reading aloud, this book is wonderful. Kids and adults will find themselves smiling over the same jokes, and feel warm with the same moral: friends keep life safe and sane.
This book talks about death in a way that is dealable. It's a great book to listen to on a short road trip with kiddos, and then start a conversation about death if need be. It lends itself to that. For someone without that intent and just wanting a story, the character development is nice, but it felt like the story was blotchy--missing pieces. It was nice enough, but if it were more than 5 hours, it would have lost my interest.
I know there are history buffs that will love this. I know there are conspiracy theorists who will eat this up. But I can't get through it knowing that there are other wonderful (fiction) books out there that are calling my name. I only got 2 hours into Lies My Teacher Told Me, and I feel no guilt erasing it from my palm pilot. If you want some action, you're in the wrong book. I think the guy reading it really wants more action to read, deep down in his heart...
This is a story that needs to be listened to (or read) by all ages. The first half is all about animal behavior and zoology. The stories seem random and pointless; they're NOT. The guy's voice might get on your nerves; you'll get used to it. By the time the second part starts, and the real story begins, you'll be addicted. You'll realize how important the man's voice is to you. You'll realize which story you'll want to believe. You'll know the better story is true. And that story is the LIfe of Pi. Go on, now. Click the "Add to Cart" button. It'll change your life. I promise.
I love Frank McCourt, and I love that he reads his own work--it comes alive in a different way. I felt like Frank was just sitting me down and chatting the whole length of the book. I wish there were more teachable moments discussed. It felt like it was more about his struggle to become a teacher, a couple hilarious stories about his first year, and then his opinions about education today. What happened in those other 30 years of teaching, Frank?
Wow. I was recommended this book by a seventh grade student of mine at the beginning of the school year, and I'm sorry to say I delayed in reading it until the end! This book is fast-paced and fun. There are lots of twists and turns, but enough fore-shadowing to help the reader predict the events. The characters are well developed and the voice is quite entertaining. The reader's voice is well practiced and enjoyable to listen to! The idea that a person with a good enough voice can read aloud characters right out of the story is just creepy to listen to aloud! I dare you to!
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