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Keri

Keri

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  • 104 titles in library
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  • Mary Poppins

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By P. L. Travers
    • Narrated By Sophie Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    Mary Poppins is like no other nanny the four Banks children have ever seen. She whirls into their home and "spit-spot", she works her inimitable brand of magic to make even the bland seem extraordinary. An endless source of fascinating adventure, she slides up the banister, produces an array of tricks from her seemingly empty carpetbag, and ensures the Banks - lives will never be the same.

    John says: "Brilliant!"
    "Great Experience"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great book for kids to listen to. My daughter enjoyed it, but she did like the movie better.


    What does Sophie Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mary Poppins needs to be read with an English accent, and Sophie Thompson does a wonderful job.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marguerite Henry
    • Narrated By David McCallum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    He was named "Sham" for the sun, this golden red stallion born in the Sultan of Morocco's stone stables. Upon his heel was a small white spot, the symbol of speed. But on his chest was the symbol of misfortune. Although he was as swift as the desert winds, Sham's proud pedigree would be scorned all his life by cruel masters and owners.

    Keri says: "Childhood Classic!"
    "Childhood Classic!"
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    This is a wonderful story by a favorite childhood author. I enjoyed listening to it with my daughter. The narration is outstanding. This audio performance was one of the best I have heard. I will be looking for other books read by David McCallum. One feature I especially like is that unlike some audio books, this book is divided into chapters that match the paperback copy I have. It can be so annoying if you want to switch between a hard copy and audio and the chapters do not match. I usually read aloud at home, but enjoy listening while in the car.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind in the Willows

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kenneth Grahame
    • Narrated By Terry Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    "...there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats." So says Rat, as he welcomes the lonely Mole to the community of the River. Whether messing about in boats, touring in Toad's motorcar, or simply relaxing at home, Mole, Rat, Otter, Toad, and Badger demonstrate the honorable human characteristics of kindness, patience, and tolerance toward all that have made this classic tale beloved by generations since it was first published in 1908.

    Richard says: "Timeless Classic, Inspired Reading"
    "Wonderful!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wind in the Willows to be better than the print version?

    I love both the printed and audio version of this classic book. I alternated between reading this book aloud to my eight year old and listening to the audio. I definitely think this is a book that should be heard and not just read silently. The author is a master at poetic devices. Alliteration, repetition, assonance, internal rhymes and more are easily heard!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator, Terry Jones, is incredible. I chose this narrator after listening to the others because I knew I wanted a British accent and a male. He does the different characters with different voices, yet in a natural and not contrived way. I took considerable time listening to the samples of all the versions available. I am completely happy with this narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    The WInd in the Willows is a children's classic and rightfully so. Some have commented that it is boring. My child loved it! As we read we grew to love the characters especially Ratty and Mole. The vocabulary is challenging, but my daughter was able to narrate and understand the story. I think books like this must be read in childhood for our children to have any hope of loving the more challenging classics they will encounter in high school.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3335)
    Performance
    (1502)
    Story
    (1504)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Best I've heard!"
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    Would you listen to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society again? Why?

    This book is amazing. I plan to relisten!


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This is the only book I have ever listened to that is better in an audio format. I read the book and then listened to it. Because of the book's format (it is written as letters) listening to it with different narrators enriched the experience immensely!


    Any additional comments?

    You will not regret this purchase.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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