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Christine

Chris, mom to Alex (born 2002). Audible account is for him, reviewing on his behalf. He's a fan of star wars, legos, cub scouts and now reading.

Hoffman Estates, IL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 7 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 69 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • The Birchbark House

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Nicolle Littrell
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    With exquisite care, National Book Critics Circle Award winner Louise Erdrich has fashioned a story rich in the way of life and heritage of the Ojibwa people, a story that begs to be told out loud. As each season in a year of Omakayas' life is lovingly portrayed, the satisfying rhythm of her days is shattered when a stranger visits the lodge one night, bringing with him an invisible enemy that will change things forever.

    Mary says: "My children loved listening to this story with me"
    "4th grader - assigned reading for school. Not bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe a girl, not a boy


    Any additional comments?

    This made the assignment a lot more bearable - the definitely improved the experience for am ADD, dyslexic 10 year old boy. But definitely not his cup of tea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2393)
    Performance
    (1526)
    Story
    (1548)

    After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own.... In a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they'll need the help of some familiar demigods.

    Matthew says: "Great Book, The Narrator Was Alright"
    "10 y.o. boy (ADD and dyslexic) gives 2 thumbs up"
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    Any additional comments?

    10 y.o. boy (ADD and dyslexic) started audio books as companions to hardcopy books. The Percy Jackson series led to this series as he couldn't get enough of it.

    Mom: Loaded this book onto the iPad and played it on longer drives. VERY well presented, fascinating story, and has spawned a whole family interest in the series. Family demanded we only listen to it TOGETHER, so Alex began reading the hardcopy on his own - sneaking it into bed with a flashlight. Happy, happy Mom!! Prior to this book, it was actually easier to pull teeth than get him to read (ask our dentist).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Olympian: Percy Jackson, Book 5: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2152)
    Performance
    (1161)
    Story
    (1182)

    All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos's army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan's power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it's up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.

    Anandasubramanian says: "Jesse Berstein IS Percy Jackson"
    "10 y.o. boy became a READER with this book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    10 y.o. boy (ADD and dyslexic) started audio books as companions to hardcopy books (teacher recommendation) and it was a huge success. The Percy Jackson series absolutely turned him from "I hate reading" to a boy who is now told to "please put the book DOWN and EAT!!".

    Mom: Loaded this book onto the iPad and played it on longer drives. VERY well presented, fascinating story, and has spawned a whole family interest in the series, and a small research project (for the kids) into greek myths.


    Of the 5 Percy books, this is the one that turned a corner for our son. Family demanded we only listen to it TOGETHER, so Alex began reading the hardcopy on his own - sneaking it into bed with a flashlight. Happy, happy Mom!! Prior to this book, it was actually easier to pull teeth than get him to read (ask our dentist).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    Overall
    (3715)
    Performance
    (1840)
    Story
    (1879)

    Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

    Teddy says: "Fun KIDS Book"
    "10 y.o. boy became avid reader with this series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    10 y.o. boy (ADD and dyslexic) started audio books as companions to hardcopy books (teacher recommendation) and it was a huge success. The Percy Jackson series absolutely turned him from "I hate reading" to a boy who is now told to "please put the book DOWN and EAT!!".

    Of the 5 Percy books, this took the longest (he was still not convinced that reading didn't suck) and would absolutely listen to the audio more willingly than ACTUALLY read.

    Mom: Loaded this book onto the iPad and played it on longer drives. VERY well presented, fascinating story, and has spawned a whole family interest in the series, and a small research project (for the kids) into greek myths.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Side of the Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jean Craighead George
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (164)

    Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods - all by himself. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, 40 dollars, and some flint and steel, he intends to survive on his own. Sam learns about courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a year that changes his life forever.

    Ron says: "revisiting a childhood classic"
    "10 y.o. boy - did not like (compared to Hatchet)"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    10 y.o. boy (ADD and dyslexic) read at his 4th grade teachers recommendation, immediately after finishing 'Hatchet'. Did NOT like it - no danger, the cartoon-ish Disney-like "everything was easy" did not ring true. He then wrote a paper comparing the 2 books (which was very successful).

    Mom: He isn't wrong in his assessment of "this just sounds too happy happy joy joy".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The River

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated By Peter Coyote
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    These words, spoken to Brian Robeson, will change his life. Two years earlier, Brian was stranded alone in the wilderness for 54 days with nothing but a small hatchet. Yet he survived. Now the government wants him to go back into the wilderness so that astronauts and the military can learn the survival techniques that kept Brian alive. Soon the project backfires, though, leaving Brian with a wounded partner and a long river to navigate. His only hope is to build a raft and try to transport the injured man a hundred miles downstream to a trading post - if the map he has is accurate.

    Pam says: "Love Gary Paulsen"
    "10 y.o. boy gives 2 thumbs up"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    10 y.o.: Yes, it was great. Read/listen to Hatchet first.
    Mom: A great listen in the car for the whole family. A little harrowing with clear danger to the main characters


    What other book might you compare The River to and why?

    Hatchet, the prequel. Also excellent


    What about Peter Coyote’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful voice - expressive, made it easy to follow


    Any additional comments?

    10 y.o. boy: Good stuff, camping and survival and danger and no girls.

    Mom: fun listen for the whole family

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hatchet

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated By Peter Coyote
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (299)

    Newbery Award-winner Gary Paulsen's best-known book comes to audio in this breathless, heart-gripping drama about a boy pitted against the wilderness with only a hatchet and a will to live. On his way to visit his recently divorced father in the Canadian mountains, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is the only survivor when the single-engine plane crashes. His body battered, his clothes in shreds, Brian must now stay alive in the boundless Canadian wilderness.

    A User says: "the whole family loved it!!!"
    "10 y.o. boy completely absorbed"
    Overall
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    Story
    Any additional comments?

    10 y.o. boy, ADD and dyslexic: He LOVED it, and the whole family listened to it while driving. Great tie-in with Cub scouts and camping he even elected to write a school assignment comparing it to another survival story.
    Alex recommends to his friends.

    Mom comments: Very well read by Peter Coyote, definitely a voice we could listen to for hours. The story includes some slight age-inappropriate issues about the main characters parents (marriage breaking up) that went right over my 10 yo's head (whew). Elicited great conversations about HOW to make fire withr flint and steel, archery., and self-reliance.
    Mom recommends for kids and family time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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