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Elizabeth

San Diego | Member Since 2005

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  • 107 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Patrick Fraley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (171)

    One of the greatest treats in all world literature, this masterpiece from Mark Twain inspired a literary revolution. The novel offers both brilliant humor and tragedy as Huck and Jim explore the moral dilemmas of slavery and freedom. Huck, the narrator, is shrewd, ingenious, and literal; he reports on everything he sees, which allows the listener to experience the hypocrisy of "sivilization".

    Andrea says: "Terrific interpretion of an excellent story"
    "The perfect narrator"
    Overall

    It goes without saying that the book is wonderful, but I am amazed at how much it is enriched by the great narration. I listened to it on a long car trip with my husband and 13-year-old son and we were completely engaged. I'm sure we'll listen to it again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (1225)
    Performance
    (730)
    Story
    (725)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "Perfect narrator!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Katherine Kellgren brings Bloody Jack to life with humor and intelligence, and beautifully conveys the gamut of emotions as the story wends its way from London to the Mediterranean to the Caribbean. We listened to it in the car with our 15 year old and two 12 year olds (all boys) and everyone was enthralled. It isn't every book with a female protagonist that boys this age will be excited to read.

    The beginning of the story is very dark, and I might have been uncomfortable listening to it with much younger kids. The early chapters were compelling and provide an important backdrop to the story, but I was expecting only the kind of seafaring tale that begins a few chapters into the book. Not a criticism, just a head's up to families with younger or more sensitive kids - there's a lot of trauma early on, though nothing graphic.

    I have recommended this to friends, and my family looks forward to listening to the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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