Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2014
I enjoyed hearing the stories of their childhoods and this fast-paced overview of their lives. It was also refreshing to hear about some of their challenges growing up, and that they weren't clearly destined for greatness to those who knew them.
It was an entertaining story of some of my favorite musicians and got my kids more excited in their music.
Not really an applicable question to nonfiction, but I will say that the narrator was engaging and lively, though not particularly memorable.
It is a short book and one you could easily get through in one sitting. I think it took us two sittings to get through due to schedule, but there was certainly no desire to pause it. Thoroughly enjoyable.
I recommend this whole series, especially for late elementary kids. The sort of thing they listen to for fun but also learn something.
My 12 year old and I are certainly enjoying the audio version better than we would the printed text. We find the narrator engaging and we get more covered since we can do other things while we listen. Some people have been concerned that the format wouldn't work on audio since there are sidebars with information in the text. It seems pretty seamless to us on audio.
This is a great series. Aimed at middle and high schoolers, I certainly have learned a lot as an adult. It would work well for an adult who is new to American history, but it also helped me brush up on facets of American history that I had forgotten.
Until I listened to it, I would have thought that pretty unlikely, but now I'm a convert. The narrator is superb and it is helpful to hear the pronounciations of some of the words in an English accent.
Well, Sophy is one of Heyer's great characters. As a teen, I didn't appreciate Charles, but encountering TGS anew, he's one of my favorites as well. In the best Heyer's, the minor characters are funny and recognizable types, and this novel is no exception.
She has a pleasing voice and characterized the different players well. It moved at a good pace, and the humor was very present.
A bit long for that, and I like to savor a good Heyer. That said, I felt no desire to turn it off, other than it was past my bedtime.
Very much recommended. These a great books for teen girls, and I'd recommend them over a lot of the YA titles out there now.
Yes, it was a fun listen. The mystery kept me engaged and yet I also found it relaxing to listen to the story.
Yes, she is a favorite narrator of mine. She has a pleasing voice, and also does wonderful accents and characterizations for the different people in the story. I would recommend her as a reliably excellent performer.
Yes, I wasn't able to but it was a good length to listen straight through. It would make a good one to listen to on a drive.
This is not a "typical' Alcott but I'm glad that I have heard it. Definitely would recommend this.
We almost never give up on a book, but this time my 12 year old and I couldn't finish it. He so disliked the main character and the tone of the interactions between the high schoolers in the book he said he just couldn't continue, and since it isn't exactly a book that will be on the AP English exam, I didn't have the heart to force him to finish it. I liked the premise a lot, but I find real-life tweens and teens much more appealing then the ones depicted here.
Yes, this was a great audio for children and adults. I was especially glad my 12 year old and I listened together. I have never seen him so often pause an audio to discuss various aspects -- the clothes, the ethnic stereotypes, what various words meant, etc. Those discussions were probably as educational as anything. He's reading this book for school, but I know listening to the audio while he has the book in front of him has made it into a pleasure for him.
Probably Francie, but Kate Burton is a wonderful all--around narrator.
I think it is too intense and long, but certainly it is compelling to listen as long as you can. We're actually on our second listen, which is unusual to imagine for such a long book.
Ordinarily I like some music as a part of an audio, but somehow the music played between chapters here is a little jarring. My son calls it Random Music Moment.
The narrator has a pleasing voice and the mysteries were enjoyable.
Well, I liked Mr. Wong from a prior book and it was great to see him again. A fine person and interesting to learn more about the Chinese experience.
I certainly could have listened to it in one sitting and enjoyed it. That said, if you are looking for something to listen to over time (say before bed over several nights, as I like listening to audios), this would work well being short stories. Also, these are some of my favorite mysteries but are not particularly suspenseful to me (possibly part of why I like them so well). So they work well to listen to over time.
This is a minor note, but I thought the narrator pronounced Fuller strangely, at least in the beginning.
I would definitely recommend this to someone who likes Locke's other mysteries or who is wondering if they would -- it would be a fine introduction since these are free standing stories and wouldn't spoil the other ones.
Funny and fast moving. A good sequel if you liked How to Train Your Dragon.
Doyle has really grown on me as a narrator. He has a great voice and a wonderful way with creating different voices to differentiate characters. He added a lot of humor. He kept my attention (and my son's) with his engaging style.
Definitely an audiobook that both adults and children can enjoy.
Yes, it was funny and educational. My son and I were just saying that we needed to review the mythology stories when this came out. And how better than via Percy Jackson and Jesse Bernstein.
Just as humorous as the original Percy Jackson series. It covered both the mythological characters we all know, and some I'd never heard of.
He is the best narrator for the Riordan books and one of best children's narrators we have run across. He's funny without being distracting. And he does wonderful, distinctive voices for the different characters.
The Riordan books are a blast for kids and very educational. This one is no exception. This middle aged mom loved it too.
I purchased this audio for my 12 year old and me to listen to, thinking it would be an introduction to the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham that killed 4 little girls (note I had always heard them referred to as the "four little girls" but I was interested to learn that they were 14).
It starts out pretty far away from that, as a mostly humorous look at an African American family in Flint, MI. My son liked how the book progressed as a series of vignettes, which made it easier to pause the book and resume listening later. There were many funny moments which I wasn't expecting.
Once we got to the end, "our" family has lived through the bombing and is dealing with the aftermath. Over the following days, my son continued to question why people would have killed children to prevent having to go to school and restaurants with people of a different race. It is a very hard situation to understand, and I thought this book did a great job of making it present for him, as opposed to an event in history that's impossible to understand or experience.
LeVar Burton is a wonderful narrator. He has a thoroughly pleasing voice that would be suitable to any number of books -- he dealt with the comedic and tragic aspects equally well. I plan to look for other books he's recorded.
The book ends with a brief overview of the history, which my son enjoyed almost as much as the fictional story.
Very interesting chapter in American history, well told by Hakim.
It is such an inspiring time in US history, filled with extraordinary people. Served for me as an antidote to the discouraging state of modern affairs in the world. (Of course, they had their problems then too, like slavery and the unequal status of women...)
The story of how Jefferson and Adams died on the same day, each believing the other survived, friends in old age after a long political rivalry. I've loved that story since I was a kid and was glad to share it with my son.
Other favorite bits were the end of George Washington's life (what a great man! I didn't fully appreciate him as a kid) and the Burr-Hamilton duel (what a waste of Hamilton's extraordinary intelligence).
The narrator here is particularly good -- she is lively without being distracting, and keeps us engaged with the material.
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