Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2012
These are great audio books for younger kids. Even my 11 year old still loves them! Both my sons devoured these when they were younger, and frankly I enjoyed them as well. Very formulaic in a comforting way.
As always, the author does a great job melding educational information (here, Alexander the Great and Bucephalus) with an interesting story.
I've always thought the narration was the weakest part of these audios, and I often don't care for author/narrators. I know other parents find MPO's voice grating. I can tolerate it, and at the 50 book mark, I now can't imagine anyone else narrating them. Still, I would listen to a preview if you plan to listen with your child (though these are good ones for younger kids to listen to alone).
This is a series that I would unqualifiedly recommend for younger listeners.
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.
I found the story trite and boring. Certainly there is a lot of potential in the Italian Renaissance setting that wasn't realized. My 12 year old son loved it, but he plays the game -- he must be the target audience, since I certainly wasn't!
Yes, if the genre is novelizations of video games. On the other hand, I will continue to read historical fiction/mysteries which is I believe how Audible has this characterized.
I was not aware of this narrator before and he was fantastic. His performance was the only thing that enabled me to tolerate this. And my son's enjoyment of his performance has inspired him to sign up for Italian lessons! I hope to hear Jackson narrate something I like better.
Not for me!
This is a somewhat bizarre title. It seems to have much appeal for my 12 year old and his peers, though there is a fair amount of borderline inappropriate content (other families would probably say *completely* inappropriate!). I'm not so bothered by that when I perceive works to have other good qualities, but it is hard for me to see much artistic merit here. From an adult perspective, there are a lot of other, better books out there.
The Who Was...series is one of my kids' favorites, especially out of the educational titles they listen to.
Harry and his wife are both compelling characters.
He is definitely a pleasant narrator. He doesn't intrude but keeps one engaged.
I have always found Houdini's story a bit sad but thankfully some of the poignant aspects were downplayed, which helped with listening to it before bed with my 12 year old.
I'd recommend this series to anyone looking for educational audios for kids that they will see simply as entertainment. Both my 12 and 15 year old have enjoyed them -- as have I.
Fast-moving biography that was enjoyable for adults and kids. We really enjoy this series on audio when we are in mood for a shorter title. My 12 year old loves these, but his 15 year old brother does as well.
I thought I knew the Kennedy story well, but even in this short book I found out some new facts. The emphasis on his early years was good. And my sons enjoyed learning more about a well-known President.
These are really nice on audio. He's not a splashy narrator but we find him very easy to listen to, and we stay completely engaged. After experiencing some bad narration recently, I all the more appreciate narration that doesn't intrude.
Yes, this series has been really enjoyable for both my 12 year old and me. If you like history, it is educational but truly a pleasure to listen to. I'm urging my high schooler to listen to it too.
Well, of course the other books in the Hakim series. If you had a child that liked The Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer, or other children's history books, this would be a hit too.
Her narration is lively and keeps me interested -- at the same time, she has a pleasant, non-jarring voice.
This is one of the most interesting in the series, since it is such a fascinating time in US history.
My son can't put these books down, and eagerly waited for the next installment. Other than the Riordan series, I haven't seen him that anxious to get the next book downloaded.
All of the allusions to fairy tales and other well-known stories.
My 12 year old came close -- certainly was anxious each evening (our time to listen to books on tape) to get this playing.
From an adult perspective I didn't love this series as much as my son -- but I would definitely recommend it to kids in his age group.
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