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Misty

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  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2504)
    Performance
    (1287)
    Story
    (1293)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "What I Hoped For and More"
    Overall

    Being part Irish, my family and friends constantly recommended that I read the tear-jerker, Angela's Ashes. I always found an excuse not to sit down and read it. Maybe it was because I knew that I had to listen to him tell me. Frank McCourt sings the Irish pub songs his dad would sing walking drunk down the street; that did it for me. Because he read the words himself, I knew that all of it was right on and I felt like I was witness. Get ready for some sad writing written extremely well. What a guy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By David Lubar
    • Narrated By Ryan MacConnell, the Full Cast Family
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    From the author of Dunk comes this sparkling new novel that covers a year in the life of high school freshman Scott Hudson, who is sideswiped by the unexpected news that his mother is about to have another baby.

    Misty says: "Pick Me! Pick Me!"
    "Pick Me! Pick Me!"
    Overall

    First of all, Daivd Lubar is excellent for all those readers out there who would rather watch tv, play outside, or get some thumb exercise. He wrote the Invasion of the Lawn Weenies and other funny short stories, as well as the Hidden Talents novels. This book, however, is in its own league. This is well-written (both kids and adults will love it), charming, funny, and the performance is fantastic. I love the full cast!

    This book is about freshman year from a nerd's point of view. He figures out what it means to be friends in high school and constantly stresses about the everyday life of it. And best of all (I'm an English teacher, mind you), is that he's always talking about what they learned in English class. But don't think it's an extra lesson for you--the topics he brings up are topics every English teacher should discuss: puns, comics, and more.

    Just trust me on this: get past the initial cheesy part, sit back, and smile. Easily a 10.




    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Inkspell, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Brendan Fraser
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of Inkheart, the book whose characters became real. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval world of his past.

    A says: "Inkspell"
    "Sucks That it Counts as 2 Books"
    Overall

    Although I don't like that Audible made me pay for two books on this one, I'll let it slide considering how great the story is. Make sure you read the first book, though: Inkheart. (And then read Inkspell Part One). I love both of them!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inkspell

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Brendan Fraser
    Overall
    (778)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (304)

    Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of Inkheart, the book whose characters became real. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval world of his past.

    Vanessa says: "Inkspell indeed"
    "Better Than the First One!"
    Overall

    This sequel is terrific! And Brennan Fraser is doing the voices, and he's a terrific reader. (Apparently Cornelia Funke loves him and wants him to be Moe in the upcoming movie!) If you were turned off by some gaps in the first book, they are explained in this one. This time we all get to experience Inkheart's scenary and it's more than I had imagined. Great read; you're sure to love it. Although, it might be a little scary for those under 9. Perfect for a family going across the country, no doubt! I listened to it on my move from AZ to OR.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Rider

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Brendan Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (184)

    Firedrake, a young dragon, receives a frightening warning one night: Humans are planning to destroy the valley in which he lives! All the dragons must flee. Their only refuge is a place above the clouds called the Rim of Heaven, which may not even exist.

    Enid says: "EXCELLENT!!!"
    "Do It for the Voice"
    Overall

    I'm really beginning to like Brennan Fraser. I didn't like him before as an actor, but now I see the talent! Dragon Rider would have been a slower read with the book in hand. But with his voice reading it (and doing all sorts of voices and additional sound effects), I find myself praising the book more. The story is not Cornelia Funke's best by any means. I love Inkheart and Inkspell (and I've heard great things about The Thief Lord), but with Brennan reading aloud, this book is wonderful. Kids and adults will find themselves smiling over the same jokes, and feel warm with the same moral: friends keep life safe and sane.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kira-Kira

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Cynthia Kadohata
    • Narrated By Elaina Erika Davis
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    kira-kira (kee' ra kee' ra): glittering; shining

    Glittering. That's how Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time. The sea is kira-kira for the same reason. And so are people's eyes. When Katie and her family move from a Japanese community in Iowa to the Deep South of Georgia, it's Lynn who explains to her why people stop them on the street to stare.

    Chris says: "An Emotional Rollercoaster"
    "Great for a Car Trip with Kiddos"
    Overall

    This book talks about death in a way that is dealable. It's a great book to listen to on a short road trip with kiddos, and then start a conversation about death if need be. It lends itself to that. For someone without that intent and just wanting a story, the character development is nice, but it felt like the story was blotchy--missing pieces. It was nice enough, but if it were more than 5 hours, it would have lost my interest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James W. Loewen
    • Narrated By Brian Keeler
    Overall
    (818)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (382)

    This national best seller is an entertaining, informative, and sometimes shocking expose of the way history is taught to American students. Lies My Teacher Told Me won the American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship.

    Timothy says: "Of course he has an agenda. He wrote a book!"
    "I Can't Get Through It"
    Overall

    I know there are history buffs that will love this. I know there are conspiracy theorists who will eat this up. But I can't get through it knowing that there are other wonderful (fiction) books out there that are calling my name. I only got 2 hours into Lies My Teacher Told Me, and I feel no guilt erasing it from my palm pilot. If you want some action, you're in the wrong book. I think the guy reading it really wants more action to read, deep down in his heart...

    13 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10534)
    Performance
    (5774)
    Story
    (5819)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Don't Let the Voice or First Part Shut it Off"
    Overall

    This is a story that needs to be listened to (or read) by all ages. The first half is all about animal behavior and zoology. The stories seem random and pointless; they're NOT. The guy's voice might get on your nerves; you'll get used to it. By the time the second part starts, and the real story begins, you'll be addicted. You'll realize how important the man's voice is to you. You'll realize which story you'll want to believe. You'll know the better story is true. And that story is the LIfe of Pi. Go on, now. Click the "Add to Cart" button. It'll change your life. I promise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Teacher Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (927)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (193)

    Now here at last, is McCourt's long-awaited audiobook about how his thirty-year teaching career shaped his second act as a writer. Teacher Man is also an urgent tribute to teachers everywhere. In bold and spirited prose featuring his irreverent wit and heartbreaking honesty, McCourt records the trials, triumphs, and surprises he faces in public high schools around New York City.

    Mark says: "Fun, quick, well done!"
    "Where's the Teaching?"
    Overall

    I love Frank McCourt, and I love that he reads his own work--it comes alive in a different way. I felt like Frank was just sitting me down and chatting the whole length of the book. I wish there were more teachable moments discussed. It felt like it was more about his struggle to become a teacher, a couple hilarious stories about his first year, and then his opinions about education today. What happened in those other 30 years of teaching, Frank?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Inkheart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (1813)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (651)

    Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life. Not like when you listen to an audiobook with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into your bedroom...but for real. Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world. Then imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.

    Cynthia says: "EXCELLENT!!"
    "READ THE BOOK!"
    Overall

    Wow. I was recommended this book by a seventh grade student of mine at the beginning of the school year, and I'm sorry to say I delayed in reading it until the end! This book is fast-paced and fun. There are lots of twists and turns, but enough fore-shadowing to help the reader predict the events. The characters are well developed and the voice is quite entertaining. The reader's voice is well practiced and enjoyable to listen to! The idea that a person with a good enough voice can read aloud characters right out of the story is just creepy to listen to aloud! I dare you to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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