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Pint-sized Bookworm

I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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  • The Horse and His Boy: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Desperate to escape a harsh and narrow regime, two runaways unwittingly flee headlong into the centre of a terrible battle. This first sequel to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe includes all the hallmarks of its famous predecessor, though this time the fate of Narnia is wound up in the lives of its own children, and a talking horse!

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "A humourous tale of bravery"
    "A humourous tale of bravery"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Horse and His Boy: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 5 to be better than the print version?

    The print is better with the illustrations by Pauline Baynes, but the audiobook is great to listen along with while reading.


    Which character – as performed by Alex Jennings – was your favorite?

    Bree the horse was my favourite character as he had to overcome his cowardice in a time of danger to help Shasta deliver his message. Alex Jennings did a great job with all the character voices.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the third book in chronological reading order. The books in published order are:(Recommended for first time readers and listeners).1: The Lion, the Witch and the wardrobe2: Prince Caspian3: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader4: The Silver Chair5: The Horse and His Boy6: The Magician's Nephew7: The Last BattleThe books in chronological reading order are:(Recommended for those who are rereading the series)1: The Magician's Nephew2: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe3: The Horse and His Boy4: Prince Caspian5: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader6: The Silver Chair7: The Last Battle

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  • Inkheart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (1908)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (740)

    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 Lee Reneau says: "EXCELLENT!!"
    "Characters come alive"
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    The characters come alive when reading Inkheart out loud. Forefinger is a fire eating performer who tricks with fire are brilliant. Maggie and Mo read the characters to life, and Dustfingers Marten Gwin. Lynn Redgrave delivered a brilliant performance of Inkheart. The book is absolutely brilliant. Cornelia Funke is one of the better children's authors around. The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis was absolutely pathetic compared to the Inkheart trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Dawn: The Twilight Saga, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin, Matt Walters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6826)
    Performance
    (3228)
    Story
    (3279)

    To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare, woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point.

    Angie says: "I couldn't wait for the audio book"
    "A brilliant conclusion to a great saga"
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    Breaking Dawn is the brilliant conclusion to a great saga. Ilyana Kadushin delivers a brilliant performance of Bella's point of view and Matt Walters gives an equally impressive performance of Jacob's point of view. Bella becomes a vampire after been injected with venom to the heart, by Edward, after she almost dies giving birth to Renesmee, their daughter who is half vampire and half human. The Cullens then join forces with the werewolf packs led by Jacob and Sam and with other vampire covens to confront the Volturi who are set on killing Renesmee and destroying the Cullens. A marvelous listen and read and deserves its reputation as probably the best vampire story written thus far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eclipse: The Twilight Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6053)
    Performance
    (2452)
    Story
    (2496)

    As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob - knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

    P says: "Meh..."
    "The best in the series"
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    Eclipse is the best book in the Twilight Saga. This time the Cullens and werewolves join forces to defeat an army of newborns that have been created by Victoria, to wipe out the Cullen coven and to kill Bella. The newborns have been reeking havoc in Seattle in preparation for the fight against the Cullens. A great listen and read. Ilyana Kadushin gives another excellent performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Moon: The Twilight Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6098)
    Performance
    (2478)
    Story
    (2534)

    For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning.

    cmclien says: "Emotionally Painful..."
    "Brilliantly touching"
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    The second book in the Twilight Saga, New Moon is a brilliantly touching story in pure Romeo and Juliet style. Jacob changes into a werewolf tasked with killing vampires, in their territory that pose a risk to humans. Edward decides to sacrifice himself to the Volturi when he believes Bella is dead and Bella becomes determined to become one of the Cullens' vampire coven. Ilyana Kadushin once again delivers a brilliant performance of this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7771)
    Performance
    (3156)
    Story
    (3222)

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
    "Twilight Saga, Brilliant"
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    Stephanie Meyer's first book and the first book in The Twilight saga is absolutely brilliant. Ilyana Kadushin's narration is excellent and the book flows smoothly the whole way through. The story can be a little sentimental at times, but overall it is an awesome read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Host: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5348)
    Performance
    (2934)
    Story
    (2976)

    Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

    Keith says: "Great story in a genre only touched upon before"
    "A beautiful story"
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    A beautiful story that showa that even in the face of our worst atrocities, our humanity always allows us to find the capacity and ability to love. To me this is more a story of what it is to be human rather than an alien science fiction story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firefight: A Reckoners Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    They told David it was impossible - that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet, Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand. Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life more simple. Instead, it only made David realise he has questions. Big ones. And there's no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs. Babylon Restored, the old borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

    bradley says: "Great story"
    "Firefight is simply brilliant!"
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    Firefight by Brandon Sanderson is simply brilliant. The Reckoners travel to Babylon Restored (New York City) to track down Firefight (Megan) who has seemingly joined forces with a powerful epic named Regalia. David believes that Firefight is good, but the other Reckoners want her dead. A brilliant listen, Firefight is better than Steelheart in every way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lyra's Oxford

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, Full Cast
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Lyra's Oxford opens two years after the conclusion of Philip Pullman's The Amber Spyglass in the comfort and familiarity of Jordan College, where Lyra and her daemon, Pantalaimon, sit on the sun-drenched roof looking out over all of Oxford. But their peace is shattered when a strange bird - a witch's daemon, on it's own - tumbles out of the sky, in search of a healing elixer to cure his witch of a strange new disease. Lyra and Pan decided to help - witches are friends, of course - but the closer their winding walk leads them towards the infamous Oxford alchemist.

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "2 years after"
    "2 years after"
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    Lyra's Oxford takes place 2 years after the events in His Dark Materials. After saving a daemon belonging to a witch from being attacked by birds, Lyra is tasked by the witch's daemon to find a crazy old alchemist who can save her. Little does Lyra realise that their is more to the story. A great little addition to His Dark Materials and a good quick read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 3

    • ORIGINAL (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, cast
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (14)

    Here is a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the third book in Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials. Bringing the saga to a thrilling close, it reintroduces familiar characters such as Lyra, Will, Mrs Coulter, and Dr Mary Malone.

    Jenifer says: "Fabulous story for all ages."
    "Great conclusion to a great story."
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    The Amber Spyglass is a great conclusion to a great story. His Dark Materials is definitely up there with one of the best stories written so far. I love how the books were narrated with a full cast of characters, and I wish more books were done the same way as it just brings the story to life so much better. Now I can hardly wait for The Book of Dust to be finished and published. I give His Dark Materials 10 stars out of 5 for Overall, Performance and for Story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 2

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, cast
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    The thrilling second book in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, read by the author and a full cast. In this stunning sequel to Northern Lights, the intrepid Lyra Silvertongue and her daemon, Pantalaimon, find themselves in a shimmering, haunted other world – Cittagazze where soul-eating Spectres stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. Here she meets twelve-year-old Will Parry, a fugitive from a third universe.

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "Subtly brilliant!"
    "Subtly brilliant!"
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    The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman is a subtle brilliant listen. Lyra meets Will Parry in an alternate Oxford. They join forces together and discover a world where Spectres attack adults and do not bother children. In this world, Will fights to win the subtle knife, a knife capable of cutting through every bond. Will and Lyra then journey together to find Will's father. Once again narrated by Philip Pullman and a brilliant cast of actors, that brings even more life to a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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