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Richard

montclair, NJ, USA

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  • Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Feinstein
    • Narrated By John Feinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Steven Thomas is one of two lucky winners of the U.S. Basketball Writer's Association's contest for aspiring journalists. His prize? A trip to New Orleans and a coveted press pass for the Final Four. It's a basketball junkie's dream come true!

    Sidney says: "Enjoyable for kids and basketball fans"
    "Not just for basketball fans"
    Overall

    Even though I have no interest in basketball, this was still a great book because it was a really suspenseful mystery with blackmail and two teenage detectives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lecture

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
    • Narrated By Erik Singer, Randy Pausch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2258)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (699)

    When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave - "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" - wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have... and you may find one day that you have less than you think").

    K. Giavelli says: "How to Live"
    "A book that reminds you what matters most"
    Overall

    It's the ultimate parenting book because it makes you realize how fortunate you are simply to be alive and well, and taking care of your kids. Through Randy Pausch's story of coming to terms with a life about to end, we receive a gift that few books could ever offer: the appreciation of one's own life and the treasure of knowing that every day you have more to give to those who matter most--your kids.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Dealing with Dragons

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Patricia C. Wrede
    • Narrated By Words Take Wing Repertory Company of Syracuse, NY
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (161)

    Take one bored princess. Make her the seventh daughter in a very proper royal family. Have her run away. Add one powerful, fascinating, dangerous dragon. Princess Cimerone has never met anyone (or anything) like the dragon Kazul. But then, she's never met a witch, a jinn, a death-dealing talking bird or a stone prince either. Princess Cimerone ran away to find some excitement. She's found plenty.

    Richard says: "Great fun for girls or boys"
    "Great fantasy"
    Overall

    I read this in fourth grade, and really loved it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tunnels: Tunnels Series, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Roderick Gordon, Brian Williams
    • Narrated By Jack Davenport
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    Fourteen-year-old Will Burrows lives with his parents and younger sister Rebecca in London. He has little in common with any of them, except for a passion for digging, which he shares with his father, a museum curator and doctor of archaeology. When his father suddenly disappears after a row with his mother, the police believe he has just gone away for a while to cool down. But Will is unconvinced, and decides to investigate with his best friend, Chester.

    Richard says: "get the unabridged version!"
    "get the unabridged version!"
    Overall

    Main recommendation: get the unabridged version. The abridged version is so chiseled--it feels like you go right from "set up" to plot summary, and then it's over.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (79)

    Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There's nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma's stories, but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face to face with The Grand High Witch herself!

    Anne says: "delightful!"
    "Funny"
    Overall

    It was very funny. My bother and I (ages 8 and 10) liked the witch's voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The BFG

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Natasha Richardson
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (99)

    Sophie discovers that giants not only exist, but that there are a great many of them who like to guzzle and swallomp nice little chiddlers. But not the Big Friendly Giant. He and Sophie cook up an ingenious plot to free the world of troggle-humping, forever.

    Ketan says: "Family Classic Beautifully read."
    "Great Narration"
    Overall

    Our whole family loved it, my 8 year old brother and I (I'm 10) espcially liked the funny voices that the narrator did.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Biggest Bear

    • UNABRIDGED (8 mins)
    • By Lynd Ward
    • Narrated By Owen Jordan
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Johnny hunts for the biggest bear in the forest, but comes home with a little bear, that grows and grows and grows.

    Richard says: "A boy and his bear"
    "A boy and his bear"
    Overall

    I just loved reading this to my youngest boy, particularly during the K-2 period. Great story about the relationship between a boy and his bear as the bear begins to grow up and "cause trouble."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stone Soup

    • UNABRIDGED (9 mins)
    • By Marcia Brown
    • Narrated By Rodd Ross
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Three clever soliders devise a plan to get food and lodging from the selfish inhabitants of a French village during the time of Napoleon.

    Richard says: "From strangers to members of the community"
    "From strangers to members of the community"
    Overall

    This is a great story of strangers overcoming adversity and suspicion and finding postive ways to bring out the best in people to be accepted into the community. Definitely fun and satisfying to read with your child.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Where the Wild Things Are

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Maurice Sendak
    • Narrated By Peter Schickele
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (135)

    Max is the hero of this beloved children's classic in which he makes mischief, sails away, tames the wild things, and returns home for supper.

    Claudine says: "An imaginative story like no other..."
    "Fun for kids and parents"
    Overall

    This is always FUN to read to your kids. But if YOU'VE never heard it read before, I strongly recommend that you download this and listen to the narration. Both you and your child will love it, and it will inspire your reading in the years to come.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Vanishing Act: Mystery at the U.S. Open

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Feinstein
    • Narrated By John Feinstein
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    With 128 athletes competing in dozens of matches for millions in prize money, you expect drama. You expect blistering serves, smashed returns, and sliced shots that kiss the line. You do not expect kidnapping.

    Richard says: "John Feinstein's best yet"
    "John Feinstein's best yet"
    Overall

    This was by far my favorite John Feinstein book about Susan Carol and Stevie, maybe becuase I like tennis and the athletes are easier to relate to(they're not adult men.)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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