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Shileen

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  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Malala Yousafzai
    • Narrated By Archie Panjabi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1207)
    Performance
    (1067)
    Story
    (1072)

    When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

    Jan says: "So much more than expected..."
    "Painful. Inspiring. Thought provoking. Amazing."
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    Would you listen to I am Malala again? Why?

    YES, I loved this book! It's honest and straight forth, emotional and difficult to hear, but also kind, loving, clear and accessible. The story is her personal story but she weaves it through a complicated history, convoluted politics, and a people and faith that she obviously treasures and honors. In telling her story she teaches us about her culture and her home, a picture I've seen nowhere else. She retells her story, describing her feelings, opinions, and observations, but leaves the conclusions to her audience. When the book ended I felt heartbroken, inspired, humbled, and hopeful. When I grow up I hope to be more like this amazing young woman.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Malala, not surprising as it is an autobiography.


    What about Archie Panjabi’s performance did you like?

    Archie Panjabi is fabulous as the narrator. Her voice, emotional inflection, and pacing are flawless, but the tenderness and humanity of her voice add a dimension to the experience that made it even more touching and personal for me. I would strongly encourage anyone looking into the book to consider the audio version.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful book, five stars all around.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Fablehaven, Book 4: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Mull
    • Narrated By E. B. Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (195)

    Two hidden artifacts have been found. Three more remain unrecovered. More preserves face destruction as the Society of the Evening Star relentlessly pursues new talismans. Reading in Patton's Journal of Secrets, Kendra learns the location of the key to a vault housing one of the artifacts. In order to retrieve it, the Knights of the Dawn must enter a death trap - a dragon sanctuary called Wyrmroost. The mission cannot proceed without stealing a sacred object zealously guarded by the centaurs.

    Shileen says: "LOVE!!!!"
    "LOVE!!!!"
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    GREAT TO INFINITY AND BEYOND!!!!
    AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!!!!
    LOVED IT!!!! 100% AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sky Raiders: Five Kingdoms, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandon Mull
    • Narrated By Keith Nobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (223)

    Cole Randolph was just trying to have a fun time with his friends on Halloween (and maybe get to know Jenna Hunt a little better). But when a spooky haunted house turns out to be a portal to something much creepier, Cole finds himself on an adventure on a whole different level.

    Shileen says: "A little scary at first, but a great story!"
    "A little scary at first, but a great story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    My son, 10, and I both enjoyed this book. It seemed a little too scary early on (not good for younger kids), but very fun and interesting throughout. The action is fast enough to hold his attention, and creative enough to hold mine. We really liked it & are disappointed not to have the whole series available on Audible.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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