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mjchgo

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  • Extra Credit

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Andrew Clements
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    It isn't that Abby Carson can't do her schoolwork, it's just that she doesn't like doing it. And that means she's pretty much failing sixth grade. When a warning letter is sent home, Abby realizes that all her slacking off could cause her to be held back -- for real! Unless she wants to repeat the sixth grade, she'll have to meet some specific conditions, including taking on an extra-credit project: find a pen pal in a foreign country. Simple enough (even for a girl who hates homework).

    John J Gershman says: "Another great book by Clements"
    "Daddy/Daughter time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    my daughter loves the Andrew Clements books.
    after downloading and listening to Frindle (still her favorite), she is going through each of his books on audio now as we either drive together or listens to a chapter or two right before bedtime

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time Bandit: Two Brothers, the Bering Sea, and One of the World's Deadliest Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Andy Hillstrand, Johnathan Hillstrand, Malcolm MacPherson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    The Time Bandit is the fishing vessel that Andy and Johnathan Hillstrand use to hook the "deadliest catch", Alaskan king crabs and opilio crabs, in the Bering Sea, a dangerous body of water that can steal years from a fisherman's life. In pursuit of their daily catch, the brothers brave ice floes and heaving 60-foot waves, gusting winds of 80 miles per hour, unwieldy and unpredictable half-ton steel crab traps, and an injury rate of almost 100-percent.

    There are fewer than 400 fishermen of this kind in the U.S., and early death is a common fate. But the Hillstrand brothers are drawn to the drama and adventure of life on the high seas - this is their world.

    Andrew says: "Much Better Then I Had Expected"
    "Good complement to the show!"
    Overall


    If you watch and enjoy TV's Deadliest Catch, this is a good choice to help you delve a bit more into the details of this crazy line of work.
    Hearing the costs and expenses involved in stocking and maintaining the boat in relation to the dollars made from a successful catch is an interesting part of the story.
    Made me greatly appreciate the fact that there are guys out there crazy enough to do this job so we can enjoy the crab leg special at Red Lobster.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dog Man: An Uncommon Life on a Faraway Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Martha Sherrill
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    In the snow country of Japan during World War II, we meet Morie Sawataishi, a fierce individualist who has chosen to break the law by keeping an Akita dog hidden in a shed on his property. By the time of the Japanese surrender in 1945, there are only sixteen Akitas left in the country. The survival of the breed becomes Morie's passion and life. Devoted to the dogs, Morie is forever changed.

    In beautiful prose that is a joy to read, Sherrill opens up the world of the Dog Man and his wife, providing a profound look at what it is to be an individualist in a culture that reveres conformity, and what it means to live.

    Chrissie says: "A dog breeder, his family and Japan"
    "Dog of a Book"
    Overall

    Having lived in Okinawa for a few years, and having brought an Akita back with me and developing an appreciation for the breed, I purchased this book with the anticipation that I would learn more and enjoy the tale.

    Wrong! has to be one of the most boring audiobooks I've ever suffered through!

    My 9 yr old daughter said I should just turn it on, leave it sitting alone by itself in a room and come back when it was over. Good advice which I probably should have listened to but unfortunately was too stubborn to follow.

    The Dog Man comes across as a cranky old antisocial guy and I'm amazed that his wife could choose to stay with him for all those years in spite of the way he treated her.
    He should thank the lord for her tolerance and stoicism since otherwise all he would have had were his dogs for company.

    I definitely would say that your audiobook credits and dollars would be better spent elsewhere than here.

    I had to rate it one star only because I couldn't figure out how to erase the star once I clicked on it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shopgirl

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (92)

    Grammy Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album
    Mirabelle, the "shopgirl" behind the glove counter at Neiman Marcus, is slightly lost, off-kilter, and shy. But there's something about Mirabelle. Steve Martin reads this charming novella. Hear an interview with the author and browse more Martin.

    Julie Rosenthal says: "Loved it"
    "nice story"
    Overall

    Was nice to hear the book version after having seen the Steve Martin movie version.

    When you put the two together the story is more interesting with more depth and a deeper perspective that doesn't come across as well in the movie version.

    Watch the film, read (or hear) the book for a full experience of what I think the author intends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Come They Always had the Battles in the National Parks?

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Peter Bales
    • Narrated By Peter Bales
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    This is not your father's history book! Spanning prehistoric times all the way through the Civil War, How Come They Always had the Battles in the National Parks? presents a humorous look at our country's past, a historically accurate, concise, and easy to follow account of the main events in America's saga up through the Civil War, definitely enough to get you by in case you find yourself surrounded by annoying smart people at a party.

    David G. Edelstein says: "Awful"
    "Nice presentation"
    Overall

    Very enjoyable way to review the faded memories from high school history class.

    If history were presented this way back in my school days, I wouldn't have dozed off so much!

    Held my interest with facts mixed with humor and a good writing style making for easy listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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