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©2001 Mary Pope Osborne (P)2011 Listening Library
After personally exporting, manually saving every chapter and then resaving broken out by book then burning each story on disc to play for the kids then it was great. The terrible formatting was a huge pain and was the deciding point Not to purchase th next 2 volumes.
The kids like it all
Nothing. She was good
No! No 5 and 7 year old is going to digest 5 hours of stories
Please fix formatting! I'm tech savy but the 3 hours it took to make it workable was extremely frustrating
The reading quality was fine, but it's impossible to seek around to a specific book or chapter.
No we listen to 1 book at a time. Great for the kids to listen to 1 book while I cook dinner. just right length.
The FORMATTING is HORRIBLE! no book breaks! If the kids want to listen to a book again - say book 1 or book 3 - there is NO WAY to find them again you have to start at the beginning and listen to all 8 till you find the one you want!! duh. we can put a man on the moon, but Audible cant anticipate formatting collections by book title so that kids can re-listen to favorites easily... come on audible fix this!!
I was nervous buying this on audible due to all the other reviews complaining about poor audio formatting and no chapters. I was glad to see that problem has been fixed and all the content is neatly arranged into chapters now. This volume covers the first 8 books and therefore has 80 audible chapters, 10 for each book, exactly following the printed versions of the book. There is a bonus chapter 81 which is a recorded interview with the author, and was fun to listen.
My daughter loves these books and the audio version has made long car drives so much easier. I find the Magic Tree House series to be easily one of the most well thought-out, educational and imaginative series for children this age. It exposes them to a wide variety of subject matters about history, science, geography in a fun way ... it's pure genius.
Some other reviewer has complained that the books are "formulaic" as if that's a bad thing. This reviewer is completely missing the point of these books. For early readers you want the plot flows to be manageable and just a little predictable so kids can wrap their heads around all the content and new information ... while also learning how to read.
My 7 year old daughter loved to listen to these while playing lego's or dolls. Much better than having the tv going in the background. She loves the books and has read them and is now enjoying listening to them over and over.
The trip to prehistoric times was exciting and entertaining.
While reading is incredibly important listening and using the imagination is also. This gives the child a different way to use their imagination. Audible books are a great way to encourage development. I also appreciate that Mary Pope Osborne does not use slang. I have found other audible's hard to listen to as they are written in slang or as if a 5-6 year old were speaking. Hearing poor English sets up a pattern for poor speaking in a young mind. I love that this author and this audible did not make me cringe.
After 3 days in bed with the flu plugged into movies I found this series. My almost 5 year old was just as happy to sit and listen to this story as he was to watch Pixar or Disney movies. Thank goodness I discovered it as we are burning through the series and are still sick 5 days later :) There are pirates, knights, ninja's, the Amazon and so much more. The imagination soars and we unplug from the tv. Its a win/win.
my children, (ages 8, 5, 3) love audio books. The magic tree house was wonderful for all three. my three year old would even sit quietly when I stated the book. My two older kids loved the storylines. and the magic and mystery. I am so glad we started this series and I look forward to the next set!
Great bedtime read. Our favorite children's book so far.
My son kept asking to look at the picture, so he could imagine to story. He had a smile on his face the whole time we listen, and he eagerly gets ready for bed to hear the next story!
Yes, but it was fun to see the anticipation of hearing the next chapter.
Formulaic. Go to tree. Go to some historical time. Learn three vocabulary words. Go back to tree. I want to pull my hair out. Yet another unfortunate choice of having the author narrate. Of course, I'm 40; I'm hard to please. My seven year old son, however is totally engrossed and is learning as we drive in the car. And for that, Mary Pope Osborne, I love you.
Have someone exile read it, deviate from the formula - however I wouldn't notice because I mentally tune out five words in.
Yes. I value my son's education.
sure, how 'bout 9-16?
Ambivalence reigns here. I think I've stated my case.
Great adventures that take you through time and places.
Every story takes you to a different place and on an new adventure.
Mary Pope Osborne brings the story alive with the excitement of each character.
"Good fun for young listeners"
I really enjoyed The Magic Tree House collection, great fun even though they are for younger children - I think they are brilliant. These books are fun and full of as much adventure as two young children can have.
My little brother loves this collection, so I would really recommend them for young kids (but also enjoyable for their older sisters!) Jodie age 14
I downloaded this for my grandchild and I to listen to, the story was ok'ish but the readers voice drove me nuts. I lasted 10 minutes then had to switch it off. I'm currently working out how to return it.
"Great reading books - Weak audiobook"
I was hoping for more from this but really should've listened to the clip before buying. The author reads in a girly, sing-song voice, with very little emphasis or feeling. Fine for younger kids, but I'm trying to balance a 5 and 7 yr old boys requirements.
My 7 year old has read loads of the print books and we really enjoyed them. However listening to them read this way, really highlights the basic nature of the vocabulary (he said / she said / look over there I said / where over there she said ... argh).
Although the boys haven't asked to actually turn it off, they aren't really excited. This feels young and girly, which is a real shame, because the print books are excellent.
For younger children but def appreciated by them. Short sections with enough action to hold attention.
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