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J. Taylor

Arkadelphia, AR
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  • On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

  • Adventure. Peril. Lost Jewels. And the Fearsome Toothy Cows of Skree.
  • By: Andrew Peterson
  • Narrated by: Peter Sandon
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674

Once there lived three children and their trusty dog Nugget. Janner Igiby, his brother Tink and their crippled sister Leeli are gifted children as all children are, loved well by a noble mother and ex-pirate grandfather. But they will need all their gifts and all that love to survive the evil pursuit of the venomous Fangs of Dang who have crossed the dark sea to rule the land with malice and pursue the Igibys who hold the secret to the lost legend and jewels of good King Wingfeather of the Shining Isle of Anniera.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling Plot, Imaginative World, Strong Morals

  • By David Michael Gregg on 04-11-11

Good story. Difficult narrator.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-19

This is an enjoyable story, though drawn out at times. But the narrator speaks so deeply at times it is difficult to listen to.

  • What Made Maddy Run

  • The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen
  • By: Kate Fagan
  • Narrated by: Kate Fagan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357

From noted ESPN commentator and journalist Kate Fagan, the heartbreaking and vital story of college athlete Madison Holleran, whose death by suicide rocked the University of Pennsylvania campus and whose life reveals with haunting detail and uncommon understanding the struggle of young people suffering from mental illness today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Read for Parents of Stressed Teens

  • By Guitar Guru on 12-03-17

Bad narration. Good story, but consider reading.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-18

The story is worthy of any parent, coach, teacher or athlete's attention. Fagan handles Maddy's story with sensitivity and humility. It's well told, interspersed with personal perspective from the author, which bothered some reviewers, but not me. Many important threads were included: mental health, social media, family, education, competitive sports, college life. I was a little bothered that the author downplayed Maddy's drinking, as alcohol is known to magnify depression and suicidal thoughts.

The narration is stilted and awkward. An hour in, it was wearing on me and I had to increase the speed to 1.25 to avoid awkward pauses and rhythm. If I had to do it again, I'd buy the print version.