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  • Ivanhoe

  • By: Walter Scott
  • Narrated by: David McCallion
  • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

Ivanhoe is the perfect novel for any listener who loves an action-packed adventure based on the mythology and legends of Medieval times in England. Set in the 12th century, Ivanhoe is the story of a young man who joins up with Richard the Lion Hearted during a dark time where England is split between the Normans and the Saxons, pitting friends and family against each other through the conquering of land and the changing seats of the Royal Family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of Walter Scott’s Best Works!

  • By Cindy on 01-14-17

Great Story & Narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-18

My daughter was scheduled to read this for school and I wanted to read it too but was running short on time so I bought this Audible version. I felt the narrator was so exceptional and fitted to this book that I ended up letting her listen to it and follow along in her book rather than just reading it.

  • Idylls of the King

  • By: Alfred Tennyson
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

The Arthurian legend of Camelot has been told many times, but never better than by Alfred Tennyson. Employing some of the most stirring and beautiful blank verse ever written, Tennyson crafted his version of the Knights of the Round Table over the course of nearly fifty years, completing it in 1885. Despite the length of time, Tennyson managed to maintain a high level of style and continuity throughout.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful poetry

  • By Roger on 01-15-08

Stellar work by Tennyson

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-18

Some of the tales are more entertaining than others but it’s so well written and enjoyable. The narrator’s voice was perfect for this piece. I don’t normally speed up things I listen to but I found 1.25x speed was ideal for me with this book. Tennyson’s handling of Arthur confronting Guinevere was perfect. Moving, empathetic, showing the pain it caused to all involved even after forgiveness was passed.

  • Swallows and Amazons

  • By: Arthur Ransome
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

Swallows and Amazons, the book that started it all in 1930, introduces the Walker family, the camp on Wild Cat Island, the able-bodied catboat "Swallow," and the two intrepid Amazons, plucky Nancy and Peggy Blackett.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Idyllic, Funny, Vivid Childhood Adventure-Play

  • By Jefferson on 02-05-11

Perfect for the Whole Family

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Swallows and Amazons is a fun and exciting story sure to spark the imagination of your children and to entertain you as well! It is the first in a long series of books about four siblings. In Swallows and Amazons they are on summer holiday and are allowed to camp (just the four of them) on an island near their summer home. My children are 12, 10, 9, and 7 and we ALL enjoyed this book greatly. The narrator is really fabulous and makes the story come alive.

  • Bleak House

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Peter Batchelor
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Held to be Dickens' finest novel, containing one of the most vast, complex and engaging arrays of minor characters and sub-plots in his entire canon. Memorable characters include the menacing lawyer Tulkinghorn, the friendly, but depressive John Jarndyce, and the childish and disingenuous Harold Skimpole, as well as the likeable but imprudent Richard Carstone. A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th-century English legal system. This novel set the standard for modern day legal thrillers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better example of Dickens' art than many others better known...

  • By Bret G. Rider on 05-24-15

Cuts out?

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

I highly enjoyed this book but the very end cuts off in what sounds like the middle of a sentence. Everything else about it was highly enjoyable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ember Falls

  • The Green Ember Series, Book 2
  • By: S. D. Smith
  • Narrated by: Joel Clarkson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,023

The stage is set. It's war. Morbin Blackhawk, slaver and tyrant, threatens to destroy the rabbit resistance forever. Heather and Picket are two young rabbits improbably thrust into pivotal roles. The fragile alliance forged around the young heir seems certain to fail. Can Heather and Picket help rescue the cause from a certain, sudden defeat?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome in every way!

  • By Jeffrey Caleb Frederick on 03-02-17

Best one yet!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-18

As much as we liked The Black Star of Kingston and The Green Ember, Ember Falls is my favorite yet. We’re excited about the third book coming out in March! (And my 8 year old has read The Last Archer and says it’s great too!)

  • The Green Ember

  • By: S. D. Smith
  • Narrated by: Joel Clarkson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,577

Heather and Picket are extraordinary rabbits with ordinary lives until calamitous events overtake them, spilling them into a cauldron of misadventures. They discover that their own story is bound up in the tumult threatening to overwhelm the wider world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Just for The Elementary Age Group

  • By Chelle on 08-27-15

My Place Beside You

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-18

Excitement, bravery, developing characters! While all of my children and I enjoyed this book my 6&8 year olds LOVE it. They have both listened to it more times than I can count. It’s one of those books that makes you stand a little taller and work a little harder.

  • The Black Star of Kingston

  • By: S. D. Smith
  • Narrated by: Eric Fritzius
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600

A century before Heather and Picket's adventures in The Green Ember, a displaced community fights for hope on the ragged edge of survival. Whitson Mariner and Fleck Blackstar face old fears and new enemies, forging a legend that will echo through the ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Enchanting Tale

  • By BookWorm on 02-28-16

My kids love it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-18

All four of my kids enjoyed this “prequel” to The Green Ember books. It’s well written and has really fantastic themes. My younger 2 (6&8, boy & girl) especially love these. They listen to all of S.D. Smith’s books over and over again.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Phoenix and the Carpet

  • By: E. Nesbit
  • Narrated by: Johanna Ward
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

In this follow-up to Nesbit’s classic Five Children and It, Cyril, Robert, Anthea, Jane, and the Lamb have more magical adventures in store when a mysterious egg hatches in the nursery fireplace. Out comes a flame-colored bird, the Phoenix, who, though a bit conceited, proves very helpful indeed. The bird kindly explains that the second-hand Persian carpet recently acquired for the nursery is actually a flying one. On it, they may travel to any place and time that they wish. But once again, the children find that magic does not always go as planned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The great book

  • By Gina Johnson on 06-03-17

The great book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-17

I loved the first one so nachuraly I love the phinix and the carpet perfect