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  • The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

  • How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less
  • By: Terry Ryan
  • Narrated by: Terry Ryan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Evelyn Ryan was an enterprising woman who kept poverty at bay with wit, poetry, and perfect prose during the "contest era" of the 1950s and 1960s. From her frenetic supermarket shopping spree - worth $3,000 today - to her clever entries worthy of Erma Bombeck, Dorothy Parker, and Ogden Nash, Evelyn Ryan's story shows how a winning spirit will triumph over the poverty of circumstance.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • When will I learn???

  • By Lynn on 02-07-08

The story is great

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-07

but Terry Ryan is not a particularly good reader. I read the first few chapters of this book at a friend's house when it was newly published and always meant to finish it. I'm generally not a fan of abridged works, but in this case the abridged memoir trims some of the repetition of the original. The only real problem is that Terry Ryan's reading of her work is never particularly engaging and at times very irritating as she reads at a very dull monotone.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

  • By: Kate DiCamillo
  • Narrated by: Judith Ivey
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618

Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hoboes' camp, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. And along the way, we are shown a true miracle, that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning, Healing

  • By Chris on 07-21-06

Marvelous

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-06

In the tradition of _The Mouse and His Child_, _The Little Prince_ and _The Velveteen Rabbit_ this is one of those rare and astonishing stories, ostensibly written for children, that work on so many different levels one can't possibly process them all with one listen. Just as Edward Tulane becomes a different doll in each stage of his journey, I expect that this is a different story for everyone who reads it, and each time they read it.

The only reason for 4 stars rather than 5, is that the first half of the story does get a bit repetitive and even tedious. Still, by the last chapter I was overwhelmed by a level of raw emotion seldom experienced since childhood. I don't believe it is possible to come away from this story unaffected, and it stays with you for a long time after the narration has ended.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Cricket in Times Square

  • By: George Selden
  • Narrated by: René Auberjonois
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

In the more than thirty years since The Cricket in Times Square was first published, it has become a classic for all ages. George Selden's whimsical tale of a little Connecticut cricket named Chester, whose entrapment in a wicker picnic basket leads to never-before-dreamed-of adventures upon his arrival in Times Square, in its original, unabridged form, becomes a delightful performance as retold by Rene Auberjonois.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful story for young and old

  • By Talia on 03-11-13

You don't have to be a kid

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-06

to love this story and to love this audio book. The narration is flawless, and the magical world within the Times Square subway station is a wonderful place to escape to for a few hours. Like the New Yorkers compelled to silence by Chester Cricket's last concert, I found myself taking a break from the usual bustle of activity in the house to just sit and listen.

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  • The Memory Keeper's Daughter

  • By: Kim Edwards
  • Narrated by: Martha Plimpton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Martha's awesome

  • By jennifer on 09-08-13

Didn't like it at all

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-06

I found the story tedious, without a single sympathetic character. And Martha Plimpton's attempt to create different voices was distracting and unsuccessful. I don't recommend it and definately wished I hadn't wasted a credit on it.