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Rosemary C. Hyde

Berkeley, CA United States
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  • The True Meaning of Smekday

  • By: Adam Rex
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

When 12-year-old Gratuity (Tip) Tucci is assigned to write five pages on The True Meaning of Smekday for the National Time Capsule contest, shes not sure where to begin. When her mom started telling everyone about the messages aliens were sending through a mole on the back of her neck? Maybe on Christmas Eve, when huge, bizarre spaceships descended on the Earth and the aliens called Boov abducted her mother?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, exciting, and fun. Mesmerizing narration.

  • By Anineemoose on 06-16-13

fun story

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

my entire family (adult, Teen, middle Schooler) enjoyed this story. it is a very strange futuristic fantasy story about aliens and a girl who befriends one. the narration was excellent.

  • The Winged Watchman

  • By: Hilda van Stockum
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 117

This acclaimed story of World War II is rich in suspense, characterization, plot, and spiritual truth. Every element of occupied Holland is united in a story of courage and hope: a hidden Jewish child, an underdiver, a downed RAF pilot, an imaginative, daring underground hero, and the small things of family life which surprisingly carry on in the midst of oppression.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful story w/ excellent narration

  • By Seagreenaz on 07-04-15

very enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

My kids (5th and 8th grades) are learning about WWII and we listened to this story to supplement the history books. the story tells of a Dutch family during the war, and really brings to life the day to day issues faced by one family, who happens to run a windmill. We all enjoyed this well-told and well-read story and would definitely recommend it.

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

  • By: Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Narrated by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,144

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship - the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best novels I've listened to in years.

  • By Rain on 10-27-13

wow!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-16

I listened to this with my 12 year old son. wow. what a story! very well read, well written, really thought-out provoking story. I felt like I was really inside the character's heads and could feel what they were feeling. definitely would recommend!!!

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    Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
    7,944 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • Watership Down

  • By: Richard Adams
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,850

Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still one of the best!

  • By Bapàrio on 12-05-10

whole family enjoyed it

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

our family listened while traveling doing on a long car trip. my 9 and 12 year olds really got into it. I loved this story when I first read it in middle school, and enjoyed hearing it again.

  • The Lions of Little Rock

  • By: Kristin Levine
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

Everything’s changing for twelve-year-old Marlee. Her brother’s gone off to college and her sister’s moved out of the room they’ve shared since Marlee was born. To Marlee, it feels like her whole world’s falling apart. On top of all that, she’s starting middle school and has to break in new teachers - teachers who don’t yet know Marlee doesn’t talk. At least not until she meets Liz, the new girl at school.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By Rachel on 02-02-15

family enjoyed it on long road trip.

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

Reviewed: 08-27-16

my family listened to this story on a long road trip and all enjoyed it. interesting story.

  • Pax

  • By: Sara Pennypacker
  • Narrated by: Michael Curran-Dorsano
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,736

Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild. At his grandfather's house 300 miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be - with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox. Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pax needs to be included in MS & HS curricula

  • By Dragon-Fox on 04-29-16

engaging story

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

Reviewed: 06-21-16

my family (2 boys, ages 9 and 12) listened to this on a car trip. it kept our interest and attention. there were several parts that I thought very improbable but the characters were all interesting. a few parts might be too intense for younger or very sensitive listeners.

  • Seaman

  • The Dog Who Explored the West with Lewis and Clark
  • By: Gail Langer Karwoski
  • Narrated by: Charles Carroll
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

In this fictionalized biography of the journey based upon the journals of Lewis, Clark, and other members of the team, an unheralded member of the Corps, Seaman, a 150-pound Newfoundland dog, is introduced to young historians. Seaman travels the long journey with the Corps, serving a key role in the expedition’s success, catching and retrieving game, and protecting the expedition team from wild animals and hostile Indians. Come along with Lewis, Clark, the Corps of Discovery, and Seaman!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By Rosemary C. Hyde on 06-18-16

great book

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

Reviewed: 06-18-16

we listened to this story on a car trip through Missouri and Illinois and really enjoyed the story and thinking about the history of this place during our travels. well read, Interesting story makes it feel alive. my 9 and 12 year old kids loved it, whole family enjoyed it.

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  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,648
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,149
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,092

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

really interesting story

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

Reviewed: 03-28-16

I really enjoyed the story, it was well read, and kept my interest throughout. the rest of my family listened too, and they got hooked as well.