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  • The Memory of Butterflies

  • A Novel
  • By: Grace Greene
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658

Hannah Cooper's daughter is leaving for college soon. The change is bittersweet. A single mother since the age of eighteen, Hannah isn't eager to confront the pain of being alone, but she's determined not to let her own hang-ups keep Ellen from the future she deserves. As Ellen's high school graduation approaches, Hannah decides it's time to return to her roots in Cooper's Hollow along Virginia's beautiful and rustic Cub Creek.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Gets progressively more implausible

  • By NMwritergal on 12-18-17

so sad...

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

this story is so tragically sad I couldn't bear it. Brittany pressley brings it to life in her usual masterful fashion, but it just makes it even sadder...

  • Restart

  • By: Gordon Korman
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross, Laura Knight Keating, Ramon de Ocampo, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780

New York Times best-selling author Gordon Korman harkens back to his No More Dead Dogs days in this stand-alone that takes a tone more serious than you've ever heard from him before. A boy who's been a bully and hanging out with the wrong friends gets a new start after a memory-loss-inducing accident. But can someone really change who he is, or will the old him merely come back over time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story for kids

  • By Bryan Lowe on 08-31-18

Classic Gordon Korman

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

A humorous look at the development of a character after their established reputation is forgotten by the character himself, but no one else...

  • Beauty

  • A Retelling of the Story of Beauty & the Beast
  • By: Robin McKinley
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Parry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 979

New York Times best-selling author Robin McKinley has won numerous awards for her writing, including the prestigious Newbery Medal. Though her two sisters are beautiful, Beauty, despite her name, is thin and awkward - but she's also courageous. So when her father makes a terrible promise to a Beast living in an enchanted castle, Beauty knows she must volunteer to be the Beast's prisoner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Honor and Beauty

  • By Carole T. on 09-14-17

My favorite Beauty & the Beast version

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

excellent retelling of Beauty & the Beast; so many things make sense now! The humor scattered throughout is nice too;-)

  • Frindle

  • By: Andrew Clements
  • Narrated by: Keith Nobbs
  • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532

He really just likes to liven things up at school -- and he's always had plenty of great ideas. When Nick learns some interesting information about how words are created, suddenly he's got the inspiration for his best plan ever: the frindle. Who says a pen has to be called a pen? Why not call it a frindle? Things begin innocently enough as Nick gets his friends to use the new word. Then other people in town start saying frindle. Soon the school is in an uproar, and Nick has become a local hero.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Melts my Heart

  • By LaToya Bobbins on 04-19-15

perfect!

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

wonderful kids book
excellent characters; awesome teachers; supportive parents; creative kid
excellent lesson about diction

  • Castle Hangnail

  • By: Ursula Vernon
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

When Molly shows up on Castle Hangnail's doorstep to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch, the castle's minions are understandably dubious. After all, she is 12 years old, barely five feet tall, and quite polite. (The minions are used to tall, demanding evil sorceresses with razor-sharp cheekbones.) But the castle desperately needs a master, or else the Board of Magic will decommission it, leaving all the minions without the home they love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great romp you shouldn't leave to just the kids

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 02-08-16

wow! beyond description!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

absolutely amazing narration! incredible story- full of humor, wit & an uncharacteristicmy descriptive (for a children's story) portrayal of the fundamentals of healthy & unhealthy relationship

  • The Pinhoe Egg

  • By: Diana Wynne Jones
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

The Pinhoes don't want the Chrestomanci to find out that they've been misusing their magic, but when Cat finds a mysterious old egg at Gammer's place, the Chrestomanci is sure to notice. Author Diana Wynne Jones has won the prestigious Guardian and Mythopoeic Awards. The Pinhoe Egg, the fifth book in her popular Chrestomanci series, brings back Cat Chant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Diana Wynne Jones' Pinhoe Egg

  • By John on 05-31-10

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

a Diana wynne Jones classic, packed with fantasy, humor & clever twists & turns! worth every penny!

  • Winterling

  • By: Sarah Prineas
  • Narrated by: Erin Moon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

“We live here, my girl, because it is close to the Way, and echoes of its magic are felt in our world. The Way is a path leading to another place, where the people are governed by different rules. Magic runs through them and their land.” With her boundless curiosity and wild spirit, Fer has always felt that she doesn’t belong. Not when the forest is calling to her, when the rush of wind through branches feels more real than school or the quiet farms near her house. Then she saves an injured creature - he looks like a boy, but he’s really something else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Pleasure for My Daughter and I!

  • By Michael on 04-14-12

wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

an excellent start to a trilogy packed with magic, wonder & the true meaning of bonds & friendship

  • Who Will Love Me Now?

  • Neglected, Unloved and Rejected: A Little Girl Desperate for a Home to Call Her Own
  • By: Maggie Hartley
  • Narrated by: Penny MacDonald
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

At just 10 years old, Kirsty has already suffered a lifetime of heartache and suffering. Neglected by her teenage mother and taken into care, Kirsty thought she had found her forever family when she is fostered by Pat and Mike, who she comes to see as her real mum and dad. But when Pat has a heart attack and collapses in front of her, Kirsty's foster family says it's all her fault. They blame her temper tantrums for putting Pat under stress and they don't want Kirsty in their lives anymore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing heart

  • By gina on 01-19-18

very real

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

Reviewed: 12-25-17

wonderful story; great performance
there are a bit too many repetitive phrases & there is way too much use of the word brilliant. otherwise, it was brilliant!;)

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  • Hope Was Here

  • By: Joan Bauer
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Hope's used to thinking on her feet - she hasn't become a terrific waitress by accident. But when she and her aunt Addie move from New York City to a small town in Wisconsin to run the Welcome Stairways Diner, she isn't sure she'll fit in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-25-15

excellent!

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

dumbstruck...
the story alone is a masterpiece, filled with raw emotion, real life challenges, useful tips & lots of humor
the narrator does the story justice- excellent!

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,208
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,057
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,072

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

worth every penny

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

a powerful depiction of racism in the 60s. A hard look at the inside of our own minds & how much we fight to keep things status quo