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  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963

  • By: Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Narrated by: LeVar Burton
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744

Enter the hilarious world of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. There's Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, Kenny, and Byron, Kenny's older brother, who at thirteen is an "official juvenile delinquent." When Momma and Dad decide it's time for a visit to Grandma, Dad comes home with the amazing Ultra-Glide, and the Watsons set out on a trip like no other. Heading south, they're going to Birmingham, Alabama, and toward one of the darkest moments in America's history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and Poignant Look at Civil Rights Era

  • By EmilyK on 08-26-14

Entertaining but I didn't like the coarse language

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-06

My 10-year-old son and I enjoyed -- for the most part -- listening to this story together after his younger siblings went to bed. We both enjoyed the comic telling of the story, and the narrator is absolutely first-rate. The character development comes alive, although I didn't see where the plot was going for quite a while into the story. What I didn't like is any references to the coarser language that I do not want my homeschooled kids exposed to -- one of the reasons I homeschool is to avoid early exposure to things like vulgarities and coarse language (it'll come, I know, I know). So, I didn't appreciate references to "giving him the dirty finger" and "he said the s-word" and "get the hell away from me" and the like. It's a good story and I enjoyed the character development, but bad characters don't HAVE to curse and swear -- especially in a story that's geared towards children. In sum, I wouldn't let a child under 12 or 13 listen to this story, and even then, it'd depend on the circumstances. It's not a must-listen story, marred by the brief albeit troublesome references I've just noted.

6 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Patrick Fraley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

The idealized childhood of this fictional hero, based on Mark Twain's own early life, is filled with robust good humor and high-spirited adventures. Yet there is also an in-depth experience of the central South of the 1840s. While romping through fun-filled fantasy, Tom Sawyer shows how morally complicated real life can be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story my 9-year-old keeps returning to

  • By Centriculous on 04-10-05

A story my 9-year-old keeps returning to

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-05

One reason I got an Audible membership is to purchase titles that I can let my homeschooled children listen to -- great, classic literature especially. Of course, Tom Sawyer is an example of great American literature, and I don't have time to read it to my kids (oldest of whom are 9 and nearly 7). I will confess at this point that I haven't listened to the entire Tom Sawyer story -- yet. I am working my way through the excellent read. But I'm already giving this story a 5 star rating because of how it captivated my two kids, especially my 9-year-old boy. My son keeps playing and replaying the story because he enjoys it so much! I'm thrilled that he's immersing himself in some fun, well-written literature, and he's enjoying himself listening to the exploits of a boy probably not much different than he is, except my son is growing up in 21st century America. The story narrator is absolutely wonderful. I've found myself listening and re-listening to some of the story's early selections just because the narrator does a masterful job of both narrating the story and casting unique voices and personalities onto the story's characters. I marveled that another reviewer gave Tom Sawyer a 1-star rating saying his family couldn't bear to listen beyond the first two hours. I'm experiencing quite the opposite reaction in my own household. If you have children -- and even if you don't -- I think you'll most likely enjoy this story very much.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful