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  • The Wizards of Once

  • By: Cressida Cowell
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468

Once there were Wizards, who were Magic, and Warriors, who were not. But Xar, son of the King of Wizards, can't cast a single spell. And Wish, daughter of the Warrior Queen, has a banned magical object of her own. When they collide in the wildwood, on the trail of a deadly witch, it's the start of a grand adventure that just might change the fabric of their worlds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!

  • By Teresa on 11-03-17

The best thing ever

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

I just love this book and i really recommend you guys read this, plus How To Train You’re Dragon read by the same reader😜😎🐍🦎🐢🐉🐲🐾🧝‍♀️🧝‍♂️🧙‍♀️🎧🙂😍

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Amazing Mystery Show

  • The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Vol. 123
  • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • Narrated by: Aimee Lilly
  • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

The Boxcar Children have been chosen to be on an exciting new show! A camera crew is following the Aldens around the city of Philadelphia as they compete with another team in a search for clues. But the search isn’t easy, and someone is giving them the wrong directions! Who is trying to ruin the game?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By Fournet on 07-08-16

The Boxcar Children go Reality TV

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

Reviewed: 12-30-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It had to happen: The kids are on a reality TV show. We've been cracking up as the times have changed but the kids are still the same age. They went from the original setting in the 1920s (the first book) to cell phones and reality TV (this last one). But some things never change - the cracked pink cup figures prominently in the this story? Spoiler alert: Would someone really hold the cracked pink cup hostage to win a reality TV show?!?!

Any additional comments?

We've listened to 124 of these Boxcar Children books now. (We do a lot of driving.) All in perfect chronological succession. Is there anyone else out there who's done that?

  • The Woodshed Mystery

  • The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 7
  • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • Narrated by: Aimee Lilly
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

The Alden children are staying at the New England farmhouse where their grandfather grew up. There are many stories and legends about the old farm, and there's a woodshed near the house that holds a surprising secret...a secret that dates all the way back to the Revolutionary War!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By karyn on 02-25-17

Better than some of the earlier Boxcar mysteries

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

The author is hitting her stride now. More mystery, less insipid stuff. Still good, clean, old-fashioned fun listening for kids.

  • Mike's Mystery

  • The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

The Alden children are visiting Aunt Jane when a nearby house burns down. Their friend Mike is blamed for starting the fire! Can the Aldens help find the real criminal?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By M.Mitchell on 05-04-17

My 6 yr old loves these

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

Reviewed: 05-09-15

My 6 yr old loves these
But ....
They're good, old-fashioned, squeaky clean fun
But ...
The sexism
The old world values about wealth and commerce
I feel like I need to reset her attitudes about certain issues after each story.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Circle

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,891
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,248
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,266

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying look at a techno-destruction of privacy

  • By FinanceBuzz on 01-20-14

Worth reading

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

Reviewed: 02-07-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd recommend "The Circle" b/c it's a good, timely listen and it's an engrossing story. Especially in Silicon Valley, where I live, it has great relevance. The parallels to Google and Facebook are worth considering. Every time I open the newspaper and read a story about yet another new innovation on the Google or Facebook campuses, I realize just how prescient this novel was. (And yes, I still read the paper version of "the paper." So indeed, I do "open the newspaper.")

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • How to Train Your Dragon: How to Steal a Dragon's Sword

  • By: Cressida Cowell
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 317

The How to Train Your Dragon series chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Viking underdog Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III and his dragon, Toothless. In Book 9, a dragon rebellion is coming - filled with the meanest, nastiest dragons in the Archipelago. Razor-wings, Tonguetwisters, and Vampire Ghouldeaths are attacking Vikings and seem to be seeking one soul in particular: Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-08-15

Getting heavy but still entertaining

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

Reviewed: 02-07-15

Would you listen to How to Train Your Dragon: How to Steal a Dragon's Sword again? Why?

Absolutely! I'd listen again. So would my 6-year-old daughter.

What other book might you compare How to Train Your Dragon: How to Steal a Dragon's Sword to and why?

All of the "How to Train..." books are great for listening.

What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

David Tennant does an amazing Scottish brogue. He also is good at voicing different characters. I especially like his take on Fishlegs. So funny!

Any additional comments?

By the end of the series, things are getting dark, indeed. As the author says. But it's worth listening.
BTW, Cressida Cowell is my new favorite author. There's no other "voice" in the business quite like hers. For the fart, hairy armpit and odor jokes, alone, she's worth reading.
If I could sit down over dinner with any author, she'd be my choice. I'll bet she's just fun to joke around with. She and my daughter would have a blast together. They'd probably fall on the floor laughing.

  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

  • The Magical Car
  • By: Ian Fleming
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

"Crackpot" is what everybody calls the Pott family. So when they go to buy a new car and come back with a wreck, nobody is surprised - except for the Potts themselves. First, the car has a name, and she tells them what it is! Then they find out that she can fly...and swim. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a car on a mission to stop a criminal gang in its tracks - and she's taking the Potts with her. Jump into theworld's most loved magical car for her first adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic!

  • By Karyn on 02-07-15

A classic!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-15

If you could sum up Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in three words, what would they be?

Classic clean fun

What did you like best about this story?

First, I love anything read by David Tennant. Second, it's just such a classic story. My six-year-old loved listening to this book. She's a tomboy and loves anything about cars. But having it read by David Tennant makes it even better.

What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

He's a phenomenal reader. His accent is to die for. I could listen to him for hours. He's at his best in the "How to Train Your Dragon" series. I'd listen to the entire series again just b/c of him.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful