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Tomie DePaola's Mother Goose 
    
    
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        Tomie DePaola
    
    


    
    
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        Allyson Johnson
    
    


    
    Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
    3 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • Tomie DePaola's Mother Goose

  • By: Tomie DePaola
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Tomie DePaola's Mother Goose is a collection of Mother Goose nursery rhymes, including well-known ones such as "Little Boy Blue", and less familiar ones, such as "Charlie Warlie and his cow."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Need the book

  • By Auntie Reader on 12-23-18

Need the book

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

This is a wonderful audio accompaniment to the book, that would allow very young readers to hear Tomi read the story while they followed along in the book.

  • Roverandom

  • By: J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

While on holiday in 1925, four-year-old Michael Tolkien lost his beloved toy dog on the beach at Filey in Yorkshire. To console him, his father, J.R.R. Tolkien, improvised a story about Rover, a real dog who is magically transformed into a toy and is forced to seek out the wizard who wronged him in order to be returned to normal. This charming tale, peopled by a sand-sorcerer and a terrible dragon, by the king of the sea and the Man-in-the-Moon, went through several drafts over the years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Magic from Tolkien and Jacobi!

  • By Jefferson on 09-05-10

An absolute joy

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

I love this little known book by Tolkien, and Jacobi gives a masterful reading. I've listened to it countless times, and always am mesmerized by this very accessible story, with relateable characters, many foreshadowing his later characters in "The Lord of The Rings" trilogy.

  • David Suchet Audio Bible - New International Version, NIV: New Testament

  • By: New International Version
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 118

Ever since he became a Christian at the age of 40, it has been Poirot actor David Suchet's dream to make an audio recording of the whole Bible. In between filming the final episodes of Poirot, David Suchet spent over 200 hours in the recording studio to create the very first full-length audio version of the NIV Bible spoken by a single British actor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice recording, but needs much better navigation

  • By Richard on 08-21-15

Again with the Omnibus, chapter-less wonders

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

No way to go to a particular book, or chapter. Virtually a huge shame, with such a prolific and talented reader as David Suchet. Really a shame.

  • Fairy Tales Stories 1

  • By: Hans Christian Andersen
  • Narrated by: Brian Kelly
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

This is a collection of a few stories by Hans Christian Andersen including "Emperor's New Clothes", "The Ugly Duckling", "Thumbellina", "The Brave Little Tin Soldier", "There is No Doubt About It".

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Another omnibus

  • By Auntie Reader on 12-23-18

Another omnibus

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

As with all the omnibus editions I have bought so far there is no way to go directly to a particular story, no list of chapters and page numbers. A BIG oversight and makes these editions virtually useless.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 10 Masterpieces You Have to Listen Before You Die 2

  • By: Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Kate Chopin, and others
  • Narrated by: Brian Kelly, Sinead Dixon, Claire Walsh, and others
  • Length: 74 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 40

This Audiobook contains the following works arranged alphabetically by authors last names: "Emma" by Jane Austen, "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë, "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin, "Heart of Darkness" byJoseph Conrad, "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London, "The Dunwich Horror" by H.P Lovecraft, "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu, "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Awful Narrations...but practically free.

  • By SpiderGrrl on 01-11-19

Omnibus editionss

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

The problem with these omnibus editions is that there is no good way to locate a particular book you want to read as each "book" has different stories, all in an unknowable sequence, so you might open one "book" and get the ending of one story, a couple of more stories and half of the last. No way to tell which "book" has the rest of the story begun in this "book" I will not buy these editions again. They're cheep, because they are horribly frustrating.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Tumtum and Nutmeg

  • By: Emily Bearn
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

Tumtum and Nutmeg is the first of a series of children's books by author Emily Bearn. The book is about Mr and Mrs Nutmouse who live in Nutmouse Hall, situated within the broom cupboard of Rose Cottage. Tumtum and Nutmeg have a wonderful life but the children who live in Rose Cottage, Arthur and Lucy, are miserable. So, one day Tumtum and Nutmeg decide to cheer them up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable!

  • By Y. Pavlenko on 08-23-17

A Delightful New Series

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

What did you love best about Tumtum and Nutmeg?

They are so cute and real..Nutmeg off in the kitchen and bustling round, and Tum Tum off in the library reading (and their nicknames for each other. I especially like the reference of Tum Tum's "tum"

The Story was a page turner but what surprised me is that I liked so much the terrible Aunty! She made me giggle a lot. It could have been horrifying (and was a bit) but she is so over the top you end of loving to hate her!

This will be a book fun to read over again

What other book might you compare Tumtum and Nutmeg to and why?

I dislike comparing books; apples are apples and oranges are oranges. But if you like anthropomorphic stories, you would probably like "The Wind in the Willows", which of course IS a classic, but for much more distant generation.

Have you listened to any of Bill Wallis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I haven't but I quite like his dialect and think it suits the story to a T.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tumtum and Nutmeg: A Seaside Adventure

  • By: Emily Bearn
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Hidden in the broom cupboard of Rose Cottage is the most delightful little house. Shh, it’s a secret. No one knows it’s there... This is the home of Tumtum and Nutmeg... When Arthur and Lucy are sent to stay with their Uncle Jeremy at the seaside, Tumtum and Nutmeg decide to go along and keep an eye on them. But then the mice stumble upon an abandoned doll’s house and a mysterious treasure map - and all sorts of adventures unfold!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Wholesome and Happy Good Time for Little Kids

  • By Morro Schreiber on 02-23-13

Gentle adventure for little people

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

Would you listen to Tumtum and Nutmeg: A Seaside Adventure again? Why?

I enjoyed this book very much and the illustrations in the hardcover are delightful.
My only complaint is that often Bill Wallis voice becomes so soft it is difficult to hear. That may be a problem with my Kindle, I thought Mr. Wallis' country dialect perfect for the story.

The characters were funny and real and even the "bad" characters had an appeal to them. I think this may be a classic series in years to come!

What three words best describe Bill Wallis’s voice?

authentic, warm, delightful

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Child's Garden of Verses

  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Robert Louis Stevenson's "Happy Thought" betokens all the joy and wonder of A Child's Garden of Verses. The poetic musings of this well-loved classic recapture childhood mysteries that range from the everyday rituals of home ("The Land of Nod," "Escape at Bedtime," and "My Bed Is a Boat") to the curiosities of a wider world ("Foreign Lands," "Pirate Story," and "Where Go the Boats?").

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasure to listen!

  • By Auntie Reader on 08-04-17

A pleasure to listen!

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

What made the experience of listening to A Child's Garden of Verses the most enjoyable?

I remember my mother reading me some of these when I was quite small, and they've stuck in my mind and heart for over 70 years! This edition is wonderfully read by a young woman who does a masterful job of imparting the innocence and awe of the child mind, giving such a transparent reading that she disappears and you are with RLS as you explore his world. RLS in his dedication poem says it perfectly...
"And grant it, Heaven, that all who read...
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And every child who lists my rhyme,
In the bright, fireside, nursery clime,
May hear it in as kind a voice
As made my childish days rejoice!"

Which scene was your favorite?

I know that RLS was sickly as a child (he never was strong and died when he was only 44) However in all his verses for children, especially "The Land of Counterpane" (such a fun old-fashioned word for bedspread; although it may need some explaining). It may be a bit bittersweet from an adults view point, one gets no feeling of self pity from the author.
On the contrary his views are simple and appealing and invite you to journey with him for a unique look at his world. His sense of wonder and freshness is similar to what I've felt with Dr. Seuss and Maurice Sendak. But comparing is a losing game. They are all unique and wonderful.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Mysterious Island

  • By: Jules Verne, Jordan Stump - translator
  • Narrated by: Berny Clark
  • Length: 19 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,305

Based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, who survived alone for almost five years on an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile, The Mysterious Island is considered by many to be Jules Verne’s masterpiece. “Wide-eyed mid-nineteenth-century humanistic optimism in a breezy, blissfully readable translation by Stump” (Kirkus Reviews), here is the enthralling tale of five men and a dog who land in a balloon on a faraway, fantastic island of bewildering goings-on and their struggle to survive....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful novel, mediocre translation

  • By Tad Davis on 03-26-12

Totally enthralling story

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

Reviewed: 07-15-16

If you could sum up The Mysterious Island in three words, what would they be?

Exiting, intriguing, addictive

What other book might you compare The Mysterious Island to and why?

Like Swiss Family Robinson, but more focused on the science. The relationship between the characters is familial and supportive and inspiring.

Have you listened to any of Berny Clark’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I haven't. Would love to try!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, it is too long for that, but I did listen in large time shares, say 45 minutes to an hour at a sitting.

Any additional comments?

Can't believe I haven't read this before. Very underrated, should be mandatory reading along with Swiss Family Robinson and Robinson Crusoe.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised)

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: John Gielgud
  • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

The Importance of Being Earnest is probably the wittiest comedy in the English language; it is certainly the least earnest. The subtitle, "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People", gives a clear indication of its nature. It is a play about the only subjects that Oscar Wilde would admit taking seriously: wit, elegance, and paradox.

  • out of 5 stars
  • the Gielgud voice - what a joy

  • By Tom on 06-13-10

Dissapointing

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

Reviewed: 01-26-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

What a dissapointment. This "live" recording should be wonderful, but it is so faint in some places one can hardly and mostly not hear the lines. I remember seeing the original performance years ago, and the performance of Sir John and cast were just pitch perfect for Wilde's comedy.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Gielgud?

No one, he is perfect.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The book/play was great. This performance, because of technical problems, is abysmal.

Any additional comments?

I should be ashamed to charge for this item. It is very flawed.