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  • The Peter Rabbit Collection

  • By: Beatrix Potter
  • Narrated by: Peter Batchelor
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 483
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379

Beatrix Potter's most famous tales in one wonderful collection. Contains The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, The Tale of Two Bad Mice, The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan, and many more!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not unabridged

  • By S. Huss on 01-17-17

kids have listened many times

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

a great break for Mom! my kids love it and have listened many times. a classic

  • Three Tales of My Father's Dragon

  • My Father's Dragon; Elmer and the Dragon; The Dragons of Blueland
  • By: Ruth Stiles Gannett
  • Narrated by: Robert Serva
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

The classic fantasy trilogy of Elmer Elevator and the flying baby dragon has delighted children and their parents for generations. Now, on the occasion of their 50th anniversary, Random House is proud to bring the three timeless tales together in one commemorative edition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic my children and I love to listen to!

  • By Jeremy Hildebrand on 03-05-19

Totally awesome and the best according to a 6 and 9 year old

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-18

My son has loved this series since he was four. Now he (9) and his little sister (6) listen to it on Audible and enjoy the ingenuity and humor. I asked them for their reviews and they had nothing but superlatives. Totally awesome. The best. Absolutely hilarious. They listen to a wide variety of good quality books and this continues to be a favorite

  • All-of-a-Kind Family

  • By: Sydney Taylor
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

It's the turn of the 20th century in New York's Lower East Side and a sense of adventure and excitement abounds for five young sisters. Follow along on their adventures and experience their holiday fun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story about family life.

  • By lavenderknitter on 10-27-15

Kids 9 and 6 can't get enough All of a Kind Family

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

As a mom, I appreciate that the books encourage responsibility, family, relationships, etc and teach about a religion we don't know enough about and a part of history that's often skipped in school (urban turn of the century). I like that the characters are "real" people who mess up and are loved through it all.

My kids love that they are just plain good books, well written, interesting, fun. Every chapter is a stand alone story though the characters develop over time so it's good for a bedtime story because there aren't cliffhangers.

  • The Divided Mind

  • By: John E. Sarno
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht, James Boles
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341

The Divided Mind is the crowning achievement of Dr. John E. Sarno's long and successful career as a groundbreaking medical pioneer. While his earlier books dealt almost exclusively with musculoskeletal pain disorders, here Dr. Sarno addresses the entire spectrum of psychosomatic (mind-body) disorders.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the whole book

  • By Melinda on 07-02-13

I wanted to love it

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

I really wanted to love this book. I've seen how the mind-body connection causes so much suffering that is inadequately treated by considering it a purely physical phenomenon. I listened to The Body Keeps the Score first (really fabulous book, highly recommend) and I think that's why I'm disappointed in this one. In TBKTS, the author covered some of the same information but managed to mix personal anecdotes and data in a way that was far more convincing and even though he also discussed what's wrong with modern Western medicine, it was never in a condemning way. I did appreciate that Sarno seemed sympathetic to his patients but by essentially saying that everything (from pain to cancer) is due to suppressed rage, I really felt like he was missing the true suffering of the patient. And labeling what is probably a trauma reaction as suppressed rage is not adequate imo.

Sarno is certainly a trailblazer in mind-body medicine but I returned the book and will be trying a different one. If you or someone you love suffers from chronic pain and this book or learning about TMS has helped you, I'd highly recommend following it up with The Body Keeps the Score.

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  • You Need a Budget

  • The Proven System for Breaking the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle, Getting out of Debt, and Living the Life You Want
  • By: Jesse Mecham
  • Narrated by: Jesse Mecham
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349

For most people, budgeting conjures up the same feelings as, say, prison and dieting. But your initial instinct couldn't be further from the truth. You just haven't budgeted the right way. You Need a Budget will teach you four simple rules to completely revolutionize the way you think about managing your money. With a budget, you'll break the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle, get out of debt, and save more money. A liberating, enabling, empowering budget will actually make you feel more free, not more restricted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beginning Budgeter

  • By Brant on 12-29-17

Encouraging, focuses on goals and dreams

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

I'm in a stage of my life when I'm needing to assess my short and long term goals. I had a sense that money comes into this but wow, this book made me realize that by really embracing my budget, I can pursue my goals more effectively. I feel so much more hopeful!

And no guilt in the book... he talks about people who choose travel over college savings or to increase their grocery budget rather than cut their spending. It all comes down to making conscious decisions about your money rather than blindly wandering through life.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Hold Me Tight

  • Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
  • By: Dr. Sue Johnson
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,626
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,220

In Hold Me Tight, Dr. Johnson shares her groundbreaking and remarkably successful program for creating stronger, more secure relationships. The message of Hold Me Tight is simple: Forget about learning how to argue better, analyzing your early childhood, making grand romantic gestures, or experimenting with new sexual positions. Instead, get to the emotional underpinnings of your relationship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most Sensible book on Repairing Relationships!

  • By Debra on 11-05-12

Makes sense

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

I read this and The Body Keeps the Score together. I'm now seeing the world (and my marriage) completely differently. There is an underlying emotional logic to people's behaviors, our arguments, everything. I will definitely be applying what I learned to my own life and have already recommended this book to others.

  • My Life with the Chimpanzees

  • By: Jane Goodall
  • Narrated by: Jane Goodall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

At 23, Jane Goodall made her first voyage to Africa and began her determined steps to achieve her goal of studying animals by living among them. In My Life with the Chimpanzees, she shares the remarkable journey which took her from her childhood in London to the realization of her dream in the wilds of Gombe, Tanzania.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Feels a bit lightweight

  • By Ian on 10-07-12

Held the Attention of the Entire Family

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

We played this on our Chromecast in the living room. Ages 5, 8, 19, middle aged parents. We were all enthralled. The two youngest are begging to listen to all of her books. The only complaint was my very sensitive son didn't like "all the dead chimps"...but in was done gently and with the emotions appropriate to the death of a good animal with social connections so overall was touching more than disturbing. I teared up at the story of the elderly mama chimp and her loyal son (previously a spoiled brat who ended up being the comfort of her old age). My sensitive son's favorite was the daring rescue of the chimp who fell in the water. My daughter's favorite part was the detailed descriptions of how she earned the trust of the chimps. We definitely plan on listening to the rest of her books after this pleasant first taste! I also really appreciated that she narrated the book herself...I felt like I really got to know her.

  • Eight Cousins

  • or The Aunt Hill
  • By: Louisa May Alcott
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

Recently orphaned, young Rose Campbell is sent to the "Aunt Hill", where Uncle Alex, her six aunts, and seven boy cousins live in noisy confusion. It is nothing like the quiet girls’ boarding school that has been Rose’s home for the past year. Surrounded by a bewildering array of pets, relatives, and unfamiliar foods, the fragile girl wonders if she will ever get used to this new life. Fortunately, Uncle Alex is her guardian. He keeps the aunts from coddling her too much, and makes sure that she has plenty of time to play outside with her cousins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific rendition of a beloved children's classic

  • By Kate McMurry on 01-25-15

Too Much Fun to Think of It as aClassic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-17

I loved this book as a child so decided to listen now in my middle age. I was surprised by how many thoroughly modern and feminist ideas it contained. The treatment of Fun See is unfortunate but fairly progressive for its time. Rose herself is a model of grit, independence, and all those other traits I want my own children to learn. I will definitely be sharing it with them!

  • Anne of Windy Poplars

  • By: L. M. Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Tara Ward
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497

Anne Shirley has left Redmond College behind to begin a new job and a new chapter of her life away from Green Gables. Now she faces a new challenge: the Pringles. They're known as the royal family of Summerside - and they quickly let Anne know she is not the person they wanted to be principal of Summerside High School.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Curse You Narrator Change!

  • By Carole on 11-12-17

A good escape listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-17

This is great for getting your mind off anything. It's generally happy but with a complex enough set of overlapping characters and storylines to get your mind off your own stress

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  • Understood Betsy

  • By: Dorothy Canfield
  • Narrated by: Bobbie Frohman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

Elizabeth Ann was orphaned at an early age and raised by her maiden aunts in the busy city. But suddenly illness forces the aunts to send her to other relatives: the Putnams, who live in the country on a farm. Elizabeth Ann learns all about the farm and making butter and applesauce and dearly loves the the life there. Then, one of the aunts comes back and wants to take her back to the city. Such a dilemma!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved by kids, mom, and dad!

  • By knittymama on 03-11-17

Loved by kids, mom, and dad!

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

Reviewed: 03-11-17

This was my favorite book as a child and I read it many times, so I'm fairly biased. :-) But I didn't announce this to the kids when I bought it and several others from Audible. They started listening while I was at work and when I got home both kids and Dad/husband were sitting silently, hanging on every word.

I loved this story because it shows the transformation of a shy anxious child (which I was) into a spunky, confident person (which I am now, partly thanks to the influence of this book). It is a great story but also something of a treatise on the author's beliefs about child development, education, etc. The adults are kind and helpful but also give Betsy the opportunity to learn to think independently, problem solve, etc. She learns to deal with test anxiety, pride, lack of attention, scary situations, etc. There are some heavy topics (including a child with an alcoholic step father) but all dealt with in a way that I felt was entirely appropriate for by almost-5 year old. Characters are not one dimensional. At the end, we are able to see Aunt Frances (Betsy's original caregiver) in a whole new light

The book is about a girl but very appropriate for boys too--my 8 year old son especially enjoyed all the small adventures --rescuing a little girl who fell into the "wolf pit" (no wolves involved), getting lost at the fair, etc.

We all liked the narrator. She does a good job with pacing and emotion and uses slightly different voices during dialogue so you can easily follow who is saying what. Even with how many times I've read the book, I felt like I understood the characters better after hearing this narrator read them. My kids like almost any narrator but I'm really picky so that's a high compliment.

I would recommend pre-reading if you have a child under about 6 or an especially sensitive child--the book starts off with Betsy being sent away from the only family she's ever known. But ultimately, I would highly recommend this book and this performance of it for the whole family.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful