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  • Dragon School: First Flight (Volume 1)

  • By: Sarah K. L. Wilson
  • Narrated by: Jigisha Patel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Sixteen-year-old Amel arrived at Dragon School just like everyone else - with a dream to ride dragons and join the Dominion Dragon Riders. But Amel has a crippled leg, and Dragon School training is grueling. Before she can even become an initiate, she must complete her First Flight on a dragon. Can Amel survive First Flight and become a Dragon School initiate, or will her dreams dash on the rocks below? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Down to earth!

  • By Gabriele George on 07-31-18

A simple, quick fun story

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I imagine that this brief story is intended to entertain new young readers, and I think it would do that. I doubt anyone will get lost in the plot. The narrator, however, delivers a reading rather than a performance, with the result that one needs to imagine how the characters would really express themselves. There are so many good narrators these days; perhaps Patel can develop into one.
A good listen at the sale price; too short for the full price.

  • Witch & Wizard

  • By: James Patterson, Gabrielle Charbonnet
  • Narrated by: Spencer Locke, Elijah Wood
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 755

The world is changing - the government has seized control of almost everything and kids are disappearing. For 15 year-old Wisty and her older brother, Whit, life turns upside-down when they are hauled out of bed one night, separated from their parents, and thrown into a secret compound for no reason they can comprehend, except that the new government is clearly trying to suppress Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Quick listen, but seems quickly written.

  • By Jason on 12-23-09

I expected better

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

Lacking subtlety, the story refuses to turn itself into literature. Bibbidi bobbidi boo. Or is it Bippity Boppity Boo? A question more interesting than the story.

  • All Our Pretty Songs

  • By: Sarah McCarry
  • Narrated by: Renata Friedman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

In the lush and magical Pacific Northwest live two best friends who grew up like sisters: charismatic, mercurial, and beautiful Aurora, and the devoted, watchful narrator. Each of them is incomplete without the other. But their unbreakable bond is challenged when a mysterious and gifted musician named Jack comes between them. His music is like nothing I have ever heard. It is like the ocean surging, the wind that blows across the open water, the far call of gulls. Suddenly, each girl must decide what matters most: friendship, or love. What both girls don’t know is that the stakes are even higher than either of them could have imagined.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tuneless

  • By Bruce on 12-13-18

Tuneless

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I was suckered in by "In the lush and magical Pacific Northwest". It was pretty much down hill from there. Standard tropes - dead dad, dysfunctional other adults, aimless juveniles. Maybe not a good PR for pot.

  • The Dark Talent

  • Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Ramon de Ocampo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919

Alcatraz Smedry doesn't seem destined for anything but disaster. On his 13th birthday, he receives a bag of sand, which is quickly stolen by the cult of evil Librarians plotting to take over the world. The sand will give the Librarians the edge they need to achieve world domination. Alcatraz must stop them...by infiltrating the local library, armed with nothing but eyeglasses and a talent for klutziness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to the end!

  • By avery on 09-09-16

Came to a point where I didn't care

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

I read the series, at times entertained, other times annoyed (too many footnotes), but finally in this book I came to the point that I did not care what happened. I really wasn't listening, it wasn't worth finishing.

  • The Accident Season

  • By: Moïra Fowley-Doyle
  • Narrated by: Colby Minifie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

Every October, Cara and her family become inexplicably and unavoidably accident prone. Some years it's bad, like the season when her father died, and some years it's just a lot of cuts and scrapes. This accident season - when Cara; her ex-stepbrother, Sam; and her best friend, Bea, are 17 - is going to be a bad one. But not for the reasons they think.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different in all the good ways.

  • By Erin Smith on 04-14-17

Starts out cute, but does not stay that way

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

The story starts out cute, a creative tale of horror anticipating the close of October. But as the story progresses in this YA novel, an urge builds up in me to grab a knife and slice off the Y. At least to ward off unwary readers not comfortable with horror in drunken orgies and from abusive step Dads. And a few other themes. That done, the sophistication of the telling of the story, not the joy of reading it, is what I remember, so I give it high marks.

  • Touch Magic

  • Fantasy, Faerie, & Folklore in the Literature of Childhood
  • By: Jane Yolen
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Murphy
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Subtitled Fantasy, Faerie, and Folklore in the Literature of Childhood, this small book of essays was first my position papers for the EdD I never quite got. Originally published in hardcover by Philomel and then brought out a few years later in a trade paperback, this book of essays has become well identified with me. And the phrase, "Touch magic, pass it on" shows up in the oddest places. After five years out of print, the book in an expanded and revised edition has been reissued by the folklore publisher August House.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • so glad I found this

  • By Kindle Customer on 01-12-15

Nice refresher course

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

A nice refresher course of significant works in the last 150 years that have captivated our imagination. Good counterweight to other impulse of our era to cut free from the imperialism of inherited language, custom and modes of thought. I am sure there is a balance in there somewhere.

  • Across the Universe

  • By: Beth Revis
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ambrose
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 417

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, 300 years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end 50 years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth the listen!

  • By Kelli on 02-28-11

Did not connect

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Dystopian stories predicated on mindless herds of adults are losing their enchantment for me. And doesn't anyone else find it really weird that a multibillion dollar venture like this is put into the hands of a mid-teen who is labeled "Elder"? It's one thing to wake up and have to heroically cope. It is another to be so tagged by design - maybe that is why they are doomed.

  • No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished

  • Heartstrikers, Book 3
  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 18 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,574
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,352

When Julius overthrew his mother and took control of his clan, he thought he was doing right by everyone. But sharing power isn't part of any proper dragon's vocabulary, and with one seat still open on the new ruling council, all of Heartstriker is ready to do whatever it takes to get their claws on it, including killing the Nice Dragon who got them into this mess in the first place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hold on tight

  • By Tracey Grubb on 09-15-16

Tension rises

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

As the tension rises and the multiplicity of agendas becomes apparent, the story demands more attention. So I raise the story grade a point over book 2. But I still think characters are uni-dimensional even if they flip sides. Not sure if I would feel connected to any of them except that Julius has his human. The fast pace also demands a lot of plot devices (instantaneous grasping of concepts, situations, or not; variable sizes and travel speeds as needed; magic as needed; invisible but oh-so-important humanity). I was more intrigued by the dragon's horcrux concept. Wondering if we are going to see a new Tess (of ST Voyager). We already have a Q or 2. But am happy that at last the ultimate evil character is Mother.

  • One Good Dragon Deserves Another

  • Heartstrikers, Book 2
  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,613

After barely escaping the machinations of his terrifying mother, two all-knowing seers, and countless bloodthirsty siblings, the last thing Julius wants to see is another dragon. Unfortunately for him, the only thing more dangerous than being a useless Heartstriker is being a useful one. Now that he's got an in with the Three Sisters, Julius has become a key pawn in Bethesda the Heartstriker's gamble to put her clan on top.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still fun and funny, with a few minor issues

  • By Wesley on 10-22-15

A fun diversion - nothing to linger over

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

Rudolph saves the day. The girl gets her dragon. The unbeatables are vanquished. Revenge is in the air. Time to move on to the next book. Nothing to linger over.

  • Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,879
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,889

The author of the Mistborn trilogy and Elantris, Brandon Sanderson is winning abundant praise for this rollicking - and unusual - tale. Alcatraz Smedry can’t exactly be described as someone who doesn’t break things. In fact, he breaks lots of things. The truth is, he’s a major klutz. Breaking things, however, might just be the ace in the hole he needs when he goes up against a cabal of nefarious (gasp!) librarians.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Entertaining + Great Narration

  • By JARED on 08-19-12

Fast and fun

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

After venturing into tedious adult fantasy stories, so good to get back to something snappy and fun. And if you have ever tried to explain post modernist style to anyone, the narrator gives so many good one-liners. On to book 2...