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  • A Little Princess

  • By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Narrated by: Virginia Leishman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637

Ten-year-old Sarah Crue lives life like a princess until tragedy strikes, taking away her fine clothes and privileges. Without her velvet and silk and French maids, she's no longer the envy of all the girls at Miss Minchin's London boarding school, and even has to live in the school's attic, working for the students who were once her friends. Will Sarah's spirit remain unbowed? Follow her through her trials and triumphs in this unforgettable tale beloved by children the world over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Credit Worthy Narration

  • By File Squirrel on 08-29-09

This timeless classic....

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-17

...is well narrated, making it a worthwhile investment. All girls whether young or young-at-heart, should read or listen to this book. It is my second favorite book from my own childhood (the first being Heidi), and I still find great pleasure in it. The movie done with Shirley Temple was cute, but the original story is best. All girls should be someone's little princess.

Sara Crew reminds us that being true to oneself is not always easy, but well worth the effort. Who we are and who we become is ultimately in our own hands. This is as true today as in the period written about.

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  • Dragonsong: Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 1

  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Sally Darling
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,245

Dragonsong is the spellbinding tale of Menolly of Half Circle Hold, a brave young girl who flees her seaside village and discovers the legendary fire lizards of Pern. All her life, Menolly has longed to learn the ancient secrets of the Harpers, the master musicians of Harper Hall. When her stern father denies her the chance to make her dream come true, Menolly runs away from home. Hiding in a cave by the sea, she finds nine magical fire lizards who join her on a breathtaking journey to Harper Hall.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Grandma tells a story

  • By Trisandra Lunanova on 07-22-16

Anne McCaffrey at her best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-17

The three books comprising the Harper Hall trilogy are my favorites. Granted, I love all her books, but this trilogy is special to me. Menolly lives on a world where most women are not expected to be more than servants and wombs. But, Menolly has a talent, which her father believes to be an embarrassment. He forcefully denies her using it, and when she is injured, her wound is allowed to heal wrong, disabling her. She is about as suppressed and depressed as a girl can be. If you want to learn how she becomes an influential success, you must read these books!

  • The Ice Dragon

  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Maggi Meg Reed
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 536

The ice dragon was a creature of legend and fear, for no man had ever tamed one. When it flew overhead, it left in its wake desolate cold and frozen land. But Adara was not afraid. For Adara was a winter child, born during the worst freeze that anyone, even the Old Ones, could remember.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • G. R. R. Martin and Dragon's make a good listen

  • By James on 01-27-12

A sad story...or is it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-16

As one would expect from the author of "Game of Thrones", the story is a sad/happy one. Only George Martin could write a story with a happy ending while maintaining a sad story. Or is it the other way around? It depends on which compass point you look at it from, north or south.

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  • Catacombs

  • A Tale of the Barque Cats, Book 2
  • By: Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

In Catalyst, award-winning authors Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough introduced listeners to the beguiling Barque Cats: spacefaring felines who serve aboard starships as full-fledged members of the crew. Highly evolved, the cats share an almost telepathic bond with their minders, or Cat Persons — until, suddenly, there is no “almost” about it, and a particular Barque Cat, Chester, learns to ex- change thoughts with his human friend, Jubal. Other cats soon gain the same ability.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Read the book, not worth the listen

  • By Kiddy on 09-03-11

Meeeeeow!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-16

Great story, but, like others, I became annoyed by the baby sounding voices the reader gave the kittens. I know there must be a third story forthcoming or already done. I will devour it like a fishy treat.

  • Catalyst

  • A Tale of the Barque Cats, Book 1
  • By: Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 259

Thomas's Duchess is no ordinary cat. She's a purebred Barque Cat, trained to patrol the ship on which she serves, sniffing out oxygen leaks and spotting other problems. But when a corrupt government announces it has found an epidemic that requires the impounding and possible destruction of animals across the galaxy - Barque Cats included - two young people, a kitten, and a mysterious, powerful cat with a hidden agenda, are all that stand between the galaxy's animals and total destruction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wait till the rest are available.

  • By Scraps on 11-21-10

McCaffery and Scarborough together again

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-16

I am pleased that the beautiful Barque cats are getting their story told. I remember the first time I heard them mentioned in Anne McCaffrey's "The Rowan", and was intrigued. As expected, the story is well written, and leaves you anxious and hopefull for a series. While written for young adults, older folk (especially those owned by a cat or two) should enjoy "Catalyst" as well.