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  • By: Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by: Michael Welch
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

You know it's going to be a rough summer when you spend Father's Day visiting your dad in the local lockup.Noah's dad is sure that the owner of the Coral Queen casino boat is flushing raw sewage into the harbor, which has made taking a dip at the local beach like swimming in a toilet. He can't prove it though, and so he decides that sinking the boat will make an effective statement. Right. The boat is pumped out and back in business within days and Noah's dad is stuck in the clink.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Adequate, but something's missing

  • By Book reader on 09-15-05

Recorded sound quality is terrible.

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

The story is fun; the narrator is good; but the recorded sound quality is terrible. To actually hear parts of the story, we had to turn the volume up pretty high. The result is that it is alternately too loud or too soft. Very annoying. I don't know that it's the narrator's fault. It's just a very poor audio. (We've listened to over 75 books in the same manner, and this is the first issue we've had like this. It should be re-done.)

  • Wolf Hollow

  • By: Lauren Wolk
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333

Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby's strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for middle grade

  • By HappyReader on 05-29-17

Not for middle grade

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

Reviewed: 05-29-17

This is a well-written book, but it's too dark for for upper-elementary or lower-middle readers. Reviews typically compare to To Kill a Mockingbird. Even that book is more of a high school read.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Just My Luck

  • By: Cammie McGovern
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Fourth grade is not going at all how Benny Barrows hoped. He hasn't found a new best friend. He's still not a great bike rider - even though his brother, George, who's autistic, can do tricks. And, worst of all, he worries his dad's recent accident might be all his fault. Benny tries to take his mom's advice and focus on helping others and to take things one step at a time. But when his dad ends up in the hospital again, Benny doesn't know how he and his family will overcome all the bad luck that life seems to have thrown their way.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • First audio book my son has refused after starting

  • By HappyReader on 10-16-16

First audio book my son has refused after starting

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

Reviewed: 10-16-16

We listen to tons of audio books. This is the first one that my son has outright rejected. He started complaining at less than an hour but hung on for two. (He's 11 yo.) His description is that the book is depressing and the narrator is whiny. He'd absolutely had enough when the protagonist talked about how he would go to the nurse's office to cry. I see his point. The book is unrelentingly depressing in the first two hours. There is no humor, and the audio reader lacks energy and has a rather whiny, tired voice. I (50 yo psychologist) am still interested in the book, but it seems a miss for its intended audience. Other reviews on the written material are wonderful, but my hunch is that the positive reviews are primarily from adults. (It's compared to Wonder & Out of my Mind---and my son loved both of those, just for comparison...)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Peter and the Shadow Thieves

  • The Starcatchers, Book 2
  • By: Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,441
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149

Peter leaves the relative safety of Mollusk Island - along with his trusted companion, Tinker Bell - for the cold, damp, dangerous streets of London. On a difficult journey across the sea, he and Tink discover the dark and deadly slithering part-man/part-creature Lord Ombra, who is intent on recovering the missing starstuff.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than J. M. Barrie's original!

  • By Snoodely on 05-10-10

It doesn't get any better than this!

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

Reviewed: 01-13-16

For starters, Jim Dale is absolutely amazing as a reader. Hands down, the best in the business. He makes any story come alive with such richness and depth that you feel like you are right there in it! And, this is a rollicking good tale! Every bit as good as the first! My only "criticism" is that there is so much going on, that I got a little tired living through it! (Of course, that kind of liveliness is hardly a real criticism.) Suffice it to say that both mom and 10 yo boy were absolutely riveted.

  • Demon Dentist

  • By: David Walliams
  • Narrated by: David Walliams
  • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

The new jaw-achingly funny novel from David Walliams, the number-one best-selling author! Make your appointment if you dare…. Darkness had come to the town. Strange things were happening in the dead of night. Children would put a tooth under their pillow for the tooth fairy, but in the morning they would wake up to find… a dead slug; a live spider; hundreds of earwigs creeping and crawling beneath their pillow. Evil was at work. But who or what was behind it…? Listen to this book and find out!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deliciously hilarious, frightening & heartwarming

  • By HappyReader on 12-28-14

Deliciously hilarious, frightening & heartwarming

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

Reviewed: 12-28-14

My 9 yo son and I have recently discovered David Walliams, and we've very quickly become huge fans. Demon Dentist is the most far-fetched (of a fairly far-fetched set), and we loved it. My son laughed hysterically at many points throughout the story, and frequently imitates the humor and voices himself. David Walliams' performance is first-rate with wonderful voices for all the characters. He's done a marvelous job creating thoughtful and thoroughly entertaining stories for children (of all ages).

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

  • Timmy Failure, Book 1
  • By: Stephan Pastis
  • Narrated by: Jared Goldsmith
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

The New York Times best selling cartoonist behind the nationally acclaimed comic strip Pearls Before Swine, Stephan Pastis has won raves for Timmy Failure, the hilarious first book in a new series for young listeners. With the help of a polar bear named Total, Timmy Failure hopes to strike it rich by running the best detective agency around. The only problem is that our supremely confident hero is often more bumbling than brainy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Need the illustrations

  • By HappyReader on 06-02-14

Need the illustrations

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

Reviewed: 06-02-14

This was a cute, funny story. We were unfamiliar with the series when I bought. Both my son and I love audiobooks, and this one is truly well-read. The only problem is that you miss the cute illustrations. We read the 2nd in the series aloud ourselves, and access to the illustrations made a difference.

  • Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

  • By: Karen Foxlee
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

A luminous retelling of the Snow Queen, this is the story of unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard who doesn't believe in anything that can't be proven by science. She and her sister Alice are still grieving for their dead mother when their father takes a job in a strange museum in a city where it always snows. On her very first day in the museum Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room. He is a prisoner of Her Majesty the Snow Queen. And he has been waiting for Ophelia's help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely story, perfectly read

  • By HappyReader on 03-24-14

Lovely story, perfectly read

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

Reviewed: 03-24-14

This is a truly beautiful story, a wonderful modern fairy tale. And it was read perfectly. The themes are heavy and melancholy, primarily dealing with loss, death and grief. But it was marvelously handled and easily accessible to the 2nd grader listening with me. And, in the end (and throughout), it was ultimately hopeful and empowering. We both loved every minute of it!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful