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  • Farmer Giles of Ham

  • By: J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

Farmer Giles of Ham did not look like a hero. He was fat and red-bearded and enjoyed a slow, comfortable life. Then one day a rather deaf and short-sighted giant blundered on to his land. More by luck than skill, Farmer Giles managed to scare him away. The people of the village cheered: Farmer Giles was a hero. His reputation spread far and wide across the kingdom. So it was natural that when the dragon Chrysophylax visited the area it was Farmer Giles who was expected to do battle with it!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An exquisite story wonderfully narrated

  • By Jacobus on 05-02-10

Tolkien children stories are the best.

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

Wonderful story for all the Tolkien fans. I love the fact that these stories are simple and I think geared for children. The narration is wonderful and not to be missed. I love the fact the the farmer lets the dragon live and that he becomes the leader of the town.
Listen and enjoy

  • Pollyanna

  • By: Eleanor H. Porter
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Burns
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Pollyanna, an expert at her favorite "Glad Game" of always looking at the bright side in her numerous trials, is one of the most popular and enduring characters in all of children's literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Redefining Pollyanna

  • By Joseph R on 02-27-10

Still applies today!!

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

Wonderful story to encourage us to turn our thought patterns around and be positive. I love the simpleness of this story and wish that the other books would become available on Audible. The narration was very good and I listened to the whole thing in one day . so turn off the lights and listen to a great children s story that still applies today..

  • Bridge to Terabithia

  • By: Katherine Paterson
  • Narrated by: Robert Sean Leonard
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820

Jess Aarons' greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates' faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys' side and outruns everyone.That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together, they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't wait to discover this classic

  • By Karen M. Bovenmyer on 08-22-12

Touching wonderful story for children of all ages,

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

The narration was very good and the story is wonderful. This story is for you if you have ever lost a friend regardless of you age. the interview with the author at the end of the book is very enlightening.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Stuart Little

  • By: E.B. White
  • Narrated by: Julie Harris
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

This charming little tale, with a gigantic heart, was written by E.B. White, best-known for the perennial favorite Charlotte's Web.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stuart Little is superb!

  • By Brian on 03-04-06

Not to be missed

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

Wonderful narration by Julie Harris.E B White the master of children literature, good bed time listen for the children to get there imaginations working.

  • A Children's Guide to Folklore and Wonder Tales

  • By: The Great Courses, Hannah B. Harvey
  • Narrated by: Hannah B. Harvey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

In The Children's Guide to Folklore and Wonder Tales, Dr. Hannah Blevins Harvey unpacks more than 60 of our most beloved stories, fables, fairy tales, and songs from around the world - providing you with a fascinating, in-depth view into the history, context, and deeper meaning of the tales we know and love. As you travel through the catalogs of Grimm, Aesop, Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault, Oscar Wilde, and so many more, you'll gain profound insights into how and why these stories came to be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting material

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-13-17

Fantastic, Wonderful Performance

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

People who do not like the Hannah’s performance need to watch the video of this great course. All the great courses are videos first and the the audio track is taken for thes audible releases. Hanna is a children’s story teller and it makes sense that she would use strange voices for kids to enjoy and understand. She is not book narrator but a nationally known story teller. And she is n expert in her field.

I enjoyed the different versions of the folk tales, especially the Sorcerers Apprentice and Beauty and the beast. This is a great series of lectures.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The First Four Years

  • Little House, Book 9
  • By: Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Narrated by: Cherry Jones
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

Laura Ingalls Wilder is beginning life with her new husband, Almanzo, in their own little house. Laura is a young pioneer wife now and must work hard with Almanzo, farming the land around their home on the South Dakota prairie. Soon their baby daughter, Rose, is born, and the young family must face the hardships and triumphs encountered by so many American pioneers. And so Laura Ingalls Wilder's adventure as a little pioneer girl ends, and her new life as a pioneer wife and mother begins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always good

  • By Ken on 02-28-17

First Draft

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-18

This was a first draft that Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote, it is not fleshed out like her other books. It was published long after her death and is not in the same vain as her other books. I wish they had never published and left it at book eight.
The other eight books are very enjoyable and worthwhile. The narration was great and enjoyable.

  • Pippi Longstocking

  • By: Astrid Lindgren
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007

If you’ve ever dreamed about a life of absolute freedom, you’ll love this book. First published in 1950, Pippi Longstocking has given generations of kids a vision of days free from chores, bedtime hours, and homework. Now Christina Moore’s delightful unabridged narration gives new life to Pippi’s unconventional, free-spirited adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kids Love It

  • By Mary on 06-13-15

Silly Fun

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

Silly book of a child that does not go to school and does what ever comes to mind. Enjoyable narration with the right touch of whimsy. Children have always dreamed of having a life like this with no adult supervision. Much different then today when you have to wail your kids across the empty street to school because it is not safe.oh for a simpler time.

  • These Happy Golden Years

  • Little House, Book 8
  • By: Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Narrated by: Cherry Jones
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 252

Fifteen-year-old Laura lives apart from her family for the first time, teaching school in a claim shanty 12 miles from home. She is very homesick but keeps at it so that she can help pay for her sister Mary's tuition at the college for the blind. During school vacations Laura has fun with her singing lessons, going on sleigh rides, and, best of all, helping Almanzo Wilder drive his new buggy. Friendship soon turns to love for Laura and Almanzo in the romantic conclusion of this Little House book.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • These happy golden years

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-16-18

Happy golden book

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

I have enjoyed these books very much. Cherry Jones is the voice of Laura for me, she brings these books to life with her slightly husky voice. These books capture the prairie as I imagined. Those times were so difficult and they got by on so little, we don’t know how good we have got it.

Step back in time 130 years and live the settlers life.

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  • John Henry

  • Rabbit Ears: A Classic Tale (Spotlight)
  • By: Brad Kessler
  • Narrated by: Denzel Washington
  • Length: 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Denzel Washington reads this larger-than-life tale about the African-American hero who was born with a hammer in his hand. Join John Henry on a scenic journey from cotton country to the wilderness, where he finds men of all colors working together to build a great railroad. In no time, John Henry becomes king of the railroad camps by driving more steel than any man alive. And, in an exciting contest that pits man against machine, he single-handedly out-performs a new-fangled steam drill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Narration, Wonderful Music

  • By Russell Bernard on 08-26-18

Wonderful Narration, Wonderful Music

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

These productions by Rabbit Ears are worth the money. B B King is wonderful singing and playing in the background and Denzel Washington is the perfect match for these tall tells. Perfect for bed time stories or introducing kids to great stories that get the imagination spring.

  • Black Beauty

  • By: Anna Sewell
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514

In this classic story, set in Victorian England, a well-born colt tells his life story, from his early years in a pleasant meadow to his experiences as an elegant carriage horse and then an overworked cab horse. As he passes from one owner to another, some gentle, some cruel, Black Beauty tells a moving tale of an animal's perspective on the human world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoy the classics with help from narrator.

  • By Amazon Pal on 07-12-14

Kindness is always better than cruealty

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

Simon Vance is always worth listening too I have listened to many of his narrations through the years and never been disappointed The story is good and enjoyable I don't understand how this would be called a children s book though I found the subject matter a little bleak and distressing. It was good to understand something about the late 1800 hundreds when most transportation was by horses. I also believe that the way a person treats animals is a big reflection on ones character.this is an enjoyable book but maybe not for a child unless the child is a horse lover..

1 of 1 people found this review helpful