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  • SilverFin

  • Young Bond, Book 1
  • By: Charlie Higson
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

What does it take to become the greatest secret agent the world has ever known? In this thrilling prequel to the James Bond series, readers meet a 13-year-old schoolboy whose inquisitive mind and determination set him on a path that will one day take him all over the world, in pursuit of the most dangerous criminals known to man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Pleasant Surprise

  • By Troy on 09-17-15

Good story and pace

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

Reviewed: 08-22-13

Would you consider the audio edition of SilverFin to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of SilverFin?

Being fed to
mosquitos!

Have you listened to any of Nathaniel Parker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Don't know

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No but it was entertaining for a long drive.

  • So Yesterday

  • By: Scott Westerfeld
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Ever wonder who was the first kid to keep a wallet on a big chunky chain, or wear way-too-big pants on purpose? What about the mythical first guy who wore his baseball cap backwards? These are the Innovators, the people on the very cusp of cool. Seventeen-year-old Hunter Braque's job is finding them for the retail market.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Cool

  • By Maddy on 03-15-06

Fairly current. Nice to listen to with a teenager

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

Reviewed: 12-06-11

Would you listen to So Yesterday again? Why?

It was enjoyable but I wouldn't listen again.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. In fact, we had long periods between car trips when we did not listen and everyone was fine with just waiting.

  • Spin

  • By: Robert Charles Wilson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,483
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,486

One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • thoughtful, Bradbury-esque SF

  • By Ryan on 09-20-10

slow slow slow

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

Reviewed: 12-06-11

What disappointed you about Spin?

We are a couple and a 15 year old girl.
First I must confess that we all lost interest and after about 4 hours and agreed to give it up.
From the reviews it must get better later on but we just couldn't bear to listen anymore.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Bossypants by Tina Fey.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

too slow

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Spin?

Don't know but it needs more action sooner. Some severe editting is in order.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Alchemyst

  • The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 1
  • By: Michael Scott
  • Narrated by: Denis O'Hare
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,336
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,374

Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest alchemist of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty. The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives, but only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Children's Novel......Maybe!

  • By DaBears113 on 11-27-09

Slow predictable and remarkably stupid characters

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

Reviewed: 09-22-11

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Smarter more believable characters...the boy twin is remarkably dense, even for a teen aged boy.

Any additional comments?

We didn't finish listening to it. We ( 2 adults and a 15 year old trapped in a car on a long drive) agreed to just stop the story.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Ring of Solomon

  • A Bartimaeus Novel, Book 4
  • By: Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,682
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,300

Bartimaeus, everyones favorite (wise-cracking) djinni, is back in book four of this best-selling series. As alluded to in the footnotes throughout the series, Bartimaeus has served hundreds of magicians during his 5,010 year career. Now, for the first time, fans will go back in time with the djinni, to Jerusalem and the court of King Solomon in 950s BC. Only in this adventure, it seems the great Bartimaeus has finally met his match.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quirky and Fun

  • By Alia on 12-26-10

Great family listening.

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

Reviewed: 09-22-11

Would you consider the audio edition of The Ring of Solomon to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ring of Solomon?

The image of a hippo in a skirt still brings a smile to my family.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ender in Exile

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, David Birney, Cassandra Campbell, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,815

Andrew Wiggin is told that he can no longer live on Earth, and he realizes that this is the truth. He has become far more than just a boy who won a game: he is the Savior of Earth, a hero, a military genius whose allegiance is sought by every nation of the newly shattered Earth Hegemony. He is offered the choice of living in isolation on Eros, at one of the Hegemony's training facilities, but instead the 12-year-old chooses to leave his home world and begin the long relativistic journey out to the colonies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Change of Perspective

  • By Joshua on 11-14-08

Nice if you're an Ender fan

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-11

Nicely fills in the some blanks between other Ender stories. The pace is a little slow sometimes but worth listening to. If you're not an Ender fan, don't bother.

  • The Swiss Family Robinson

  • By: Johann David Wyss
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

"For many days we had been tempest-tossed...the raging storm increased in fury until on the seventh day all hope was lost." So begins this delightful adventure story. The Robinson family, a Swiss pastor, his wife, and four sons, will emerge alive from this terrible storm, bringing to land two dogs and a shipload of livestock: hens, pigeons, and geese.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A review from my (10 year-old) son:

  • By B. Junkin-Mills on 12-29-04

slow oh so slow

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-11

I read this as a child and have fond memories. But times have changed and compared to modern novels this is soooooo slow.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Midnight for Charlie Bone

  • By: Jenny Nimmo
  • Narrated by: Simon Russell Beale
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

Charlie doesn't want to believe it when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking. But his horrible aunts are delighted: it means that he is one of the chosen and must attend Bloor's Academy for gifted children. Once there, Charlie realizes that some of his classmates have equally mysterious powers, and soon Charlie is involved in uncovering the mysterious past of one of them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adults Take on Charlie Bone

  • By Nicole on 12-07-05

Excellent story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-07

Listened to this with my 10 year old daughter. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Lionboy

  • By: Zizou Corder
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

What do you do when you come home one day and discover that your parents have been kidnapped? Well, if you're a brave young guy named Charlie Ashanti, you go off in search of them. And since you happen to know how to speak Cat, your feline friends (the stray cats of the city and the caged lions on a magnificent, astounding floating circus) rally around you, bringing help, advice, and occasional special deliveries. Little do you know that in this search of yours, the fate of the world is at stake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Lanakila on 08-21-07

Wonderful story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-07

Good pace, wonderful characters.
Heard it with our 10 year old daughter.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Inkheart

  • By: Cornelia Funke
  • Narrated by: Lynn Redgrave
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,014
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,750

Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life. Not like when you listen to an audiobook with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into your bedroom...but for real. Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world. Then imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For ALL ages

  • By A on 11-24-04

A good story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-07

Rather long but worth the time. The idea of characters coming to life out of storeies is just SO wonderful. We loved all the references to other books. My 9 year old daughter especially liked the fact that she had all the books that the character had.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful