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  • How to Fight a Dragon's Fury

  • How to Train Your Dragon, Book 12
  • By: Cressida Cowell
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 408

Book 12 is the epic finale to the New York Times best-selling How to Train Your Dragon series! The Doomsday of Yule has arrived, and the future of dragonkind lies in the hands of one boy with nothing to show but everything to fight for. Hiccup's quest is clear...but can he end the rebellion? Can he prove himself to be king? Can he save the dragons? The stakes have never been higher, as the very fate of the Viking world hangs in the balance!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!!!!

  • By R.S. on 01-04-17

Sad it’s over

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

My son and I have listen to all of this series and I found myself tearing up at the end of the series ... not only because we won’t be able to listen to any more of David Tennant’s amazing performance, but at the bittersweet but still hopeful message about human nature, change, and aging. The last 3 books are much darker than the preceding books, and this book contains the end of Hiccup’s saga from becoming a sweet misfit to true leader, still with the optimism of youth.

I can’t say how much more I enjoy these audiobooks than many other YA series — or the Dreamworks adaptations that share little of the humor, character development, or later nuance of the books. Listening to these books sparked some surprisingly deep and interesting conversations with my child about kindness and cruelty, working parents, caring for environment, being a good citizen, war, the meaning of bravery, and love.

  • Magic Marks the Spot

  • The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, Book 1
  • By: Caroline Carlson
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627

To escape from a life of petticoats and politeness, Hilary answers a curious advertisement for a pirate crew and suddenly finds herself swept up in a seafaring adventure that may or may not involve a map without an X, a magical treasure that likely doesn't exist, a rogue governess who insists on propriety, a crew of misfit scallywags, and the most treacherous - and unexpected - villain on the High Seas. Will Hilary find the treasure in time? Will she become a true pirate after all? And what will become of the gargoyle?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Narrator Ever!

  • By gkbowood on 12-05-14

Hilarious

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

I listen to a lot of audiobooks with my kid, and we LOVE this series. I have laughed out loud frequently and look forward to listening to hear more. My son actually talks back to the book. So funny and fun.

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  • The Fortune Teller

  • By: Gwendolyn Womack
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan, Robin Miles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 782

Semele Cavnow appraises antiquities for an exclusive Manhattan auction house. When she discovers a manuscript written in the time of Cleopatra, she knows it will be the find of her career. Its author tells the story of a priceless tarot deck, now lost to history. As Semele delves further, she realizes the manuscript is more than it seems. Both a memoir and a prophecy, it appears to be the work of a powerful seer, describing devastating wars and natural disasters in detail thousands of years before they occurred.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating premise

  • By Frances on 08-14-17

Loved the historical bits at least

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

This novel weaves together past and present in the sub genre of “found a mystery manuscript” (side note: having worked in an archive, it’s funny this is now a profession in thrillers). The past story and narrator do a great job illuminating the story as it unfolds. The present day protagonist and her problems/romance were just a little silly and less engaging for me. Overall though it was a decent enough audiobook.

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

  • By: L. Frank Baum
  • Narrated by: Anne Hathaway
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,075

One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway ( Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just wonderful.

  • By WhosYourChubby on 08-29-16

Best kids audiobook ever

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

I’m not exaggerating this was AMAZING! I loved it and my kid clapped at the end and said “mama that story was just great!” And sighed?!? Every voice Anne Hathaway did was fun and distinctive and engaging. And it’s a way story better than the movie too. It’s on par with Jim De reading Harry Potter

  • The Twits, The Minpins & The Magic Finger

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Richard Ayoade, Bill Bailey, Kate Winslet
  • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, nastiest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything - except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough. They don't just want out, they want revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can't hear it

  • By Mr Andrew Beirne on 10-29-16

Fun but not his best

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

Roald Dahl is the best and audible has some great readers for his works. My 5 year old liked this but it wasn’t as engrossing as fantastic mr Fox:) fun times though! I didn’t remember the minpins and really enjoyed it too!