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Virginia G. Pratt

Bluffton, South Carolina, United States
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  • The Parker Inheritance

  • By: Varian Johnson
  • Narrated by: Cherise Boothe
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

The letter waits in a book, in a box, in an attic, in an old house in Lambert, South Carolina. It's waiting for Candice Miller. When Candice finds the letter, she isn't sure she should read it. It's addressed to her grandmother, after all, who left Lambert in a cloud of shame. But the letter describes a young woman named Siobhan Washington. An injustice that happened decades ago. A mystery enfolding the letter-writer. And the fortune that awaits the person who solves the puzzle. Grandma tried and failed. But now Candice has another chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great mystery and compelling story

  • By Virginia G. Pratt on 07-24-18

Great mystery and compelling story

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

This book exceeded my expectations. I was expecting a good mystery, but this also had elements of historical fiction. Johnson addressed the issues of inclusion and acceptance from a variety of perspectives that make this more than just a good story. There is much to learn from in The Parker Inheritance— not only for children, but for adults as well.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Long Way Down

  • By: Jason Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Jason Reynolds
  • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588

A cannon. A strap. Or, you can call it a gun. That's what 15-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That's where Will's now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother's gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he's after. Or does he?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real and Relevant!

  • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 11-05-17

Haunting and beautiful

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

Jason Reynolds is a powerful writer, and hearing him read his own work is a treat. The premise of this story is creative and unexpected. It is poetry in the truest sense of the word.

We should all have and take advantage of the opportunities to glimpse lives different from our own. This book helps to make me a bit more aware of my own misunderstandings and prejudices, and I hope, more empathetic and accepting.

Thank you, Mr. Reynolds.

  • Restart

  • By: Gordon Korman
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross, Laura Knight Keating, Ramon de Ocampo, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703

New York Times best-selling author Gordon Korman harkens back to his No More Dead Dogs days in this stand-alone that takes a tone more serious than you've ever heard from him before. A boy who's been a bully and hanging out with the wrong friends gets a new start after a memory-loss-inducing accident. But can someone really change who he is, or will the old him merely come back over time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story for kids

  • By Bryan Lowe on 08-31-18

Funny and Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

Gordon Korman has written a number of excellent children’s books, but this is likely my favorite so far. The story is compelling, the characters come to feel like people you know. This audio version is very well-done. Easily a 5-Star selection in my opinion!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Greetings from Witness Protection!

  • By: Jake Burt
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands, Danny Campbell, Arthur Morey, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

The marshals are looking for the perfect girl to join a mother, father, and son on the run from the nation's most notorious criminals. After all, the bad guys are searching for a family with one kid, not two, and adding a streetwise girl who knows a little something about hiding things may be just what the marshals need. Nicki swears she can keep the Trevor family safe, but to do so she'll have to dodge hit men, cyberbullies, and the specter of standardized testing, all while maintaining her marshal-mandated B-minus average.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, lovely story

  • By Iris Kaminski on 07-31-18

Unique plot line and characters you’ll enjoy knowing

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

This was a very clever story that was suspenseful, yet endearing; thought-provoking, yet funny. I completely enjoyed the storyline, characters, and audio performance. I can highly recommend this book for middle grade readers! Can’t wait for Burt’s next book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Book Scavenger

  • By: Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828

For 12-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it's the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles). Upon her arrival, however, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked and is now in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bibliophile? - Check this out!

  • By ASW on 03-05-16

Clever story about the love of books and puzzles

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

Reviewed: 05-15-16

This was a fun read that made me wish the fictional "Book Scavenger" website was real! Bertman has done some extensive research in order to make this book believable and fun. The characters are likable, and the narration on this audio version was excellent.

40 of 44 people found this review helpful

  • Fablehaven, Book 1

  • By: Brandon Mull
  • Narrated by: E. B. Stevens
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,617
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,351

For centuries, mystical creatures of all description were gathered to a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic in a cynical world. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite... Kendra and her brother Seth have no idea their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Get Passed The Narrator!

  • By BLReedfam on 01-27-15

Creative and compelling tale.

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

Reviewed: 03-16-16

This first book of a series draws the reader in with interesting characters and an enchanted world full of mystery and wonder. Fantasy readers will be hooked and eager for Book 2!

  • The School for Good and Evil

  • The School for Good and Evil, Book 1
  • By: Soman Chainani
  • Narrated by: Polly Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711

Welcome to the School for Good and Evil, where best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sugar coated darkness. Grimm Brothers brutality

  • By Tenoko1 on 06-26-14

Truly spellbinding!

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

Reviewed: 02-25-16

This book kept me questioning and wondering up until the very end. Excellent story and production. Anxious to read the next one!

  • The Underneath

  • By: Kathi Appelt
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

An abandoned calico cat, about to have kittens, hears the achingly lonely howl of a chained up, abused hound dog deep in the bayou. She dares to find him in the forest and the hound dares to befriend this cat, this feline, this creature he is supposed to hate. They are an unlikely pair, about to become an unlikely family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • dark and intense

  • By Tara on 07-26-11

Beautifully written story

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

Reviewed: 08-29-15

Appelt has written a story that is musical and poetic. Her craft and carefully chosen words caught me time and again throughout this story. Equally masterful was her weaving of the plot lines in such a way that, as a reader, I was always on the edge of my seat- anticipating what would happen to the various characters. This is a story filled with all the feeling and conflict that has existed since time began: love, loneliness, revenge, betrayal, friendship, wonder, sacrifice, and fear. Zackman's masterful performance matches the excellence of Appelt's story making this a stand-out audiobook for those who love a good tale and the beauty of words well written!

  • Mindset

  • The New Psychology of Success
  • By: Carol Dweck
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,091
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,989

Mindset is one of those rare audio books that can help you make positive changes in your life and at the same time see the world in a new way. A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than 20 years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work, and ultimately predicts whether or not we will fulfull our potential.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Literally Mind-Altering

  • By John on 09-08-15

Powerful book with Great Implications

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

I've been aware of Carol Dweck's work on mindsets for some time, but it was good to finally read her book. This information can be life- changing!!

  • Circus Mirandus

  • By: Cassie Beasley
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

Even though his awful great-aunt Gertrudis doesn't approve, Micah believes in the stories his dying grandpa Ephraim tells him of the magical Circus Mirandus: the invisible tiger guarding the gates, the beautiful flying birdwoman, and the magician more powerful than any other - the Man Who Bends Light. Finally Grandpa Ephraim offers proof. The circus is real. And the lightbender owes Ephraim a miracle.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This book was okay.

  • By Sara on 02-08-16

This book IS magic!

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

Reviewed: 07-17-15

Circus Mirandus touches on all the myriad feelings a reader can feel-- amusement, warmth, regret, indignation, gratitude, love, and mostly hope. This beautiful story of the meaning of magic and its power in our lives is one that captivates. Readers will love Micah, Grandpa Ephraim, and The Man Who Bends Light, and the experience will be even further enhanced by Pinchot's masterful narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful