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  • The House on Mango Street

  • By: Sandra Cisneros
  • Narrated by: Sandra Cisneros
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 851
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 697
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 693

Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous, The House on Mango Street tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn't want to belong, not to her rundown neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Esperanza's story is that of a young girl coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she will become.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • it's excellent, but may be best in paper

  • By mkrhoades on 09-09-05

Wonderful story. Narration was distracting

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

This book is better read in print format. The narration has too much of a "baby talk" tone which detracted from the story. I was not sure if the author always narrated in the same tone, but learned once I checked out Caramelo that she does indeed. The characters are vivid and full. Highly recommend that you pick up the book instead!

  • Kingdom Keepers V

  • Shell Game
  • By: Ridley Pearson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

As the five Kingdom Keepers enter high school, everything is about to change. The Maintenance Base that controls all four parks in Disney World is under attack by the Overtakers, a group determined to change Disney forever. Relationships between the Keepers are no longer as simple as they once were. In fact, nothing is as simple as it once was. An after-hours visit to Typhoon Lagoon is a game changer. The Keepers lose one of their most valuable supporters. But there’s work to do....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The story moved slowly at times...

  • By Amy on 05-27-17

Meh. Needs some closure!

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

Reviewed: 06-22-15

What did you like best about Kingdom Keepers V? What did you like least?

This has been our family's least favorite tale in the series. It seemed to have too many swirling issues and nothing settled enough to make it feel like a "complete" story.
We are still getting the next in the series in hopes it is better!

If you’ve listened to books by Ridley Pearson before, how does this one compare?

Start at the beginning. This one is not great.

  • The Kingdom Keepers

  • Disney after Dark
  • By: Ridley Pearson
  • Narrated by: Gary Littman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610

Using a cutting-edge technology called DHI - which stands for both Disney Host Interactive and Daylight Hologram Imaging - Finn Whitman, an Orlando teen, and four other kids are transformed into hologram projections that guide guests through the park. The new technology turns out, however, to have unexpected effects that are both thrilling and scary. Soon Finn finds himself transported in his DHI form into the Magic Kingdom at night. Is it real? Is he dreaming? Finn’s confusion only increases when he encounters Wayne, an elderly Imagineer who tells him that the park is in grave danger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awful narration

  • By Kelsey Prince on 06-14-17

Great Series for Family Trips

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

Reviewed: 12-17-14

Would you listen to The Kingdom Keepers again? Why?

We have a 12, 9, and 8 yr old and they all enjoy this series. My oldest had read the book and suggested it for our car trip story.
We have been to Disneyworld before and they really enjoyed "getting" the settings in the book as well and learning new aspects of the park.

How could the performance have been better?

The issue we had with this audiobook was the narrator. His voices for the female characters made me cringe. My kids were laughing at the way he was talking as well even when it was not supposed to be funny. It took away from the story.
Book Two has a different narrator, but so does book three.

Any additional comments?

We buy the paper books as well as the audio books with this series. Lots of fun!

The author did great research to make the settings really come to life.

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