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  • We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea

  • Swallows and Amazons Series
  • By: Arthur Ransome
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 44

In this latest adventure (following Pigeon Post, winner of the Carnegie Medal), the Walker family has come to Harwich to wait for Commander Walker's return. As usual, the children can't stay away from boats, and this time they meet young Jim Brading, skipper of the well-found sloop Goblin. But fun turns to high drama when the anchor drags, and the four young sailors find themselves drifting out to sea - sweeping across to Holland in the midst of a full gale!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying and Engaging

  • By Gentle Reader Jill on 06-29-09

Is a 'darker' story than the others so far.

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

Would you consider the audio edition of We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version because it's become difficult for me to read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

John is the true hero of this episode

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

had to be the ending when 'all was well'

  • Pigeon Post

  • Swallows and Amazons Series
  • By: Arthur Ransome
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43

The crew's on holiday, and they turn their energies to mining for gold, aided by pigeon messengers Homer, Sophocles, and Sappho. The adventurers comb the nearby hills for a fabled lost claim, while being shadowed by a mysterious figure they dub "squashy hat." Undeterred by drought, sudden brushfires, and the continuing presence of Squashy Hat, the young prospectors persevere in their quest - with surprising results.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Richard on 10-08-10

Another winner in the swallows and amazons series

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

If you could sum up Pigeon Post in three words, what would they be?

storyline suspensful and exciting

Who was your favorite character and why?

Timothy as he seemed an enemy initially but truly was a friend

What does Alison Larkin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

as usual, she does an excellent job depicting the various characters.

Who was the most memorable character of Pigeon Post and why?

had to be the wandering pigeon that ultimately helped save the day

Any additional comments?

am truly enjoying this series of books

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  • The Maltese Falcon

  • By: Dashiell Hammett
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,544
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,547

Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, first serialized in a magazine in 1930, is best known through the iconic Humphrey Bogart film of 1941. But it was the book that created the classic "noir" genre with its tough private detective threading his cool way between the criminals and the law. Sam Spade, the private eye solving the mystery of the Maltese statuette, was the template for Philip Marlowe and a host of others…. but they come no more shrewd and cunning with Hammett peppering the text with one-liners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding American classic!

  • By Kathi on 03-07-13

Truly enjoyed this classic

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

What did you love best about The Maltese Falcon?

Authenticity of 1930 San Francisco

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Maltese Falcon?

When they found that the falcon was a fake

What does Eric Meyers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

use of different voices for the characters

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

no

Any additional comments?

no

  • Winter Holiday

  • Swallows and Amazons Series
  • By: Arthur Ransome
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 76

The fourth book in Arthur Ransome's classic series for children, Winter Holiday takes intrepid explorers John, Susan, Titty, and Roger Walker, and fearsome Amazon pirates Nancy and Peggy Blackett to the North Pole. Joined by budding novelist Dorethes Callum and her scientist brother Dick, the children plan an "Arctic" expedition. But unforseen events seperate the travelers and disaster nearly strikes in the exciting climax of their race to the Pole.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Jerry Chacon Jr. on 11-11-15

Another great book by Arthur Ransome

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Would you try another book from Arthur Ransome and/or Alison Larkin?

Yes, I plan to 'read' them all

Who was your favorite character and why?

Capt Flint as always is easy going and very tolerant/protective of all of the children.

Did Alison Larkin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, but I was disappointed the the 'whispering' parts as the volume had to be increased to understand these parts.

Could you see Winter Holiday being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Probably not. The whole attitude regarding children running free and not truly getting into trouble or worse just doesn't work today

Any additional comments?

I was skeptical at first as the other books have a nautical theme and this one was winter/ice/snow. Was good just the same.