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Richard

montclair, NJ, USA
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  • The Last Lecture

  • By: Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
  • Narrated by: Erik Singer, Randy Pausch
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,978

When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave - "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" - wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have... and you may find one day that you have less than you think").

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How to Live

  • By Kelli G on 04-21-08

A book that reminds you what matters most

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-08

It's the ultimate parenting book because it makes you realize how fortunate you are simply to be alive and well, and taking care of your kids. Through Randy Pausch's story of coming to terms with a life about to end, we receive a gift that few books could ever offer: the appreciation of one's own life and the treasure of knowing that every day you have more to give to those who matter most--your kids.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Dealing with Dragons

  • By: Patricia C. Wrede
  • Narrated by: Words Take Wing Repertory Company of Syracuse, NY
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688

Take one bored princess. Make her the seventh daughter in a very proper royal family. Have her run away. Add one powerful, fascinating, dangerous dragon. Princess Cimerone has never met anyone (or anything) like the dragon Kazul. But then, she's never met a witch, a jinn, a death-dealing talking bird or a stone prince either. Princess Cimerone ran away to find some excitement. She's found plenty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun for girls or boys

  • By Richard on 11-18-03

Great fantasy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-08

I read this in fourth grade, and really loved it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tunnels

  • Tunnels Series, Book 1
  • By: Roderick Gordon, Brian Williams
  • Narrated by: Jack Davenport
  • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Fourteen-year-old Will Burrows lives with his parents and younger sister Rebecca in London. He has little in common with any of them, except for a passion for digging, which he shares with his father, a museum curator and doctor of archaeology. When his father suddenly disappears after a row with his mother, the police believe he has just gone away for a while to cool down. But Will is unconvinced, and decides to investigate with his best friend, Chester.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • get the unabridged version!

  • By Richard on 03-11-08

get the unabridged version!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-08

Main recommendation: get the unabridged version. The abridged version is so chiseled--it feels like you go right from "set up" to plot summary, and then it's over.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Witches

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Lynn Redgrave
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There's nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma's stories, but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face to face with The Grand High Witch herself!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • delightful!

  • By Anne on 03-10-06

Funny

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-08

It was very funny. My bother and I (ages 8 and 10) liked the witch's voice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The BFG

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Natasha Richardson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

Sophie discovers that giants not only exist, but that there are a great many of them who like to guzzle and swallomp nice little chiddlers. But not the Big Friendly Giant. He and Sophie cook up an ingenious plot to free the world of troggle-humping, forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Family Classic Beautifully read.

  • By Ketan on 09-12-07

Great Narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-08

Our whole family loved it, my 8 year old brother and I (I'm 10) espcially liked the funny voices that the narrator did.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Biggest Bear

  • By: Lynd Ward
  • Narrated by: Owen Jordan
  • Length: 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Johnny hunts for the biggest bear in the forest, but comes home with a little bear, that grows and grows and grows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A boy and his bear

  • By Richard on 02-23-08

A boy and his bear

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-08

I just loved reading this to my youngest boy, particularly during the K-2 period. Great story about the relationship between a boy and his bear as the bear begins to grow up and "cause trouble."

  • Stone Soup

  • By: Marcia Brown
  • Narrated by: Rodd Ross
  • Length: 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Three clever soliders devise a plan to get food and lodging from the selfish inhabitants of a French village during the time of Napoleon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From strangers to members of the community

  • By Richard on 02-23-08

From strangers to members of the community

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-08

This is a great story of strangers overcoming adversity and suspicion and finding postive ways to bring out the best in people to be accepted into the community. Definitely fun and satisfying to read with your child.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Wild Things Are

  • By: Maurice Sendak
  • Narrated by: Peter Schickele
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662

Max is the hero of this beloved children's classic in which he makes mischief, sails away, tames the wild things, and returns home for supper.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My Kid's Favorite!

  • By Diana - Audible on 06-24-15

Fun for kids and parents

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-08

This is always FUN to read to your kids. But if YOU'VE never heard it read before, I strongly recommend that you download this and listen to the narration. Both you and your child will love it, and it will inspire your reading in the years to come.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Vanishing Act

  • Mystery at the U.S. Open
  • By: John Feinstein
  • Narrated by: John Feinstein
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

With 128 athletes competing in dozens of matches for millions in prize money, you expect drama. You expect blistering serves, smashed returns, and sliced shots that kiss the line. You do not expect kidnapping.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • John Feinstein's best yet

  • By Richard on 02-23-08

John Feinstein's best yet

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-08

This was by far my favorite John Feinstein book about Susan Carol and Stevie, maybe becuase I like tennis and the athletes are easier to relate to(they're not adult men.)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Last Shot

  • A Final Four Mystery
  • By: John Feinstein
  • Narrated by: John Feinstein
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Steven Thomas is one of two lucky winners of the U.S. Basketball Writer's Association's contest for aspiring journalists. His prize? A trip to New Orleans and a coveted press pass for the Final Four. It's a basketball junkie's dream come true!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible!!!!!!!!!

  • By Sally on 04-04-05

Not just for basketball fans

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-08

Even though I have no interest in basketball, this was still a great book because it was a really suspenseful mystery with blackmail and two teenage detectives.