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  • Dreamers Often Lie

  • By: Jacqueline West
  • Narrated by: Kyla Garcia
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Jaye wakes up in the hospital, disoriented and beset by a slippery morphing of reality into something else. She repeatedly sees a boy whom she feels like she knows - but that's impossible. Determined to get back to school and back to A Midsummer Night's Dream, in which she's starring, she lies to her sister, her mom, and her doctors - she's fine, she says. She's fine, she's fine, she's fine. But then on her first day back, she takes a seat in class next to the mysterious boy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Well, really, ...

  • By edteach3r on 12-28-18

Well, really, ...

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

I just don’t ‘get’ modern literature. Stories are told because stories can be told ... there is actually no compelling reason for its existence. This book unfolds like a soap opera .. listen to it if you really have nothing better to do.

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  • News of the World

  • A Novel
  • By: Paulette Jiles
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,840

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cookie cutter cowboys need not apply

  • By david1j on 01-13-17

Delightful dialogue

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

The audiobook made an excellent youth novel even better. I particularly appreciated help with the pronunciation of Spanish and Kiowa words. Highly recommended!

  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

  • By: Robert M. Pirsig
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,475

This thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth - and for himself - has touched and changed an entire generation, and is ready to reach out to a new one. At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a motorcycle trip across America. But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware of the Intro.

  • By Vicente on 11-10-13

A remarkable journey

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

This is not a book which you read in order to reach the end. As such, it can be very taxing. Take your time and enjoy the ride .... Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance rewards its reader for years to come. Love it or not, it is something you will never forget.

  • The Forests of Silence

  • Deltora Quest, Book 1
  • By: Emily Rodda
  • Narrated by: Ron Haddrick
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

The evil Shadow Lord is plotting to invade Deltora and enslave its people. All that stands against him is the magic Belt of Deltora with its seven gems of great and mysterious power. When the gems are stolen and hidden in dark, terrible places throughout the kingdom, the Shadow Lord triumphs and Deltora is lost. In secrecy, with only a hand-drawn map to guide them, two unlikely companions set out on a perilous quest. Determined to find the lost gems and rid their land of the tyrant, they struggle towards their first goal - the sinister Forests of Silence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Childhood book

  • By Anonymous User on 07-16-17

Interesting read for my grade 7 students

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

Thy really enjoyed the book and a number of them have now rated reading the second book in the series.

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  • Atlas Shrugged: CliffsNotes

  • By: Andrew Bernstein PhD
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

This CliffsNotes study guide on Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, and critical commentaries, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent resource for a timeless yet rather long-winded novel

  • By edteach3r on 03-22-17

An excellent resource for a timeless yet rather long-winded novel

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

CliffsNotes is an excellent resource to understanding the complexities of Atlas Shrugged. I read the novel many years ago at university and could not bring myself to doing it again. So, the Notes was just perfect for refreshing my memory ... in under four hours. The audio worked even better when following on with the written text (both audible and kindle on my iPad).

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  • The House of the Scorpion

  • By: Nancy Farmer
  • Narrated by: Raul Esparza
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014

Matt is a clone of El Patrón, a powerful drug lord of the land of Opium, which is located between the United States and Mexico. For six years, he has lived in a tiny cottage in the poppy fields with Celia, a kind and deeply religious servant woman who is charged with his care and safety. He knows little about his existence until he is discovered by a group of children playing in the fields and wonders why he isn't like them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ambitious, complex, and satisfying

  • By Mila on 12-06-12

Highly entertaining for ages 12 to 60

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

If you are looking for something different to share with your kids, search no further. "The House of the Scorpion" has something for everyone: action, suspense, supernatural and romance .... yet appropriate for young ears (unlike so many others, this book is not spoilt by inappropriate language). The reading is excellent.

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  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,670
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,314

A natural storyteller and raconteur in his own right - just listen to Paddle Your Own Canoe and Gumption - actor, comedian, carpenter, and all-around manly man Nick Offerman ( Parks and Recreation) brings his distinctive baritone and a fine-tuned comic versatility to Twain's writing. In a knockout performance, he doesn't so much as read Twain's words as he does rejoice in them, delighting in the hijinks of Tom - whom he lovingly refers to as a "great scam artist" and "true American hero".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Even better as an Adult!

  • By Rick on 01-10-17

The best possible reading of a timeless classic

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

Reviewed: 12-31-16

This has to be the way Mark Twain would have wanted Tom Sawyer to be remembered. I was not planning on rereading "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", but the release on Audible tempted me. I am so happy that I did ... Nick Offerman's reading has set a new level of expectation; something surely not easily improved upon. The boyish superstitions of Tom and Huck now have substance, and the medication of Peter the cat still has me breaking into spontaneous laughter. Thanks to Mr Offerman, I am now tempted to listen to "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" also ... I just hope Elijah Wood's narration is up to the standard ;)

  • Shakespeare for Children

  • By: Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb
  • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Introduce your children to the magic of Shakespeare with these 20 favorite tales. Although simplified, these lively stories don't underestimate young readers; they keep the complexity, twists of plot, and turns of fate found in the originals.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • NOT unabridged

  • By Erica on 11-06-07

Not so much for children ...

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

Reviewed: 01-20-16

but still a great introduction to Shakespeare. The narration can be ever-so slightly monotonous, but is well-done, nonetheless. What I enjoy about these tales is that they are brief (think "short story") and I can refresh my memory of the main plot and main characters of the play in 30 minutes or so.

  • Cakes and Ale

  • By: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Narrated by: James Saxon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

When Cakes and Ale was first published in 1930 it roused a storm of controversy, since many people imagined they recognised portraits of literary figures now no more. It is the novel for which Maugham wished to be remembered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic worth reading

  • By edteach3r on 01-06-16

A classic worth reading

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

Reviewed: 01-06-16

I enjoyed this insight into a society so surreal. Although the novel took a while to get into, the narration is delightful and entertaining.

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  • Lord of the Flies

  • By: William Golding
  • Narrated by: William Golding
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,354
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,436

Marooned on a tropical island, alone in a world of uncharted possibilities, and devoid of adult supervision or rules, a group of British boys begins to forge a society with its own unique rules and rituals.

  • out of 5 stars
  • classic

  • By Randall on 04-25-09

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-15

Not always the most engaging reading, but still worth it. I particularly enjoyed the comments by Golding at the end of the audio book.

6 of 11 people found this review helpful