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  • The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations (Children's Edition)

  • Holiday Poems for the Whole Year in English and Spanish
  • By: Sylvia Vardell, Janet Wong
  • Narrated by: David Bowles, full cast
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Share these bilingual performances of 35 selected Spanish/English poems from The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations with students of all ages! This hour-long audio sampler of poems is meant to be used in conjunction with both the Children's Edition and the Teacher/Librarian Edition of The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations, an ILA Notable Books for a Global Society selection.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Awful Audio

  • By Mike P. on 02-03-19

Awful Audio

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-19

The audio is terrible. There are various narrators. As each one changes, the volume varies wildly. Some have a bothersome echo. The poetry was ok. I was disappointed. There are many bilingual authors and authors whose works have been widely translated that are full of rich language. This book stoops the level of “Roses Are Red” rather than focusing on exemplary works that ate accessible to children. There are some great poems and many that are just poems.

  • 400 Things Cops Know: Street-Smart Lessons From a Veteran Patrolman

  • By: Adam Plantinga
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,693

400 Things Cops Know shows police work on the inside, from the viewpoint of the regular cop on the beat - a profession that can range from rewarding to bizarre to terrifying, all within the course of an eight-hour shift. Written by veteran police sergeant Adam Plantinga, 400 Things Cops Know brings the listener into life the way cops experience it - a life of danger, frustration, occasional triumph, and plenty of grindingly hard routine work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you, Adam Plantinga!

  • By A.Ward on 05-30-16

Decent story, terrible narrator.

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Reviewed: 01-21-19

The writing was reasonably interesting, especially if you are interested in an officer’s perspective. The narrator lacks expression of any kind. At the end of some chapters, the audio changes...louder, softer, an echo, etc. The narrator also mispronounces words. For example, when reading about a salute at a funeral, he reads, “present arms” but says present as in a gift for your birthday rather than present as in to present an award.

  • God's Smuggler

  • By: John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 542

As a boy, he dreamed of being an undercover spy behind enemy lines. As a man, he found himself undercover for God. Brother Andrew was his name, and for decades, his life story has awed and inspired millions. This best-selling memoir recounts the incredible efforts of the young Dutch factory worker to transport Bibles across closed borders, and the miraculous ways in which God provided for him every step of the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • God is still in control!

  • By De on 11-20-15

Excellent Read!

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Reviewed: 07-11-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is family friendly too. It is a poignant reminder to rely on God rather than self. It teaches the reader to cherish the Bible- a book that was once unobtainable for much of the world. It would make a wonderful companion to 20th century European history and geography.

  • Rush Revere and the First Patriots

  • Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans
  • By: Rush Limbaugh
  • Narrated by: Rush Limbaugh
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 613
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 614

Nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has long wanted to make American history come to life for the children of his listeners. In Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, he created the character of a fearless middle-school history teacher named Rush Revere, who travels back in time and experiences American history as it happens, in adventures with exceptional Americans. In this second book in the series, Rush Revere is transported back to the people and events leading up to the American Revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great history

  • By Lulew on 04-13-14

Surprisingly fun

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-18

Love him or hate him, Rush Limbaugh does a great job bringing history to life in these stories!

  • Cracker!

  • The Best Dog in Vietnam
  • By: Cynthia Kadohata
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Cracker is one of the U.S. Army's most valuable weapons: a German shepherd trained to sniff out bombs, traps, and the enemy. Rick is headed to Vietnam to prove to everyone who didn't think he was cut out for war that they were wrong. When Cracker is paired with Rick, she isn't so sure about this new owner. He's going to have to prove himself to her before she's going to prove herself to him. They need to be friends before they can be a team, and they have to be a team if they want to get home alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Point of View

  • By Cindy on 07-23-07

Dissappointed

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-18

The narrator is only slightly more expressive than Ben Stein in Farris Bueller’s Day Off. It was hard to listen to.

I expected more from an award winning author too. It seemed as though she had to make a minimum word limit and repeated random facts throughout the book. It was wet. It was cold. It was miserable. It was wet, and cold, and miserable. Man, was it miserable. While this is not a direct quote, this style of pointless repetition is all through the book. Furthermore, I expected more history from a historical fiction book. I enjoyed how Seaman kept things lighthearted from a dog’s perspective but still focused on facts (a book about the Newfoundland dog that explored the new territory with Lewis and Clark). I expected Cracker to have more substance and less internal thoughts from a dog about wieners, ear petting, and chickens.

I only finished it because I thought it must get better. It didn’t. I would not recommend this book.

  • The Pickwick Papers

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Peter Batchelor
  • Length: 29 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

The Pickwick Club sends Mr. Pickwick and a group of friends to travel across England and to report back on the interesting things they find. In the course of their travels, they repeatedly encounter the friendly but disreputable Mr. Jingle, who becomes a continual source of trouble for all who know him. Pickwick himself is the victim of a number of misunderstandings that bring him both embarrassment and problems with the law.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A true classic! Dicken's characters come alive.

  • By d op on 08-11-14

I just could not get into this book!

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2 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-31-17

I tried and tried and tried, but The Pickwick Papers just didn’t seem to get better. The narrator was not horrible, but some of the voices he did were very hard to understand. I am a Dickens and classic literature fan, so I am surprised. I’ve listened to several hours, and I just don’t see things getting better. Perhaps this is a book I need to read rather than listen too. Regardless, I won’t be finishing this listen. It is just too painful.

  • Mary Poppins Comes Back

  • Mary Poppins, Book 2
  • By: P. L. Travers
  • Narrated by: Sophie Thompson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

From the moment Mary Poppins arrives at Number Seventeen Cherry Tree Lane, everyday life at the Banks house is forever changed. Jane, Michael, and the twins have never had such a wonderful nanny, who brings enchantment and excitement everywhere she goes. In Mary Poppins Comes Back, the beloved nanny returns when she's pulled down from the clouds by the string of Michael's kite. In her care, the Banks children meet the King of the Castle and the Dirty Rascal, visit the upside-down world of Mr. Turvy and his bride, Miss Topsy, and spend a breathless afternoon above the park, dangling from a clutch of balloons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED.... thank you P.L. Travers for the adventure

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-16-18

Fun and imaginative!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-17

My children loved this. As a matter of fact, I enjoyed listening along with them. We're looking forward to listening to the rest of the Mary Poppins series.

  • Hattie Ever After

  • By: Kirby Larson
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter, Kirby Larson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

After leaving Uncle Chester's homestead claim, orphan Hattie Brooks throws a lasso around a new dream, even bigger than the Montana sky. She wants to be a reporter, knowing full well that a few pieces published in the Arlington News will not suffice. Real reporters must go to Grand Places, and do Grand Things, like Hattie's hero Nellie Bly. Another girl might be stymied by this, but Hattie has faced down a hungry wolf and stood up to a mob of angry men. Nothing can squash her desire to write for a big city newspaper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved all of it!

  • By Momcclighthouse on 04-23-18

Great narrator tackles timeless story.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-17

My one and only complaint is the increased amount of romance in Hattie Ever After vs Hattie Big Sky. There's nothing terrible or racy, but I listen with a 1st and 3rd grader- and the love interests of Hattie were not of interest to them. It would be perfect for 5th grade and up. The story is masterfully written and brings this period of history to life.