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TaraK

Modesto, CA USA
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  • The Vanishing Game

  • Hardy Boys Adventures, Book 3
  • By: Franklin W. Dixon
  • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Everyone in Bayport can't wait for the biggest event of the season: the premiere of G-Force - the newest ride by the world-renowned Piperato Brothers. Their creation is going to change the fortunes of Funsport, Bayport's small and recently run-down amusement park. Frank and Joe are friends with Daisy Rodriguez, the owner's daughter, and are first in line for the ride's launch. Purple lights click off, a huge whoosh emanates from the floor, loud music pulses....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good for what it is

  • By TaraK on 11-04-16

Pretty good for what it is

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

Reviewed: 11-04-16

My five year old loved it. He has listened to nearly everything from the series that is offered by audible.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mushroom in the Rain

  • By: Mirra Ginsburg
  • Narrated by: Erin Kiley
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

When it starts to rain, an ant, a butterfly, a mouse, a sparrow, and a rabbit take shelter under a tiny mushroom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Unexpected Delight

  • By TaraK on 02-10-15

An Unexpected Delight

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

Reviewed: 02-10-15

A simple story full of wonder and cooperation! Our 4-year-old was entranced, and we were equally delighted.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash

  • By: Trinka Hakes Noble
  • Narrated by: Cindy B. Haynes
  • Length: 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Steven Kellogg captures all the fun and excitement when Jimmy brings along his pet boa constrictor on a class trip to the farm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kids, kids, kids!

  • By THoward on 04-19-16

A good, funny story!

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

Reviewed: 12-11-14

Child requests this book all the time and delights in the raucous, and largely goodhearted, adventures of the field-trippers.

1 of 3 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 867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660

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

As wonderful as the book!

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

Reviewed: 12-11-14

We listen to this story over and over again. I'm as enthralled as I was as a child.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Next Always

  • Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,004
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,360

The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You need to Set your MP3 Playback to FASTER!

  • By Lynne Phelps on 05-04-12

Not acceptable narration

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

Reviewed: 02-11-13

What would have made The Next Always better?

A different narrator

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

I enjoy Nora Roberts, but I will never listen to this narrator again. I read the text version instead. It wasn't one of her best works, but I couldn't get through more than a chapter with the narrator. He set my teeth on edge.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

In a book that is predominantly about women, having a narrator whose falsetto makes the women seem simpering and ridiculous is offensive and unpleasant. There are other male narrators who can alter their voice to distinguish the different characters without having that negative effect.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Next Always?

She relies a bit too much on sociopaths of one variety or another. I could have done without that bit of plot entirely.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful