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  • Ungifted

  • By: Gordon Korman
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross, Richard Poe, Erin Moon, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428

Teens and pre-teens flock to any new offering from New York Times best-selling author Gordon Korman. Told through multiple viewpoints, Ungifted follows Donovan Curtis through his year at a magnet school for gifted and talented kids. Thanks to an administrative foul-up, the decidedly mediocre student Donovan finds himself enrolled in the Academy of Scholastic Distinction. Out of place and out of luck, Donovan joins the robotics team. And while he learns a few lessons from his gifted classmates, he also teaches a few of his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good read for any audience

  • By Fischyfisch on 12-22-17

Great for middle school kids

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

My students recommended this book to me on a Friday, and I finished it by Sunday morning. I really enjoyed it. I especially loved that it wasn’t exactly the typical “lesson learned” type story. The main character, Donovan, grew immensely through the book and his character stayed strong. I was happy that he stayed true to himself. Even though I thought some of the stuff may be a little too old for my students, by the end, I definitely would recommend it to my 5th graders.

  • The Magnolia Story

  • By: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
  • Narrated by: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,086
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,891
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,851

Are you ready to see your fixer-upper? These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like: Who are these people? What's the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprised! This is not a "chick book"

  • By Mavwreck75 on 07-30-17

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

So beautiful and heart warming! You do not need to watch their show in order to enjoy this book. I loved every second of it!

  • House Rules

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,163

One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book until the ending

  • By Charlotte on 03-12-10

So long and not happy with the ending

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-18

Very disappointed in the ending! Without giving anything away....I am annoyed that the book wasn’t actually closed. SUCH a long book to then not even know what happens.

  • The Pact

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,080

The Hartes and the Golds have been neighbors for 18 years and are very close. So when Chris and Emily's friendship reaches the next level, nobody is surprised. Then one night, the hospital calls. Seventeen-year-old Emily is dead - shot in the head by a gun Chris took from his father's cabinet. One bullet remains in the chamber, and Chris tells of his suicide pact with Emily. But the police have questions, and soon Chris is on trial for murder.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A little less drama, a lot more substance, please

  • By Karen on 02-02-08

Listened to it in one weekend

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

I couldn’t stop listening to it. It consumed me. I had expected something different at the end. This is my first Jodi Picoult book. I will definitely listen to more!

  • Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

  • By: James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts
  • Narrated by: Bryan Kennedy
  • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

Rafe Khatchadorian has enough problems at home without throwing his first year of middle school into the mix. Luckily, he's got an ace plan for the best year ever, if only he can pull it off: With his best friend Leonardo the Silent awarding him points, Rafe tries to break every rule in his school's oppressive Code of Conduct. Chewing gum in class - 5,000 points! Running in the hallway = 10,000 points! Pulling the fire alarm - 50,000 points! But when Rafe's game starts to catch up with him, he'll have to decide if winning is all that matters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Matt on 11-01-13

Cute book for tweens

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

I am a 5th grade teacher, so I always read books that my kids may like. This was a cute book with an interesting twist at the end. I would recommend this to my students!

  • Life and Laughing

  • My Story
  • By: Michael McIntyre
  • Narrated by: Michael McIntyre
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

Michael McIntyre has become Britain’s biggest comedy star. His debut stand-up DVD, Live & Laughing, was the fastest selling of all time, only to be eclipsed by his second, Hello Wembley, which sold over 1.4 million copies and was the 2009 Christmas number one. He hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, and won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up in 2009 following his record breaking 54-date Arena tour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and engaging

  • By Ann on 01-07-11

Such a great listen!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-18

I know he says in the beginning of the book that he wishes people read it instead of listening to it, but Michael McIntyre needs to be HEARD. I highly recommend this book. I loved getting to hear about where he came from and see the struggles that he faced and eventually overcame. Hard work = success. Love it.

  • I Funny

  • A Middle School Story
  • By: James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
  • Narrated by: Frankie Seratch
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission: He wants to become the world's greatest stand-up comedian - even if he doesn't have a lot to laugh about these days. He's new in town and stuck living with his aunt, uncle, and their evil son, Stevie, a bully who doesn't let Jamie's wheelchair stop him from giving Jamie a good pounding every once in awhile. But Jamie doesn't let his situation get him down. He practices his craft every day on friends, family, and the willing customers at his Uncle Frankie's diner. When Uncle Frankie mentions a contest called The Planet's Funniest Kid Comic, Jamie knows he has to enter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Frankie S makes this book come alive

  • By Matt on 06-04-17

Very cute

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

This was a cute, quick story. I am a teacher, so I am always listening to books that I can recommend to my students. This will definitely be a recommendation, and I will also be listening to the rest of the series!

  • Refugee

  • By: Alan Gratz
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom, Kyla Garcia, Assaf Cohen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576

This timely and powerful novel tells the story of three different children seeking refuge. Josef is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world. Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America. Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intended for 5-8th graders, but it is good for adults too

  • By Lisa on 12-21-17

Wow, wow, wow!

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

Just wow. How the book ends. A must read. A very very must read. Captivating.

  • The BFG

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: David Walliams
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,705
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,476

The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants - rather than the BFG - she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It was amazing!

  • By Amy on 03-14-14

Captivating for Kids!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-18

This is the first children’s book I have listened to on Audible, and it was wonderful! The person reading the story and the sound effects made it such a pleasurable listening experience. I highly recommend for kids and families!

  • The Book Whisperer

  • Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
  • By: Donalyn Miller
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette, Hillary Huber
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

In The Book Whisperer, Miller takes us inside her sixth grade classroom to reveal the secrets of her powerful but unusual instructional approach. Rejecting book reports, comprehension worksheets, and other aspects of conventional instruction, Miller embraces giving students an individual choice in what they read, combined with a program for independent reading. She also focuses on building a classroom library of high-interest books, and above all on modeling appropriate and authentic reading behaviors.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By SES on 03-31-12

Wake up readers!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

I loved this book because it woke me up as a teacher! I am excited and energized to simplify my teaching. I’m ready to stop making ELA so complicated and just let my students read!