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Listen up. If you're looking for trouble, you've found it. His name's Jake G. Panda and he's a wildlife investigator. This hard-boiled bear works at a flophouse for endangered critters called the Last Resort. He's the hotel snoop. The resident fuzz. It's his job to keep these unusual guests safe and outta harm's way.

This hilarious first installment of The Endangered Files is a wild and woolly mystery involving a missing guest, a green bird, and a bunch of double-crossing critters all hot on the trail of The Cursed Dodo. It's designed to introduce young listeners to the subject of endangered species in a fun and informative way.

So join this tough talking panda detective and a cast of endangered creatures on a globe-trotting audio adventure that will appeal to young and old alike.

©2014 Jake G. Panda (P)2017 Jake G. Panda

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More than an audio-movie

Very fun format - more like listening to a movie than a book. Kids would love this one full of lot of animals and action and sound effects!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Myztikal
  • On the Edge of Glory
  • 10-14-17

WOW! Audiobook performed as a play/script

A dynamic treat! This audio included a full cast of performers, sound effects, and music. It was similar to listening to a play.
The characters were ... lolz characters within themselves! Very enjoyable and lively! Very upbeat and riddled with jokes and easy humour.
I absolutely LOVED it and am excited to share it with my infant granddaughters when they get older.
A deep and genuine thank you to the authors and narrators for providing me with this, at my request. It's a gift that will easily catapult me to title of the best grandmother (competition is fierce!)
I strongly recommend others to download and listen to this!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Full of surprises, suspense, and FUN

What an original story! We meet Jake, a hard boiled panda detective, who's hot on the trail to solve a mystery, and to save endangered species while he's at it.

Completely imaginative tale, with a wide range of different characters/animals. Full of puns (which I love if handled masterfully, and Jake does not disappoint).

The sound effects, added music, enhanced background accents were right on the money as only this experienced, talented producer knows how to do. Each scene, every chapter was brought to life, sparkle, and adventure by this fantastic achievement.

I enjoyed this story better by listening to the CDs. :)

Can't wait to hear more of Jake G. Panda's tales. This was classic, and FUN!

(Says it's for kids -- are you kidding me? It's for everybody!!!)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Fifties style drama, with endangered animals as th

Zootopia meets Film-Noir, as we follow a tough detective, who happens to be a panda bear. As he searches for his hare-napped friend, he stumbles into a poaching scandal, and has to get him and his friends to safety, before he ends up someone's bear-skin rug. Filled with puns and inside jokes you can't miss, this story holds an old-time kind of comedy, thrown in with the drama of a mystery adventure.

I couldn't help but picture this as an old black and white film, giving the entire story a fabulous sense of character. The characters are straight out of a classic, with the only difference being they are all animals, each one fitting the personality and role given. I found the casting to be quite clever and creative on the author's part, and can imagine how much fun this was to write.

The audiobook edition was outstanding, with a full cast of characters to bring this adventure to life. Paired with fantastic descriptions and details, the listening experience was fantastic, and comparable to a film production. I would say this production company should be a go-to option for any author looking into creating an audiobook edition of their work, because the quality is impressive.

I would recommend this book to anyone, of any age. If you enjoy being entertained, this story won't disappoint.

*I was given a complimentary audiobook edition of this book, from the author, to listen to in exchange for an honest review.

~Rose
@Desert Rose Reviews

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Like listening to a movie

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jake G. Panda. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

What a fun book to listen to! Jake Panda is a detective in the business of protecting endangered species. He may look like a cuddly panda, but he's more of a hardboiled detective,  the animal version of Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, or Mike Hammer. 

This is a fun way to introduce young readers/listeners to endangered species as well a popular genre of fiction. Even though it's written more for children, adults may enjoy listening to it as well. The author is creative and has a unique sense of humor.

Listening to The Case of the Cursed Dodo is almost like listening to a movie. The one thing that wasn't necessary, though, was the recap of the previous chapter at the beginning of each chapter. The different voices and the sound effects make it fun to listen to and more exciting than many audiobooks.

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An Audiobook For All Ages

If you could sum up The Case of the Cursed Dodo in three words, what would they be?

Surprising, Fun, Animals

Who was your favorite character and why?

I can't say that I have one favorite character with this one. All of them are needed in order to have this great story come together. They all make the scenes flow from one to another.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Sadly I have not listened to any of them before. But this is an ensemble of great voice actors. They have brought this story to life and immediately had me think of the old radio shows. What a great way to turn off the television and sit back and listen to this group of people perform. Can you imagine if families gathered around said radio to hear what lesson they are trying to get across? This ensemble left me craving more of them and more of this series.

Any additional comments?

There were some jokes that younger ones may have a hard time understanding. But adults not so much. This was one reason that I found this to be a great book to sit and listen to as a family. It has something for everyone. There is a serious lesson here but most children won't understand or would stop listening. But making this like a movie without pictures and using animals is what makes it fun for children.

I don't listen to NPR but I could see having a children's hour and have Jake G. Panda as our host. I never really watched the movie Casablanca but the time period would match perfectly with this story. This is one way you get something for the children and something for the adults. It's a great way for families to connect and learn together. Because of the message it takes all of us so why shouldn't we all listen to it. After listening to the book, I don't think I could go back and read it because I don't think the message would have as much punch. I'm just a big kid at heart so I would enjoy listening to more of Mr. Panda's work.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

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This book's a blast to listen to

The Case of the Cursed Dodo is engaging from the get-go. The tone is set in the initial lines, where the narrator tells listeners that we are hearing the unfolding of a script of a long forgotten movie – of the jungle noir type, of course.

Kids and adults alike will love this action packed, hilarious story that feels like a Dick Tracy story, but with more cheesy jokes. Author Jake Panda enjoys his plays-on-words and literary devices – and this book is pure gold for an English teacher to use in the classroom. A few examples of potential lessons:

“Bedouin Joe, a Bimini boa, sits in a booth behind glass.”
“The place was jumping like a tree frog on a trampoline.”
A “dizzy grizzly” says, “Any time, Honey,” and in response, our hero says, “I wish she wouldn’t call me that. It makes me feel all sticky; if there’s one thing I aint, it’s sweet.”

And of course, there’s the guaranteed laugh with a poop reference:

“Jake pulls out his magnifying glass and examines a couple of round pellets on the ground. Jake recognizes the droppings. ‘Something must have scared the crap out of him.’”

This full cast narration is fabulous. The main narrator, Michael McConnohoie nails it with his timing and pacing and just the right dose of sarcasm. The numerous other voice actors carry off the accents and really bring life to critter characters of all shape, size, and color. A great addition is the well-placed sound effects that harken back to old time weekly radio serials. Older listeners will likely recognize some voices as nods to comedians and actors from back in the day, but kids will just laugh. It’s just a blast to listen to.

There are a lot of characters and a lot of action, so it’s super helpful that at the beginning of each chapter, there is a short recap of the prior chapter. At just two and a half hours running time, The Case of the Cursed Dodo is long enough to give listeners plenty of entertainment, but short enough that kids won’t lose interest.

I highly recommend this audio book and look forward to more adventures from Jake the Panda, his friends, and of course, the bad guys – er, the bad critters – that make his life interesting.

Thank you to Audiobookworm Promotions for the free download in exchange for my honest review – the only kind I give.

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Fun cuddly tale with lots of animals

This was so cute! It’s got some detective noir feel to it with the period phrases but none of the real violence since this is for kids. There’s humor all over the place; you can’t help tripping over it. As a biologist, I loved seeing all the endangered animals, like the macaroni penguin, tucked into the story.

Jake Panda was a fun detective, trying to be all tough and grumpy and yet sweet talking his bamboo plant. I kept picturing him in a hat and trench coat even though he doesn’t wear a hat. While working at the Last Resort hotel as the house detective, he gets a postcard from his friend The Professor, a hare (not a rabbit!), seeking his aid. He runs off to do so and gets tangled up in this nefarious underground animal ring. Jake Panda won’t stand for that! Yay! Even though this is for kids, the mystery was still fun to watch unravel.

The story sometimes included stuff like ‘and we fade in to whoever doing whatever’, etc. This seemed a little odd at first but I soon got used to the stage directions being there. I really liked that the tale took place in more than one place around the world and yet more places were mentioned. In fact, this whole story is full of little learning moments – the various types of animals, locations around the world, small interesting bits about the animals themselves. I think this is great for kids interested in biology or science in general.

There’s really only 1 main female character, Daisy Condor, and she comes into the tale half way through. She’s a romantic interest and while she gets to take part in the grand finale, I felt that this story needed some gender balancing. There were a handful of ladies briefly mentioned but all with small tiny roles. Meanwhile, we have The Professor, the Dodo, the guy who double crosses Jake, etc. How are all these endangered animals going to reproduce if there’s no ladies?

All told, it was a delightful tale and fit fora family road trip with young kids. 4/5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book.

The Narration: So many awesome narrators came together to make this story alive! All the character voices were distinct and I loved that the voice actors made each voice sound a little like the animal they are portraying. There was a snorting hog, a laughing hyena, and Jake Panda often had a little growl to his voice. There were plenty of sound effects and they added to the story, though there was once or twice when the sounds over-shadowed the voices for a moment or three. 4.5/5 stars.

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Fun story of animals; good for children and adults

Jake G. Panda is a bold wildlife investigator. He cares about the people/critters he lives with at the Last Resort, a hotel where endangered species gather. Jake is quick to set out to investigate when one of the hotel guests calls in while on exploration and the call is cut off.

Jake races off to foreign lands to rescue the Professor, a rare Hispid hare. Jake soon finds himself and a few friends tricked and captured. A small thing like a cage won’t stop Jake and his cohorts. As they chase down a suitcase with a rare green dodo, Jake comes across old friends, including a very special one from his past.

Other employees at the Last Resort include Rose, an El Hierro giant lizard, Gloria, a Mexican grizzly who works the front desk, and Timmy a Round Island day gecko selling newspapers in the lobby.

The enemy critters include a wild yak, a one-eyed cave salamander, a large slithery, Bimini boa, with his much-abused assistant, the shrew. They are countered by the Endangered Underground. This wildlife resistance who fight against the human intruders, are led by the legendary Diego “the Desert Rascal”, a Mexican prairie dog and Lieutenant Nina, a Tehuantepec jackrabbit.

This is a fun, quick tale that describes endangered species. Jake and critter friends run through several dangerous situations and share some lessons along the way. The presentation of the story is unusual as it is set up like a screen play with ‘fade in’ and ‘fade out’ scenes. Although I found this to be fun, I am not sure how children would follow the scene changes. Also, the detective tone has a noir atmosphere and some of the fun irony will be lost on children. I liked the characters, sass and mystery. I note that the kindle version has images that might be more engaging for children. However, as an adult I thoroughly enjoyed the audio.

Audio Notes: The audio book has a cast of narrators who bring the various characters to life. I found myself smiling and chuckling through the listen. I am glad I had the opportunity to enjoy this.

I received this from the author. My rating 4.25.

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Dick Tracy meets Indiana Jones as a panda

Dick Tracy meets Indiana Jones and he is a panda. Great story for any and all ages. An old serial radio style production with a full cast brings to life this wonderful whimsical gritty tale of a hotel detective panda and his entourage of endangered animal acquaintances. What a truly wonderful story and a great way to introduce kids to endangered animals. Can't wait to listen to more in this series. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.