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The Ark, the Reed, and the Fire Cloud

The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz, Book One
Narrated by: Denny Brownlee
Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
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Wit, whimsy, heartache, tragedy, triumph, and biblical truth! A magical adventure of animals traveling worldwide to Noah's ark. 

Max, a Scottish terrier, takes his usual morning trot down to the loch where he hears a mysterious Voice humming in the reeds saying, "Come to me.... Follow the fire cloud." He embarks on an unknown journey from Scotland, meeting other animals along the way, including Liz, a brilliant, petite black cat from France. Max and Liz become the brave leaders for their group and eventually for the entire ark. 

The mysterious journey, filled with danger, humor, trials, and triumphs, leads them across Europe to the Middle East. The moment of arrival for these animals is spectacular, as the ark is miraculously transformed into the animals' natural habitats. Throughout the prior 100 years, Noah and family have to endure ridicule from villagers while building the ark. Now, this family must painfully witness the loss of lives and total destruction of the earth through the mighty flood. 

After the journey to the ark, the voyage in the ark begins. Liz finds ways to keep the animals occupied, including daily exercise led by the flamingos and talent night, where the animals entertain each other with their natural abilities. 

But a sinister plot develops. Someone is out to kill Noah and his family. Liz follows clues that lead her to discover a stowaway who has deceived them all. 

Max and Liz foil the plot, but at a high price. The end climaxes with unexpected twists and turns, taking the listener from despair to hope.

©2008 Jenny L. Cote (P)2008 Jenny L. Cote

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Worth the wait!!

We have been waiting what seems like forever for the audio version of this book!! We are so excited it is finally here. The narrator does an AMAZING job with the voices. Jenny is a fabulous author and really brings so much enjoyment to our lives. Thank you for providing wonderful, good, God loving stories to our home!! We can't wait for the next in the series!

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Read it twice in a week

My 10-year-old son enjoyed this story so much, he immediately read it twice. He then offered to buy the next one in the series with his own money. The Scottish accent sounds great in the audiobook!

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A Thrilling, Fun, and Outstanding Adventure!!

Oh my!! What an outstanding audiobook for young and old!! I had read this book to my students many times, but to listen to this audio version was incredible!!

The performance is excellent!! Each voice is unique!! It actually makes you feel like you are there with them!! An added bonus is the great life lessons you won’t even realize you are learning because the story is so wonderful!! I recommend this book to anyone!! I am anxiously awaiting the other books in the series!! Get this book for your child, teenager, or best friend!! It’s THAT GOOD!!

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Love It!!

This is the perfect companion to The Ark, the Reed, and the Fire Cloud. The voices are great. We can't wait for more audiobooks in this series.

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Amazing!

I cannot say enough about the audible book for The Ark, The Reed, and The Firecloud.... but if I had to choose 1 word, it would be AMAZING! My children are so captivated by the story and the narrator! The voices!!!!! I could never do them justice as a read aloud. Our entire family gathers together to listen and inevitably we have to stop it because someone is laughing uncontrollably at the antics of seagulls or cats or.... you name it. Jenny has written such a beautiful story full of life lessons, fun and laughter, adventure and uncertainty, and hope. The Denny lends his amazing voice to make the story just leap to life! I'm so glad we took the leap for this lengthy book - we are not eagerly hoping for the next in the series!

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Great book, perfect narration!

Already a long-time fan of the Max and Liz series, we were delighted when this came out as an audiobook. Don't miss it! The narration is perfect and you will be quick to dig deeper in the series by Jenny L. Cote.

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Great book! Wonderful audiobook!

We love this book and the entire series. We loved how Denny brought all of the animals voices to life. We sincerely hope that he records the entire Epic Order of the Seven book series. We highly recommend this book and the entire series by Jenny Cote.

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Loved it even more in audio!

This book is such a family favorite that the characters have become part of our everyday conversation. We even named two cats after them! we never dreamed that the audio version would make us love it even more!

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At last!

I’ve been waiting for an audio production of this, one of my favorite books. It did not disappoint, but instead enhanced my 4th? 5th? enjoyment of this book!

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Fabulous!

Love this book! I laughed and cried and thought about God's Goodness a whole lot 😀. I have a copy and was reading it, and then I saw it here and it's fantastic.

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Fantastic family listening!

We absolutely loved this audiobook. Having already discovered Jenny L. Cote’s wonderful series featuring Max and Liz, we were very excited to finally listen to an audio version of this adventure.

Max and Liz kept us company as we drove interstate across Australia. We drove for 2 days without a screen in sight, just great scenery and an exciting story. All 6 children and both my husband and myself were captivated, held in suspense and in all the right places amused by this book. Energetic story telling worthy of this epic children’s novel.

I highly recommend it for children (and parents) of all ages.