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Christine

Christine Edinburgh, United Kingdom Member Since 2012
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  • "Surprisingly engaging"

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    This lovely tale of growing up in a small Scandinavian village held the attention of my 5 and 6 yr old sons for the whole 2 hours+. I was surprised.



    But beware, the little girl narrator does pretty much say "I used to think Santa was real but now I know that it is just the parents pretending" so be prepared to cough loudly during that part of the 'Christmas' chapter if your children are still believers.

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    Children of the Noisy Village

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Astrid Lindgren
    • Narrated By Catherine Byers
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    A charming story about the everyday life of six children living on the three neighboring farms that everybody calls "noisy village" because of its "high spirits".

    Christine says: "Surprisingly engaging"
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A Peek at Ruth's Bookshelf

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    "Best teen spy story ever."

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    What made the experience of listening to Cherub: The Recruit the most enjoyable?

    I loved how its all the time intresting. There is not 5 minutes of story that you are not intrested of lissening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    James, I cant say that I totally like the guy, because sometimes he can be real brick. But hes intresting, you want him to be a good guy, and sometimes he fails.


    Which character – as performed by Nathan Stewart-Jarret – was your favourite?

    I liked all characters. I had read the book before and now when I lissend it I didnt feel once that "this character shouldnt sound like this". So i think it was very well read.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I didnt have the time, but I did lissen it when ever possible. It ended too soon.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the book. So sad that you dont have the othere episodes of this series.

  • Higher Institute of Villainous Education: H.I.V.E., Book 1

    "Good book"

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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Its easy to lissen and intresting.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    yeah, i will defenetly lissen or read othere books of this series.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Its all the time intresting, you dont get bored.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    nothing.


Jonathan

Jonathan SOUTH CROYDON, United Kingdom 29/04/2013
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  • "A disappointing abridgment"

    2 of 2 helpful votes

    This is clearly marked “Unabridged”. This is simply not true. When I knew the book as a child the two passages I found intensely moving were the Field Mice’ Carol (“Who was the first to sing Nowell?/ Animals all as it befell./ Joy shall be theirs in the morning”) and the profound mysticism of the chapter “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn”. Both these passages are omitted, as is the entire Chapter “Wayfarers All”. (Other omission include all the songs, including the delightful “Duck’s Ditty”, the chapter titles and certain details I can remember in both the Christmas chapter and the final chapter at least.)



    In the structure of the book, the two omitted chapters break up the account of Toad in jail and his escape. By making Toad’s adventures a continuous narrative without the deeper, more feeling aspects of the omitted chapters, this version reduces the book to a comic cartoon adventure without the profundity and little of the tenderness that makes it such a masterpiece. Richard Briers reads the version charmingly, but I was thoroughly disappointed.

    A listener who doesn’t know the original may well still be pleased by this version.

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    The Wind in the Willows

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    • By Kenneth Grahame
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    Far from fading with time, Kenneth Grahame's classic tale of fantasy has attracted a growing audience in each generation. Rat, Mole, Badger and the preposterous Mr Toad, have brought delight to many through the years with their odd adventures on and by the river, and at the imposing residence of Toad Hall.

    Jonathan says: "A disappointing abridgment"

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