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  • Learn Like a PIRATE: Empower Your Students to Collaborate, Lead, and Succeed

  • By: Paul Solarz
  • Narrated by: KELLY CROY
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

 Collaboration. Empowerment. Student leadership. These buzzwords get a lot of press, but what do they really mean for today's students? Can students really handle the responsibility of leading the class? Can they actually learn what they need to if they are working together so often? Won't all this freedom cause chaos in the classroom? Not if you're teaching them to learn like PIRATES!   

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • some good ideas, but..

  • By Daren on 06-02-2019

some good ideas, but..

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

Reviewed: 06-02-2019

Paul has some good ideas for the everyday classroom. This is an account of a Male American teacher who is applying his interpretation of 21st century lessons to his teaching. His ideas are flawed in so many ways, but are great in others. I really struggled to listen to it all, as it just went on and on and on. I could write all the ideas presented in a two page blog, easily. I won't recommend this book to anyone, but there are parts that were good. I simply dont understand what so many were raving about. There are far better roads in education. Dweck, Deci and Ryan, Tomlinson, just to name a few. the biggest critique I have is Paul's complete lack of research. His ideas are dangerous, loose and not well stated, at best. Yes..give students control...very little differentiation happening on his classroom and no account whatsoever for struggling, gifted or culturally diverse learners. His lack of knowledge on Bloom's ideas are an indictment on a poorly researched book. The people who do recommend this book obviously know little and havent read widely, especially on the topic of individualized and inclusive instruction.

  • Nineteen Eighty-Four

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster and the Thought Police uncover each act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Beware - this is not the audio book!

  • By Alison on 07-08-2017

A twisted and perverted novel

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-2018

This is a captivating, yet sick perverted novel contains convoluted ideas that would surely be classified as ridiculous futuristic psychological fiction. I read it only because so many speak of it as if it to be a reference book. It is a psychological thriller and the man who wrote it, surely is a twisted genius with problems. It makes you think and the rest, I would hope to forget.

  • Odd Thomas

  • You Are Destined to Be Together Forever
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Amid the dizzying rides, tantalizing games of chance, and fanciful attractions of a state fair, two teenage sweethearts on the cusp of life and love's pleasures find their way to a shadowy carnival tent brimming with curiosities. There, from the bizarre and enthralling Gypsy Mummy, a mechanized merchant of dreams and prognosticator of tomorrows, the young couple learns what fate promises for them. But fate, for Odd Thomas and Stormy Llewellyn, is something altogether different: full of dark corners, sharp edges, and things no seer or soothsayer could ever anticipate.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This isn't the book Odd Thomas

  • By Daren on 22-05-2018

This isn't the book Odd Thomas

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-05-2018

The book Odd Thomas is over 40 chapters. This is a six chapter book. Was okay, but you don't end up with a lot of storyline or depth in 6 chapters. Not in this book anyway.

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  • Silas Marner

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Beacham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Falsely accused of a crime and betrayed by his closest friend, the weaver Silas Marner has been hoarding his earnings for 15 years. Distanced from his religious community, he has devoted himself to his work and taken pleasure only in counting his coins. Then in a single day, his gold is stolen and a lovely child appears on his doorstep. As he changes his life to meet the irresistible needs of the child, Marner accepts that the loss of the gold was a necessary exchange for the child.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unforgettable treasure of a novel.

  • By Daren on 13-05-2018

An unforgettable treasure of a novel.

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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: 13-05-2018

This was a work of unforgettable humble beauty. I will read it again and again.

  • The Story of Us

  • By: Dani Atkins
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Though Emma survived the car accident, her memories are hazy. Sometimes she can hear snatches of her friend's screams, or smell the fumes of petrol. Most of all though, she sees the shadowy man who saved her life. No one else saw him. And as he pulled her from the wreckage, he promised he would always stay right behind her. But where is he now?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not so great

  • By Daren on 05-05-2018

Not so great

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-2018

There's something that is wrong about falling for someone shortly after ending another relationship. Worse than this, she flirted with Jack while still with Richard. It's not a love story as much as it is a story trying to fool readers that the grass is greener elsewhere. I didn't like Emma or Richard. It's a love triangle that's just wrong. Three stars is because I love Dani Atkins style, but didn't like this story line.

  • Ruth

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Eve Matheson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

The orphaned heroine Ruth, apprenticed to a dressmaker, is seduced by wealthy Henry Bellingham who is captivated by her simplicity and beauty. Their affair causes her to lose her home and job to which he offers her shelter, only to cruelly abandon her soon after. She is offered a chance of a new life though shamed in the eyes of society by her illegitimate son. When Henry reappears offering marriage she must choose between social acceptance and her own pride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unforgettable

  • By Daren on 30-04-2018

Unforgettable

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

Reviewed: 30-04-2018

She was a white in a sea of grey. She was Ruth. An incredible powerhouse of humility. An unforgettably brilliant novel of redemption and grace.

  • Mansfield Park (Dramatised)

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: David Tennant, full cast, Benedict Cumberbatch, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Felicity Jones, David Tennant and Benedict Cumberbatch star in BBC Radio 4's full-cast dramatisation of the novel by Jane Austen, one of the great English classics. Seeking a position in society, young Fanny Price goes to live with her rich aunt and uncle. But her life there is not as she might wish. Felicity Jones plays Fanny, whilst David Tennant is her cousin Tom and Benedict Cumberbatch his brother Edmund.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love is worth waiting for

  • By Daren on 03-04-2018

Love is worth waiting for

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-2018

Not my favourite Austin novel. The ending was so dissatisfying. Yes, he came to his senses and found himself, but let us learn of their love, their happiness, their quarrels and trials. Wouldn't recommend this work, but as always, Austin writes so well.

  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Naxos)

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Socially critical and emotionally complex, Tess of the d'Urbervilles is Hardy's masterpiece. It tells the story of Tess Durbeyfield, forced by her family's poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy d'Urbervilles. Violated by the son, Alec, her hopes of rebuilding her life with the gentle and bookish Angel Clare founder when he learns of her past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing experience

  • By Daren on 08-09-2016

An amazing experience

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

Reviewed: 08-09-2016

It is rare to find true love, and here again, we hear the story of a man (this time), who found true love, but didn't recognise it until it was too late. What an amazing girl, Tess is. You fall in love with her from the moment she is introduced. Frustrating at times, but a true hero in every sense. A fantastic memorable read.

  • Giants of the Frost

  • By: Kim Wilkins
  • Narrated by: Edwina Wren
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

An epic saga of love, fate and betrayal.

Victoria has chosen career over love, but starts to question this decision when she finds herself working at a remote weather research station on a tiny island off the coast of Norway. In this world of midnight sunshine, the Old Gods still watch the affairs of humanity - one of them has become fixated on Victoria, certain that she is the reincarnation of a woman he fell in love with over a thousand years before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book, captivating

  • By Daren on 26-08-2016

Excellent book, captivating

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

Reviewed: 26-08-2016

A captivating story line. Realistic characters, and ending was good. I will remember this for a.long time to come and was worth the read.

  • Fatherland

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Fatherland is set in an alternative world where Hitler has won the Second World War. It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler's 75th birthday. Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin's most prestigious suburb. As March discovers the identity of the body, he uncovers signs of a conspiracy that could go to the very top of the German Reich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • it ended there?

  • By Kate V Elliott on 21-06-2017

Creative, real and raw

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

Reviewed: 16-08-2016

An amazing story and perhaps a sad reflection on a society where the unjust thrive but a glimmer of hope for a better life thrives. Not sure if I liked the ending, but a great read..

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