Monday, April 1, 2013

For Your Listening Pleasure!


Are you ready for Fairday’s Riddle this week? April Fool’s! Just to mix things up on this mischievous day, we are sharing Lizzy's Book Review of a great middle grade read. Stop back tomorrow for Fairday’s Riddle. Just think- you will already have a clue to the theme for the week! 



We are so thrilled to be taking part in Marvelous Middle- Grade Madness  this week. It is a meme hosted by Shannon Messenger. Every week blogs that review MG books get together and share their links. What a wonderful way to learn about MG books. Check out the other blogs that are participating in MMGM this week!
Listening to a favorite book gives you a chance to linger over the story and think more deeply about your connections and reactions. When I first read The Deliverers: Sharky and the Jewel by Gregory Slomba I thought it was an excellent fantasy adventure. I felt that I knew the characters and I heard their voices in my head. I enjoyed the book so much I even wrote a review of it for the blog a while back. We were over the top happy to interview Greg Slomba and find out more about where he gets his ideas from.

When I found out there was an audio version of The Deliverers: Sharky and the Jewel I was excited because I love to listen to books while I relax on my bed or clean my room. Jimm Singer is the narrator of the audio book and he helps the characters come alive. I wasn’t sure if his voices would match the ones I already had in my head and I have to say he did a fabulous job. I enjoyed the voices and the story! As I listened I could distinguish between Stig, the owl (awesome English accent), Eric, Kate, and of course, Sharky. There are many characters and he did each one justice. Jimm Singer did a wonderful job with his pacing and kept the story moving. I never felt that the audio was too fast or too slow, it was just right. Listening to the story I had the chance to pay extra attention to the relationships that were developing throughout the book and I picked up on a few details I missed when I read it the first time. 

I think audio books are a fun way to enjoy a story. I definitely recommend the audio version of The Deliverers: Sharky and the Jewel by Gregory Slomba to anyone in third grade and up. The best part is that for younger readers, they can follow along with the book and learn how to read dialogue that can be a little tricky (pirates, dwarves, etc.). For anyone who is a reluctant reader, try this audio book and see if you change your mind. For those of you who haven’t listened to an audio book before, what are you waiting for? Check out the audio book sample and let the story wash over you.

The author has generously offered to giveaway a paperback copy of his book. Enter below for a chance to win The Deliverers: Sharky and the Jewel by Gregory Slomba!  Be sure to stop back on Friday for our interview with the narrator, Jimm Singer!
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35 comments:

  1. I love multitasking...this book sounds absolutely delightful!

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    1. Hi Patty,
      It is such a fun book! Sometimes I like multi-tasking- Lizzy is the master of it : ) Great to hear from you! Thanks so much for stopping by! ~ F

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  2. I agree with you. The audiobook sample did sound pretty good. :)

    ~Akoss

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    1. Hi akossiwaketoglo, Excellent! Thanks for listening : ) ~ F

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  3. No riddle! Okay to answer the question grown up me wants to talk to Rhett Butler and find out how he really feels about Scarlet. Younger me... Winnie Foster from Tuck Everlasting and ask her why she didn't drink the water and meet Jessie! This looks like a fantastic little book for younger readers. Pirates and Dwarves! Happy Monday!

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    1. Hi Heidi,
      LOL! We mixed it up this week : ) Thanks so much for stopping by to share your thoughts with us- I would love to know how Rhett felt about Scarlet too! ~ F

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  4. The audio book sample sounds excellent. Jimm Singer certainly does a good job.

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    1. Hi Barbara, Thanks so much for stopping by to check out the audio of The Deliverers. Great to hear from you! ~ F

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  5. Great review! I don't often listen to audiobooks, since I'm a more visual person, but I think some books would be worth it.

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    1. Hi Cherie, I am very picky about them, but when you come across a really good one- it's such a pleasure : ) Thanks so much for stopping by! ~ F

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  6. Sounds like a good book. I haven't listened to audio books, I might have to give it a try.

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    1. Hi creativewritingintheblackberrypatch, You definitely should- when you get a great one- they are awesome! We will be shouting out the one of our favorites on Thursday, so stop by- we would love to hear your thoughts! ~ F

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  7. I'm definitely a visual person, so find listening to audio books difficult (wandering mind syndrome.) This one does sound good though!

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    1. Hi Michael G-G, I always find that I enjoy listening to books after I read them- especially if the narrator is creative with the voices of the characters. Thanks so much for stopping by! ~ F

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    1. Hi Rubina, Thanks! Great to hear from you : ) ~ F

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  9. I've just started to get into listening to books on my Kindle. It's great for when I'm cooking.

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    1. Hi Kelly, I actually did not know that you could listen to a book on a Kindle- that is news to me- thanks for sharing! I still haven't pulled the trigger on getting one yet, if you can believe it! Great to hear from you : ) ~ F

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  10. Though not a fan of the audio book myself I can certainly see its merits.

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  11. Or should that be hear its merits?

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    1. Hi Petty, lol! Some of them have excellent merits- though, I am very picky about the narrator- Jimm Singer does a good job : ) Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts with us- it's always lovely to hear from you : ) ~ F

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  12. As for which character I'd like to have a chat with - I'd love to cheer up Eeyore or ask Harry Potter where I could get an invisibility cloak or Fairday Morrow how I get to join their society.

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    1. You're definitely in Petty! The DMS is aware that you know the answer to the secret question ; ) ~ F

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  13. Bilbo Baggins. I would love to sit in Bag End as he regales me with tale after tale of There and Back Again. Thanks for the great review. I've never listened to a mg book on audio, but am intrigued. Oh, and I would certainly enjoy elevensies with Bilbo! I follow DMS as Paul R. Hewlett via GFC

    Paul

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    1. Hi Paul, Great choice! How fun would it be to sit and chat with Bilbo! Thanks so much for stopping by to share your thoughts with us : ) ~ F

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  14. I love To Kill a Mockingbird so I'd like to talk to Jem. He takes really good care of his sister.

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    1. Hi Angela, Excellent choice! Thanks so much for stopping by to share your thoughts with us! Great to hear from you : ) ~ F

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  15. It looks like I might have gotten the riddle right if I looked at this post first. I'm surprised you gave it away!
    I've never listened to an audio book. I'm glad it was a good experience for you.
    I knew I had seen this book before, before you mentioned you reviewed it awhile back! Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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    1. Hi Adriana, Lovely to hear from you! LOL- sometimes we like to mix it up a bit! I think you would enjoy the right audio book- stop by the Top of the Heap post on Thursday for a recommendation...(you already know what it's going to be : ) ~ F

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  16. I loved the interview. First interview I've read about a narrator of an audio book. These seem to be more and more popular. I listened to part of the sample, and it sounds great. Perfect for a kid to read along while listening to the story. I really like the plug about reading to kids at the end of the interview. I'll second that! It's a rewarding experience for kids and adults. Thanks, Jess!

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    1. LynNerdKelley- So glad you enjoyed the interview! How wonderful that you listened to part of the sample and liked it. I think reading is my favorite thing to do! :) ~L

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  17. The audio version would be great for car trips! I understand that some children are able to read vividly in their heads, but for those who can't, hearing the story from an excellent storyteller would be extremely helpful ~ not just in enjoying the story but also in picking up new phrases & vocabulary. Thanks for sharing The Deliverers, Jess & Stephanie!

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    1. Claudine- Audios are great for car trips! I agree with you that audio books are a great way to help some kids get the images in their minds while they read. An excellent way to pass the time! Thanks for stopping by! ~Jess and Stephanie

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  18. Audio versions are great when you are doing other things and can still listen.

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