Bambi by Felix Salten

Bambi

Blurb: Bambi comes into the world in a forest glade, loved by his mother, protected by a thicket. He grows up frolicking in the meadow, befriending butterflies and screech owls, and learning about the dark fear of all the woodland creatures: man. Over time, Bambi seeks out the wisdom of the prince of deer, a magnificent old stag who walks alone through the paths of the forest. Bambi is torn between his desire to be with his beloved mate, Faline, and his yearning for the knowledge and solitude the prince represents. He is also conflicted about his friend Gobo, who has returned to the forest after a winter living among humans. Gobo behaves unnaturally by strolling through the woods by day when other deer are sleeping, showing no fear of his natural mortal enemy.

4 stars
Read Via: Hardback book (library)

My Thoughts: I seen the movie adaption when I was very young, so it is hard to try to not to compare the movie with the book. It was very interesting. The messages seem quite different from the movie. I enjoyed it. However, I feel like the characters were too humanized in some ways. The end was predictable. I have not decided if I will be reading the sequel, Bambi’s Children.

Read December 20, 2014 — December 23, 2014

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

Blurb: When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships,gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life.

3 stars

Listened via: Audiobook (library)

My Thoughts: This was one of the classics that I knew little to nothing about. I ended up enjoying it much more than I thought I would. The whole language from that time was hard to understand at times, but I found it entertaining.

I think that the idea of love and romance is interesting in the book. It was hard to comprehend at times. However, I liked the romance between the characters (no spoilers. Lol).

Listened to October 22, 2014 — November 24, 2014

War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

War of the Worlds

Blurb: Man had not yet learned to fly when H.G. Wells conceived this story of a Martian attack on England. Giant cylinders crash to Earth, disgorging huge, unearthly creatures armed with heat-rays and fighting machines. Amid the boundless destruction they cause, it looks as if the end of the world has come.

4 stars

Read Via: Kindle (library)

My Thoughts: For some reason, I had a hard time really getting into this book. I liked it, but I just had trouble staying focused. I believe it would have been amazing to read this novel when it was published in 1897. I took from this book several different things. It reminded me that humans are horribly unkind (putting it lightly) to other animals. This was pointed out in the book, and I think more people need to realize this. Also, I realized that life as we know it can change in a snap. We need to appreciate the present.

Read June 17, 2014 — June 30, 2014

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist

Blurb: The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published. Dickens’s tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters—the arch-villain Fagin, the artful Dodger, the menacing Bill Sikes and the prostitute Nancy. Combining elements of Gothic Romance, the Newgate Novel and popular melodrama, Dickens created an entirely new kind of fiction, scathing in its indictment of a cruel society, and pervaded by an unforgettable sense of threat and mystery.

 

4 stars

Listened to Via: Audiobook (library)

My Thoughts: I only had a vague idea of how this book would go. I had some trouble listening to the audio some times, and I would get confused. I was into the book a first but most of the time I was bored for the most part. However, the ending really caught my interest! I am glad I stuck with it. I really enjoyed it overall.

Listened to April 20, 2014 — May 6, 2014

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

Around the World in 80 DaysBlurb: Shocking his stodgy colleagues at the exclusive Reform Club, enigmatic Englishman Phileas Fogg wagers his fortune, undertaking an extraordinary and daring enterprise to circumnavigate the globe in eighty days. With his French valet Passepartout in tow, Verne’s hero traverses the far reaches of the earth, all the while tracked by the intrepid Detective Fix, a bounty hunter certain he is on the trail of a notorious bank robber.

3 stars

Listened to Via: Audibook (library)

My Thoughts: This novel turned out some what different than I expected. I love to travel and see new things, so I was hoping this book would allow me to see some of the amazing things around the world. That did not happen. Phileas is super composed and was rush right through his travels. There was little sightseeing. However, the adventure was interesting. I really took a liking to Passepartout. The ending a nice little shock at the end, which I kind of liked.

Something that is making me mad is that a lot of the covers for this book have a hot air balloon on it. The gang never got in one! It was mentioned once, but it was quickly disregarded. That’s why I choose the cover above.

Jim Dale did an excellent job in this recording too. He had unique voices and quite good accents for the characters.

Listened To: April 15, 2014 — April 20, 2014

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

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Blurb:  A loving threesome, they ranged the dark hills and river bottoms of Cherokee country. Old Dan had the brawn. Little Ann had the brains, and Billy had the will to make them into the finest hunting team in the valley. Glory and victory were coming to them, but sadness waited too. Where the Red Fern Grows is an exciting tale of love and adventure you’ll never forget.

3 stars

Listened to Via: Audiobook (library)

My Thoughts:  This is book perfect for a young boy that lives in a very rural and wooden area that likes to hunt. I grew up in such a place and can relate to a certain degree. I personally did not like the hunting aspect, since I am not one to hunt (I don’t like to see things die). However, the strong bond between Billy and his dogs is very heart warming. Oh, and I could not remember most of the movie. I might do a comparison one day.

If you are thinking of your child reading this book, I will advise you to read the book first because there is quite a bit of animal violence. This may not bother you, but it might horrify others.

Listened to April 8, 2014 — April 15, 2014

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

The Time Machine

Blurb: So begins the Time Traveler’s astonishing firsthand account of his journey 800,000 years beyond his own era — the story that launched H.G. Wells’ successful career and earned him the reputation as the farther of science fiction.

 

3 stars

Read Via: Paperback book (own) & eBook

My Thoughts: I decided to read this novel because I really like the movie adaption. This book was different than I expected. I did enjoy it to some degree, but I was let down for the most part. Most of the details were used to describes scenes. Almost all action was rushed and left me confused. The “final” battle or escape was super short. Almost sadly, I would have to say that I enjoyed the movie far more. There was greater sadness, struggles and conflicts in the movie. I am not sure if I would like this book if I have not seen the movie.

Read March 15, 2014 — March 26, 2014

The Hunchback of Notre-Dome by Victor Hugo

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Blurb: In the vaulted Gothic towers of Notre-Dame lives Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bellringer. Mocked and shunned for his appearance, he is pitied only by Esmerelda, a beautiful gypsy dancer to whom he becomes completely devoted. Esmerelda, however, has also attracted the attention of the sinister archdeacon Claude Frollo, and when she rejects his lecherous approaches, Frollo hatches a plot to destroy her that only Quasimodo can prevent. Victor Hugo’s sensational, evocative novel brings life to the medieval Paris he loved, and mourns its passing in one of the greatest historical romances of the nineteenth century.

Unable to Finish

My Thoughts: I don’t know if it was just trying to listen to it via audiobook, but I just could not latch onto this story. The beginning was a history lesson and a big long description of the place. I could not keep up or understand why the history was being covered. Also, there were French words and phrases used that were not explained/translate. Honestly, I don’t even like the Disney rendition. I may try to pick this book up in future, but I am just unable to finish it at this time.

1984 by George Orwell

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3 stars

Listened to Via: Audiobook (library)

My Thoughts: I was very interested in this book in the beginning. I was trying to understand the crazy world of 1984. I really liked Winston. I felt sorry for him, which stayed true through the whole book. I was horrified at some points. It got knocked down a star for the ending.

Simon Prebble did a very good job voicing the characters. It was easy to keep track of who was talking. However, some people had strong accents, which I had trouble understanding what they were saying.

Listened to February 9, 2014– February 20, 2014

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

61X8Fm+B1JLBlurb: Few children’s classics can match the charm and originality of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, the unforgettable story of sullen, sulky Mary Lennox, “the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen.” When a cholera epidemic leaves her as an orphan, Mary is sent to England to live with her reclusive uncle, Archibald Craven, at Misselthwaite Manor. Unloved and unloving, Mary wanders the desolate moors until one day she chances upon the door of a secret garden. What follows is one of the most beautiful tales of transformation in children’s literature, as Mary her sickly and tyrannical cousin Colin and a peasant boy named Dickson secretly strive to make the garden bloom once more. (goodreads)

4 stars

Listened to Via: Audio CD (library)

My Thoughts:  Unlike the last classic novel I listened to, A Christmas Carol, I had no idea what this story was about. At first, I disliked Mary and the accents. However, all the characters grew on me and I began to love the Yorkshire accent (not too sure how accurate it really is) that Finola Hughes produces. I actually have trouble getting it out of my head. Though some of story can be seen as silly, especially near the end, I think it sends a good message for children. There are many moments within the story that I cheered and laughed.

Listened to January 27, 2014 — January 31, 2014