Monday, December 30, 2013

SYNC is Returning!

 SYNC 2014 is coming! Their blog just announced that another summer of amazing audiobooks are returning. If you're never heard of SYNC it is "the audiobook publishers’ and AudioFile Magazine’s commitment to introducing the listening experience to your young adult audience."

Over the summer they offer a pairing of two audiobooks each week. Typically they pair a classic title with a modern Young Adult piece. Something for everyone all summer long! They'll be announcing their lineup in late January. Be sure to check out their schedule next year!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Ghost Hawk

Ghost HawkGhost Hawk by Susan Cooper

It is Little Hawk's turn to become a man. He needs to survive three months in the woods - alone. When he returns to his people, he will be seen as a man. Unbeknownst to him, he will return a man, but face greater challenges when he returns home.

Wow. Wow! After I finished listening to Jim Dale read Susan Cooper's story I could not put into words my reaction or my review. I wanted to savor it and let it sink in. It was so captivating - a book that I might not read again, but a book that I will always take with me. Little Hawk is part of the whole story - as a child, a man, an observer, a friend. I fear saying too much, because I want readers to experience this story themselves. I could see where some of the storyline was going and wanted to reach in an intercede. Other parts of the story completely surprised me. I would recommend this tale to older middlers, high schoolers, and adults. It's a fantastical historical fiction piece that a wide range of readers will enjoy.

The amazing Jim Dale read Ghost Hawk. Most listeners are familiar with his renditions of Harry Potter, but he's read a wide range of pieces. He's a master of narration. I especially appreciate his use of silence and quiet. The use of a good pause to difficult to master and Dale does an excellent job.

Reviewed from an Audiobook Jukebox copy. Thank you, Simon & Schuster Audio!

Audio Book Details...
Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper
Read by Jim Dale
Produced by Simon & Schuster Audio
Number of Discs: 7
Total Time: 8 hours
ISBN: 9781442364806

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