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Enjoy some audio books while you eat lunch, paint the house, garden, or drive.
The Inheritance Cycle
Written by Christopher Paolini, Narrated by Gerard Doyle
Eragon, a poor farm boy, lives in Alagaesia, a kingdom ruled by Galbatorix, a powerful but evil monarch. One day, Eragon discovers a beautiful stone that he soon realizes is a dragon's egg. When the creature hatches, Eragon sets forth on a path that could restore the glory of his homeland's legendary Dragon Riders and perhaps overthrow Galbatorix.
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Written by E. L. Koingsburg, Narrated by Jill Clayburgh
The book follows siblings Claudia and Jamie Kincaid as they run away from home to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Claudia, a 12-year-old oldest child that feels like she is underappreciated by her parents and decides to run away. Her younger brother, Jamie, comes with her mostly for the adventure.
The Jim Weiss Audio Collection
Narrated by Jim Weiss
World-renowned storyteller Jim Weiss brings stories from around the world and across time to life in his excellent audio collection.
Peter and the Starcatchers
Written by Barry and Pearson
Narrated by Jim Dale
It is the story of Peter and his friends and their magical adventure that takes Peter from a mundane orphan boy from England to an immortal flying boy on the magical island of Never Land. Peter and his group of friends from St. Norbert's Home for Wayward Boys are taken to a the ship Never Land.
Family Movie Night
Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
The life of Jesse (Josh Hutcherson), an adolescent, changes when he befriends Leslie (AnnaSophia Robb), the class outsider. The children create an imaginary world called Terabithia, which is inhabited by all manner of magical creatures. Though difficulties fill their ordinary lives, Jesse and Leslie rule as king and queen in Terabithia. Soon one of the friends must draw on the strength of their imaginary kingdom to cope with a tragedy.
Father Goose (1964)
On an island in the South Seas, Walter Eckland (Cary Grant) lives a quiet life. That changes when he's persuaded to serve as a lookout for the Allies, watching for enemy ships. Eckland, whose main interest is drinking, proves bad at his job and is sent to fetch a replacement from another island. Instead, he finds a stranded teacher, Catherine (Leslie Caron), and her pupils. After Eckland brings the group to his island, romantic sparks fly between the prim schoolmistress and the slovenly loner.
Quest for Camelot (1998)
In this animated tale, Kayley (Jessalyn Gilsig) dreams of being one of the Knights of the Round Table; she gets her chance when the fabled sword of Excalibur is lost. Without its power to protect him, King Arthur falls victim to Ruber (Gary Oldman), an evil knight bent on destroying Camelot. Arthur's only hope is that Kayley will find the sword. She gets some invaluable assistance from Merlin's trusty falcon, a dragon with a split personality, and a sweet blind man named Garrett (Cary Elwes).
Brigadoon is a musical with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, and music by Frederick Loewe. Songs from the musical, such as "Almost Like Being in Love", have become standards. It features two American tourists who stumble upon Brigadoon, a mysterious Scottish village that appears for only one day every 100 years.
How to Steal a Million (1996)
Charles Bonnet (Hugh Griffith) expresses his passion for art by forging masterpieces -- and selling them at a hefty profit. The trouble starts when his reproduction of a prized sculpture winds up in a famous Paris museum. If experts determine that it is inauthentic, Bonnet's reputation will be tarnished. That's why his fetching daughter, Nicole (Audrey Hepburn), hires cat burglar Simon Dermott (Peter O'Toole) to steal the sculpture back before it's too late.
Roman Holiday (1953)
Overwhelmed by her suffocating schedule, touring European princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) takes off for a night while in Rome. When a sedative she took from her doctor kicks in, however, she falls asleep on a park bench and is found by an American reporter, Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck), who takes her back to his apartment for safety. At work the next morning, Joe finds out Ann's regal identity and bets his editor he can get an exclusive interview with her, but romance soon gets in the way.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller), an employee at Life magazine, spends day after monotonous day developing photos for the publication. To escape the tedium, Walter inhabits a world of exciting daydreams in which he is the undeniable hero. Walter fancies a fellow employee named Cheryl (Kristen Wiig) and would love to date her, but he feels unworthy. However, he gets a chance to have a real adventure when Life's new owners send him on a mission to obtain the perfect photo for the final print issue.
Apollo 13 (1995)
This Hollywood drama is based on the events of the Apollo 13 lunar mission, astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) find everything going according to plan after leaving Earth's orbit. However, when an oxygen tank explodes, the scheduled moon landing is called off. Subsequent tensions within the crew and numerous technical problems threaten both the astronauts' survival and their safe return to Earth.
The African Queen (1952)
After religious spinster's (Katharine Hepburn) missionary brother is killed in WWI Africa, dissolute steamer captain (Humphrey Bogart) offers her safe passage. She's not satisfied so she persuades him to destroy a German gunboat. The two spend most of their time fighting with each other rather than the Germans. Time alone on the river leads to love.
No better way to spend free time than with a book!
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By Eleanor Coerr: Recounts the adventures of fourteen-year-old Buffalo Bill Cody, who braved storms, wolves, and outlaws to earn himself the title of Bravest Rider on the Pony Express.
By Thomas P. Lewis: The story is based on reports of the erruption of Paricutin volcano on Feb. 29, 1943 It came up in the Mexican state of Michoacan, in the cornfield of a Tarascan Indian Named Dionisio Pulido. No one was killed, but more that 2000 people are said to have lost their homes.
Abeka Book: From Peter Rabbit to Pooh Bear and Piglet, these fun-filled characters will encourage your child to share and be obedient. Fun-filled, character-building stories coupled with challenging vocabulary words and comprehension questions make this reader entertaining as well as educational.
By Mary Pope Osborne: Introducing the world to Jack and Annie, a brother and sister who discover a magical tree house filled with books. In Dinosaurs Before Dark, the tree house takes them on their first journey, an adventure in prehistoric times.
By Eleanor Coerr: Ariel and her mother, a famous 19th-century aeronaut, fly their balloon in a suspense-filled race. "A fast-action story [based on an actual event] . . . . Balloon fact and lingo are nicely woven into the story line, and [the] pictures add historical flavor.
By Robert McCloskey: Time of Wonder is a 1957 children's book written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey that won the Caldecott Medal in 1958. The book tells the story of a family's summer on a Maine island overlooking Penobscot Bay, filled with bright images and simple alliteration.
By Beverly Cleary: Emily’s Runaway Imagination is a children’s novel by American writer Beverly Cleary, first published in 1961. Set in the 1920s, the plot revolves around the experiences of a young, imaginative girl named Emily.
By Rutherford George Montgomery: Kildee House is a children's novel by Rutherford George Montgomery. It tells the story of a house in a redwood forest which becomes a refuge for wildlife. The novel was first published in 1949 and was a Newbery Honor recipient in 1950. It is illustrated by Barbara Cooney.
By Marguerite Henry: The magnificent Lipizzan stallions of Vienna come to life as never before in this exciting story from Newbery Award–winning author Marguerite Henry, now back in print in a gorgeous hardcover gift edition. A young boy named Hans dreams of one day working with the famed stallions of Lipizza.