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The Five Ancestors, Book 1
Written by: Jeff Stone
Narrated by: Kiki Barrera
Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Before he dies, the grandmaster of Cangzhen Temple instructs his five youngest pupils, each a master of a different fighting style, to search out the secrets of their pasts. Only then, he tells them, will they be able to avenge their fallen brothers and retrieve the temple's secret scrolls.

Fleeing the temple, the five young monks go their separate ways. Their task is a difficult one, as each boy is an orphan and knows nothing of his origins. Fu, a master of the tiger arts, doesn't even know where to start! Wounded and hungry, he stumbles through the forest until he hears a tiger roar in pain. Then instinct takes over...

With a fresh, imaginative concept, newcomer Jeff Stone introduces the first volume of an epic adventure tale told through the voice of a boy learning to temper his own strength.

©2005 Jeff Stone (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"Quite a page-turner." (School Library Journal)
"The slam-bang, pedal-to-the-metal adventure stands a good chance of luring kids away from video games; they will definitely line up for the forthcoming sequel." (Booklist)

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • DStar
  • 11-11-08

Not interesting for adults

I'm an adult who enjoys many well written childrens books. As an adult, I found this way too juvenile. And, I found the narrators voice tiresome.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Patrick Charest
  • 21-04-16

I love this book.

I rented the CD from my local library over a decade ago. Even better than I remember!

Thanks for a wonderful story. Time for book two!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • J. Parkes
  • 31-05-07

good tale, too bad...

This series has fantastic potential, unfortunately the author was not skilled enough to to tap into that deep pool of talent reserved for the few authors who can make magic from lesser tales.
It was flat, like like a bycicle tire or your favorite soda pop that's lost it's fizz. It should be given to a better author one who can add depth and soul... to make it live.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Melise
  • 19-03-08

Good for kids, not so good for adults

My sons (9 and 11) loved this book and clamored to hear the rest of the series, which they really loved as well; picking them before other audio books that they could have chosen. However, I found that the stories were not as exciting, nor as well-written as they could have been. I frequently found that my mind would wander as I was listening to them, and that I would lose the thread of the story just because the language wasn't all that interesting, nor were the twists and turns of the story particularly surprising or exciting.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Phoebe D. Baker
  • 17-08-18

Incredibly entertaining saga!

This is one if those audiobooks you will want to listen to again and again. Jeff Stone develops his characters with both humor and flaws throughout the novel and the entire series of Five Ancestors books. The characters grow in complexity while remaining true to their core beings. The plot is alternately humorous and suspenseful, while retaining a good respect for the culture if the setting. Kiki Barrera is an incredible narrator, maintaining many different voices on a consistent basis. One of my favorites!

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Pawl
  • 22-03-14

Father and Son both enjoyed the book

Where does Tiger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is no Treasure Island but it's still good entertainment. It helps that my son is a beginning Kung fu student.

What did you like best about this story?

I assume that since the first book is basically the story according to the Tiger Monk that the following books will be basically the same story as seen from the other animal monks point of view. Of course that could be totally wrong too, but I'm fairly sure it will be entertaining.

What about Kiki Barrera’s performance did you like?

Who? Actually a very good job, the story was read so well that I didn't notice the narration... it was almost like reading it myself in that there didn't seem to another person involved until I read this question and thought back on it. Almost like listening to Jim Dale.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I didn't start out wanting to listen all the way through, I just did it. I was enjoying it and then I was at the end.

Any additional comments?

I'm really glad that my Son talked me into getting this. It nearly makes up for what he did to the TV remote.

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  • Studious
  • 02-02-14

Narrator killed what could have been good fun

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Have you ever overheard your son or daughter making good guy/bad guy dialogue as they played with toys? A squeeky, evil voice for there bad people and so on... Well if you thought that was good narration, then you'll love this.
For kids 9 and under, its probably good fun. For anyone older who likes martial arts adventure type stuff as a guilty pleasure, skip it.

What did you like best about this story?

Couldn't listen to the whole thing, but it does set up for a great, open ended adventure.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

By being awful. Take voice lessons please. Also the squeaky bad guy voices were about as advanced as any 7 year old's.

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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Ellen
  • 20-03-11

It cut out the story!

Great book loved reading it. BUT audible cut out some of the story so it doesn't make that much sense.