• Tiger

  • The Five Ancestors, Book 1
  • By: Jeff Stone
  • Narrated by: Kiki Barrera
  • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (114 ratings)

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Tiger

By: Jeff Stone
Narrated by: Kiki Barrera
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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.

Don't miss the rest of The Five Ancestors series.
©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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Good books, bad narration.

I have loved these books since I was a teenager and met Jeff Stone at the Carmel Barnes and Noble many years ago. I just hate the pronunciation of Malao. Which is a name used very frequently throughout the series.

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A beautiful story line

when I was in Middle School I read the books and I fell in love with it I can't remember my favorite right now I think it was to Crane and the dragon I'm buying the series because I loved that story regardless if it is an adult or not find the small pleasures in serious. I am so happy that I can finally read that book

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Excellent story for children 👀and adults

I love this series and my children sat on the edge of their seats! Fu, Malao and the monks Kick butt!!

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a fantastic adventure

A great story, magnificent voice acting, and well orchestrated. good story for all ages.Give it five stars.

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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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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.