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review 2018-06-23 17:24
Rabbit Ears Treasury of Animal Stories: How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin, How the Camel Got His Hump, How the Leopard Got His Spots, The Monkey People
Rabbit Ears Treasury of Animal Stories: How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin, How the Camel Got His Hump, How the Leopard Got His Spots, Monkey People - Rabbit Ears,Jack Nicholson

Title:  Rabbit Ears Treasury of Animal Stories: How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin, How the Game Got His Hump, How the Leopard Got His Spots, The Monkey People

Author:  Rabbit Ears

Genre:  Animals / Folktale / Manners / Respect / Africa / Colombia 

Year Published: 2007

Year Read: 2009

Series: Rabbit Ears Treasury

Publisher:  Listening Library (Audio)

Source:  Purchased

Content Rating:  Ages 7+ (Some Rude Behavior)




“Rabbit Ears Treasury of Animal Stories” is one of the first audio CDs released from Rabbit Ears Entertainment (or Rabbit Ears Productions as I fondly love to call it) and this audio CD features four stories called “How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin,” “How the Camel Got His Hump,” “The Monkey People” and “How the Leopard Got His Spots.” Each story is narrated by a famous celebrity during the 80s and 90s and it will be an instant treat for anyone who is a huge fan of Rabbit Ears stories!

Since I have already reviewed some of these stories on separate reviews, I will just briefly summarize each story:

How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin
Told by: Jack Nicholson
Music by: Bobby McFerrin

When a rude rhinoceros eats the Parsee Man’s delicious cake, the Parsee Man starts to take revenge on the rude rhinoceros.

How the Camel Got His Hump
Told by: Jack Nicholson
Music by: Bobby McFerrin

When an arrogant camel refuses to do his share of work, it is up to the Djinn of all Deserts to set the camel straight.


The Monkey People
Told by: Raul Julia
Music by: Lee Ritenour

When an old man comes to a village full of lazy people and shows them monkeys cut out of leaves doing all the chores, the people learn the hard way about the importance of hard work.

How the Leopard Got His Spots
Told by: Danny Glover
Music by: Ladysmith Black Mambazo

When all the animals moved to the forest to hide from the Leopard and the Ethiopian, the Leopard and the Ethiopian must learn to camouflage themselves in order to eat to survive!

Oh my goodness! Imagine my surprise when I first heard about this animal series coming out on audio CD! I was so excited about listening to Jack Nicholson, Danny Glover and Raul Julia narrating these fantastic tales that I remembered from my youth! Each story was extremely interesting to the next story and the narrators and the musicians have both done an excellent job at narrating and providing appropriate music to each story. Out of all four stories featured on this audio CD, my favorites were “How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin” and “How the Camel Got His Hump” which were both narrated by Jack Nicholson and both had music by Bobby McFerrin. In both stories “How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin” and “How the Camel Got His Hump,” Jack Nicholson narrates both stories in an extremely silky voice that soothes you to the bone as you hear him narrate these stories and anyone who has seen Jack Nicholson in “The Shining,” will definitely be surprised at how calm he sounds in narrating these stories! Bobby McFerrin is truly magnificent in providing music for each story as he mainly uses his voice to create music for each story which brings so much creativity to the stories. Another story that I enjoyed on this disc was “How the Leopard Got His Spots” as I loved the way that Danny Glover narrates this story in an African accent which brings creativity to this story and Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s music is truly wonderful as they vocally sing in African tones.

Again, there is no book to go with this audio CD; however the narration and the music provided in this audio CD will help many fans still love this audio CD. 

All in all, “Rabbit Ears Treasury of Animal Stories” is a true treat for fans of the fantastic Rabbit Ears series and who love Jack Nicholson, Danny Glover and Raul Julia and I am sure that many children and adults will love this audio CD for many years to come! I would recommend this audio CD to children ages seven and up since the “Just So Stories” might be too complicated for younger children to understand.

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog


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review 2018-06-14 20:00
Villages of West Africa by Steven & Cathi House
Villages of West Africa: An Intimate Journey Across Time - Steven House

This is an excellent book of beautiful pictures of the Villages, people, architecture, and more of the West Africa. I love to travel and as much as I would love to travel the world in person I cannot. So I am a armchair traveler. I will probably never make it to West Africa in person but with this book I can see so much about this country.


The pictures are clear and beautiful. They show more then what you would see in a travel brochure. This book gets into the the true West Africa. It shows the good, the beautiful, the bad and the ugly. I really love that the pictures are not a sanitized version of the true country like in a travel brochure. Steven and Cathi House have done an amazing job with this book.


I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2018-06-12 20:18
Review: Shadows of Africa by Wayne McCain (3/5 stars)
Shadows of Africa - Wayne McCain

Years ago, I read the book The Lions of Tsavo about man-eating lions and found it riveting. I went into this book with high hopes. The set up was pretty good with these well-meaning mercs planning to take out a war lord. There’s also an embassy and all their employees being evacuated or put under guarded lock down. Then the lions enter the story. All that was a great hook that pulled me into the tale.

Then things go into a bit of a slump. All of the mercs are nice guys which just made them come off as fake and one dimensional. After the first staging of the scene, there’s very little details about the location. Basically, this story could take place any place with a large predator. I would have liked more details about Africa in general and the country in specific to keep me in the story.

A few of the mercs die in their quest to rid the area of this pride of man-eating lions. Since I hadn’t gotten attached to them, I wasn’t sad when they had to exit the story. In fact, I had trouble keeping them all straight because they were nearly copies of one another in all their goodness.

The other big issue for me was that all the ladies are attached to the mercs (wives, girlfriends) and when they get together, all they do is cry in their wine as they miss their men. They have no lives of their own. These female characters were there to hold up the male characters and none of them stood on their own. Since this is fiction, we could have had at least one female character, perhaps as a merc or native Tanzanian wildlife guide. Alas, the ladies were even less memorable than the men.

Despite the flaws, the story has several good action scenes and some intense moments between hunter and hunted. 3/5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book.

The Narration: Dave Cruse was a good fit for this book. He had distinct voices for all the characters and a variety of accents. He also had decent female voices for the ladies. I’m not familiar with the Tanzanian accent, but the accent Cruse used for the Tanzanian characters was consistent throughout the story. There were no recording issues. 5/5 stars.

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text 2018-06-12 05:46
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text 2018-05-28 13:57
Africa Pharmaceuticals Market: Market Estimation, Dynamics, Regional Share, Trends, Competitor Analysis 2012 to 2016 and Forecast 2017 to 2023

Africa Pharmaceuticals Market: Market Estimation, Dynamics, Regional Share, Trends, Competitor Analysis 2012 to 2016 and Forecast 2017 to 2023


Africa Pharmaceuticals Market: By Product Type (Prescription Drugs, Over-the-Counter Drugs), By Formulation (Solid, Liquid, Semi-Solid), By Therapeutic Area (Infectious Diseases, Cardiovascular Diseases, Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders, Neurological Diseases, Cancer, Autoimmune Disorders, Others), By Distribution Channel (Hospital Pharmacies, Retail Pharmacies), and Geography –  Africa Pharmaceuticals Market Estimation, Dynamics, Regional Share, Trends, Competitor Analysis 2012 to 2016 and Forecast 2017 to 2023


Market Dynamics: Africa Pharmaceuticals Market


Increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, rise in R&D activities for the innovation of newer drugs, and increase in healthcare expenditure are anticipated to fuel the Africa pharmaceuticals market over the forecast period. In addition, expansion of businesses by the pharmaceutical companies, environmental conditions such as tropical climate in Africa may cause the infectious diseases such as TB, malaria, and AIDS, and economic growth are expected to propel the Africa pharmaceuticals market. However, high cost of pharmaceuticals for chronic diseases, and lack of awareness about the disease treatments in underdeveloped countries may hamper the growth of This market.


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Market Scope: Africa Pharmaceuticals Market

Africa pharmaceuticals market is segmented on the basis of product type, formulation, therapeutic area, distribution channel, and region

Based on the product type, This market is segmented into the following:

  • Prescription Drugs
  • Over-the-Counter Drugs

Based on the formulation, This market is segmented into the following:

  • Solid
  • Liquid
  • Semi-Solid

Based on the therapeutic area, This market is segmented into the following:

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders
  • Neurological Diseases
  • Cancer
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Others

Based on the distribution channel, This market is segmented into the following:

  • Hospital Pharmacies
  • Retail Pharmacies

Based on the region, This market is segmented into the following:

  • North Africa
  • Central Africa
  • Southern Africa
  • Rest of Africa


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Regional Analysis:  Africa Pharmaceuticals Market

Geographically, Africa pharmaceuticals market is segmented into North Africa, Central Africa, South Africa, and rest of Africa. North Africa pharmaceuticals market is growing at a significant rate owing to increase in the prevalence of malaria, leishmaniasis, rickettsioses, and leishmaniasis in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia. Central Africa pharmaceuticals market has a lucrative growth owing to rise in prevalence of malaria, cholera, and tuberculosis due to tropical climate, rise in incidence of AIDS especially in women, and rapid urbanization are boost the market. Southern Africa pharmaceuticals market has a significant share attributed to awareness about diseases treatment majorly in South Africa, rise in R&D for the innovation of newer drugs, and expansion of business by market players in the region.


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Competition Assessment: Africa Pharmaceuticals Market

Key player profiles in the Africa pharmaceuticals market include:

  • GlaxoSmithKline Plc. (UK)
  • Pfizer Inc. (U.S.)
  • Novartis AG (Switzerland)
  • Sanofi S.A. (France)
  • AstraZeneca plc (UK)
  • Cipla Ltd. (India)
  • Bayer AG (Germany)
  • Resmed Pharmaceuticals Cc(South Africa)
  • Aspen Holdings (South Africa)
  • Litha Healthcare Group (Pty) Ltd (South Africa)


Notable Market Developments: Africa Pharmaceuticals Market

  • In April 2017, Cipla Ltd’s South African arm agreed to acquire Anmarate Pty Ltd for strengthening its footprint in Africa region


Key Features of the Report:

  • The report provides granular level information about the market size, regional market share, historic market (2012-2016) and forecast (2017-2023)
  • The report covers in-detail insights about the competitor’s overview, company share analysis, key marketdevelopments, and their key strategies
  • The report outlines drivers, restraints, unmet needs, and trends that are currently affecting the market
  • The report tracks recent innovations, key developments and startup’s details that are actively working in the market
  • The report provides plethora of information about market entry strategies and regulatory framework
  • The report analyses the impact of socio-political environment through PESTLE Analysis and competition through Porter’s Five Force Analysis in addition to recent technology advancements and innovations in the market



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