A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Significant educational value in allowing kids to engage with classical texts and providing access to traditionally discussed stories to kids who may not otherwise have access. Highlighting words as it reads aloud helps kids follow along to practice their own reading.
Ease of Play
The interface is easy to use, and book covers in addition to titles make it easy to see what text is being accessed when.
Violence & Scariness
Some content within classical literature may contain violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some content within classical literature may contain sexual themes.
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Some content within classical literature may have suggestive language.
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Products & Purchases
In-app purchases include the ability to translate texts into a variety of languages.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some books may have characters who engage in drinking, drugs, or smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
As an e-reader, vBookz Free Audiobooks 30,000 Classics aloud is a solid option -- it provides a lot of wonderful classic texts in one location -- but as a read-aloud app, it falls short. The computerized voice reads every part of the page including symbols (saying "ampersand" instead of "and"), mistranslated words, and numbers. The majority of the texts offered on the app are complex in nature, and the sentence structure is not always accessible to younger readers. Having a computerized voice emphasizing awkward parts of words or phrases may only confuse kids. So, if you're just looking for mobile access to classic literature, there are better (and cheaper) choices. If you need a read-aloud feature, this is also not the best option.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.