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By Harriet on 11-27-12
A story about Family and Challenges
Overall I enjoyed this story. I have always enjoyed survival adventure stories. This is the story of 4 siblings who are deserted by their father years ago and then their mother leaves them in a shopping mall and doesn't return. THey were on their way to visit an unmet aunt. THe children have very little money and only their wits and legs to travel the couple hundred miles to their aunt. They visit their aunt and then when that doesn't work out they split to go meet their 'crazy' Grandmother whom they have also never met. THey are hard working children and use their wits and survival instincts to make it through.
Is this a realistic story? No. I was also annoyed at the author's attempts to make it a 'deeper' book by trying to address the topic of death. Nobody dies in the story! It is just painted on like a facade. There is no moral basis for their discussions, just random thoughts. Still trying to figure out why she went there at all. It accomplished nothing. My other annoyance with the story was the obligatory flesh reference... giggling over the jiggling of ladies breasts. Really? Totally pointless. My third annoyance was her attempt to discriminate about when stealing and lying was ok and when it wasn't. Again, there was no reference point for these decisions, just their own feelings. They didn't really wrestle with it, just kinda did what was easiest for them. I guess in our world, feelings and ease trump everything.
I like Barbara Caruso as a reader. She was great in the Anne of Green Gables books. There were some technical glitches in the middle of the book where there was an echo.
Bottom line was that I liked the adventure part of the story, it is well written, I disliked the annoyances. It is not a book that I will be giving to the kids to listen to and I very well might return it.
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By R. Calderon on 06-11-18
Good book 👍
We had to read this book for school, so I used audible. It was pretty good. I can never really find a book that interests me, and since it was mandatory to read this book, I did an audio book to keep me more interested. I found some parts of the book boring and repetitive, but overall it was a good story.
By aw on 03-07-17
Held my attention!
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes I would definitely recommend this to a friend because this was an interesting story, of children ranging in age from 7 to 13, trying to find a safe place to just live, and the adventures that brought them there.
What other book might you compare Homecoming to and why?
This had the adventurous style of Dodger by Pratt.
What does Barbara Caruso bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
She can change her voice to sound like different people. a very good narrator! She is easy to listen to, and shows emotion.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
No, but it was a very good book, and kept things going, remained interesting...
Any additional comments?
Go through to the end of the book, you'll enjoy it!