In Zanesville

  • by Jo Ann Beard
  • Narrated by Jo Anna Perrin
  • 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The 14-year-old narrator of In Zanesville is a late bloomer; a sidekick, a marching band dropout, a disastrous babysitter, the kind of girl whose Eureka moment is the discovery that "fudge" can't be said with an English accent. Luckily, she has a best friend with whom she shares the everyday adventures of a 1970s American girlhood. In time, their friendship is tested - by their families' claims on them, by a clique of popular girls who stumble upon them, and by the first, startling, subversive intimations of womanhood.
With dry wit and piercing observation, Jo Ann Beard shows us that in the seemingly quiet streets of America's innumerable Zanesvilles is a world of wonders, and that within the souls of the overlooked often burns something radiant.


What the Critics Say

"Beard is a faultless chronicler of the young and hopeful; readers couldn't ask for a better guide for a trip through the wilds of adolescence." (Publishers Weekly)
"[M]oving.... Beard travels the well-worn road of budding young womanhood with a surprising freshness." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Terrible reader

The reader spoiled this book for me. I love to hear the books read aloud by great readers; this woman is not one. It sounds as though she didn't read the book before recording it. She puts the emphasis on the wrong word in sentences and never gets a rhythm going. The 'voice' she adopts for the narrator sounds neither like a 14 year old girl nor like an adult remembering what it was like to be 14. I will pick up the book and read it to myself, I guess. Sorry to be so negative, but other buyers should be forewarned.
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- Kristin

Best book in a long time

Loved this book! The reader was fine, the story was superlative. It was like time travel. The writing is crisp, observant, wry, and spot on. It made me miss my best friend relationships of early adolescents and made my heart ache for what is ahead for my daughter. This book deserves awards, awards, awards.
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- Lisa Eaton

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-04-2011
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC