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My son asked me to get him a copy of this book two or three months ago. He devoured it. Then he asked me for the next two in the series. He devoured those in record time as well.
I overheard parts of these books and was impressed. Later, my son insisted that I listen as well. So when Because of Mr. Terupt went on sale, I bought a copy.
I’ve now read the book and I think it was one of the most enjoyable YA books I can remember reading. The themes are serious, but the story is very well crafted and the overall effect is very good. Great narration as well.
I highly recommend this book.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
A grown adult woman reads for all 4 of the 5th grade girls characters, using the same voice for 3 of them.
A grown adult man reads all 3 of the 5th grade boys, using the same voice for 2 of these parts.
I was so disappointed in this approach. It is still a good story, but on this audiobook, it was read without emotion. I really wish that the characters were read by students around the age of 10-12 instead of adults.
Also, it was difficult to tell which character (there are 7 students telling this story, each from their own perspective) was speaking since the 2 readers did nothing to differentiate their voices for separate characters.
I teach 5th grade, and I assign the 7 parts to my best and most emotional readers and the students really respond to this story, even go so far as to "boo" the Lexie character in the first half the story, while cheering Anna and Jessica.
I just feel like no thought or effort went into this audio production.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful