I loved the animated voice of the reader and the music that accompanied the reading
Byron was my favorite character because of his good heart and ability to constantly get into trouble.
He read the book wonderfully; it was almost acted out.
The Birmingham Church Bombing from a child's point of view
I would have appreciated chapter stops.
Absolutely, it is a great book with a lot of "real" history to it. Wonderful book for young readers to understand civil rights issues and the beginnings of the civil rights movment in the early 60's.
Difficult to chose one part there were so many great parts to this book. Some very funny others tragic.
LeVar Burton always delivers a spectacular performance whether on screen or audio! His voice is pleasant to listen to and he has good annunciation using inflection when reading the characters.
This is a Hallmark channel movie - it was excellent but like most book to movie ... the book is much better, many more deatials in the book.
I read this book with my 13 year old son he had to read it for a school project. He would follow along in his print book with the audio. It was an awesome book - we loved it. Great historical references that led to family conversations on race, segregation, prejudice and hate crimes. We were fortunate that several weeks after he finished the book the movie debut on tv and we watched it together and discussed the differences from the book.
Perhaps more suitable for young people who haven't read many books.
A stronger plot.
LeVar Burton's reading is excellent and is the main reason why I listened to the end.
The book had far too much descriptions of family life at the Watson home and too little story. The book ultimately made an important event in American history into a tedious tale.
The Watsons Go To Birmingham is a great novel and the audio performance certainly does justice to the story. My students LOVE the days when I let them experience the audio instead of having them read it themselves. A great treat for my class!
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
This Newberry Honor winning book is so close to a perfect home-run: the narration is spot on, the slow moving plot entertains all the way through with a gradual layering of character building that made me feel like part of Kenny's, 60's family in Flint, Michigan. I loved my visit to a home that might have eaten that embarrasing food stamp food a time or two, where kids were kids and worried about getting their face "Whirlpooled" and had parents who loved them dearly and made life fun. However, I am very sensitive to swearing and did notice the scattered curse words though the book, which wasn't enough to really bother me... until I stopped to think it was written for children. True young Kenny, the narrator, doesn't swear but older brother and parents are recorded though his eyes. The book also includes the bombing of a black church, where the much adored younger sister is attending Sunday school and the reader experiences the family's terror from outside the church. So I guess what I am saying is... even though the beginning is very light-hearted, warm and so very well written... it is more appropriate for older readers. I was also just a little dissapointed in what felt like a maniputlated ending. I was so sucked into the story, that at the end when I had to suspend my disbelief it was jarring.
This book richly deserves the Newbery honor it earned and the story and its characters will stay with one long after finishing. Accomplished actor and host of "Reading Rainbow" LeVar Burton brings the novel to warm and full life. All we could ask for is a sequel, and then another....
I have been an Audible listener since 2006. I love Audible... My question is, when will all books be published in Audio format?
Without a doubt!
The relationship between the older brother and his role in the family provides lot of laughs.
Excellent narration, the voice of an Actor who brings the story to life.
A great listening experience.
The Watsons go to Birmingham: 1963 has been one of my favorite books since I was in fourth grade, it's a funny and exciting book. LeVar Burton does a fantastic job of narrating he makes the story even more exciting than it is and the sound effects make the story sound even more interesting and gives you that nail bitting feeling of what is going to happen next. Whenever Alabama, ice box Michigan, or when someones in trouble I can sometimes listen him saying "Ready, aim, fire!", one of the catchiest lines that is said a lot throughout the book.Although I remember(in 4th grade) the ending of the story got a little scary, I remember it was interesting because the story's theme is about actual and relatively recent events that had happened here in our very own United States. It's a good book to read before a lesson about the African-American Civil Rights Movement to kids because the book doesn't talk about a lot of gory events that happened. It's a good opportunity to sit down with your kids and discuss about racism, human rights, etc. This book will always be in my top ten favorites list. If you liked this audiobook you should also listen to Bud, Not Buddy, another great story narrated by James Avery (also known as Phillip Banks from the Fresh Price of Bel Air)
I really enjoyed this book. It had a lot of wit. Heartwarming. It showed that all families are not perfect. I laughed out loud in several parts.
1. Read and enjoy
2. Give this book to:
-smart or artistic kids who sometimes don't think they fit in; they will relate to the narrator.
-kids who love being entertained by TV but not by books; they will look forward to each new chapter as if it were an episode of their favorite show.
-children you wish knew a little more about America's recent history; they will learn a little about the Civil Rights Movement without feeling like they're being "taught."
-children who are dealing with a recent trauma or death; this is full of humor and tragedy and offers advice about moving on.
-adults who want something that's a pleasure to listen to, but will still get them thinking; this is precisely the book they're looking for.