"Without work nothing grows but weeds." (Pres. Hinkley)
I love listening to audio books, but this is one book that you need to get with all of the pictures. You lose a lot going with the audio version. That said, this book failed to deliver what it promised. It promised a great story about a boy and an automan. The first half even begins to deliver on that promise, but suddenly the story I wanted to read is shoved aside to celebrate some bitter old man who was a silent film maker. I felt ripped off. However, if you get the physical book with illustrations, some of that feeling is negated by awesome illustrations and pictures of the movies by this silent film maker, and you do want to know more about him.
As the print version contained many illustrations, I believe that version may be better.
I would recommend the story but probably recommend the print version. Perhaps due to the lack of illustrations, the story seemed to be missing something.
He did an excellent job with characters.
This is a children's book but still a good story for all. It blends fiction with history in an uplifting way.
See the movie too! It really leveraged the magic of the book.
This is a great story, great reading where I and my son could identify characters, identify with the characters; some lovely sound effects intermingled. I will recommend this for every kid from 5 to 10 years of age and their parents.
Lovey reading. There is a different voice for every character. Could not do anything while listening to the story.
3 stars for adults. 4 stars for reading to a child.
My first reaction was to compare it to Harry Potter. HP had complicated development of plots and characters, and many creative surprises. Hugo’s ideas and characters were simple. I prefer fuller character development.
I also wanted better plot development. Something sad happened to someone. For many years this was kept secret. Children investigate and reveal the mystery/secret. And then everyone is happy. There are too many convenient coincidences that move things forward, which bothered me. Coincidence is not a good way to write a book.
The physical book is full of pictures which you do not get with the audiobook. The reading time is less than half the length of a regular novel.
The narrator Jeff Woodman was good. There are several fun sound effects during the book, like running footsteps, a door closing, a train whistle.
Genre: childrens mystery.
Long time fan of stories, tales, and anecdotes. Love to listen while on the go!
My favorite was Pappa George. He was the original, the mind behind the magic, the wise and slowly fading glow. He was the teacher; he just didn't know that he was still doing it.
Loved the sound effects in the background. Great touch. It fit the story well. Jeff's voice was soothing when needed and rough at the right times. Well read. I would listen to more read by him.
yes and glad I did
Yes. I was on a long distance drive home from vacation with friends, and the story made the trip such fun.
When he was able to restore the dreams of the old man.
His change of dialect was good.
Made me laugh and gasp and be concerned about Hugo.
Can't decide whether to go see the movie -- I probably will see it on video.
Wife, mom of one amazing son, and I have the second best job in the world, working in a bookstore :)
Very similar to the movie, but on the darker side. I wouldnt recommend it as a younger childs story. But overall enjoyable.
Say something about yourself!
I would share ths story with my family, it was a great adventure and very unique.
I don't care if this is a kid's book. It was wonderful. Just delightful. I hope the movie does it justice.