I read the print version years ago, and picked up the audio version just to help refresh myself on the story. I wouldn't say one is better than the other, but there is a difference in character tone that is unique to each format.
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Both are coming of age books, and both deal with the main characters having to grow up quickly in an unconventional way in order to survive.
I read some previous reviews prior to purchasing this title and I noticed people complained about how "whiny" the performance was. The only thing I can say to this is, get over it. The book centers around a young teenager who just had his entire life upended. Of course he's going to be a bit whiny. As far as sticking to the tone of the book, the performance was spot on. If whiny kids going through a crisis isn't your cup of tea... get the print version and give it your own overtones.
When Bobby finally gets it.
oddly slow and non griping
didn't grab my interest
be a better voice actor or go to a full cast
I Love reading books, My Job makes that difficult, so Audio Books have re-opened the Universe to my Soaring Imagination!
My Nephews got me hooked in this series. Great Imagination, Great story. Great for 11 and up!
The story is entertaining and fast-paced. I'm listening to it while working because my 13 yo son is reading the series and loves it. I like to know what he reads, so I gave it a go.
The narrator, however, made me hate the main character. The whiny, nasal tone that he used for all children (who are the main characters) grated on my every last nerve. I'm seriously thinking about whether or not I can stand to listen to any more books in the series. It was almost demeaning to all 14 year-olds out there. The whining was more like a young child, not like a teenager.
Good story, terrible listening.
This has easily become one of my favorite series! I listened to this book on a whim and I quickly became engrossed in the plot. Having recently finished Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians series I found it hard not to draw comparisons between the characters, but that only made me love this book more. The characters were believable, relatable, and the narrator did a wonderful job of bringing them to life. Like many protagonists these days, Bobby Pendragon finds there is more to him than meets the eye, but I liked the author's fresh spin on things. The descriptions were detailed, but didn't bog things down to technobabble. A real mix of sci-fi, fantasy, and adventure; had me hanging on every word till the conclusion and I quickly devoured the other nine books in the series. Has quickly become a favorite of mine, on par with my favorite series Percy Jackson and I can't recommend this book enough!
Corny, with annoying and stupid characters, had to struggle to finish it. The narrator was whiney (is that a word?) and annoying as well. Sorry, just my opinion, but I could have spent 15 bucks on a better book. Read some Jim Butcher instead...
for a young reader
was written for a small market
maybe written for a young market and not for any others
I really enjoyed William Dufris's preformance. He is an excellant narrator.
Very good book! Very fun read. fun to listen to as well!