The most novel approach thus far, I loved the perspective of an imaginary friend. I also felt that the author's background (teacher) provided a unique insight to on children that are often difficult to love because they do not respond in predictable ways.
Indomitable Will a biography of LBJ by Mark Updegrove (sp?). Both books use creative approaches in assiting the reader in gaining insights on the mindset of the main character. Mark's book provides insights on LBJ via the impressions of the participants engaged with LBJ. Dickes book uses the suppositions of the imaginary friends regarding the motivations of thier human friends. I felt Dickes book humanized that spectrum of autisim. I thought it also makes a compelling argument regarding the beneficial societal aspects of thoughtful approaches to mainstreaming children with challenges while at the same time providing a cautionary tale regarding the special protections required for the most vuneralbe children.
I loved the narrator.
The book opened me up to the wonder and magic of childhood imagination. It is also a caution regarding how we must really touch back with young ones to ensure that we understand how they are processing confusing experiences.
The characters are a little lilmited and stilted but I suspect this is to remind us that the worldview of a child is simplistic.
The story was somewhat suspenseful but too easy to predict the ending.
I would probably consider it depending on the subject. He has a good imagination.
He successfully reminded me the way the way a child thinks
It is interesting and pretty fast paced. The author took enough time to make me feel something for the characters.
I enjoyed the story even though its a little schmaltzy.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: I actually really enjoyed this book. I hadn't heard of it before, but I'm glad that I gave it a listen, because it was great. I loved the narrator. His voice was easy to listen to and fit with the characters well. The concept of the story is really interesting. I've never read anything from a perspective like this before and it was very well done. The story line itself was interesting and exciting. There were funny moments, touching moments, sad moments and suspenseful moments. This book had it all and was a great all-around read.
CHARACTERS: Budo was such a great character. I loved seeing the world though his eyes and watching him change throughout the story.
COVER: I like how it's blurred out. It fits with the idea of this imaginary friend and the possibility of them fading over time.
Haven't read the print, but I really enjoyed the narration, so I'll just say yes.
When I was listening to him play the main character, I totally forgot I was listening to some random man. When he was playing Max or the other imaginary friends, I forgot they were all technically the same person. Every character had a distinct image in my head.
The reunion. I cried the happiest tears a book has ever made me cry.
I love the angle of this book. I thought it might be cheesy, but it was really well planned out. Just read it; ad some creative happiness to your life.
The concept of the imaginary friend to a small child was interesting enough to keep me listening, although I did listen on fast speed to keep the story moving. Although the book didn't grab me like it did other people, I was interested enough to keep listening to see where the author was taking the characters.
I enjoyed the interview with the author and Mrs. Gosk at the end.
The story had an interesting premise but it was written like a children's book. I understand it's written from the perspective of a child's imaginary friend but the author didn't have to keep repeating himself like he was talking to a child or explain simple things like what the book Pinocchio is about. I only finished it because the underlying mystery was just interesting enough that I wanted to see how it ended.
Something much more sophisticated. I listened to The Nightingale right before this and loved that book. I'll be going back to historical fiction or maybe a biography.
The first encounters with Oswald. They went on forever.
Can I get my credit/money back?
This a fabulous story from a very creative viewpoint; an imaginery friend. Budo is the delightful narrator and he is pitch perfect the whole way through. The last few chapters had me on the edge of my seat and silently screaming "GO GO GO!"
This was a wonderful book & portrays a "spectrum" boy, along with his imaginary friend, very well & very lovingly. I had a few imaginary friends & they were real; this book explains how & why they were/are.☺️
My three "issues" w/this book are the fact that the narrator cannot pronounce many very common English words (& I'm not talking about the portrayal of some young child who might not know correct pronunciation) & didn't even bother to learn the tune of the ONE song he had to sing (a very well-known song from elementary school. Anyone who took piano should know it, as well. YouTube it, Mr. Brown!!!), plus the fact that I'm not sure who this book's main audience should be. It is narrated by an imaginary friend who is quite a bit older than the human he's friends with.
An adult narrated this (oh! - #4 "issue"😛), yet the character wasn't supposed to be an adult. I won't rate the narrator down because it was someone else's choice to use an adult to represent a (I'd guess) 12-15 year old. It should have been one of the number of very good young narrators I've heard during my Audible tenure. The whole time, however, the story is as if he (the author) is teaching or speaking to very young children (5-7 years old, I'd say...maybe even 4-7), explaining things as if to this very young child (younger than the protagonist, who's 8). The moral points he makes that the reader is supposed to learn from are also focused towards children in a manner appropriate for them, but a leeeetle young for us adults...yet much of the material is decidedly not appropriate for young children.
Children old/mature enough for the material would, I believe, balk at the "voice", the small-child-focused didactics, and I don't think many teens would be well-pleased, either. I still found the story charming & well worth my time. I've given it four stars (I have to not want it to ever end, for 5 stars), which should demonstrate that I think this is a very good & worthy book, with an intriguing/appealing story. I really DO suggest you listen to this...just know that the "voice" of the tale is written as for a young child, yet it is an adult or older young adult book.
But c'mon - we all know imaginary friends are real, don't we?!?!?!
Elementary Teacher, Coffee Lover, Cross-Stitcher, Audiobook Addict
I chose this book because I felt like Budo was such a unique protagonist and I liked the sound of Matthew Brown's narration. Overall, I'm glad I took the plunge and listened, because Brown's performance *did* turn out to be spot-on. The story, on the other hand... not as much. The very promising beginning (including Max's laugh-out-loud brilliant tactic for dealing with a bully) turned into a solidly suspenseful tale during the build-up to Max's kidnapping and Budo's subsequent efforts to save him. As the climax approached, however, the story began to slide into sentimentality, complete with overwrought emotional exchanges between the imaginary friends and an all-too-predictable existential crisis in the protagonist. That style would be fine in a young adult novel, but it's clear that Dicks isn't aiming for that demographic, and it comes across as clunky and unbelievable to adult eyes/ears. Personally, I could have done without the epilogue, as well---I would have preferred for Dicks to have resisted the temptation to wrap things up so neatly---but that could be considered a matter of taste.
The short of it? Brown's narration and the quality of the first 3/4 of the story make Memoirs a worthwhile listen. Just don't go into it with your hopes *too* high; despite its promise, Memoirs ends up just being slightly better-than-average.