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I liked the concept. The story presents a look at the problems of childhood and the "special child" from a new perspective. The view of the world through the eyes of an imaginary friend is told in a consistently believable way that keeps the reader in the mood of the story. There are none of the jarring That Wouldn't Happen moments that often spoil stories like this one.
Although this is a suspense story that keeps one wanting to know what happens next, the tone throughout is gentle, reflecting the love and concern the imaginary friend feels for his child friend. The reading of Matthew Brown sets this mood early in the story and even when the narrator is upset and concerned the mood remains. This is a perfect listen for a winter day. Grab a cup of tea, an afghan and a big soft chair and enjoy!
Would have liked to see a couple of changes in the ending. Would have liked to know what happens to the "villain".
Also, the continued use of "dance with the devil in the pale moonlight" caused this evocative phrase to lose its impact and eventually become an annoying distraction. But that is a very small flaw in an otherwise enjoyable tale.
This was an excellent story. As a teacher of young children with special needs, I found the story very true to real life. The only part that I didn't understand was the very end. What happened to Budo?
I really liked Oswald because he had such a huge heart and he wanted his existence to mean something even if his acts ultimately would be his demise. And his example teaches Budo to do the same. He ultimately gives Budo the courage to do the right thing.
The book almost had me convinced that imaginary friends are real and they have lives and thoughts of their own outside of the world of what the human imagines. I like that they can only do things they are imagined that they can do at their creation. Is it too late to get an imaginary to be my cheerleader throughout the day?
This is one of the most memorable books I've listened to. Such a unique concept. I think parents who's children have or had imaginary friends will enjoy it, especially parents of children with asperger's or autism.
I picked this book as I have an interest in Asperger's Syndrome and I used to be a teacher, so I was drawn to the idea of the book. One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was the point of view through the eyes of the imaginary friend. However, his perspective is rather childlike and it often seems as if the book was written for children. On the other hand, the primary theme of this book is accepting death and our inevitable mortality. The exploration of this subject makes this a very adult themed book. It was uncomfortable to me to have this childlike perspective and deep themes of death enmeshed together. Perhaps this was the author's intent. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and found it very thought provoking.
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yes, there are many oints i would like to review regarding autism and imaginary friends
Boodo, of course, but Oswald and Mrs Gosk are close seconds
Pacing, as an audio book, I can't jump ahead which is my evil tendency
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i like books that open up child's minds. Like "Room" or "The Curious Case of Dog at Night' and this was a winner in that genre.
English major. Love to read
My review is mixed because this story is hokey - there is no way around it. BUT, I had an imaginary friend when I grew up and I honestly forgave all the hokey qualities because I was both reliving when I had my friend and charmed by the sweet observations of this young, passionate friend. I would guess that if you never had an imaginary friend, never had a friend who had one and/or made fun of those who did, that this book would not be your cup of tea.
I want to mention also that the book is well written - there are some wonderful insights into the grown up world (much like in Room) and some turning of phrases that made me forgive myself for looking forward to reading such a precious story. The narration was great.
It is not at all what is promised. I thought it would be like Wonder but it is just slow, boring and uninteresting
I don't care
I enjoyed this reading. It was entertaining and such a great idea for a story. The idea of writing a book from the perspective of an imaginary friend really caught my attention. I would recommend this story to anyone. Especially someone who had an imaginary friend when they were little. :)
i like to read. i like to listen.
Matthew Brown was an amazing narrator. His voice embodied Budo so well, and was really thoughtful the entire way through the novel.
Each time there was a disappearing. I don't want to say more.
I have not, but based on this story, I will.
I cried three or four times during this book...I also laughed countless times. I loved all the emotions it drew out of me.
The simple story mixed with Matthew Brown's performance made this a perfect audio book.