In the tradition of _The Mouse and His Child_, _The Little Prince_ and _The Velveteen Rabbit_ this is one of those rare and astonishing stories, ostensibly written for children, that work on so many different levels one can't possibly process them all with one listen. Just as Edward Tulane becomes a different doll in each stage of his journey, I expect that this is a different story for everyone who reads it, and each time they read it.
The only reason for 4 stars rather than 5, is that the first half of the story does get a bit repetitive and even tedious. Still, by the last chapter I was overwhelmed by a level of raw emotion seldom experienced since childhood. I don't believe it is possible to come away from this story unaffected, and it stays with you for a long time after the narration has ended.
but Terry Ryan is not a particularly good reader. I read the first few chapters of this book at a friend's house when it was newly published and always meant to finish it. I'm generally not a fan of abridged works, but in this case the abridged memoir trims some of the repetition of the original. The only real problem is that Terry Ryan's reading of her work is never particularly engaging and at times very irritating as she reads at a very dull monotone.
to love this story and to love this audio book. The narration is flawless, and the magical world within the Times Square subway station is a wonderful place to escape to for a few hours. Like the New Yorkers compelled to silence by Chester Cricket's last concert, I found myself taking a break from the usual bustle of activity in the house to just sit and listen.
I found the story tedious, without a single sympathetic character. And Martha Plimpton's attempt to create different voices was distracting and unsuccessful. I don't recommend it and definately wished I hadn't wasted a credit on it.
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