This book was a delight. It's not a happy feel-good story, instead it shows life in a real way through different eyes.
I had included this book in my Wish List based on both the sample narration and the publisher’s summary and was meaning to purchase it, if it ever went on sale. However, I went ahead and used a credit when I saw it listed as part of my son’s AP Literature summer reading. From the start the book “read” like a novel, so its claim of being “lively and entertaining” was definitely achieved especially in the capable hands of David de Vries. The other half of Thomas C. Foster’s stated goal of being a guide to reading between the lines, I believe was also achieved. Well at least, for someone like me, who is a wannabe comprehend-er of more than the obvious story-line. Even though I knew I was to be looking for symbols , themes and the like, I had no overall understanding of why they would be there and their significance to that particular story and their continuation from prior stories. BEWARE, however, and read at your own risk! The knowledge this book imparts requires action, so like me, you may be concerned that your shallow-surface reading days are numbered, but is this not the plan of the author all along.
These short stories are excellent, and the narrator is one of the BEST! There had been an issue of only Rip Van Winkle being included but this has now been corrected. The length of this audiobook at the time I purchased it had been listed as 48 minutes but now it is two hours and 14 minutes long. If you purchased this prior to this correction, you just need to download it again as I did and you will gain access to both stories.
This story is great but the performance was just a little "flat" which left me feeling like I could not justify giving it an overall 5 star rating.
I liked this book from the beginning, and it kept my interest throughout. It is the perfect light "read" for Christmas - a book to listen to and do menial tasks at the same time. Jennifer Van Dyck's narration is a good fit.
Jon Scieszka and Mike Ferreri are well matched. I loved it and so did my son and his best friend (ages 13).
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