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Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend | [Matthew Dicks]

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He's been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age, and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear. Max is different from other children. Some people say that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, but most just say he’s "on the spectrum". None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can’t protect Max from everyone.
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Publisher's Summary

Imaginary friend Budo narrates this heartwarming story of love, loyalty, and the power of the imagination - the perfect read for anyone who has ever had a friend...real or otherwise.

Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He's been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age, and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear.

Max is different from other children. Some people say that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, but most just say he’s "on the spectrum". None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can’t protect Max from Mrs. Patterson, the woman who works with Max in the Learning Center and who believes that she alone is qualified to care for this young boy.

When Mrs. Patterson does the unthinkable and kidnaps Max, it is up to Budo and a team of imaginary friends to save him - and Budo must ultimately decide which is more important: Max’s happiness or Budo's very existence. Narrated by Budo, a character with a unique ability to have a foot in many worlds - imaginary, real, child, and adult - Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend touches on the truths of life, love, and friendship as it races to a heartwarming...and heartbreaking conclusion.

©2012 Matthew Dicks (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    Susan M. Justice St. Louis, MO 10-11-12
    Susan M. Justice St. Louis, MO 10-11-12 Member Since 2007

    Devon Farm

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    "This story and performance were both exemplary!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    What a refreshing story and performance. I got it as it sounded like it had potential now I am telling all my friends that they HAVE to get it!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    julie bon aqua, TN, United States 10-04-12
    julie bon aqua, TN, United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "what more could you want from an audible book!"
    If you could sum up Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend in three words, what would they be?

    i hope a movie is in the works.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    bodu. what a cool friend


    Which character – as performed by Matthew Brown – was your favorite?

    oswald


    Who was the most memorable character of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend and why?

    max. i learned so much about humans from his character. i understand he had a disorder which made him extreme but we are all like him in that we have comfort zones we protect.


    Any additional comments?

    i am excited about this story and am highly recommending it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tara S. Scherner Portland, OR 10-01-12
    Tara S. Scherner Portland, OR 10-01-12 Member Since 2012

    I hope my reviews are helpful!

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    "This one is worth it, even though the ending needs"
    What made the experience of listening to Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend the most enjoyable?

    I think the voice of the narrator (and the voice of the performer) really carried the story forward.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oh, it was impossible not to like the main character.


    What does Matthew Brown bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well, he changes the voices for the characters, bringing a new quality to the characters, adding another level of character to them.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was driving, and I admit that there were a few times where I was practically on the edge of my seat, which is kind of dangerous. There were a couple times where I was yelling at the console in my car like a football fan yelling at the TV. It was kind of exciting.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a unique story. The ending could use some help. The resolution moved a bit fast. It was a bit unnecessary. There was a shift in character that didn't seem necessary to me. But okay. Still, it's worth a read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-24-12
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    "too sad"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The author's preoccupation with death made what could have been a delightful tale an onerous burden. The imaginary friend has too long monologues so that we never fully get to meet his owner. There are too many contradictions regarding what the imaginary friend can and cannot do, like go through doors but not walls or curtains that take away from the preciousness of the tale.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator wasn't too bad.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It started out ok.


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    margaret 09-16-12
    margaret 09-16-12 Member Since 2011

    I am married ( 26 years and counting!), I have two children a boy 16 and a girl 21. I love reading, gardening, knitting, art! People who say they would be bored when they retire just don't know themselves very well! I, on the other hand can't wait to have the time to do more of the things I truly love! Maybe write a book, a dream I have always had of doing!

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    "Everyone should have friend like Max's"

    I enjoyed this book from beginning to the end. What is life without our imagination? Boring and dull! Without the ability to "talk to ourselves" we might go crazy! I can relate to Max, I too had a stressful event as a child and my ability to be somewhere else in my mind spared me the pain of the moment! Reading does that for me now, it takes me away! Great book! Well read!

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    Katharine Albany, CA, United States 09-06-12
    Katharine Albany, CA, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "What a good read!"

    What a fantastic mystery with delightful characters! This well written story completely captures the nuances of human relationships while sharing the essential elements of adventure or risk to grow or fade parts of ourselves.

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    Janice MOBILE, AL, United States 09-16-12
    Janice MOBILE, AL, United States 09-16-12 Member Since 2011

    Love psychological thrillers Playwright Traveled to Japan, Guam, & the Phillippines Retired Clinical Social Worker

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    "Your imagination will soar !"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The meaning of friendship


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    It has been a very long time since I have thought about the importance an imaginary friend can have for a lonely child. Budo, the very vocal imaginary friend of Max, protects him from bullies and helps him to try behaviors that will help him to fit in. You see, Max is a different child, perhaps an Autistic child.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    The author, Matthew Dicks, has breathed life into Bubo. He tells us how imaginary friends are born and how they die. Bubo talks to the others who accompany the children to school. The pace of the story is never slow, and becomes every bit as exciting as the thrillers that I usually read.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    I enjoyed the narrator's performance very much. No complaints here.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I recommend Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend highly. It has been several weeks since I "read" it-- in one sitting -- I couldn't sleep until I got to the end, and I am still talking about it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 09-14-12
    Amazon Customer United States 09-14-12
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    "Worth the read!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great characters, excellent plot and twists.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bodu, his interpretation of the events drew me in and let me escape to another world.


    Have you listened to any of Matthew Brown’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, I will seek out other performances though


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Imaginary friends do exist....


    Any additional comments?

    thank you to other reviewers, it was based on their recommendations that I bought this book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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