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
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!
i hope a movie is in the works.
bodu. what a cool friend
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.
i am excited about this story and am highly recommending it!
I hope my reviews are helpful!
I think the voice of the narrator (and the voice of the performer) really carried the story forward.
Oh, it was impossible not to like the main character.
Well, he changes the voices for the characters, bringing a new quality to the characters, adding another level of character to them.
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.
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.
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.
The narrator wasn't too bad.
It started out ok.
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!
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!
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.
Love psychological thrillers Playwright Traveled to Japan, Guam, & the Phillippines Retired Clinical Social Worker
The meaning of friendship
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.
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.
I enjoyed the narrator's performance very much. No complaints here.
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.
Great characters, excellent plot and twists.
Bodu, his interpretation of the events drew me in and let me escape to another world.
no, I will seek out other performances though
Imaginary friends do exist....
thank you to other reviewers, it was based on their recommendations that I bought this book.
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