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Bud, Not Buddy Audiobook

Bud, Not Buddy [Audiobook]

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Publisher's Summary

It's 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and 10-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud's got a few things going for him. One: He has his own suitcase filled with his own important, secret things. Two: He's the author of Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself. Three: His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: flyers of Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression! Bud's got an idea that those flyers will lead him to his father. Once he decides to hit the road and find this mystery man, nothing can stop him - not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself. Bud, Not Buddy, a Newbery Medal winner, is full of laugh-out-loud humor and wonderful characters, hitting the high notes of jazz and sounding the deeper tones of the Great Depression.

©1999 Christopher Paul Curtis; (P)2000 Random House, Inc.; Cover Illustration ©1999 Ernie Norcia

What the Critics Say

  • Newbery Medal Winner, 2000
  • Audie Award Nominee, Children's Titles for Ages 8+, 2001

"The cast of characters, presented with endless variations in voicing, is authentic and memorable." (AudioFile)

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    "Loved this story!"

    This is a great story! I was touched by Bud's steely determination and drive to find his true father. The book is well-written and will have you laughing, hoping, and crying. The way everything works out makes this a must-listen.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Dionne Katy, TX, USA 02-21-09
    Dionne Katy, TX, USA 02-21-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Family Audio"

    My family and I listned to this book on a short road trip. My boys 6 and 9 loved it as did my husband who does not normally listen to audio books. The narration is wonderful. The story telling is sharp and funny. This is a very easy book to enjoy again and again. In fact both my boys have already played it a secound time just for the fun of it. Absolutely 5 stars!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea brooklyn, NY, United States 11-19-12
    Andrea brooklyn, NY, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Nice Surprise Ending"
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    My 10 year old and I listened to this book as we drove from Georgia to New York, and it was a great listen. We both enjoyed it very much. The authors tone was humorous, and the ending was quite a surprise.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Connellys Springs, NC, United States 06-10-07
    Carolyn Connellys Springs, NC, United States 06-10-07
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    "Wonderful"

    This was a great book to listen to with the kids, funny and touching. We have listened to this one more than once. Definately worth a credit!

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    Robert Scottsdale, AZ, USA 05-20-05
    Robert Scottsdale, AZ, USA 05-20-05 Member Since 2007
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    "Bud, Not Buddy"

    This is my favorite book in the world, its breathtaking, adventurious, depressing and elating all at the same time. you read this book (or listen to this book) you won't be sorry I guarantee!
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    Aaron USA 04-27-05
    Aaron USA 04-27-05
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    "Bud not Buddy"

    We listened to this just after Holes and The Giver, which are also good. At first I didn't think it was as good as those. It doesn't have a complex plot and the writing is rather plain. The truth about Bud's background isn't hard to figure out either. So much for my adult ears because my kids really liked it. So after giving it another listen, I changed my mind about it. Any child who listens is going to be comforted by the happy ending and the straight forward story telling. Through the eyes of a child, a great story.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha Nicole Gordon 01-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Still one of my top 10 favorites after 14 years"

    This book was even better than I remembered! I had to read this in the 5th grade and I loved getting to listen to Bud's story again for the first time in 14 years. I appreciate his struggle and of the people around him more than I did back then. It's an amazing story to lose yourself in and the narrator was perfect. I felt like I was sitting in a room with Mr. Bud Caldwell listening to him recount his childhood. I couldn't stop smiling most of the time I listened.

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    Cynthia Pye 12-05-15
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    "Great story, great story-telling!"

    Such a great story!! I wish I had read this when I was 10 or 11. I would have so enjoyed it. The writing was amazing. So funny, entertaining, poignant. So creative. And had bits of actual Depression-era history thrown in. And the narration could not have been more perfect! A+!!!!!!!

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    CB 12-01-15
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    "Excellent story and narration!"

    It's a great story! Touches on a lot of issues in the US during the Great Depression, great for kids! The narrator does a great job of changing voices for characters :)

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