When Fudge walks off with Dribble, Peter's pet turtle, it's the last straw. Peter has put up with Fudge for too long. How can he get his parents to pay attention to him for a change?
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"It should be true that the author is the best narrator of his/her own work, and Blume more than fulfills this expectation. In a children's title, it's especially grand if the reader can capture all of the bratty, sweet, and simple nuances of the little characters. Blume is great as the parents, pretentious boss, and older brother, and she outdoes herself with two-year-old Fudge. She throws the perfect temper tantrum and cajoles adults with the best of them. All listeners, regardless of age, can identify with the exasperation of the older child who's often called upon to parent." (AudioFile)
The author's read is terrible, constantly jumping between speaking so low she can't be understood, to reading so loud that the audio distorts. She also does not have a lot of range in the tone of her reading.
I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.
I've been a fan of this book since a teacher read it to me and the rest of my class when I was in, fittingly enough, the fourth grade. It tells the story of Peter Hatcher and the trials and tribulations he goes through having a little brother like Farley Drexel AKA Fudge. Such misadventures include Fudge causing Peter's advertiser father to lose a potential client, to jumping off a set of monkey bars and losing a few of his own teeth, culminating in an act so bizarre even now I find it hard to imagine. Audible had this book, read by the lady of the hour herself. I've always been rather skeptical of authors reading their own novels since some just don't have the voice for it (Stephen King comes to mind for me rather quickly as does Douglas Adams), but Judy, though she took a little bit of getting used to, grew on me. The author knows what is or her characters should sound like and Judy does them justice, from Peter to his parents, even Fudge's temper tantrums. An excellent book brought excellently to life, and by its author no less. I always like it when an author is able to read their own work and actually give it personality.
No, the audio version is great for road trips, but I found the narrators (Judy Bloom) performance lacking. I think a voice actor would have been better at playing the various characters
Mostly neutral occasionally annoying
My boys 5 and 7 laughed almost all the way through! they both got a little sad toward the end
Some of the language and descriptions are obviously "of there time" and I had to explain to my kids what a "junkie" was and explain that people used to get mugged more often in Manhattan when the book was written.
There are so many nuances that came out as a result of having it read by the author. Hearing how she envisioned Fudge saying Peter's name was really sweet. The book is a treasure to hear. My children and I loved it.
I've been a fan of Mrs. Blume since I was a child, and always will be -- but this audio book did not do the story justice. I wanted to introduce my 10 year old, who is entering the 4th grade this book - and thought I would try something special with an audio version. Not the best choice, and I did return it. This book, and the series of books that came out of it - are amazing. Just chose a different medium than the audio book.
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