We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
By The Great Horn Spoon! Audiobook

By The Great Horn Spoon!

Regular Price:$23.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Audible Editor Reviews

Aided skillfully by a full cast, narrator Willard E. Lape, Jr.'s weather-beaten voice gives this rollicking tale a real sense of adventure. One of the most beloved stories by Newbery Medalist Sid Fleischman, this story follows a 12-year-old boy named Jack who heads to California with his butler, Praiseworthy. The pair encounters villains, eccentrics, and friends alike as they travel to take part in the Gold Rush. The cast gives the characters larger-than-life voices, and their delight in Jack and Praiseworthy's exploits is infectious. Listeners will find themselves either holding their breath or unexpectedly bursting in laughter by the story's events.

Publisher's Summary

One of Newbery Medalist Sid Fleischman's most beloved books, this rip-snortin' saga of a young man and his butler bound for California during the great Gold Rush was just made to be read by a full cast. Our collection of coots, codgers, geezers, and outlaws will have you laughing out loud...when you're not holding your breath in suspense!

©1963 Sid Fleischman; (P)2004 Full Cast Audio

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (134 )
5 star
 (87)
4 star
 (28)
3 star
 (10)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (5)
Overall
4.6 (87 )
5 star
 (66)
4 star
 (11)
3 star
 (7)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.6 (88 )
5 star
 (65)
4 star
 (13)
3 star
 (6)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Steven Mountain View, CA, USA 03-03-08
    Steven Mountain View, CA, USA 03-03-08 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Spoon!"

    I added this book to my cart as part of a series of books I remember reading in gradeschool, and which I remembered more about the emotional reaction I had to the book then the content. I am pleased to report that at 45 years old, the story was delightful as I remember, and the cast was marvelous, enlivening the book with colorful characters whose apparent age and gender matched the protagonists and made the story much easier to follow and more enjoyable to listen to. I look forward to sharing it with my nephew in a few years.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Willow DeFranco 06-11-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Gave my students a great intro to the Gold Rush"
    If you could sum up By The Great Horn Spoon! in three words, what would they be?

    California History fun!


    What did you like best about this story?

    My students loved following along in their book's while listening to this story. I was able to cover the content on do the fun activities without talking 4 weeks to read it in class. We were running out of time at the end of the year and it worked out great.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    rebekah Claremont, CA, United States 09-29-11
    rebekah Claremont, CA, United States 09-29-11 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "This version is a must!"

    I've heard many parents and kids complain that this book is boring, but none of them have listened to this acted out version with a full cast. My 5 children and I listened to this book 4 years ago, and haven't stopped talking about it since. We just finished it for a second time so that my younger kids could experience it, and my 2 teenagers, remembering it from last time, begged to listen along again. It's the best way to learn about the gold rush culture, but most of all, it's fun! My kids couldn't wait to get in the car and turn it on again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Janine O 09-07-10
    Janine O 09-07-10 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    30
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "A great story"

    My boys listened to this story for school but loved it. They even listened to it a second time while traveling. The characters do a fantastic job and having more than one makes it so much fun to listen to. Your kids won't even realize they are learning about history!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Niki Lakehead, CA, USA 03-11-10
    Niki Lakehead, CA, USA 03-11-10
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Bravo!"

    I have read "By the Great Horn Spoon" to my class for many years, but this is the first time I have used the audio book. What a difference it has made. The students were so inthralled! I recommend this to any fourth grade teacher who used "By the Great Horn Spoon" in their curriculum!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Grace Pearland, TX, USA 11-21-09
    Grace Pearland, TX, USA 11-21-09 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    20
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Great Fun!"

    This reminded me of an American rendering of England's Bertie and Wooster. Sid Fleischman delivers a fast paced story while the folks at Full Cast Audio once again prove their magic touch. A great story for the whole family.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    David Lm Los Angeles, CA, USA 10-02-08
    David Lm Los Angeles, CA, USA 10-02-08 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    23
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    102
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "good book, horrible performance"

    heavy handed, self indulgent acting makes this highly entertaining book an impossible to listen to "performance". Most painful is the condescending narrator. Hurt my head to listen to him. I wish I could get my money back. I know there's a straight-forward audio-book version of this. I wish audible had that. I sincerely hope, for everybody's sake, the people who put this "performance" together NEVER do it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Beth Ries Montana 08-27-16
    Beth Ries Montana 08-27-16 Member Since 2015

    Beth

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Book"
    If you could sum up By The Great Horn Spoon! in three words, what would they be?

    Adventure, thrills and humor made this book hard to put down.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of By The Great Horn Spoon!?

    The ending is so unpredictable and hilarious!


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

    The tone and inflections


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Reader2121 08-01-16
    Reader2121 08-01-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    35
    24
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Best book! For kids 8-14 years old"

    I liked how at first they were so modest but then when they went into the cabin he showed how amazing he really was! Great story! Love this very entertaining book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sarah 06-26-16
    Sarah 06-26-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    19
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "a fun family story"

    My dad read this book to me when I was little. I love listening to it with my kids now. The narration was great, there were multiple voices for characters. This is a fun story about a boy and his butler going to the gold fields, and their many adventures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Jackie
    Romford, Essex, United Kingdom
    11/2/07
    Overall
    "By The Great Horn Spoon! (Unabridged)"

    Fantastic story of a young boy and a butlers travel to find great wealth in the gold mines of California. Very funny in places and no matter what the butler always wins the day. He is a fantastic character and so believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.