Sixth grader Greg Heffley doesn't understand his annoying younger brother, obnoxious older one, or well-meaning parents. But he knows enough to record his daily thoughts in a manly journal - not some girly diary. In a unique novel brimming with laugh-out-loud moments, Greg chronicles his first turbulent year of middle school.
©2007 Jeff Kinney; (P)2008 Recorded Books
"[This] should keep readers in stitches." (Publishers Weekly)
My kids love this book, so we got it as an audiobook for a car trip. The trouble is that the cartoons are an integral part of the story. Without them, you lose some of the humor. It would be perfect for reading along, if your kids already have the book, but there is definitely something missing when you just listen to the audiobook without the visuals.
Keep a book ...or ten...with you. You'll never be alone.
I thought that the book was performed well enough, could have had some more expression.
But what's with the story?! I did not care for the 'Wimpy Kid' at all. I though that this would be the story of a Wimpy kid and how he overcame his shortcomings. Instead, it's about a 'poor me' brat. Really no value for kids in this book, it teaches them the wrong way to behave.
I use both the audio book and the actual book to help my son learn to read. He is autistic and he loves these books, but he has a hard time reading, so I bought him an i-pod and started downloading books he loves. Then I buy the actual book and he gets to listen to the books while he reads them.
It has been tremendously helpful! I highly suggest doing this will all books for kids of all ages, if they are having a difficult time reading.
I actually bought the print version before purchasing the audio edition. Though their was difference in the nature of enjoyment, I found both editions to be equally enjoyable.
There was no book like this before at least for me and quite original, which is one of many reasons I like this book.
His performance was great. He conveyed the atmosphere of the story well and contributed to the successful production of the audio version.
Welcome to the world according to the fifth grader, who keeps his "journal," not a diary, because he thinks when he's rich and famous, it is gonna come in handy!
I like the tone and atmosphere the author carried all through the book. Simple but quite enjoyable!
Sometimes it remember me in diferents situations.
When Greg put the CD but forgot the bateries. However, he started moving his head and dancing whitout music. His teacher saw him, and she thought he were not a normal person
I'haven't listened other performances before
It made me laught
Plot is good, especially for middle school students, yet narrator's voice is monotoned and boring. Maybe having George Lopez read it would add more flavor to it.
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
My kids and I listened to this book and the reader just didn't capture the essence of the story. Zooey Mamma!!
Suddenly car trips aren't long enough for my kids (8 and 10 year old boys) because they want to continue listening to this series of books on their ipods.
This is a great book, but the recording had some problems. First the narrator sounded way too old to be reading in the voice of a sixth grader. His delivery was very stiff and he read way too fast! I'm all for reading at a nice clip, but this felt rushed. I am a teacher and wanted something for a student to listen to as he read along, but my student couldn't keep up and kept having to stop and back up. I know the cartoons are hard to deal with as a narrator - do you pause for kids who have the book or just keep reading for those who don't? The production team obviously decided not to pause or even slow down and sometimes even paraphrased the jokes, which didn't really work. Wonderful book, but not a great recording.
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