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Jukebox Joyride

Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
4 out of 5 stars (3,034 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

If you could go back in time to witness any concert from all of history, what would it be? Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock? Mozart in the Salzburg court? The Beatles’ rooftop farewell? 

Jukebox Joyride follows 12-year-old twins Jules and George on a wild adventure through time. Their Uncle Bob, a renowned ethnomusicologist (he studies music!), has discovered the secret to time travel and is having a ball joyriding through history checking out the best concerts ever...but something’s gone wrong! A sinister force has been unleashed, someone is chasing after Uncle Bob, and the fate of all music hangs in the balance! 

Now, it’s up to Jules and George to find their uncle before their new rival does! It’s a musical adventure that brings the twins from the birth of jazz in New Orleans to a performance by an 11- year-old Mozart in Vienna, all while trying to make it back to the present day to pass their history test! 

About the Creators
Three-time Grammy nominees The Pop Ups have been raising the bar for children’s music for almost a decade. Their mission: to bring “humor, awesomeness, educational utility and wild creativity to children’s media”. Since launching in 2010, The Pop Ups have produced content for Sesame Workshop, Amazon Music, ABC Mouse, Sirius XM, and Nick Jr. and are currently developing a TV show with Amazon Studios. They wrote and recorded the theme song for NPR’s beloved kids’ podcast Wow in the World. Their latest endeavor, Jukebox Joyride, is a swashbuckling adventure that will get kids excited about history and making their own music. Featuring original songs and historical settings, this Audible Original is sure to captivate the entire household.  

©2018 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Being old doesn't mean you won't like this book!

I loved this book. The extras in the performance made me think of old time radio but so much better. The story is pretty predictable but skillfully done. If you like time travel adventures, you will love this book.

29 of 29 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic for the whole family!

Musical historical fiction for kids?! Yes, please! We got this audiobook because our whole family loves the Pop Ups albums, and it did not disappoint. Upon finishing it our kids promptly requested to listen to it again... and again. The story and the performances are fun, interesting, and entertaining, and I love the historical fiction elements. We started it on a long drive, and when we arrived where we were going, we all sat in the car for 15 minutes because we wanted to know what was going to happen next. :) I highly recommend this audiobook for ages 3 - 99!

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Adventures in time and music!

George and his twin sister Jules are "practically twelve," really into music. They're active in Stage Band at school, and have their own after-school garage band.

And they really miss their Uncle Bob.

Uncle Bob is an ethnomusicologist, or was, beofre he abruptly disappeared during the filming of a reality show, Pawn Wars, where he'd just won a strange old music box. And in this case, "disappeared" means just that, with cameras rolling, in a great flash of light, with no damage to anything that had been around him.

Then one day the owner of their favorite music shop tells them he has a package for them, from their Uncle Bob. It turns out to be the music box.

They fiddle with it, get it playing a tune, and suddenly they're in New Orleans for the birth of jazz. They meet someone who met Uncle Bob, and had told him to look out for the twins, but that was a while ago, and Bob has moved on.

Soon the twins are bopping back and forth between their present, where they still have to prepare for the next history test, and various important musical moments in history, where Bob has been recently, but they can't seem to catch up with him. And both in the past and the present, they're finding increasingly alarming evidence that something went horribly wrong in the past. Bob is trying to fix it, and he needs the twins' help. Messing around with your own past is not something you should do yourself!

This is a rollicking, fun adventure. There are plot holes you could drive a Mack truck through, and I didn't care. The ride is too much fun!

Recommended. Enjoy.

I received this audiobook via Audible's Audible Originals program, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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Very enjoyable

Creative story, enjoyable music, fun narration. I will recommend this audiobook to my musical niece. Wonderful job! :)

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OUTSTANDING!

This was one of the 2 monthly free listening choices from Audible or I never would have chosen it. I'm thrilled it was offered as it was ridiculously fun to listen to. It was creative, musically informative, ingenious, and all around great. It said to be for youth but even in my 7th decade it was a blast!! Worth the credit or cost if you didn't get it free. I'll be looking for others from these authors.

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Fun Ride

As a grandma, I found this to be a fun ride for kids maybe 8 to 13 (and I even enjoyed it). The voices and sound effects are well done, and it's lightly and enjoyably educational about American music from different eras. No inordinately risky behavior or dumb choices by the kids, which is too often present in some YA titles.

Recommended.

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Musical time travelers.

I liked this mystery, I could picture the twins following the musical clues to find and help their Uncle Bob.

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this will keep everyone's attention

wonderful! a delightful joyride. great story, great performances. perfect for a long car trip. Recommend!

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Super fun

This was such an amazing listen. My kids and I loved the story and all the extra sound effects. The characters are well performed and the musical accomplishment is spot on.

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Fun story for kids

My 9-year-old & I really enjoyed this story. it was full of surprises, but predictable reactions by the characters. As an adult, I found several holes in the story & reminds me a bit of Disney's "Meet the Robinsons", but this is perfect for children. Fun & adventure. I enjoyed it too, but had to hold back my "that wouldn't happen" reaction.

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