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Bridge to Terabithia Audiobook

Bridge to Terabithia

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Publisher's Summary

Jess Aarons' greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates' faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys' side and outruns everyone.That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together, they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits.

Then one morning a terrible tragedy occurs. Only when Jess is able to come to grips with this tragedy does he finally understand the strength and courage Leslie has given him.

©1974 Katherine Paterson; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

  • Newbery Medal, 1978

"Paterson's Newbery-winning novel becomes an entertaining and dramatic audiobook via Leonard's accomplished reading." (Publishers Weekly)
"This children's classic has been recorded several times, but Robert Sean Leonard has crafted a recording that earns its place among the best." (AudioFile)

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    Karen M. Bovenmyer Ames, Iowa 08-22-12
    Karen M. Bovenmyer Ames, Iowa 08-22-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Don't wait to discover this classic"

    I was a sensitive kid (I hated watching Road Runner and Trix commercials because of the unfairness of it all). I played with a pack of little boys, and I knew the worst thing that could happen to a person was for someone to see you cry. When friends were reading Bridge to Terabithia and reporting it as a sad, sad story, but very, very good, I ran away from it as hard as I could. We even played Terabithia in the woods together and I pretended not to mind not knowing the back story. Now I wish I hadn't waited 30 years to read this book. There's pain here, true, but also beauty and the hidden memory of what it was like to be 10 years old. I would recommend this book to anyone, even those who always wanted to give a cartoon rabbit a long-in-coming bowl of breakfast cereal.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Merlene 10-25-16
    Merlene 10-25-16
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    "Good story"

    I enjoyed the story and the audio was well done. The only thing that bothered me was how the author used the name of the Lord in vain throughout the book. Many school kids have read this through the years and it continues to be a popular book for children but just leaving out that word would have made the book so much better to me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Exec. Chef 'Special K' WASILLA, AK, United States 03-03-13
    Exec. Chef 'Special K' WASILLA, AK, United States 03-03-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Not sure why they banned this book all the same..."

    When I was about six years old, we toured a chapel of the bones and remains of St. Peter on display in Odense, Denmark. About 20 mins after we exited, I became quite upset over what I'd seen and couldn't comprehend why our bodies turned like this. That was my first exposure to death. Once my mother realized that she probably shouldn't have taken me to this part of the tour, she did her best to console me.

    I think this nice little book should be allowed in schools. For too many of us, exposure to death is not 'nearly enough' at such a young age. For those of us that have been sheltered and do not have these experiences till we are older, does not really help us. It only worsens pain later on by not having this experience or by not having the opportunity to talk about it. Even though some of us are blessed to not be exposed, this is an area that should be talked about from a younger age. Death is unfortunately a part of life and to try to 'save some of us' from that is not in our best interest. I wish I had read this at 9 or 10 years of age. Maybe earlier.

    At the end of this story there is a little narrative discussion with the author. They talked about the fact that death is not appropriate for children and thus the reasons why they banned the book. Right, so well stated. Death is not appropriate for anyone, let alone children. However, given that it is in all our lives at some point, avoiding it by not reading a story that gently brings it up, is not justifiable means to a 'false-safe-harbour'.

    This is well written book. The events that transpire are written in such a way that allows for a gentle exposure to the concept. I would encourage anyone who has children, to consider reading this with them as a way to bring up the topic. I wish my mum had done this with me or at least considered it instead of trying to completely shelter me from it.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    R. G. Pickering Coral Springs, FL USA 09-16-16
    R. G. Pickering Coral Springs, FL USA 09-16-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Great book"

    I read this book because my grandson is reading it in school (he is a junior). I thought it was a beautiful story of a growing friendship, cut off by tragedy, and the mourning process. It was well told, the voice was very nice, and, even as an old lady, I really enjoyed reading it.

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    Savannah 04-16-15
    Savannah 04-16-15
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    "Sav's review!!! ⚓️"

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! had to read it for school than saw the movie!!! I would TOTALLY recommend io read it💟

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    BLYTHE COCHRAN 05-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I have loved this book for years."
    What made the experience of listening to Bridge to Terabithia the most enjoyable?

    This was one of my favorite books as a child and Im not really sure why because it is sucj a difficult and sad subject.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    my favorite character is leslie. i love her fearlessness and her commitment to jess. They are a wonderful par.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Sean Leonard – was your favorite?

    i think maybelle was the best voiced character.


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

    yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is important to me in a way that i cannot easily explain. Its takes all of the difficulties of being a young person who doesn't fit in but is not an outcast and puts the emotions in perspective. there is bullying, happiness, love, friendship, family, personal growth, want, need and death. this book covers "life" is a childs lesson. i simply love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sakura OGrady-Elliott Massachusetts 04-30-17
    Sakura OGrady-Elliott Massachusetts 04-30-17 Member Since 2017

    Sakura Orion OGrady-Elliott

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    "Bridge to Terabithia"
    Would you listen to Bridge to Terabithia again? Why?

    Only if Robert Sean Leonard is narrating...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bridge to Terabithia?

    I enjoyed the whole story


    What about Robert Sean Leonard’s performance did you like?

    Outstanding! He has a very soothing voice! I hope he narrates other books! I would gladly listen to them if he did!


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I think Robert Sean Leonard is an awesome person! I wish him the best in everything!

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    AnnaJane 03-05-17
    AnnaJane 03-05-17
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    "Inspiringly touching, tugging at my heartstrings!"

    As well as The Secret Garden!It is a bridge to imagination and gaiety, a bridge to friendship beyond death, and a bridge to the unknown and heaven, not hell!

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    Kindle Customer 03-01-17
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    "This story was meaningful to me..."

    The matter of how Leslie had lived a life and died a great one touched my heart. From the beginning of the book i knew it was going to be something, Just something

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    Gail 09-07-16
    Gail 09-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A favorite"

    I've always loved this book and am so happy to have shared it with my daughter. The narrator wasn't what I imagined when I read it years ago, but he does a fairly nice job. This book opens up discussions about bullying, self-esteem, death and so much more!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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