Kristy's Great Idea

The Baby-Sitters Club, Book 1
Narrated by: Elle Fanning
Series: The Baby-Sitters Club, Book 1
Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
Categories: Children's Audiobooks
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Publisher's Summary

Three decades after The Baby-Sitters Club first rocked our world—like scoring your own phone line, in your room!—the beloved franchise is back to binge (and share) like never before!

In the most exciting news since we first learned of Kristy Thomas’s great idea to start the Baby-Sitters Club, the book series is now available only from Audible as an audio experience with special guest narrator Elle Fanning, the multi-talented actress and fan of BSC.

With endearing characters and enduring storylines filled with lessons of self-discovery, the beauty of true friendship, and the power of youth-led entrepreneurship itself, the BSC has never felt more now. So, whether you’re joining the club for the first time, or the first time in quite a while, spend time with stories that transcend the ages. Gather up the kids—not to mention those nieces, nephews, and neighbors alike—for all the twists, turns, hilarity, and burns of tween life in Stoneybrook, Connecticut!

It all began with a great idea ... and the inspiring original story of The Baby-Sitters Club is back! Kristy Thomas's brilliant business plan gets off to a great start with the help of Claudia Kishi (vice-president), Mary Anne Spier (secretary), and Stacey McGill (treasurer).

©1986 Ann M. Martin (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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About the Creator

Ann M. Martin is the author of the beloved The Baby-Sitters Club series, one of the most successful series in publishing history with over 176 million copies in print worldwide and was adapted into a TV series, a feature film, and prompted girls around the world to start their own baby-sitters clubs. The New York Times hailed Martin as "a genius in communicating with girls…[she] gets children to read." Time magazine praised the The Baby-Sitters Club series calling it, “must-read literature for preteen girls.” Her other acclaimed novels include the A Corner of the Universe which won a Newbery Honor, A Dog’s Life, Belle Teal, as well as the Main Street and The Doll People series. Martin has also collaborated on other novels including P.S. Longer Letter Later and Snail Mail No More, with Paula Danziger. She lives in upstate New York.

About the Performer

In 2013, Elle Fanning was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for her performance in Sally Potter’s film Ginger & Rosa. She played Sleeping Beauty opposite Angelina Jolie in Disney’s Maleficent, which earned over $750M in worldwide box office. She starred in Super 8, directed by J. J. Abrams, and Somewhere, directed by Sofia Coppola. In 2016, Elle played the lead in Nic Refn’s horror thriller Neon Demon, which premiered in competition at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. She also starred in Mike Mills’s 20th Century Women and Ben Affleck’s Prohibition-era crime drama, Live by Night. In 2017, she starred opposite Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Colin Farrell in The Beguiled, directed by Sofia Coppola. She starred in I Think We’re Alone Now for director Reed Morano, opposite Peter Dinklage. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. She co-starred with Ben Foster in Galveston, directed by Melanie Laurent and written by Nic Pizzolatto. She starred in the musical Teen Spirit, directed by Max Minghella, which premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Elle will reprise her role as Sleeping Beauty in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. She’ll be seen in All the Bright Places, in which she both stars and produces. The film is directed by Brett Haley and based on the novel by Jennifer Niven. She finished shooting Sally Potter’s film Molly (2020) opposite Javier Bardem. She is in production on the Hulu limited series The Great (2020) for showrunner Tony McNamara (The Favourite). Elle stars as Catherine the Great and also executive produces.

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Oh the memories

When I was a child, I loved the Babysitters Club books. I devoured them. I read those, along with the Super Specials, Mysteries, Little Sister book, etc. In fact, I still have all of them to this day in paperback. They were such a big part of my love of reading, I could not part with them. So now that they have come out on Audiobook, I had to check them out. As it turns out, I am not too old to enjoy them. It kind of felt like going home again. Kristy's Great Idea is the book that started it all. Book 1. The beginning of an era for me. In this book, 12 year old Kristy and her 12 year old friends, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey start a babysitting club. They figure out positions, Kristy is the President, Claudia the Vice President, Mary Anne the Secretary, and Stacey the Treasurer. This book was a quick listen at only 2 hours and 44 minutes. The narrator was good. She is believable as a 12 year old girl. I am rating this as 5 stars simply because of nostalgia. I recommend these books to all children who enjoy reading about girls in a club, friendship, and babysitting.

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brings me back

Yes, I'm a little old to be listening to the babysitters club books lol but I grew up reading the series and I loved it! How could I not check out the release of the audible versions! Cute like I remember them!

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My favorite childhood series is on Audible!

I am so happy this series is on Audible. BSC is what got me into reading at a young age. I’d save up my allowance to buy as many as these book as I could. The first book still holds up and is a great story for girls to look up to. I am also amazed at how many things I remembered about the characters and plot line. My 4 out of 5 rating is that I thought Elle Fanning did speak a tad too fast. But other than that she did get Kristy’s emotional feelings right.

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Fun

Love how this brings back memories of reading this series when I was in middle school! Can't wait to keep listening!

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I just relived my childhood.

Ella Fanning is an excellent narrator for the series. Babysitter's club is back on Audible.

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I am 10, I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!highly recommend

yay yay yay read it now, awesome seriously just go listing to it! I loved it so so much!!!!

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Childhood Revisited

I've loved this series since I was a kid. It's so fun to listen to them again!

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Nostalgia Enters New Gen

I cannot express enough how much I appreciate this series' availability on Audible. I grew up with these books, my Uncle sent me this book and James and the Giant Peach citing them as my cousins' favorite books. I loved the BSC WAY MORE than James and the Giant Peach. I don't know how I feel about Elle Fanning's reading exactly. She's not horrible. I think it's just that thing where no matter who narrates/reads it never lives up to the construct of your imagination, ya know? FYI, these books are also available in graphic novel format. So, across the board, this series is finding new audiences and reminding some of what made them fall in love with reading. The best books do that.

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I'm a new fan

I like the light storytelling, it made me remember my childhood and felt like an old friend and I were remembering old stories.

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it's very cute and light

I'm a grown woman but I like light hearted stories, this one is a bit too young for my taste but I liked it. I won't be listening to the rest of them. I think it would be perfect for a young girl, it's about friendships and preteens issues.

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At Last it's here!

I have been waiting for like over 20 years for the books to come out in so sort of audio form, so when I found out that this was on audible a few weeks ago, I was beyond thrilled!

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