• Paul, Big, and Small

  • By: David Glen Robb
  • Narrated by: Alex Boyles
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (105 ratings)

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Paul, Big, and Small

By: David Glen Robb
Narrated by: Alex Boyles
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A trio of high school outcasts - Paul, Big, and Small - face the complicated world of predators and prey in high school and come to realize that overcoming life's challenges will take more than perseverance.

Paul Adams is the shortest kid at his high school, and the school bullies relentlessly pick on him. He spends the entire day wishing school would end so he can escape to his favorite sport of rock climbing. This is the only place where he feels in control, competent, and free, despite the inherent fear.

Lily Small is athletic, attractive, and, despite her last name, is actually very tall. Another kid, who looks almost like a grown man, introduces himself with a long Polynesian name, but says everyone calls him "Big," and he seems to like the nickname! As they get to know each other, Paul, Big, and Small discover they have a lot in common as outsiders in their high school. As the trio's friendship forms, their unique personalities are no longer those of misfits, but complement each other.

Paul and Lily decide to enter a local competition for climbers, but their plans are abruptly halted by Lily's diagnosis of leukemia. Paul is terrified of what lies ahead in Lily's medical treatment, knowing what happened to his mother who died of cancer a few short years before. He retreats back to rabbit mode and can't even visit her in the hospital. But Lily really wants Paul to go ahead with the competition and advises him to team up with Conor, the student who bullies Paul the most. Reluctantly, Paul agrees to move ahead with Lily's wish, knowing that Conor is a strong climber and their best chance at winning.

©2019 David G. Robb (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Great Reader

As an adult, I enjoyed this book, which is a great read for young people. I especially enjoyed the way it was read. Sometimes a male reader creates a voice for the female characters that is effeminate, and it seems condescending. This reader, Alex Boyles, gives each character a unique voice, and the female voices are strong. Even when reading for the shy Sam, who often whispers, Mr.Boyles recognizes the strength within the character, and allows the listener a glimpse into the soul of this young woman.

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Fantastic!

Absolutely an amazing book. Touches on very important topics that we all deal with and makes you think. Highly recommended!

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this is a very beautiful story

it's very heartwarming and very suspenseful. I love the characters even the antagonists. hopefully I can find some more books like this on audible.

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A darn good listen

For anyone that is or was outside the "in" crowd in school, give this one a try. Great characters, great story, great narration.

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Excellent!

Wonderful examples of courage in daily life, of learning to be comfortable in your own skin, and stepping up for change.

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1000% amazing book!

First let me say this book is not only available from Audible I’m not sure why it has the yellow ribbon across it.
I finish this book in under two days I didn’t want it to end :-) The narration was exquisite and the Author was top notch I will definitely be looking for more from the author and the narrator.

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Hits you in the feels

G. Robb knocked it out of the park. This story touched on deeply sensitive topics that we never want our kids to face, and it did so with grace. I can't decide who my favorite characters are...probably Big...would love to meet such a person in real life! And probably Connor because my heart just hurts for the enormous burdens placed on him and because his character teaches such an important lesson about what might be behind a bully being a bully.

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Unexpectedly awesome!

I downloaded this free book because I liked the sound of the narrators voice and I thought it would be good background noise to fall asleep to. The description sounded childish so I wasn’t counting on becoming invested in it but WOW was I surprised to really enjoy it!!! The main character was mature but believable, and the book really does shine a light on how it feels to be bullied, find yourself in a group of friends that you never would have imagined, and how to become comfortable with yourself. Definitely worth reading!

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A new favorite

This is the best book I've listened to in a long time. Definitely worth the read if you don't do Audible, but I also really enjoyed the narration. It was particularly well done.
(Trigger warning for the book: mental health issues and bullying are main themes.)

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The Voice

It was a wonderful story with a good lesson. I believe that the voice reading the story (Alex) added so much to it. Alex made the characters come alive and sounded so real.