Ramona Quimby, Age 8

Narrated by: Stockard Channing
Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 5-7
4.5 out of 5 stars (203 ratings)

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Ramona's job is to be nice to fussy Mrs. Kemp, who watches her while her mother works. If Mrs. Quimby didn't work, Mr. Quimby couldn't return to college. On top of all that, third grade isn't turning out as Ramona expected, even though she enjoys her class's new reading program, D.E.A.R. Danny the Yard Ape teases her, and, on one horrible day, she throws up - at school. Being eight isn't easy, but it's never dull!

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©1981 Beverly Cleary (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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Classic story butchered by the narrator

I bought this audiobook so my 2nd grade class could follow along for our Ramona Quimby, Age 8 book study. The narrator reads entirely too fast, and when you lower the narration speed to 0.75, she sounds like she's drunk and slurring her words. Definitely not worth the $14 I paid.

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Perfect for my 3 year old on a long car ride.

We loved it. On long car trips my husband and I struggle to listen to "the wheels on the bus" on a loop. We decided to download this book for our 3 year old and he found many moments that he thought were funny! He would say, "Romona is silly mommy." Even I smiled quite a bit because of the innocence of it all. Enjoyable for the family.

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that is great

love the book it is the best book in the world . great performer wow

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Great for the classroom!

What did you love best about Ramona Quimby, Age 8?

I thought the narration was well done. The students enjoyed listening to the story.

What other book might you compare Ramona Quimby, Age 8 to and why?

Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing

They are both silly, entertaining, and deal with the growing up and the relationships with siblings, friends, parents, etc.

Which character – as performed by Stockard Channing – was your favorite?

Ramona

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The hard boiled egg fad was a good teaching moment.

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In a rush?

Stockard - calm down. The idea in narrating an audio book is not to read it as fast as possible. Very hard to follow along when someone is reading like they're in a rush to get somewhere.

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Loved the Story

The narrator sounded like she was trying to read the book as fast as she possibly could. She also had a voice that I didn't care for. She sounded like she needed to blow her nose. Of course, Beverly Cleary's book is timeless, and I have loved the story since childhood.

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Great, as Beverly Cleary's books always are

for me, no one captures what it's like to be a child like Beverly Cleary. she tells things from the child's point of you, with great detail and understanding of what it's like at each age to be willful and conflicted and trying to be good.