Raymie Nightingale

Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
Series: Three Rancheros, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (255 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo returns to her roots with a moving, masterful story of an unforgettable summer friendship.

Raymie Clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town two days ago with a dental hygienist, will see Raymie's picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton; she also has to contend with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante, who has a show-business background, and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who's determined to sabotage the contest. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss, and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship - and challenge each of them to come to the rescue in unexpected ways.

©2016 Kate DiCamillo (P)2016 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Jenna Lamia's characterizations are key to the success of this audio production.... Lamia's deft sketches, especially those of Raymie's neighbor, an elderly philosopher, and the comforting receptionist at Raymie's father's office, add color to the story." ( AudioFile)

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Honest and Heartwarming

Where does Raymie Nightingale rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The narrator, Jenna Lamia, is one of the best I've ever heard. In fact, reading the hard copy would be a miss for the way she brings these characters to life with her multiple voice characterizations, inflections, and spot-on nuances. The story is refreshingly simple on the surface, yet such a poignant and honest reflection on "life" through these eyes of three very different 10 year olds.

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Young adult book great for grown-ups!

What did you love best about Raymie Nightingale?

Touching story, full of humor and insight

What does Jenna Lamia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I loved her soft, slightly Southern accent. Perfect for this book.

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

Yes!

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  • 04-05-19

What a great book!

Kate DiCamillo is definitely one of my favorite children books author, but Jenna Lamia's narration takes this book to a whole new level. I was fascinated by her extraordinary ability to switch from one character to another and keep the flow and feeling of the story. I recommend this book to adults and children equally.

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Raymie Nightingale is delightful!

This was my first audible book. I am a big fan of Kate Dicamillo and picked this for a road trip. I love how all the different character personalities came through in their voices. Funny, sweet, touching. Awesome book!

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Best reader on audible

I recommend any book read by Jenna Lamia!
She is incredible- every character distinct
Absolutely fantastic
I am a Kate DiCamillo fan and I'd say this is one of her best books; although I think it is for older kids and adults Not young teens.

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Awesome Book

I liked the narration, especially the voice of Louisiana. It is one of her best books!

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Very good book

I loved this book a lot! The story had me hookedand it was very interesting!

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Absolutely Incredible

We loved the story! It was so well written and the narrator was superb!
My girls adored the forever friendships being built in the story. The hidden deep thinking in relation to sections of the book were great!
My eleven year old philosopher really connected with Louisiana.

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great story

we loved this story. fabulous narration as well.
funny, quirky characters. Kate Di Camillo is one of our favorite authors and this did not disappoint.

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Gripping, moving, endearing

Awesome story amazing performance I cried....
Very relatable characters in a story where friendship between three girls in the main world.

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  • Karyn
  • 10-24-18

Best audio book ever

So says the 6yo who just finished this book and asked to start it again straight away.
We’d follow Kate Di Camillo into any world she created 🙂

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  • Leigh Tantaro
  • 01-22-18

Heartwarming

Wonderfully written heartwarming story of friendship. Love Kate DiCamillo books, always entertaining. Well done on another great story.