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On Saturday morning, 13-year-old Dicey Tillerman sits in the car at the shopping mall with her younger sister and two brothers. Momma had said, "You be good." Then she walked away. They wait for a day and a night, but Momma never comes back. Finally, Dicey decides the children should go to Bridgeport, Connecticut where Aunt Cilla lives. Maybe Momma is waiting for them there. But they don't have enough money to take the bus. Determined to keep the family together, Dicey sets off on foot with her siblings in search of Aunt Cilla. Soon, she discovers that finding a home and making one aren't always the same thing. Newbery Award-winning author Cynthia Voigt has captured the hearts of millions of young adults with her poignant tale of a young girl struggling with adult responsibilities. With her glowing narration, Barbara Caruso vividly brings to life each exciting adventure the children experience as they travel in search of a place to call home.
©1981 Cynthia Voigt; (P)1992 Recorded Books,LLC

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  • KP
  • 04-20-17

The BEST audible book!

The story had me laughing, crying, and on the edge with anxiety... touching and dear! Narrator was superb!

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  • Harriet
  • Westlake, OH, United States
  • 11-27-12

A story about Family and Challenges

Overall I enjoyed this story. I have always enjoyed survival adventure stories. This is the story of 4 siblings who are deserted by their father years ago and then their mother leaves them in a shopping mall and doesn't return. THey were on their way to visit an unmet aunt. THe children have very little money and only their wits and legs to travel the couple hundred miles to their aunt. They visit their aunt and then when that doesn't work out they split to go meet their 'crazy' Grandmother whom they have also never met. THey are hard working children and use their wits and survival instincts to make it through.

Is this a realistic story? No. I was also annoyed at the author's attempts to make it a 'deeper' book by trying to address the topic of death. Nobody dies in the story! It is just painted on like a facade. There is no moral basis for their discussions, just random thoughts. Still trying to figure out why she went there at all. It accomplished nothing. My other annoyance with the story was the obligatory flesh reference... giggling over the jiggling of ladies breasts. Really? Totally pointless. My third annoyance was her attempt to discriminate about when stealing and lying was ok and when it wasn't. Again, there was no reference point for these decisions, just their own feelings. They didn't really wrestle with it, just kinda did what was easiest for them. I guess in our world, feelings and ease trump everything.

I like Barbara Caruso as a reader. She was great in the Anne of Green Gables books. There were some technical glitches in the middle of the book where there was an echo.

Bottom line was that I liked the adventure part of the story, it is well written, I disliked the annoyances. It is not a book that I will be giving to the kids to listen to and I very well might return it.

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  • aw
  • 03-07-17

Held my attention!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would definitely recommend this to a friend because this was an interesting story, of children ranging in age from 7 to 13, trying to find a safe place to just live, and the adventures that brought them there.

What other book might you compare Homecoming to and why?

This had the adventurous style of Dodger by Pratt.

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

She can change her voice to sound like different people. a very good narrator! She is easy to listen to, and shows emotion.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but it was a very good book, and kept things going, remained interesting...

Any additional comments?

Go through to the end of the book, you'll enjoy it!

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  • Amy Sperry
  • Black Mountain, NC United States
  • 06-23-16

Great book

I love the book. I like the adventure. I read this book at school and I wanted to finish it.

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  • Carolyn
  • SILVERADO, CA, United States
  • 01-10-15

Excellent Reader! Excellent Book!

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

one of my favorites

What was one of the most memorable moments of Homecoming?

When the kids were walking, walking, walking.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Sammy stole the food.

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

yes!

Any additional comments?

The reader is one of my favorites.

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What a great book!

Would you consider the audio edition of Homecoming to be better than the print version?

Yes. I read the print version in middle school, but loved the audio edition for the narration.

What other book might you compare Homecoming to and why?

I don't know.

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

Definitely Gram's personality.

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

The last 3 hours were. Before that, it wasn't so suspenseful. But I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen to Mr. Rudyard, the circus, and once they got to Crisfield.

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  • W
  • Modesto, CA, United States
  • 01-06-10

Homecoming

This book is earmarked for children, however, it is in no way a juvenile read. The children who are the characters in this novel experience situations that an adult would confront, given the same set of circumstances, in their pursuit to find a home for themselves and keep their family together. There is the refreshing absence of dirty language and obscene material. I recommend the read for ages 10 and above.

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Love this book/audio

I have always enjoyed this story. It was a wonderful read aloud when our children were young teens. Such a wonderful story of family pulling together when the chips are down. And making the most of the family you have. For how bad things get it has a triumphant finish.

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After 36 years, still an excellent read

In 1981, Cynthia Voigt wrote this, the first award winning book of what was to become a six book series about the four abandoned Tillerman children, Thirty-five years later, it is as eminently readable as it was then. Voigt minces no words as she demonstrates the plight of children, parentless or otherwise, in society, a universal problem even today. Abandoned by their parents, the four children, led by their thirteen-year-old sister, make the impossibly long trip, on foot from Massachusetts to their great-aunt's house in Connecticut and then from Connecticut to their grandmother's home on the eastern shore of Maryland. They could not have made that trip in today's world, but the trials they face and overcome are heartbreaking. I marveled again at the skill and craftsmanship of Voigt's writing, as fresh today as when I first read it years ago. With its compelling plot and tightly written narrative, Homecoming deserved the prestigious Newbery Medal it garnered.

I was a bit disappointed with the narrator but that is probably because I'm used to the extremely talented narrations of the likes of Simon Prebble, Barbara Rosenblatt, Stephen Briggs, and George Guidell. Still, my disappointment did not detract from Caruso's ability to keep me engaged and get the story told. I'm sure my opinion on this is not shared by others and should not discourage listeners from enjoying this most excellent book.

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Love this book still

I loved this book as an adolescent and I love it now. So glad I listened

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amanda
  • 07-23-10

One of my favourite books

I really enjoyed listening to this. The narration was slow and steady so you could enjoy it fully.
Although written for children, the series can be enjoyed by all ages. Dicey and her little family will captivate you so you will hope that their long journey will take them Home.

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  • Helen
  • 11-30-14

dull

What was most disappointing about Cynthia Voigt’s story?

Story just plodded on, couldn't engage with the characters, dull storyline, eventually gave up listening

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

It was read quiet well.

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  • Sioux
  • 11-25-14

Utterly boring, slow and repetitive

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Somebody who has time to waste

Has Homecoming put you off other books in this genre?

Definitely by this author

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Did not finish it as got to the point when I had had enough and would not even recommend it.

What character would you cut from Homecoming?

Not worth commenting on.

Any additional comments?

This book should have been radically culled. If we heard about the children's food choices (mostly the same) and the dreary monotonous listing of every tiny detail once, the same tune was played over and over. Just dreadful. I got to the end of the first half and lost the will to carry on.. Believe me I tried to be fair and hoped it would get better...so have no idea how it ends.