• That Was Then, This Is Now

  • By: S. E. Hinton
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (353 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"It had been a real weird winter. Last fall, Mark and me had thought just alike, as one person; now we couldn't even talk."

Bryon and Mark aren't related, but they are as close as brothers. Ever since his parents died when he was nine, Mark has lived with Bryon and his mother. Now at 16, they like to reminisce about old times - the fights and pranks at school, smoking and swearing - junk they got into when they were younger. But lately things have been different. Bryon starts spending a lot of time with Cathy, and she makes him feel there are some things worth working for. He grows bored with all the fighting, the dead-end choices of life on the streets. And as Bryon's life takes one direction, Mark's life takes another. When Bryon discovers that Mark is pushing drugs, he faces a choice that could ruin their friendship.

S. E. Hinton is the author of The Outsiders, a book she wrote when she was 16. That Was Then, This Is Now is a coming-of-age story set in the 1960s.

©1971 S.E. Hinton (P)1994 Recorded Books

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Good Story for Middle School Students

What did you like best about That Was Then, This Is Now? What did you like least?

Best: the story kept the students engaged, good narrator's voice
Least: The audio skips in a couple chapters

Any additional comments?

In two or three of the chapters, the narration skips several paragraphs. My students were following along in a paper copy while audible read it aloud. In one instance the missing paragraphs were read (not totally skipped)... its just that they were out of order.

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This audiobook does not go in order.....

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Loved the book but the audiobook does not play in order and skips all over.

Any additional comments?

Terrible to try and figure out. As a teacher, this is a huge problem in my classroom trying to follow along when the audio skips all over the book. For example, in the middle of chapter 5 on page 86, it all of a sudden transitions back to chapter 3 on page 47. SO CONFUSING. I cant even use this audiobook.

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it was really good <br />

loved it
i love this book so much . the reader was good also .

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Revisiting a childhood favorite

I originally read this book when I wad in middle school and had the urge to revisit it. I recommend reading The Outsiders first because this book has little references to that book but if you don't you won't miss out on anything except those little "Easter eggs." I didn't have a problem with skipping and the narrator was good and I felt the voice matched how the main character would sound.

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That Was Then, This Is Now

My 9th graders are reading it as a classroom novel. They can not stop reading it. The can relate and are very surprised the kids of yestarday faced the same problems of today youth. Great life lessons.

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Difficult Listening

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really. I used this for an English class and the story would continuously repeat itself and jump around. It was a struggle to find the place where we needed to be each time in messed up.

What did you like best about this story?

My students enjoy the story line.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Woodman’s performances?

Not sure. If the repeating is due to the person recording or simply the recording itself.

Was That Was Then, This Is Now worth the listening time?

When we were able to listen, yes. The time wasted trying to figure out what just happened during the jump parts was frustrating.

Any additional comments?

I used a credit for this, but if I had spent the money, I would have been angry and demanded a refund.

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Riddled with Audio Errors

I got this audiobook to assist my 7th grade English class in a study of the novel. Unfortunately, the audio skips entire pages of text several times throughout the reading. Even stranger, the audio will suddenly play bits of text from other chapters then revert back to the current chapter, but several pages forward.

I alerted Audible to this problem, and they kindly sent me the audiobook to try re-downloading. That didn't help, so my class and I struggled through the misplaced and omitted bits on our own. (The audio errors did help me recognize which students were and were not paying attention, however!)

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One of my favorite books of all time

My middle school English teacher read this book to my class back in the late 1970s. I loved it so much that I immediately read it again. When I recently rediscovered this on Audible, I had to get it! It has been so long, however, that I didn't remember much of it except for the ending. The ending is very impactful and powerful, which is probably why it was the one thing I never forgot about it. Listening to it after all these years, I can honestly say that this is one of the best books I have ever read. It stands the test of time. That says something about how well it is written. While many of the modern conveniences like cell phones and the internet are noticeably absent, the experiences and troubles of the characters are realistic and relatable even by modern standards. The story can be quite bleak at times, but it’s that raw realism that makes the story so powerful. There were several reviewers who stated that the book skipped around a lot, but I didn't hear anything like that. It all sounded like it was in order to me, so it appears they fixed whatever problem there was.

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A throwback

I remember reading this book back in high school 14 years ago, great story, great narrater.

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Great listen

Amazing book! Recommend 10/10. I have read this book at least once a year for multiple years now. It was fun to hear it on audible for a change! Very well done narration.