07 March 2012
Audiobook Review: Horton Halfpott by Tom Angelberger
Here's the summary from Amazon:
I was wary of audiobooks because I know how I get when I have to listen to presentations (I don't), and I didn't want to "ruin" a book by not giving it my full attention. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised! Not only was I paying attention (it honestly was more attention than if I was actually reading the physical copy), but it was SO enjoyable! I'm hooked on audiobooks! Since my commute is about 30 minutes each way, I can really get some reading done!
The story itself was so cute and funny. You fall in love with Horton, Bump, Blemish, Blight and Celia Sylvan-Smythe. You want Horton to prevail because he's so good and kind. You LOOOOOATHE Luther---he's quite dastardly, really.
There were so many loops and swoops and plans that I was kept guessing until the very end about who the thief was, where he had hidden The Lump and what was going to happen to Horton. Honestly, its been a while since I've been THIS engaged with a book and its characters.
I was afraid that the narrator would have an annoying voice, or too soothing and I'd tune it out---but no! Its a man with a very pleasant British accent. He tries to do the different voices, or at least a different pitch than his own, and it works.
I did have a little fun while I was listening and did a casting mash-up of Horton Halfpott and the cast of the PBS period drama, Downton Abbey---I admit, some didn't line up exactly (job position-wise), but personality---whoa! I'm good, if I do say so myself.
Do yourself a favor, pick this book up, either in audio format or as a regular book. You won't regret it.