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THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF MIKE

by | Read by Noah Galvin

Children Ages 10+ • 5.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2011

Noah Galvin’s performance enhances this clever novel in every detail, making even the chapter titles come to life. Each chapter is named for a mathematical concept and highlights Mike’s struggle against the expectation that he excel mathematically, like his brilliant father. He doesn’t. Over a summer Mike discovers his own strengths when everyone he meets seems to be dealing with grief, and none too well. Galvin renders these characters with tender quirkiness, using slight shifts in pitch and speech patterns. Mike’s angst and the ramblings of eccentric Great-Aunt Moe are balanced with subtle silences. Galvin’s lively use of inflection imbues the dialogue with a sense of candid immediacy, making the listener feel right there with Mike and the crazy residents of “Do-Over,” Pennsylvania. A.M.P. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2011]

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Formats

Library Ed. • Recorded Books • 2011

CS ISBN 9781461805724 $51.75 • Five cassettes

CD ISBN 9781461801764 $51.75 • Five CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 978-1-4618-1998-1 $49.75 • One MP3-CDs

DD ISBN 9781461849933 $24.99

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