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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,208 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Haddon Narrator: Julian Rhind-Tutt Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9780739381380
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An explosive, highly charged, and hilarious middle-grade adventure from Mark Haddon, acclaimed author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

From the moment that Jim and his best friend, Charlie, bug the staff room and overhear two of their teachers speaking to each other in a secret language, they know there’s an adventure on its way.

But what does “spudvetch” actually mean, and why do Mr. Kidd’s eyes flicker with fluorescent blue light when Charlie says it to him? Perhaps Kidd and Pearce are bank robbers talking in code. Perhaps they’re spies. Perhaps they are aliens. Whatever it is, Jimbo and Charlie are determined to find out.

There really is an adventure on its way. A nuclear-powered, one-hundred-ton adventure with reclining seats and a buffet car. And as it gathers speed and begins to spin out of control, it can only end one way…with a BOOM!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beverly | 2/19/2014

    " An entertaining adventure romp that is fast paced and quirky enough to appeal to reluctant readers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara Stacey | 2/10/2014

    " Too Juvenile for me "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shock109 | 2/6/2014

    " I liked this book because it was exciting with people on the run in the city. It was not too scary. Exactly my type of book, although I didn't think so from the cover. Don't judge this book by it's cover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 2/5/2014

    " Two middle school students overhear their teachers speaking in a secret language and start to investigate. Things quickly get exciting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dr. Turner | 1/31/2014

    " Boom! is a high-speed, funny science fiction novel for kids by the author of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME. He writes, "This book was first published in 192 under the title Gridzbi Spudvetch!" It's an easy read, and the first half, when Jimbo Kidd and his friend Charlie discover that two of their teachers speak an alien language, was excellent. The second part of the book, at the Isle of Skye, feels hasty and improbable, as if the author were racing to finish things up somehow. I still enjoyed it and recommend it to kids who like action, science fiction, and humor. However, it is nothing like THE CURIOUS INCIDENT at all, in case you were wondering. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Mckinney | 1/21/2014

    " A rollicking read that is reminiscent of Roald Dahl but retains its own quirky style as well. I've read both of Haddon's adult novels and this was my first YA work of his; it's highly enjoyable for any age and it's a quick read, too! Just keep your English (UK) slang dictionary close at hand. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cygny | 1/13/2014

    " A book for children. Unlike several young adult books, which I really enjoyed, I thought this was unbelievable and for younger kids. Won't be reading it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn | 1/10/2014

    " I love Mark Haddon's sense of humor. This book about the adventures of two boys is absurd but fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 1/3/2014

    " Fun - sci-fy for youth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sayra | 12/9/2013

    " I liked it, nicely written, it's a children's book, but I still enjoyed it. Not as good as other books by Haddon I read though "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaron | 11/16/2013

    " This was great fun. Kind of Robert Heinlein-lite. Fun story with lots of action and clever sequences. I'd recommend this to just about anyone, even those that don't usually read YA stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 rebecca | 11/4/2013

    " Straight up children's book, but sometimes really funny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Noah Buehner | 10/20/2013

    " I picked this up because I read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, which I thought was brilliant. Boom is a rewrite of an earlier work of Haddon's that was not well received. For me this second attempt does not deliver either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 6/4/2013

    " Absolutely hilarious, in the way that many of Daniel Pinkwater's books are. I was laughing out loud at several points, and the rest of the time, I was just enjoying the story. A lot of the British slang may baffle kids, but I found it plenty funny. Recommended for grades 5-8. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russ Painter | 5/22/2013

    " One of my 8 year old son's favorite books. He's read it MANY times. I had to see what it was all about. Good kids sci-fi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 5/12/2013

    " The narration and the story of this book were fantastic! Spot on! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 1/27/2013

    " What started as a sort of prank to listen in on their teachers led two boys to find out an frightening truth... two of their teachers are aliens. A quick read that takes you on a journey to England, Scotland, and even Plonk! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eva | 11/28/2012

    " Good fun. For older kids, teenagers. Easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 11/24/2012

    " I listen to this book. I think it would be good for boys in 5th grade and up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lenny | 11/23/2012

    " Not to buy any more Mark Haddon books because they were written by Mark Haddon. Just kidding, it was a cute book.. albeit a bit juvenile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 pati | 10/1/2012

    " When Jim and Charlie overhear two of their teachers talking in a secret language and the two friends set out to solve the mystery, they do not expect the dire consequences of their actions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rodney Ross | 6/8/2012

    " really good, fast moving good story 8 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda | 3/15/2012

    " I really enjoyed the first part of this - Mark Haddon captures the teenage vernacular and humour really well. As a teenager I would give it 4 stars - as an adult reader it nicely, tidily petered out so I give it 3 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee-Ann | 11/5/2011

    " I liked it and it will go well with a younger audience, but I kept thinking they could have done more with the plot. alos, I think they shold have stuck with the original title of 'Spudvetch'. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chorin Sun | 10/26/2011

    " Reading this book was a mistake, I got bored of the book in the 3d chapter "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley | 5/19/2011

    " Middle School and up. What a fun book! There is nothing that will stop these two boys from getting to the bottom of a mystery surrounding a couple of their teachers. It leads them to places that they would have never dreamed of going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 5/4/2011

    " Quick, funny sci-fi read for kids/young adults. Entertaining! (but I mostly just loved the cover's design...) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Puti | 4/23/2011

    " It was nice, but actually, when you mention Mark Haddon, I expect things like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krystle | 4/12/2011

    " It was a very easy read with a little adventure. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rodney | 4/2/2011

    " really good, fast moving good story 8 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 3/7/2011

    " Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime was a more interesting read for me, but this was a fun juvenile or young adult read. I wasn't so fond of how the adults treated the youth. I'd like to think that there aren't people like that in the world, but I'm sure I'm wrong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaron | 3/5/2011

    " This was great fun. Kind of Robert Heinlein-lite. Fun story with lots of action and clever sequences. I'd recommend this to just about anyone, even those that don't usually read YA stuff.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doron | 2/28/2011

    " A nice youngers' story about teachers from outer space.
    It is written carefuly, funny and "flowing" so I wondered why it finished so soon... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lenny | 2/24/2011

    " Not to buy any more Mark Haddon books because they were written by Mark Haddon. Just kidding, it was a cute book.. albeit a bit juvenile. "

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About the Author
Author Mark HaddonMARK HADDON is the author of the international bestseller, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction and the Whitbread Book of the Year award; and the New York Times bestseller A Spot of Bother. In addition to The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, a collection of poetry, Haddon has also written and illustrated numerous award-winning children's books and television screenplays.
About the Narrator

Julian Rhind-Tutt is an actor and voice artist. His audiobook narrations have earned five AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His film appearances include roles in The Madness of King George, The Saint, Les Misérables, Notting Hill, and Tomorrow Never Dies, while his television credits include Reckless, Dangerfield, and Richard II. His stage work includes Editing Process, The Way of the World, Catherine Howard, and as the Duke of York in The Madness of George III. He is also the recipient of the Carlton Hobbs Award from BBC Radio.