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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,153 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781449805173
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One day, Lindsay Scott is basking in the glow of being television’s most popular child star. And the next day, her joy turns to torture. Somehow she can hear everything that’s being said about her—all the time, and from every place on the globe.

After her apparent nervous breakdown, Lindsay disappears from the public eye until—years later—a tabloid claims her father is holding her hostage. Although the truth is actually much stranger, the article triggers a series of events that forces the sixteen-year-old Lindsay to finally confront who she really is.

The acclaimed young adult author of Among the Hidden, Margaret Peterson Haddix—winner of American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults and International Reading Association Children’s Book Awards—consistently captivates listeners with her enthralling tales. Jennifer Ikeda’s magnificent narration helps make Claim to Fame an unforgettable audio experience.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The prolific Haddix gives young teens another suspensful tale…Themes of friendship, self-centeredness, and the ties that bond are common issues for young adults as they struggle to find themselves and their place in the world…Haddix addresses these themes without preaching.”

    VOYA

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 2/12/2014

    " 7th&up. I usually like Haddix, but was not impressed with this offering. The protagonist was not very likable. The plot, once fully revealed, was not as interesting as I thought it would be. The conclusion was weak, all nice and happy, ends tied neatly and with little believability. I should have re-read Running Out of Time, instead. "

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

    " This book by Margaret Peterson Haddix was very well written and has a plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The book is about a former actress, Lindsay Scott, from a canceled sitcom, Me and the Kids. She hasn't acted for 5 years and she's been hiding from the world in her small town Springdale, plus, she can hear anyone in the world talking about her at any given time. Her house is run-down and not much happens there. But out of nowhere, she is kidnapped by two other teens that think she is being held hostage by her crazy father (Her mother left when she was a baby). When the two boys see that they are mistaken they let Lindsay leave to go back home, dropped off by Toby's- one of the kidnappers- cousin Roz. As the book goes on, Lindsay discovers things that she does and doesn't want to know- where her mother is and why she can hear others. By the end of the book LIndsay has many good friends that were once her enemies and a new family to grow with. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Molly | 2/2/2014

    " The beginning was really good, a little bit confusing, but the ending was weak, rushed, and boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claire | 1/31/2014

    " Great concept (I always love Haddix's setups), but once she got into the mythology of the main character's mysterious hearing-voices power, the story's credibility no longer held up for me. Still, Haddix is an expert at pacing and this was an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/13/2014

    " When Lindsay, a sixteen-year-old former child television star, turned 11, she started to be able to hear whatever people anywhere in the world were saying about her. Her father, a nothing special professor whose field is Transcendentalism, moves with her from CA to the small town in Illinois where her absent mother grew up. There, safe in a house that shields her from hearing the voices in her head, Lindsay stays and studies hard, alone, and rarely venturing out until her father dies suddenly, she is kidnapped, and her safe existence is threatened. "

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

    " Definitely not one of Haddix's best...although it's interesting that there is no clear ending and leaves the reader wondering. In this book, a former child star has become an unknown living with her dad. Her father is a recluse and dies suddenly so the girl is left alone. She has an unusual "gift"--she can hear everything that is spoken about her around the world, which comes up often because her show is in syndication and reruns are on. She lives in a "safe" house...one where the voices can't penetrate the walls. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brieanne | 1/2/2014

    " It was very good and very well written. I have to say it was not my sure favorite book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April Davidson | 12/28/2013

    " Excellent! Haddix has a way with words that keeps the reader interested from the first to the last word! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alli | 12/25/2013

    " Boring. Took me weeks to finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 11/29/2013

    " (3.5) This was a fun and unique read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaylee | 9/10/2013

    " I thought this book was weird.. yet fantastic. I don't know where authors get ideas of people hearing everything everyone in the world is saying about her unless she's in her safe house.......... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 9/1/2013

    " young adult novel, good, but weird so far. One of my dd's and my favorite authors. Excellent ending. Daughter loved it, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sawah | 1/24/2013

    " Good book, quick read. I would like another book that takes place after this book so that I can get more of a conclusion to Lindsay's story, but I still enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 ♥adinda ♥ | 10/14/2012

    " am sorry but its definitely NOT my THING !!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 7/6/2012

    " Quick, fun read. What would you do if you could hear everything everyone said about you? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zaira | 6/24/2012

    " Pretty good with an interesting idea! I liked many parts of this story, especially the ending! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 4/1/2012

    " Raises some interesting points for discussion. Need to know a little about the Transcendentalists to make the connections for a good discussion. Also opens up a conversation about teen girls & their focus on themselves. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily Elizabeth | 8/20/2011

    " She was the guest author at POP. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ella | 8/3/2011

    " This book is about a girl who used to be on a famous TV show, but she had to stop when she started hearing everything anyone said about her. Then someone publishes a newspaper article that says that her father kidnapped her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Reeder | 7/23/2011

    " This was an interesting story line. I enjoyed it well enough for most of the book, but I loved the ending. I think that Haddix closes her books really well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 5/16/2011

    " This book was pretty good and it has an interesting story line. However, I skipped over 30 pages or so to the end because it was boring me. Wasn't my favorite read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michele | 3/20/2011

    " This book made very little sense to me. There is absolutely no way I can connect hearing whatever anyone says about you to transcendentalism. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 TikiPaws12 | 3/20/2011

    " This book was dissapointing for me. I did not like the forced message, and it was overall in my opinion unneeded in the my collection of Haddix. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Klymene | 3/10/2011

    " It was very well written, but nothing very exciting happened in it. No major adventure. It was mostly an internal struggle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Euroca | 3/2/2011

    " I like Haddix. Her books are clean and intriguing. This one is not part of a series Yay! So if you want a quick, enjoyable read that doesn't include waiting for the next one, this is a good choice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 2/14/2011

    " Good book! I was surprised. Very unique storyline, I thought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 IsAbel | 1/29/2011

    " Pretty good. It isn't as good as the other books written by her. Well, more like the climax wasn't as good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vilo | 1/2/2011

    " Fast-paced speculative fiction. Requires some suspension of disbelief but raises very intriguing issues and human dynamics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ambar | 11/29/2010

    " It's a bit confusing at first but as you go along it starts getting better the ending is kind of vague. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Harshita | 11/29/2010

    " DEFINETLY NOT that great of a book . its really stupid, yet wise, yet confusing
    I woukdnt recommend anyone to reading it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 11/15/2010

    " I got this off of Net library and it sounded interesting but it was really kind of lame, no real character development...interesting idea though "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sawah | 11/12/2010

    " Good book, quick read. I would like another book that takes place after this book so that I can get more of a conclusion to Lindsay's story, but I still enjoyed it. "

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About the Author
Author Margaret Peterson Haddix

Margaret Peterson Haddix is the bestselling author of more than twenty books for children and young adults, including the critically and popularly acclaimed The Missing series and the Shadow Children series. A graduate of Miami University (Ohio), she worked for several years as a reporter for the Indianapolis News and taught at the Danville Area Community College in Illinois. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her family.

About the Narrator

Jennifer Ikeda has been narrating audiobooks since 2002. Among her readings are When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park; Just Listen by Sarah Dessen; and After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away by Joyce Carol Oates. She has won six AudioFile Earphones Awards.