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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (75,952 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeff Kinney Narrator: Ramón de Ocampo Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series Release Date:
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Acclaimed debut author Jeff Kinney brilliantly re-creates the typical humor and logic of middle school boys sidling into adolescence. Sixth grader Greg Heffley doesn’t understand his annoying younger brother, his obnoxious older one, or his well-meaning parents. But he knows enough to record his daily thoughts in a diary—ahem, that is, a manly journal. In a unique novel brimming with laugh-out-loud moments, Greg chronicles his first turbulent year of middle school.

It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving.

Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.

Author and illustrator Jeff Kinney recalls the growing pains of school life and introduces a new kind of hero who epitomizes the challenges of being a kid. As Greg says in his diary, “Just don’t expect me to be all ‘Dear Diary’ this and ‘Dear Diary’ that.” Luckily for us, what Greg Heffley says he won’t do and what he actually does are two very different things.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[This] should keep readers in stitches …”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Winner of the 2009 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award

Listener Reviews

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Heather | 2/20/2014

    " Very entertaining, and I did laugh out loud a couple times, but I was pretty well horrified by what a jerk Greg could be at times. I know he's a middle school kid, and I was probably a jerk when I was in middle school, but I guess I was hoping for some character development or a gain of self-awareness by the end of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Jake Sistek | 2/20/2014

    " Diary of a Wimpy kid was not the best book especially if you're in high grades. it is made for people in elementary school. the themes are friendship, family and school. for example it includes friendship because gregs best friend rowley got in trouble for gregs doings, he blames his best friend so he doesn't get in trouble, i'd say thats not a really good friend. it involves family because he has an older brother rodrick and he bullies greg and his momm and dad are sort of crazy. lastly it includes school because he isn't the best at getting good grades and he is somewhat bullied there too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Julie | 2/20/2014

    " Read books 1 - 6 because Miles loves them. As an adult, I say that Greg is not very nice. As a kid, I see the humor. As a parent, I really hope my kid is learning what not to do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Shirley | 2/16/2014

    " A surprisingly good book. Loved the quirky narration - so simple and thoroughly enjoyable. I am so looking forward to reading the other books in the series. "

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About the Author
Author Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney is an online game designer, producer, and bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Once a comic strip, the books have gone on to sell millions of copies, with many reaching the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Two of the books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, were made into successful films. Kinney is also the creator of Poptropica.com, an online, role-playing game made for young children. He lives in Plainville, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.

About the Narrator

Ramón de Ocampo is an accomplished television and voice actor. His film and television credits include Sons of Anarchy, Medium, The West Wing, Grey’s Anatomy, Killer Instinct, and 12 Monkeys. In 2011 he won a Best Voice Award from AudioFile magazine for his narration of Jeff Kinney’s New York Times bestselling series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid. He also won an AudioFile Earphones Award for his narration of The Summer of Riley by Eve Bunting.