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3.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 5 3.43 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jon Scieszka, various authors Narrator: Bronson Pinchot, Steve West, Ramón de Ocampo, Hakeem Kae-Kazim Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Guys Read Library of Great Reading Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9780062111210
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A body on the tracks

A teenage terrorist

A mysterious wish-granting machine

The world’s worst private detective

The second volume in the Guys Read Library of Great Reading is chock-full of mystery, intrigue, and nefarious activity. Featuring some of the best writers around, and compiled by certified guy Jon Scieszka, Guys Read: Thriller is a pulse-pounding collection of brand-new short stories, each one guaranteed to keep you riveted until the final page.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A selection of high-interest, fast-paced stories…Scary parts are exciting but tame enough to use with even the youngest middle school students…An important purchase.”

    VOYA

  • “Ten thrilling stories from stellar writers. There are ghost stories, a deeply touching tale of a wish-granting machine, and one about monsters that live in storm drains. “Pirate,” by Walter Dean Myers, is extraordinary…Brimming with choice stuff for guys who appreciate the uncanny, the uncouth, and the un-put-down-able.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 1/31/2014

    " I think 4th, 5th, and 6th grade boys would enjoy the stories in this book! "

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

    " A fairly mediocre collection of stories that really aren't especially thrilling. They are at least as much about modern life, bullies etc. as ghosts and other supernatural creatures. Might be appealing for reluctant male middle school readers, but more serious readers will find it a light diversion and should look elsewhere. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle | 1/11/2014

    " I thought that this book deserves a five star rating because it captured my attention. I though the best story was the Ghost Vision Glasses because it hooked me and was somewhat funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moe | 12/29/2013

    " This collection of short stories was NOT very thrilling, but they were great short stories. I recommend it to parents to read aloud at night because they're short, even though I read it myself. My favorite story was the last one in which a boy gets a pair of goggles that helped him see ghosts. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carla | 12/24/2013

    " Good stories but not for ele readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shoshana | 11/7/2013

    " I'm more of a Funny Business type of gal, myself. But I'll definitely keep recommending this to suspense-loving readers! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcie | 10/15/2013

    " Unfortunately I have to take this back to the library before I got to read all the stories. I guess I'll just buy a copy so I can read at my leisure. Hope that makes all the authors happy. There should be copies of this series in classrooms everywhere! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 9/29/2013

    " Short stories gathered by Jon Scieszka - great authors and great narrators! First one I've read in this particular series...I will be sure to check out the other genres. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 7/5/2013

    " Standout for me was Walter Dean Myers' "Pirate" about a young modern Somali pirate. A perfect book for your required school book report on short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 3/1/2013

    " While these "guys read" books are, obviously, targeted toward boys - girls who enjoy adventure, mystery, and thrills will also like the stories in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ms.Patterson | 11/25/2012

    " This is good, and I like that the editor included all kinds of thrillers, from mystery to suspense to ghost to monster. There were definitely stories that are too scary for me. I am a wimp, but it does put in my mind to give kids fair warning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 11/2/2012

    " Very good. Some short stories better than others. I especially liked the one about the ghost vision glasses. Good for older children around 13. Some of the stories left you in suspense. I would recommend this if you're looking for a light read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elijah | 10/30/2012

    " I liked "Thad, the Ghost and Me" best! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karis (YA Litwit) Jacobstein | 6/25/2012

    " 3 1/2 actually. Read my full review HERE. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline | 6/3/2012

    " All the stories are engaging and guy-friendly as promised. They are not particularly scary so they could be readalouds in an elementary school classroom. Would be a good book for classroom libraries in upper elementary and middle school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefani | 4/23/2012

    " Short stories for boys. Some are scary, some are mysteries, some are campy sci-fi. A good collection for young boys who read up or for tweens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbie | 4/11/2012

    " Gotta hand it to Jon Scieszka who continues to work it for the reluctant boy readers. Solid short stories by well-known authors for boys who (apparently) have short attention spans and can't handle a longer book. His website is good though so I'm still a fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn Masek | 11/30/2011

    " A great collection of thrilling short stories for guys. I really liked this book. I think many of my 6th graders, especially, would enjoy the stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 10/20/2011

    " Another great addition to the Guys Read library. Why couldn't there have been good collections like this when I was in junior high? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms. Broderick | 9/28/2011

    " Short stories gathered by Jon Scieszka - great authors and great narrators! First one I've read in this particular series...I will be sure to check out the other genres. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chrislin | 9/19/2011

    " Guys Read Thriller is a collection of short stories. Make sure you read all off them because you dont want to miss any of them its to good to miss "

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About the Author
Author Jon Scieszka

Jon Scieszka, a former elementary school teacher, is the National Ambassador for Children’s Literature emeritus and the bestselling author of more than twenty-five books for kids, including The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, Math Curse, Robot Zot!, and the Time Warp Trio series. He founded Guys Read to encourage a passion for reading among young boys, with the philosophy that boys love to read most when they are reading things they love.

About the Narrators

Bronson Pinchot, an Audie Award–winning narrator, received his education at Yale University, which filled out what he had already received at his mother’s knee in the all-important areas of Shakespeare, Greek art and architecture, and the Italian Renaissance. He restores Greek Revival buildings and appears in television, film, and on stage whenever the pilasters and entablatures overwhelm him.

Steve West, the winner of nine Audiofile Earphones Awards for narration, is an actor of international standing. He is known for his appearances on London’s West End Stage in Mamma Mia!, contemporary plays, and Shakespearean classics. He has appeared in Hollywood movies and on television screens in the United States and the United Kingdom and performed for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. His work has also been screened at the Cannes International Film Festival.

Ramón de Ocampo has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narrations. A graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, he has been seen on television, film, and stages all over the world, including recurring roles on such television shows as The West Wing, 12 Monkeys, Sons of Anarchy, and Medium. He is the winner of a prestigious Obie Award for his stage work.

Hakeem Kae-Kazim is a British-Nigerian actor who classically trained at the highly regarded Bristol Old Vic and soon after graduation was invited to join the Royal Shakespeare Company. Hakeem’s list of impressive credits includes Pirates of the Caribbean III, Lost, Law & Order: SVU, X-Men: Wolverine, The 4th Kind, and Darfur. Hakeem is best known for his portrayal of Georges Rutaganda in Hotel Rwanda and as Colonel Dubaku in the hit television series 24. His distinctive voice has also been shared in many popular video games including Halo, Call of Duty, and The Bourne Conspiracy. He is married with three children.