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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (164 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kristin Clark Venuti Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781441801807
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Grade Level: 4-6 Age Level: 8 and up Listening Level: Grades 4-6 The young Bellweathers — fourteen-year-old Spider, thirteen-year-old Ninda, and the nine-year-old triplets, Brick, Spike, and Sassy — and their equally peculiar parents have brought constant chaos to the once-peaceful village of Eel-Smack-by-the-Bay. Still, no one has suffered more than their loyal butler, Benway, who has finally had enough. He is secretly writing his tell-all memoirs, packing his bags, and planning his move to a tropical location, Far, Far Away. But when the siblings discover Benway is preparing to leave their lighthouse home, they band together to prove how much he’s needed, as only Bellweathers can. . . . Full of comic capers and close calls, an art heist, albino alligators, and good intentions gone wrong, Kristin Clark Venuti’s hilarious debut novel introduces a new family that is absolutely unforgettable. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharidan | 2/19/2014

    " OMG! Superb!! It is probably a book for older kids. Both genders would get a kick out of it! I loved this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 2/11/2014

    " Tristan Benway is ready to leave...leave the Bellweathers that is. He is been their butler too long and his family's Oath of Fealty is almost up. He is ready for a Charming Cottage in a Warm Locale Far, Far Away. In order to finance his retirement he is writing a memoir of his time with the Bellweathers and it is sure to be a hit. For the Bellweathers are a unique and eccentric family. Dr. Bellweather is an inventor who likes to express his humor and displeasure by yelling and throwing things. Mrs. Bellweather paints and repaints the Lighthouse over and over again. Spider doesn't like going out during the day but does enjoy rescuing animals; as long as the animals are ones who maim, kill or poison. He is currently keeping an Endangered Albino Alligator in his bathroom. Ninda wants to Do Good and Help the Downtrodden, by force if necessary. The triplets are just plain destructive and crazy. They yell everything at the top of their lungs, but beware when they whisper. And poor Benway has been taking care of this family in Eel-Smack-by-the-Bay for too long, he his tired of cleaning up their messes, he is tired of the triplets using his suits for art projects, he is tired of finding hobos in his bed, he is ready for his Glorious Liberation and Oath Abandonment Time. This book has many laugh out loud moments. The Bellweathers are too funny and crazy to be real, but I really loved Benway's long suffering endurance. His journal entries after each chapter really made the book that much more special. I loved his retelling of the days events and his hopes for his future. You could tell throughout that he really did care for the family even though they drove him crazy. I loved the message of this book about family and realizing where you belong and not taking advantage of people or taking people for granted. The message was there but it wasn't super obvious and didn't hit you over the head, which Ninda would have done with it...I am sure she would have had a pamphlet of some sort. This would make an excellent movie (if they didn't mess with the story or the characters) so it is too bad Benway didn't go ahead and sell the movie rights to his book! Great read and one I am going to recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/10/2014

    " Odd -- delightfully so. Loved the footnotes and the butler, and sometimes it was laugh-out-loud funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M. | 1/15/2014

    " The Bellweathers are a family living in a lighthouse (presumably nonfunctional). Dad is the original absent minded inventor, Mom is a painter (of walls), and the kids all have outrageous hobbies and interests. The book is written from the perspective of their butler, who has only a few weeks left under his employment contract, and he's writing a tell-all book about the family so he can retire to someplace warm and quiet. In his observations of and interaction with the various family members, he gets a new and unexpected perspective on them and on his relationship with them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Funnycows | 1/10/2014

    " Omigoodness. This book is incredibly creative, and fun loving. I know the author, and my name is in the book!!!! I don't know why . . . it's Lillian. But, I had so much fun reading the book. Who knew you could keep an alligator in your basement? "

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

    " I liked it more than I thought I would, although by the end I was over it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janeen | 12/31/2013

    " Really funny and really odd. Just my thing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Solovieva | 12/31/2013

    " Very easy read, amusing and entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 12/30/2013

    " Fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events might enjoy this book, but I found it a bit tiresome. Perhaps my response was colored by the dry British butler voice of the audio. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 10/29/2013

    " This book was fun, but not as wonderful as the premise seemed. The characters were a little more annoying than was pleasant. I think that kids are going to enjoy the mischief though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 8/5/2013

    " Super-cute but not in a girly-princess kind of way, more of a quirky characters who are individuals kind of way. It was fun to listen to with my boys. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget R. Wilson | 2/1/2013

    " I read the first few chapters and liked what I read. The book has the same kind of humor as Polly Horvath's books. I just wasn't in the mood to finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 8/11/2012

    " Listened on audio. Very cute! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 4/24/2012

    " My son and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book together. It's silly, funny and just laugh out loud hilarious in parts. We're looking forward to the author's next book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 2/4/2012

    " The Bellweathers were fairly well-developed characters and interesting but not the butler, Tristan Benway, from whose point of view alot of this story is told from. Clunky and unconvincing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rochelle | 1/28/2012

    " Local authors first book. Not as witty as I expected. It was all right. Somewhat predictable ending although the path to the ending was anything but expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 11/24/2011

    " I was a bit disappointed by this one. The setup sounded great, but perhaps the author relied on the situation to carry the book a little too much. Frankly, I found the characters to be more annoying than endearing, and the situation was too easily resolved in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 9/24/2011

    " This is a more modern lighter version of the Addams family from "Lurch's" perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bayla | 8/28/2011

    " A very cute, silly little book. I would recommend for early chapter book readers -- maybe 7-9 year olds, depending on their reading level. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 7/9/2011

    " The voice is distinctive- great wit. Quirky characters in off the wall plot twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Cohen | 6/28/2011

    " Can't wait for the second volume!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 4/29/2011

    " Every once in a while I have to read a book written primarily for children. It clears my head. This one got my attention by the very Edward Gorey illustrations on the cover and the kooky premise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janeen | 4/23/2011

    " Really funny and really odd. Just my thing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/7/2011

    " Predictable, but funny. What a bizarre family! That poor butler. I will be interested to see if things change at all in the sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Funnycows | 12/7/2010

    " Omigoodness. This book is incredibly creative, and fun loving. I know the author, and my name is in the book!!!! I don't know why . . . it's Lillian. But, I had so much fun reading the book. Who knew you could keep an alligator in your basement? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 11/16/2010

    " The Bellweathers were fairly well-developed characters and interesting but not the butler, Tristan Benway, from whose point of view alot of this story is told from. Clunky and unconvincing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 8/23/2010

    " Every once in a while I have to read a book written primarily for children. It clears my head. This one got my attention by the very Edward Gorey illustrations on the cover and the kooky premise. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Molly | 8/15/2010

    " Fun for awhile, but I lost interest. I did really enjoy the narration and the idea of the story. I will probably still check out the sequel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 8/9/2010

    " I liked it more than I thought I would, although by the end I was over it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 6/18/2010

    " Can't wait for the second volume!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharidan | 5/27/2010

    " OMG! Superb!! It is probably a book for older kids. Both genders would get a kick out of it! I loved this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 4/6/2010

    " This book was fun, but not as wonderful as the premise seemed. The characters were a little more annoying than was pleasant. I think that kids are going to enjoy the mischief though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaqui | 4/4/2010

    " This is a REALLY weird book...the kids in the families names are: Brick, Spike, Sassy, Spider, and Ninda and they are all crazy in their own ways........its ok..... "

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About the Narrator

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2012 was a winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.