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3.1 out of 53.1 out of 53.1 out of 53.1 out of 53.1 out of 5 3.10 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Victor Lodato Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781400183302
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The young Mathilda Savitch is furious, awkward, and tender. The book Mathilda Savitch is a compelling must-listen and the debut of an extraordinary novelistic talent. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The outrageous, pitch-perfect voice of this book grabs you up and won’t let go. A bravura performance.”

    Mary Karr, author of the New York Times bestseller The Liar’s Club

  • “Prepare to be—in equal measures—charmed and haunted. Because once you get this precocious teen’s sad, sharp voice in your head, it’s hard to get it out.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “A stunning portrait of grief and youthful imagination.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Engaging and humorous yet grappling with serious issues.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Lodato indelibly captures the fragile vulnerability and fearless bravado of adolescence through Mathilda’s impeccable voice…A phenomenal debut.”

    Booklist (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yumi | 2/18/2014

    " This male playwright has magically transformed his voice into that of a troubled adolescent. She is consistently inconsistent, fluctuating between impervious to helpless to surly to giddy, much like a real adolescent. On occasions she is brilliant and on other occasions she is just plain ruthless and stupid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samie | 2/9/2014

    " atypical story in the narrative voice of a typical precocious child "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 1/28/2014

    " It just did not work for me on any level. I really wanted to like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/16/2014

    " a fantastic book, slightly reminiscent of "Lovely Bones" but following the little sister's story. Mathilda is a lovely, complex protagonist who broke my heart a few times throughout the course of the novel. I read it in two days because I couldn't put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christen | 12/17/2013

    " I really got into the character of Mathilda in the beginning, but there just wasn't enough growth for her to make this book satisfying for me. There was so much room for something to happen, but I felt like nothing did. It just fell flat for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 11/12/2013

    " This is a coming of age, debut novel about a precocious girl, Mathilda, who is dealing with the death of her sister from a year before. Mathilda narrates with believable teen agnst and disturbed logic. You never know what she will say or do next. Easy, entertaining read, but by no means 'light reading' (it's filled with depression, mental unstability and grief). I can't wait to see what's next from Lodato. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 11/11/2013

    " I thought this book was really interesting, if confusing. I did not Mathilda as the narrator, I felt she was pretty, well....crazy. And the 'surprise' about the way Helene died was not really a surprise at all. The author tried to tell "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina Stubbs | 11/7/2013

    " Didn't love it. I thought the premise was interesting but frankly, it just started to feel like I was reading about a very disturbed young girl that needed psychological help. Got kind of bored but plowed on to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/28/2013

    " Mathilda is a great character. Her older sister has died and her parents are not coping well. She takes it upon herself to figure out what happened to her sister. Sad and great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 6/9/2013

    " A good read but I didn't find it particularly memorable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 5/27/2013

    " Reviews said funny & compelling. I found it depressing & bleak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Ooten | 1/25/2013

    " I loved Mathilda's voice in this book. Her character is wonderfully dark and quirky. It's a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tj | 5/15/2011

    " Mathilda is crazy, I loved being inside her head. "

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

    " Hard to get into, a little graphic, but I could not put it down.....I had to get to the end:-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rea | 4/7/2011

    " Just plain excellent writing, unique voice, and compelling storytelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/27/2011

    " I'm a sucker for precocious young female narrators in the first person, but the story wasn't enough to back up the original voice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 alex | 3/12/2011

    " I thought this book was really interesting, if confusing. I did not Mathilda as the narrator, I felt she was pretty, well....crazy. And the 'surprise' about the way Helene died was not really a surprise at all. The author tried to tell "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carly | 2/9/2011

    " This book started out with such promise. I looked the voice of the narrator. She was witty and funny and dark at the same time. But then the story just got weird. I didn't like the turns that it took, and it ended up just being creepy in a not good way. Great narrative voice, bad story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/8/2011

    " 3 1/2 Lodato tells the story of a teenage girl who sister dies by falling in the path of a train in a fresh, interesting voice. Mathilda deals with her family and friends after the death of her sister. I enjoyed this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 2/8/2011

    " How ironic that I would be enjoying a book told from an adolescent's point of view. I dread the mention of such books in our book club, yet I am fascinated with this girl's perspective. She is so bizarre, but hilarious in her way with words and her take on what is happening around her. "

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About the Author

Victor Lodato is a poet and playwright. A 2002–2003 Guggenheim Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Southern Review, North American Review, Northwest Review, and Beloit Poetry Journal. In 1998 he received the Emily Clark Balch Prize in Poetry from the Virginia Quarterly Review. Victor has also won numerous awards for his plays, including one from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays. He lives in Tucson, Arizona, and New York City.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.