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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kristen D. Randle Narrator: Nick Landrum, Johanna Parker, Jennifer Ikeda Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2003 ISBN: 9781464044403
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Three Mormon high school friends, perky Nikki, studious Alicia, and football player Sam, make a pact of the Pygmalion style—they decide to help the “untapped” students at their school. Their plan is to transform three classmates and take them to the prom. But the experiment doesn’t go exactly as planned. They slowly begin to realize that there is more to most people than meets the eye.

A popular author and recipient of an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Kristen D. Randle explores many important concerns teens face every day. The mixed emotions of Nikki, Alicia, and Sam are brought to life through the excellent narration.

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  • “Told in the alternating voices of Sam, Nikki, and Alicia, Slumming gives an insightful look at a modern-day high school Pygmalion, opening up new worlds that help each character deal with their own worlds a little better. A compelling and satisfying read.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “In the process of ‘saving’ others, the three put their own friendship at risk. Randle makes it clear that we are all on the outside looking in, and we can never presume to really know who’s on the other side looking back at us. Recommended for junior and senior high school students.”


  • “The seemingly innocent pact between friends leads to some really intense and frightening scenes to which teens can easily relate. This fine story deals with contemporary issues but focuses on the good and hopeful outcomes of apparent tragedies.”


  • “The alternating narratives personalize the story and show individual character growth. The premise of trying to impose one’s ideals and values on others without knowing their circumstances is a life lesson that gives teens much to think about without ever letting the message dominate the storytelling.”

    School Library Journal

  • “In this Pygmalion story with a twist, three provincial high-school seniors, all Mormons with conventional values, bet that each can befriend a classmate with untapped potential, change him or her for the better, then take that person to the prom. But the chosen students, who have their own agendas, are more resistant than flattered, and it's the triad of heroes-two girls and guy-who end up having their eyes opened…a thoughtful work about the nature of doing good.”

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About the Narrators

Nick Landrum is an award-winning narrator, singer, and voice-over artist. His audiobook work includes The Virgin Suicides, Bob Dylan’s unabridged Chronicles, and he is the voice of the popular Dexter series. Landrum has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.

Johanna Parker is an Audie and Earphone Award–winning actress living and working in San Francisco. Since narrating her first audiobook in 2002, she has received praise for her work in all genres, including her portrayal of Sookie Stackhouse in Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire books. She received her BFA in acting from Boston University and studied Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She has performed on stages in London, Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York and has numerous film and television credits. As a voice-over actress, she has voiced commercials, video games, documentaries, and websites.

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.