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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (404 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Judy Blume Narrator: Judy Blume, Fred Berman, Kathleen McInerney Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Pain and the Great One Series Release Date: August 2007 ISBN: 9780739356630
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MEET THE PAIN

My sister's name is Abigail. I call her The Great One because she thinks she's so great. Who cares if she's in third grade and I'm just in first?

MEET THE GREAT ONE

My brother's name is Jacob Edward, but everyone calls him Jake. Everyone but me. I call him The Pain because that's what he is. He's a first-grade pain. I'll always know exactly what he's thinking. That's just the way it is. These seven warm-hearted stories will give young listeners a peek at how a brother and sister relate to each other. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Starred review, School Library Journal, August 2007:
    "[T]he stories are sweet and accurately depict the growing pains of childhood."

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tori | 2/18/2014

    " I loved This!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly Nicholson | 2/13/2014

    " I just read this book to my 2nd and 6th grader as a bed time story. They both loved it. Realistic sibling rivalry. Sibling, close to home situations. Our favorite chapter was The Great One not being able to ride a bike in third grade. "What third grader can't ride a bike?" --the Pain. Anybody with brothers or sisters or kids should read Judy Blume's funny book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa Mc Lees | 2/1/2014

    " This is a good book for young adults to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chaela Baker | 1/31/2014

    " This book inspires young children to stop fighting about everything silly or argue about some little opinion and over every little thing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 1/29/2014

    " Good book for 3rd graders and up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline Lang | 1/28/2014

    " This book was so good! Judy Blume always has this way of telling a story from different points of view (sometimes from the Pain's and sometimes from the Great One's) and always making it hilarious. The stories are really funny and show the dynamics of a family; most importantly that between a brother and a sister. This book shows that even though they often fight and get very annoyed with one another, no matter what your sibling will always be your friend and will always be there for you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley Allen | 1/24/2014

    " This book could be used to talk about the relationships that a child has with their sibling, or if they do not have a sibling, a close friend. It could be used to compare and contrast nice things versus the mean things that The Pain and The Great One have toward each other.Then as a teacher the class could talk about the benefits of working together with your brother/sister/friend and how it helps build relationships with each other. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 1/22/2014

    " First Judy Blume book I can't say I enjoyed. I read this with Aidan, thinking it would be akin to the Fudge series. While there were similarities, I found the similarities sat more in the less appealing aspects of the book. I never saw the siblings display any true warmth towards each other - just bickering and competition (something we are trying to downplay in our house). I was also a bit peeved at the too-frequent use of insults - I grew more than tired of hearing one call the other "stupid." In the Fudge series, you feel a real affinity for both Peter and Fudge. In this? I just felt annoyed with both The Pain and the Great One. I won't be looking for the others in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 1/18/2014

    " I heart Judy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 1/2/2014

    " I thought this book was pretty funny and an easy read. "

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

    " A fun read-aloud with Henry. We are enjoying the brother-sister dynamic. Sure feels like the siblings in our house... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 12/18/2013

    " These are perfect little stories for 4-8 year olds. Blume describes normal things kids go through in an entertaining way: birthday parties, haircuts, soccer teams, sibling rivalry, etc. My 5 and 6 year old boys both loved listening to this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaina | 11/29/2013

    " I love judy blume really, she is just so fun and creative. I love her!!! we all should read all of her books!!! haha "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 11/27/2013

    " A really fun style of book with each chapter written by either the Pain or the Great One! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gillian | 11/23/2013

    " lots and lots of sibling rivalry but some nicer parts too. I think it would be a good read for a kid who is struggling with their sibling relationships. told from alternating perspectives. 7yo N loved it even though her relationship w her siblings has a very different dynamic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martha | 11/18/2013

    " A bit boring, to be honest. Nowhere close to Blume's other wonderful books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 9/4/2013

    " Judy Blume does it again with this funny two-sided story of a big sister (The Great One) and a little brother (the Pain). Anyone who has ever been either one will enjoy this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Chenault | 7/2/2013

    " I have read all the Judy Blume books to my daughter and this one is much like Super Fudge etc. More timely than those are now but Judy Blume still keeps the kids coming back for more. My daughter loves these books! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/1/2013

    " We listened to this on CD on our trip. A few of the stories were funny, but the kids weren't that interested. Just OK... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luci | 2/3/2013

    " I thought it was a funy book! The charecters were kind of like me and my brother!The brother agravated the sister sometimes,and the sister agravated the brother sometimes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 12/28/2012

    " More of the same silly humor with The Pain and The Great One. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 11/24/2012

    " Another great children's book from Blume. Being the youngest of three I was often the pain! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherri | 9/22/2012

    " Not a fan. Characters lacked the development of earlier Blume books. While some of it was funny, I found a few of the story lines similar to other books. Good but not knock your socks off funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 7/8/2012

    " I thought this books was simple, but funny. I liked it because the 8 year old girl couldn't ride a bike--just like our Kaitlin. Anyway, our kids loved this book, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia Puddle | 3/1/2012

    " This book is great for beginner readers. I'm sure little kids would relate to the brother and sister rivalry. It was well written and great dialogue. I thought the illustrations were wonderful, and that's what attracted me to the book in the first place, plus I really liked the writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zoe | 2/4/2012

    " It was an ok sorta book. It was not my favorite though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Khadija | 1/17/2012

    " It was funny but it's not a must-have. I would borrow it from the library to read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 1/2/2012

    " Not the Judy Blume I remembered and loved as a kid, but my 8 y/o enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yapha | 12/12/2011

    " Great audio book, with different readers for Jake and Abigail. It's a fun look at the complicated love/hate relationship between siblings. Perfect for early elementary school students. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle Baldwin | 9/20/2011

    " A beautiful story of a young sister and brother who struggle to get along but eventually find value in each other. This is a great book that students with siblings can relate to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 9/12/2011

    " This book has different stories about a girl thinking she is better than her brother "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 8/9/2011

    " I can really relate to this book! I am the oldest child and have a little brother i think sometimes can be a pain! I can go on some pretty cool adventures with the pain and the great one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moe Y | 6/29/2011

    " I love the author Judy Blume and Loved the Pain and the great one series when I was in Grade 3. They are still fun to read when I have nothing to do so I think it is a awesome book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 4/21/2011

    " The kids listened to this on audio book and loved it. They listened to it many times and could recite some of the dialog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 3/21/2011

    " Blume is back and just as good as always and Stevenson adds a wonderful layer to these whacky tales of a brother and sister. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 3/13/2011

    " Another great children's book from Blume. Being the youngest of three I was often the pain! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaina | 1/28/2011

    " I love judy blume really, she is just so fun and creative. I love her!!! we all should read all of her books!!! haha "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 1/13/2011

    " This book is great for beginner readers. I'm sure little kids would relate to the brother and sister rivalry. It was well written and great dialogue. I thought the illustrations were wonderful, and that's what attracted me to the book in the first place, plus I really liked the writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/8/2010

    " We listened to this on CD on our trip. A few of the stories were funny, but the kids weren't that interested. Just OK... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 6/5/2010

    " This book has different stories about a girl thinking she is better than her brother "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zoe | 3/2/2010

    " It was an ok sorta book. It was not my favorite though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 2/1/2010

    " I can really relate to this book! I am the oldest child and have a little brother i think sometimes can be a pain! I can go on some pretty cool adventures with the pain and the great one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 12/15/2009

    " Here is a new series from Judy Blume aimed at early chapter book readers. It's called Pain and the Great One. The Pain is the younger brother and the Great One is the older sister. They trade off as the main character in each chapter. Entertaining read for both boys and girls. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 8/22/2009

    " Judy Blume does it again with this funny two-sided story of a big sister (The Great One) and a little brother (the Pain). Anyone who has ever been either one will enjoy this. "

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About the Author
Author Judy BlumeJudy Blume’s books have won hundreds of awards. She is the recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She lives in Key West and New York City. You can visit her at www.judyblume.com.
About the Narrators

Fred Berman has won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narration and is the recipient of the 2013 Audie Award for narration in Spy the Lie. He is a theater, film, and television actor, whose credits include Broadway’s The Lion King, Law & Order, and Directing Eddie, among others. He was featured in Entertainment Weekly for his work on the Walking Dead audiobook series.

Kathleen McInerney won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2011 and was a finalist for the Audie in 2010 and 2015. Her narrations have also earned several AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has performed in New York and around the United States in both classical and contemporary theater. Her credits also include television commercials, daytime drama, radio plays, and animation voice-over.