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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (854 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate de Goldi Narrator: Stig Wemyss Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN:
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Award-winning New Zealand author Kate de Goldi has imbued her latest book with all the wisdom, humour and family chaos you could wish for.The 10pm Question is a novel that challenges any kind of age category and will appeal to pre-teen, teen and adult readers alike.

Frankie Parsons is twelve going on old man, an apparently sensible, talented boy with a drumbeat of worrying questions steadily gaining volume in his head: Are the smoke alarm batteries flat? Does the cat, and therefore the rest of the family, have worms? Will bird flu strike and ruin life as we know it? Is the Kidney-shaped spot on his chest actually a galloping cancer? Only Ma takes seriously his catalogue of persistent queries. But it is Ma who is the cause of the most worrying question of all, the one that Frankie can never bring himself to ask. Then the new girl arrives at school and has questions of her own: relentless, unavoidable questions. So begins the unravelling of Frankie Parsons carefully controlled world.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaq | 2/12/2014

    " clever story about the anxieties of a young boy - very sensitive portrayal of a pre-teen. i really like Kate de Goldi and think this was well written and poignant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 2/7/2014

    " A unusual and surprising book. It may be the first book I have read set in New Zealand and by a New Zealand author. It starts out as a so-so young adult novel (has that perkiness that I dislike in ya literature) I did think the author got a lot right about 12 year old boys and enjoyed that. Then, just before the half way point the entire book took a great leap and became a deep, serious book. The book explores how families do not talk about things - about important things. I don't want to elaborate because the reader is part of the "don't talk about things" situation. And, best of all, the author understands endings - how some things can be resolved and others not. She even has the characters talk about endings! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 2/3/2014

    " A sweet, childlike book about a young boy dealing with some issues within his loving but very human family. De Goldi's writing style is very whimsical, and whimsy done right is my favorite thing to read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 1/31/2014

    " This book was difficult to follow--I was listening to the audio version, and it seemed to jump around in time quite a bit. I never reached a point where it just flowed, and continually had to jump back a track, which made the whole experience less than enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/7/2014

    " Sweet, sad, and funny in equal measure. I really loved it and can't wait to read more books by Kate de Goldi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MissStan | 12/29/2013

    " This is a brilliant book - fantastic characters! I love Kate De Goldi's writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danie P. | 12/23/2013

    " Frankie's mom doesn't leave the house ever. Not in the 9 years that Frankie can remember and he thinks it's pretty normal for his family. So when he meets the new girl Sydney who is constantly asking questions he begins to worry about what "normal" is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicola | 10/28/2013

    " What a lovely book! One of the best I've read in a long time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Je-wan | 10/11/2013

    " I abandoned because this book keeps drags the story which is boring "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmel | 9/27/2013

    " Loved this book - have just read it for the second time. Is a kid/adult genre - my 14 yr old has read it too. Wonderful characterisations oo all main characters. Lots to ponder about a young boys life and what influences it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/24/2013

    " A glossary to explain some of New Zealandisms would have been really nice. For me, living on the other side of the earth, the seasons with the months seemed backwards and this always pulled me out of the flow of the story to realize again, oh yeah opposite. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 10/12/2012

    " I wanted to like this book, but after 40 pages in, I gave up. The plot development just is so slow! It couldn't keep my interest. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lessa Pelayo-lozada | 9/7/2012

    " i never really got off the ground with this book. I stopped trying after page 10 (usually I try to get to 50 before I give up)... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bronwen | 8/25/2012

    " Really enjoyed this book - well written, and very 'real' feeling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 8/6/2012

    " fun, funny touching. I love Frankie. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie | 7/30/2012

    " It was a crappier version of Stargirl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 5/5/2011

    " A wonderful read which made me giggle uncontrollably at times, while also shedding the odd tear at the more despairing moments. I would recommend to everyone, from teenagers to those in later years who still feel like teenagers deepdown. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 3/2/2011

    " I'm not sure what it was, but there was something that I really liked about this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/7/2011

    " A glossary to explain some of New Zealandisms would have been really nice. For me, living on the other side of the earth, the seasons with the months seemed backwards and this always pulled me out of the flow of the story to realize again, oh yeah opposite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/30/2011

    " fun, funny touching. I love Frankie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chase | 1/27/2011

    " Really good. I almost gave up on this at first but it ended up being a really sweet, funny, lively story. Oh, and there's cake. "

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