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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (742 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Josh Berk Narrator: Jim Meskimen Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9780307916976
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Being a hefty, deaf newcomer almost makes Will Halpin the least popular guy at Coaler High. But when he befriends the only guy less popular than him, the dork-namic duo has the smarts and guts to figure out who knocked off the star quarterback. Will can’t hear what’s going on, but he’s a great observer. So, who did it? And why does that guy talk to his fingers? And will the beautiful girl ever notice him? (Okay, so Will’s interested in more than just murder . . .)

Those who prefer their heroes to be not-so-usual and with a side of wiseguy will gobble up this witty, geeks-rule debut.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 2/17/2014

    " HAHAHA this was such a funny youthful mystery. I just wished it was longer and filled with even more funny comments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 2/15/2014

    " This was a nice little YA book! Will was adorably self-depreciating. He did a good job of describing what led him to leave the deaf school. He struggles with making friends and being bullied. And he solves a mystery. It was totally believable too. Sometimes mysteries with unlikely "detectives" aren't believable at all, but Berk did an excellent job with this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/10/2014

    " My son and I both enjoyed this book. Recommended for 7th and 8th grade students, especially boys. Love the protagonist! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neil | 1/7/2014

    " This book was saved from obscurity by having a deaf protagonist. I have no idea how representative Will's behavior is but it was interesting to read about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elle | 12/30/2013

    " This is my brother-in-law's debut book. Funny and entertaining! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 12/17/2013

    " This was an interesting book... I like the evolution of Hamburger Halpin and the lessons learned through the story. The "mystery" is very cardboard (not strong) but for a novel meant for 12yrs old, it's good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara | 12/16/2013

    " Funny and a good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lywana | 11/11/2013

    " This book was very funny. I always had a hunch of who the killer was. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy E. | 9/18/2013

    " So far, a great narrator who is almost legally deaf but wants to be in mainstream education. Considering he doesn't catch every word with lip reading, we don't either... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Montgomery | 9/10/2013

    " I downloaded this from the Mesquite ISD digital library. Cute book about a boy coming of age and feeling comfortable with himself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 9/10/2013

    " So cute! Well-written, funny, and all the loose ends get tied up nicely. More than just a detective story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 7/30/2013

    " Funny, ya mystery. Halpin is a deaf student that left his deaf school to be mainstreamed. He ends up entangled in a murder mystery and in true Hardy Boys fashion attempts to solve the crime. Lots of laughs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chelsea Bashore | 9/5/2012

    " I think it was a creative storyline, but definitely not exciting enough for a high school audience. Maybe for readers who are a bit behind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachee | 3/12/2012

    " Excellent, fun whodunit featuring an unlikely hero. Debut book by a Pennsylvania author. Realistic and enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina Gonzalez | 1/21/2012

    " Quirky, funny and enjoyable read. The back and forth dialogue betweeen the characters is true-to-life and readers will enjoy seeing the atypical hero solve the mystery. Can't wait to read more books by debut novelist Josh Berk. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 melissa1lbr | 11/25/2011

    " This was a unique and interesting book with a very charming main character, the deaf and overweight Will Halpin. I found the mystery intriguing and the premise was excellent, but I came away feeling a bit "meh" about it. Not sure why, actually. Full review at One Librarian's Book Reviews. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 9/22/2011

    " I downloaded this from the Mesquite ISD digital library. Cute book about a boy coming of age and feeling comfortable with himself. "

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

    " An interesting portrait of a teen who has a disability. He wasn't entirely likable, so it made it hard to get into at the beginning, but I did like his sarcasm and sense of humor. I also liked that this was a mystery too, not just a book about a kid who's hearing impaired. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 4/2/2011

    " Funny, ya mystery. Halpin is a deaf student that left his deaf school to be mainstreamed. He ends up entangled in a murder mystery and in true Hardy Boys fashion attempts to solve the crime. Lots of laughs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Penny | 3/19/2011

    " Sort of an up-dated Hardy Boys - with lots of overt references to the Hardys. Not terrible, but not making me run out to read another Josh Berk book either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachee | 3/17/2011

    " Excellent, fun whodunit featuring an unlikely hero. Debut book by a Pennsylvania author. Realistic and enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/28/2010

    " A good quick read. It's not a terribly difficult mystery but interesting enough from the main character's perspective to keep me reading. "

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About the Author
Author Josh BerkJOSH BERK is the author of The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin. He lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two children, and is a children's services librarian at the Allentown Public Library.
About the Narrator

Jim Meskimen is a stage, film, and television actor who has appeared in many well-known movies and television shows. He acted in Apollo 13 and Frost/Nixon for director Ron Howard, both of which were nominated for Best Picture Oscars. His television appearances include The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Friends, Lie to Me, Criminal Minds, and Parks and Recreation. He is also a painter, award-winning audiobook narrator, and audiobook director for Galaxy Audio.