The Jazz Kid Audiobook, by James Lincoln Collier Play Audiobook Sample

The Jazz Kid Audiobook

The Jazz Kid Audiobook, by James Lincoln Collier Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: August Ross Publisher: AudioBookShelf Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: January 2013 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781620646502

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Longest Chapter Length:

05:53 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

02:34 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

04:22 minutes

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Publisher Description

Paulie Horvath is never going to be a good student like his brother, John, never going to follow his hardworking father into the plumbing trade, never going to ease his mother’s mind by passing tests or cleaning up his room. But once he hears jazz by accident from the basement of a speakeasy, he knows exactly what he will do: learn that music and make it his life. Jazz is all around in gangland Chicago, but not so easy for a twelve-year-old to find, especially when his father disapproves of it. Paulie has to lie, beg, and steal just to get time for lessons, time to practice, time to slip across town to see stars like King Oliver and Louis Armstrong. 

Lies last only so long until they are found out, and a confrontation is coming. Will he choose home and family or sleazy dives with that wonderful music? To decide, Paulie has to face an even tougher question. What is jazz, after all? 

Author James Lincoln Collier has played and studied jazz throughout his life. Here is a novel that shows us a great moment in the history of jazz, and points at issues that still trouble us today.

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"I love this book i read it for an essay."

— Kentzhang (5 out of 5 stars)


  • “Collier deftly recreates the spirit of 1920s Chicago and the thriving world of jazz and its stars…Collier’s knowledge and love of the subject are apparent.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “Collier writes with accurate detail and creates believable, realistic characters…The multiple themes of music, family, and responsibility harmonize to make one fine story.”

    — School Library Journal
  • “Collier wraps his music lesson in an agreeable package. Most important, he gets the story of Chicago jazz right, both historically and emotionally.”

    — Booklist
  • “Collier offers a convincing portrait of a feckless young person who’s capable of fierce concentration when he's doing what matters to him.”

    — Kirkus Reviews

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About James Lincoln Collier

James Lincoln Collier has written many books for children, including Give Dad My Best and Planet out of the Past. He has also contributed more than five hundred articles to the New York Times Magazine, Reader’s Digest, and Boy’s Life. His honors include the Kidger Prize for Teaching, the Jane Addams Peace Prize, and the Newbery Honor.

About August Ross

August Ross is a performer who enjoys listening to natural science and science fiction podcasts while washing the dishes at home.