Extended Audio Sample

Download The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg Audiobook, by Rodman Philbrick Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,580 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rodman Philbrick Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9780739372333
Regular Price: $14.00 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $13.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Although he is underage, Homer P.  Figg’s beloved older brother, Harold, is illegally sold into the Union Army by their ruthless guardian. Now Homer must run away from Pine Swamp, Maine, and his wretched home to find his brother and save him from the war, before it’s too late.

In a story filled with adventure, humor, and danger, award-winning novelist Rodman Philbrick tells of the turbulent, passionate times–from rural Maine to the Battle of Gettysburg--in the Civil War. Here is historical fiction at its most engaging, portraying the 1860s through the observant eyes of a backwoods boy who is both courageous and funny–and always willing to stretch the truth to his own advantage. A master of plot twists and vivid characters, Philbrick sweeps readers into the unpredictable events--both colorful and tragic--of this powerful turning point in American history. Download and start listening now!

BK_LILI_000936

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 2/18/2014

    " Really enjoyed this young readers story. Homer Figg narrates this story about searching for his older brother Harold. Harold is sold into the Union Army by their ruthless uncle. Homer sets out on his quest to find and rescue his brother before he is wounded or killed in the Civil War. Story begins in Maine and we t...ravel with Homer as he moves from one adventure to the next - always "stretching" the truth a bit! Homer ends up finding his brother at Gettysburg and up on Little Round Top under the command of Chamberlain. Historical fiction for kids - it was great! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Merry | 2/15/2014

    " This book just won a Newbery Honor (2010) and is written by an author with Maine connection. And Homer is a Mainer! So why don't I love this book? I think it's definitely a "style" issue for me -- the book is almost like a tall tale, with a protagonist who's content to lie at every turn. I tend not to care for books and movies like that. That style gave way to better writing (in my opinion) at the end of the book when Homer found himself in the Battle of Gettysburg with one of Maine's heroes, Joshua Chamberlain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 2/4/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book - laced with humor and wit, it was a good action driven storyline that kept me engaged. There was lots of information about the Civil War and life in America all those years ago. It truly made me grateful for stuff we take for granted - like transportation and medical care. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 elissa | 2/2/2014

    " More like 3 1/2 stars. Listened to this on a family road trip, and we all 4 liked it. My 9 yr old didn't want to pay so much attention at the beginning, but he got in to it as it went on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lea | 1/21/2014

    " Great book! I thought Homer was a wonderful character and I enjoyed seeing him mature and grow in such a short time. If you like history, especially the civil war period, you will appreciate this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 1/9/2014

    " Homer's a liar of the same caliber as good old Huckleberry Finn. A very witty book, and I was very pleased that my favorite figure from the Civil War made an appearance at the end, Col. Joshua Chamberlain of the 20th Maine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia E Sherman | 1/7/2014

    " Great period piece. Fun characters with an entertaining plot. I liked this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jackj | 1/7/2014

    " If you like adventure and history this book is for you. Homer is an interesting character that needs help finding his brother in that has been sworn into the Union Army illegally under aged. This is a book I would recommend. It's a little slow in the middle and you may be confused in some parts but it has a very great ending to top off a wonderful book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raegan Campbell | 12/29/2013

    " I felt that this novel started off slow and it took me a few chapters to get into it; however, I'm happy that I stuck with it. This is a fantastic book that presents the reality of the Civil War through a 12 year-old's eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Black | 12/24/2013

    " Terrific insight into the Civil War, and the horrors of war in general. It was all done with a huge dose of humor, so nothing seemed overwhelmingly terrible. I think I'll suggest that my kids read this for a book report. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/11/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book about young boy during the Civil War. Very funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jena Gardner | 12/11/2013

    " Reminded me of "The Whipping Boy", but set in the Civil War era. Homer's largest talents are his uncanny ability to survive difficult situations and his overwhelming urge to lie, most of the time these two are related. An amusing read, might be nice paired with SS coverage of the Civil War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 11/29/2013

    " Great Historical fiction. Loved the humor and plot. Philbrick is a great storyteller! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spencer | 3/7/2013

    " It was an ok book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Smith | 12/31/2012

    " Very funny book. Students laughed out loud. I used it as read aloud but it would make a good book for small group novel while studying the Civil War period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Marshall | 12/31/2012

    " Wit, humor, historical setting and adventure - what more could you ask?! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 12/13/2012

    " This was a pretty good book. Admittedly, Civil War books are not my 1st choice in historical fiction. I do think, however, that mischievously lovable Homer P. Figg makes this novel a good read-aloud (or read-alone for motivated readers) for 3rd through middle school readers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen Mitchell | 3/9/2012

    " Great historical fiction. This book is so funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 9/3/2011

    " Very true to the time period of the Civil War and what a young boy's experiences might have been. I really enjoyed this exciting adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Thames | 5/13/2011

    " This is a historica fiction that kids will love. The author doesn't hide the horrors of war and slavery, but he makes digestable to a young reader by with humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 5/10/2011

    " I picked this book up at the library for Elizabeth but I ended up reading it. I thought it was a good introduction to the Civil War for kids. Well written and fun with some history and war themes. I liked how the brothers took care of each other and the many characters that Homer meets. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucia | 5/6/2011

    " Funny and interesting story. Lots of twists and turns.Nice ending and a crazy variety of characters. Enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 4/21/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. Historical fiction, juvy lit, humorous, adventurous, right up my alley. There is a part which describes amputation of limbs (this is Civil War time) which I did not enjoy and is making me wonder what age of kid I would recommend it for though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindy | 4/11/2011

    " On my summer reading list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judith | 3/30/2011

    " Funny read. One that everyone should enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 3/25/2011

    " Wow, I didn't think an author could pack this much humor and crazy adventure in a civil war story, and still have it be a short read. I like the fact that the actual battle scene at the end is short and scary, but not mournful. A great boy book. "

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

    " Homer is a very likeable "truth stretcher" who gets himself into all kinds of scrapes and adventures trying to find his brother who was "sold" into the Union Army. I discovered this book at a Best of conference a few years back. Great great read aloud for middle school. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Rodman Philbrick

Rodman Philbrick has written many award-winning books for children and adults, including Freak the Mighty, Max the Mighty, The Fire Pony, The Last Book in the Universe, and The Young Man and the Sea.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.