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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (710 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Pinkwater Narrator: Daniel Pinkwater Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2016 ISBN: 9781440796791
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Daniel Pinkwater, renowned for making young readers grin and chuckle, creates an imaginative odyssey into 1950s childhood nostalgia in The Neddiad. When young Neddie Wentworthstein is accidentally left behind by his family at a train stop in the Wild West, he suddenly finds himself at the center of a whirlwind adventure involving sinister villains and extraordinary new allies—all seeming to revolve around a little jade turtle given to him by a mysterious shaman.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 2/17/2014

    " Okay, normally I'm not wowwed by Daniel Pinkwater but this one struck just the right fun, quirky note to keep me really entertained. Quite good and silly in a sly way. Highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 2/17/2014

    " This started out interesting with a amusing young main character and a fun adventure story, but the more I kept reading the less interested I became. I kept expecting something to happen, but the book continued in a dull, straight line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Forest | 2/11/2014

    " First book that ever made me want to visit LA. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Logan | 2/6/2014

    " We listened to this on CD, read by Daniel Pinkwater. I didn't really enjoy his reading, as he often reads too fast and trails off at the ends of sentences. I expected because he was the author, he'd read it with more feeling, but often, it seems like he's hurrying along. He also sounds a bit like he's got a mouth full of marbles. But about the story: Logan really enjoyed the breathless adventure of it all, while I (his mom) enjoyed the details of late 1940's Hollywood. A lot of adventure is crammed in, sometimes seeming a bit over the top, but Pinkwater's imagination is amazing. There are a ghost bellhop, a shaman named Melvin, a car full of alien cops, and many visits to a doughnut shop, not to mention a sacred turtle, a woolly mammoth, and villains named Eucalyptus and Bunyip. It was quite a ride. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 elizabeth | 2/5/2014

    " Pinkwater- that is all. Read it or weep. "

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

    " I love Daniel Pinkwater's children's books, particularly the Bad Bears titles (who can't love two blueberry-muffin stealing polar bears called Irving and Muktuk?) so I was intrigued by this novel-length adventure... it didn't disappoint. This is magically realistic urban fantasy told with Pinkwater's trademark oddness and charm. This tale treads some of the same ground as Neil Gaiman's American Gods and even Stephen King's Dark Tower series. Pinkwater's sparse prose perfectly captures our young protagonist's perspective as he explores 1940s Los Angeles, hobnobs with movie stars, ghosts, and a Navajo shaman- and ends up saving the world. There are some very funny moments delivered in classic Pinkwater deadpan style, and lots of clever mythological references- some subtle, some not (a young girl named Yggdrasil? Can't get less subtle than that.) The pacing of story gets a little choppy, and the ending is a bit abrupt- I'll forgive Pinkwater for these minor demerits, as virtually all of the more than 100 other books he's published are much shorter thank this, and he clearly had some issues transitioning to a novel-length tale. I'll be reading the sequel soon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Traci | 2/3/2014

    " The whole story has a rambling on feel to it. I wonder what was going through Mr. Pinkwaters mind when he wrote this. I wonder if he got started and lost his train of thought and then rambled on until he remembered where he wanted to go with the story. Very odd disconnected story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 1/17/2014

    " I loved this book! Nobody writes like Daniel Pinkwater, but nobody. A fresh fun story with characters you'll not soon forget. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat | 1/17/2014

    " Ridiculous in the best way possible. Definitely recommending to those who like their books quirky and fun and not always sense-making. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindywho | 1/13/2014

    " Pinkwater does manage to pull off quirkiness in a way that comes across as a sense of wonder and fun. Most of the story is a 50's nostalgia trip to Los Angeles, the rest is some kind of trippy religious experience, which is not as fun, though not awful. Pinkwater narrates the audio book well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan Funke | 1/13/2014

    " Cute book. I found myself enthralled by descriptions of traveling on old school trains and eating at donut shops. I loved it for its romantic adventure with cowboys and native american shamans and trains and saving the world little boy style. But I'm not sure if the target age group will enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 1/10/2014

    " Just finished re-reading to my kids a couple of months ago. Tremendous, great, hilarious, satisfying book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 12/25/2013

    " Pinkwater is one of the best authors that creates quirky, engaging "boy" books without devolving into gross-out humor. This book is a lengthier journey than some of his other works but keeps up with the real-world meets outlandish crazyness style Pinkwater is a master at. The ending wasn't satisfying to me, but if I were 10, I might think differently. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donald Parker | 12/24/2013

    " Very fun book. We listened to it during a many hour vacation road trip and thoroughly enjoyed it. Read by author which makes all the difference. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kayleen | 12/16/2013

    " I think this would be a good book for 12 yr old boys. It was cleverly written and entertaining. Not a whole lot of action but I was still interested. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jack | 12/14/2013

    " Not bad but nothing really special either. I'm glad I read it, but I'm not rushing off to grab another book by this author, either. I can't figure out which age this is targeting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 12/7/2013

    " This is such a fun quick book to read - when you need a break from heavy reading, this is it. I laughed all the way through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gillian | 12/1/2013

    " Quirky and funny, N loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jack | 11/19/2013

    " Not bad but nothing really special either. I'm glad I read it, but I'm not rushing off to grab another book by this author, either. I can't figure out which age this is targeting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 11/8/2013

    " This was great!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 11/4/2013

    " Bought this for Tim's nephew & decided I wanted to read it myself. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't grabs-me-by-the-throat good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liam | 10/25/2013

    " hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 9/23/2013

    " Daniel Pinkwater keeps up the young-adult goodness. Neddie takes an adventure post-WWII from Chicago to LA, where his family is moving, and finds that he has to save the world. Some of the same old Pinkwater tropes, and some hilarious and touching moments. Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 9/20/2013

    " This was great!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 9/8/2013

    " I enjoyed this one a lot. It's a mix of the old-fashioned (straight-forward, rather simple narrative) and a new-ish sense of absurdity/surreality. I found it oddly soothing, and laughed out loud 4 times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler | 9/3/2013

    " Plenty of good things going on here, but it never quite grabbed me up as much as the classic Pinkwater novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 elizabeth | 7/30/2013

    " Pinkwater- that is all. Read it or weep. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tyler Rousseau | 7/19/2013

    " Totally didn't get this one and can't understand the acclaim. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Famousfae | 7/8/2013

    " This book has truly wonderful, dry comedy. Some won't understand it and a lot won't appreciate the silly and original characters. This is one you won't forget. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 7/1/2013

    " Okay, normally I'm not wowwed by Daniel Pinkwater but this one struck just the right fun, quirky note to keep me really entertained. Quite good and silly in a sly way. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ann | 6/22/2013

    " An interesting look into not to far gone history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 6/20/2013

    " Fun, easy-going, exciting adventure. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicola Turner | 6/7/2013

    " Got bored about a couple of chapters in. Sorry, Daniel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ang | 3/27/2013

    " Good book to listen to in the car with the kids. Very entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genevieve | 2/13/2013

    " I've definitely got to read more of his stuff, but based on this, I'm saying Daniel Pinkwater is the kids' Tom Robbins. I like. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 2/5/2013

    " Watch out, he says, "you're screwed." Eek! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad | 2/1/2013

    " Reminded me of Tom Robbins for kids--quirky language, metaphysical themes, and unusual character traits. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler | 1/6/2013

    " Plenty of good things going on here, but it never quite grabbed me up as much as the classic Pinkwater novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 1/2/2013

    " Ridiculously charming. Next! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 6/15/2012

    " Bought this for Tim's nephew & decided I wanted to read it myself. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't grabs-me-by-the-throat good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trevor | 6/4/2012

    " This book kept surprising me with its inventiveness. Sometimes I thought it was going too slow, but I'd realize the pace was just SO comfortable; it was all still moving forward. The end was a little abrupt, like Daniel Pinkwater suddenly, randomly decided it was over, but I really liked this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 5/30/2012

    " Great details about 1940s Los Angeles and very funny. Favorite quote: "It's not his fault he looks like Satan" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darceylaine | 2/16/2012

    " I listened to this with my son on our long commutes. What a fabulous mix of Pinkwater's trademark goofiness with great storytelling and a dash of mysticism. Granted I've read a mostly his children's works, but this has a sophistication I hadn't seen in his work before. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah N | 1/20/2012

    " SO bad, I won't even waste my time explaining HOW bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 1/1/2012

    " Great details about 1940s Los Angeles and very funny. Favorite quote: "It's not his fault he looks like Satan" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tyler Rousseau | 11/19/2011

    " Totally didn't get this one and can't understand the acclaim. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 10/9/2011

    " Yup. Went and got The Yggyssey as soon as I was done. Now I have to go read The Illiad, which I've been meaning to do for years. I've already read The Odyssey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 10/6/2011

    " An odd book, but fun. I enjoyed it's quirkiness but do admit that by the end, I was ready for it. But I will follow up on Pinkwater in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 8/9/2011

    " Watch out, he says, "you're screwed." Eek! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill Prosser | 6/25/2011

    " Many people raved about this book and author on the internet, so I thought I would check it out. It was ok, but a bit "out there" for me. Interesting facts stated throughout the book that could be researched for accuracy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Malena | 6/17/2011

    " cool but strange at the same time...overall a really good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darceylaine | 6/8/2011

    " I listened to this with my son on our long commutes. What a fabulous mix of Pinkwater's trademark goofiness with great storytelling and a dash of mysticism. Granted I've read a mostly his children's works, but this has a sophistication I hadn't seen in his work before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 4/22/2011

    " Pinkwater hits a few of his trademarks (great names like Nedward Wentworthstein, Schlomos Bunyip, etc.), but the mystical ending seemed so off to me that it gets 3 stars only because I can't bear to give a Pinkwater book any less. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/18/2011

    " An interesting look into not to far gone history. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 2/11/2011

    " SO bad, I won't even waste my time explaining HOW bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 1/30/2011

    " I love Daniel Pinkwater. A few years ago I made it a goal to read all of his books. Happily he wrote some more. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler | 1/27/2011

    " Plenty of good things going on here, but it never quite grabbed me up as much as the classic Pinkwater novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/22/2011

    " Not as great as the Snarkout boys novels, but still a good bit of fun. The Jewish Native American Shaman bit is funny, and it's delightfully weird, as are all of Pinkwater's book. "

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