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Author: Matthew Ward Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Fantastic Family Whipple Series Release Date: December 2014 ISBN: 9781490632896
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Discover who will be crowned the world's most record-breaking family in the book that's perfect for fans of The Guinness Book of World Records! The rivalry between the Whipples and the Goldwins escalates to an all-out war as the World Record World Championships draw near. When sinister clowns Overkill and Undercut cause a regulation game of hide-and-seek to go horrifically wrong, recordless Arthur Whipple and his unlikely ally, Ruby Goldwin, set out to catch the clowns' mysterious boss, known only as "the Treasurer." The young detectives follow the clues through darkened alleyways, dingy nightclubs, and the gothic halls of the World Record Archives, where they unravel the mystery of the Lyon's Curse and the secrets of their fathers' shared past. In the end, Arthur must fight to save his family as he struggles to earn his first world record and prove himself worthy of the Whipple name. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “The main character and ‘least impressive’ family member, Arthur, is a sympathetic protagonist…His kindred spirit relationship with the rival family’s ugly duckling is charming, and readers will identify with the pair’s feelings of isolation…[A] rollicking novel.”

    School Library Journal

  • “The world record motif should satisfy boys who love poring through annual record books.”


  • “Crossley is adept at assigning unique voices to a wide array of characters. The Whipples’s competitors, the Goldwins, are especially well done. The father, Rex, bellows pronouncements, fully expecting agreement from all. His wife’s barely concealed disdain for the Whipples is perfectly rendered, and her ridiculous cooing over the family’s bizarre lizard menagerie is amusing. This zany adventure gives Crossley ample time to display his many accents. Let’s hope that if there are sequels, Crossley will take them on.”


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About the Author

Matthew Ward was crowned back-to-back School Spelling-Bee Champion in the third and fourth grades, his childhood passed with little international distinction. He went on to attend the University of Southern California, where he studied graphic design and cinema, then fittingly became the art director for a cinematography magazine. In 2006, he was named the World’s First TiVo Ambassador.

About the Narrator

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.