Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Award.
Penguin presents the downloadable audiobook edition of Goodnight Mister Tom, read by Patrick Malahide.
Young Willie Beech is evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of World War II. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley, but his newfound happiness is shattered by a summons from his mother back in London...
©2015 Michelle Magorian (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited
this book was on my daughters reading list. she chose to listen to it and was completely mesmerised by the voice and the story.
I had this book and audiobook as a child and happily listen to or read it again now. The story is well-crafted and moving, and the narration by Malahide is one of the best I've heard. The abridgement is also well-handled and maintains the crux of the story whilst cutting the length to a digestible amount. Music interludes throughout to break up the story into sections are a welcome edition. I'd recommend this story to young teens specifically and anyone who is looking for genuine poignancy in their audiobook.
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