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Adventure According to Humphrey

Written by: Betty G. Birney
Narrated by: William Dufris
Series: According to Humphrey, Book 5
Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
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Humphrey is in for his biggest adventure yet! When his friends begin studying the ocean and sailing, he not only discovers the new and exciting world of the library, but also stows away aboard a model boat and takes a very perilous sail on Potter's Pond. Even with all this excitement, he finds time to smooth rough waters between Gail and her free-spirited mom, help competitive Kirk see that winning isn't everything, and investigate whether his pal Aldo is really planning to become a pirate and sail the high seas. Kids in seven states voted The World According to Humphrey the winner of their children's choice awards and consistently rave about Humphrey.
©2010 Betty G. Birney (P)2010 Penguin Audiobooks

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  • Kristy Grant
  • 2017-07-21

narrator change not for the better

Story is good, but the narrator change left a lot to be desired. Not sure why Hal Hollings didn't continue the series but my whole family preferred his narration.

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  • Chocoholic
  • 2015-01-23

I Prefer Previous Narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of Adventure According to Humphrey to be better than the print version?

No offense to William Dufris, but my kids and I listed to the Humphrey books 1-4, and we really got used to the narration by Hal Hollings. We listen to these stories in the car, and they never fail to engage and give us a laugh.

My kids basically wrinkled their noses when starting to listen to this book's narration. We'll have to get used to it, though, because it looks like Betty chose this narrator for all the other Humphrey books. Oh well! Maybe his voices for the women characters get better or maybe we'll just get used to it.

All of the According to Humphrey books are excellent reading. Before we started listening to them in the car, I read them out loud to my two boys - ages 6 and 7. It's refreshing to have such well-written children's books that can appeal to a wide range of kids and not include any foul language or inappropriate or really intense situations. Humphrey books are positive, positive, positive! And we love them all!

Did William Dufris do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, they all sound different, but all the female characters just sound - well - weird. We still haven't gotten used to that. I think he does a decent job with the voice of Humphrey.

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