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Publisher's Summary

Gary Paulsen’s slapstick tales capture the “wonderful madness” of growing up in a small town in northern Minnesota, when high spirits, showing off for girls, and general idiocy led Gary and his pals to attempt some amazing stunts, including:

  • Shooting a waterfall in a barrel
  • Breaking the world speed record on skis
  • Hang gliding with an army surplus target kite
  • Inventing the skateboard
  • Jumping a bike through a hoop of fire
  • Wrestling - with a bear?

Wacky, daring, just plain nuts - extreme sports lead to extreme fun in new stories from Gary’s boyhood.

©2004 Gary Paulsen (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • DRR
  • 2014-07-09

So funny!

Where does How Angel Peterson Got His Name rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not my favorite but pretty close!

What did you like best about this story?

The dry, intelligent humor

What does Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brought a little extra tone and helped bring the characters to life in the imagination.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Please don't try what you are about to see at home!

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  • Gayle
  • 2013-02-04

Not a book I would recommend.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narration was fine; the story line was not appropriate for a 9 year old.

What could Gary Paulsen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I don't think it should be titled extreme sports. It makes the book seem like it is about adults in the world of extreme sports. Instead it is about children doing dangerous stunts and living to tell about it.

Any additional comments?

Perhaps I misunderstood who the audience should be for this book. It refers to a young man who has a calendar of naked women; how they idolized a boy who smoked; and the whole point of the book is to explain all the dangerous things these boys did and how they miraculously lived through it. It seemed more appropriate for old men who wanted reminisce about their childhoods.