• Diary of a Wimpy Kid

  • By: Jeff Kinney
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (2,397 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed debut author Jeff Kinney brilliantly re-creates the typical humor and logic of middle-school boys sidling into adolescence.

Sixth grader Greg Heffley doesn't understand his annoying younger brother, obnoxious older one, or well-meaning parents. But he knows enough to record his daily thoughts in a manly journal - not some girly diary. In a unique novel brimming with laugh-out-loud moments, Greg chronicles his first turbulent year of middle school.

©2007 Jeff Kinney (P)2008 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"[This] should keep readers in stitches." ( Publishers Weekly)

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The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney has taken the world of middle grade books by storm, with 15 novels to date—not to mention the numerous spin-off stories, merchandise, and four successful movie adaptations. These series and standalone novels explore middle school misadventures, dealing with family and friends, and the awkwardness of growing up. Discover more listens if you've devoured the series and are hungry for more.

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You need the cartoons!

My kids love this book, so we got it as an audiobook for a car trip. The trouble is that the cartoons are an integral part of the story. Without them, you lose some of the humor. It would be perfect for reading along, if your kids already have the book, but there is definitely something missing when you just listen to the audiobook without the visuals.

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Mixed feelings about this book

Let me first say that my daughter and I both had mixed feelings regarding this book. Here is the short description...the main character is an athletically challenged middle schooler who is trying to get through middle school and avoid being teased and/or bullied. Much of the story is recognizable to any person who went to school in America. As such, there are many funny points in the story, although some of the humor is along the lines of bathroom humor, it is mostly harmless. There were two things that we did not like about the novel. First , the main character is not really all that nice. He often throws his friends under the bus to save his own butt. Second, we did not like how this book also seemed to almost condone the bullying or at least tried to present bullying as an inevitable fact of life that all kids must go through as a sort of Rite of Passage to adulthood. The bullies themselves seem to be presented as good kids, who are just a bit rambunctious. I personally reject this interpretation of bullies, while I don't necessarily think they should be thrown in jail, I certainly don't think it is all harmless and the bullied should just learn how to deal with it. The book presents the bullies as the cool kids and the bullied as the dweebs and dorks. I don't like the premise that the bullies are the "cool kids", and neither did my daughter. I certainly don't like the idea of sending the message to my daughter that sets an equivalency of cool kids to bullies. I don't think I will be getting her the rest of these books for this reason.

Perhaps I am a bit over critical regarding this and I should not take this book so seriously, kids are able to differentiate stores from real life. My daughter did think the book was funny at times, and she did finish it. I could not finish it, I did not like bullies when I was a kid, and I like them even less as I contemplate them bullying my children or worse, finding out that I raised one.

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JUICE

BACK UP FRIENDS
I guess I am hard to please? I don't like a story where the main character is perfect, but this character seems a little more selfish then the average. His motivation seems to be, to get away with what ever he can, as long as it suits his own needs. I don't know if the author is expecting the reader to see the wrong and understand what the Wimpy Kid does not, or what? He lets his best friend take the rap for something he did. He does not want to sweat?What middle school kid worries about sweating? Two characters use back up friends to make the other jealous, with no concern about the back friends' feelings.

It is not all bad, don't get that impression. There are some parts that are laugh out loud funny. My favorite parts were the thank you notes and the mother punishing a child for having a magazine with a scantly clad woman on the cover. Middle School life seems very realistic. The parents are funny and are good, except I did not understand why they let there kid out past 10:30 on a weekend night, it didn't chive with how they were portrayed in the rest of the book.

I thought the narrator was very good, listen to the sample to see what you think.

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  • 03-21-10

Use both!

I use both the audio book and the actual book to help my son learn to read. He is autistic and he loves these books, but he has a hard time reading, so I bought him an i-pod and started downloading books he loves. Then I buy the actual book and he gets to listen to the books while he reads them.

It has been tremendously helpful! I highly suggest doing this will all books for kids of all ages, if they are having a difficult time reading.

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What's the big deal?

Any additional comments?

I thought that the book was performed well enough, could have had some more expression.
But what's with the story?! I did not care for the 'Wimpy Kid' at all. I though that this would be the story of a Wimpy kid and how he overcame his shortcomings. Instead, it's about a 'poor me' brat. Really no value for kids in this book, it teaches them the wrong way to behave.

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Diary of a wimpy kid

I love this book so much and I hope you do more of these amazing books

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great! I love lt

the story was WONDERFUL AND FUNNY LOVE IT SO GOOD GREAT GOOD FUN LOVE IT

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My 5 Year Old LOVES this book

Would you consider the audio edition of Diary of a Wimpy Kid to be better than the print version?

I didnt read the print version. i just thought my son would enjoy listening to stories about another little boy. BOY did he!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Diary of a Wimpy Kid?

My son keeps pulling the punch line, "Zoo We Mama"... I dont get it, but he and his little sister think its pretty funny.

Which scene was your favorite?

He had far too many.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It makes my son laugh ALOT.

Any additional comments?

I am on my 3rd time listening to this book. We are ordering the next book soon, but i cant get over how much my son loves it.

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TERRIBLE BOOK.

This book is terrible. I don't know how parents let their kids listen to this garbage. This kid schemes and plots against other kids and the author writes about kids smoking!

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Not good

I listened to this one with my son - who was desperate to see what all the hype was about.
The story was largely pointless, and the main character was kind of a jerk.
It honestly did feel like reading the blog posts of an annoying, entitled, and entirely self-absorbed middle schooler.

Maybe having the pictures present in the hard copy would have salvaged it, but either way it’s a celebration of giving in to ones base instincts.
Even my 9 year old thought it was a bit much.

I wish I could get back the time I wasted on listening.

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  • 10-02-17

I think a better voice

you need a better voice like the one of harry potter and a few more chapters Mabey

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  • Sarah
  • 07-01-18

Amazing

This book is the best book I heard and I had heard a lot of great books

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  • Poo
  • 12-11-17

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  • Anna Rawlinson
  • 01-06-15

Full marks

Amazing i loved the story sooo much!!!! Rowley is funny and Greg's life is like mine! Could have been a little longer though...

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  • Paula
  • 05-24-13

Irritating narrator

Although the story is very popular, mostly with boys, the American narrator lets down this audio recording.

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  • J
  • 09-21-20

Was ok

Bob likes peanut butter so the pizza chapter was a no go would recommend for 28-56 years old

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  • Lorraine murphy
  • 04-16-20

Bad

Poor poor book that has to go on this weekend in Vegas is that a big part in our mind is a big one and a big part to me the way we can get

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  • sylvial
  • 05-19-18

Good

I so so so so so so so so so like this book bla bla bla w

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-20-18

Diary of a wimpy kid

This is a really existing book with lots of cliff hangs and funny bits . Also all of the other ones are good but I think this the best

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  • JK
  • 12-16-17

It was great

I love it
It is the best
Okay
Me love Jeff Kinney
Booooooo
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Booooooo

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-12-18

It was not good for my child

I disliked it because for someone's the age of my child 11 she got scared these books are meant to help her sleep she didn't get any sleep for a week because it was that bad and no one your child to miss out on sleep so then miss out on school

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-21-17

Dairy of a wimpy kid 👶

It was ok couldve been longer and more about the characters I'm not sure what to say but I'm going to have to say something about it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-17

Two thumbs up from my 7 year old

My son loves everything about this series. It was his very first audio book and he's hooked. Great performance!

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  • Hyun bin Jeon
  • 06-20-17

good

love it. I wil repeat many times. i will recommand it to others. thanks. i want to buy mp3.

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  • Andy
  • 12-26-16

Obnoxious character - Trump in his early teens?

Is there anything you would change about this book?

My son liked the book a lot at first, but I have enormous trouble suffering through it. The lead character's self-obsessed, vindictive and power-hungry perspective on life does extremely little for me in the humour department, and mainly makes me wonder if that's what Donald Trump was like as an early teenager. I can't get myself to buy the next version, and even my son's interest in it has waned after repeated listening.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jeff Kinney again?

The narrator does a good job in bringing the character to life - which would make me hesitate to specifically search out the narrator for other titles.