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Publisher's Summary

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

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Great story cut short by half

This Audiobook is not half the original story! Half of the book has been discarded.

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Not half the book I used to know

they litteraly just took the "important "parts and discarded the rest so this book is just a 1/4 of the original.

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Beloved Story

I love this book, it’s a fabulous read and even better on audio. It suits anyone from 12 - 100 years!

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Endless rollercoaster of emotions

I had trubbel keeping track of my feelings. 1 minutes crying then laughing. Memorable book!

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  • Alison Brackenridge
  • 03-11-19

Abridged disappointment of a great book

This version is so heavily edited I was really disappointed. This is one of my favourite books but most of the story and it’s heart is missing. Such a shame.

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  • G. Sargent
  • 03-06-19

not the complete book!

this is an abridged version so useless if you want to listen to it as a reading aid for the physical book

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  • Daisy
  • 04-04-20

Highly edited and lacking for it

Highly edited and lacking for it. The fact that this is so abridge should be advertised. Do not buy.

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  • Nicole
  • 02-18-21

Abridged and no use as reading aid!

I got this book to help my daughter with dyslexia as a reading aid for her school literacy class. It’s no use and just confused her.
Such a pity as it would have made a massive difference to her engagement with the story!

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  • KIm
  • 11-10-15

Good night mister Tom

It's a very emotional but amazing book I love it
My favourite book. I love it

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  • Jodie
  • 08-26-15

excellent

loved it very good book not very long easy listen. great for children too will definitely have listen again! !!

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  • Erin McGarry
  • 06-29-21

Edited version

Really loved the story, but I was planning to listen to it while I read the book. However, the audio missing out much of the story line and made this impossible, very disappointed.

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  • Jason
  • 05-19-16

brilliant story and the reader has amazing voice

this book was on my daughters reading list. she chose to listen to it and was completely mesmerised by the voice and the story.

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  • Kayley Kirk
  • 05-01-16

loved it

My favourite book as a child and loved listening to it while relaxing at home

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  • Daniel
  • 08-24-15

Highly recommend

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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  • Elizabeth
  • 07-06-18

THIS IS ABRIDGED :(

This would be a lovely story if the book was unabridged. Sadly (and very disappointing for my daughter) this has chunks missing and is very choppy in its telling. So sad as the narrator does a lovely job of what is otherwise a beautiful book for readers/listeners young and old alike.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-14-19

Abridged version

Very disappointed. If it’s not the full version it should be very clearly stated that it is not the full version

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  • 11-10-18

Tom and Will

I like it and it was great but you did not include the hole story and that ruined it please tell the hole story and make one with the hole story
I love how you read it the story was great to and

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  • Erin
  • 05-11-21

short but powerful

This book is on the shorter side of what I like to get but it was fantastic.
What a roller coaster of emotions and I just loved it. Highly recommended
Only issue I have was the voice work was great for male characters but sounds weird for females as it was such a manly voice. and at times was hard to distinguish between characters but other fantastic

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  • Leyla
  • 12-29-20

Be aware

Not all of the written words are translated into spoken text. This version of the book skips over chunks of information and even excludes the postscript.

As an English teacher, it is good to be aware that students reading this (listening) may miss some vital information about the text.

Otherwise, a very beautiful story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-30-20

A very sweet story

A great, at times quite sad and dark, touching story. The relationship built between the main characters is very sweet and felt very organic.

The reading was great, with the accents and portrayal of the characters adding significantly to the story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-27-20

abridged

this recording has been clumsily and brutally abridged. the cost is unwarranted. angry to be charged so much for something so butchered. it's jarring.

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  • Jenn B
  • 10-25-19

Abridged

I adore this story, but unfortunately there are no unabridged versions. Very disappointing. I had to stop, I felt I was just losing too much of the story. None of Willie learning to read, little Lucy loving her Dreema. Ah well, I already had another three copies of this novel, I'll just have to read.
I can't recommend this story enough. Been a favourite for many years.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-23-19

An absolute must

Although there were some obvious edit points, this abridged version is an excellent book and the narration is second to none. Brilliant performance.

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  • PaulaN
  • 07-04-18

Excellent telling of a beautiful story!!

Excellent rendition of this Family favourite. Patrick Malahide captured the emotions that well over in this book beautifully and my Children and I have greatly enjoyed listening to this on a long car journey. 5 Stars all round!!