Pay It Forward Audible Audiobook – Abridged
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Pay It Forward is a wondrous and moving story about Trevor McKinney, a 12-year-old boy in a small California town who accepts the challenge that his teacher gives his class, a chance to earn extra credit by coming up with a plan to change the world for the better - and to put that plan into action.
The plan that Trevor comes up with is so simple - and so naive - that when others learn of it they are dismissive. Even Trevor himself begins to doubt when his "pay it forward" plan seems to founder on a combination of bad luck and the worst of human nature.
What is his idea? Trevor chooses three people for whom he will do a favor, and then when those people thank him and ask how they might pay him back, he will tell them that instead of paying him back they should each "pay it forward" by choosing three people for whom they can do favors, and in turn telling those people to pay it forward. It's nothing less than a human chain letter of kindness and good will. But will it work?
In the end, Pay It Forward is the story of seemingly ordinary people made extraordinary by the simple faith of a child. In the tradition of the successful and inspirational television show Touched by an Angel, and the phenomenally successful novel and film Forrest Gump, Pay It Forward is a work of charm, wit, and remarkable inspiration, a story of hope for today and for many tomorrows to come.
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|Listening Length||4 hours and 20 minutes|
|Author||Catherine Ryan Hyde|
|Narrator||Anne Pitoniak, Michael McGlone, Enid Graham, Liam Norton, Leland Gantt, Sharon Quinn, Gordon Weiss, Debra Monk|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 22, 2010|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #177,453 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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The author seems to have a liberal agenda. (Yes, I admit to being conservative.). If the book had been better written and the liberal views had served an actual purpose beyond indoctinization, I would happily have read the book. But as it is, I can see no purpose.
As mentioned by another reviewer, Trevor is the only likable character and so little of the book is told from his point of view that you really don't get to know him well at all.
The author switches narrators constantly. New characters suddenly show up and you're expected to accept them like best friends whose past you know and understand. And I found myself constantly asking myself 'Do people really think like this?!' It all felt very disjointed and unnatural.
Again, I LOVE the premise of this book. But in reality, the book was very disappointing.
I have been trying to live my life around this idea for a while, I wish I had tried a little harder at times. It is such a simple concept, yet so hard
To accomplish as much as we would like to, all the time.
Trevor makes it look so easy. Just the fact that he believes he has failed is so human and so heart breaking.
I loved Reuben as a person, a teacher and Vietnam veteran. I really believe that most soldiers adhere to this concept just by the nature
Of their jobs. And the fact that he is also a teacher who challenges his students to come up with this particular project is so amazingly
Nurturing. We should all have someone in ours lives like Reuben and Trevor. This world would Be so much better for it. Let's all try it.
We have nothing to loose, and so much to gain.
Thanks, Ms Ryan Hyde for another unforgettable read.
Well, for all the hype about this novel, I liked Hyde's other novels, "Don't Let Me Go" and "Where We Belong", far better as stories as well as writing and entertainment value. But "Pay It Forward" was a good story written by one of my favorite writers.
I have to say that the story was good, it was interesting, but the novel had some things going against it in my view. CRH wrote the story in an odd English grammar method with the narrators of various sections being various characters at various times and in various grammatical tenses. A testament to the skill of the author is that I didn't throw it into the electronic landfill long before I finished it.
Like I've said, the story was good, the writing was good, ....just wish she'd written this one as well as she's written the others I've read. All that being said, I'm guessing that you'll find the story entertaining and a fun read. With Catherine Ryan Hyde, you almost can't go wrong.
Top reviews from other countries
This is a very powerful, moving story. At first I found the style a bit difficult to read as it kept jumping around to different view points. Every time the perspective changed, it almost 'jolted' me out of the story and it took me a while to get back into it. After a while, I got used to it, but I have deducted one star for this reason.
The idea behind the story is beautiful and very inspiring. It is such a powerful idea that one person, one child can change the world. It also shows how inspiring teachers can be and how much influence they have over the children in their care. I won't go into detail about the plot as other reviewers have done that already but I will say that this book made me cry! This is a very thought provoking book and gives hope that one day the world can be a better place if we all do our part to help others.