Restart Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
New York Times best-selling author Gordon Korman harkens back to his No More Dead Dogs days in this stand-alone that takes a tone more serious than you've ever heard from him before.
A boy who's been a bully and hanging out with the wrong friends gets a new start after a memory-loss-inducing accident. But can someone really change who he is, or will the old him merely come back over time?
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 51 minutes|
|Narrator||Jonathan Todd Ross, Laura Knight Keating, Ramon de Ocampo, Andy Paris, Suzy Jackson, Graham Halstead, John Kroft|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 30, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #3,666 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#12 in Humorous Fiction for Children
#36 in Growing Up & Facts of Life for Children
#44 in Action & Adventure for Children
Reviewed in the United States on October 15, 2020
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Now Chase has the chance to start fresh. But, will Chase be able to change, or will he fall back to his old ways?
This was such a good book. I really liked the differing POVs, as they allowed for a much fuller view of what's happening than if we only had Chase's POV. The introspection and character growth that most of the characters went through were really nice to see. The fact that not all of the characters changed for the better made the book even better because it's much more realistic. For a middle grades book, this story deals with some tough topics - bullying, friendship, integrity - but does so in a way that is not condescending.
To read this book, I listened to the audiobook. Narrated by a full cast, with each major chapter being narrated by a different person - Jonathan Todd Ross, Laura Knight Keating, Ramon de Ocampo, Andy Paris, Suzy Jackson, Graham Halstead, John Kroft - I was surprised at how well it worked. The different narrators made it easy to follow whose POV we were currently in and added more to the story as a result. Even though I also own the ebook, I would choose to listen to the audiobook when I read the book again.
Whichever method of consumption you choose, I am confident that you will enjoy this book.
Here are my thoughts on Restart: A tale of redemption and loyalty, told from the perspective of various middle school students. The characters are well developed and human. Dialog is clean (school appropriate), even when hurling insults. I’m not sure kids would pick this book for their casual reading time, but I can definitely see this novel working well in a school setting—a fine example of writing from different characters’ points of view, character arc, etc. Worth a read.
Book Review by Taylor B.
Can you tell me why this book is so entertaining in so many different ways? Gordon Korman did such a great job on this book and I can barely explain how much I am in love with it. The name Restart fits so well with the book's theme and main idea that it’s just music to my ears. After I finished the book, the theme of this book that I really thought fit was that people can change. Some people think that others will always be the same, and will always be a bully forever. But after reading Restart anyone could prove it isn’t true.
The story takes place on a very special day where Chase Ambrose has no idea that he is going to be visiting the hospital later that day. As Chase and his brother are on their roof, Chase takes a big fall right onto his head. While his brother is in shock runs to get his mom and runs to the hospital. A few days pass and Chase has to revisit his school and relearn his last 13 years of his life. At this point everyone knows about Chase's fall and everyone is still scared of him. People start to give in and think that he actually lost his memory. Chase then begins to make real friends and have people trust him. In the next couple days Chase starts to find out more and more about what he did in his previous life. Fast forward to the middle of the year where a huge incident happens in the band room with a fire estinguisher and a couple teenagers. After getting sent to the princapals office Aaron and Bear (his old friends) tell him that he stole Mr. Solways medal. Chase then trys to return it without Aaron and Bear finding out. But after successfully returning the medal Chase gets sent to court for committing a crime. After that let’s just say that Chase makes it out but there are no spoilers here.
In my opinion, I think my sister would have the best time reading this book. It's like right up her alley, her whole book collection is filled with these types of books. Maybe not from Gordon but they can be. Gordon Korman did such an amazing job making it feel like I was in the book and these major events were happening to me in real life. He also did a great job on making the book really good in detail. It was able to have me visulize all the events that were happening, I felt like I could see in the book. But there were a few times the book got a bit boring and I just wanted to stop reading it all at that moment.
This book all together is an amazing book and I feel like anyone would have a fun time reading this book. Gordon Korman overal made an outstanding book and a very fun experience to read. While reading I did find some “What is gonna happen next” moments so if you are the type of person that would like that, Restart is a great choice for you. Restart is also a great book for people to learn that it is possible for people to change.
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I can’t wait to share it with my students.