04 September 2012

Audiobook Review: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

2¢ Worth: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is just plain cute. It's a gas. It's the case file and accounts of the different people who sought advice from origami Yoda and how their situations played out. Each story is told from the perspective of that character, with a different voice or vocal pitch, and ends with commentary from the cynic (Harvey) and the believer/guy compiling the stories (Tommy). The result is unique funny chapters that made me grin and laugh with it's great messages about being nice to people, letting go of anger and hate, trying to make things right, and standing up for your friends. I really enjoyed my time with The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.

Whippersnappers: Clean. The kids who do something wrong (like lying, cheating, or being selfish) learn their lessons.

Wrapping: How great is this cover? If you could have an origami Star Wars character, which would you pick?

Words aloud: I saw the hardcover. It's cute and full of drawings. But here's the thing, for me that's all distracting. Hearing it is like listening to short interviews and made it easier for me to connect with the characters. The various narrators (see below) did a marvelous job voicing the gang and I really did feel like I was sitting in the lunchroom hearing the stories firsthand.

Wind-up: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger (published by Recorded Books) is read by various narrators (Mark Turetsky, Greg Steinbruner, Jonathan Todd Ross, Julia Gibson, and Charlotte Parry) and consists of 2 discs (2 hours and 13 minutes). Audiobook rating: 5 stars. Narrator rating: 5 stars.
Review Copyright © of Tales of Whimsy.com

63 comments :

  1. Oh how cute...and I would definitely want Yoda too!

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  2. I read this a while ago and thought it was great too!

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  3. I listened to this one in the car while I was on a road trip with my brother (both of us in our 20s). We enjoyed it immensely - and I agree, it was easy to connect with the characters when their case files were read to you. Great review!

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  4. I've been seeing this book in stores and I can't help but pick them up since the cover is so cute! I've seen the other book with the Wookie origami character too--I wonder if there's an origami Darth Vader?

    Anyway, great review! I'm tempted to read this one now. :)

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    1. The covers are sooo cute.

      Have you seen the Darth Paper Strikes Back cover? :)

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    2. No I have not! Now I need to search for it online.

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  5. sounds awesome! thanks for the great review!! when i had seen this book before, i honestly thought it was a how-to book showing you how to make origami star wars characters.

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  6. I have this! Tom came to Blue Willow Bookshop last year and I picked up copies for both my nephews.

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  7. ahaha there is so much that is awesome about this book! The force is with him etc (but seriously, I'm going to check it out). :)

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  8. Just the title and the cover made me giggle!
    This looks so cute!

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  9. What a cute book! I wonder if my friend who is obsessed with Star Wars would enjoy this. It's his birthday soon, I might have to get it for him!

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    1. ;) That would be awesome.
      Just keep in mind, it's Middle-Grade.

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  10. Haha- this book confuses me but it looks adorable. I would enjoy possessing my own origami yoda x

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  11. Not my cup of tea, but I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

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  12. This one doesn't seem like it's for me. I'm not a Star Wars fan. :)

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    1. It's cool 'cause you don't really have to be.
      It's more about the lessons they learn.
      :)

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  13. So from the sound of it, you'll be checking out the REST of the series I presume? ^_^ Gotta say, the covers are too cute and the titles, too funny. Thanks for the share Juju!

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    1. Good question.
      I loved it and definitely plan to continue but no hurry.
      This one stands on it's on (which I love) so there is no cliff hanger or anything forcing me to run to book two.
      But the next time I need a quick fun one, I know where to go.

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  14. Oh my goodness, love that cover! Sounds like a good one.

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  15. Quite yummy sounding...I love the cover and the title and I am shopping for it now!

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  16. What a great title and cover! I think I'm hooked from those alone!

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  17. I would love that have that little origami Yoda sitting on my desk or bookshelf - he's so adorable!

    Fantastic review, Juju! It sounds like the audio version of this one is incredible.

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    1. Right? Me too! He is a cutie.

      It's totally the way to go.

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  18. Just the concept of this is too cute. Glad there are lessons to be learned for the young folks. Sounds like a great book to keep in mind for my nephew once he gets older. And I'd have to go with Yoda or one of the cute little Ewoks for a character.

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    1. Absolutely :)

      OMG yes the ewoks! Those were my favorite when I was a kiddo.

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  19. I just have to say that every time I find myself looking at the oragami yoda on the cover I lose it laughing, it's awesome (I want one) :)

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  20. This looks really cute! And I love your cover photo!

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  21. I've never really been a fan of multiple short stories in one book. However, that being said, they way you describe this "like I was sitting in the lunchroom hearing the stories firsthand" makes me want to take a second look.

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    1. Oh this one is good. It really connects well together. Lots of times it doesn't so I know what you mean. But this is one of those instances when it really does gel together.

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  22. Oh this sounds super cute. Sometimes I find it so much better to just sit back and listen. Other things within the book (like footnotes) can be distracting.

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  23. This sounds fantastic! Now I have to figure out how to make an origami Yoda...

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    1. They have directions online. Let me know if you do! :)

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  24. How adorable is that cover?! My son mentioned this to me a few weeks ago, it's on his list, but I think I'll have to move it up to mine ;) I wonder if the book will have instructions on how to make a Yoda...
    Thanks for a great review!

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    1. Oh cool! You should SO get it for him. I bet he'll love the physical copy.

      Good question! The next time I'm at the store, I'm SO going to check for you. ;)

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  25. This sounds like a fun book and it's great to hear that it also has a positive message and is appropriate for younger ears. I SO want an Origami Yoda.

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  26. Personally, I see anything related to Star Wars and tend to immediately skip over it, but I know that my son loved this book. I had several origami Yodas floating around the house for months after he finished reading it. I would have never considered listening to this one! I'm not certain if I would ever get around to this one, but you have definitely given me food for thought on another way to enjoy it if I do!

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    1. Yodas floating around the house?
      How cute!
      Does the book have directions on how to make your own Yoda?

      So glad I gave you something to consider.
      :)

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  27. LOL- This sounds funny and I love that little Yoda on the cover...;)

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  28. Look at the little origami yoda!!!! He's so cute Juju! I want him to just sit on my desk at work so I can admire his adorableness all day:) This looks like such a fun read, thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. Isn't he?

      Then he could say things to me like, "Comment first you should Juju". ;)

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  29. Thanks for this great post! Adorable origami Yoda!!! I'd love to get my hands on this read, sounds like fun and interesting as well. My daughter made 1,000 origami birds when she was a teen...I still have a bag of them full! Thanks for your lovely and kind visit.
    FABBY

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    1. Hi :) Oh wow! 1000? That's too cool! Thanks for stopping by.

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  30. I want one from Dark Vader!!!!! :)

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    1. Right? He would be WAY more fun to voice. Even though I do love talking in reverse like Yoda.

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  31. Wow. I'm actually surprised! I love the novel form, but I'd be afraid of missing out because of the lack of illustrations. I like what you said though about that all being a big distraction because I can definitely see how that would be the case. I'm excited to listen to this now! It sounds fantastic! Fab review! :o)

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    1. Yay! I can't wait to hear what you think :) Thanks doll!

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