10 p.m. Question, The

Genre: Middle Grade

10 p.m. Question, The

Performed by:
Stig Wemyss

Frankie Parsons is a worrier. Are the smoke alarm batteries dead? Does the cat have worms? Could that odd-shaped spot on his chest be cancer? What about bird flu?Most of the people in Frankie’s world—his father, his brother and sister, his great-aunts, his best friend—seem gloriously untroubled. Only Ma takes his catalog of persistent anxieties seriously; only Ma listens patiently to his 10 p.m. questions. But of course, it is Ma who is the cause of the most worrying question of all.This extraordinary novel, by turns hilarious and heartbreaking, with an impeccably drawn cast of characters, is the story of how one young boy’s carefully controlled world unravels around him. Frankie’s story will resonate with listeners of all ages.

Unabridged recording:
Run time: 9 hours
Media Options:
  • Retail Trade: CD, MP3-CD
  • Library Editions: CD

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Kate De Goldi

Kate De Goldi has published young adult novels, short fiction, and picture books. The 10 p.m. Question was awarded the New Zealand Post Book Award in both the young adult and general fiction categories. About the novel, she says, “I wanted to write a book that explored profound personal difficulty amid the chaos of ordinary life, a book about sadness and loss and about fat, whiskey-swilling aunts, swimming pool phobia, exotic cakes, delinquent brothers, bird species, childish parents, cricket, bad-tempered sisters, cartoons, secret languages, pets with funny names. . . . I wanted to write about the complexity and hilarity in the everyday business of being human.” Kate De Goldi lives in Wellington, New Zealand.
Stig Wemyss

Stig Wemyss is an actor, writer and the voice behind millions of children’s audio books. Well, not millions. Thousands … Alright, more like hundreds … He has a huge fan club. Bolinda Audio is constantly receiving letters from kids saying things like ‘Stig Rocks’ and ‘I love Stig’ and ‘Stig Wemyss is the best narrator in the world’. Of course we don’t show Stig all these letters, as he already thinks he’s the best narrator in the universe! Now that he is also the author of an exciting in-car audio entertainment series, The Tripp Diaries, he thinks he’s the best narrator and the best author in the universe. We think he is too, but let’s just keep that to ourselves!

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