A quality story from Audible Originals
As expected from an Audible Original, this is another quality podcast that I enjoyed both the performance and the story. I have no doubt this will be a great all-star audio drama based on the cast. I can’t find any fault with this smart comedy which has a precocious 11-year-old budding journalist investigating a mystery at her summer camp. The voice performances are excellent, especially that of Sunny Sandler (daughter of Adam Sandler) in the lead role of Mookie Hooper. The writing is funny and clever, which brings up the question of the author’s credit.
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The actual writer is Boco Haft, and Jamie Lee-Curtis is only the “co-creator” in the sense that she initiated and executive produced the audiobook recording. The inspiration for the piece came from a long unsent letter from camp that Haft had written to her godmother Curtis many years ago. When the letter was discovered and finally sent, Curtis encouraged Haft to take the idea and expand it into a full audiobook. Marketing being what it is, Audible and others have marketed this with Jamie Lee Curtis having the lead credit, although a close examination of the cover does show the “written by Boco Haft” credit.
“I can’t find any fault with this smart comedy which has a precocious 11-year-old budding journalist investigating a mystery at her summer camp”The Book Guide® Editor
Anyway, that doesn’t detract from the entertainment value. It is just a shame that young writer Haft doesn’t get the publicity of her first author credit.
The piece is dated in 2005 to avoid modern-day issues of social media, but that does mean some of the pop-culture and political references will fly over the heads of the pre-teen target audience. Parents will find it extra entertaining exactly for those reasons though, but they will likely have to regularly explain some of the throwaway lines to their kids.
Letters From Camp was one of the eleven free Audible Original audiobooks for members in August 2020.
Letters from Camp Audiobook By Jamie Lee Curtis RatingLetters from Camp AudioBook
by The Book Guide® Editors4.9/5 Excellent