Pay It Forward

  • by Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by William Dufris
  • 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Catherine Ryan Hyde’s international sensation, Pay It Forward, is the moving story of Trevor McKinney, a twelve-year-old boy who accepts his social studies teacher’s challenge to come up with a plan to change the world.
Trevor’s idea is simple: Do a good deed for three people and ask them to "pay it forward" to three others who need help. He envisions a vast movement of kindness and goodwill spreading beyond his small California town and across the world. However, when Jerry, a bum to whom Trevor gave his allowance, returns to a life of dissolution, the project seems valuable only as a lesson on the dark side of human nature. But ultimately Trevor is vindicated. At first people don’t know how to explain the odd dip in crime rates across the nation, but a journalist with a story of his own tracks down the source of the epidemic of random acts of kindness and makes Trevor a celebrity. Yet Trevor has problems closer to home: he wants his pretty, hardworking mother to see the softer side of his beloved teacher, Reuben St. Clair, a scarred Vietnam veteran who seems to come alive only when he’s in front of his class.
Anyone who has ever despaired of one person’s ability to effect change will rejoice in Trevor’s courage and his determination to see the good in everyone.


What the Critics Say

"Powerful...with believable dialoque and shadings that make the characters seem more lifelike than they have any right to be." ( Chicago Tribune)
"A good read and an inspiring novel; fascinating in its implications. Catherine Ryan Hyde joyfully delivered me from 'if only' to 'what if?' to 'why not?' " (Richard Paul Evans, author of The Christmas Box)


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book film was based on.

having loved the film I searched for the book. I found it on cd but gave up on it because of all the different narrators reading the parts.
I was so happy to find this version on audible, just one narrator who did a good job of performing the book. his female voices were passable because having a deeper voice it is harder for him to do them.
the only big difference from the film is that the teacher in the book is black.
if you like the film you won't be disappointed by the book. if you haven't seem the film I can recommend the book. good characterisation and plot.
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- Mrs. K. I. Richards

Would love this in practice!

If you could sum up Pay It Forward in three words, what would they be?

Great listen, and a fab concepts...I'd like to start paying it forwards but how?

Who was your favorite character and why?

The teachers...encouragement

Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances? How does this one compare?


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Already a film

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-03-2012
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio