I listen to many audiobooks and review the ones I find most notable.
I love this book. I rented it from the library 3 times and finally decided I had to own it. This book is so fun and engaging. It is smart and witty. The adolescents in this book are written the way I think they should be, the way I remember myself. A good kid who sometimes makes the wrong decisions, but often making the right ones. These kids aren't just walking bags of hormones. They are thoughtful, caring, fun and flawed. The book is also very funny. The interactions between the two main characters are real and you feel for them. The narrators are great. I love the accents. I'm glad they used Australians so the characters sound like they are from Australia, not just say they are.
I really love this book.
This was a great book from John Green. I've read Paper Towns and really liked it. I thought this was better. This book clutched at your mind and heart. I did not feel sad at the end, although the book is sad in parts, but I did _feel_ and think. I was invested and I took something with me as we parted ways. To me, this is great praise for a book.
I have seen some reviews criticizing this book as not being appropriate for young adults. I disagree - at least for my definition of 'young adult'. Often these days that moniker includes 'tweens'. And I do not think this book is entirely appropriate for early middle schoolers. But I do think it is appropriate for high schoolers or kids about to go into high school. Yes, there is smoking, drinking and sexual acts in this book. But if you think your high school freshman is not thinking about or doing at least one of those things, you are confused. More importantly, there are consequences for this behavior. This book shows clearly how easily things can get out of control; how a single moment, a single decision, can change your life forever; how your life impacts those around you; and clearly shows how teenagers can have serious issues. All GREAT things for a high schooler to know, in my opinion. I am a mother. My child is not in high school yet. But I am certainly old enough to know good life lessons when I read them.
The narrator was great.
When I first listened to this, I didn't even know it was part of the 'discworld childrens' series. It is definitely appropriate for young adults, but was thoroughly and completely enjoyed by my 30 something self. This book is both funny and intelligent. The humor is often wry and understated. Very Terry Pratchett. At the same time, the story provides lessons and insights into human nature in a way that is not heavy handed. I can't stress my enjoyment of this book and the entire series enough. The title of this book is Wee Free Men (and they are fantabulous characters), but the book/series really centers on Tiffany Aching. You will want to get all the other books in the series. They are all amazing and entertaining.
This narrator is amazing. He blends so seamlessly that it is easy to lose yourself in the story. His accents and delivery are perfect.