If you're unfamiliar w/David Sedaris, start with this or any of his books. He writes in a simple prose essay format with humor sprinkled throughout. Everyday familial situations become hilarious stories and I can only imagine his family dodging his calls and visits less they end up as foddor for his writing.
In this collection, he introduces his redneck brother, Rooster; the sly mother returns; his practical, pragmatic father weighs in; and we hear more about his rebellious sister and her unkempt, breezy lifestyle. Of course he shares insights on his relationship w/Hugh. You'll laugh throughout and even feel a little sad at how he can encapsulate moments of pure clarity at the unfairness of life. A must read if you enjoy humorous prose.
In a small English town, our young hero embarks on a quest to uncover who murdered Mrs. Wellington's dog with a garden fork. Christopher lives with his dad; believes his mum is deceased; has a pet rat; and possibly falls on the Autism spectrum disorder. Since the diagnosis is never mentioned, I assume he is a highly functioning boy with Asperger's.
This book does not focus on nor preach about disabilities. It provides a framework to understand the first person narration moving through daily interactions with family, teachers, and the occasional policeman. He speaks in an uninterrupted stream of consciousness and the humor comes across in a straightforward manner. The chuckles are never at the expense of this boy's condition.
Delightfully quirky story. The answer is not found in the killer's unveiling, but in the rich tapestry created through Christopher finding meaning in his orderly fashion of dealing with family crises seeking a positive resolution.
If you enjoy this one, check out "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close".
Jude and Noah, male and female twins are opposite, yet one, and sibling rivalry runs high. Both apply to a prestigious art high school, desperately seeking approval from their mother. Noah views every situation as a portrait and nervously fidgets, drawing what he sees. He paints, she sculpts and both believe Noah is the favorite and a lock for admission.
Nelson is a fabulous writer, giving Noah a quirky sense of humor, narrating from the age of 13-14 and edgy angst to Jude, narrating from their current time; age 16. There are strong themes, including a tragic event, first love, rivalry, lies, and the desire to belong and be accepted. Both narrators did a fantastic job, sounding just as I'd picture their characters. Don't read other reviews giving away too many details, just enjoy this amazing and well-written coming of age story. If you liked "The Perks of Being a Wall Flower", you will love this. If you haven't read that one, read/listen to both.
Good book for teens. How could yet another retelling of Cinderella with robots be any good? Read this to keep up with my daughter and after much eye rolling and huffing (on my part) finally pressed play. Was surprised how quickly the time flew and after two sittings, was a little sad it was over. The storyline is actually different: set in future; prejudices about cyborgs, androids, and planet Lunar people; threat of WWV; and leutosis plague wiping out citizens. Cinder is tough, clever, and self-preserving while Prince Kai is noble, anxious, and unsure. Both step-sisters are not evil and explanation for how Cinder ended up with Adri, her stepmother, is quite different.
Not on the same level as "Perks of Being a Wallflower" or "The Fault in Our Stars", but easy, entertaining read.
"I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it. People think pleasing God is all God cares about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back," Alice Walker. One of my favorite quotes of all time.
If you haven't read this book or watched the movie, you must do so. Even if you've done both, you need to listen to it again with Alice Walker narrating. She's an emotive, intelligent, confident and as talented an orator as a writer.
The tragic struggle of Miss Celie to survive, find love and inner strength is relatable to both genders and all races.
Joseph and Lanka fall in love during Nazi occupation in WWII. Told from alternating points of view, the two take divergent paths and most of the book is spent on their quest to find each other, meaning, and simply survival be it from atrocities or boredom. The characters are fairly well developed as are the backstories. Entertaining, enjoyable, just not engrossing. There are so many other titles during this time period to be placed at the top of your lists, but this one is solidly in the middle. Great purchase if on sale.
There are myriad takes on survivors of WWII and this one is slightly different as it focuses on a family in India. The heroic father stands against British oppression balanced with the horror of Hitler. This is how the story begins, yet it's the tale of his daughter who must go to live with unsympathetic, verbally cruel relatives. Her only solace is the library upstairs and the kindness of a friend. As she discovers a new world, her independence and confidence crescendo. Nice story, probably more of a YA book, but very easy to listen to as told through thoughtful, straight forward prose.
Endearing story of two brothers, one is special, almost luminescent with the eldest constantly in awe. Edward's goodness is passed to his sister Sabine and all of his gifts live on. Very short listen, so would recommend reading this one. Sweet read for young boys (maybe 7-12yrs) and of course girls would enjoy, too.
Selling young girls into servitude is a horrific and true nightmare. If there is such a thing, "Sold" is a PG-13 version you can listen to without too many graphic details, although of course the subject is disturbing. The fictional heroine embarks on what she believes to be a new job as a house maid. You can guess what happens next as the shock takes over and she's stepped into a fresh hell.
Simply and plainly told, this story is a solid YA listen and if you're read any of Patricia McCormick's other books, you won't be disappointed with her easy style.
Bought this on sale for $3.95 and well worth the price, but wouldn't want to pay full price of credit.
Good book for tweeners with interesting take on the afterlife. Ally and Nick must come to terms with their deaths as they traverse the unusual landscape, navigating strange people and learning the rules through trial and error.
This is the first of a trilogy (isn't everything) and as an adult, I'm not interested in moving on, although I enjoyed this one. May be a better choice to read as the narrators were a tad irritating. I only picked this one because my daughter has to read it for school. Overall, a nice choice for kids.
Subjective narrator following each possible cause for the outbreak taking you inside the minds of the girls. Needed more connection and details as opposed to repetition.
Fascinating idea, loosely based on actual events, girls become sick from unknown ailment. Author minimally explored possible causes: was it teenage hysteria, waterborne virus, STD? Repetition runs rampant and frustration increases knowing this book could be much better. The narrator is detached, floating above storylines, causing a feeling of disconnection to characters motives and emotions. Near the end when we're allowed into more interactions and explanations, it's too late.
The female narrator was pleasant, while Kirby Heyborne was an awful choice and Joe Barratt's fatherly voice was unbearable. With the semi-erotic undertones of the girls, the dad's voice seemed perverse and gave me the heebie jeebies.
Audible...why is it so difficult to find and or cast appropriately sounding young male narrators? Is the pool that shallow or is a new casting director needed? May I submit my application?
Disappointment at potential unmet.
Save your credit, check out at library and skim if you're interested in the storyline.
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