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  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "Underneath a bad cover is an amazing story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Fantastic story, and really great characters.

    If you could take any character from Me Before You out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Lou, the main character. I'd love to see where she is now and what she's doing.

    Any additional comments?

    It's a shame that the cover makes this book look like something from the 70s. It's a very modern book about a very modern and often polarizing topic. Beautifully written - engaging - I didn't want to stop listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mean Little Deaf Queer: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Terry Galloway
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Hess
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1959, the year Terry Galloway turned nine, the voices of everyone she loved began to disappear. No one yet knew that an experimental antibiotic given to her mother had wreaked havoc on her fetal nervous system, eventually causing her to go deaf. As a self-proclaimed "child freak," she acted out her fury with her boxy hearing aids and Coke-bottle glasses by faking her own drowning at a camp for crippled children

    Susie says: "The Funniest, Meanest, Little Deaf Queer Out There"
    "Loved the first half"
    Would you listen to Mean Little Deaf Queer again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again, because there are a lot of things that intrigued me.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I really loved her descriptions of going deaf, and what that felt like as a child, and what the motivation was for many of her actions. I loved the strange stories of her family, and her total honesty about points in her life that others might hide. I also liked her explanations of Deaf/deaf experiences. I really enjoyed the first half of the book as it felt a bit more linear, and the story seemed more cohesive than at the end. I'm not necessarily a person who needs a very linear story, but the last half or so of the book often seemed a bit disjointed and I was having trouble tracking where we were in her life. At one point, the author is telling a story about the 2nd time she was left in a building with toxic chemicals, because no one informed her of an evacuation order, and I was expecting that story to come to a conclusion (it seemed it was building toward something major for that time of her life) but instead, zoom, went right to something from earlier in life. I kept expecting the story to meander back to the original incident but it never did (or if it did, I missed it).

    Did Elizabeth Hess do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I am not a fan of this narrator. Her performance seemed monotone at times, and strangely overly affected at others. Her emphasis on certain words and syllables was also distracting. After hearing Terry Galloway speak in real life (youtube), I would have preferred her narrating the story, as her speech is completely understandable, and more animated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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