Top ten for sure. I'll be recommending it to everyone I can!
Lone Survivor - another harrowing true account, although a VERY different type of story and type of war. But both leave you breathless
He's very steady, almost calming. You feel like your Grandpa is telling you a story, and just feel at ease, even in the tense parts. His accents are well done and his intonation is spot on. Great performance!
Each of the battle sequences were impossible to turn off. I would sit in my car ( I listen on commutes) for up to an hour, sometimes in horrible southern Louisiana heat!, just to finish that particular episode. Knowing it was a true story, and listening to what these men went through, was just incredible
My husband and I are both in the Navy, my husband is special forces and has seen much more combat than I ever will. This story though, is more than either of us could ever dream. It's a world in the past, WWII era, and the story brings it to life in a new way. You come to understand how the fighters on both sides were feeling, how they and the civilians suffered. All with heroism, adventure, and humility along the way. An absolutely incredible book that I will never forget.
Doug, the skinny thug, of course!
Doug again, though he does a great job with all of them
Oh wow I'm not creative enough for this question, but maybe something like: "A skinny thug's guide to surviving Junior High, and family."
I was so glad to see a follow on book to Schmidt's "Wednesday Wars" (Which is an absolutely perfect story and should be read by everyone!), and a lot of the same elements were present in this book. Just as in Wednesday Wars, the characters immediately come to life and you can't help but truly love, or completely despise, them. Schmidt writes with impeccable wit and charisma, and laughs come quickly and easily. This book had some darker and sadder elements than Wednesday Wars, and was a little more far-fetched in some of the resolutions. But over all it was a great listen and I wish I had more!
The story line had a lot of great little surprise twists and references. It was fun to never quite now what would pop up next. (Lotus, Ed, and the cats was a hoot!)
Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi. They're both in an almost-real setting, with just some minor sci-fi twists. They both have wonderfully engaging characters and fast moving action with a lot of laughs.
No, I enjoyed taking it on long walks and jogging. Though it was often hard to turn it off, I enjoyed being able to pick it back up the next day.
You really envision yourself in the setting of this story; the characters (especially the lead and the fuzzies!) are great. The relationship with the lead character and his "animal" companions had me laughing out loud. Scalzi also goes beyond humor though to build a compelling and emotional story. Excellent book!
the first appearance of the Fuzzy (...then I realized I don't have a cat, and cats don't usually stand on two legs)
The Stupidest Angel, by Christopher Moore; more kind of dark humor with lots of very endearing, kind of wacky, characters and a very quick moving plot.
They already made it a film!
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