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mimi

Columbia, SC, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • April Fool's Day

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (117)

    This is Bryce Courtenay's moving tribute to his son, Damon, a hemophiliac who died from medically acquired AIDS on April 1, 1991, at the age of 24. April Fool's Day is controversial, painful and heartbreaking, yet has a gentle humor. It is also life-affirming, and, above all, a testimony to the incredible regenerative strength of love: how when we confront our worst, we can become our best. This tragic yet uplifting story will change the way you think.

    Louise says: "This is A Love Story"
    "A journey through another’s devastating illness"
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    What made the experience of listening to April Fool's Day the most enjoyable?

    Bryce Courtney took a subject very close to his heart and brought to the reader not only the horrors of facing so many struggles with hemophilia and full blown AIDS but also he related hope and joy with the stories of people involved along the way with his son’s illness.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Celeste and Damion’s relationship.


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Humphrey Bower is the best reader of the dozens of books I have listened to. He brings the characters alive, and I cherish every word he speaks. I cannot miss a single word he speaks.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from April Fool's Day?

    I have much more empathy for those who have suffered and still suffer from diseases that are looked upon with such ignorance. The book also taught me to question and do research on any illness I might get, to not just trust those “in authority.” I loved Dr. Cole.


    Any additional comments?

    The two best books I have listened to are The Power of One and April Fools Day, both written by Bryce Courtney and read by Humphrey Bower.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Green, David Levithan
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1234)
    Performance
    (1010)
    Story
    (1020)

    One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

    FanB14 says: "Another John Green Hit"
    "excellent story about teenage journeys"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to my friends who are openminded about sexual differences.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Will Grayson, Will Grayson?

    The most memorable moment was during the performance of Tiny Cooper when all the people calling themselves Will Grayson spoke up.


    What about MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl ’s performance did you like?

    The performers were excellent!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I cried during the performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Having Andrews and Podehl as readers made the book so entertaining. The singing voices were superb. It made me wonder how this would come across in the book itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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