This audiobook was given to me as a gift, the first I've read by Aaron Paul Lazar. I found Gus LeGarde an enjoyable companion on an interstate drive. ..Show More »The plot was involving but not so edge-of-seat as to make me a menace on the highway - a perfect drive-time book. Some people might object to the lengthy breaks between action sequences and concrete plot developments, but they can write their own reviews! IMO, the pace suited Gus's character and gave Lazar time to paint wonderfully sense-appealing details about the setting and to develop the romantic element. I docked Robert King Ross a star because he often crooned the ends of words to no purpose and because his pronunciation of some words was distractingly incorrect, especially Siegfried's German comments. (I'm not expecting a perfect accent, just correct basics.) Otherwise, the performance was very good. I definitely will read more by this author. (In fact, I already did - I liked Tremolo even better!)
Aaron Lazar is a skilled writer who weaves the details of reality into his stories; his characters are people I'd love to know. Gus LeGarde is one of ..Show More »my favorites, and his love for his family and genuine kindness shine through--a good man who takes care of those who come into his circle.
The lovely singing voice added to the story and provided welcome breathing room to the tension-filled plot.
Sigfried stays true to his character, which is wonderful, and I loved Cindy and the others. Their personalities are well done and each is unique and distinct. Camille is the most layered character, with new facets and secrets revealed as the story unfolds.
Robert King Ross's laid-back voice kept some of the scenes from descending into melodrama--he was just right for this book.
The story held my attention from beginning to end. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it. I'm looking forward to my next Lazar book.
I loved this book so much I gifted it to some friends! It is a great comming of age story that is told through the eyes of a 12 year old, in the 50's...Show More » The mystery within the story is gripping and has many twists and turns.It also examins issues of race and acceptance. I loved this book and the naration was perfect for this story.
Relevant (the current growth of hate societies), engrossing (plenty of excitement and engaging characters), enlivening (warmhearted telling). Better t..Show More »o read this book, however, than to listen to it. The narrator over interprets character voices which I found quite disturbing.)
I received the audiobook as a gift (not with any expectation of a review) and enjoyed it more than you'd think an old bat would enjoy a book with a 12..Show More »-year-old hero. Then again, Gus LeGarde is an exceptional (though entirely ordinary - go figure) 12-year-old. Lazar combines great sensitivity and rich descriptive details to create engaging characters in fascinating relationships within original plot scenarios. The paranormal element was a gentle, entertaining exploration of what-if. Not everyone will agree with Lazar's take on certain relationships, but his unconditional love for all of humanity shines through every book of his that I've read. I'd recommend this book for both young adult and adult readers.
I'm a big fan of voice artist Erik Synnestvedt too. He brings Gus to life perfectly and does a great job individualizing the other characters.