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ZippyBippy

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  • Social Intercourse

  • By: Greg Howard
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch, Will Damron
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

When Beck’s emotionally fragile dad starts dating the recently single (and supposedly lesbian) mom of former bully, Jaxon Parker, Beck is not having it. Jax isn’t happy about the situation either, holding out hope that his moms will reunite and restore the only stable home he’s ever known. Putting aside past differences, the boys plot to derail the budding romance between their parents at their conservative hometown’s first-ever Rainbow Prom. Hearts will be broken, new romance will bloom, but nothing will go down the way Beck and Jax have planned. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This novel is frustrating

  • By Brian Spurlock on 10-26-18

Lovely story, well written

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-19

Although a beautiful story that is well written, with obvious love for the characters, I found the story line to be a little bit unbelievable at times. It was, however, also moving, funny, charming and often disarming--full of current pop culture references and humor. I took it as how the world should be, but is not, yet The narrators, however, bring these characters to life. Crouch, in particular, has an uncanny ability to inhabit the characters' skins. He speaks as they would speak, intonates as they would, and effortlessly so. He can be hypnotic at times, and make you forget that you are listening to an audio book--but rather feel like you are eavesdropping on someone's innermost thoughts or their private conversations. I just wanted more and more of him. He is a master craftsman and I will make a point of seeking out other works that he has narrated. He's amazing.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Believers

  • By: Rebecca Makkai
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901

In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying, and after his friend Nico's funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story for all time

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

WOW

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-18

It's been a while since a novel ripped at my seams and left me bleeding by the side of the road quite like this. It's not an easy book to sit through, granted, but the characters are so realistically drawn and fully fleshed out that you cannot help but fall in love in them--which is a very, very bad thing when you are forced to say goodbye to them. It hurt. I can't remember the last time a novel left me blubbering like this at the end. Wow. Just, wow.

And Michael Crouch is a master storyteller. He inhabits each character so completely that you lose yourself in his voice. The story comes alive under his nimble touch. You forget that you are listening to one man voice a dozen or more characters. He's amazing and never disappoints. Buy this today. Like, immediately. But, be prepared for the emotional roller coaster that's coming!

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Twilight Tenth Anniversary/Life and Death Dual Edition

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch, Ilyana Kadushin
  • Length: 28 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,421
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,422

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Twilight. This special 10th anniversary edition includes the original novel as well as exclusive new bonus content. Listeners will relish experiencing the iconic love story of Bella and Edward again...or for the very first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keep an open mind, & you might really enjoy it

  • By bookish327 on 11-14-15

Oh, I could listen to Michael Crouch All Day Long

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-18

Still not 100% sure how I feel about this re-imagining, tbh, but my favorite, trusty narrator, Michael Crouch, is so compelling and engaging and truly gifted at what he does that I found myself sucked in by the 2nd chapter. Dammit. I think there is some difficulty and awkwardness in flipping the genders of the principle protagonists, and I'm not sure if it totally works (although I can appreciate the author's 'girl power' message), but who cares? Mr. Crouch's reading is everything. You'll fall in love with his voice for 51 chapters, as I did.

  • How to Survive a Summer

  • A Novel
  • By: Nick White
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Grad student Will Dillard has largely buried memories of the summer he spent at a camp intended to "cure" homosexuality. But when he finds out a horror movie based on the camp is hitting theaters, he's forced to face his past - and his role in another camper's death. As he recounts the events surrounding his "failed rehabilitation", Will strikes out on an impromptu road trip back home to Mississippi, eventually returning to the abandoned campgrounds to solve the mysteries of that pivotal summer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A story full of heart and healing

  • By ZippyBippy on 05-06-18

A story full of heart and healing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-18

A sometimes hard-to-listen-to but deeply engrossing story of healing, acceptance and second chances. Will is the survivor of a gay conversion camp that he attended while a young boy in Texas. Because he learns that an exploitation movie is going to be made about his time at the camp, Will goes back to face his demons, in the hopes of putting his past behind him and maybe finding a future for himself. It's a real and honest journey.

A note about the narrator, Mr. Crouch. While listening to him, you forget that you are listening to ONE man read these VERY unique and different characters. His characters are so distinct, so easily identifiable and relatable...we feel as though we are in the same room, uneasily eavesdropping on conversations and inner monologues. Mr. Crouch puts us in rooms in which we have no business being. He's amazing, engrossing and talented! I'd love for him to narrate my own life story--if only it were interesting enough. Y'all should check out some of his other work, too.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 27 Hours

  • By: Tristina Wright
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters and for his strange abilities to vanish. But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them. Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she's in love with her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother's shadow, and to unlearn his colony's darkest secret. To save everyone they love, they'll both have to commit treason.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What an amazing ride this book was!

  • By ZippyBippy on 04-11-18

What an amazing ride this book was!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-18

Would you listen to 27 Hours again? Why?

I don't usually listen to an audio book more than once, but this was an amazing story full of humor, love, action and so much diversity and acceptance, so I just might!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rumor and Jude, the perfect couple. Couldn't choose between them--so strong, and passionate and dedicated to doing the right thing.

What about Michael Crouch’s performance did you like?

Have you ever been listening to an audiobook, say, in your car and then you reach your destination? But, because the story is so gripping and because it is being narrated so expertly, you end up just sitting in your car like an idiot, willing to be late for your meeting, but you are simply unable to tear yourself away? Mr. Crouch does this time and again for me. He positively adds gasoline to this story--he makes the characters come to life and had me on the edge of my seat the entire time, especially as the tension increased toward the final "war." A master at what he does, Mr. Crouch easily conveyed evil, decency, love, regret, passion and, above all, lust! At the very core, this is a complex character study that pours out of an amazing, gripping, exciting book. Wow. I'd listen to Mr. Crouch read a phone book (if those still existed) because he would have an incredibly unique take on every name. Every character's voice hit the mark and helped draw me into the story. He had me as soon as he introduced his name at the top of the book, and kept me entranced until the very last word. I hope this author uses him again for the inevitable sequel. He was fantastic!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The final action sequences were so gripping that I was on the edge of my seat. Terrific science fiction.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Oliver Loving

  • A Novel
  • By: Stefan Merrill Block
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37

One warm, West Texas November night, a shy boy named Oliver Loving joins his classmates at Bliss County Day School's annual dance, hoping for a glimpse of the object of his unrequited affections, an enigmatic junior named Rebekkah Sterling. But as the music plays, a troubled young man sneaks in through the school's back door. The dire choices this man makes that evening - and the unspoken story he carries - will tear the town of Bliss, Texas, apart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible story

  • By ZippyBippy on 03-29-18

An incredible story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-29-18

Would you listen to Oliver Loving again? Why?

No. It was very well written and intimate and detailed and very, very deep. But, it is heart-wrenching and takes an incredible toll on you, leading up to the jaw-dropping ending. I was emotionally spent. I can't experience that again.

What about Michael Crouch’s performance did you like?

The most fascinating thing about Mr. Crouch is that he is never reading..he's not even narrating, necessarily. He is inhabiting. Like a snake, he discards his own skin and amazingly becomes someone, something, else. And like a chameleon, he turns into someone else..Over and over and over again. He makes every character unique, thought-provoking, independent. Each has its own personality. He breathes life into each one--his masterful pauses, intonations and character idiosyncrasies are second to none. These are not characters in a book--they are human beings who, like Oliver Loving, are in search of a voice, waiting to be brought to life. In short order, you forget that one MAN is doing dozens of voices and you begin to identify them within seconds of Mr Couch assuming their identities. He exposes this family's innermost, torturous existence, like peeling an onion, layer after layer. In painstaking detail. Yes, it's a tough book to sit through--its sad and exhausting and gut-wrenching. Is my most-enjoyed Michael Crouch read? No. But, man oh man, he is masterful here. Awe-inspiring, even. He does a lot of YA but this is real real real adult fare. Buy it to experience his skill set alone! 10/10

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It needed to be taken in in stages. It's heavy and you need a break every now and then.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Dangerous Art of Blending In

  • By: Angelo Surmelis
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

Seventeen-year-old Evan Panos doesn't know where he fits in. His strict immigrant Greek mother refuses to see him as anything but a disappointment. His quiet, workaholic father is a staunch believer in avoiding any kind of conflict. And his best friend, Henry, has somehow become distractingly attractive over the summer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A touching story

  • By Anna on 04-08-18

Truly Chilling Coming of Age Tale

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes. But, you have to have an ability to stomach some of the violence experienced by Ev. It can be hard to listen to and will make your blood boil.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I was hoping for more time, on the other side of the violence experienced by our protagonist, to luxuriate in a happier ending. But, I still liked it.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved Ev's quiet/alone scenes in the monastery, and his doughnut scenes with his spineless, helpless, useless dad.

Could you see The Dangerous Art of Blending In being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Hmm. I think either Ezra Miller or Timothée Chalamet would make an excellent Ev. And Ben Whishaw as Henry would be great.

Any additional comments?

Michael Crouch's narration was, at times, bone-chilling and really quite scary. He had me on the edge of my seat, especially while voicing the protagonist's Greek mother. I'm going to hear that voice in my head for a long, long time. It scared me.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Wonders of the Invisible World

  • By: Christopher Barzak
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 380

Seventeen-year-old Aidan Lockwood lives in the sleepy farming community of Temperance, Ohio - known for its cattle ranches and not much else. That is, until Jarrod, a friend he hasn't seen in five years, moves back to town and opens Aidan's eyes in startling ways: to Aidan's ability to see the spirit world; to the red-bearded specter of Death; to a family curse that has claimed the lives of the Lockwood men one by one...and to the new feelings he has developed for Jarrod.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't find enough good adjectives.

  • By Megan on 03-14-16

Supernatural Storyline Visits Sleepy Town

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I really liked the characters and their arcs, but I must admit that some of the supernatural elements distanced me from them

Would you be willing to try another book from Christopher Barzak? Why or why not?

Sure! He's really talented and original.

Which scene was your favorite?

Our protagonist, Aidan Lockwood, visiting the supernatural town to find answers to his "gifts."

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yep. Sure.

Any additional comments?

What tipped this book over the top for me was the great, moody and committed narration from Michael Crouch. That man can read anything and make it interesting. He's really that good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Best Man

  • By: Richard Peck
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Archer Magill has spent a lively five years of grade school with one eye out in search of grown-up role models. Three of the best are his grandpa, the great architect; his dad, the great vintage car customizer; and his uncle Paul, who is just plain great. These are the three he wants to be. Along the way he finds a fourth - Mr. McLeod, a teacher. In fact the first male teacher in the history of the school. But now here comes middle school and puberty. Change. Archer wonders how much change has to happen before his voice does.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet story

  • By Brandon on 02-19-18

Loved it. Great Story and Narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-18

What did you love best about The Best Man?

It was good ole homespun fabulousness and a great story. Very funny and a truly moving ending thathad me wiping away a tear.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Archer Magill. With a name like that, he was born to be a star! And he is.

What about Michael Crouch’s performance did you like?

Mr. Crouch truly embodies the characters he voices--in this case, a (younger) teenage boy--with such aplomb and conviction that you cannot help but be charmed by him and his performance. I've listened to a lot of his books and this is one of his finest. I laughed and cried, not just because of the source material, but because of his performance.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Idols Come In All Forms, Many Unexpected.

Any additional comments?

Can we just admit to ourselves that Michael Crouch should be narrating all of our lives?

  • The Love Interest

  • By: Cale Dietrich
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets. Caden is a Nice: the boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: the brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love

  • By Kate on 10-03-17

Jaysus, can Michael Crouch narrate my daily life?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-18

Where does The Love Interest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love an usual story that is inventive, innovative and well-written. This book certainly is that.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Love Interest?

What I loved about it was the matter-of-fact treatment of same-sex relationships which form a large part of the heart of this work. 10 years ago, that subject matter would have been taboo or groundbreaking. Now, it is just an element of the story, and a sweet one at that. Baby steps turn into giant leaps. :)

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

Oy, where can I begin on this? Michael brings his characters to life--each of them had a unique, nuanced, and very distinctive voice. He breathes life into them. You're not listening to an audiobook with him--you are eavesdropping on a conversation with the characters. At one point, he was managing FIVE characters at once, and making each one so real and personable. Michael is passionate, expressive, and real. I have quietly decided to build my own Michael Crouch library. That is all

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The epilogue was particularly satisfying. I had been tense the last few chapters. It was a very satisfying denouement.

Any additional comments?

How can I hire Michael Crouch to read me to sleep at night. Seriously.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful