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  • How to Be a Normal Person

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Derrick McClain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500

Gustavo Tiberius is not normal. He knows this. Everyone in his small town of Abby, Oregon, knows this. He reads encyclopedias every night before bed. He has a pet ferret called Harry S. Truman. He owns a video rental store that no one goes to. His closest friends are a lady named Lottie with drag queen hair and a trio of elderly Vespa riders known as the We Three Queens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How to frown like a normal person ;-)

  • By pj on 02-06-17

Oh my God

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

Reviewed: 08-13-16

This book's been on my to read list for a while and I'm so glad I went with audio. Derrick McClain's narration made this already great story soar. His performance of Gus and Casey was perfect.

I loved TJ Klune's story too. One of the sweetest romances ever.

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  • Off the Page

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Nick Cordero, Michael Bakkensen, Suzy Jackson, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

Samantha van Leer is a sophomore at Vassar College majoring in psychology with a minor in human development. She has four dogs: Alvin, Harvey, Dudley, and Oliver - for whom the prince in this story is named.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another irresistible Picoult for all ages

  • By mendolynne on 09-22-15

Great adventure

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

Reviewed: 08-27-15

The blurb drew me into this book, but the story kept me there. I love how many levels this works on from a love story to a story about friends to a story about family. It was funny, dramatic, heartbreaking and absolutely a delightful read.

  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

  • By: Becky Albertalli
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,994
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,715

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: If he doesn't play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone's business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he's been emailing with, will be compromised.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Crouch should be getting another award

  • By T. N. Taylor on 03-15-18

Amazing, powerful, joyful book!

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

Reviewed: 04-10-15

I went back and forth between smiling at what was happening and occasionally getting upset. Sometimes Simon just does the complete wrong thing and I just wanted to say nooooooooooo. But that’s part of what being a teenager is about. As this plays out over a few months, including the Christmas holidays, Albertalli gives us such full, dynamic characters that you feel the weight of the events on Simon, which is also helped by the use of first person/present tense. In the last forty five minutes, I smiled and cried because of the perfect ending that played out before my ears.

I suspect I'll listen to it again, and I might pick up the physical book as well because this story deserves to be savored and enjoyed

34 of 37 people found this review helpful

  • I'll Give You the Sun

  • By: Jandy Nelson
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,030

Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude surfs and cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and divisive ways…until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as an unpredictable new mentor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • As Bright as 1000 White Hot Suns

  • By FanB14 on 09-26-14

Outstanding in every way

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

Reviewed: 03-20-15

This book's been on my to-read list for sometime. It's absolutely outstanding. The story is so multi-layered and the characters so vividly presented I had a hard time stopping when I had too. The performers brought Noah and Jude vividly to life, as well as the supporting characters.

I'm sad I'm done with the book, but also completely satisfied with it too.

  • Write. Publish. Repeat.

  • The No-Luck Guide to Self-Publishing Success
  • By: Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt
  • Narrated by: Simon Whistler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495

In 2013, Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt published 1.5 million words and made their full-time livings as indie authors. In Write. Publish. Repeat., they tell you how exactly how they did it: how they created over 15 independent franchises across 50+ published works, how they turned their art into a logical, sustainable business, and how any independent author can do the same to build a sustainable, profitable career with their writing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The One Book All Self Published Authors Must Read!

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-20-14

Excellent guide

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

Reviewed: 02-07-15

I've wanted to read this for a while and listening to it was the best way to get the information digested. This book is full of good details for anyone ready to make a serious go at being an indie author. I'm glad I've got the digital book too because I know I'll be going back for reference too.