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Adulting 101 Audiobook

Adulting 101

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Publisher's Summary

The struggle is real.

Nick Stahlnecker is 18 and not ready to grow up yet. He has a summer job, a case of existential panic, and a hopeless crush on the unattainable Jai Hazenbrook. Except how do you know that your coworker's unattainable unless you ask to blow him in the porta-potty?

That's probably not what dad meant when he said Nick should act more like an adult.

Twenty-five-year-old Jai is back in his hometown of Franklin, Ohio, just long enough to earn the money to get the hell out again. His long-term goal of seeing more of the world is worth the short-term pain of living in his mother's basement, but only barely.

Meeting Nick doesn't fit in with Jai's plans at all, but, as Jai soon learns, you don't have to travel halfway around the world to have the adventure of a lifetime.

This is not a summer romance. This is a summer friendship-with-benefits. It's got pizza with disgusting toppings, Netflix and chill, and accidental exhibitionism. That's all. There are no feelings here. None. Shut up.

©2016 Lisa Henry (P)2017 Riptide Publishing

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    Belen 01-29-17
    Belen 01-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "LOVED IT ALL"
    Any additional comments?

    Can I just squee and squeal and rant about how much I loved, loved, loved this story and audio and leave it at that?

    No? Oh. Okay. Well, then. Ummm. Okay...this is awkward.

    Nick Stahlnecker is eighteen and wants to experience life. He's smart, but doesn't know what he wants to be when he grows up, has no filter, and has a pretty co-dependent relationship with his best friend Devon. There's a lot he doesn't know, but what he does know is that construction worker, Jai Hazenbrook, is super hot and he really, really wants to know what he tastes like.

    Jai is twenty-five and spends three months every summer working back in his hometown and living in his mom's basement just so he can afford to spend the next nine months traveling the globe experiencing life. He's completely unprepared for this weird kid to come into his life.

    ~~How is this kid even real? Real people have filters.~~

    But the more time he spends with Nick, the more he realizes that he likes him.

    ~~It’s weird, then, that he likes Nick.
    Nick is everything Jai is not. Nick is loud. Nick has no discernable filter. He’s smart, but he’s also scatterbrained. He has energy levels that can only be attributed to a diet full of caffeine and sugar. By rights, Jai should find him exasperating. Instead, he finds him oddly charming.~~

    Adulting 101 is low angst, really sweet, ridiculously funny, totally awesome, and I seriously cannot recommend it enough.

    The narration absolutely lives up to the awesomeness of the book! Nick J. Russo NAILS the character voices and the tone of this story. He also manages to convey all the texting really well, making them true conversations.

    Though there are some slight sound issues throughout the audio (cutting in and out mostly) it wasn't enough to detract from my complete enjoyment of the audiobook.

    Bottom line is I loved it and recommend it to everyone!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy L 03-03-17
    Cathy L 03-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun read, excellent listening experience!"

    The narrator did a perfect job of bringing the characters to life. I truly enjoyed every minuet of this book. I laughed and cried as I followed Nick on his journey of trying to figure out how to be an adult. Jai is very patient, and even though Nick annoys him at first, there is something sweet and innocent that Jai is attracted to. My favorite part is Nick learning to control his "indoor voice", and how he continually shocks his parents with his graphic description of his "sexy times" with his boyfriend. This is the first book I've read by Lisa Henry, and I can tell you, it won't be my last!.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kath 02-22-17
    Kath 02-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Laugh out loud funny!"
    Where does Adulting 101 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks in the top ten of the all the audiobooks I've listened to in the past year. It would have made the top five if not for one niggling detail that kept taking me out of the setting. Some of the dialogue and awkward situations had me barking laughter. The story was worth it just for those moments!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Adulting 101?

    "This can only end one way." There were so many good moments, but my favorite is the unflagging positivity of the main protagonist Nick. He brings an ADORABLE level of insanity to everything he does, including the situation where he uses this line.


    What does Nick J. Russo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The reading is flawless. The voices are so distinct and it folds in a nice layer of immersion when listening to the story. I haven't heard anything by this reader I wasn't impressed with.


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

    Good times were had by all.


    Any additional comments?

    The one thing I found difficult to get around was the present tense of the story. I kept getting confused. I stopped listening several times because of this but did finish the story because the dialogue is fantastic and the story was really fun!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 08-06-17
    Heather 08-06-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Really great, funny stuff!"

    *4.5 stars*

    I usually don't listen to audiobooks that I've read in ebook form because I'm always afraid that the narration will ruin the story. However, this certainly wasn't the case with Adulting 101. Nick J. Russo simply crushed it with his stellar reading.

    The book was everything that I remembered. It was funny, charming, totally endearing, and sexy in a clumsy, overexcited way.

    The best part of the story, other than the spot-on narration, was the bromance between the MC and his best friend. Their friendship gave my insides squishy, happy feelings, and I couldn't get enough of their texting banter.

    Adulting 101 is hilarious. You will laugh with/at the characters and at their ridiculous situations, and it will make you feel simply good. It's a feel-good story.

    My only issue with the story, and the reason for my 1/2-star deduction, was fact that it was written in third person, present tense. Third person, present tense is incredibly awkward while reading, but it sounds even worse when read aloud. I couldn't stand it, and I think if the book was written in past tense I would have given it the full 5-stars.

    Overall, you can't go wrong with this one. Sure, it isn't a marriage-proposal level of commitment by the end (I'd say tentative HEA), but it is one of the most entertaining audiobooks that I've listened to in a long time. Total win.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J.R. Virginia 05-02-17
    J.R. Virginia 05-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Warm and Laugh Out Loud Funny !"
    Any additional comments?

    One of the best books of 2016 and Nick J. Russo's narration is top notch !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Indiana Book Lover 04-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Hilarious!"

    I've already listened to this book three times. I loved Nick Russo before, but his work on this book is perfection! Lisa Henry is always a great bet and this book does not disappoint. Love love love this! ❤😂

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    HockeyfanT 04-18-17
    HockeyfanT 04-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! This book is sweet, funny, sexy, and heartbreaking. I love love love it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nick and Jai developed a wonderful relationship after a very un-romantic beginning. Their growth as a couple is beautiful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene, when Jai surprises Nick in a sweet and wonderful way. I won't spoil it, but it made me smile and blink back happy tears.


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

    Yes, I'm greedy like that. I made myself only listen in the car, though. Audiobooks are my reward for not going postal in traffic.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great story by Lisa Henry, who is a wonderful author. Nick J. Russo does a fantastic job bringing all the characters, especially Nick and Jai, to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    WMG MARIETTA, GA, US 02-11-17
    WMG MARIETTA, GA, US 02-11-17 Member Since 2011
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    "completely fantastic!!"

    this was truly an entertaining book I laughed almost all the way through- I can't recommend this enough!!! so good-!!!!!

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    Morgan A Skye 02-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Nick does an amazing job with this NA romance"

    This is a very light hearted and low-angst book that involves romance. I say that because – to me – the romance itself isn’t very satisfying – but it has a lot of potential. Most of this story is Nick’s personal growth.

    Nick is 18 and scared about the “end of his childhood” and his subsequent move to college at the end of summer. He’s a virgin and he’s determined not to be before he starts college.

    Nick meets Jai at work. Jai is 25 and “worldly”. Jai works only enough to fund his travels and that’s the extent of his “plans for the future”. Though it goes against his very nature, Jai actually makes plans to be Nick’s “fuck buddy” for the summer (making that the longest relationship he’s ever had), with the full understanding that it’s just gonna be that. Nick’s going to college and Jai’s heading to Argentina at the end of the summer and the likelihood that they’ll meet again in the future is slim to none.

    With that in mind, the two embark on a pretty hilarious summer fling wherein Jai educates Nick in the fine art of romance.

    The problem is – at the end of the summer Nick still isn’t ready for college and Jai is questioning his plan as well.

    **

    On the one hand I really enjoyed this. Lisa Henry is a gifted writer and Nick is a great character. He’s naïve, effervescent and enthusiastic, open and really a great guy. But he’s young. Very young. And he doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life. Having him meet Jai helps to shape some of what he wants, but – even by the end – we still don’t know where Nick is headed in life, nor do we really know much about Jai or where he’s going, either.

    I love that Jai is still young, but worlds more sophisticated than Nick. It’s almost a May/December romance, but not to the extreme. I love how caring Jai is with Nick and how great they are as a couple. The physical times were hot and funny at the same time.

    What I didn’t like when I read this the first time and what bothered me even more upon listening to it, was how uncertain their ending is. I’m not going to give much of a spoiler when I say this ends on a HFN more than anything else and to me, at least, it was so very unsatisfying.

    I’m guessing the point is that these guys are young and this story stops at the end of the summer so life isn’t set in stone for them yet. But I really wanted to know what’s going to happen to these guys and it felt so unsettled where it was left.

    If you’re in the mood for a funny, touching and sweet (but potentially unsatisfying) romance- I think you’ll really enjoy this. If you look at this like Nick’s story of growth, it might satisfy. If you’re like me, and you need something a bit more concrete in the romance department– this might bother you a bit.

    3.5 of 5 stars

    Audio

    Nick J Russo was AMAZING. He captured Nick (he he) to perfection! Nick’s joy and self doubts, his tendency to blurt and his enthusiasm were beautifully demonstrated in Russo’s narration. Jai (who isn’t nearly as well-defined as Nick) was well done, as were the other secondary characters. I definitely think listening to this (versus reading) adds another layer of complexity to what is a (somewhat) simple story, and the way to go.

    I really enjoyed listening to this, and as an entertaining experience give it 5 of 5 stars.

    Overall 4.25 of 5 stars

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Reads 02-03-17
    Amy Reads 02-03-17
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    "Nick J. Russo nails it!"

    All the stars for this one! I freaking loved it!!

    Every once in awhile you come across a book that *has* to be listened to, not read. When the narrator does such a good job that his or her performance takes the author's words to the next level. This is one of those books.

    Nick J. Russo is Nick Stahlnecker. I absolutely adored Nick. He's 18 and hilarious and has no filter whatsoever. He brings up random topics and rambles a lot. He's co-dependent on his best friend Devon. And he's nervous because they are going away to college this fall. At different universities.

    His dad gets him an office job with a construction company for the summer and that's where he meets Jai. And what a meeting it is. OMG, I laughed so hard during this book.

    I'm telling you, you will love this book. Definitely worth a credit. 5 stars!!!!

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  • Lily G Blunt
    8/11/17
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    "Brilliant!"

    Such a fun story. I laughed out loud many times. Great characters and storyline. Superbly narrated by Nick J Russo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    7/26/17
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    "Great fun- A bromance and M/M goofy romance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was lighthearted fluff, but well written, funny fluff. The narration was great and so listening was just pure entertainment.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably Nick's best friend Devon. Because even though he's straight he loves Nick for who he is and tells him all the time. He's Nick's snuggle buddy and I find that vision adorable.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The clumsy, awkward sex scenes were great fun.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RachelM
    7/14/17
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    "Fantabulous!"
    What made the experience of listening to Adulting 101 the most enjoyable?

    The audio narration was spot on and the story was so sweet and funny.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Pretty much the whole thing.


    Which character – as performed by Nick J. Russo – was your favourite?

    Jai was lovey, I thought Nick's performance of him was fab.


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

    Yes, I did. I listened all day, then put headphones on while I was cooking dinner, then listened in the car when I went out.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd heard such good things about this book and it really didn't disappoint, it's one I'll listen to again for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BevS
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    2/14/17
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    "Perfecto!!"

    Audio Review

    Can I just say that Nick J Russo has done a truly amazing job of narrating one of my fave reads of 2016?? So much so that this has gone onto my superb audio narration bookshelf....and there will be repeat listens too. Brilliant!!

    Book Review

    Aah, the precious!! [sorry, had to get that in there, hehe] Well, we've got so many pop culture references in this story, including the trip at the end which is definitely on my bucket list!! The Matrix, Star Wars, Harry Potter, LOTR...just perfect. 5 stars from me for this light, fluffy and adorable read from Lisa. Winner, winner, chicken dinner!! LOVED Nick's bro Devon, and as for Jai, well he has his head screwed on properly, and I'm sure will look after Nick as best he can. They made a really cute couple.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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