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The True Meaning of Smekday Audiobook

The True Meaning of Smekday

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Publisher's Summary

It all starts with a school essay.

When 12-year-old Gratuity (Tip) Tucci is assigned to write five pages on The True Meaning of Smekday for the National Time Capsule contest, shes not sure where to begin. When her mom started telling everyone about the messages aliens were sending through a mole on the back of her neck? Maybe on Christmas Eve, when huge, bizarre spaceships descended on the Earth and the aliens called Boov abducted her mother? Or when the Boov declared Earth a colony, renamed it Smekland (in honor of glorious Captain Smek), and forced all Americans to relocate to Florida via rocketpod?

In any case, Gratuity's story is much, much bigger than the assignment. It involves her unlikely friendship with a renegade Boov mechanic named J.Lo.; a futile journey south to find Gratuity's mother at the Happy Mouse Kingdom; a cross-country road trip in a hovercar called Slushious; and an outrageous plan to save the Earth from yet another alien invasion.

©2009 Adam Rex (P)2010 Listening Library

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    Anineemoose 06-16-13
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    "Funny, exciting, and fun. Mesmerizing narration."

    It's rare to find a sci-fi book about an alien invasion that is gentle and humorous. I say gentle, because I think any child could listen to this book and enjoy it without getting night terrors. No sex, terrible language or adult themes. The two main characters are memorable, fully realized, and I cared about them. There are some interesting ideas about cloning, and how aliens might be different from us. It's mostly about a feisty 11 year old girl trying to find her mother.

    The narrator, Bahni (pronounced Bonnie) Turpin is simply amazing. I could never have imagined the voices she came up with if I were reading the book. She made seamless transitions from character to character, and everything flowed beautifully. I can't express how impressed I am with her work. She should get an award of some kind.

    5 star book, 10 star performance!

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    paula Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-18-13
    paula Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-18-13
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    "Holy cats! This was a fun one."

    Totally entertaining story of a charming girl on an unexpected adventure and her new bff who just happens to be one of the aliens invading the planet earth. Tip and her cat are looking for Tip's alien-abducted mom. Travels by floating car to Florida, Arizona and points in-between are suspenseful, funny and engaging. The main thing-- the best thing-- is the narrator. Ms. Turpin is fantastic and fun and a joy to listen to.

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    Jean 05-12-13
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    "5 Stars in Every Way"

    This was one of the most delightful books I have listened to in a long time. Bahni Turpin is genius and her reading of this book was perfect!!! The story was fun and imaginative and kept me entertained the entire 10 hours and 37 minutes. Thank you Audible!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Simon&Mira 02-04-17
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    "Performance should be 10 Stars!!"

    great story but even better performance by Bahni Tupri!!!
    cant wait for more from both of them

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    Becky 09-20-17
    Becky 09-20-17
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    "Amazing reader!"

    The book was excellent, I really enoyed it, and the readerwas SO GOOD! I love the accents, and her comidic timing really brought the book to life. Very well done!

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    E. C. Patterson Grinnell, IA 09-16-17
    E. C. Patterson Grinnell, IA 09-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The narration of 'Tip' was excellent"

    However 'JLo' was nearly unbearable. I have a cochlear implant and use audio books to work on my speech recognition but the narrator made JLo so incredibly annoying that I don't know how hearing people spend hours ascostimg their senses with the sound. I watched part of "Home" the movie sort of based on this book and was surprised that Jim Parsons didn't use am annoyingly cloying voice and still managed to be funny. I love the narratior when she is just being Tip.

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    Kairos-Noir 12-09-16
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    "Great story, excellent and very funny narration"

    The story is hilarious and at the same time serious. Great narration, especially the different aliens. Memorable characters. Can't get enough of it.

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    J. E. Broyhill Winston-Salem, NC 11-14-16
    J. E. Broyhill Winston-Salem, NC 11-14-16 Member Since 2017
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    "So Much Fun!"

    I actually picked this audiobook on a whim during a BOGO special. Am I glad I did! Adam Rex has written a delightfully fun story about an 11-year old girl named Gratuity "Tip" Tucci who befriends a Boov alien named J.Lo and how the two of them work together to rid Earth of the dreaded Gorg. Full of action and lots of misunderstandings, Tip and J.Lo learn a lot about each other's race and form a strong, loyal friendship. Excellent reading for ages 8 and up.

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    Amazon Customer 11-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great narration"

    I wasn't sure I'd stay with this book, but Bahni Turpin's narration was a sheer delight! Now I'm looking forward to the next Smek book.

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    Crazycat911 11-02-16
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    "Great story, great narration"

    If you like sci fi, fantasy, fun or cats you have to get this book. Cute characters, fun narration and an interesting take on the alien invasion(s) of earth.

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