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August Barton could never have mentally prepared himself for his freshman year of college: not only has his anxiety increased, but his parents are divorcing, his new roommate thinks Augie is the biggest nerd in existence, and his grandma, a retired prostitute named Gertie, has taken to running away from her nursing home. Augie just wants to hole up in his dorm room with his Star Wars collectables and textbooks, but Gertie is not about to let that happen. What ensues is a crazy ride, including: naked trespassing, befriending a local biker gang, and maybe - just maybe - Augie defeating his anxiety and actually getting the girl.  

©2016 Jennifer LeBlanc (P)2018 Jennifer LeBlanc

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I Laughed So Hard!!

This story was so funny, that it had me rolling with laughter throughout. I could totally vision this awkwardly college freshmen doing all of these things. Loved Issac and Gertie! Gertie sounds like the most awesomeness grandma ever, and don't forget about her best friend Petunia. They were a riot with their bubbly energy and attitude for getting things done. Love them! Why couldn't I have and a college room like Issac?? Loved his laid back attitude and crazy sense of humor, especially with him and his cappuccino/coffee maker.

James Oliva, just took this awesome book up a notch, with his multiple voices (LOVED ALL OF THEM) and his background noises, which just added to the hilariousness of the story....James, thank you for your added "magic" to this piece.

Look forward to book 2 in this series.

I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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What a hoot!

Your first day as a college freshman can be nerve-wracking, for sure, but Augie really isn’t looking forward to it. Nerdy and shy, he isn’t the least bit prepared for his new roommate, the very loud and boisterous Isaac, and is scared to death of going to his first college party. Things back home—only 15 minutes away—aren’t great either what with his mom and stepdad heading for divorce and his mom’s mom, Grandma Gertie, stashed away in a nursing home. Augie is very fond of Gertie and she’s the reason he’s planning to go into gerontology. Still, what’s about to happen with him and Gertie and a girl named Rose and Gertie’s pal, Auntie Tunes, is way beyond even his worst fears. I mean, how did he end up with Gertie as his date to that party?

This story is pure fluff and I loved it, laughing all the way through. Ms LeBlanc has created the most motley and wonderful cast of characters, every single one of them coming to life but, what really seals the deal is the narrator, James Oliva. Holy moly, this man is fabulous with the most wide-ranging collection of voices I’ve ever heard and I immediately knew who each character was as soon as Mr. Oliva opened his mouth.

Well done, Jennifer LeBlanc and James Oliva! I can’t wait for the next book, The Revelations of August Barton 😉

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Such a fun, quirky story.

This story is ridiculous and fun. Auggie is one of those genuine characters that is a bit awkward, but not compromising his beliefs for anyone, not even a chance at his dream girl. His grandma and Tunes. I just could not get enough of those crazy old broads. A shorter story to be sure, but fully packed of adventures. A great book for if you are looking for something lighter and different. At first, I thought the narrator was talking a little fast, but he was phenomenal. He had so many different voices to do and it was fantastic.

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Funny, Emotional, Fabulous

This story was certainly not what I was expecting! I was expecting it to be a little bit crazy, awkward and funny. What I actually got was all that and much, much more. I thoroughly enjoyed this book which at one point had me laughing and ugly crying.

For a relatively short audiobook it certainly contained a full, well penned, funny and emotional story.

Augie starts college and is absolutely dreading it. Especially when he meets his jock room mate. Augie likes Star Wars and has anxiety and panic attacks Isaac is loud and loves to party.

Things take a turn when Augie's retirement home escaping, proudly ex-prostitute grandmother insists that she and Augie attend one of the college parties where Augie encounters the girl of his dreams and finds out that his gran is really pretty cool (and embarrassing)

While Augie planned to spend college keeping to himself, thanks to his growing relationships (especially with his wonderful grandmother) he actually finds himself, learning coping strategies to deal with anxiety and finds a determination to try to get the girl.

Throughout this wonderful audiobook we meet Augie's mum Diane, his grandmothers best friend who is another ex-prostitute called Auntie Toons, a biker gang, and an elite restaurateur amongst other fantastic characters. He finds that first impressions are indeed not reliable and which is highlighted early on when he get to know Isaac a  bit better.

This is a funny journey through college life but what ultimately shines through is that it is a story of love, friendship, support and learning to take risks.

I have 1 criticism- sound effects. I hate them in audiobooks and James Oliva is perfectly versatile enough to not need them. Thankfully there were not too many and I still thoroughly enjoyed Jennifer LeBlanc's charmingly and skilfully penned, journey.

The narration was brilliantly done with consistent voice characterisation, expressions of mood and situation and along with the hugely talented writing of Jennifer LeBlanc a wonderful talent for bringing the funny and the emotional together seamlessly.

'Rock on Toons'
(Trust me, if you take the time to listen to this and find out what those three words mean and why they are a wonderful sign off for this review then you will not regret it.)



I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jennifer LeBlanc. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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I adored Gertie. She's a hoot

I don't think I've ever laughed so hard before. Well, actually, I have. But that's besides the point. This book is simply amazing. It's funny, it's got its moments when it makes you think about possible consequences. And its got sweet romance wrapped in there. I adored Gertie, August's grandmother. She's a hoot, that one. Jennifer LeBlanc is an amazing author and I cannot wait to read more from her.
I have read this book before, but I've didn't experience it quite like this. James Oliva did a fantastic job with his narration. It was like a movie. And though he's a little older, Augie reminded me of Adam Goldberg (The Goldbergs). His voice did anyway. It was so well done. Each scene was describe and the proper emotion was felt. If the next August Barton book has this same narrator, I will not hesitate to add it to my library.

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Great YA novella! Perks of Being a Wallflower

Having previously read the paperback version, I was lucky enough to get a copy from the author. I thoroughly enjoyed this version. LeBlanc's writing and Oliva's narration come together wonderfully in this audiobook, giving an even better richness to the characters and tension during some of Augie's panicking moments.

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  • Kelly C.
  • Georgia United States
  • 06-17-18

Ups and Downs

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jennifer LeBlanc. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it. Two of my favorite BookTubers were sent this book for review and enjoyed it. So when I saw I had the option to listen and review the audiobook I was really excited. I highly recommend grabbing for this if you are looking for something fun and quick. This is less than 200 pages long, and a very fast audiobook. I loved Augie and his family, especially Gertie. I give Augie credit, as I would have freaked out if that happened to me when I first got to college. I am conflicted on how I feel about the narrator. At times I really liked him and other times I was not a fan. It is not really something I can explain. I did enjoy the sounds effects within the story though. It brought something extra to the story when you hear Augie breathing into the bag, a cell phone buzzing, and more. I could have done without the vomiting and burping though. However; I thought this was a fun touch to the audiobook. Overall, this surprised me and I really enjoyed it.