May 18, 2011

Audiobook Mini-Reviews

Life has been pretty busy lately, so I've relied on audiobooks to squeeze in some extra reading time in my car! Here are some recent audiobooks I've enjoyed:



Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going (AV YA Books on CD, GOI)

Troy, a depressed and suicidal seventeen-year-old who weighs nearly 300 pounds, is about to kill himself when a homeless teenager named Curt interferes. Curt and Troy form an unlikely friendship, and soon Curt invites Troy to join his band as its drummer. The only problem is that Troy exaggerated his drum-playing skills a little bit - he hasn't actually played drums since seventh grade. As Troy relearns the drums and figures out what it takes to be a punk rock star, he learns a lot about himself and what he wants out of life. At times heartbreaking, and at other times laugh-out-loud funny, this audiobook is definitely worth a listen. Actor Matthew Lillard narrates the story.


How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (AV YA Books on CD, ROS)

Daisy, a sarcastic teen from New York, is sent by her father and stepmother to live with her cousins in England. Daisy's relatives welcome her and make her feel right at home. She becomes especially close with her cousin Edmond, and their relationship turns romantic. This part of the story weirded me out a bit - I can't lie! But if you can handle that, the rest of the story is quite interesting. A war with an unnamed terrorist enemy breaks out and England is invaded. Daisy's family is torn apart, and she journeys across the devastated country in an effort to reunite her family and seek safety. This is an intriguing story about war, love, and survival.


All-American Girl by Meg Cabot (AV YA Books on CD, CAB)

Samantha Madison, a.k.a. Sam, is just a typical sophomore girl living in Washington, D.C., who is in love with her older sister's boyfriend. Then one day while skipping her drawing lessons, Sam stops an assassination attempt on the President of the United States. She just happened to be in the right place in the right time, and she doesn't feel particularly brave--she was just doing the right thing. But everyone else hails her as a hero for saving the leader of the free world. Soon she is eating dinner at the White House, being named teen ambassador to the U.N., and dodging reporters outside her house. She even catches the eye of the President's son, David. This book has plenty of angst, humor, and romance, and I recommended it to fans of The Princess Diaries.

1 comments:

Unknown said...

I am glad there are audiobooks that I can listen to when I go to work.

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