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  • gilwilson 6:00 PM on January 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Hamlet By: William Shakespeare (L.A. Theatre Works) 

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    By: William Shakespeare
    Starring: Alan Mandell, Josh Stamberg, Emily Swallow, Stephen Collins, Stacy Keach, JoBeth Williams, Matthew Wolf
    Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
    Release date: 02-15-12
    Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works

    Before we get to far into this review I have to talk about L.A. Theatre Works. L.A. Theatre Works audio abilities are phenomenal.  I mean, come on, I don’t think I could sit and just listen to a play for 3 hours without getting bored. That is just not the case with L.A. Theatre Works recordings.  A combination of excellent production along with casts that are just phenomenal create an audio theatre experience that will bring the stage to you.

    One of the things that intrigued me most about this was that it had Stacy Keach. I love Stacy Keach’s performances, whether on Cheech & Chong’s “Up In Smoke,” or an episode of “Mike Hammer,” Keach has some serious acting chops. As Hamlet’s father’s ghost Keach hooked me from the beginning.

    With the caliber of actors in all their performances any production from L.A. Theatre Works deserves your attention.

    So in case you have been under a rock for the past 500 years or so, here’s the Publisher’s Summary:

    Shakespeare’s timeless story of revenge, corruption, and murder is considered one of the greatest works in the English language. Composed over 400 years ago, the tragic tale of young Prince Hamlet remains one of the theater’s most studied and performed works, presented here in a new full-cast recording, directed by Martin Jarvis and featuring a special appearance by Stacy Keach as The Ghost.

    An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Josh Stamberg as Hamlet; Stephen Collins as King Claudius; JoBeth Williams as Queen Gertrude; Stacy Keach as The Ghost; Alan Mandell as Polonius; Emily Swallow as Ophelia; JD Cullum as Laertes; Matthew Wolf as Horatio; Mark Capri as Ambassador and others; Josh Clark as Gravedigger, Voltemand and others; Henri Lubatti as Rosencrantz and others; Jon Matthews as Guildenstern and others; Darren Richardson as Player Queen and others; André Sogliuzzo as Reynaldo and others. Directed by Martin Jarvis. Recorded at the Invisible Studios, West Hollywood, in August 2011.

    ©2012 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2012 L.A. Theatre Works

     
  • gilwilson 5:19 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , chicanos, , folk healer, hispanic, mexican-americans, ,   

    Bless Me, Ultima By: Rudolfo Anaya 

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    Narrated by: Robert Ramirez
    Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
    Release date: 09-17-07
    Publisher: Recorded Books

    Sometimes a book comes your way and just sits there waiting to be read, and then when the time is right you read it when you need it. That’s pretty much what happened here with “Bless Me, Ultima.” I had downloaded the audiobook from the SYNC YA summer reading program and just kept it on my computer for a while. Then while looking for what I thought would be some light fare I decided to listen to this Young Adult novel. I have to say it was interesting to read about someone else trying to determine what is good and what is evil and how to cope with what you know to be true.

    The book follows a young Antonio as he is about to begin school and be separated from his mother for the first time. While worrying about school, Ultima, a sort of folk healer, comes to live with his family. Antonio is expected to become a priest, by his mother. In a community of farmers this will be a difficult road to travel. While he is preparing for his first communion and learning about God and good and evil, his religious background is enhanced by the folktales and teachings of Ultima about his ancestors.

    As Antonio begins to question good and evil things happen in the village that lead Antonio to become concerned for the soul of his father. Ultima also shows him how to break a curse from the town’s witches and learns to save his Uncle. Antonio’s education becomes a pathway that shapes not only his future but his family’s future and his standing in it.

    This book not only tells the coming of age of Antonio, but also gives the reader/listener a look into the society of the vaqueros (farmers) and Mexican-Americans / Chicanos and the blending with European religion and attitudes.

    Robert Ramirez delivers the narration of the book with the perfect subtlety and accent to keep the book interesting throughout.

    Publisher’s Summary

    With hundreds of thousands of copies in print, Bless Me, Ultima has been called the most widely read Mexican-American novel in the English language. Richly evocative, it has earned its place among the classics of modern literature, even drawing favorable comparisons to Herman Melville’s legendary Moby Dick.

    ©1973, 1994 Rodolfo Anaya; (P)2004 Recorded Books LLC

     
  • gilwilson 5:20 PM on January 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes By: Arthur Conan Doyle 

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    By: Arthur Conan Doyle
    Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    Release date: 08-14-09
    Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.

    You may have read my earlier review of a Young Sherlock Holmes book, after listening to that audiobook I wanted to listen to a “real” Sherlock Holmes book. So I found this collection, and I’m so glad I did. Ralph Cosham does a remarkable job narrating the story changing voices between characters. His Watson is just perfectly spot on and makes the entire collection worth listening to all day long.

    The fun of a Holmes story is always in the Sherlock revealing how he deduces the outcome. The common observations are sometimes the ones that solve the crime but there are times when something not revealed in the story is the solution, you just really never know. Thus making Sherlock Holmes a fun read for anyone.

    Publisher’s Summary

    In the more than 100 years since Doyle created the immortal Sherlock Holmes and his assistant, Dr. Watson, no other mystery writer has come close to eclipsing him as the standard bearer in crime fiction. A brilliant London-based “consulting detective,” Holmes is famous for his intellectual prowess and is renowned for his skillful use of astute observation, deductive reasoning, and inference to solve difficult cases. Holmes is at the height of his powers here in this collection of 12 of his most famous cases, including “The Red-Headed League” and “The Adventure of the Speckled Band.”

    (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

    Includes the following cases:

    “A Scandal in Bohemia”

    “The Red-Headed League”

    “A Case of Identity”

    “The Boscombe Valley Mystery”

    “The Five Orange Pips”

    “The Man with the Twisted Lip”

    “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”

    “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”

    “The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb”

    “The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor”

    “The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet”

    “The Adventure of the Copper Beeches

     
  • gilwilson 6:29 PM on January 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: BAD REVIEW, macgyver   

    What Would MacGyver Do? True Stories of Improvised Genius in Everyday Life By: Brendan Vaughan 

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    By: Brendan Vaughan6803848
    Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor, Shelly Frasier
    Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
    Release date: 12-01-06
    Publisher: Tantor Audio

    Okay this is one of those rare occasions where I will be posting a bad review. The reason bad reviews are rare from me is that when I get a bad book I figure out it’s bad before wasting my time and stop reading or listening. The problem was this book seemed like it would get better. Based on the title I assumed it was going to show how super creative people can be. But no, this book stayed mundane or even less creative and more on the common sense side of things.

    Growing up in the 70s & 80s, I got to enjoy (once in a while) the TV series MacGyver. Most of the time I thought the show was predictable, but the cool ways he came up with saving the day were fun to try and figure out whether they would really work. I can’t say I was a fan, but we did watch the last few minutes just to catch the big save. I figured this book would have something that great that everyday people could come up with MacGyveresque solutions, after all, it is in the title. But no, these people did a lot of things to get them out of a fix in a very simple way that didn’t impress me. I pretty much label these as common sense. I was in no way impressed.

    Publisher’s Summary:

    You’re driving on a deserted road when your car dies. Your cell phone isn’t getting service. All you have on hand are a gum wrapper and a wire hanger.

    Or maybe you’re living in a building without central air conditioning in July. You can’t afford an AC; all you have access to are a fan and a bucket of water.

    In such times of desperation, many have called upon the symbol of all that is inventive, the hero who awed thousands with his cool, quick wit: “What would MacGyver do?” they ask.

    For anyone who’s ever wished they could channel the 1980s action-adventure icon comes this clever collection of 45 true stories, commemorating the use of improvised genius to solve everyday problems. Inspired by television’s Angus MacGyver (played by Richard Dean Anderson), a secret agent who relied on his brains and scientific prowess, not to mention duct tape and a Swiss Army knife, to save the day, the “MacGyverisms” recounted range from the concrete to the intangible (saving a relationship with the perfect turn of phrase). Edgy, entertaining, and smirk-to-yourself funny (using Chex Mix to provide traction in an icy parking lot?), these masterfully told stories reveal that, with a little luck and a lot of ingenuity, you can “MacGyver” yourself out of virtually any predicament.

    ©2006 Brendan Vaughan; (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.

     
  • gilwilson 4:37 PM on January 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Oliver Twist By: Charles Dickens 

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    By: Charles Dickens
    Narrated by: Simon Vance
    Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
    Release date: 07-29-08
    Publisher: Tantor Audio

    In this day and age everyone pretty much knows Charles Dickens work, and the same could probably be said about Oliver Twist. On occasion I like to revisit classic stories, especially revisit in audiobook form. Most of the time I pick up on something I missed whether it’s because of the age difference (yeah I’m Old now, so what.) or maybe just because I do the audiobook version when revisiting and just listening to the story and letting it flow over me, either way it’s nice to discover something new each time.

    While on the subject of the audiobook version, let’s talk about the narrator, Simon Vance. Vance is one of my top 5 audiobook voices. He can give each character a unique voice while reading, that at times it seems as though more than one person is narrating. Sometimes it is just enough to know it is another voice but Vance can give the story that extra oomph that will help the listener get lost in the story.

    In case your not familiar with the story, this Dickens novel was a social commentary on how poverty affects all, not just the poor. Oliver is an orphan sent to live at the workhouse where his mother gave birth to him and experiences the abuse the workhouse caretakers express on the children in their care. He is then sent to be an apprentice for an Undertaker where Oliver gets abused and runs away. Once on the streets Oliver begins working for the shady Fagin while learning the tricks of the pick pocket trade from the Artful Dodger.

    Through Oliver Twists misadventures with the criminal element the reader/listener is taught that poverty creates problems for everyone and that we are all affected somehow. If you ask me, you definitely learn that crime does not pay, although you have to get through nearly all of the book for that to surface.

    Publisher’s Summary:

    One of Charles Dickens’ most popular novels, Oliver Twist is the story of a young orphan who dares to say, “Please, sir, I want some more”. After escaping from the dark and dismal workhouse where he was born, Oliver finds himself on the mean streets of Victorian-era London and is unwittingly recruited into a scabrous gang of scheming urchins. In this band of petty thieves, Oliver encounters the extraordinary and vibrant characters who have captured audiences’ imaginations for more than 150 years: the loathsome Fagin, the beautiful and tragic Nancy, the crafty Artful Dodger, and the terrifying Bill Sikes, perhaps one of the greatest villains of all time.

    Rife with Dickens’ disturbing descriptions of street life, the novel is buoyed by the purity of the orphan Oliver. Though he is treated with cruelty and surrounded by coarseness for most of his life, his pious innocence leads him at last to salvation – and the shocking discovery of his true identity.

    (P)2008 Tantor

     
  • gilwilson 3:51 PM on January 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Billy Bathgate By: E. L. Doctorow 

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    By: E. L. Doctorow
    Narrated by: Mark Deakins
    Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
    Audiobook Release date: 03-04-14
    Publisher: Random House Audio

     

     

     

    First off I have to somewhat rationalize why I read a gangster novel. I really do have an eclectic taste when it comes to reading material, but I tend to stick to my favorites, Sci-Fi & Horror, but I have been known to branch out. But Gangsters? Well what happened was that I had just seen the Movie based on this book, and around the same time E.L. Doctorow’s books were re-released as audiobooks. Synchronicity? Maybe. Coincidence? Maybe. Whatever the case I was curious and wanted to hear the book.

     

    So what’s this book about? It is a coming-of-age story about Billy Bathgate who finds a mentor in the form of Dutch Schultz. Dutch takes Billy under his wing as a young kid and turns him into pretty much a full fledged gangster. But when Dutch’s gang falls It is Billy who survives and turns his life around in a completely opposite way than that which Dutch would have led to, but because of what he learned and Dutch’s hidden fortune Billy creates a way for gang members to go legit.

    From the Bronx, to upstate New York, Saratoga, and to the docks of Manhattan, Doctorow supplies the color and the feel of the 1930’s. The feel of the book just plunges the reader into its world and with the narration by Mark Deakins his delivery keeps you in that era throughout the book.

    If you like gangster movies, you’ll love this. If they aren’t your thing you may not like this but give them a shot. (pardon the pun)

    Publisher’s Summary

    To listen to this audiobook is to enter the perilous, thrilling world of Billy Bathgate, the brazen boy who is accepted into the inner circle of the notorious Dutch Schultz gang. Like an urban Tom Sawyer, Billy takes us along on his fateful adventures as he becomes good-luck charm, apprentice, and finally protégé to one of the great murdering gangsters of the Depression-era underworld in New York City. The luminous transformation of fact into fiction that is E. L. Doctorow’s trademark comes to triumphant fruition in Billy Bathgate, a peerless coming-of-age tale and one of Doctorow’s boldest and most beloved best sellers.

    ©1989 E. L. Doctorow (P)2014 Random House Audio

     
  • gilwilson 4:36 PM on January 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Death Cloud – Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins By: Andrew Lane 

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    By: Andrew Lane
    Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    Series: Holmes: The Legend Begins, Book 1
    Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    Release date: 02-01-11
    Publisher: Macmillan Audio

    So once again I venture into the YA world of literature. This time, however, I go knowing what to expect. I love the Sherlock Holmes stories. So picking this up, I say yeah, why not, get those kids reading Sherlock stories. Get them into the classics. The best way to do so is to make Sherlock their age, an origin story, if you will.

    This definitely could get someone’s interest piqued toward exploring the Arthur Conan Doyle world of the master detective. However this was not without its flaws. First and foremost I have to approach the violence. Not for being a YA novel was the violence too much but just the fact that it was present. I’ve always looked at Holmes in much the same way as Doctor Who, and Star Trek, in that violence was an extremely last resort, but this book has Holmes being trained by an American on how to be more violent. It really didn’t ruin the story but it did sort of jab at me on occasion.

    In typical YA form it seems if only one adult was there to listen and believe what was going on the problems would have been over sooner. I’ve always been bugged by that go to element of YA stories. Anyway, while this did have some issues, the story still captured the essence of a Sherlock Holmes story, and did provide a good listen.

    Daniel Weyman delivers the story with great narration that just plunges the listener into the world of Young Sherlock. Being a native of the UK his accent (from this American’s point of view) was perfect.

    Publisher’s Summary

    It is the summer of 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is 14. On break from boarding school, he is staying with eccentric strangers—his uncle and aunt—in their vast house in Hampshire. When two local people die from symptoms that resemble the plague, Holmes begins to investigate what really killed them, helped by his new tutor, an American named Amyus Crowe. So begins Sherlock’s true education in detection, as he discovers the dastardly crimes of a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent.

    ©2010 Andrew Lane (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

     
  • gilwilson 11:32 AM on January 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: classic radio, , golden age of radio,   

    Classic Radio’s Greatest Comedy Shows, Vol. 1 12 Half-Hour Original Radio Broadcasts By: Hollywood 360 

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    12 Half-Hour Original Radio Broadcasts
    By: Hollywood 360
    Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
    Original Recordings
    Release date: 07-22-14
    Publisher: Black Eye Entertainment / Blackstone Audio

    I have always loved old radio programs. When I was a kid I would take my little transistor radio to bed and tune the AM dial around until I heard a station out of Tennessee that would play radio dramas every Friday and Saturday night. Most of the time they were horror or suspense stories which is what would keep my pre-teen attention. Little did I know, that it was also what would plant the seed that lead to a 30+ (so far) career in radio broadcasting.

    I’m not sure when radio dramas stopped being a thing, I really wish they would bring them back. The theater of the mind from radio is why I do what I do. When I write commercials my first focus is to create a audibly visual landscape. But that being said the days of the true radio performances happened in the golden age of radio, approx 1920 – 1950. The entertainment ranged from suspense, drama (especially soap operas), comedy, and variety shows and would keep people entertained for hours. Alas, those days are pretty much over. But thanks to Hollywood 360 / Black Eye Entertainment / Blackstone Audio we can now enjoy those golden age programs.

    This particular collection contains nearly 6 hours of some classic comedy programming. So you can re-live those thrilling days of yesteryear. The best part is that they are still somewhat relevant and still very funny.

    Publisher’s Summary

    This collection contains twelve of the greatest comedy shows ever broadcast during the golden age of radio. You’ll hear Ozzie and Harriet Nelson in The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll as Amos ‘n’ Andy, Robert Young in Father Knows Best, Jim and Marian Jordan as Fibber McGee and Molly, William Bendix as Chester A. Riley in The Life of Riley, Lucille Ball in My Favorite Husband, Eve Arden as English teacher Connie Brooks in Our Miss Brooks, plus many others, including The Fred Allen Show, The Aldrich Family,The Great Gildersleeve, Life with Luigi, and Lum & Abner.

    Relive twelve of the best classic radio comedy shows from yesterday and hear the legendary stars who made them great in this incredible collection.

    Contents include:

    • The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, “Housekeeping,” starring Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard
    • The Aldrich Family, “Henry Forgets to Mail a Letter,” starring Ezra Stone
    • The Amos ‘n’ Andy Show, “Andy Gets a Job as Charles Boyer’s Valet,” starring Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, with special guest Charles Boyer
    • Father Knows Best, “The Elusive Card Game,” starring Robert Young
    • Fibber McGee & Molly, “Jewelry Store Robbery,” starring Jimand Marian Jordan
    • The Fred Allen Show, “The Chicken Surplus,” starring Fred Allen, with special guest Orson Welles
    • The Great Gildersleeve, “Gildersleeve vs. Golf,” starring Willard Waterman
    • The Life of Riley, “Staying Out Late,” starring William Bendix
    • Life with Luigi, “The Traffic Light,” starring J. Carrol Naish
    • The Lum & Abner Show, “Baby Cedric the Mind Reader,” starring Chester Lauck and Norris Goff
    • My Favorite Husband, “Trying to Cash the Prize Check,” starring Lucille Ball and Richard Denning
    • Our Miss Brooks, “Trying to Sell a Trailer,” starring Eve Arden

    ©2014 Hollywood 360 Radio (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

     
  • gilwilson 11:06 AM on January 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bon jovi, , jay z, letters, ,   

    Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth And Other Pop Culture Correspondences By: John Moe 

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    And Other Pop Culture Correspondences
    By: John Moe
    Narrated by: John Moe
    Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    Release date: 06-10-14
    Publisher: Random House Audio

    If you need to laugh out loud in your life, this is the book for you. I will warn you, unless spit takes are your thing, do not have anything to drink while listening to this audiobook (or reading the physical book). I had to clean coffee off the inside of my windshield a couple of times on my commute to work before I learned my lesson.

    We come to find out that Darth Vader was a caring father and looked for several ways to break the big news to Luke. Remember how Luke & Leia are brother and sister? Well just hold on to that thought, I will not spoil the results this book will cause.

    Many aspects of Pop culture are hilariously represented by John Moe in this book. Definitely worth the read / listen for any fan of pop culture, person in need of a laugh, or someone that needs to be talked down from the ledge. If this book doesn’t have you at least giggling, you may have broken something.

    John Moe is not only the author of this collection but also the narrator of the audiobook, he delivers with just as much humor as required.

    Publisher’s Summary:

    We all know how Darth Vader shared his big secret with Luke Skywalker, but what if he had delivered the news in a handwritten note instead? And what if someone found that letter, as well as all of the drafts that landed in the Dark Lord’s trash can? In the riotously funny collection Dear Luke, We Need to Talk. Darth, John Moe finally reveals these lost notes alongside all the imagined letters, e-mails, text messages, and other correspondences your favorite pop culture icons never meant for you to see.

    From The Walking Dead to The Wizard of Oz, from Billy Joel to Breaking Bad, no reference escapes Moe’s imaginative wit and keen sense of nostalgia. Read Captain James T. Kirk’s lost log entries and Yelp reviews of The Bates Motel and Cheers. Peruse top-secret British intelligence files revealing the fates of Agents 001–006, or Don Draper’s cocktail recipe cards. Learn all of Jay-Z’s 99 problems, as well as the complete rules of Fight Club, and then discover an all-points bulletin concerning Bon Jovi, wanted dead or alive – and much more.

    Like a like a bonus track to a favorite CD or a deleted scene from a cult movie, Dear Luke, We Need to Talk Darth offer a fresh twist on the pop culture classics we thought we knew by heart. You already know part of their story. Now find out the rest.

    ©2014 John Moe (P)2014 Random House Audio

    Finally you will get to know what those 99 problems are, how to make great cocktails, family secrets, and how the Bates Motel is rated. The Bon Jovi wanted dead or alive has got to be one of the top 5 funniest bits of this book, if not the funniest. John Bon Jovi, has rocked over a million faces causing the police all points bulletin. Every time I read this or listen to it, which has been a few times already and more to come, I laugh so hard I cry.

    Do yourself a favor pick up this book. Be entertained and make your life better.

     
  • gilwilson 2:10 PM on January 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ADD, , Sync ya, , , ,   

    Carter Finally Gets It By: Brent Crawford 

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    By: Brent Crawford
    Narrated by: Nick Podehl
    Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
    Release date: 04-07-09
    Publisher: Brilliance Audio

    When a good YA book comes out I like to see what they are about. I got suckered into the “Twilight” series because of this curiosity and you’d think I’d never do it again but with examples like “The Sword of Darrow,” the Harry Potter series, the Lemony Snicket books, and the “Eragon” series I see there’s more good than bad. One bad, no make that horrible shiny vampire series will not stop me.

    This book is definitely one of the good ones. It was offered up as a free audiobook for the Summer SYNC YA reading program books, so I jumped on it. That way if it was bad I didn’t lose any money. After listening to this audiobook, I will definitely seek out the rest of the books in by Brent Crawford. Even better thing about this book is that most YA novels (unless they are supernatural based) are typically from a young girl’s point of view. This time we get the point of view of a young man about to start high school. However teen girls should read this as well, it will give them an inside source as to what is going on to their male counterpoint’s brains.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Meet Will Carter, but feel free to call him Carter. (Yes, he knows it’s a lazy nickname, but he didn’t have much say in the matter.) Here are five things you should know about him:

    1. He has a stuttering problem, particularly around boobs and belly buttons.

    2. He battles Attention Deficit Disorder every minute of every day…unless he gets distracted.

    3. He’s a virgin, mostly because he’s no good at talking to girls (see number 1).

    4. He’s about to start high school.

    5. He’s totally not ready.

    Join Carter for his freshman year, where he’ll search for sex, love, and acceptance anywhere he can find it. In the process, he’ll almost kill a trombone player, face off with his greatest nemesis, suffer a lot of blood loss, narrowly escape death, run from the cops (not once, but twice), get caught up in a messy love triangle, meet his match in the form of a curvy drill teamer, and surprise the hell out of everyone, including himself.

    ©2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.; ©2009 Brent Crawford

    Poor Carter stutters and has ADD but he is still pretty much the average teen boy. The book does have some somewhat crude teen locker room humor, but really is pretty typical. If you don’t think your teen thinks or has a friend that thinks this way, come out from under that rock once in a while.

    In Carter’s case the mixture of raging hormones, not knowing a thing about the opposite sex and throw in his ADD and things just don’t go as planned. This book has several Laugh out Loud moments, and still some of the poignancy of the troubles of growing up. Any teen going into high school NEEDS to read this book.

    In the case of the narrator of this audiobook, Nick Podehl, Nick captures the teen voice perfectly and delivers the story right where it needs to be.

     
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