Carter Finally Gets It: audio book (mini review)

Carter Finally Gets ItCarter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford; narrated by Nick Podehl.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Format: Audiobook, Digital Download, 8.5 hours, Unabridged

Published:  April 7th 2009 by Brilliance Audio (first published April 1st 2009)

Source: This title was a SYNC free download from July 4 – July 10, 2013.

I absolutely enjoyed the audio book version of Carter Finally Gets It. Brent Crawford book about Will Carter’s freshman year in high school is very enjoyable. It gave me a peek into the mind of a teenaged boy. Carter obsesses about girls, sports, “being cool,” and girls, especially one girl in particular, Abby. There were plenty of times where I laughed out loud and shaking my head. So hilarious!

I would ordinarily go off on a tangent (yet again) about how I really enjoy audiobooks. But I won’t this time. I’ll just quote the audiobook review that mirrors my thoughts so well.

AudioFile Magazine Review:
“Will Carter is a 14-year-old trying to find his way through his freshman year. He stumbles through that coming-of-age time with school, friends, peer pressure, parties, sports, an older sister, bullies, grown-ups, and, yes, girls and sex. He’s too cool, not cool enough, immature at times, savvy at others. Brent Crawford’s story is laugh-out-loud funny and occasionally poignant. Nick Podehl gives a wonderfully animated performance, telling the story through Carter’s perspective. His narration is wild at times, but always appropriate. He also does well with minor characters; his portrayal of a particular bully is downright hysterical. In particular, his voices, tones, and inflections for Carter will keep listeners interested as he does indeed figure out what getting through his first year of high school is all about.”

If you’re looking for an audiobook to begin your listening experience, I wholeheartedly recommend Carter Finally Gets It.

Enjoy a snippet:


Review: Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & ParkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Format: Audiobook

Published: February 26th 2013 by Listening Library (first published April 12th 2012)
Source: borrowed from local library

I was a little hesitant to read Eleanor & Park because I wasn’t a huge fan of Fangirl. But I wanted another audio book to read, and this was available as an audio book from my local library and listened to it while working.

Set in Omaha, Nebraska in 1986, Park Sheridan and Eleanor Douglas meet on the school bus when Eleanor boards the bus to school. It’s her first day of school after she moves in with her mother, siblings, and abusive step-father. Park is half-white, half-Korean while Eleanor is Danish and Scottish and both are misfits. As the two bond over comic books and music on the way to school, a budding relationship develops between them. Eleanor & Park also deals with issues of race and child abuse.

Aah, the memories! Walkmans and mix tapes and AA batteries. I still have some cassette tapes in my closet. Teenage love in books can be so innocent and so pure…so romantic. I believe Rainbow Rowell does an excellent job of teen love, with Eleanor’s insecurities, with Park’s growing love. I enjoyed the love story between Eleanor and Park. It made me smile.

The abusive stepfather made me cringe. The abuse isn’t overwhelming in the story, but the reader always knows it’s there. It periodically explodes reminding the reader of explosiveness of stepfather. Eleanor musters up the nerve to tell her mother a lie that Eleanor has a girlfriend that she spends time with after school, giving Eleanor a way to escape the abuse for a little while everyday and spend time with Park and his family.

Park’s family is great. Their interaction is believable. I love that ultimately Park was able to talk to his father and enlist his father’s help for Eleanor.

I was torn about the ending, which seems to be a topic of discussion in reviews. I was happy for Eleanor on one hand, but heartbroken as well. Yeah, I’ll admit to being a little teary remembering my own first heartbreak. It was very similar to Park’s experience.

As to the three words on the postcard, I like to believe it says, “I’ll call you.”

I really enjoyed Eleanor & Park and would recommend adding it to your TBR list. Read it!

A little side note about audio books:

I think listening to the audio book of Eleanor & Park really added to my enjoyment. The narrators did a really good job of the different voices, especially with Park’s mother, Min-Dae Korean accent.

It took me a while to get into reading audio books. I used to believe that it was like listening to the radio. But now that I’ve been listening to audio books for a couple of years, I realize that it can absolutely enhance my reading experience. James Patterson’s Alex Cross series uses music to ramp up the tension and even sound effects in some of the action scenes. I only read James Patterson Alex Cross series and Women’s Murder Club series on audio book. I listen to audio books when I’m running errands, working, or just laying around the house. I definitely recommend audio books to everyone. Try one, you might surprise yourself.

It’s Monday! What are you reading?


It’s Monday! What are you reading is hosted by Book Journey.

Last week I started the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. While I thought that Divergent and Insurgent were pretty decent, I am hesitant about reading the third book in the trilogy. I had to ask myself if I would have read the book if I had not read the spoilers. And the answer is Yes…I can’t just not finish the trilogy, even though I’m not overly excited about a particular event in the book. If I not read the spoilers, I wouldn’t have known about that event and would’ve been “UUUGGGHHH!!!” when I did read about the event. So I’m going to read Allegiant and be all “uugghh!” because it’s not a surprise and I’ll finish the trilogy and post my thoughts about Allegiant when I’m done.

Before I started this post, I checked my place in line for Allegiant and I am 2 out of 42. So I’m going to hope that I’ll be reading Allegiant before the week is over. Given my earlier rant about Allegiant, um, yay?! I’ll be reading the book.

So today I’m reading:
Carter Finally Gets It (Carter Finally Gets It, #1)Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford

Format: Audiobook, Digital Download, Unabridged
Published: April 7th 2009 by Brilliance Audio (first published April 1st 2009)
Source: Sync (SYNC offers free Young Adult & Classic audiobook downloads in the summer months to introduce the listening experience.)

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.

What I plan to read this week:

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Format: Kindle Edition, 526 pages

Published: October 22nd 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books

Source: The local library

Summary: The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.