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Be prepared for a horny teenage boy in this apocalyptic-coming-of-age story where our protagonist, Austin, is a history obsessed boy who is in love with his girlfriend and his best friend. Read the book description, it will tell you better. What I will tell you is this: 1) Read this book. Don't think about it, just do it. Cursing give you the willies? Get over it and read this book. 2) Be prepared for repetition - these are teenagers and they hear things in their heads over and over... and we're just along for the ride. 3) Laugh. Gasp. Think. and 4) Read everything else by Andrew Smith, just so you will know he's a fabulous author, but this book is so far above everything else - it's almost a little daunting.
My only drawback is listening to it - Philip Church has a pleasant voice, almost news-broadcaster-esque. It almost doesn't fit for this story, but at the end, I think I see why they chose him.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
A different narrator
What didn’t you like about Philip Church’s performance?
He sounded like my old Kindle Keyboard text-to-speech...monotone droning. I know everyone has their own style, and typically within 15-30 minutes I can get in the groove, but his performance kept getting worse and worse. His voices were like someone reading to a child...trying to elicit a giggle. He made the dad sound stupid (darp). I can't even explain how bad his voices were. Everyone in the book sounded like they were retarded. I tried, but I couldn't get past how bad his narration was.
Any additional comments?
I adore Andrew Smith. However, I couldn't force myself to finish this audiobook. I will get the Kindle version, and just read it.
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