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Recent Audiobooks January 12, 2010

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I’ve just recently finished listening to two different audiobooks. I enjoyed them both, for very different reasons. The one I finished most recently is John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines.

The other audiobook is Going Bovine by Libba Bray.

Two very different books, but both had me driving around laughing my

head off. I’m sure that makes funny viewing for the other driving, like when you pull up at a stoplight and someone is singing like crazy.

While looking at both covers, I’m struck by another similarity! Both books have teenage boys going on a road trip at a pivotal time of their life! Hmmm…..

That hadn’t crossed my mind until just now.

An Abundance of Katherines is the story of Colin Singleton and his best friend Hassan. They take off on a road trip to cure Colin of his heartbreak of being dumped by the nineteenth Katherine in his life. How does one guy get dumped by 19 Katherines with a K? Colin, child prodigy/hoping to be a genius has managed. The boys end up in Gutshot, Tennnessee, making friends, interviewing townspeople for their summer job, writing mathematical theorems and trying to decide what life has in store for them. Not a YA book you can listen to with your children in the car, as both Colin and Hassan are prone to use “fugging” in place of another curse word frequently throughout their speech.  There are so many amusing parts that I it’s hard to name one, but the hunt for the “feral pig” would be in my top three.

Going Bovine, by Libba Bray, is funny in a whole different kind of way. The cover of a cow carrying a lawn gnome, was just too good to pass up! Main character, Cameron, is having a hard enough time surviving high school and that is even before he comes down with Mad Cow Disease of the human form! Hallucinations of fire demons, a road trip with side kick and midget, Gonzo, a punk angel, a quest to save the world. all of which Cameron endures as he either is a: dying in his hospital bed or, b: really going on the trip of a life time. You’ll have to decide as you read (or listen) which you think.  I might need to go back and read Don Quixote.

I do love Libba Bray’s humor. From scanning her blog, she sounds like a hoot to hang out with.


9 Responses to “Recent Audiobooks”

  1. Paige Y. Says:

    I would recommend Paper Towns by John Green — I listened to it this summer and really enjoyed it. Green narrates it and he does a marvelous job.

    I may buy Going Bovine on audio — I haven’t read it yet and it sounds as though it would be really good on audio.

  2. Caroline Says:

    I love Green’s stuff, but I’ve never listened to his audiobooks. I rarely listen to audiobooks at all, so I might have to branch in to that. And I keep meaning to pick up Going Bovine. Thanks for these reviews!

  3. Ms Yingling Says:

    Oooh. I like the new Abundance of Katherine’s over. Like the old one, too. Maybe I need a Perma-Bound copy as well.

  4. I’m listening to The Help right now. I’m sure it’s a good read (I’ve heard that from so many people), but LISTENING to the dialect and accents is so fabulous that I wouldn’t trade it!

    Right now in my life, almost the only way I get adult fiction is through audio books. They are saving my adult reading life!

  5. millymarie Says:

    An Abundance of Katherines sounds hysterical. I also love Road Trip books on my next vacation I’ll have to remember these. 😀

  6. Natalie Says:

    Ooh, I’ve been meaning to read Going Bovine for awhile now. I think you’ve turned me onto listening to the audiobook instead!

  7. I’ve never read an audio book – but after reading your post, I think I might. Thanks.

  8. Kate Says:

    An Abundance of Katherines is on my list to read and now thanks to your review so is Going Bovine. It seems like such a departure from what Libba Bray wrote last time, but that might be a good thing!

  9. MotherReader Says:

    Great funny books – glad that they work well on audio too. OH! and both Printz winners.

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