On the Road

So I sort of went on this sudden, semi unexpected road trip the other day and it was completely fun. Before I left for my trip I went to the library. I was there for almost an hour trying to our the best audiobooks for my journey. The book needed to be engaging, but not so engaging that I would want to be taking notes. (Blind Assassin, out!) It also, of course, had to be unabridged. Ideally it would have a full cast (spectacular example: His Dark Material) I was interest in, but not limited to, young adult titles. I ended up with three book, and yes, in the end they were all young adult.
  1. Feed by M.T. Anderson
  2. Kira Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
  3. Girl, 15, Charming But Insane by Sue Limb
When I got out of the library I quickly shoved the first CD of the first book into the player. Because the most important requirement was that the narrator didn't put me to sleep.

Girl, 15, Charming but Insane - occasionally dry British lady skating a very thin line in terms of boring. The book was funny enough to make up for it. I wondered if I looked like an idiot driving away from the library laughing hysterically in the car by myself.

Feed - The narrator is a bit old for the age of the narrator of this story. Or at least I thought so initially. It was bugging me a bit so I listened to it again and didn't notice as much the second time, as soon as I got used to the jargon of the book.

He did a spectacular job having a completely unique voice for each of the characters and pulling off the female ones fairly convincingly.

Kira Kira - This narrator had a nice soothing voice. I like in particular that she sounds young, even though when I looked her up I found out she was in fact not.

I could tell that even though I liked the narrator this probably wasn't going to be my favorite story.


  1. I read Feed a year or two ago for a class and loved it. I bet it'd be a fantastic audiobook. The teens' jargon could really come to life that way.


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