Friday, July 22, 2016

Mother, Can you NOT?

by Kate Siegel

This book had me laughing so hard at times with a mother daughter duo that have a very interesting relationship.  The stories in this book made grateful that my mom is not CRAZY.  If your mother is anything like Kate Siegel’s mother, I am sorry in advance.  You probably have some interesting stories of your own, but have you ever considered writing a book about it?  There are some embarrassing moments for her, which left me picking up my jaw from the floor a couple times.  Other times I laughed to tears.  This book is narrated by the author and her mother, which makes it very captivating and fast moving.  Some of the stories I bet my dad would be glad he did not have to deal with (kind of embarrassing).  I don’t want to give anything away, but if you want a good laugh, or just want to have a new appreciation for your own mother check this audiobook out.   

Monday, April 25, 2016

Girls Guide to Moving On

By Debbie Macomber
Narator Nancy Linari, Allyson Ryan

I have to admit I have always judged these books by their cover.  This title peaked my interest and thought why not give it a shot.  I was pleasantly surprised.  The narration of this book was great, using two different narrators for the different characters made it feel like you were actually listening to them.  The characters, Leanne and Nichole, have a lot of issues to work out to get to happiness.  This mother-in-law, daughter-in-law duo make a few guidelines to help them move on in life after both of them divorce their spouses.  I really did get involved in this story wanting to know how it was going to turn out.  Leanne and Nichole stay close through everything, and try to help each other move on being true companions.  This turned out to have a good ending.  It was rough in places because we all have those moments in life where we feel unloved and disregarded.  It helps you to see that there is light at the end of the tunnel and life truly will get better.  I really enjoyed this story and think I will look into more by this author.    

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Furiously Happy

By Jenny Lawson
Narrated by Jenny Lawson

This is a funny book on more than just depression, it includes anxiety, among other symptoms that most of us can relate too.  I know it seems there is not anything funny about depression;  but these things need to be talked about and it is good to stop hiding our pain, and let others know that we all deal with these things.  If you know anyone or you yourself are depressed, this book is a must.  This will help you have an understanding of what is going on when someone says they are depressed and how you can help or support them.  Not just telling someone that they need to “walk it off.”   We are not as alone as we think.  “When we share our struggles, we let others know it is okay to share theirs.”  Jenny Lawson rambles about everything from possums and her arguments with her husband, to her fears of finding a dead body, and how you only feel successful at life just once in a while.  This book, although about serious matters, will have you laughing out loud.  

Content warning: Language

Saturday, February 13, 2016


by Drew Barrymore
Narrated by Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore going AWOL on a cruise ship left her feeling like she “needed to reboot.”  She goes from wild child to doting mom, doing many different jobs and tackling all sorts of hobbies all while on the mission to save herself.  Living by the motto “You never know where the day is going to take you,” Drew takes you on the roller coaster that is her life.  I have really enjoyed this book, if you are a fan of Drew Barrymore, definitely check out this audio book. Content Warning: there is some swearing.

Monday, December 7, 2015

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

by Felicia Day
narrated by Felicia Day

Felicia Day is very quirky and someone I would love to meet and have as a close friend.  She has had great success with her internet show “The Guild,” a web series about gamers.  Felicia did not have a traditional life by any means.  She went to college on a violin scholarship at the age of 16, and also got a “real degree” in mathematics.  College Felicia is a 4.0 student, determined to overachieve which causes her a lot of anxiety about blending in and living up to expectations.  She talks about what she went through as she tried to launch her show and what she does to promote it.  Felicia talks about a lot of things that you may not get if you are not a gamer, but she also talks about the pressure of being successful, dealing with socially awkward situations and depression.  I really enjoyed this book, so much so that I have bought it for my own collection.  It is one of my favorite books that I have listened to so far.  Definitely check this book out.   

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Food: A Love Story

by Jim Gaffigan
narrated by Jim Gaffigan

If you are not familiar with Jim Gaffigan’s standup comedy act, you have been missing out.  Jim Gaffigan himself narrates this book, and it is a scream.  You will not be able to control your laughter.  We all love food, and Jim’s interesting take on all things food related will make your stomach hurt from laughter.  He talks about his love of Hot Pockets, seafood and of course a juicy burger.  Those of you who dislike kale will be able to laugh out loud at his take on the so called Superfood.  You should definitely check this audiobook out if you are looking for something to make you laugh and put a smile on your face.  If you can’t wait to get your hands on this one, you can also download it from our digital library in Overdrive.  I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Queen of the Tearling

by Erika Johansen
narrated by Katherine Kellgren

19 years Kelsea has been in hiding, until the queen’s guard shows up at the door.  Running to take her rightful place as queen she had many near death experiences.  Once she arrives to the Tearling it is a fight for the crown.  She is on a quest for justice driven by emotion with a sense of loyalty to a people that have been oppressed for too long.  The Tearling has had a dark cloud hanging over it in the form of the neighboring kingdom ruled by the “Red Queen.”  We get to see the struggle Kelsea goes through as she tries to adjust to her new role as queen, discovering things about herself that she did not even know were there, and her resolve earning her loyal allies that have strong reputations in the territory.  She will be put to the test everywhere she turns.  This is an excellent story, and the narrator is perfect.  I can’t wait to listen to the sequel, Invasion of the Tearling, on its way to our shelves.  Definitely recommend this one.  Content warning: language and violence.