Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Armchair Audie Review: Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors narrated by, Johnny Heller and Maxwell Glick

Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors narrated by, Johnny Heller and Maxwell Glick
Published by Harper Audio

I’ll be honest I wasn’t sure what to think of this book at first, I thought it skewed younger than middle grade closer to chapter book. However, with that being said Oh my goodness this is a cute book, I would recommend this to your little ones this is a great road trip book the whole family can enjoy.

Johnny Heller is so fabulous as Gizmo the furry potato, Gizmo is determined to take over the world and Heller’s narration is perfection and in all honesty I think I am Gizmo when it comes to how he feels about humans.
Maxwell Glick’s narration of Wedgie is just as fun in a different way Wedgie is so sweet and just wants people to love him and just really wants to be friends with Gizmo but Gizmo thinks he will spoil his plans for world domination.

This is a cute story of a newly blended family where everyone including the animals is trying to find where they fit. Told by the Guinea Pig  (but don’t call Gizmo that) and  a dog that may be a corgi this story made me laugh out loud especially Johnny Heller’s narration. I highly recommend this one on audio!

4 Stars


Monday, March 12, 2018

Armchair Audies review: The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya narrated by the author

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya narrated by the author
Published by Listening Library

I liked this family and understood their fight against gentrification and to keep their neighborhood what it had been. Abuela's restaurant was a place I really wanted to go I wanted to visit the restaurant and get to know the Zamora family. This kind of had the same feel as One Crazy Summer I know I don’t usually like comparing books but there is this family feel that was similar to me. The bad guy in this book will make you so mad he’s kind of a mustache twirling kind of guy and I loved that this family and came together to try to save their neighborhood from him.

The narration by the author was good especially for an author (sorry but the majority of authors shouldn’t narrate) However this author does a good job he has some good voices and accents. And did a good job at conveying the emotions of Arturo.

Bonus recipes at the end to try with your kids!

3 ½ stars

Friday, March 2, 2018

Armchair Audies: See You In the Cosmos by Jack Cheng narrated by, Kivlighan de Montebello and a full cast

SEE YOU IN THE COSMOS  by Jack Cheng Read by Kivlighan de Montebello and a full cast, including Brittany Pressley (as Terra), Graham Halstead (as Steve), Michael Crouch (as Ronnie), and Jason Culp (as Zed). Additional narration provided by Therese Plummer, Susan Bennett, Dan Bittner, Pete Larkin, and Courtney Shaw
Published by Penguin Random Audio

Kivlighan de Montebello— as Alex this young man carried this book his narration was so well done and authentic I believed every word he said. He was so smart in so many ways yet some things were a bit out of grasp (read the book you’ll know what I’m talking about) but he is just 11 years old and sometimes you forget that. The narration was superb, he has a heck of a future him!

Brittany Pressley—as Tara was the 2nd biggest character in the book her narration was well done too and the two played off of each other well she brought the emotions to life.

Graham Halstead (as Steve), Michael Crouch (as Ronnie), and Jason Culp (as Zed) All these guys did a really nice job some had bigger parts than others but all were very good.

(Thoughts from early in the book)-Sound effects the bleep when there is a new message is a little off putting I keep trying to find the device it’s coming from. This feels more like an audio drama with the sounds affects and all the different voices.
 I did get used to the beeps but this is more of an audio drama with sound effects and different voices, voices that sound like they are on the phone or in the next room and each person was voiced by a different actor.

The story is sweet and sad at times. This is one of those books that could be a Newberry because of the mom and Alex’s adventure all by himself. The older I get the more I find these stories about these small children traveling by themselves and no one seems to notice or care more disturbing than cute. But that is just me I guess.

This was a good story and this kid is way older than his years and he was able to find some adults that helped him out. I did enjoy this book and the story.

4 stars