Addy and Beth have been BFFs forever. Except last summer when Addy made a new friend at cheer camp. But now that they’re on varsity cheerleading, nothing can stop them — until a new coach, 27 and totally “tight” arrives to make their “girl bodies” tight, too. Beautifully recorded, voice actor Khristine Hvam crafts Abbott’s mean girls novel into something more insidious than typical high school bitchy fare. Though adult listeners will wonder when everyone else will realize how easy it is to knock a top girl like Beth down, the real excitement ramps up when a military recruiter is found dead, and both Coach and Addy are there. Highly recommended!
Terry McMillan follows a large cast of characters as they struggle to learn what it means to be good family, how to find a path in life, and when to hold their tongues. Narrated by several voice actors, all of whom do a splendid job. Yet, I wish this work were abridged so that the dialogue tags were clearer (Phylicia Rashad in particular doesn’t alter her voice for different characters). That ending is going to irritate some people, but it was fine by me. Distinct characters make this a must listen.
I started with the audio book of Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell, read by the author, but her witty, wandering style of creative nonfiction (and the author’s chipmunk voice) was too challenging for me. I switched to the paperback version and had a much better time following Vowell to places of historical significance connected to the assassinations of Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley. Her path is indirect, more like falling down the Wikipedia rabbit hole during which you learn a lot but have no idea how you ended up where you are. An interesting read from a woman who’s a little too intent on proving she’s quirky for me to enjoy being in her headspace.