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Audiobook Review: A Man Called Ove

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I honestly can’t say enough good things about this book. It has been literally years since a book has had me laughing out loud like this one has! Even when I was crying, I was still laughing.

The only Fredrik Backman book I’ve read before was Beartown, and I thought going into this one would be a similar experience. Man was I wrong. And I’m so happy about that. Beartown was great, but I am completely enamored with Ove! Grumpy old ass that he is and all.

The characters of this book is what really snares you, and the narrator did a great job of bringing them to life. Pravana was the main source for my lol’s and she’s also my idol. Although she’s a Saint and I fear that if I was in her shoes I’d have lost my shit at Ove and probably messed up the whole plot of the book. She’s brilliant 😀

The story can come across as very light-hearted, but at its core its really pretty deep and sad. Loneliness is a killer… and before judging someone by their surface demeanor, you should really try and look a little deeper… Although that doesn’t make it okay for people to be assholes… I’m looking at you Ove!

P.S. I was pronouncing the name wrong the whole time. According to the narrator, it’s pronounced Oo-vuh… You learn something new every day!

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Audiobook Review: Born a Crime

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As a South African myself, this book hits very close to home. Although I grew up poor as well, I’m a white person, and I’ve always had that privilege. It was fascinating and horrifying listening to how it was on the other side of the tracks, so to speak.

Through it all, Trevor’s optimism and strength of character shines through. I’ve always liked him, but now I have even more respect for him. His love for his mother is so clear a blind person could see it, and I found myself loving her as well. I’m so happy she survived all that happened. She’s such an inspiration and as a mother I think she did such a wonderful job of rising above circumstances… I just wish that she didn’t feel like there was no escaping from an abusive relationship that no doubt had an effect on her children…

Trevor did am amazing job with writing this book and his audio narration was such a pleasure to listen to. I’ve known about him for ages and just assumed that he had always been a comedian, so it was a shock to realize that’s not the case at all and to hear about his beginnings and his struggle was such an eye opener. I wish there was more though. I’d have loved to hear more about how his actual comedy career got started, as that part was skipped over entirely… I’m sure it didn’t go straight from being a DJ to the famous CellC ads.

Of course the crime in South Africa played a fairly big part in this memoir. It is a big deal to us after all, and there’s been a lot of outside focus on it over the years, with a lot of the blame game being played across the board. Other than a few house break-ins (while we were out thankfully) I’ve mostly been lucky and haven’t really had to deal with some of the things I’ve heard from family and friends. Funny enough, I got mugged for the first time in my life while listening to the chapter about crime and jail! Just a strange coincidence, but I’ll definitely never forget which book I was listening to the first time I had a really scary experience!

Rating: 5 Stars
Date Started: 11 January 2017
Date Finished: 14 January 2017
Pages: 304 (8:50:00)
Genre: Memoir

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Audiobook Review: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

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Rating: 2 Stars
Date Started: 24 May 2017
Date Finished: 10 June 2017
Pages: 257
Genre: Memoir

I honestly don’t know why this book came so highly recommended? David Sedaris is an insufferable pain in the ass that complains about everything and tries to be funny about it like that will make it better.

I don’t know if any of this is serious or if it’s all just an attempt at dark humor, but it’s difficult to sympathize with someone about how horrible their lives are when it’s very clearly not. Yeah sure he’s gay and there have been obstacles in the way of his happiness, but that isn’t discussed at all. Instead he decided to rant and rave about how difficult it is to get a passport to stay in England and about his journals.

I really couldn’t give less of a shit about anything that was discussed in this book and the music between chapters was so irritating I ripped my headphones out multiple times. I usually love when books can evoke some emotion in me, but when that emotion is irritation and borderline rage, I’m thinking that’s not a good thing.

The only redeeming quality were the last couple of chapters where he stopped going on and on about his own life and added some satirical chapters with actual stories. They mostly focused on how stupid conservatives sound when they oppose everything, and although we were back to making fun of other people again, at least these stories had an element of actual humor to it. There was even a poem about dogs thrown in.

Maybe you have to be American to appreciate this, but I just wanted it to be over.

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Audiobook: Life, the Universe and Everything

Life, the Universe and Everything
Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I didn’t enjoy this as much as the previous books. I found it very choppy and all over the place. Multiple times I was confused as to where the hell I was or what the hell was going on… which might be because I was listening to this in traffic and did get a bit distracted every now and then… but still. It was just okay.

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Audiobook Review: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Martin Freeman is certainly one of the wonders of the world! I absolutely loved listening to this on my daily work commute, and I didn’t even notice traffic! The story itself is deceptively light and ridiculous, but he just made it so much better! Not only did he have a distinguishable “voice” for each character, he also held true to that voice for the entire duration of the book! His abilities with his voice is amazing…

I also love the story, though. It touches on serious subjects, while making fun of how serious we always take ourselves when in the bigger picture, we are but a tiny molecule in a droplet of water in a never ending ocean. It definitely serves to help put things in perspective for me… although I don’t have the ability right now to articulate how!

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