Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Armchair Audie Review Post 2
"There’s a reason why Brewster can’t have friends – why he can’t care about too many people. Because when he cares about you, things start to happen. Impossible things that can’t be explained. I know, because they're happening to me."
When Brontë starts dating Brewster “Bruiser” Rawlins – the guy voted “Most Likely to Get the Death Penalty” her twin brother, Tennyson, isn’t surprised. But then strange things begin to occur. Tennyson and Brontë’s scrapes heal unnaturally fast, and cuts disappear before their eyes. What at first seems like their good fortune turns out to be more than they bargained for…much more
Bruiser is the only Young Adult audiobook in the multi-voiced production category. I read and listen to a lot of YA here on the blog and have had this one on my wishlist for awhile.
The story is a very heart-wrenching one, more than I anticipated by reading the summary. As I was listening there were a couple places near the end where you could feel the tension and the anticipation building up and not knowing what was going to happen, but yet the feeling of dread creeps up on you each new chapter.
The narrators were able to capture the emotions of characters very well. I was surprised that Bruiser himself has less sections under his perspective than Tennyson and Bronte do.
The story presents different views on how people deal with stress, physical and emotional pain. There are families that go through a great deal of pain and heartache and others that even things as common as divorce these days it really has a heavy toll on the whole family.
Even though the sections from Colby's perspective were some of the hardest parts to listen to. The innocence that he represents is brought to the forefront with the perfect narrator and child-like thinking is spot on with the writing. I was also impressed on how well the author was able to get the emotions from a girl's perspective as well with Bronte.
The pacing of the audiobooks are really easy with the multi-voiced perhaps more than others because the listener does have the added benefit of having the different voices for characters instead of just a solo performance. The solo narrators are really a hit or miss when it comes to audio books, but with the different narrators in my opinion it's an added bonus.