I don't have strong feelings one way or another about this book. I wanted more, especially at the end, but it wasn't bad, probably thanks in some partI don't have strong feelings one way or another about this book. I wanted more, especially at the end, but it wasn't bad, probably thanks in some part to Nick Podehl's great narration. I will also say, and I hope this doesn't sound terrible, that I am really surprised it won a Newbery honor. Very firmly a 3 star read for me....more
I liked this audiobook a lot and am very happy I chose to listen rather than read the print. The narrator was a convincing teenage girl and some of thI liked this audiobook a lot and am very happy I chose to listen rather than read the print. The narrator was a convincing teenage girl and some of the slower parts were made better by listening. I don't think I would have liked this story as much if I didn't live in a rural area myself. I definitely know a lot of students who would enjoy this. Looking forward to recommending!...more
It took me a while to become invested in the story, but by the end, I was figuring out more things to clean so I could keep listening. Not my favoriteIt took me a while to become invested in the story, but by the end, I was figuring out more things to clean so I could keep listening. Not my favorite, but I'm glad I gave it another shot (after quitting the print) and trying the audio. I plan to read Dark Triumph at some point....more
This was my very first audio book that I have listened to all the way through. I tried a couple fiction books over the summer, but found myself losingThis was my very first audio book that I have listened to all the way through. I tried a couple fiction books over the summer, but found myself losing interest really quickly. I think with fiction, I like to go back and reread paragraphs a lot, but with nonfiction I can sometimes skim. I figured a nonfiction audio book might be similar to a really long This American Life or something, so I picked up Nickel and Dimed at the library. It was interesting, although frustrating.
First of all, I love the premise of the story. Undercover reporting like that can be really interesting and some parts of this were pretty intriguing. It is infuriating how little people are paid for certain jobs and Ehrenreich definitely exposed that. I also wasn't aware of things like people actually living in motels or cars instead of apartments. I know that sometimes I complain about my salary, but this book really opened my eyes to what other people go through and how good I actually have it. It's incredibly sad that some Americans work 7 days a week and/or 2 jobs just to make enough for rent, let alone food and other expenses.
That said, there were some parts that annoyed me. I wished Ehrenreich would have gone to at least one city that had a large public transit system, like Chicago or NYC. I know that those cities have a higher cost of living, but realistically, low income people live everywhere, including big cities. She rented a car in each city that she worked, so it would have been nice to compare the costs of car rental vs. metro. I also didn't agree with some of her lifestyle choices, like having smoked pot before applying for jobs that required a drug test. If you know you are going to apply for entry level jobs in the near future, why are you doing drugs (and spending money on them)? What an odd part of the story.
Nickel and Dimed was an interesting audio book to listen to, but I'm not sure that I'd recommend it to everyone. It was very interesting to become aware of some people's living situations and I'm glad I did, but I think Ehrenreich could have gone about her research more realistically. ...more
I honestly don't know what I can say about Thirteen Reasons Why that hasn't already been said. I like the premise of the story, although I don't knowI honestly don't know what I can say about Thirteen Reasons Why that hasn't already been said. I like the premise of the story, although I don't know how believable cassette tapes are anymore. I don't think I have anything that would even play them at this point other than my old car! They do add a certain sense of nostalgia though; Hannah's thoughts on CD or something else would have had a different effect, I think.
I am definitely going to look for a paper copy of this for my classroom library. I think it will be popular and certainly relevant. Thirteen Reasons Why would actually make a great required book in a high school English or health classroom--newer YA and would provoke some great and necessary discussions.
Audiobook wise, this was one of the best I've listened to. Due to the format of the book, I would even suggest listening it over reading it. I loved that Clay and Hannah had their own narrators. I especially like Debra Wiseman's voice for Hannah: she definitely had her snarky tone down....more