26 July 2012

Audiobook Review: Savvy

2¢ Worth: If your papa was in a hospital bed several towns away, what would you do to get to him?

Well that (and the rather bizarre talent she just received on her thirteen birthday) is what drives Mibs (Mississippi) Beaumont to stow away on a pink bible bus headed for Salina Kansas. Except the bus isn't heading to Salina right away and her 2 brothers, crush (Wil), and his pissy older sister (Bobbi) just got on with her. Now they're all along for the ride as Mibs and her brother Fish wrestle with their powers and growing fears of their father's condition. Things get pretty interesting as that pink bible bus gets further and then eventually closer to Salina. Mibs discovers her inner strength, what it means to start growing up, makes some new friends, and even gets her first kiss.
Savvy is a delightful whimsical ride. A journey of self discovery and kooky bumps in the road. A story of a good girl with an extraordinary gift on the cusp of teenhood. The kind of charming journey you will love, itch to share, and enjoy again and again.
Words aloud: Lily Blau is a perfect Mibs. She conveyed her sweetness and insecurities with ease. I enjoyed listening to her, her tone, and her voices for the other characters. My only complaint was the occasional pregnant pause for emphasis, otherwise she was a total fantastic pro.

Whippersnappers: Clean as a whistle. Well, except for the running away and lying to adults but that was for a really good reason.

Wooed:
  • The names in this book are nothing short of great. The Beaumonts consist of Mibs (short for Mississippi), her baby sister Gypsy, and her brothers Rocket, Fish, and Samson.
  • The strong sense of family.
  • The ending. It's both happy and realistic.

Wind-up: Savvy by Ingrid Law (published by Penguin Audio) is read by Lily Blau and consists of 8 discs (6 hours and 16 minutes). Audiobook rating: 5 stars. Narrator rating: 5 stars.

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58 comments :

  1. I loved this book on audio too! I found myself doing more things like mowing the lawn and going for walks so I could keep listening!

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  2. Loved your review...I have this book...I just need to read it!

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  3. This looks adorable! A perfect family audio!! Thanks!

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  4. Yay! So glad you liked this one! I read it a while back and found it magical indeed....as is the sort-of-but-not-actually sequel SCUMBLE. You should definitely check it out.... ^_^ (Great review!)

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    1. Yah! I've been considering Scumble. Have you tried it? Does it give us any history on Mibs, Rocket, Fish, and Samson? I was sorta hoping Scumble would deal with Samson's ability. :)

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  5. This looks like such a cute read! Love books with strong families and magic (or whatever their "powers" may be)!

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  6. It sounds really cute! I love middle grade novels as audios. For me my favorite was Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu.

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    1. Me too! I'm loooving middle grade audios.
      Funny that you mention Breadcrumbs because I've been considering that one. :)

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  7. I still haven't read this book, though I've meant to for a long time. Thanks for reminding me!

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  8. aww, this sounds very good. I hope it isn't too sad, though.

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    1. Not at all :) It's fun and sweet while being thoughtful and grounded.

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  9. aww this sounds like a really sweet book about family.

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  10. The happy is ending? Yay for that! It sounds really nice. :)

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  11. Never heard of this one. I like whimsical though. :-)

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    1. It is :) You should try it for your Kid Konnection :)

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  13. Sounds like a fun and light read. I do love those names and I actually know a girl names Gypsy in real life! Glad you enjoyed this one!

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  14. Oh! This sounds really good.... I'm still slogging through Les Mes....LOVING it though!!!! :)

    ~LiZ

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    1. It's adorable.
      You're reading Les Mes!
      You go girl.
      I want to, but I must admit I'm intimidated.

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  15. Aw this sounds adorable. Even for adults!

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  16. You're totally right -- those names are awesome! I love the sound of this story -- sweet and adventures with just the right amount of quirkiness!!! Definitely on my "want" list!

    :0)

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  17. Yeah, I'm not the biggest fan of pregnant pauses either. Some go on forever! Sup with dat? LOL

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  18. I read this book a couple of years ago...I liked it but didn't love it. I wish I'd listened to the audio instead. Listening vs. reading can totally make the difference for me sometimes, and I think it would have in this case.

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    1. Amen. It sure can.
      :)
      I'm finding I loooove middle grade on audio and I don't always have the patience for middle grade in print.

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    2. YES! That has often been my experience. There are several middle grade books that I want to go back and listen to to see if I like them any better!

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    3. Yay I'm not alone in this.
      :)
      So may I ask which ones you're thinking of listening to for comparison? :)

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    4. The Wednesday Wars and Hattie Big Sky were two books that I didn't love but everyone else seemed to, so I want to listen to them instead to see if it changes my opinion. Also, Ida B was one that I LOVED for the narrator, and some of my friends who just read it didn't love it as much as I did.

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    5. I have to look those up.
      Thanks for coming back and letting me know.
      :)

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  19. Ok, so until now I didn't even know what this book was about! I've always had the cover in my mind though. And it sounds like something I'd really enjoy. Thanks for your convincing review ;)

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  20. Great review! I think this is a book I'd really enjoy. I think I'll save it for when I need a pick me up. I'm happy it's a stand alone we need more of this type of story.

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    1. Ps nice touch with a narrator rating too!

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    2. Yay! Good idea.

      There is a book two (called Scumble) but it's about an extended relative.

      Amen! I get soooo tired of trilogies.

      Thank you :) The narrator is a big thing for me so I try to always rate him or her as well.

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  21. Wow, it sounds great! I had never heard of this one before but your review makes it sound fantastic. I'd be curious to try the audio version!

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    1. Really? I'm so glad I brought to your attention. :) That put a smile on my face.

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  22. This is one I've been curious about for awhile. I've loved the synopsis and the cover, but haven't picked it up. The audio sounds so so good! It even sounds like one I could listen to with the kiddos around so I may have to give it a go. Love your review! :o)

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    1. Oh yes totally! :)
      Hooray!
      I think you'll love this one.

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  23. Oh, I love books with a strong sense of family. This one sounds fabulous!

    *checks library website* Sweet, they've got it on audio! I'll have to check it out once it's no longer on hold. Nice review, Juju! :D

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    1. Me too :)

      Yay! I'm so glad to hear that.
      *high five*
      I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it.

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  24. Hey! Which rock have I been hiding under? How come I haven't heard of this great read before this?! X)

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  25. I read Savvy and loved it. I'm sure it'd be perfect as an audio!

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  26. I haven't caught the audio bug yet, my mind starts thinking of too many things at once and all of a sudden I'm downstairs doing laundry, or what have you. But audio on a road trip would be perfect! This sounds like an endearing story.

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