The print book is better than the audio

7 Aug

I LOVE a well-narrated audiobook. But if the voice doesn’t work for me, I will stop and either  read the print book, or abandon the book completely because I’ve been so turned off.

I started listening to See You In the Cosmos as an audiobook, but I so hated the voice, I stopped. I chose to pick up the print book. This is a book with a strong voice, and you will either love it or not. There is no fence-sitting  here. Narrated as a series of recordings on his iPod, the main character, Alex, describes situations he clearly does not understand. As I read, I often wondered if the readers this book is aimed at will.

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Publisher’s Summary: A space-obsessed boy and his dog, Carl Sagan, take a journey toward family, love, hope, and awe in this funny and moving novel for fans of Counting by 7sWalk Two Moons, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
 
11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan—named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he’ll uncover—from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew.

Jack Cheng’s debut is full of joy, optimism, determination, and unbelievable heart. To read the first page is to fall in love with Alex and his view of our big, beautiful, complicated world. To read the last is to know he and his story will stay with you a long, long time.

 

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