Monday, 30 April 2018

Audio: The Chaos of Standing Still - Jessica Brody

Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year. She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.

But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her.

And his name is Xander.

When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brialliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.

Ryn can’t move on.

But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start. 

Audiobook, 11 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Tantor Audio (first published November 28th 2017)
YA Fiction
For review

My thoughts:
At first it was good, and then it just got better and better. McFadden was a great narrator and really nailed Ryn, and her best friend Lottie. I can still hear Lottie in my head saying those words she always said.

It is a book about grief and denial. Ryn lost her best friend and it ha almost been a year. But she is not really grieving and her therapist is saying she has survivor's guilt. I felt so sorry for her. She was so lost without Lottie who had been what seemed her only friend. Because when you had Lottie there was no room for more. And she so should have grieved, but she could not. She was obsessed with her phone instead and not reading the last thing Lottie ever sent her...and she heard her voice. Yeah, she was a bit crazy. She really was stuck.

But then comes Denver and a crazy night. It is not like the boy she meets cures her. It is more that cos of all the people she meet she just finally decides to open up. But she will act a lot of crazy before that. I was afraid first that meeting a boy would cure everything, but I am glad the author stayed away from that. Only Ryn can save herself.

So yes she meets Xander. There is airport bingo, a New Year's party, and a conspiracy about the Denver airport. That omg was true. I had to take a look at the murals that they have there and what the?! I kind of started to believe it too.

It takes place during 24 intense hours and it just turns out wonderfully.

And I must say, ever since starting audio, I am finding these amazing YA books. Audio is really awesome everywhere.

Final thoughts:
A Great book with a tough subject to handle

Narrator
I already said that McFadden was good and she so it. She had a great range, I knew everyone at once when I heard them. Everyone was distinct and had their own voice
She is perfect for YA 


27 comments:

  1. This sounds like lots of good things went on in this novel, and so glad you enjoyed it! Hugs...RO

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  2. I can tell you liked this a lot. I'm adding it to my wish list.

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  3. This sounds so good. But YA? How old is Ryn that she's off in an airport alone on NYE?

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    1. There is a snowstorm so everyone are stranded and she is 18 :)

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  4. Oh man. I really want to read this! I bought a copy a while back but I haven't had the chance to read it. This sounds really awesome.

    Glad you enjoyed it!

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  5. Well You convinced me, I want to listen to this now. Glad you are listening and loving your audiobooks.

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  6. I'm wondering if I've tried that narrator before, I don't think I have!

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    1. She sounded familliar, but I believe I have not..

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  7. Audio is awesome! Glad you liked this one Blodeuedd

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  8. This sounds like a good one, glad to hear you liked it.

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  9. This sounds really good and I noticed that my library has a copy. I will have to add this one to my list.

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  10. YA is amazing in audio, it's like I can't read the genre in any other way now. This book also sounds fun. Being trapped at an airport is never fun, but if they made it as fun as it seems here, I think less people would mind being stranded by delayed flights :)

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. I know right! YA has many pitfalls that annoy me, sorry YA, but so it is. And with audio I just breeze through them if there are any

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  11. I love that they are trapped at the airport. So sad for Ryn and I could root for her to work through her guilt. Neat that the audio made it even better. :)

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    1. SHe was so messed up poor thing, and not even her fault

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  12. yes not an easy topic there

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  13. Look at you enjoying all the YA!!!

    I love Brody's books but I didn't know about this one.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. I know crazy!!!! But audio really has saved them for me

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  14. 11 page? Must have been a quick listen!

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