Author(s): Adam Rapp
CD - unabridged
Audio (4 discs)
Product Number: BN479
Released: Dec 28, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781441892959
Narrator/s: Matthew Stadelmann
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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For the runaway Punkzilla, kicking a meth habit and a life of petty crime in Oregon is a prelude to reconnecting with his older brother, who is dying of cancer in Memphis. Against a backdrop of seedy motels, dicey bus stations, and hitched rides, the 14-year-old meets a colorful, sometimes dangerous, cast of characters.

Professional reviews

"Jamie (Punkzilla), a 14-year-old runaway from military school, has hit the road. He was sent there because his ADHD was a problem for his parents. Now he's headed to Memphis to visit his gay brother, who is dying of cancer. Matthew Stadelmann uses a simple, clear narration style that enhances the author's impeccable timing and strong character definition. His use of vocal variation is minimal, but listeners strongly feel Jamie's complex emotions as he encounters aspects of the adult world on his own. This is primarily a first-person narrative, and Jamie is on the move, so the secondary characters have small parts. Nonetheless, Stadelmann perfectly calibrates each of them to their fleeting roles in Jamie's life. M.C. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"