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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (Audio)

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Publisher: Listening Library (Audio); Graphia (Paperback)
Publication Date: 23 May 2006
ISBN: 0739335472 (audio), 0618863354 (Paperback)
Format: Audio
Pages: 274
Audio Length: 5 discs (~ 6 hrs)
Narrator: Natalie Moore

Websites:
Catherine Gilbert Murdock – Official Site

Natalie Moore – GoodReads

Place(s) Traveled to: Red Bend, Wisconsin

Rating: 4 of 5 star

When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.

Harsh words indeed, from Brian Nelson of all people. But, D. J. can’t help admitting, maybe he’s right.

When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.

Stuff like why her best friend, Amber, isn’t so friendly anymore. Or why her little brother, Curtis, never opens his mouth. Why her mom has two jobs and a big secret. Why her college-football-star brothers won’t even call home. Why her dad would go ballistic if she tried out for the high school football team herself. And why Brian is so, so out of her league.

When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.

Welcome to the summer that fifteen-year-old D. J. Schwenk of Red Bend, Wisconsin, learns to talk, and ends up having an awful lot of stuff to say.

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock is one of those books my book bully kept badgering me to read. So on her suggestion I went out and bought the paperback. However, that wasn’t good enough for her….to truly appreciate the greatness of this book I needed to listen to it on audio. Never one to go against my book bully I immediately placed the audio version on hold at my local library. A few days later I was able to pop the first disc into my car radio and I was soon whisked away to Red Bend, Wisconsin by the mesmerizing voice of Natalie Moore.

Dairy Queen isn’t a fast paced story its slow and mellowing and a nice change from the speed of every day life. DJ is such a relatable character I loved getting to know her. There is mystery trying to figure out the events that occurred to cause the split that divided her family. I also admired her courage in making the decision to try out for the football team. When I was in high school there was a girl who wanted to try out for the team, coming from a town where football is everything and watching the uproar that followed when she wanted to try out. So I could picture clearly the struggle that DJ went through…which wasn’t as big a deal as I thought it might become. Dairy Queen was a fun story and enjoyed the time that I spent listening to it. I really need to start The Off Season so that I can find out what’s next for DJ, her budding romance and re-connecting with her best friend. Dairy Queen was a great book to listen to on audio I really enjoyed Moore’s narration and think I might have to check out some other books that she’s narrated.