Narrator: Nick Podehl
Also in this series: Carter's Big Break
Published by Brilliance Audio on 07 August 2012
Genres: Contemporary (No Romance Focus), Young Adult
Length: 8 hours 2 minutes
Also by this author: Carter's Big Break
Place(s) Traveled To: Merrian, Unknown (Somewhere in the Mid-West)
First Line(s): My fist slams into Andre’s ugly face, and he staggers back in shock.
I started Carter’s Unfocused One-Track Mind by Brent Crawford almost immediately after finishing Carter’s Big Break (my review). As with the previous book Crawford managed to to write another antics, angst and hilarious story that had me laughing one moment and groaning the next. Will Carter is your typical teenage boy and he’s just trying to struggle through dealing with social pressures, his on-again/off-again romance with Abby, football, drama the every day dramas of high school.
Carter and his friend get into their usual antics and there were moments in which I was almost crying with laughter. Which isn’t a good thing because I listened to this in the car and that can get dangerous. Nick Podehl, as with the previous book, was beyond excellent in his narration of the Carter’s Unfocused One-Track Mind. He does a fantastic job with the various dialogue’s but where he excels is in the asides and Carter’s internal monologues. Podehl is definitely on my narrator’s to watch list and I look foreward to trying out more of the books that’s he’s narrated.
What saddens me the most about this book is that it seems to be the last one in the Carter series. Crawford leaves the book open for the possibility of a fourth story and while I do want more Will Carter shenanigans I do have mixed feelings on where the next book would take us. Part of what makes these stories so much fun is the appearances of the carious secondary characters Will’s boys, his sister, and his parents. Its these various characters that really help to flesh out the story and make it more real. These books aren’t just about Will Carter but its about all of them and I love learning all the tidbits of their lives.
This story was fast paced and once you start it you don’t want to stop and I found myself driving around town just to listen to it more. Another thing that I love about this series is how its more about a group of friends than anything else. Yes, there is a small romance story line but its not the main focus of the book and that is refreshing in stories of today. There is no love triangles or outcasts who become the key to saving the world is just a boy and his friends and how they deal with every day life.
The Will Carter series by Brent Crawford is a series that I would recommend to anyone. Its a fun series and I think that the audio version of it really enhances the whole listening experience. This is also an audio series that I think I’ll listen to on more than one occasion during those times when I just need a laugh. This is how much I enjoyed the story and how entertaining I found it and I think that you will too.