Oct 10, 2012

Audiobook Review: Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver

Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver

Publisher: Random House Audio, Listening Library
Available: NOW!! Audiobook- August 28th, 2012

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Background: Liesl is a young girl locked away in an attic by her evil stepmother, and to make matters worse her father has recently passed away. One day Liesl meets Po and Bundle, ghost that have come to visit her in the attic and they begin an incredible journey to return her fathers ashed to where he would like to rest forever.

While Liesl is locked up, Will is an orphan boy recent adopted by an alchemist. Will is the "apprentice" which really just means that he does all the jobs and deliveries and gets called useless all day and night.

Eventually Liesl and Will's stories intertwine and together with Po and Bundle they have a very interesting series of days.

Review: I received this as an Audiobook from Random House, and was very happy to have chosen it as one of my books to review. Liesl and Po was delightful to listen to and the reader was wonderful. I think my favorite was him doing an old woman sneezing... anywho... The story was well thought out and who doesn't love a happy ending, but I can only say that I just "liked" it not really liked it or loved it.

The plot was nicely thought out, the kids making their ways toward each other slowly; and the characters- all of them- were entertaining in their own ways. But more often than not, I found myself questioning things and wondering why there were so many nasty people all thrown at these poor little kids.

From what I understand, this was written to cope with loss and you can definitely tell that, but it also makes the reader think a lot about loss and that can be a little depressing.

I did enjoy this book, it was fun and kept me wanting to know what would happen to Liesl, Will, and Po next.

I think for a young audience this would be fitting, as hopefully, they have not experienced too much loss yet, so they won't be depressed to think about it. Or for those who need a pick me up about finding friends when you need them.

Audiobook received from Random House Audio in exchange for an honest review.

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