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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
My Shorts: Brief Scenes from My Early Life; A Collection of Personal Essays by Brian Kagan gave me a feeling of nostalgia as I listened to the author’s life story and the lessons he learned as he grew up. This collection takes readers back into the days of the author’s youth when he was a little dorky, a little awkward, and a boatload of fun. The author took readers through the years as he learned to appreciate and understand the most basic necessity in life: to love and be loved.
I loved how the audiobook opened with cheerful music followed by perhaps the best opening sentence for any book. Author Brian Kagan narrated the stories perfectly. He embodied his characters beautifully; Brian had the right accents and the best delivery to leave the most impact on listeners. The narrative and reading style proved to be a double bonus for me, and I was laughing out loud most of the time. It was the best three and half hours of my life!
I enjoyed the way Brian Kagan explored all different shades of love. He talked about his superficial love for toys to falling in love for the first time. The author shared every kind of love and how that love shaped him. Out of all the experiences of love he shared, his love for his mother (and vice versa) and his love for life stood out particularly well. The stories are written with such emotional intensity; I laughed when Brian did and cried when he did. I was doing even the same eye movements as the character. The pace was fast, the humor was alive, and I could feel the author’s personality ooze from each sentence. Absolutely fantastic!