Sheeran, E. (2014). x [CD]. Los Angeles, US: Atlantic Records.
In his second album, x, Sheeran offers listeners a balance of up-beat and slow songs for a variety of moods: happy, sad, angry, in love. It features hit songs “Don’t,” “Sing,” “Thinking Out Loud,” and “Bloodstream,” which offer a sampling of the diverse types of songs on the album.
As is his style, Sheeran mixes pop styles with rap to create easy-listening songs. His music would appeal to anyone interested in mellow pop songs which feature a uniqueness that could only be attributed to Sheeran’s flare.
Because of the diversity of song types which can appeal to many moods listeners might be in, I give this album a 4.5 out of 5.
Korman, G. (2007). Son of the Mob. Listening Library. Retrieved from http://elnb-bnnb.lib.overdrive.com/FDC8E104-1046-4D83-AFF1-79F1AFA35BDF/10/50/en/ContentDetails.htm?id=DF993C4D-FC2B-43A6-A6BF-2E0E449E347A
Vince Luca is like any other high school kid. He’s just trying to pass his classes and maybe find a girlfriend. Except, there’s one thing that sets Vince Luca apart from his classmates: his father is a mob boss.
Told with Korman’s trademark humour, Son of the Mob is the young adult perspective of Mafia classics like The Godfather. It has the classic elements of young adult literature: identity struggle, family issues, love, heartbreak, planning for the future. This means that any readers could relate to Vince, even if their own father isn’t a mob boss. Guys and girls alike can get wrapped up in Vince’s world.
Readers can also continue to fulfill their Mafia obsessions with the sequel Son of the Mob 2: Hollywood Hustle, which follows Vince to college.
The audiobook version brings the story even further to life with Max Casella’s classic New York mobster’s accent.
This book is, without a doubt, a 5. Korman’s humour alone is superb. Paired with the well-developed storyline and hilarious characters, this book is a must-read (or a must-listen, if, like me, you choose to listen to the audiobook).