Category: Audiobook

Review: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

You’ll have heard of this book because of the awards it won in 2020, including the Booker Prize.  This story of a young boy growing up with an alcoholic mother in 1980s Glasgow is worth the read.  It’s dark, but once I finished it,… Continue Reading “Review: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart”

Review: Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

I had mixed feelings about this book, which generated a lot of buzz when it came out, but I continue to think about it.  It’s an unusual blend of character-driven horror, something like Station Eleven. It’s a book where not much happens, but it’s… Continue Reading “Review: Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam”

Review: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab

I loved this book.  I already thought Schwab was great, but this book combines so many things I love – history, travel, France – and it’s really character/relationship driven.  The story is complicated, and there were lots of times I found myself trying to… Continue Reading “Review: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab”

2020: My Year in Audiobooks

2020 was a good year for audiobooks, since mostly what I did was take long walks every day to get out of the house.  Audiobooks were also a great distraction inside the house, perfect for things like baking and laundry (things I also did… Continue Reading “2020: My Year in Audiobooks”

Review: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but I ended up finding it both fascinating and moving. I knew it was about a true-life group of people in the Appalachians with blue skin, and it was also about the historic Packhorse Librarians,… Continue Reading “Review: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson”

Review: Saint X by Alexis Schaitken

I had mixed feelings about this book, but I found the story and its characters really compelling.  Saint X is a fictional island in the Caribbean, a place where affluent white families go to soak up the sun and drink all day long.  The… Continue Reading “Review: Saint X by Alexis Schaitken”

My Year of Audiobooks, Part 2: Book Recommendations

If you haven’t listened to a lot of audiobooks, but you’re thinking about it, here are some recommendations, organized by  some of the categories I like best by audio.  For discussion of how audiobooks differ from print books, see Part 1.

My Year of Audiobooks (Part 1)

I “read” my first audiobook last May, and audiobooks quickly became a major part of my reading life.  I started listening mainly so I could be more active.  I didn’t think I would enjoy listening to books, so I started with something on the… Continue Reading “My Year of Audiobooks (Part 1)”

Review: Pride by Ibi Zoboi

I have a list of recent Austen adaptations I want to read, like Ayesha at Last, Unmarriageable, and Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors.  I’d seen great reviews of Pride by Idi Zoboi and was happy to find the audiobook narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo.  I thought her… Continue Reading “Review: Pride by Ibi Zoboi”

Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

I wasn’t expecting this book to suck me in as much as it did.  The office rom-com isn’t my usual type of book, but I was feeling the need for something lighter.  It starts out silly and a bit annoying — I didn’t like… Continue Reading “Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne”

Review: The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina

I read this book for the Read Harder 2019 Challenge.  I needed an #ownvoices book set in Oceania: the #ownvoices part means by an indigenous author, and Oceania is Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific islands. The Things She’s Seen is by brother… Continue Reading “Review: The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina”

Review: Asking For It by Louise O’Neill

Emma O’Donovan is not a nice girl.  She’s mean to her closest friends and she wants every boy to be in love with her. She lies, she steals, and she’s not exactly a virgin.  As she turns 18, her life is pretty good. She’s been told… Continue Reading “Review: Asking For It by Louise O’Neill”

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