Audiobook Review Category Archive

53 Books for 2013

2013 is almost to a close. This year was packed jam tight and flew by faster than I can believe. As a final post for the year, I’m going to leave the list of books that I’ve read for the year (each cover should link back to Goodreads). I’ve read such fantastic books this year! The Sea of Tranquility, The Book Thief, Unwind, Watership Down…I’ve really felt blessed by the book suggestions that have been sent my way.

What are some of your favorite reads from 2013?

Ship Breaker- Audiobook Review

Version: Unabridged
Author: Paolo Bacigalupi
Narrator: Joshua Swanson
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Date: November 2012
Length: 9 hour, 11 minutes

 In America’s Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota–and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it’s worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life…

In this powerful novel, award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi delivers a thrilling, fast-paced adventure set in a vivid and raw, uncertain future. Goodreads.

The first thing I appreciated about Ship Breaker was the lack of back story. The more I read and understand writing, the more I learn that back story is quite unnecessary. Not until halfway through the book do we learn how and why Earth has changed so drastically. I appreciated the mystery. Paolo is a splendid story weaver. Between the ship breaking premise, the halfmen (combination of human, dog, and tiger genes) the relationship between Nailer and his father, I was hooked. My only qualm was that some of the writing tended to slow down, especially as there were a few phrases and words Bacigalupi repeated incessantly.

Joshua Swanson did a lovely job reading. His voices were unique and it was easy to distinguish between characters, especially because of his use of accents.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this book. Today, I did discover there is a second book, The Drowned Cities, but I’m not convinced I’ll read it. Ship Breaker felt like a solid stand alone to me.

A is for Audiobook Review- Bzrk by Michael Grant

Boy, I haven’t done an audiobook review in a while, but I thought it would be the perfect start for the A to Z Challenge!

Version: Unabridged
Author: Michael Grant
Narrator: Nico Evers-Swindell
Genres: Science Fiction, Juvenile Fiction
Publisher: Brillance Audio
Date: February 2012
Length: 10 hours, 21 minutes

From Goodreads: Time is running out for the good guys. But what happens when you don’t know who the good guys really are?
Noah and Sadie: newly initiated into an underground cell so covert they don’t even know each other’s real names. Trained for combat on the nano level, they are thrust into a war they can barely grasp. 
-Vincent: feels nothing and cares for no one. Fighting a personal battle with Bug Man, the greatest nano warrior alive.
-The Armstrong Twins: wealthy, privileged, fanatical. Are they the saviors of humanity or authors of the darkest conspiracy in history?
-On one side: Charles and Benjamin Armstrong’s Nexus Humanus. On the other: a group of teen hackers who call themselves BZRK.
-Twenty-first-century warfare that takes place on the macro and nano level for the highest stakes: humanity’s free will.
It’s time to choose sides.

Nano technology? Really? Yeah and it is totally awesome. It’s gruesome, gory and so vivid that it made my hands clench around my steering wheel on my drive to work. The stakes are high and keep climbing straight up to the end. Lately, I’ve been craving a book well written in third person- Bzrk hit the spot. Each pov is intricate and each character is perfectly rounded. I especially enjoyed that instead of going big, Grant went small, right down to the micro. Bzrk was just the right length (lasting one weeks worth of driving) and I definitely suggest it to anyone wanting to venture into the Sci Fi realm.

Nico has quite the voice. The most impressive part of his reading was the amount of accents he used. My only qualm was that I couldn’t decide if he meant to give Vincent a slight, occasional Southern accent. If he did, it didn’t work all that well. The others sounded spot on to me though.

All in all, I definitely suggest this. It will be interesting to give it a read and see if I enjoy it just as much as the audio format.


Thirteen Days to Midnight- Audiobook Review

I’m sorry guys, this was supposed to automatically post last Friday, but I guess it didn’t. Tomorrow I’ll have a post up for the launch party for Jessica Therrien’s Oppression!! And then once I sort through all the info that was squeezed into my brain, I’ll have a couple posts up about the conference 🙂

By Patrick Carman
Narrated by: Steven Boyer
Release Date: Apr 12, 2010
Length: 07 hour(s) 20 minutes
Publisher: Recorded Books

In this nail-biting tale of dark intrigue, powerful romance, friendship, and adventure, reluctant superhero Jacob Fielding learns that the Grim Reaper doesn’t disappear . . . he catches up. Goodreads.



This was a fun change of pace from the other books I have been listening to. It was short- only six CDs long and easy to listen to. I was drawn through the book quickly and never felt as if the pace slowed. I will admit, about halfway through, I became extremely fed up with the main character, though he had good reasons to act as he did (boy + girl = boy doing anything for girl). If I had been reading, I probably would have read only dialogue to skip through those parts, but as it was, I listened away. I especially loved this was written from a male perspective, which was done extremely well (the author is male so I suppose that’s to be expected).

Steven Boyer’s reading actually reminded me of Jesse Eisenberg, who I absolutely love. My only qualm with Boyer’s reading is that he took awkwardly long pauses between sentences, but once I got used to the pauses, they didn’t bother me. There’s a good chance I’ll search out other books he’s read.

All in all, I recommend this if you’re looking for a fun, quick ride through story-land.

Ladies and Gentleman

I hate to admit it, but this post is all about housekeeping. Well, not housekeeping or cleaning and such, but it’s a post with random tidbits in it that I’ll do my best to keep interesting.

-I’m beyond happy that my excel spreadsheet for querying agents looks so great. I got some great ideas from you all for things to add/ things I might not need. Because you all are so fabulous and because I like sharing…if you need a way to organize yourselves, I am more than happy to send it to you! Shoot me an email if you’re interested.

-The conference is in FOUR DAYS!! YAY! I’m all sorts of nervous and all sorts of excited. It’s a great combination. I’ll be packing this week and trying to mentally prepare myself. If you have any suggestions for my preparations, I would very much appreciate hearing them.

-I’ll have an audiobook review up Thursday or Friday reviewing Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman and am currently listening to The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Good, The Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison. My drive to and from Atlanta for the conference should get me to the end of one or the other of these books (or both) and I’ll have that review up next week.