Audiobook Review Category Archive

Dead Witch Walking- Audiobook Review

Version: Unabridged
Author: Kim Harrison
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Genres: Fiction, Paranormal
Publisher: Tantor Media
Date: July 2007
Length: 13 hours, 30 minutes

Goodreads.
All the creatures of the night gather in “the Hollows” of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party…and to feed.

Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining – and it’s Rachel Morgan’s job to keep that world civilized.

A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she’ll bring ’em back alive, dead…or undead.

I am late to the party, y’all., but I’m on the Rachel Morgan bandwagon, now! This book was absolutely addicting and I hated getting out of my car when I got to work each morning. I could have driven across the country just to keep listening. Rachel is a fabulous MC, full of so many flaws I couldn’t help but identify with her…you know, besides the fact that she lives with a vampire and pixie. She’s ridiculously stubborn and does so many stupid things, the book keeps right on rolling.

It took me a chapter or two to get into Ms. Gavin’s voice, but once I did, I fell in love with it and am extremely happy she narrates the rest of the series.

I’ve already put on hold the next to books at the library. I don’t think they have the rest of the audiobooks there and am more than a bit bummed I might not be able to listen to them.

I’m on a roll, two good audiobooks in a row!

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Thanks everyone who participated in the impromptu blog hop Monday! It was fun reading everyone’s take on the Twitter dialogue. I’ve chosen the fabulously creative Krispy as the winner for the hop. I loved her post so much that I’m trying to maker her turn it into a short story, this is just another ploy to make her do so 😉

The Night Circus- Audiobook Review

  • Author: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrator: Jim Dale
  • Listening Length:13 hours and 39 minutes
  • Program Type:Audiobook
  • Version:Unabridged
  • Publisher:Random House Audio

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂȘves, and it is only open at night.

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂȘves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

After the last disc stopped playing in my car the other night, I still had a good half hour left of my drive. All I could do was sit in silence. I had physical reactions to this book- moments where I went Ahhhh. I don’t often purchase books, but I absolutely will buy this in both audiobook and written format. 

I truly can’t put into words how much I enjoyed his book. The writing is moving, inspiring and makes me ache to write something of equal power. I am highly anticipating whatever comes next from Erin Morgenstern.

And what can I say about Jim Dale that hasn’t been said before? I found this on youtube and I honestly think I could watch him read the entire book like this. He is the master of storybook reading and I am so very glad he read The Night Circus as he has such an incredible ability to bring characters to life.

Get thee to a library (or bookstore!) and listen away to Erin Morgenstern and Jim Dale work their magic.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver- Audiobook Review

Author: Lauren Oliver
Audio Length: 11 hours and 41 min.
Release Date: 1/24/2011
Narrator: Sarah Drew
Format: Unabridged

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love — the deliria — blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love. Goodreads.

This book really goes to show me not to judge a book before I read it. I thought this premise sounded ridiculous, but boy was I wrong. This book has completely transformed my way of thinking about writing. I 100% believe Lena is a real person- though that is partly due to Sarah Drew’s narration. Lena is a lush character, filled with hopes and dreams that are in accordance with the structure of her society (where love is a disease that people are cured from at the age of 18). After she meets Alex though, she is transformed.

Usually, I’m not a big fan of love as the theme of a book. It doesn’t hook me (check out next Tuesday’s post to find out why), but Oliver made this work. Love wasn’t a goopy, silly thing. It was full of power with the ability to take the film off Lena’s eyes and shows her the truth about her world.

I doubt I can say enough about Delirium and Lauren Oliver’s writing style. She has absolutely risen my expectations for authors and for myself as a writer. If you haven’t read this book, you need to and if you have read it then please listen to it.

Drew doesn’t read like she’s reading a book (which is what I’ve found many readers do). Instead, she becomes the character and completely made me forget I was listening to a book (Jim Dale, Jesse Eisenburg style). Drew is incredible. That’s it. I will absolutely be listening to the other books she has read. Go listen. Now.

(Next week, I’ll review Wither).

Missing You- Audiobook Review

Ever since a walk home on a particularly stormy day, Jessica Mastriani has had an ability like no other. She became known worldwide as Lightning Girl a psychic who could find the location of anyone, dead or alive. Jess finally had no choice but to embrace her newfound talent, and ended up lending her skills to the U.S. government.

But her work for them has taken a terrible toll, and Jess resurfaces months later a shadow of her former self, her powers gone, Lightning Girl no more. Her only hope is starting over in a new place, a big city where nobody knows her. It’s only when Rob Wilkins unexpectedly shows up on her doorstep that she’s forced to face her past. Rob, all the way from back home, needs her help. But how can Jess, her powers gone, find anyone, let alone the sister of a man she once loved . . . when she can’t even find herself?

Missing You, the fifth and final book in the 1-800-Where-R-You series

Author: Meg Cabot
Audio Length: 5 hours and 41 min.
Release Date: 12/20/2007
Narrator: Johanna Parker

I read the 1-800-Where-R-You series in early high school but never picked up the last installment. I happened across this audiobook in the library and figured I might as well finish the series as I enjoyed the first books.

As for the book, Meg Cabot did a nice job of rounding out the series. I was a bit fuzzy on the details of earlier books as it’s been..oh…a good eight or nine years since I read them, but I didn’t feel a bit lost. This book wasn’t as action packed as the others, but I honestly didn’t miss it. It felt like a good, solid end to the series with character plots coming to a full close.

I do recommend this series for anyone who hasn’t read them. Jessica is a fabulous main character.

I’ve lived in the South for long enough now that I can easily tell the difference between a real Southern accent and one put on. Johanna Parker began reading with one of the most awful Southern accents and I knew I wouldn’t make it past the first track. Thankfully, she dropped it come the second chapter. My main qualm with her reading was this and the fact that the voices she chose for characters tended to change, specifically the one for Jessica’s mother.

I have come to fully back Sophia’s claim that actors make the best readers. For some reason, they understand that for a woman reading male dialogue, they don’t have to do a fake attempt at making their voice low, sounding like a man’s. All they need to do is read with a different voice/accent/lilt. Parker’s male voices were a tad strange-sounding, along these lines. Next week, I have a great example of a woman reader who understands this. Stay tuned!

I say, stick with this book as a read, not as a listen.

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I was torn between TL and Kim’s suggestions. I love push ups and have already added her suggestion into my routine and Kim went above and beyond, coming up with some great ideas. I had to let random.org choose between them and the winner of Monday’s challenge is…

KIM VAN SICKLER! Yay! Shoot me an e-mail and I’ll line you up with your winnings. Thank you everyone who participated and gave me ideas. I am much happier for them 🙂

Audiobook Review- White Cat by Holly Black

I’m jumping on Devourer’s Friday meme of reviewing audiobooks. Since I’ve started my hour+ drive to work and back, I’ve found that I can go through at least one book a week. That means, each Friday I can review the book I’ve finished during the week 🙂

*I have to admit, I have never been one to review books. Please note this is purely my opinion and I do not claim to be good at reviews. Thanks!

Earlier this week, I finished listening to Red Glove by Holly Black. A few weeks back I listened to the first in the series, White Cat.

Cassel comes from a family of curse workers — people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn’t got the magic touch, so he’s an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family.

You just have to ignore one small detail — he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He’s noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.
Description taken from Goodreads.

Jesse Eisenburg reads brilliantly. I’m crossing my fingers he continues to read this series and that he chooses to read for other books because of the incredible work he does. It’s not always easy to find a reader who can make you forget you’re listening to someone read a book. Eisenburg does this. Each character’s voice is unique and consistent. Cassel’s monologues are never dull or too drawn out. And I adore the fact that I can tell that difference between Cassel’s thoughts and speech.

I love the world Holly Black has created. She only changed one small thing about our world, and I think it’s the simplicity that makes it work so well: gloves. Everyone in Black’s world has to wear gloves because of curse work- magic that is transmitted by touch. Place on top of this the con work Cassel does and the mob world he lives in- I’m addicted.

Both White Cat and Red Glove were incredible. I’m more than a bit bummed I have to wait until April 2012 for Black Heart to come out! I highly, highly suggest these books.