Some books make for really fun audiobooks and this is one of them. I'll try to write a more robust review at some point but if your library has this oSome books make for really fun audiobooks and this is one of them. I'll try to write a more robust review at some point but if your library has this on audiobook grab it!...more
When I saw the reviews of this book i thought "Maybe it'll be better on audio" and when I started it I thought "narrator seems pretty good" so I thougWhen I saw the reviews of this book i thought "Maybe it'll be better on audio" and when I started it I thought "narrator seems pretty good" so I thought I'd be good. However I feel like this book was all about the WHAT without ever asking the WHY which was the much more interesting question. It wanted to gross you out without explaining or even exploring why which bothered me.
Then to add insult to injury it ended on a bloody cliffhanger. I don't care enough to read the next book. ...more
I have some complaints about the audio edition: -To voice different characters sometimes the narrator almost whispered and even with my volume up highI have some complaints about the audio edition: -To voice different characters sometimes the narrator almost whispered and even with my volume up high you couldn't hear it well. -There was no distinction when a CD ended so it could easily go into the next disc without you noticing. This happened every CD. There should at least be a pause or something to allow you to notice the end. ...more
UGH I am not happy with this book. (view spoiler)[Especially not with how much of it was about cheating and how it tried to continually justify it (hiUGH I am not happy with this book. (view spoiler)[Especially not with how much of it was about cheating and how it tried to continually justify it (hide spoiler)]...more
A Step From Heaven is a lovely little audiobook I stumbled upon in my library. This book was nearly perfect and though I wanted it to be longer the slA Step From Heaven is a lovely little audiobook I stumbled upon in my library. This book was nearly perfect and though I wanted it to be longer the slice of immigrant life it presented was just enough to leave me longing for more. Sometimes it's better for books to leave you loving their characters and wanting more than to over-tell a story.
Young Ju is only four when her family moves from a fishing village in Korea to the United States. Since she is so young she doesn't understand when her family talks about Mi Gook (America). Because of the glorious stories she thinks they're leaving their home to go to heaven.
But Young Ju quickly discovers that America is not heaven. We get little tidbits of her life growing up, being sent to school where she doesn't speak English and the teacher doesn't speak Korean, both of her parents working all the time and ultimately her family struggling to stay together.
The story feels true to life, painting the move to America as neither wholly good or wholly bad. It makes their life difficult, especially Young's father who turns to alcohol as a coping mechansim, but also gives Young Ju an opportunity to hopefully become more than just a fisherman's wife. Moving to America is a balance between hardship and hope, and A Step From Heaven portrays that beautifully.
Narration The narration for this book is beautiful and spot on. It captures Young's voice and tells her story without intruding. Highly recommended....more
This book was a lot of fun, especially as an audiobook. Despite being the second in a series, I never felt lost or confused by the characters or the pThis book was a lot of fun, especially as an audiobook. Despite being the second in a series, I never felt lost or confused by the characters or the plot. It's always nice to read a series where you don't necessarily have to remember everything from the last book to enjoy the next. This book is meant to be ridiculous, with a villain like the Gingerbread Man and a fairytale police department would you expect anything else? A fun, twisting, silly mystery that's great for car rides....more
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is not what I thought it was, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I thought the novel, despite the premise of beThe Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is not what I thought it was, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I thought the novel, despite the premise of being able to taste feelings, would stay clearly in the contemporary category. By the end, it seemed a little bit more magical realism than contemporary, but still an interesting read.
The night before her ninth birthday Rose Edelstein takes a bite out of her birthday cake, a homemade lemon and chocolate masterpiece, only to discover that she doesn't taste the lemon, or the chocolate, but is immensely overwhelmed by the feelings baked in her cake. She tastes her mother's sadness and emptiness. From there onward, Rose can taste the emotions in food, tracing the feelings back to the farms where the vegetables are picked and factories where food is packaged.
Sometimes people ask the difference between an adult book with a child narrator and a children/young adult book with a child narrator. This is a textbook example where adult knowledge and experience is put into the child's mouth. For me, an avid young adult reader, it's a little jarring and makes the character less believable. At age 8, Rose is building roads for her toy cars to travel and mentions city ordinances requiring them to go past her brother's door. That's just not an 8-year-olds knowledge. Tidbits like that are scattered throughout the book.
For me what really undermines this book is the ending. Not only is it strange, but it's abrupt. The book is suddenly over and you're left wondering if you missed something. I'm not saying the book needed a happy, all the ends tied-up ending but the last chapter of a book should feel like a conclusion and for me it didn't As for the strangeness, I really can't say much more without spoiling the book. But it's very strange. Overall the book was enjoyable but flawed. I listened to this on audiobook from the public library, and it's worth a listen if you're in need of a book.
Narration When I realized this was an author-narrated audiobook my expectations dropped. Honestly, author/narrator combinations are so hit and miss that I tend to avoid them. Luckily, this author manages to narrate the book well. She does it without trying to overact, but reading the book in a simple narration style that fits Rose, a girl who has disconnected herself from her feelings to an extent. It works. Actually her style reminded me a bit of Sara Zarr (who I love as a narrator). I think listening on audiobook helped improve the book, especially when I see other people complaining about grammatical style issues in reviews, which is something I did not have to deal with at all. Like I said before, if you see this audiobook at the library it's worth a listen. ...more
A story of two changelings, the boy who is stolen and the changeling who takes his place, the story is told in alternating points of views. With bothA story of two changelings, the boy who is stolen and the changeling who takes his place, the story is told in alternating points of views. With both characters you get the longing to return to the human-world. They are children who aren't children, either growing up without growing old or being old already when they finally get to grow up. It's an interesting story, more powerful for showing the two perspectives. While at times the story drags and the passage of time is confusing, the book is very enjoyable and well-worth reading. I listened to it on audiobook and really enjoyed the narration....more
Another take on Authurian legend and looking for the treasures of King Arthur, which is pretty middle of the road. The book was good enough3.5/5 stars
Another take on Authurian legend and looking for the treasures of King Arthur, which is pretty middle of the road. The book was good enough, a nice little story about a family staying in Cornwall who find an ancient map. Evil people, known as "the Dark", try to steal the map and stop their progress. I listened on audiobook and wasn't very impressed with the narration, particularly when it took on female voices, but it was acceptable. Depending on how much you like variations on King Arthur, the book is a pleasant little story. ...more
Half Moon Investigations is everything I'd expect from an Eoin Colfer middle-grade book. It's witty, fun, clever and a great adventure. Fletcher MoonHalf Moon Investigations is everything I'd expect from an Eoin Colfer middle-grade book. It's witty, fun, clever and a great adventure. Fletcher Moon is the youngest certified detective in the world, after taking an online class to follow his dream of solving crime. Around the schoolyard he's the go-to guy if you're missing a notebook or MP3 player but aside from a friendly detective, none of the adult's take Fletchers detective work seriously.
“When you've come face-to-face with the dark side of the school yard, life doesn't hold many surprises.”
When what seems like a simple investigation, some girls from his class hire him to find a missing lock of a pop star hair, leads Fletcher down a rabbit hole of small seemingly petty crimes that add up to something larger. The investigation leads him into the town's biggest crime family, the Sharkey's where he finds a surprising ally in Red Sharkey.
This book is full of mishaps and the mystery itself is absolutely hilarious at times. But the book isn't all silly, it hits the right notes emotionally especially where Red is concerned. For a book that made me laugh (A LOT), it also tugged on my heartstrings in that storyline. Really this book does it all and does it well.
Narration This is an audiobook that I think the whole family will enjoy. Adults will love the humor (child appropriate but I think adults will appreciate the irony more) and kids will love the adventure. The narration is spot on, just a slight accent to add atmosphere, and captures the too-smart-for-his-own-good Fletcher Moon perfectly.
I cannot get enough of this series on audiobook. This is my third book about the Logan family and Let the Circle Be Unbroken does Review below PSA.
I cannot get enough of this series on audiobook. This is my third book about the Logan family and Let the Circle Be Unbroken does not disappoint. As far as series about black children growing up in the post civil-war south, I'm not sure there are any better (and if there are please recommend them). Cassie is just as sassy and intelligent as the little girl we first met in Roll of Thunder Here My Cry. During this book she is not entirely likable, but realistically flawed and more believable. This is a book about family, growing up in the segregated South and learning what is right in the face of prejudice. Honestly if you're library has this series on audiobook request it now.
Review for this HIGHLY RECOMMENDED book is below the PSA. The PSA does not reflect this book or the author (who is lovely)
Draw the Dark is gritty, o Review for this HIGHLY RECOMMENDED book is below the PSA. The PSA does not reflect this book or the author (who is lovely)
Draw the Dark is gritty, original and unnerving. I'm going to be honest with you. It's been a couple of months since I've listened to the audiobook. I hate myself for procrastinating this review. However I really liked this book and want other people to read it so I'm reviewing it anyways.
Christian Cage is a bit of an outcast. After both his parents disappear, he turns to art as a coping mechanism. He draws obsessively, painting and re-painting the walls of his bedroom, continuing to draw the mother who left him behind. However, his drawings seem to be something more than just pictures, especially when he starts drawing memories and feelings that aren't his own. While working in a nursing home, Christian discovers the last remaining Jew in Winter, Wisconsin and begins to draw a dark history that the town has tried to forget.
As a reader you're never sure what's real or what's imagined. Christian is a questionably reliable narrator who doesn't even trust his own memories or judgement. The book is set very much in the real world, with interesting World War II history. In all the books I've read or movies I've watched I've never encountered this slice of WWII history (and for me that alone is enough to recommend the book). The book reads like a dark contemporary, yet there's fantasy underlying the story. This blending of the real and the unreal is what makes this book for me. The book is creepy and unpredictable, and you're never quite sure what's going to happen next.
This story is weird, Draw the Dark is a very good book that's probably hard to place, genre-wise, because it has a foot in so many different worlds (I'd probably call it magical realism if I was forced to choose). The only real problem I had with this book was the ending, which was very open-ended. In some ways it feels like there should be a sequel, but at the same time the choose-your-own-interpretation ending kind of fits the book even if it leaves you wanting answers. If you're looking for something original then Draw the Dark should fit the bill.
Narration Remember how I said it'd been a couple months since I'd read the book? Well please forgive me for not remembering specifics. I liked the narration, it suited the book and I looked forward to long drives where I could spend time with the story.