I received a copy of the audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This isn't my usual fare so it is harder for me to really weighI received a copy of the audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This isn't my usual fare so it is harder for me to really weigh in on how it compares with other similar books. (Is this romance? Did I accidentally listen to a romance novel? Or is this chick lit? Is there a difference?). Ally Hughes is a young professor who became a single mother while still in college (and managed to still get an Ivy League education and a tenure-track position! go figure!) and in a weekend of grading frenzy, she sleeps with one of the students in her class. I think this is supposed to be sexy but as someone in academia (and knowing the guy was in the class that she hadn't yet submitted grades for), it was a little squicky to me. I'm sensing it is supposed to be wish fulfillment for some women. I don't know. I have to go through sexual harassment training every damn year. You just don't sleep with students. /soapbox
Ten years later the same man comes to dinner with her daughter, now grown and trying to make it in Hollywood.
The novel moves between ten years ago and the present. The narrator did a decent job. The sex was more believable than the love (the author keeps saying love but it is clearly attraction, which is also good, but not love) but sometimes a few too many details. I really, REALLY don't want to hear how full the condom is. (What point is that trying to make? No, no, I don't want to know.)
Also a strange thing, from the title somehow I thought this would be British but it is American. Not a bad break from a stressful week and I finished quickly. ;)...more
One of my co-workers listens to a lot of audio, so when I asked her for some favorites, she exclusively spoke on the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache seOne of my co-workers listens to a lot of audio, so when I asked her for some favorites, she exclusively spoke on the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series. She said she only goes to another author if there isn't a new title to listen to, and sometimes even goes back to relisten. I don't read a lot of mystery novels so I decided to have a brief diversion and give it a try.
It is a typical cozy mystery with a cast of quirky characters but I enjoyed it. After all, I usually find I read mysteries not for the mystery but for the setting and the people. In audio it was hard to keep track of them at first but it got better, and if the series continues with the same people that will help (I'm not sure if it is just the inspector who is consistent or everyone.)
If you like northeast Canada, and a mystery novel, you will probably like this.
I received a review copy of the audio from the publisher, but I had this book on my radar before it was offered. I was happy to get a chance to hear iI received a review copy of the audio from the publisher, but I had this book on my radar before it was offered. I was happy to get a chance to hear it.
This book should be required reading to help everyone understand the current status of race relations in the United States. If you can, get it in audio. Since the book is a letter from the author to his 15 year old son, it is even more powerful heard in his voice.
This book details what it is like to live in a black body while also questioning the baseline assumptions and framework of race. Not what we wish it is like, but what it really is like. And Coates is not going to make excuses for prejudice or to preach forgiveness.
I have this set aside to discuss on a future episode of my podcast, so I will come back to this review. I need to get my hands on a print copy so I can better give examples of what makes this so great.
After a recent reading given by the author, she said in answer to a question that this is her favorite novel she's written for adults so far. I can unAfter a recent reading given by the author, she said in answer to a question that this is her favorite novel she's written for adults so far. I can understand why - she's had a longtime fascination with folklore and mythology threading through her work, sometimes more explicitly than others. I felt more similar as I read this the way I did when I read some of her earliest novels - that she was a master of world mythology and I would never know as much as she did nor could I possibly understand/appreciate the layers this understanding would add if I had it while reading her books. I haven't felt that way in her more recent works, not in Palimpsest (which is still the Valente novel closest to my heart), nor in the Fairyland books (where she creates her own mythology!).
I like the idea of turning a folktales or two on its ear, which she apparently has here, I just don't have enough knowledge of Russian folktales to fully appreciate it. I like the idea of taking that folktales on its ear and then dropping it into Soviet Russia with ration cards and freezing soldiers and seeing what happens. I loved the imagery in the beginning of the bird-husbands and the character married to the house (in my head he is a house elf but that's probably not the right word for him.) I like all these things, I just didn't FEEL anything. It felt much more academic, a well-executed exercise.
I see that Goodreads has this listed as Deathless #1 so I wonder what comes next!...more
This audiobook was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It was also discussed pre-publication on Episode 021 of the ReadiThis audiobook was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It was also discussed pre-publication on Episode 021 of the Reading Envy podcast, if you want more background. I had not read the book at the time.
This is a debut novel from Marguerite Reed, and I feel I should first say this is not the kind of novel I typically read. It is also not a typical novel. Some of the elements combined together in a way I was not expecting and I had to talk myself through it. I think I'm using the review to think it through even further.
The novel takes place on a planet called Ubastis, a relatively unexplored and uncolonized planet that is being considered as a new home for humanity. Vashti, who the publisher summary refers to as a xenobiologist, is on the planet for further study. She holds multiple roles, from safari guide of sorts to political activist, to mother. Several scenes in the beginning of the novel detail Vashti having important conversations about her husband's death and what she should be doing, interrupted by her toddler being hungry or wanting help with the bathroom. I have to admit that I was a bit startled by this element. I'm not used to women being mothers in military science fiction (a label I am hesitant to use but is the closest I can come). Thinking about it more, I realized that in all those urban fantasy type novels, the main subgenre where you see kickass female heroines, those women are always lone wolves who have hot sex or revenge sex or daddy issues. Their solitude allows them to have the strength and independence. I feel like the author really pushed herself to create a more complex character, one who is grieving the loss of her husband, struggling with self-harm and guilt, and still loving a tiny child that occupies some of her mental and physical space. It isn't something I have seen before. Her humanity is tangible, almost uncomfortable, and it becomes more important as the story moves forward.
There is a lot more going on, from discussions of humanity to independence. This is the first book in a series and Marguerite Reed definitely ends the book with a clear direction in mind. I think readers of urban fantasy with kickass women would really like this, and enjoy the change to space and genetic modification as the setting.
I listened to this in audio and liked the narrator for the most part. She does something strange where she whispers the last word in a sentence, or speaks it in a very low tone. It took me a while to get used to it, and ended up speeding up the recording to 1.5x which helped a great deal. I realized I was waiting for the last word of every sentence and missing what the words in the sentence were, and had to start over. Let me see if I can replicate it in text, with words in asterisks the words spoken low or whispered.
"In Moira's apartment I ate and drank what she set in front of *me.* She remembered something of tact, thank God, and did not interrupt until I had finished scraping my *plate clean.*"
I don't know if this is the narrator's style, if it is the style she chose for the book, but at first it really took me out of the listening experience. I played it for a few others to see if I was crazy and they noticed it as well. By the time I got halfway, I stopped noticing it and the last half of the book flew by....more
I snagged this to listen to as I drove through four states, and to help with one of my reading goals for the year - reading more spy books! I had neveI snagged this to listen to as I drove through four states, and to help with one of my reading goals for the year - reading more spy books! I had never seen a James Bond film (not even Sean Connery) nor had I read a James Bond book, so this was my first experience. Of course I have some knowledge of him just in the general pop culture way, "shaken, not stirred," etc., and I knew to expect a certain perspective of women. I had also recently watched the BBC show Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond, which is somewhat interesting about Ian Fleming's life up until he wrote this first novel.
If your only exposure to Casino Royale is the 1967 film with five directors, a Woody Allen "I'm so quirky and I'm JIMMMY BOND" character, and a retired James Bond, just strike it from your memory. This book is not that story. In the book version, James Bond has just become a "double-O" and is going on his first mission in that level. It's taking him to Monaco, for (I'm guessing his first) encounter with Le Chiffre and a Soviet organization called SMERSH. There are car chases and damsels in distress, agents from all over the world, double agents and intrigue. It was fun to listen to although I suspect James Bond should be a little smarter than he is with women. When I said that to my husband he said, "That's his weakness, that's the point," and well, okay, if we must. Apparently it's worked long enough for decades of novels and movies.
I was surprised near the last third of the book when Bond gets rather philosophical about violence and evil and power. It was pretty reflective, and he was thinking of retiring as the novel ends. (Perhaps this is repeated in future books as well?)
There were two audio versions of this book in Audible and I went with Simon Vance - he does a great Russian, spy-British, and French accent, but his American accent is a bit Texan-meets-Amish.
“Surround yourself with human beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles.”
So three stars - decent book, entertaining, perhaps not all that memorable or much to recommend to others, wouldn't purchase to read again later. ...more
The book is short, and that probably redeems it; longer the same stuff may have felt tedious. The central characters is on the run for most of the novel, but instead of Bondlike car chases and heists, he is exchanging clothing with the working class of Scotland as he tromps through the moors and bogs. Definitely interesting considering the time period (right near the beginning of World War I.)...more
A very fun YA novel in a new series by Gail Carriger, about a young woman who gets recruited to finishing school, but it is the "other" definition ofA very fun YA novel in a new series by Gail Carriger, about a young woman who gets recruited to finishing school, but it is the "other" definition of finishing.
The characters and world feel similar to the Parasol Protectorate series but much more an adventure series, with much milder romance.
The audio is highly recommended, because the reader does a great job at accents and distinguishing the characters from each other....more
I have been working my way through the audiobook memoirs of former SNL women and Rachel Dratch's book was entertaining. I zoned out in the last hour oI have been working my way through the audiobook memoirs of former SNL women and Rachel Dratch's book was entertaining. I zoned out in the last hour or ninety minutes or so because it was pretty much blah blah blah motherhood, just not anything I cared much about honestly. I appreciated her perspective, her post-SNL experience, and her honesty. I laughed quite a bit while listening....more
Wonderful little poems composed on a typewriter. You can view some of them as posted by the author in Pinterest. I liked this audiobook because they aWonderful little poems composed on a typewriter. You can view some of them as posted by the author in Pinterest. I liked this audiobook because they are read by the poet, which is always my preference for poetry.
Here's a taste of one:
#1074 You walk like you were born with a soundtrack. I watch like I was born in an old movie theater. There is cinema in our kissing, and we've never bothered to follow the script.
Please see my previous review as my opinions haven't changed. I listened to this again for my book club, which meets in a virtual world. That made thePlease see my previous review as my opinions haven't changed. I listened to this again for my book club, which meets in a virtual world. That made the discussion pretty much perfect!
Cline imagines a few things that I wish were true about virtual worlds and a few I'm glad are not. ...more
This is a review of the audiobook, which I received in exchange for an honest review from Brilliance Audio.
I originally read the second book of the AlThis is a review of the audiobook, which I received in exchange for an honest review from Brilliance Audio.
I originally read the second book of the Alexandria Quartet in 2009, and stopped without finishing the quartet. My goal is to get through all four books this year, but it is definitely slower going since I'm using the audio version. Narrator Jack Klaff makes great efforts to distinguish between characters but sometimes that makes me really hate the time we spend with some of them. Scobie with his whistled "s" is just unbearable in the car, and has a considerably large section near the beginning.
What I love about this book is the way it fills in some of the details missing in Justine, and gives the reader an entirely new perspective on the characters and events. You find out why Justine marries Nessim, and it is not what you might expect. You learn more about the espionage side of things, which I of course enjoyed. But the author is also stepping back and reflecting on love and life, and Durrell writes so beautifully that hearing the passages again was like revisiting a favorite poem.
The other layer of interest in Balthazar that as far as I know is unique to this volume of the quartet is the inclusion of two additional texts referenced in different ways. The novel starts with Balthazar visiting the author, bringing a pile of marked up pages the author had written about Justine, hoping to tell him the facts and background he never knew. There is also a novelist named Pursewarden who has died, and while I don't particularly remember him being mentioned in Justine he is a key figure in this book.
Another moment of reading synergy I happened to have was reading The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson in the middle of listening to this novel. Wilson details her conversion to Islam in the first few years of the 21st century, as well as a cultural shift (she marries an Egyptian.) Durrell is describing Egypt, focusing on Alexandria, as its own character, right as colonial rule is diminishing and a shift in power is on the horizon; Wilson describes a much more modern (and much more Islam-dominant) Egypt. But between 1958 and 2010, there remain some elements that are Egyptian cultural practices. I actually felt I understood Durrell's Alexandria better after reading Wilson's account, particularly on approaches to love and the many definitions of marriage. Durrell wanted to write about "modern" love but the characters in Balthazar that aren't British are seeing it from a completely different perspective that even he may not have completely understood.
I was surprised my original review contained no quotations so I will include some of them here.
"It is not enough, perhaps, to respect a man's genius - one must love him a little, no?"
"Are we then nourished only by fictions, by lies?"
"We live by selected fictions."
"At first" writes Pursewarden, "we seek to supplement the emptiness of our individuality through love, and for a brief moment enjoy the illusion of completeness. But it is only an illusion. For this strange creature, which we thought would join us to the body of the world, succeeds at last in separating us most thoroughly from it. Love joins and then divides. How else would we be growing?" ...more
Neil Gaiman is an excellent teller of stories, and I usually enjoy his audio. This is an entertaining short story, not as twisty as some of his, but I liked the musical interludes and accompaniment. He seems to be writing several stories set in the Hebrides and this was a nice trip there.
I'll have a longer review of the set of stories soon!...more
This is my third time reading this book, but this time I listened. It was amazing how much of the words I had internalized, and I found myself smilingThis is my third time reading this book, but this time I listened. It was amazing how much of the words I had internalized, and I found myself smiling along with some of the parts that were familiar.
I'm looking forward to actually finishing the quartet this time around (fingers crossed) and reading the other parts of the story.
The narrator does a decent job although some of the voices are so heavily accented they are almost hard to understand! The audiobook also had a track at the end where a Durrell scholar discusses the quartet and the city of Alexandria as a character. I got a lot out of it, and was glad I listened to those 24 minutes....more
Great adaptation of this book! While Adam feels like the focus in the book and audiobook, this seemed to better feature the angel/demon duo, kind of aGreat adaptation of this book! While Adam feels like the focus in the book and audiobook, this seemed to better feature the angel/demon duo, kind of a sad end to a very civil war, soon to end with Armageddon.
Still too many uses of the word ineffable, but I think that's a joke....more
Incredible true story about a master spy who had a tremendous impact on operations in British, American, and Soviet intelligence. Graham Greene, JohnIncredible true story about a master spy who had a tremendous impact on operations in British, American, and Soviet intelligence. Graham Greene, John Le Carre, and Ian Fleming all knew him personally, and surely he inspired something in their future spy novels. This is a story that's been told before, this man is a legend, but the author is able to dig deeper into declassified documents and notes Le Carre took from Eliot decades earlier.
I listened to the audio read by John Lee who has such an old fashioned voice. It worked for this book....more
After listening to the introduction to this book, read by the author, I almost didn't listen to the book itself. She sounded so defeated, and not in aAfter listening to the introduction to this book, read by the author, I almost didn't listen to the book itself. She sounded so defeated, and not in a funny way. It was clear that she was writing the book not because she wanted to but to fulfill some kind of market advantage, riding the wave of successes like Bossypants or Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, both books I liked.
The audio version has a few guests like Patrick Stewart and Seth Meyers, and that helps add some variety, but I'd much more rather watch Amy in her shows and sketches, where she actually wants to be. I don't think she really wants to be here, in this book.
I wasn't interested in everything, but I did like hearing more about her early days in comedy and some of the funny childhood memories. She also has some insights on being a woman in a male-dominated world, which while a lot of people talk about that, it's probably because it remains an issue for most of us.
Good little bits, good enough that I made bookmarks in the Audible version:
"Writing gave me an incredible amount of power, and my currency became what I wrote, and said, and did."
"Too often we women try to tackle chaos that is not ours to fix."
"A person's tragedy does not make up their entire life. A story carves deep grooves into our brains each time we tell it, but we aren't one story. We can change our stories. We can write our own."...more
This is a reread for me, although this version has a few more new stories.
Sedaris's version of the holidays is a comfort in a world saturated with senThis is a reread for me, although this version has a few more new stories.
Sedaris's version of the holidays is a comfort in a world saturated with sentimentality during Christmas. He pushes the limits, and hearing it in his voice is the way to go.
"The Santaland Diaries" feels like the greatest classic, about being a seasonal Macy's elf.
"Six to Eight Black Men" was my favorite this time around, about how Christmas traditions are different in Holland, and how political correctness tends to alter those traditions over time (necessarily, I'd add, yikes!)
This audiobook also includes one story recorded live, and that's the best experience. Stories are fine with perfectly produced rounded music intros, but it is the audience that really provides the energy....more
A short story, delicately read by Kirby Heyborne, about a boy trapped in a library. Things are not what they seem, and the sheepman seems to be at theA short story, delicately read by Kirby Heyborne, about a boy trapped in a library. Things are not what they seem, and the sheepman seems to be at the center of it all.
I received a review copy of this audiobook from the publisher.
I had this book on my radar for a while after seeing it in Publishers Weekly, because II received a review copy of this audiobook from the publisher.
I had this book on my radar for a while after seeing it in Publishers Weekly, because I am a sucker for post-apocalyptic novels. It ended up on the National Book Award longlist, surprising I thought, considering I'd never heard of the author! That moved it up in my listening queue.
It is possible I am tainted by my depth of post-apocalyptic reading, because I don't feel this book does anything other authors haven't done. The story is crafted well with intertwining stories and time periods, but a lot of practical details are conveniently ignored. For instance, 20 years after 99.9% of the world died, a symphony travels around and performs music and Shakespeare, but there is no information about how they feed themselves. Kind of strange, kind of convenient, as is much of the details about the farthest future covered by the book.
The characters that become main characters are also not the most interesting people in the world, and I think that was another thing keeping me from connecting to the novel. Of course, once everyone else dies, they become the most interesting people in the world, and maybe that is the point the author is making.
The audiobook was well-read but I seriously considered quitting halfway through....more
I had read the print version earlier this year, so I don't have much more to say about it, but Michael C. HaSaw this version and had to take a listen:
I had read the print version earlier this year, so I don't have much more to say about it, but Michael C. Hall is a great reader that I hope does more work in audio (in between his acclaimed acting gigs, of course.)...more
I always enjoy Carson McCullers and this collection was no different.
The best two stories were the title story and Wunderkind.
I went looking after I hI always enjoy Carson McCullers and this collection was no different.
The best two stories were the title story and Wunderkind.
I went looking after I heard this bit from the title story:
"...Every lover knows this. He feels in his soul that his love is a solitary thing. He comes to know a new, strange loneliness and it is this knowledge which makes him suffer. So there is only one thing for the lover to do. He must house his love within himself as best he can; he must create for himself a whole new inward world -- a world intense and strange, complete in himself."
Carson McCullers always has the ability to elegantly make statements about the world in the midst of a smalltown story. ...more
This was a highly enjoyable book about people who can't help but look into their relationship futures, with great consequences to their current entangThis was a highly enjoyable book about people who can't help but look into their relationship futures, with great consequences to their current entanglements. The two narrators on the audiobook portray Godfrey Burkes and Evelyn the Librarian very well, alongside distinguishable minor characters with different voices.
The book made me laugh quite a few times - it's the kind of humor that's just cute, like a romantic comedy. If you don't chuckle or marvel at every combination of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, I suspect this wouldn't be the book for you, but I'm a sucker for light, cute stories when the characters are bookish or quirky or otherwise unusual. This fits the bill!
I listened to Jimmy Carter read his book on the audio version, which I got as a review copy from the publisher. He doesn't always pronounce everythingI listened to Jimmy Carter read his book on the audio version, which I got as a review copy from the publisher. He doesn't always pronounce everything perfectly, but he's Jimmy Carter!
This is an excellent overview of how religious and political restraints impact the status, health, and livelihood of women worldwide. He offers specific ideas for working toward change while also acknowledging why some change has been difficult. You can see the 23 action items on the Carter Center blog without even reading the book, and I'd recommend at least doing that.
He doesn't let the USA off the hook. He points out that Atlanta, his closest urban center, is the highest trafficking point of women in the country (these numbers are crazily high, I had no idea) and the negative impact some ultra-conservative organizations have had on women's health legislation (leaving the USA among a handful of countries to not move forward in this arena.) Most of the information is very current, with sources as recent as earlier in 2014 in use. Some of the older information was shocking, such as some United Nations documents on women's rights from the late 1970s that I had never even heard of. I wonder what the world would be like now if the countries that signed those documents had actually followed through on their vows.
Jimmy Carter's own politics and even religion do come out in the book, but I have to say I was impressed by the telling of why he left the Southern Baptist Convention after 70 years in it, based on their changing policies about women in ministry and church. Actions speak! I don't know all that much about him as a president (mea culpa) but I appreciated his plea for non-violence and abolishment of the death penalty.
Sidenote: There are some horror/dystopian novels out there right now that include tapeworm invaders but they don't have anything on Jimmy Carter's description of guinea worms, which *actually exist* and his organization has been working to eradicate it. For all that is good and holy, do not do a Google image search for them. Yeah, I couldn't help myself either. ...more
This book defied my expectations at every turn. It is near-future but in two different times and locations. Mariama is in a caravan heading to EthiopiThis book defied my expectations at every turn. It is near-future but in two different times and locations. Mariama is in a caravan heading to Ethiopia across land, and Meena is heading to Ethiopia from India, across the Arabian Sea, on a floating road made of metallic hydrogen. Interesting concepts for the near-future, and nice to have African and Indian characters and settings. The writing is my type - emotional, internal dialogue, pondering greater meanings.
Everyone keeps calling it sci-fi, I imagine because of the brief technology mentions, but I think it fits more in fantasy - people who may or may not be human/gods/ghosts, the quest/journey, the lesson, the good vs. evil, the superhuman moments - feels like fantasy to me!
I listened to this in audio and the two readers, Dioni Collins and Nazneen Contractor, do a brilliant job. I listened to the last disc three times because I'm not entirely sure what happened. I'm still not. (view spoiler)[Where did Djibouti go and is everyone insane? *smile* (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Mary Oliver is responsible for one of the poems that means a lot to me, Wild Geese. Every time I pick up a book of her poems, I am looking for a poemMary Oliver is responsible for one of the poems that means a lot to me, Wild Geese. Every time I pick up a book of her poems, I am looking for a poem that I connect with on that same level.
I am often disappointed, because how often can true connection occur? Mary enjoys writing about the small parts of life - nature is a frequent theme, and in this collection, it's dogs. She loves dogs.
I love dogs too, and know my aging beagle is not going to be around much longer (we feel like we're counting months instead of years by now.) But do you know those people who entertain themselves by saying out loud what they think their dogs are thinking? That's kind of how these poems feel to me. A little too precious.
Perhaps that is because they are read by the author, who is older at this point, and it makes it feel like my grandmother is sitting in her chair, giving voice to the dog's thoughts. Sweet, clever a bit, but not any deeper meaning that I really do want to have in poetry I spend time pondering....more
Full disclosure - I got a review copy of this in audiobook form when John Joseph Adams contacted the review coordinator at SFFAudio, me! I snapped itFull disclosure - I got a review copy of this in audiobook form when John Joseph Adams contacted the review coordinator at SFFAudio, me! I snapped it up because I already own many of his anthologies and reading The Wastelands changed my reading life.
Table of contents and audiobook narrator listings copied directly from John Joseph Adams' website. If you want more detailed summaries of each story, I found the review at Tangent very good, particularly because it is so hard to keep track of short stories when you are listening instead of reading!
The audio was an incredible asset to this anthology, although I will probably also need to buy this for my shelf o' anthologies. The best in audio are Removal Order, BRING HER TO ME, and The Fifth Day of Deer Camp.
My favorite stories were BRING HER TO ME and Goodnight Moon.
I'm most interested in the next installment (so please let there be a next installment) of Removal Order, Pretty Soon the Four Horsemen are Going to Come Riding Through, and Spores.
What do I mean by next installment? Well The End is Nigh is the first volume of a triptych. It will be followed by The End is Now and The End Has Come, with some authors contributing linked stories. Very exciting concept, and as the Queen of Apocalypse there is no way I couldn't read this.
For more detailed impressions, click past spoiler (not really a spoiler) (view spoiler)[
Introduction—John Joseph Adams, read by Lex Wilson
"Post-apocalyptic fiction is about worlds that have already burned. Apocalyptic fiction is about worlds that are burning.
The End is Nigh is about the match."
The Balm and the Wound —Robin Wasserman, narrator Jack Kincaid End times and a preacher rises up.
Heaven is a Place on Planet X —Desirina Boskovich, narrator Folly Blaine Aliens forcing humans to be enforcers of their own people, in preparation for a worldwide move to Planet X. You can read this story on Wired.com.
Break! Break! Break! —Charlie Jane Anders, read by James Keller Teenaged film makers
The Gods Will Not Be Chained —Ken Liu, read by Anaea Lay Communicating with the past through emoji
Wedding Day —Jake Kerr, read by Folly Blaine What does it take for gay marriage not to be an issue? How about an earth-destroying asteroid? Sounds campy but isn't, very present-day pending doom.
Removal Order —Tananarive Due, read by Laurice White A very sad story that left more questions than answers and I hope it continues in the next anthology of the triptych. The narrator was perfection for the tone of the story.
System Reset —Tobias S. Buckell, read by Jack Kincaid A post-Snowden, pre-apocalypse hacker wish fulfillment story. :)
This Unkempt World is Falling to Pieces —Jamie Ford, read by Rajan Khanna Comet story. Honestly I forgot it already!
BRING HER TO ME —Ben H. Winters, performed by a cast that includes Kate Baker, Mur Lafferty, Anaea Lay, Tina Connolly, Rajan Khanna, Lex Wilson, and Jack Kincaid as GOD VOICE Creepy. I hope God never speaks to me. A must-listen in audio.
In the Air —Hugh Howey, read by Lex Wilson In the same world as Wool, a father elects not to go to the silo even though he knows the world is ending. This story is the last day with his family.
Goodnight Moon —Annie Bellet, read by Tina Connolly Astronauts facing certain death. No really, certain. I thought it was lovely.
Dancing with Death in the Land of Nod —Will McIntosh, read by Norm Sherman A decently interesting virus premise, a drastically mundane setting.
Houses Without Air —Megan Arkenberg, read by Anaea Lay In this pending apocalypse, the world is running out of oxygen, which will be certain doom. One person's roommate responds with art.
The Fifth Day of Deer Camp —Scott Sigler, read by Scott Sigler Oh my gosh, you must get the audio for this one. The author does a great northern Minnesota accent for this of what would make a great story from deer camp if these guys can survive.
Enjoy the Moment —Jack McDevitt, read by Sarah Tolbert The first of two stories that include a the interruption of the earth's orbit. This one is more connected with a physicist and an important discovery.
Pretty Soon the Four Horsemen are Going to Come Riding Through —Nancy Kress, read by Mur Lafferty A major volcano blew unknown substances across the world 5-6 years before this story takes place. The effects on the unborn children of the time are just now starting to be noticeable. I'm glad the author is continuing the story in future volumes because non-violence doesn't seem like the end of the world to me!
Spores —Seanan McGuire, read by the incomparable Kate Baker The end is near and it is a FUNGUS. Of course. Not quite as creepy as her Parasite novel but has more heart, and really more about living with OCD than it is about the end of the world.
She’s Got a Ticket to Ride —Jonathan Maberry, read by Ralph Walters Another story about the earth's orbit, this time with more cults!
Agent Unknown —David Wellington, read by Jack Kincaid This story feels very much like straight zombies, but okay, we can call it a virus.
Enlightenment —Matthew Mather, read by Kate Baker This one can only have an emotional response. I was driving when I listened to it and I almost threw up. Horrifying but would have been more believable if the characters had more to them. The relationship between the most important two never made sense.
Shooting the Apocalypse —Paolo Bacigalupi A story about a reporter and a photographer covering the water crisis on the border between Arizona and Texas, which are now separate countries.
Love Perverts —Sarah Langan, read by Lex Wilson Mad Max and an apocalypse lottery. (hide spoiler)]
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Hugh Howey's bio includes this sentence: "A theme in my books is the celebration of overcoming odds and of not allowing the cruelty of the universe toHugh Howey's bio includes this sentence: "A theme in my books is the celebration of overcoming odds and of not allowing the cruelty of the universe to change who you are in the process."
The cruelty of the universe was clear in Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1), where humanity was several (hundred) years into living in a silo, the only people left alive on earth as far as they knew. Isolated, yet somehow sustainable if only the riots and coups could be held at bay. The silo enforced systematic cruelty as well, with the Cleanings removing people who had violated the social code, and the engineers with access to more than they were sharing. That's about all I can say without a spoiler.
Then came Shift, the backstory to Wool. I didn't review it very highly because I decided that giving me specifics didn't end up satisfying me as a reader, in fact part of the horror that made Wool so successful was not being sure where anything had come from or how long it had been there, and if there was any hope. We don't really get hope from Shift, but it fills in the gaps up to the beginning of Wool. I admit that I went back and upped the star by one after seeing how it all ended up.
In Dust, Howey twines the stories of Wool and Shift together in a satisfying way. The facts we never knew while reading Wool become integral to what happens after. I can't say anything at all about the story without spoiling the other two books, but I was surprised by who became the two main characters.
I also include Howey's biographical quote for a inexplicable reason (just read it), but I do think this hidden optimism has an impact on where he takes the story.
I listened to the audiobook, and read other books in between. I took breaks between the major sections. Tim Gerard Reynolds is a good narrator for these books, but I can't speed him up to 2x like I can with most readers. Even 1.5x felt too fast at times. That isn't a complaint, just an observation; the book took longer to listen to than others have!...more
I received a review copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
This is a book for Veronica Mars fans, to read (or listen) after seeing thI received a review copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
This is a book for Veronica Mars fans, to read (or listen) after seeing the crowd-funded movie. The story picks up a few months after the movie ends, and Veronica is still in Neptune when a college student disappears during the Spring Break season.
The audio is great fun because it is read by Veronica herself, Kristen Bell. Logan is missing for the entire story (for reasons the movie details) but another person from Veronica's past shows up. I hope in the future we see more new characters because I personally am getting a little weary of some of the same old people. ...more