• Audiobooks,  Reviews,  Uncategorized

    April Reads & Listens

    April was a light month for reading. After my first physical read of the month, I struggled with what to read next, starting multiple books before finally settling on George R. R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings (which will probably take me a few months to get through…so my reads are going to be light for a while!). Some unexpected listens this month, though. What I’ve Read Persuasion – Jane Austen This isn’t intentional, but for the last few years I’ve more or less read one Jane Austen novel a year, usually in the late winter/early spring. I still haven’t read everything by Austen…I have Mansfield Park left to go,…

  • Audiobooks,  Reviews

    Audiobook Reviews

    Haven’t done one of these in awhile! Here are some quick reviews of some things I’ve listened to lately: Cinder/Scarlet – Marissa Meyer: I didn’t think I’d enjoy this series much because, while I like fairy-tale retellings, I’m not a big science fiction fan. After listening to Cinder, however, I found myself actually wanting to continue the series (which actually doesn’t happen much for me!) I freely admit that I would like these stories more without the science fiction aspects, but that’s solely my personal taste. I liked Cinder more than I enjoyed Scarlet, but I think this is primarily because of the narration. They were both narrated by the…

  • Audiobooks,  Me

    Sticking to a Format

    If you enjoy stories in a variety of formats (print, audio, eBook…), I’m curious; do you like to stick to one format per series/author?  I read and listen to books, and I’ve found that once I begin a series in one format, I have to continue with that format for the remainder of the series. This can be slightly annoying, since if I really like a series I would prefer to read it instead of listen to it, but if I’ve started listening, I feel like I need to keep listening! Photo From: http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.ca I’m not so picky about authors…I will read and listen to various books by the same…

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    Audiobook Reviews

    Broadening horizons by listening outside of interests. I haven’t done any audiobook reviews lately, and have been pretty slow on reviews in general since I’ve been reading a lot of old books this year. But I decided to do a couple of quick reviews on some titles that I listened to just for the sake of experiencing something new, even though I didn’t actually have any real interest in the stories. The Selection – Kiera Cass I wasn’t a fan of this one, but I didn’t really expect to be going in. I’ve heard this book explained as a cross between The Hunger Games and The Bachelor, and that is…

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    Audiobook Reviews

    More audiobook reviews!  Like I said, I’ve been listening to them a lot lately. And I’ve definitely noticed that the narrator can make all the difference… 13 Little Blue Envelopes – Maureen Johnson: The concept of this story was great.  Ginny, an ordinary teenage girl, goes on a mysterious trip across Europe after 13 envelopes are sent to her from her now-dead aunt. Each envelope has a task and instructions, and each new envelope can only be opened once the task from the previous letter is completed. The locations in this tale were awesome, of course, and I generally love this kind of adventure story. There were, however, a couple…

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    Audiobook Reviews

    Apparently, I’ve been listening to a lot of audiobooks lately! So I thought I’d do a couple of posts with some short reviews. 3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows – Ann Brashares This is supposed to be Traveling Pants take 2. It’s about three friends, over the course of a summer. They have been drifting apart for a while, but this summer sends them in totally different directions, while bringing them back together at the same time. The narrator was a little too old sounding on this book, since these girls were supposed to be young teens, but aside from that I didn’t mind her. The story, however, lacked for me.…

  • Audiobooks,  Me,  Reviews

    Audiobook Reviews

    Well, I didn’t do a whole lot of reading in November, mostly because I’ve been focusing quite heavily on writing instead, but my commute has allowed me plenty of time to listen to audiobooks! Here are some quick reviews of audiobooks I’ve listened to recently.   The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events Book 1 – Lemony Snicket In this series, three kids are left orphaned, and are forced to live with an evil distant relative, who wants to take their fortune from them. I decided to listen to this book mainly because it was narrated by Tim Curry. He was great, but the version was full of sound…

  • Audiobooks,  Librarianship,  Reviews

    Audiobook Flash Reviews

    My new job has a bit of a commute…which means more time for listening to audiobooks!  I’ve been listening to them a lot recently, so I thought I’d do some flash reviews of some of the ones I’ve gone through. The Princess Diaries – Meg Cabot I’ve been meaning to read this for awhile, so I’m glad I finally got around to experiencing the story. The story wasn’t exactly to my liking (things were a bit too overdramatic and Mia was fairly clueless a lot of the time), but I can definitely see the appeal of this series, and there were a lot of pop culture references that I enjoyed.…

  • Audiobooks,  Reviews

    Audiobook Reviews

    Okay, so recently I’ve started trying to listen to some audiobooks.  I have never listened to audiobooks before; I’m a paper book person, through and through.  But I had to read a book for one of the book clubs at work that I run, and it was a book I really wasn’t too interested in reading, especially since I had a pile of books I really wanted to read sitting at home.  So, I decided to give the audiobook a try, and have since listened to a couple of others as well.  They haven’t all been successful; I tried a few books in which I only listened to the first…