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 effects, and I’m not big on that. Also, the characters are all played by different people, and you end up missing out on all the “she said” bits of the story, because they speak like a regular conversation. I definitely loved the really dark aspect of this book, but I think I’ll read the rest of the series!

Brokeback Mountain – Annie Poulx

This story about two male cowboys who have a long-lasting love affair is actually really short…I think it may have originally been classified as a short story, actually. It was pretty much just as good and sad as the movie, but a lot shorter…which again leads me to wonder why that movie is so long? I love this story, but I usually only watch the first 45 minutes of the movie…after that, it drags for me. So this short retelling was a nice treat!

 

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories – Dr. Seuss

This collection of lesser known Dr. Seuss stories (each story narrated by a different celebrity) was great. My favourite stories were “The Bippolo Seed” narrated by Neil Patrick Harris, and “Tadd and Todd” narrated by Joan Cusack. A lot of fun, and at the end of the audio book, there’s a great explanation of the history of each tale. I suppose the downside to listening to this is that I didn’t see any of the illustrations, but text has always been more important to me than pictures, so I don’t mind!

 

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend – Kody Keplinger

This story about a cynical teenager who is called the DUFF by a rich, good-looking snob (who later becomes the girl’s enemy-with-benefits) was definitely interesting. It was a bit drawn out at the end, but overall I enjoyed the story. However, it was a struggle to listen to. I really did not like the narrator for this, and there were times when I actually cringed because I found her voice so irritating. Definitely worth a read, but I would definitely recommend reading it.

So that’s what I’ve been listening to lately. I always find audiobooks difficult to pick. I don’t like listening to anything with too many discs, since the listening only happens when I’m in the car, anyways, and if I really want to read something, I want to physically read it. But I’ve been pleasantly surprised by some of my audiobook choices! It’s definitely a great way to pass the long drive.

One Response so far.

  1. Tamara says:
    Yeah…audio books are awesome for trips. I seem to have a really hard time finding narrators I like. I think it's because the first audio books I ever listened to were the Harry Potter ones and Jim Dale narrated so amazingly that it ruined me for anyone else. haha

    I haven't read any of the above-mentioned books except for the Lemony Snickett one. I read a few of those when they were really big but by the fourth or fifth one in they all started to sound the same so I stopped.

    Let us know if you find anything else that's good. 🙂

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