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"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." — Lemony Snicket Picking a good audiobook isn't just about picking the right book. It's about picking a voice you can listen to for the next 12 hours. I've written about it before, but a narrator can make or break an audiobook. Struggling to … Continue reading Great audiobook narrators, Part 1
Title: The Pillars of the Earth Author: Ken Follett My rating: 4 / 5 Genre: Historical Fiction TL;DR: For more conservative readers, there will definitely be some sections to skip over (sex, rape, violence etc.). However, despite these flaws, Follett's world is so captivating and the drama of the cathedral's construction is so captivating, that if you love being sucked … Continue reading Old book, new review: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
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Like a glorious, glittering unicorn riding out of the clouds and trailed by a stream of rainbow-colored butterflies, I discovered the magic grail. The nonfiction audiobook.
Title: Blue Like Jazz Author: Donald Miller My rating: 3 / 5 Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir TL;DR: I didn't find the writing style sophisticated or completely enjoyable, but the perspective and ideas presented make this one worth the read. Expect to be challenged and prepare to ask yourself questions about your own version of faith. You get a strange mix … Continue reading Old book, new review: Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
I recently looked over my list of books that I read in 2016 (as book lovers do) and discovered that, unintentionally, I read several WWII-era books last year. I also happened to notice one overarching detail: Each book strongly featured the color blue in its cover artwork. Coincidence? Maybe. Or the smart marketing people at publishing houses … Continue reading Have you noticed? WWII books all seem to have blue covers
In a nutshell, Everyone Brave is Forgiven was one of the most disappointing books I’ve finished in a long time. Chris Cleave is a bestselling author for a reason, and many people have enjoyed this book. Perhaps it's just my personal tastes, but this book didn't work for me on many levels.
Life is too short to finish books you don't like. So I gave myself a gold star and moved on.