Audiobooks continued (Thread 2)
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🐾 Artifice (The Silver Ships Book 12); by S. H. Jucha; narrated by Grover Gardner) - 3.0 Stars
🐾 Sojourn (The Silver Ships Book 13); by S. H. Jucha; narrated by Grover Gardner) - 3.0 Stars
🐾 Space Opera (by Catherynne M. Valente; narrated by Heath Miller) - 2.0 Stars
🐾 Frankenstein (by Mary Shelley; narrated by Dan Stevens) - 4.0 Stars
🐾 Dracula (by Bram Stoker; narrated by Steven Crossley, Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Susan Duerden, Katherine Kellgren, John Lee, Graeme Malcolm and, Simon Vance) - 4.0 Stars
🐾 The Strain (The Strain Trilogy #1; by Guillermo del Toro; narrated by Ron Perlman) - 3.0 Stars
🐾 Song of Solomon (written and narrated by Toni Morrison) - 4.0 Stars
🐾 The Grapes of Wrath (by John Steinbeck; narrated by Dylan Baker - 4.0 Stars
🐾 Currently Listening to A Tale of Two Cities (by Charles Dickens; narrated by Anton Lesser)
I want to listen A Scarlet Letter (by Nathanial Hawthorne) and, I've listened a lot of samples but I can't quite land on any that sound like "it."
Has anyone here listened to the book and can make a recommendation (either positive or negative)?
And perhaps I should have waited a little longer before starting the next audiobook I had in my queue, Daisy Jones and the Six (by Taylor Jenkins Reid; narrated by a full cast including Jennifer Beals, Benjamin Bratt, Judy Greer, January LaVoy, Pablo Schreiber and Julia Whelan (I know I'm missing some people in there...) This is an oral history of a fictional rock band in the late sixties/early seventies who broke up at the height of their success. There was a lot of hype around this one: It's a best seller; was chosen by Reese Witherspoon for her reading club; and it has a pretty high rating on Litsy (90%)-- but it's not as much fun as I thought it would be. I'll still stick it out though and see if I can't blast through it this weekend. I was to get to the next audiobook on my list, Tom Jones (by Henry Fielding; narrated by Bill Homewood for the LT Category Quarterly Group Read!
It looks like a few of us are listening to Bill Homewood narrate Tom Jones for the group read. Nice. I do love to listen to long books. I wish A Suitable Boy was available in unabridged audio. I'd be thrilled it it was available in Kindle for US market. If I'm listening to the entire Sherlock Holmes in 6 parts I'm sure they could have done something with ASB. I still have Educated by Tara Westover going. It's been a bit rough for me to listen to, but I want to see where it's going.
>10 Tanya-dogearedcopy: I loved A Tale of Two Cities, but I read it, not listened. My library has the gorgeous Penguin clothbound classics copy with Madame Defarge's knitting on the cover.
>11 luvamystery65: Yeah, I wish A Suitable Boy was available on audio too! In my mind, I've cast Vikas Adam to narrate it... Sigh.
>11 luvamystery65: I love the Penguin Deluxe Editions! I currently only have a couple of the paperback editions though.
Also, I want the book of Penguin covers:https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FRSZC6Q/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
>18 majkia: I listened to the first book a few years ago and never went back to them. This would make a great commute series.
>19 Tanya-dogearedcopy: I'm slowly making my way through Tom Jones. I'v been binge watching Netflix, but I'm starting my Assessment course so I'll get back to my audiobooks.
>20 Kristelh: Love Tracey Ullman!
As I said above, I'm still listening to Tom Jones.
In any case, I've started this one, anyway, so I'm listening to:
The Night Sister / Jennifer McMahon
Well this is fun! Bob in the twenty-first century is killed in Las Vegas and, per his wishes is cryogenically frozen. Fast forward three hundred years and he wakes up on a lab table-- not quite himself ;-) This is a science fiction romp through space, time and, pop culture references as Bob becomes legion. Ray Porter, the audiobook narrator, nails it :-)
I've put a small pause on Tom Jones this week. I'm listening to The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn and I've got Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke queued up for the weekend.
Next up for me is The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, narrated by CJ Critt.
>44 Tanya-dogearedcopy: I do love a well done celebrity narration.
>45 DeltaQueen50: Beach Boys seem like a train wreck in real life.
>46 Kristelh: How was Trawl? I have an anthology of B.S. Johnson I keep meaning to get to.
>47 Tanya-dogearedcopy: Juliet Stevenson is so absolutely fantastic on audio. She doesn't put me to sleep, but she does relax me and I do find myself deeply invested in the story.
I'm still listening to The Woman in the Window. I'm not too sure about this one. How many times can merlot be used in the story? Yikes! Also listening to Bluebird, Bluebird which I am really into. I finished Storm Cursed the latest in the Mercy Thompson series. This is the first one I've listened to. I like the narrator, Lorelei King, but I do love reading them as that is the format I am used to. I have my own voices in my head for this series.
I forgot to report back here how much I loved the audible version of The Bean Trees, I was so taken with this story that I have already purchased the sequel, Pigs in Heaven also read by the same narrator, CJ Critt.
Currently I am listening to Huck Out West by Robert Coover and read by Eric Michael Summerer.
Now I'm starting The Jungle (by Upton Sinclair; narrated by Grover Gardner) . - I've read this one in print once or twice but it's time for a re-read! I know it's a hard going in a gut-wrenching way so I plan on listening to it in small doses. Hopefully I'll have finished it by the end of the Labor Day weekend.
UPDATE: I'm putting 'The Jungle' on hold. My head space just isn't in the right place for it right now. I need light and fluffy fare for a few days.
What ever happened to Jeff Woodman?
"A Case of Identity: A Short Story from Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Dozen" (by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; performed by John Gielguld, Ralph Richardson and, Orson Welles) - Mary Sutherland makes an appearance at the Baker Street apartments, begging Sherlock to find out what happened to her fiancé. Mary suspects foul play as the intended groom had boarded a closed carriage headed to the church; but when the doors were opened at the destination he wasn't inside! This is a radio play with Gielguld as Sherlock and Richardson as Watson. Welles presents but I'm not immediately finding out who played Mary. Vintage stuff and entertaining, though not one of my favorite Sherlock cases as the resolution is a bit too absurd!
Mad Mouse (John Ceepak Mysteries #2; by Chris Grabenstein; narrated by Jeff Woodman) - Taking place a few weeks after the events in Tilt-a-Whirl and over the Labor Day weekend, this follows Danny, the junior partner to Police Officer John Ceepak as they do their duty by the citizens and tourists of the resort town of Sea Haven, NJ. Someone is sniping at Danny and his friends with paint gun pellets and real-live bullets! Though Ceepak and Danny race against a deadline to discover who and why, this isn't really a Whodunnit. Light character development: We begin to see more of Ceepak as other than a cardboard cut-out figure and, Danny starts to mature. Jeff woodman narrates as Danny with ease though there are times he can't quite make up for some of the awkward writing.
Alien: River of Pain (Alien #3 or #4 depending on which index you consult) by Christopher Golden; performed by Anna Friel, Philip Glenister, Colin Salmon; Alexander Siddig, Marc Warren, Michelle Ryan and William Hope) - This is the back story of Newt-- so there wasn't much of Ridley in this installment of the Alien series. The Alien series is a trilogy of books that serve as interstitial tales between the movies. In this one, the colony on LV-426 is caught up in the fight for survival on a hostile moon and the corporation that has undue influence with the whole operation. Now, a Pandora's Box of xenomorphs has been opened... This audio drama is not as cleanly produced as the first one Audible Studios produced: A couple of odd pauses, alien sounds that don't quite terrify, Newt's brother inexplicably having an Irish accent, not being able to distinguish characters in a couple of places and, overall the pacing seems a bit off.
The Spinning Heart (by Donal Ryan; narrated by Wayne Farrell) - This is a lit-fic story set in a small town in Ireland after the housing bust there a few years ago. Events and characters are revealed through twelve different characters and show acts and people of quiet heroism and acts of desperation. Wayne Farrell deftly handles all the roles but I have to admit that I wasn't as impressed this time as I was when I first listened to this six year ago.
Next Up: The Thing About December (by Donal Ryan; narrated by Wayne Farrell - This is the story of an event and person referred to in The Spinning Heart. Though it takes place before TSH, it's really not a prequel so much as background. Told from a single POV this time and narrated by the same reader from TSH. I'm re-listening TSH and TTAD to refresh my memory before listening to A Slanting of the Sun; Stories which is set in the same time and place as the other two audiobooks.
Edit: and by "embarking" I mean "I read 2/3 of it on the train home on Monday and will finish it within the next month".
Edit: turns out it's a full-cast dramatization. Stephen Fry plays Pooh, which is an interesting choice because Stephen is so erudite and Pooh is a bear of very little brain.
I finished The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn and while I liked the narration well enough, I found the book a bit ridiculous. I'm back to listening to Tom Jones for the group read and I'm in the mood to listen to The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman again.
A Mother's Reckoning by Sue Klebold.
Right now, I'm stuck on Dark Life Book 1 (by Kat Falls; narrated by Keith Nobbs) - I meant to knock it out of the way and get on with The Thing About December (by Donal Ryan; narrated by Wayne Farrell) but I've really been struggling to get some decent listening time in recently. I need to finish it this week though so I can finish off Tom Jones (by Henry Fielding; narrated by Bill Homewood) on time!
>59 majkia: Sounds like a good one. Looks like it will be a trilogy. I listened to a sample. How is the narrator? I'm unfamiliar with him although I see he has narrated many books.
>61 LibraryCin: I really liked The Birds and I bet it was a really great dramatization.
>62 Tanya-dogearedcopy: I agree that BBC Radio does know how to do dramatizations well. I have about 10 hours left with Mr. Tom Jones.
After the collapse of the Eastern seaboard into the rising oceans, people start colonizing the ocean floor. With classic pioneer spirit, they attempt to forge a future with its unique challenges inherent to underwater life. Against this backdrop, fifteen year-old Ty loves to explore but comes across more than he bargained for-- including a Top Sider named Gemma, a dangerous outlaw who is more than he appears to be and, a political conspiracy! But overall, it was just okay. Though the settings and world-building are well-done, the plot itself does not offer any surprises.
Now I can turn my attention to the rest of Tom Jones (by Henry Fielding; narrated by Bill Homewood)!
I finished Tom Jones and I enjoyed it so much. I'm back to Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke. Now that I finished Tom Jones, I'll get back to Sherlock Holmes. I also have in my near future The Witch Elm by Tana French. It's my book club choice for November and I'm hosting. Trying to find something else creepy to listen to for October.
I then tackled The October Man (Rivers of London #7.5; by Ben Aaronovitch; narrated by Sam Peter Jackson - This was meant to be something of a palate cleanser as this urban fantasy series is known for its clever and fun writing; But this was definitely a miss for me. Set in Maintz, Germany, a wizard-detective on par to Peter Grant in London, is assigned to a case in which a a man is discovered has having suffocated by a very fast-growing mold. Vineyards and wine-making, river goddesses and revenants are all brought in but I never got a sense of the detective himself. Despite the short length of the audio (less than 4.5 hours) I somehow missed the wizard-detective 's name, description and background! Sam Peter Jackson sounds like a British narrator with excellent fluency in German--but I think I might have been better off reading this one rather than listening. 2/5 stars
Yesterday, I listened to Redshirts (by John Scalzi; narrated by Wil Wheaton) fit the bill! This is a satire of the Star Trek series: Its suspect science and technology, lazy plotting devices and, overall campiness. In a future time in a distant galaxy, five ensigns on a spaceship twig on to the fact that there's something very suspicious about the away team assignments! The whole adventure gets very meta (not the least of which is having Wil Wheaton narrate! :-D ) and is actually a lot of fun.
I suppose if I wanted to pay US prices for an Audible membership that would work, too. But, since without a membership I can no longer get Audible books for prices I am willing to pay, that doesn't work anymore (and Audible.ca does not work if I want to transfer my book to a different device, though Audible.com does work for that).
Publishers (apparently, from what someone at one site told me when I contacted them because I couldn't find the answer) apparently don't want to allow the transfer of books. I guess it's an agreement with the publishers (so they told me) that won't allow it.
Overdrive allows it for library books, so I keep hoping I'll find a site where I might be able to buy them that will allow it as well (you'd think if you paid for it, that would be more likely not less, but here it is...)
This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us (by Edgar Cantero; narrated by January LaVoy) - This a parody of the detective noir genre and features twins who are co-mingled genetically in the same body. It's all so weird and bizarre that I'm honestly a little uncomfortable when I laugh (am I supposed to find this or that part funny?) I just don't know what to make of the plot, the characters, the design and tone of the narrative.. so I'm not going to rate it for now. I do know that I am hesitant to pick up another book by this author so there's that strike against it. But on the audiobook side of things, January LaVoy!
I've finished Fated and it was a nice distraction for me while I was writing papers for school. I'm still listening to The Return of Sherlock Holmes and I'll likely listen to some Ray Bradbury next.
I'm trying to write two papers in two weeks so I may be absent next week. Keep our thread warm please! ;-)
I've started listening to The Long Walk (by Stephen King; narrated by Kirby Heyborne.) This is a story about one hundred sixteen-year old boys who sign up for a long distance walk. Apparently, the winner reaps great rewards but the losers get "ticketed out"-- a euphemism for being executed. This is one of the Bachman novels, early in King's career so the technology is a bit dated and voided by current computer developments but the good news is, is that it's not about the tech but the psychological aspects of the race. I'm also interested in seeing how the race came into being in the first place. The narrator sounds like a teenager, which is good for the narrative, but not so much as he reads the introduction written from King's POV. Also, this isn't really unabridged. All the quotes that serve as chapter epigrams have been removed. If you didn't know that that they were supposed to be there, you probably wouldn't notice the absence; but if you do know, then you can't help but feel the loss of the tone cues.
Hello lovely people! I'm still working on my final paper of the term. It's intense, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel. I've binged listened to the Alex Verus series by Benedict Jacka. It's an urban fantasy, modern fantasy series that takes place in the UK. They are the perfect listen right now. Kind of like junk food for my brain. Right now I'm finally listening to The Witch Elm by Tana French. It is this months selection for my book club. I love Tana French. This one is so different from her police procedural novels. Still it's good so far. Paul Nugent is the narrator and he is doing a great job.
I hope all is well for everyone.
Shall we keep this going for next year? I've enjoyed our recommendations and checking in on what everyone is listening to. If yes, I'll start us up in the new year instead of early like I did last year. We can keep this thread running until the end of the year.
I'm in the middle of Watership Down, by Richard Adams, narrated by Peter Capaldi. I've read the book before, so this is a re-read.
It's only been in the last year and a half or so that I've been listening to audio books. I started out by borrowing audio books on cd from my library system, but broke down and got a subscription to Audible when there was a really good deal this summer. It's rare that I only listen to a book (The Book Thief is a major exception) - I listen primarily in the car and it sometimes drives me crazy not to be able to continue with the story.
I'm currently listening to Bolt by Dick Francis, narrated by Simon Prebble.
>96 DeltaQueen50: The audios have been my saving grace this year Judy. I do believe I would have been so stressed out had I not been able to listen to books at the very least on my commute to work.
>97 LibraryCin: I don't listen to a lot of non-fiction on audio, but I do think I would probably enjoy it. I'm going to try to get more in next year.
>98 Tanya-dogearedcopy: Will do!
>99 Dejah_Thoris: Welcome! It's good to see you around these parts. I myself have been scarce, but this is probably the best place to find me.
I finished The Witch Elm by Tana French. Wow, she surely does not disappoint. I prefer her Dublin Murder Squad series, but she is such an incredible writer. Her ability to build tension and her group dynamics are so masterful. I've started back up with the latest Alex Verus novel, Fallen. I'm going to finish up the year with Sherlock Holmes and possibly something for Christmas. I'm thinking The Woman in Black by Susan Hill since it starts on Christmas Eve.
Anyone else have plans to read/listen to something holiday themed next month?
I would love to able to get Donal Ryan's A Slanting of the Sun in before the end of the year. We'll see...
But nothing holiday themed on my radar.
Listening to The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle when I'm able.
ETA: I did speed the narrator up, turning the speed to 1.25% and found that much better. I ended up loving this story!