Format: Digital Audiobook

Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King

Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King

Posted June 24, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

There are two things I dislike about Wolves of the Calla. One: The pacing is insanely slow.  It’s one of the longest books in the Dark Tower series, and yet, it only needs to tell one story.  In fact, it almost feels like filler to pass the time as Susannah develops her little… problem.  That isn’t to say it’s not an interesting story, but it takes an awfully long time to get to the point. Two:  At least 50% of Wolves of the Calla is a retelling and extension of ‘Salem’s Lot.  Why?  When we get to the Calla, we meet Pere Callahan […]

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Posted June 24, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

It is a bit awkward listening to The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  First of all, because of the letter format, it felt like listening to someone dictate their diary.  Secondly, Charlie seems really young.  He’s a fifteen-year-old freshman, but he reads a little more like a pretentious twelve-year-old.  I can see where people love this book, but it wasn’t a great fit for me.  I found myself impatient and bored.  I can’t help but wonder if I’d connect better with the movie?  By 30%, I was waiting for the book to get-on-with-it-already. Besides bored and awkward, though, The Perks of Being a […]

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Posted June 22, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

Neil Gaiman is remarkably good at creepy-crawly stories.  He writes worlds that you are curious about, but perhaps don’t want to live in (but maybe you do, just a little).  I read The Graveyard Book last year and it was amazing.  In reaching for another of Gaiman’s childrens books, I was hoping for the same.  I know lots of people who love Coraline, and I wanted to be one of those people too.  However, with Neil Gaiman I tread carefully, because his books are very hit-or-miss for me. Coraline… was somewhere in the middle. There are moments in this book that really […]

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The Seeing Stone by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

The Seeing Stone by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Posted June 21, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

Goblins have kidnapped Simon and it’s up to his siblings to rescue him.  In this second installment of The Spiderwick Chronicles, we meet the goblins – who have no teeth so they use bits of glass – and a troll who hides under the bridge from the sun.  With the help of a seeing stone they steal from Thimbletack, Jared and Mallory set off through the woods to find Simon. There’s something missing in translation with the audiobook from the illustrated hardback.  Mark Hamill is a really good narrator, but these books are so short that the illustrations add something […]

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A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Posted June 20, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

Usually, I sit down and write a review within twelve hours of finishing a book.  It just works better that way – the story is still fresh in my mind. With A Great and Terrible Beauty, I’m writing this review two days later.  I’m still thinking about it.  There’s a lot to say on certain things, but for me, my thoughts on the book are incredibly simple.  I liked it.  I just liked it.  I know there are some problematic areas, but enjoyed listening to this one and was invested in the characters and the story.  Simple as that. I’ll go […]

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