Format: Digital Audiobook

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

I think this book is much easier tackled in audiobook format.  The story is interesting, but the departures into detail and lore can be distracting and tedious – not because they’re boring in themselves, but because they are frequent.  Nonetheless, the book is worth a read to anyone who enjoys adventure or epic stories. Characters ❤︎ One thing I had immense difficulty doing as I read this is separating Gandalf from Sir Ian McKellan,  Merry from Dominic Monaghan, etc.  I have so much more exposure to the films than the books that their characterization takes prominence.  That said…. I think […]

Posted February 23, 2017 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

 I love this book.  Either by audio or hardcopy, I think I visit it at least once a year.  As such, it’ll probably be reviewed many times.  Every read is different, after all. Characters ❤︎ The third year is when the trio start to come into their own and become more complex as characters.  Harry is re-affronted with his parents’ deaths in a new and raw way, Ron begins to fight for his own happiness – whether that’s in defense of his pets or himself – and Hermione’s reaction to Harry’s Firebolt and Divination shows her less tolerant side.  We also […]

Posted February 17, 2017 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

This is probably my second favorite book by Neil Gaiman. That doesn’t say much, as I have difficulty getting through his books.  His writing style doesn’t appeal to me – too slow-paced for my liking – but his imagination is incredible.  He is the purveyor of faerie tales, most darker than we would like, but they seem to root themselves into the world like inherent truths long forgotten.  It’s that mystique that keeps me going back to Gaiman’s work.  Ocean is not at all lacking in that regard. The Hempstocks are as alive and well and incredible as Yvaine or […]

Posted February 7, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Ann Fowler

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Ann Fowler

I’ve always been fascinated by the 1920s and intrigued by the Fitzgeralds in particular, but this was a the first piece of writing I’ve every picked up related to them (other than, like everyone else, The Great Gatsby). I snagged this book on Audible last May and well, here we are. I loved it. I want to start with the narrator.  In many of my reviews, the narrator is a last-minute thought. Not here.  Jenna Lamia is excellent.  Her reading is smooth and rich.  Her accents shift beautifully.  There is a smattering of French in this book: her pronunciation is flawless […]

Posted February 1, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

This book blew my mind. If you want to read some well-plotted, immersive, eloquently-written, original and classical fantasy, this is the book you want.  I’m not entirely sure how Rothfuss manages to entwine the best of classical fantasy while still being so original, but whatever magic he’s drawing upon – I want a taste.  I cannot remember the last time I loved a book so much, and yet remained so entirely frustrated by it. This book was recommended to me a year ago.  I shrugged it off.  At the time, I was knee-deep in Game of Thrones and had enough high fantasy to […]

Posted January 23, 2017 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

One thing I particularly appreciate about the Harry Potter series is that Rowling never portrays the adults as stupid.  In a lot of children’s books, the children have to go and unravel everything because the adults are too blind to see a hand in front of their face.  In this series, they’re trying, but it just seems Harry has all the breaks.  Oh well. I remember reading this book when I was younger and Chamber was definitely low down on my list of favorites.  In retrospect, I think that’s because (spoiler) Hermione’s out-of-commission for most of the book.  Like both Sorcerer’s Stone […]

Posted January 18, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //