Publisher: Listening Library

The Seeing Stone by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

The Seeing Stone by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

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 […]

Posted June 21, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Clariel by Garth Nix

Clariel by Garth Nix

Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks it’s best to keep a young lady “safe”, even if it means keeping her away from her hopes and dreams. I read Sabriel and the rest of the Old Kingdom stories when I was a wee youngling in high school, but I’ve been wanting to revisit this world for several years.  I even got my husband to read it, and I hadn’t managed to reread them yet.  I still haven’t.  But listening to Clariel brough everything right back.  And that’s how a good book does it.  Strong world building that sticks with you 13 years […]

Posted May 23, 2018 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Everybody seems to really enjoy this book, but it sort of made me angry. I have such limited tolerance for Spoiled Rich Brat Is Sad stories.  Lockhart tries to humanize Cady sometimes – she has chronic migraines and is sad and gives her stuff away.  But she’s so fake and selfish; other characters call her out on her selfishness sometimes, which is a bit satisfying, but it’s not enough for me to like her.  The tragedy in her life is genuinely horrible, but she is so disconnected from it… I couldn’t be bothered to care, either. Reading this novel, I felt […]

Posted May 9, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Mister Monday by Garth Nix

Mister Monday by Garth Nix

Arthur just wants to breathe. After a nasty flu epidemic when he was a baby, Arthur Penhaligon has severe asthma and no parents.  Well, no, he has no birth parents, but he does have adopted parents in the way of a famous scientist/doctor and a retired musician known in his heyday as “Plague Rat”.  While dying, he finds himself entrusted with a key by two strange figures.  As far as he can tell, this key does two things:  it helps him breathe, and it makes men with bulldog faces chase him.  Oh boy. When a nasty epidemic sweeps his town, Arthur […]

Posted December 28, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

Something strange is happening at the bookshop across the street. Sophie watches through the window of the tea shop as a magical battle ensues.  By the end of the hour, her and her twin brother finds themselves wrapped up in an adventure beyond their wildest dreams.  There are warlocks and golems and alchemists and ancient people.  One small problem?  Sophie and Josh just want to go home.  They’re only 15 and a half and this is an awfully big adventure. What they want doesn’t matter, however.  There is something deeper, something far more important going on, and the twins may […]

Posted December 21, 2017 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck

A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck

Joey and Mary Alice are being shipped off to their grandmother’s house. Every year during summer break, Joey and his little sister Mary Alice are packed off and set on a train to go visit their grandmother.  She lives in a small town a good ways off from the wild Chicago life that the kids are used to, and so it takes them a little while to adjust.  Every year, though, is a new adventure. From dead bodies to the oldest living settler, every summer is filled with surprises for the kids, who never quite know what their grandmother is […]

Posted December 7, 2017 in Reviews // 4 Comments //