This was my final week of nightshifts, and a public holiday as well, which meant I was primarily listening to audiobooks. Expect full reviews of Clockwork Princess and The Golem and the Jinni in the near future.
First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
Narrator: Lorelei King
Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
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This has been another week in which I gave up on a book. This time it was First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones. It started off excellently; the concept of a private investigator who is also a portal to Heaven and who must help the dead pass over sounded really intriguing and fun. I immediately clicked with the main character Charley. You’ve got a love a girl who, on waking up at 4am to the phone ringing and a strange dead guy standing by her bed asks said dead guy to answer the phone! The narrator, Lorelei King, did a great job bringing the story to life. My biggest issue with the book was that it very quickly veered HEAVILY into paranormal romance territory which was a real turnoff for me. I was more interested in hearing about Charley’s life as a Grim Reaper and far less in hearing about how her mysterious dream lover fires up her loins.
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Narrator: Macleod Andrews
Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
Amazon • Audible •
As I mentioned in my previous reading roundup, Audible was giving away for free the first five chapters of Brandon Sanderson’s latest, Steelheart. Amazon also has them free in Kindle format. I listened to it on Audible and really loved it. Sanderson’s strengths as a writer are in worldbuilding and pacing and both of those are top notch in this book from what I heard. I would definitely recommend it and I have put in my preorder for the full version due later this month.
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Narrator: Nathaniel Parker
Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
The final book I listened to during my nightshift was the first in Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl series. I actually have read it in Kindle format but I just love Nathaniel Parker’s narration so much that I took advantage of the cheap Whispersync for Voice offer and picked it up from Audible. I just adore this series, especially in audio format. It is just such a joy to listen to. Colfer’s worldbuilding and humour are brilliant and I can’t recommend this series enough. I would strongly suggest you listen to it rather than read it – Nathaniel Parker’s narration is just pitch perfect and adds so much to the enjoyment.
Here’s a sample to get you started:
Added to my library this week
Now, I absolutely adore Jane Austen and I’d been very interested in Jo Baker’s Longbourn, Pride and Prejudice from the servants’ point of view, since it was announced several months ago. I am ecstatic to have received an Advance Reader Copy – thanks Netgalley and Random House! I’m very much looking forward to reading this.
The second free Advanced Reader Copy I received through Netgalley was A Cat Called Dog. This is about a cat who thinks he’s a dog! Being an animal lover I look forward to reading this.
As you may have noticed, I’m on a bit of Cassandra Clare kick right now, so I invested in the rest of the Mortal Instruments series on Kindle. I wasn’t impressed with the narration of City of Bones, so I will probably not bother with them in Audible format.
I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone and the Audible sample seemed well done, so I picked it up. I will of course let you know what I think.
Another series that has been getting a lot of positive buzz from BookTubers is Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys. When I saw it was only a couple of dollars on Amazon I had to pick up. Of course with the Whispersync for Voice deal I could pick up the Audible version for just a few dollars more. Score!
Another free book I picked up was Frey by Melissa Wright. I don’t know much about it, but the book was free, so I thought I would pick it up.
Some while ago I came across writer C.J. Adrien on Facebook. Now, historical fiction is not a genre I tend to read a lot of, and this author writes about Viking era Europe. However, from his Facebook page, he is clearly very passionate about his subject, and his passion is infectious. I picked up his The Line of His People to check it out
What did you add to your library this week? Let me know in the comments!