A Gathering of Shadows – Audio Book Review

Shades of Magic #2 by V.E. Schwab
Published on: February 23, 2016

A Gathering of Shadows Final

Have you ever liked a book or a series and yet didn’t like one of the main characters?  I mean like really, really disliked a main character.  That’s where I am with Lila Bard.  I had trouble with her in the first book, but in this second book in the series my dislike for her has moved very far from just “trouble.”

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Fortunately, The Milk – Audio Book Review

By Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by: Skottie Young
Narrated by Neil Gaiman
Published on: September 30, 2014

What a completely unexpected treat. Well, it’s Neil Gaiman so it is not completely unexpected. But – oh my goodness – this book is crazy fun with one long oddball story about what took a father so long to get the milk for that morning’s cereal.

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The Eighth Sister – Audio Book Review

Charles Jenkins #1 by Robert Dugoni
Published on: April 9, 2019

Wow. This spy/espionage thriller seriously kept my attention through-out the entire story. The build-up to the end was terrific and some of the ending scenes were so good that I grew frustrated every time I had to stop my audio book at certain crucial moments.

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A Darker Shade of Magic – Audio Book Review

Shades of Magic Book 1 by V.E. Schwab
Published on:  February 24, 2015

I liked a lot of what is in this book, but then there were some parts or conversations that frustrated me so much that at times I almost jerked the headset off my head as I reached to stop the audio book. Right now, I have no idea if it was the character that was driving me crazy or the way that character was portrayed in the audio book.

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The Forgotten Room

Jeremy Logan #4 by Lincoln Child
Published on: May 12, 2015

Forgottenroom

I’ve often suspected that I tend to enjoy books even more when I hear them on audio.  Something about them being acted out and hearing distinct voices makes them become more interesting to me.  Mediocre books become Good.  Good books become Great. Great books become Exceptional.  Take Harry Potter – Most everyone loves Harry Potter, but when you add Jim Dale (U.S. version) to the mix with his 5 gazillion voices and well…his work on Harry Potter was nothing short of fantastic.  There’s a reason he earned a Grammy for it.   So, as I was listening to The Forgotten Room and realizing I wasn’t “loving it” like I usually do, I had to think on why that may be.

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The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane

Black Hollow Lane #1 by Julia Nobel
Published on:  March 5, 2019
5-stars

BlackHollow

Sometimes you see a cover and just know that this is a book you must read.  But I’ve been fooled before by covers, thankfully this wasn’t one of those times.  The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane is a terrific middle-grade mystery adventure debut novel.

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