Audio Book Reviews, Middle Grade

Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase

Lockwood & Co. #1 by Jonathan Stroud
Published in:  2013
5-stars

Scream Staircase

After listening to this book on audio I have decided that going forward any story with ghosts in it should be listened to on audio instead of read. Huge difference between reading ‘Tap tap tap” and hearing something like “Tap………Tap……….Tap”

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Audio Book Reviews, Mystery - General

North of Nowhere

Alex McKnight #4 by Steve Hamilton
Published in:  2003
4-stars-1

North of Nowhere

In North of Nowhere, Alex McKnight has turned into a bit of a recluse. He’s been spending a lot of time by himself and it has been noticed by his friend Jackie, who runs the local Glasglow Inn. Instead of letting Alex continue down this path he gives him an ultimatum: Get on a plane to go live in the Yukon territory where Alex would then get the chance to go whole years without seeing anyone – or attend a local poker game and be social. Alex eventually gets the point of what Jackie is trying to say and agrees to go to the poker game.

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Audio Book Reviews, Thriller

Raven Black

Shetland Island #1 by Ann Cleeves
First published in 2006
4-stars-1

Raven Black

Raven Black by Ann Cleeves is the first in the Shetland Island series and is what the Shetland TV series is based on, although I haven’t watch it yet.  It also won the Duncan Lawrie Dagger award for best crime novel of the year in 2006.  I listened to this book on audio and my review is based on my listening experience.

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Picture Books

Argyle Fox

by Marie Letourneau
Published on:  March 14, 2017
4-stars-1

Argyle Fox

Argyle Fox by Marie Letourneau is a story of a young fox who wants to play outside on a windy day. Over and over and over again he tries to find different ways to play, but the wind keeps winning and Argyle’s playtime keeps getting interrupted and disturbed, forcing him to find ‘yet another’ way to play outside. He finally gets frustrated enough that decides to quit playing outside on windy days forever. However, with a gentle push from his mother he thinks up a way that he can play outside ‘with’ the wind.

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Picture Books

The Artist Who Loved Cats: The Inspiring Tale of Theophile Alexandre Steinlen

by Susan Schaefer Bernardo
Published on:  June 6, 2019
5-stars

Cat Artist

A picture book about such a famous artist deserves a book that is as perfectly illustrated as this one is. Each page is lush with details and style.  With this book, children will not only enjoy learning about the history of Steinlen, what he created, and his love for cats, but they will also get a taste and feel for France.  At the end of the book, there is additional biographical information on the artist.

Thanks to Inner Flower Child Books and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review

Middle Grade

The Map to Everywhere

The Map to Everywhere #1 by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis
Published on:  November 4, 2014
5-stars

Map to Everywhere

My nephew recommended this book. He liked it so much that he found my Fire tablet and proceeded to mark the entire series with 5 stars on GoodReads, even though I hadn’t read any of them yet. So, now that I’ve finished listening to it on audio, which was excellent, and with each character having his or her own voice. I am interviewing my nephew for his review.

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Audio Book Reviews, Cozy Mystery

Among the Mad

Maisie Dobbs #6 by Jacqueline Winspear
Published on:  April 1, 2010
5-stars

Among the Mad

In Among the Mad, Maisie Dobbs is out on a busy street with her employee on Christmas Eve when she witnesses a WWI veteran commit suicide. The next day a letter is received addressed to the Prime Minister indicating there will be more loss of life unless something is done to help these veterans; however, the letter goes on to mention Maisie by name. Scotland Yard’s Special Branch calls Maisie and the detective work begins.

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