Posts Tagged ‘audiobooks’

ARC of Blood for BloodAs you will see from my picture, I got my hands on a copy of Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin!  This is the sequel to Wolf by Wolf which I adored.  You can read my review.  Those of you who follow my blog will know that I missed out on this one at BEA in Chicago, and that it was one of my most anticipated reads for 2016.  Hachette Canada was kind enough to send me an Advanced Reader Copy.  Thank you soooooo much.  Expect me to share my thoughts on it over the next week or two.  Blood for Blood will be released on November 1st 2016.

More exciting news, this time from the world of audiobooks.  Brent Weeks announced this week that Simon Vance has recorded The Black Prism, the first book in Weeks’ Lightbringer series.  It was originally recorded by Cristofer Jean, and Vance took over narration duties from book two, The Blinding Knife.  Now, no disrespect to Mr. Jean, but this is Simon Vance we’re talking about.  Winner of multiple Audies and other awards and a damn good narrator.  I personally credit Brent Weeks and Simon Vance for my love of audiobooks.  When listening to The Blinding Knife (first in the series narrated by Vance) I kept getting strange looks from my husband for snickering out loud at Vance’s narration of some of Kip’s quips.  

For those of you on the fence about audiobooks, I can’t recommend this series highly enough, especially now that Simon Vance is narrating the whole series.  His narration of The Black Prism is now available from Audible.  

This week I finished Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – you can check out my review if you’re interested.  I picked up the sequel, Ice Like Fire, from the library and it’s next on my reading stand.  Or, at least, it was until Blood for Blood arrived on my doorstep!

The second book I finished was Kate Elliott’s Court of Fives.  I found myself really drawn into this world – expect a full review next week – and I’m very happy I have the Advanced Reader copy of the sequel, The Poisoned Blade.  As I don’t have audiobook versions of Blood for Blood or Ice Like Fire, I am listening to Cold Fire, the second in Elliott’s Spiritwalker trilogy.

In non reading news, I have finally 100% completed Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens!  Yay!  Now I can finally get back to reading. 

That’s all for this week folks – see you again next week.

Reading roundup – July 22nd 2016 was originally published on Canadian eReader

Firefight by Brandon Sanderson – ReviewFirefight by Brandon Sanderson
Series: The Reckoners #2
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Macleod Andrews
Length: 11 hours 39 minutes
Genres: Contemporary Fantasy, Young Adult
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Evelynne’s rating:

four-stars

Firefight by Brandon Sanderson is the second in his YA contemporary fantasy trilogy Reckoners about ordinary humans turned megalomanic villains when they received superpowers.  It continues the story – begun in Steelheart – of David and the Reckoners who aim to bring down the despotic Epics.  If you enjoyed Steelheart, you’ll likely have fun with Firefight – it’s more of the same.  It continues on the theme of power corrupting and strength of spirit perhaps overcoming this.

What I liked

Expanded world and character set.  In this instalment David and the Reckoners leave Newcago, the location of the first book, to go take on a new Epic, Regalia, in Babylar, in other words, New York.  It’s always fun when an author takes you new places, and Sanderson’s world building is excellent.  His take on New York is unique and adds to the whole scope of the novel.  As well as new locations we also meet new characters.  They are a lot of fun and and are reasonably fleshed out.

New layers in the whole origin of the Epics plot.  In this book, David learns more about the cause of the Epics’ superpowers and their weaknesses.  I imagine we’ll learn even more in book three, Calamity.

The pacing.  As with most of Sanderson’s works, the story moves along at a brisk pace with something always going on.  It helped keep my interest in reading.

The narration.  This is one of the first audiobooks I have listened to since getting my hearing aids.  It was narrated by MacLeod Andrews who did a great job of bringing the characters to life.  

What I didn’t like

David’s dodgy metaphors/similes.  At first in Steelheart this quirk was cute and funny.  By the end of the first book it was getting very old.  By the time we reached Firefight I was truly done with it.  I hope it’s moderated considerably in book three…  It was beginning to drive me nuts.

I did enjoy Firefight – it is a fun, easy read – and I gave it four stars out of five.

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Good morning, welcome to another reading roundup.  The biggest item of note this week is that I am now Bluetoothed up to my hearing aids so I can listen to my audiobooks directly throughly hearing aids.  Yay!! It’s lovely to have the audio directly in my ears without having to wear headphones which are painful with my hearing aid.  I tested it with Firefight, the Brandon Sanderson novel I had been enjoying – it works really well and I can enjoy my audiobooks again.  On the TBR list for this week is Jim Butcher’s Death Masks – the fourth in his Dresden Files series narrated by James Marsters.  Good stuff.

In a previous entry I have mentioned the web series Green Gables Fables, a modern retelling in transmedia format of the classic Anne of Green Gables series.  Those of you familiar with the source material will know there is a truly heart wrenching moment towards the end of the first book.  The series reached that point this week, and I have to say I found the last video a real tearjerker to watch.  I’ve not been so emotionally engaged in a web series since Lydiagate broke in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.  Kudos to the writers and cast of the series.  It is well worth checking out, although keep a box of Kleenex on hand for episode 42.

Added to my library this week

Bossypants by Tina Fey.  This is an autobiography written and narrated by comedian Tina Fey.  I borrowed the audiobook from the library but I returned it.  I will likely invest an Audible credit in the book when I’m in the mood for it.

Het Achterhuis.  This is the original Dutch version of The Diary of Anne Frank.  Yes, I speak Dutch.  I do love this book and thought it was time I added the original to my collection.  I picked this up from a Dutch bookseller’s website so it will be readable on my Kobo.

Romeow and Juliet by Kathi Daley.  OK I was drawn in by the name first of all.  Romeow and Juliet!  Adorable.  From the synopsis it sounds to be one of the cozy cat mysteries I do enjoy.  It was on my Amazon recommendations for only a dollar or two and so I couldn’t resist.

That’s all I have today, folks.  Have a good weekend!

As my regular readers may have noticed, I review books in both ebook and audiobook format.  I thought it might be interesting to split these off for those of you who have a preferred format.

eBook reviews can be found here.  Audiobooks reviews are here.  The full review listing is available on the homepage.

Enjoy.

First of all, my apologies for the hiatus in posting this week.  I’ve been suffering a miserable cold and eye infection so I’ve not really been feeling much like blogging.  On the other hand, audiobooks meant I was still able to enjoy my reading without hurting my eyes.  I was able to get through both The School for Good and Evil, a good vs evil fairytale by Soman Chainani and Cress, book three in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.  Both of these are excellent books narrated by fantastic narrators and I will do full reviews once I get rid of this cold.

Added to my library this week

I had been hearing good things about The Maze Runner by James Dashner, but it was not one that grabbed me so much that I wanted to buy it.  I waited patiently to come to the head of my library’s ebook queue and downloaded it to my Kobo today.  

Cress, in both Kindle and Audible formats.  This is the week of release of the third book in the Lunar Chronicles and as I adored the earlier books in the series I had this on preorder.  I listened to it straight through and loved it – Meyer does it again.  A full review will be forthcoming.

The Guard – A Selection Novella by Keira Cass, which I picked up in Kindle format.  This also was released this week and I had it on preorder.  It was a fun, interesting story, told from Aspen’s viewpoint.  However, as I am not exactly Aspen’s biggest fan, I didn’t really warm to it.  I don’t care how much you claim to love your girl, if your actions are consistently putting her in danger for no good reason, that doesn’t sound like love to me.  I did enjoy the sneak peak chapter of The One that was included.  This series while not brilliant is a real guilty pleasure for me and I look forward to reading the rest of the book. 

So onto the main event.  The Vampire Academy audiobook giveaway!  The winner is… drumroll please….  Mindy Demars!  Congratulations!  Please drop me an email at evelynne@scottishereader.com so that I can send your codes to you.

First of all in honour of the new site name, Scottish eReader, and also in honour of my current obsession with Vampire Academy, I have decided to host a giveaway of the first three books in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series.  They are:

Vampire Academy Vampire Academy.  In which we first meet dhampir bodyguard-in-training Rose Hathaway and her best friend, good vampire Lissa Dragomir.  This is narrated by Stephanie Wolf.  Check out a sample.  

Vampire Academy Frostbite.  This is the second book in the series and Rose’s relationship with Dimitri deepens as does her and Lissa’s knowledge of spirit magic.  This is narrated by one of my favourite narrators, Khristine Hvam.  Check out a sample.  

Vampire Academy Shadow Kiss.  Things start to get more serious between Rose and Dimitri and St Vladimir’s faces an unexpected threat and tragedy is ahead.  This is also narrated by Khristine Hvam  Check out a sample.  

The prize will be gift codes to pick up the first three books from Audible.com.  In order to enter the giveaway, please check out the books on Audible.com, share the giveaway on your favourite social media sites and leave a comment below telling me why you would like to have these great books in audiobook format.  I will choose a winner at random on Friday 31st January 2014.  Good luck!

Added to my library this week

Blood Promise, Spirit Bound and Last Sacrifice AKA the last three of the Vampire Academy books.  I picked these up in Kindle and Audiobook formats.

I used another Audible credit to preorder Words of Radiance from Audible.  This is the second in Brandon Sanderson’s epic Stormlight Archive series.

From Netgalley I received an advance reader’s copy of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.  The description intrigued me:  In the spirit of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Gabrielle Zevin’s enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books–and booksellers–that changes our lives by giving us the stories that open our hearts and enlighten our minds.  I will of course post a review once I’ve read it.

I was also asked by the author, Chinenye Onyeaso to review The Land of Honey.  The story is about a couple who immigrate from Africa to Canada (set in Edmonton) and the journey and challenges and joys as they work to make a home in Canada. It captures the reality of life for immigrants and provides a window on how they tackle life in a new country, will they hold together and stay, or cut and run? as well as how the different cultures affect the relationship dynamics,  and helps the wife Anuli her find her voice.  I’ve read a few pages and loved the writing style.  I look forward to reading the rest of it, and will of course give my review.

Have a good week, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

First of all in honour of the new site name, Scottish eReader, and also in honour of my current obsession with Vampire Academy, I have decided to host a giveaway of the first three books in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series.  They are:

Vampire Academy Vampire Academy.  In which we first meet dhampir bodyguard-in-training Rose Hathaway and her best friend, good vampire Lissa Dragomir.  This is narrated by Stephanie Wolf. Go ahead and read my review of Vampire Academy.  Check out a sample.

Vampire Academy Frostbite.  This is the second book in the series and Rose’s relationship with Dimitri deepens as does her and Lissa’s knowledge of spirit magic.  This is narrated by one of my favourite narrators, Khristine Hvam.  Check out my thoughts on the book.  Check out a sample.

Vampire Academy Shadow Kiss.  Things start to get more serious between Rose and Dimitri and St Vladimir’s faces an unexpected threat and tragedy is ahead.  This is also narrated by Khristine Hvam.  Review coming soon.  Check out a sample.

The prize will be gift codes to pick up the first three books from Audible.com.  In order to enter the giveaway, please check out the books on Audible.com, OR share the giveaway on your favourite social media sites OR leave a comment below telling me why you would like to have these great books in audiobook format.  I will choose a winner at random on Friday 31st January 2014.  The prize will be Audible gift codes for the first three books in the series.  Note that you don’t need to subscribe to Audible to accept this prize.  As long as you have an Amazon account, you’re good to go. Good luck!

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Added to my library this week

Blood Promise, Spirit Bound and Last Sacrifice AKA the last three of the Vampire Academy books.  I picked these up in Kindle and Audiobook formats.

I used another Audible credit to preorder Words of Radiance from Audible.  This is the second in Brandon Sanderson’s epic Stormlight Archive series.

From Netgalley I received an advance reader’s copy of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.  The description intrigued me:  In the spirit of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Gabrielle Zevin’s enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books–and booksellers–that changes our lives by giving us the stories that open our hearts and enlighten our minds.  I will of course post a review once I’ve read it.

I was also asked by the author, Chinenye Onyeaso to review The Land of Honey.  The story is about a couple who immigrate from Africa to Canada (set in Edmonton) and the journey and challenges and joys as they work to make a home in Canada. It captures the reality of life for immigrants and provides a window on how they tackle life in a new country, will they hold together and stay, or cut and run? as well as how the different cultures affect the relationship dynamics,  and helps the wife Anuli her find her voice.  I’ve read a few pages and loved the writing style.  I look forward to reading the rest of it, and will of course give my review.

Have a good week, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

As I may have mentioned before, my job requires me to work regular nightshifts.  Now, it’s a very reactive job, so some of the time you are waiting around for something to go wrong.  That is the point at which I rely on my audiobooks to get me through the nights.  I need to keep my eye on the computer screen at all times to watch for alerts, so I can’t really focus on a Kindle or other reading matter.  However, in those circumstances, audiobooks are a real lifesaver.  I can keep my eye on the screen while still enjoying my story.  Having my mind on the book also helps me stay awake.  As well as nightshifts, I also enjoy listening to a few chapters of a book before going to bed.  

With Whispersync for Voice it’s even awesomer.  During my breaks I can pick up the Kindle book for a bit of variety and it keeps my place.  I’m certain I wouldn’t get through as many books as I do if it weren’t for these nightshifts.  From January I’m moving to regular dayshifts so I fear my book consumption may drop, unfortunately. 

One production I listened to during this week’s nightshifts was the BBC Radio 4 production of Gaiman’s Neverwhere starring James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer and Benedict Cumberbatch which I picked up from Audible.  This is a wonderful production of a great story and I loved it.  McAvoy in particular really made me laugh with his interpretation of Richard Mayhew.  I understand it’s going to be repeated on the radio over the festive season, so I would definitely recommend catching this one.

When do you like to listen to audiobooks?  Let me know in the comments.

Added to my library this week

From Netgalley I picked up Hobbit Lessons – A Map for Life’s Unexpected Journeys by Devin Brown.  The blurb says: For generations, The Hobbit has been loved and shared by readers who thrilled to the challenges faced by the band of fourteen. Most didn’t realize, however, that some of life’s greatest lessons could be learned by going along on that journey. Discover these and other exiting truths from Bilbo Baggins journey—without the danger of being eaten by a dragon.  It sounded a fun read, so I picked it up.

Since I loved Cinder and Scarlet so much I used an Audible credit to preorder Cress, a book I also have on Kindle preorder.

I’ve been hearing a good deal of buzz about Veronica Rossi and when her Under the Never Sky was on special I picked it up on both Kindle and Audible.  I’m not 100% certain that the story will appeal to me, but for the price I paid I am certainly willing to give it a try.

So I’ll take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2014.  I will be posting a review on Monday 23rd December and will do a year roundup and anticipation of 2014 the on Friday 27th.  Have fun!