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October 26, 2015

#MondayBlogs - Audio Book Round-up

by Donna Huber

I spent the summer listening to a whole bunch of audio books that I checked out from my library's digital library. Some of them I wrote full reviews for, however others were kind of short or books I just never got around to. But I want to mention them in case anyone else is looking for a good audio book to listen to.

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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
This has been on my wishlist at my digital library for a while and I'm glad I got the chance to listen to it. It was a great story. If you are looking for teen angst, then you should definitely check out this book.

From her first moment at Merryweather High, Melinda Sordino knows she's an outcast. She busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops — a major infraction in high-school society — so her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't know glare at her. She retreats into her head, where the lies and hypocrisies of high school stand in stark relief to her own silence, making her all the more mute. But it's not so comfortable in her head, either — there's something banging around in there that she doesn't want to think about. Try as she might to avoid it, it won't go away, until there is a painful confrontation. Once that happens, she can't be silent — she must speak the truth.

In this powerful audiobook, an utterly believable, bitterly ironic heroine speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while learning that, although it's hard to speak up for yourself, keeping your mouth shut is worse.

Buy Speak at Amazon

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The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
I didn't read The Chronicles of Narnia as a child as I didn't like to read fantasy. But now I enjoy fantasy so I thought I would give the series a try. I can see why this one was published later. It was good and explained some things, but maybe not quite as exciting as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

The secret passage to the house next door leads to a fascinating adventure.

The Magician's Nephew, the first book of The Chronicles of Narnia ... where the woods are thick and cool, where the Talking Beasts are called to life ... a new world where the adventure begins.

Digory and Polly meet and become friends one cold, wet summer in London. Their lives burst into adventure when Digory's Uncle Andrew, who thinks he is a magician, sends them hurtling to ... somewhere else. They find their way to Narnia, newborn from the Lion's song, and encounter the evil sorceress Jadis, before they finally return home.

Buy The Magician's Nephew at Amazon

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The Selection Stories: The Prince and The Guard by Kiera Cass
It was kind of fun seeing some of the "behind the scenes" stuff. I didn't think anything really new was revealed about Maxon (though maybe if I had read it when it first came out I would feel differently, but I've already read the trilogy). I liked getting to know the maids and other background characters better in The Guard.

Before America Singer was chosen to compete in the Selection . . . She was in love with a Six named Aspen Leger . . . And there was another girl in Prince Maxon's life.

Step inside the world of the #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series with these two captivating novellas, available in print for the first time.

Also includes additional scenes from The Prince, a teaser to The One, a Q&A with author Kiera Cass, and more!

Buy The Selection Stories: The Prince & The Guard at Amazon

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Swamp Bones: A Novella by Kathy Reichs
I've not read any of Kathy Reichs's books, but I really like the tv show Bones. Since I felt I knew the characters I didn't mind jumping into this novella (usually I like to start a series at the beginning). While the only familiar character is Temperance I still enjoyed the book. I didn't realize that Temperance of books realy isn't the Temperance of the show until after I read another book in the series. Still interesting though.

Although a trip to Florida is supposed to be about rest and relaxation, there’s no such thing as a day off for Dr. Temperance Brennan. She has come to visit her friend, a dedicated ornithologist who’s researching the threat that intrusive Burmese pythons pose to indigenous bird species in the Everglades. While sorting through the stomach of an eighteen-foot specimen, they make a disturbing discovery: bones that are unmistakably human.

Buy Swamp Bones at Amazon

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Bookmarked for Death by Lorna Barrett
An entertaining book to listen to. Sometimes it did fade into the background while I was working so I didn't get into the mystery as much as I would had I read it. I liked the town and characters.

What do a stone book and a stabbed cake have to do with Zoë Carter's death?

Once a struggling town, Stoneham, New Hampshire is now enjoying a renaissance--thanks to booksellers like Tricia Miles, proprietor of Haven’t Got a Clue. It’s a great place to find a good mystery to read--or to solve ….

To celebrate her bookstore’s anniversary, Tricia Miles hosts a book signing for bestselling author Zoë Carter. But the event takes a terrible turn when the author is found dead in the washroom. Before long, both police and reporters are demanding the real story. So far, the author’s obnoxious assistant/niece is the only suspect. And with a sheriff who provides more obstacles than answers, Tricia will have to take matters into her own hands--and read between the lines to solve this mystery….

Buy Bookmarked for Death at Amazon

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Under Fire by Grant Blackwood
I always enjoy a book in the Jack Ryan series. I think I prefer Jack Sr novels, though I'm starting to warm up to Jack, Jr.

On a routine intelligence gathering mission in Tehran, Jack Ryan, Jr., has lunch with his oldest friend, Seth Gregory, an engineer overseeing a transcontinental railway project. As they part, Seth gives Jack a key, along with a perplexing message.

The next day Jack is summoned to an apartment where two men claim Seth has disappeared—gone to ground with funds for a vital intelligence operation.  Jack’s oldest friend has turned, they insist.

They leave Jack with a warning:  If you hear from Seth Gregory, call us immediately. And do not get involved.

But they don’t know Jack. He won’t abandon a friend in need.

His pursuit of the truth will lead him across Iran, through the war-torn Caucasus, and finally deep into territory coveted by the increasingly aggressive Russian Federation. Along the way, Jack is joined by Seth’s primary agent, Ysabel, a enigmatic Iranian woman who seems to be his only clue to Seth’s whereabouts.

Jack soon finds himself lost in a maze of intrigue, lies, and betrayal where no one is who they seem to be—not even Seth, who’s harboring a secret of his own that harkens back to the Cold War. A secret that is driving him to the brink of treachery.

Racing against the clock, Jack must unravel the mystery: Who is friend and who is foe? Before it’s over, Jack Ryan, Jr., may have to choose between his loyalty to Seth and his loyalty to America.

Buy Under Fire at Amazon

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