Audiobook Reviews!

Today I am bringing you not one but many audiobook reviews in one post! That rarely happens but I’ve been on a big audiobook kick lately. I love that I can listen to them while I’m doing things like cleaning the house, going for a walk, before bed et cetera et cetera. Remember that post I wrote many moons ago about how I hated audiobooks and I could never get into them…yeah that sentiment has been thrown so far out the window that it’s like it almost never existed in the first place. I now, love audiobooks. One could say that I may even be a little bit addicted. I signed up for an Audible account AND there have been super amazing sales going on soooo yeah…this is the result of that.

10909804Title: Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield, Narrated by Gildart Jackson
Genre: Nonfiction – History
Length: 7 hours and 45 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Publication Date: September 26, 2011
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Rating – 4/5

A hugely entertaining and revealing guide to the history of type that asks, What does your favorite font say about you? Fonts surround us every day, on street signs and buildings, on movie posters and books, and on just about every product we buy. But where do fonts come from, and why do we need so many? Who is responsible for the staid practicality of Times New Roman, the cool anonymity of Arial, or the irritating levity of Comic Sans (and the movement to ban it)?

Typefaces are now 560 years old, but we barely knew their names until about twenty years ago when the pull-down font menus on our first computers made us all the gods of type. Beginning in the early days of Gutenberg and ending with the most adventurous digital fonts, Simon Garfield explores the rich history and subtle powers of type. He goes on to investigate a range of modern mysteries, including how Helvetica took over the world, what inspires the seeming ubiquitous use of Trajan on bad movie posters, and exactly why the all-type cover of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus was so effective. It also examines why the “T” in the Beatles logo is longer than the other letters and how Gotham helped Barack Obama into the White House. A must-have book for the design conscious, Just My Type‘s cheeky irreverence will also charm everyone who loved Eats, Shoots & Leaves and Schott’s Original Miscellany.

The first audiobook I am reviewing is Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield. It tells the history of every font that you can think of, some familiar and some not so familiar. I basically now know more about fonts than I ever thought I would want to but the topic was actually very interesting to me. The book talks about the story behind specific fonts like Helvetica, what inspired it and who created it. I really loved that it was very detailed about the creators although, some things I will never forget and they will probably make me never ever use the particular font ever again. It was super interesting to me because it never really occurred to me that there might be stories and lives behind the fonts that we use every day.

After listening to the audiobook I definitely feel very differently about typeface in general and like I won’t take them for granted ever again. I am giving this book a four star rating, I thought it was entertaining and interesting, filled with lots of detail. I thought the narrator was pleasant and performed well for the type of material in this book. I was pretty impressed with it and do pretty highly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject or who has ever been fascinated by fonts, those interested in graphic design will also find something to like in this read.

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14532912Title: Zombie Town by R.L. Stine, Narrated by George Kareman & Tara Carrozza
Genre: Fiction – Middle Grade Horror
Length: 44 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Publication Date: April 13, 2012
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Rating – 5/5

When my friend Karen took me to a movie called Zombie Town, I expected to be scared. But I never expected this — flesh-eating zombies coming off the screen and chasing us through the theater! And it’s not our popcorn they want to gobble! It’s our brains!

We’ve got to get out of this theater and hurry home. The zombies won’t follow us — WILL THEY?

The second audiobook I listened to was a really fast read, although super enjoyable. I listened to Zombie Town by R.L. Stine. I literally have not read an R.L. Stine book since my early teens but I recently decided that I need to so when I saw an audiobook of his, I had to purchase it.

It was a super short listen but it made up for it with entertainment value. This book is obviously a horror story about two friends who go to see the new and highly popular zombie flick at their local theatre, Zombie Town. But while they are there, things start to go not quite as expected and they find themselves regretting ever wanted to see the movie in the first place.

I had a lot of fun listening to this audiobook, not only was the story really fun and creepy but the narrators were fantastic. R.L. Stone is definitely one of the kings of horror so I didn’t find it as much of a surprise that the story was a little scary. There were a few twists and the narrators make you get really into the story, seriously I wish these two could narrate all the audiobooks I listen to. Definitely recommend this one if you’re looking for a fast light horror read or for a child or teen. This audiobook gets 5 stars from me, it was such a fun time.

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10534Title:  The Art of War by Sun Tzu, narrated by Aidan Gillen
Genre: Nonfiction – Military History
Length: 1 hour and 7 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Publication Date: March 31, 2015
Publisher: Audible Studios
Rating – 4/5

Chinese classic of strategy, but everything necessary to deal with conflict wisely, honorably, victoriously, is already present within us. Compiled more than two thousand years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, The Art of War is still perhaps the most prestigious and influential book of strategy in the world, as eagerly studied in Asia by modern politicians and executives as it has been by military leaders since ancient times. As a study of the anatomy of organizations in conflict, The Art of War applies to competition and conflict in general, on every level from the interpersonal to the international. Its aim is invincibility, victory without battle, and unassailable strength through understanding the physics, politics, and psychology of conflict.

(Original publish date was circa 500 BCE.)

I have had this book on my to read list since 2012 at least. I’m pretty certain that I have also included this book every time I am asked what my top most intimidating books are.

While I don’t know alot about strategies of war or military history in general, I really liked this book. As an avid reader and gamer of epic fantasy books and games that often revolve around wars, I feel like this book gave me a new appreciation for war scenes in those mediums. I feel like any writer who writes any type of war scene should read this book as research in their writing. I plan to buy a physical copy so that I can use it in writing fantasy.

For some reason I always thought this book would be boring to read but I thought it was pretty interesting and easy to understand.

I really loved the narrator of this book, I wish he could narrate every audiobook I listen to. Overall, I enjoyed this and ended up giving it four stars and I can definitely see myself referring back to this book many times in the future.

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17894477Title: If This Isn’t Nice What Is? Advice For The Young by Kurt Vonnegut, narrated by Kevin T. Collins & Scott Brick
Genre: Nonfiction
Length: 2 hours and 23 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Audible Studios
Rating – 3/5

Master storyteller and satirist Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most in-demand commencement speakers of his time. For each occasion, Vonnegut’s words were unfailingly unique, insightful, and witty, and they stayed with audience members long after graduation.

As edited by Dan Wakefield, this book reads like a narrative in the unique voice that made Vonnegut a hero to readers of all ages. At times hilarious, razor-sharp, freewheeling, and deeply serious, these reflections are ideal for anyone undergoing what Vonnegut would call their “long-delayed puberty ceremony” — marking the passage from student to full-time adult.

This audiobook makes the perfect gift for high school or college graduates — or for parents and grandparents who remember Vonnegut fondly and want to connect with him in a new context.

Surprisingly  I have never actually read a Kurt Vonnegut book, so this is actually my first. I hope to rectify that in the future as I have heard so many great things about his writing before, which is why I was really excited to listen to this audiobook that is full of his advice for high school graduates.

This book is basically a bind up of the speeches he gave at various graduation ceremonies on the transition from the young adult world to the adult world of responsibility.

I ended up giving this book three stars. I ended up liking it but I didn’t love it.  It was surprisingly funny in some spots but I did actually become bored a few times. I am actually really sad that this was my first Vonnegut book so I have plans to read more of his work in 2016. While I definitely did think that this book was full of insights and really good advice for young adults, I guess it just didn’t resonate with me much because I have passed that stage in life. Maybe it would have resonated with me as I was readying to embark on my journey to adulthood so I think it might be a good read for young adults within that period of their lives.

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15843241Title: The Princess Affair by Nell Stark, narrated by Victoria Aston
Genre: Fiction – Contemporary Romance
Length: 9 hours and 4 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Publication Date: November 25, 2014
Publisher: Audible Studios
Rating – 4/5

Rhodes Scholar Kerry Donovan has never had anything handed to her on a silver platter. As she arrives at Oxford to begin her course of study, she is determined to make the most out of this latest opportunity. But when she meets Her Royal Highness Princess Sasha, second in line to the British throne, Kerry’s priorities are eclipsed by an attraction neither of them can ignore. “Sassy Sasha” is a tabloid favorite who appears to delight in scandalizing her people, but beneath her vexed public image, Sasha longs to be truly seen.

Will the tenuous connection she forms with Kerry be broken by the weight of the crown? Or will they find true love despite the forces endeavoring to keep them apart?

When I read the description for this book, it sounded like something I would enjoy. The story line reminded me of the type of rom coms I usually like so I was excited to listen to it.

The story was really good. It’s told in third person so we get insights into the perspectives of both of our main characters, which for this story I really really liked. It was a contemporary romance read about how a princess and a college student meet and fall in love. There is alot more to it than that though as royal politics, media and passion play parts in the story as well.

I really liked the story itself, I thought it was entertaining, fun and overall, romantic. I could definitely see this being turned into a movie – and one that I would love to see. I haven’t read many LGBTQ books and I would really like to start reading more (if you have any recs, leave them in the comments). This particular book deals with a princess whose family has yet to come to terms with the fact that she is Lesbian and she is still very much in the closet though it’s sort of like an unspoken truth. It’s like her family knows they are just in denial and when everything comes to head there’s a media frenzy and a family fall out that ultimately ends on a really sweet and really good note with the princess taking control of her life and owning who she really is. I really liked it, enjoyed it and I do recommend listening to or reading it! I wasn’t too big a fan of the narrator but I think she did a pretty good job although, I don’t know if this is the case for everyone who listens to this book but it seemed to backtrack quite a bit, repeating sentences every now and then. That bothered me a little bit but didn’t detract from the story.

I hope you enjoyed my reviews of these audiobooks. Happy reading everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

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