07 July 2016

Sound Recommendations: 4 Audiobooks for Summer Listening

review: Sweetbitter by Stephanie DanlerSweetbitter by Stephanie Danler: This novel is a frank and sometimes graphic look at the life of a woman backwaiter in an upscale Manhattan restaurant. I loved this book, which earns its authenticity from the author's own work experiences in New York. Alex McKenna's performance was brilliant, picking up on the lead character's complex personality and the loss of her Midwestern naivete after being immersed in the tough restaurant culture. (Random House Audio; 12 hr, 24 min)

review: Everybody's Fool by Richard RussoEverybody's Fool by Richard Russo: I'm stealing part of this brief review from my Litsy post: Author Richard Russo + narrator Mark Bramhall = marriage made in auidobook heaven. I loved revisiting North Bath, New York, and seeing how Sully and friends were getting on. Russo's spot-on humor and amazing ability to draw us into his characters' stories makes him one of my favorite authors. Bramhall's work on this novel is not to be missed. (Random House Audio; 18 hr, 52 min)

Review: Raven King by Maggie StiefvaterRaven King by Maggie Stiefvater: Thank God Will Patton was able to return to narrate the final installment in the Raven Cycle series. I can't imagine anyone could do a better job on these books. As for the book itself . . . sob that we're saying good-bye to Blue, Gansey, and the rest, but put me in the camp of loving this series and this conclusion. Stiefvater pulled at our emotions as we rooted for the relationships among the friends and the future of their dream worlds. (Scholastic Audio; 11 hr, 51 min)

Review: The Girl in the Well Is Me by Karen RiversThe Girl in the Well Is Me by Karen Rivers: This is a contemporary story of what happens to an eleven-year-old girl after she falls down a well and must count on the class mean girls to go for help. I loved Kammie's thoughts and the ultimate positive messages of the book. Narrator Michele O. Medlin is fantastic. Her voice was believably youthful and so engaging that I couldn't stop listening. This would make a great family listen for a road trip. (Recorded Books; 4 hr, 30 min)


rhapsodyinbooks 7/7/16, 6:30 AM  

I just got Sweetbitter (per your previous recommendation) from the library, but in hardcover. I really need to figure out how to work with audible! #needan8yearoldinmylife

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 7/7/16, 7:39 AM  

So glad to hear Sweetbitter is fantastic on audio...I loved the print version! And I recently added Richard Russo to my "authors I need to try" list.

bermudaonion 7/7/16, 9:35 AM  

I might have to look into the Sweetbitter audio.

JoAnn 7/7/16, 9:52 AM  

Can't wait to listen to Everybody's Fool! I wonder if I would have liked Sweetbitter better on audio...

Katherine P 7/7/16, 3:46 PM  

I'm hoping to start The Raven Boys and I was going to go the audio route so I'm pleased to see you really liked the narrator from The Raven King. It sounds like it's the same one. Sweetbitter is on my audio TBR too. It sounds awesome.

Anita LeBeau 7/7/16, 4:10 PM  

Just in time!! I did download a book yesterday when I was searching for a new audio, but this list will certainly help my next moments of what to listen to!! Thanks.

Kailana 7/7/16, 5:24 PM  

I have plans that involve Maggie Stiefvater, Will Patton, and a huge reread either later this year or early next. I think the series would be fun to revisit on audio and probably would have in the first place if my Audible wasn't on hold!

Kathy Reads Fiction 7/8/16, 12:40 AM  

I have all but Russo's book on hold at the library. I'm really hoping my interest doesn't sway by the time they come out of the hold queue. I've wanted to read The Girl in the Well is Me since before its release.

Verushka Byrow 7/9/16, 6:54 AM  

Sweetbitter and The Girl in the Well sound so good! Thanks for this list!

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