11 April 2016

Sound Recommendations: Audiobooks for Spring Listening

Review: Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben (audiobook)Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben: Coben is known for creating tense and twisty thrillers, and fans will like this standalone novel about the investigation of a high-profile New York City murder. Iraq War veteran Maya Burkett, already suffering from PTSD, was the only witness to her husband's death. Despite her frail psyche, she seems determined to help find the shooter. The deeper she digs, however, the more secrets she uncovers, making her question how well she knew her husband. I had a few issues with the way the clues were revealed, but otherwise I enjoyed the book. Audiobook: January LaVoy's expressive performance and good pacing make this a recommended audiobook (Brilliance; 10 hr, 5 min).

Review: The Widow by Fiona Barton (Audiobook)The Widow by Fiona Barton: This multilayered mystery/thriller involves the investigation of the disappearance of a little girl from her suburban London garden. Told from several viewpoints, the story touches on issues of marriage, ambition, parenthood, the press, and child pornography. Despite the difficult subject, I liked this novel all the way up to the end. To avoid spoilers, I'll just say I thought there were some unrealistic aspects to the last chapter. Audiobook: Narrators Hannah Curtis and Nicholas Guy Smith head the cast of this audiobook. Each performer captured the personality of his or her character, keeping my attention throughout. Don't hesitate to listen (Penguin Audio; 10 hr, 24 min).

Review: Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell (audiobook)The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell: I can't say enough good things about this novel centered on a kind of literary treasure hunt trough modern-day Oxford and the books of the Bronte family. It was just plain fun to read about the trials and tribulations of Samantha Whipple, last surviving Bronte descendant. Between rising above her unconventional upbringing, dealing with people from her late-father's past, and discovering her own passions, Samantha has one heck of a first year at college. Audiobook: Narrator Katie Koster couldn't have done a better job portraying Samantha and tapping into the soul of this novel. Truly a don't-miss audiobook (Blackstone; 11 hr, 52 min).

NOTE: My full audiobook reviews of these titles will be available through AudioFile magazine.


rhapsodyinbooks 4/11/16, 6:51 AM  

Even though you had issues, you still figured it out (as per exchanged emails) before I did! LOL I think I am a better audience for many of these mysteries and thrillers than you are, or my husband for that matter, because I *never* see *anything* coming! LOLOL

Verushka 4/11/16, 7:47 AM  

I've read The Widow, which wasn't quite my cup of tea, but your other recs are awesome! I just found out about Fool me once and am so looking forward to it.

Daryl 4/11/16, 7:59 AM  

these sound good ... i just finished Nicci French's Thursday's Children and when i saw where it was going i applauded .. really i did .. however i wanted the next novel NOW and sadly while its available via Amazon EUROPE its not available here so i have to wait .. you know i hate waiting...

Katherine P 4/11/16, 8:24 AM  

I've been wanting to read The Widow so I'm really pleased to see it on this list. I know my library has it in audio so I'll definitely have to get on the waiting list. The Madwoman Upstairs looks so good! I must get my hands on a copy audio or otherwise.

Amanda 4/11/16, 9:41 AM  

I admit, I just finished listening to The Madwoman Upstairs and didn't really end up liking the book or audio performance. :(

Unknown 4/11/16, 11:35 AM  

Several people have recommended The Widow to me. Guess I"ll give it a try.

(Diane) bookchickdi 4/11/16, 3:58 PM  

All three of these are on my TBR list.

Kailana 4/12/16, 7:35 PM  

I have listened to two audiobooks recently. I am doing better!! So, now to start looking at wish list options again. :)

Laurie C 4/14/16, 8:33 AM  

It's harder for me to listen to audiobooks without my iPod. I'm limited to ones I can download (for free from the library) but I bet I can get all three of these. Thanks for the suggestions!

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