Audiobook Review: Once Upon A Dream

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Title: Once Upon a Dream

Author: Liz Braswell

Release Date: April 5th, 2016

Page Count: 463

Start Date: February 17th, 2022

Finish Date: February 21st, 2022

Review:

Story: I really wanted to like this book so much. I loved A Whole New World. It was a very interesting retelling. This one just wasn’t that great. I’m not going to say it’s the author or the writing. I really do like the writing and style. I think it’s just the story overall. I also didn’t connect with any of the characters at all.

Characters: This book is supposedly taking place in Aurora’s dream world. It’s just so weird. She’s not exactly a reliable narrator either. None of the characters are if I’m being honest. They all have very silly and shallow vibes about them.

Critiques: No critiques. I didn’t enjoy the book, but I didn’t find anything wrong with it in all honesty.

Narration: After reading the first several chapters, I wound up just buying the audiobook. It helped me a lot. The narrator made the book a little more interesting than just flat-out reading it. I’m not even going to lie. I almost DNF’d the book before I got it in audio. The narrator is the ONLY reason I didn’t.

Final Thoughts: I don’t think there’s anything wrong with this book exactly. I just don’t think it’s my cup of tea. I fully encourage anybody who wants to read this to give it a chance. The author is a pretty amazing writer. I absolutely loved A Whole New World.

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Nonfiction Audiobook Review: Will

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Will

Author: Mark Manson

Release Date: November 9th, 2021

Page Count: 432

Start Date: February 2nd, 2022

Finish Date: February 16th, 2022

Review:

I got this book with my Book of the Month subscription. I loved the cover. I’m also a HUGE fan of Will Smith. I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to know more about him. Somehow, I managed to get an audiobook. I was so thrilled when I discovered that Will Smith himself narrated it. I decided to listen instead. I’m so glad I did. He not only narrated the words on the page. He also performed some songs. It was a breath of fresh air. I absolutely loved it. I also absolutely loved getting to hear his story. It’s nice to be reminded that celebrities are humans just like we are. Just because they have a successful career that earns them more money than they could possibly spend in a lifetime doesn’t mean that they don’t make mistakes. It also doesn’t mean that they don’t suffer mental illness or come from a bad background.

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Audiobook Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Release Date: June 7th, 2011

Page Count: 358

Start Date: February 1st, 2022

Finish Date: February 20th, 2022

Review:

Story: This isn’t my first time reading this book. I’m actually shocked that I didn’t review it the first time I read it. I really enjoyed it both times. I actually think I enjoyed it more the second time around than the first! As weird as that sounds!

Characters: I never really connected well with Jacob. I feel like he was just a little too spoiled and self-centered for my taste. I do appreciate his growth. I have the same opinions about Emma. I just don’t think she’s as spoiled as Jacob. I think my favorite characters are Millard and Olive. They are just too quirky!

Critiques: None

Narration: I really enjoyed it. Very sophisticated sounding. I love the impersonations of each character.

Final Thoughts: I will most likely read this book again in all honesty. I really enjoy the series very much. Well at least the ones I’ve read. I’m finally getting to get around to reading the last three books in the series! I’m so excited!

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Audiobook Review: .Exe

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: .Exe

Author: Robin Jeffrey

Release Date: October 5th, 2021

Page Count: 278

Start Date: February 19th, 2022

Finish Date: February 19th, 2022

Review:

Story: I really enjoyed this story very much. It was a little weird to me at first, but in a good way. It definitely gives a unique twist. It has this vibe that it’s from an older time frame while still modern. It also takes place outside of Earth. I should also mention that there’s murder! I’m definitely glad that I was able to read this book!

Characters: I’m going to be honest, I didn’t really care for Chase. He’s arrogant and spoiled. He does have some wonderful qualities about him though. He’s very compassionate about those he cares about. I connected most with Cadence. If you read it, you’ll understand. I do wish there were parts from her point of view.

Critiques: None that I can think of.

Narration: Pretty great! I originally got this in paperback, but I also bought a copy in ebook and audio. It’s been so great listening to the audio while following along as you can. The narrator has such a soothing voice as well.

Final Thoughts: I really loved this book so so so much! I can’t wait to see more books come out in this series! They will definitely be impulse buys for me!!!! This author knows how to captivate attention!

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Audiobook Review: Library of Souls

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Library of Souls

Author: Ransom Riggs

Release Date: September 22nd, 2015

Page Count: 545

Start Date: September 4th, 2016 and February 16th, 2022

Finish Date: September 17th, 2016 and February 18th, 2022

Review:

This book was so intense! I feel that the story went along properly and had a very nice ending. I would of liked the ending to play out a bit more. There were too many questions left for the readers to ponder through. I won’t go into details because I don’t want to spoil this for anybody. I do wonder if it’s left open on purpose or if it’s open for interpretation from us readers. Maybe Riggs wanted us to all draw our own conclusions? To be clear, it wasn’t a cliff hanger, but it’s really a read to understand kind of thing. I will be reading this book again. I hope to obtain a physical copy of the books once I can get my hands on the original cover of the first book. I think the original covers are amazing! They are very attention grabbing. Anyways, I’m so glad I got a chance to read this trilogy. I fully recommend it! So imaginative!

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Audiobook Review: Poor Unfortunate Soul

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Title: Poor Unfortunate Soul

Author: Serena Valentino

Release Date: July 26th, 2016

Page Count: 140

Start Date: February 17th, 2022

Finish Date: February 17th, 2022

Review:

Story: I didn’t vibe with this book at all. It seemed to go all over the place. It was inconsistent. And I almost just stopped reading it multiple times. I wound up finishing the book, but it took a lot of will power. I don’t give a book less than three-stars. Mainly because the only time I would do so is if I didn’t finish a book. I absolutely refuse to review a book that I didn’t finish it. My thoughts are that one day I may go back and read it again. I digress. This is the exception for me. I’m giving it a two. In fact, this book has turned me off any other potential Little Mermaid retellings. Mainly because I can’t decide why I didn’t vibe with the book. It’s a possibility that I just never really was a Little Mermaid fan. I don’t think it was the writing style of the author. I read two other books by her and enjoyed them greatly.

Characters: I have no memory of the characters in this story at all. Granted it has been months since I read it, but still.

Critiques: Maybe a revision to see if the flow is off.

Narration: I enjoyed the narration as much as I did the first two books.

Final Thoughts: I wanted to like this book. I really did. I just couldn’t get into it. I’m happy with the fact that I didn’t set the book down. I’m also sad that it wasn’t all that I hoped it would be. Maybe one day I’ll go back and read it in a different way and have a different feeling about the book. We will see.

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Audiobook Review: The Beast Within

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Title: The Beast Within

Author: Serena Valentino

Release Date: July 22nd, 2014

Page Count: 164

Start Date: February 5th, 2022

Finish Date: February 15th, 2022

Review:

Story: I’m not going to lie. I didn’t really enjoy this story as much as I did Fairest of All. Which was disappointing to me as Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorites. That being said, I didn’t exactly hate it either. There were many moments that really clarified the classical story for me. Just like with fairest of all. I just had expectations that just weren’t met with this one.

Characters: I really loved seeing Beast’s point of view and getting to see how things were from his perspective. It was also not lost on me that there were some characters from Fairest of All in this book as well. I won’t say who. I was surprised by it. I think surprise is the point of the matter.

Critiques: Some passages could use a bit of a rewrite to not come off so bland.

Narration: I really enjoyed the narration.

Final Thoughts: While I wasn’t in love with the story, I can say that I did enjoy it. I loved the different point of view and the background story being filled in more for me. I did wish for a lot more with this story, but there’s nothing majorly wrong with it. At the end of the day, I’d still recommend it.

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Audiobook Review: Hollow City

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Hollow City

Author: Ransom Riggs

Release Date: January 14th, 2014

Page Count: 434

Start Date: August 29th, 2016 and February 8th, 2022

Finish Date: September 4th, 2016 and February 13th, 2022

Review:

A tragic event happens that leaves the peculiar children homeless and without their Ymbrynes. They decide to fight to get her back only to get her back broken and damaged. Only the help of another Ymbryne can fully restore her back to her human form. Time is getting away and it won’t be long before she completely loses her true human form. Can the children find her help before it’s too late?

I really enjoyed this! I rarely ever say this, but I feel I enjoyed it more than I enjoyed the first one. I loved the first one! I can’t believe I haven’t heard of this trilogy until recently. I’m glad I did though. This is definitely one of those tales I can see myself re-reading over and over again! I can’t wait to dig into the third book to find out how everything ends. The ending of this one is very surprising! That’s all I’ll say about it. I do fully recommend this book!

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Audiobook Review: Fairest of All

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title:  Fairest of All

Author: Serena Valentino

Release Date: February 14th, 2012

Page Count: 268

Start Date: February 4th, 2022

Finish Date: February 5th, 2022

Review:

Story: This story is told through the Wicked Queen’s voice of view. It shows the events that led up to the iconic story that we all know. I found that very interesting. I always wondered how it would be from the other point of view. I also wondered about the events that led up to things.

Characters: While I loved seeing this through the Wicked Queen’s point of view, I really would have loved to see this book in multiple points of view. That’s just my personal preference though. I really liked her in the beginning. She was completely wronged in many ways. I also love that we actually get to see more of Snow White’s father rather than just a backstory reference.

Critiques: None

Narration: This audiobook was so good that I almost read it all in one sitting!

Final Thoughts: This book really does give you a different point of view on what really happened in the story of Snow White. I still absolutely adore Snow White, but I now understand why the Queen did what she did. I won’t get into it as I don’t want to spoil the story for anybody. It just gives a different perspective. We’ll leave it at that.

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Nonfiction Audiobook Review: Buses Are A Comin’

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Buses Are A Comin’

Author: Charles Person

Release Date: April 27th, 2021

Page Count: 304

Start Date: February 2nd, 2022

Finish Date: February 4th, 2022

Review:

As this is a nonfiction book, I will not review it the way I review other books. I will say that I am very impressed with the book. I learned so much of this horrific event. Learning history from historical books is one thing. Hearing it from somebody who was actually there and experienced it all… well that’s a whole other thing. I think all history books should be written like that if possible. I mean I’m aware that there are some time periods that we don’t have anybody left from that time, but still. I’m sure there are documents that can be used.

I listened to this in audiobook. I was a little worried that audiobook would take away from the meaning of the book. I was wrong. I’m so glad I was wrong. I still plan to buy the book. I plan to reread this book a few times. Do some research on things referenced in the book. It’s very captivating, and I’m so glad I got the opportunity to read it.

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