February Rewind

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Over the past month, I have heard eleven audiobooks, listed here:

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This decision was so much easier than last month’s. Sure, there were several other audiobooks I really enjoyed in February, but none even came close to outshining Me Before You. I would wager a good amount on it being plenty of people’s favorite this month. Early in the month, the movie trailer was released which spurred a huge flock of readers to rush to their local bookstore in search of a copy. Some even had to wait a week or two if ordered by mail. Meanwhile, I was grinning like a cat with a canary as I instantly downloaded the audiobook! I think it’s fair to say that was the “it” book of February, which probably took away some of the thunder from new releases. I won’t delve into all of my feelings about this story (because I don’t feel like getting mushy again), but my original review sums them up really well and makes it pretty obvious why this was my favorite audiobook of the month.

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I am super glad that I discovered this series, which I am currently still reading, but I’m even more glad that I discovered its narrator! As good as the story is, Shannon McManus’ narrating is a thousand times better. A thousand. I don’t think it’s exaggerating to say that I could make a case for her being my favorite narrator. I don’t even know where to begin. Her accents are flawless. Her tonal range is unbelievable. Her interpretation of the written material is spot-on. She enhances the story so much and that is exactly what an amazing narrator should do. I just. I bow down to you, Ms. McManus. Brava! ?

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And now, the icky part. I hate tabling books. I really do. But I would lose my sanity if I did not. It especially pained me to table I’ll Give You the Sun because it was the first selection of the first month of my first book club. I feel like such a quitter just saying that. But this book wasn’t for me. I just didn’t get it. The writing felt wrong and I wasn’t connecting with anything about it. I know it’s really popular and probably has a great message, but that was not coming across to me at all. The author’s writing style and my listening style did not mesh. Shortly after tabling that, I started Before I Fall. I’ve read Lauren Oliver’s Delirium trilogy and it was just okay for me, but BIF is a very different type of story. Plus, it’s being made into a movie, so I figured there must be something to it. I got a pretty good way through this one and if I go back to any of these, this would probably be the one. But, to be honest, I don’t see why anyone is making a movie out of it. Unless I’m missing something really phenomenal at the end, this story was a great bit less than mediocre. The characters were repulsive. I mean it. They were really, disgustingly abhorrent. I was so repelled by them that I simply could not go on with the story, no matter how intriguing I thought the premise might turn out to be (so far that fell short too). There were several other things about the story that were major turn-offs, but I’ll save those for a larger post. Reawakened is the one I am most disappointed about having to table. I had been looking forward to listening to it for a few months and when I finally carved out some TBR space for it, it turned out to be a huge flop. The plot premise was so interesting and perfect for my tastes, but it was spoiled by rotten writing. If the rest of the book had continued on the way it began, I wouldn’t have had any complaints. But after the first chapter, it turns it into the most predictable, ridiculously juvenile sham of a story that I have seen since The Mortal Instruments. So depressing.

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The Listen Along Audiobook Club is just over a month old and already has 50 members! In February, we listened to I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, The Young Elites by Marie Lu, Bone Gap by Laura Ruby, & The Siren by Keira Cass.

In March, we will be listening to All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven and Graceling by Kristin Cahore from March 1-14 and Landline by Rainbow Rowell and Across the Universe by Beth Revis from March 15-30. You can join us for any for all of these listen-alongs by joining the club on Goodreads. Regular book readers welcome too!

 

Let me know what you think!