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Jason7

Jason7

Joined July 2018

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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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Patchett is one of my favorite authors, so I‘m probably a bit biased. I liked this audiobook a lot. That being said, if someone else had written it, I may not have liked it as much. It may not be her best, but average Patchett is still better than most. The Dutch House seems like a work for those who are already Ann Patchett fans, rather than a place to start with her work, which is fine with me. Tom Hanks does a great job narrating.
4.37 stars

TheBookStacker I love her books! Ive only read bel canto and commonwealth but I loved both! 1w
Jason7 Same here. She‘s one of my favorites. If you like those 2 books, you will probably like this one too. Check out State of Wonder. It‘s really good 1w
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As advertised....This novel is extremely dense, and it‘s slow moving at times, like a company of killers plodding through a dessert wasteland.... well, it‘s exactly like that. At other times, it‘s bloody, violent, and cruel. There‘s many types of beasts, thousands of mules (dead, alive, and at various stages of decomposition), and a whole hell lot of riding and moving on. Not for the casual reader. Overall rating: 4.28 stars

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Randomize | Andy Weir
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This is a short, entertaining little story. There's nothing overly complex or fantastic about it, but I was engaged by it for the entire 40 minutes. I'm one of the few listeners who didn't care all that much for Weir's The Martian, but I did like this short work.

Overall rating: 3.99 stars

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Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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It‘s almost impossible for this book to live up to the hype it‘s received, but it‘s still a good book, and it bridges together Book 1 and the television show. The audiobook is well narrated and features some of the cast from the television show. Testaments has more of a YA feel to it than the Handmaid‘s Tale, but that‘s ok because 3 of the main characters are young women. It‘s well worth a read/listen for fans of series. Overall rating 4.41 stars

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Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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I imagine there‘s a number of people beginning this one today. Aunt Lydia, from the show, is one of the audiobook narrators.

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Scout and Dill are two of my favorite literary characters. I like this novel even more as an audiobook, narrated by Sissy Spacek. Overall rating: 4.48 stars

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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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This is a Good book about books. Many people go on and on about this novel, and while I did like it, I‘d lose interest at times and have to go back and repeat sections. For the first half, it was difficult to keep the characters straight, but I finally became familiar with most of them. The novel is pretty good, though I probably won‘t continue with the series any time soon. Overall rating: 4.19 stars.

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This story is consistently good from beginning to end. The tale interested me at the very beginning, and unlike many novels, held my interest the entire time. It‘s not the type of story that will blow you away, but I don‘t think it was intended to be. I‘ve enjoyed both of Ng‘s novels, and I look forward to her works to come. Overall rating: 4:38 stars

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Unknown Book 7535597 | Unknown Unknown
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This is a newer series that‘s only available on audiobook. It‘s not in the Litsy database, but it was entertaining. I gave it a shot because I‘m a fan of the narrator, Ari Fliakos. I got it as a Daily Deal and wasn‘t expecting much, but I was surprised. This book has some edge to it. I enjoyed the dark humor. Overall rating: 4.18 stars

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Geek Love | Katherine Dunn
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Notes for Now: Geek Love is said to have somewhat of a cult following, and I can see why. It‘s bizarre, original, and quite good. After reading some books, they fade into the background, and I rarely think of them again. This is not one of those books. Whether you love it or hate it, you‘ll remember Geek Love after you‘ve read it. Overall rating: 4.52 stars.

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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This audiobook is pretty good, and the narrator is pretty good. While I didn't love The Nickel Boys, it held my attention, and I was interested in the outcome. To me, it felt like a shortened version of a much longer tale, as if the original story had been hacked in to snippets by an overzealous editor. I found Whitehead's previous novel, The Underground Railroad, to be much better. I guess it‘s a pick, but barely.

Overall rating: 4.08 stars

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This audiobook takes the listener back to 1930s New York City, and does a fantastic job of it. The language and scenery feel completely authentic. I was dazzled by the narrator, Rebecca Lowman, who couldn't have done a better job, and I was engaged from beginning to end. Rules of Civility is a winner.

Overall rating: 4.54 stars

Samplergal Loved this. I thought much better than A Gentleman in Moscow. 3mo
BarbaraBB @Samplergal Even better than that? I‘ll stack! 3mo
Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to reading this soon 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
Jason7 It‘s tough for me to choose. The narrator for this audiobook is fabulous and adds a lot to the story. I think I may prefer this one as well. 3mo
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While this audiobook might not blow you away, it‘s quite good. The story focuses on characters and relationships. The plot is not a fast moving one, if that's what you're into, but it‘s interesting and should keep your attention. Plus, the narrator is really good. Judging by this novel and her latest release, The Female Persuasion, listeners can expect consistent, high quality work from Meg Wolitzer.

Overall rating: 4.41 stars

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The Epiphany Machine | David Burr Gerrard
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I stumbled across this audiobook because the narrator, Ari Fliakos, is one of my favorites. I was surprised by how good it was. The Epiphany Machine is one of the better novels I‘ve come across. Overall rating: 4.61 stars.

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Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell | Neal Stephenson
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This novel is a sequel to Reamde, which I didn‘t love but liked enough to try this one. Twelve hours into this novel, I would have said this was a much better audiobook than Reamde. Then, it started to lose steam and slowly petered out. By the end, I wasn‘t interested in the outcome. Some of the interesting storylines were abandoned, and there was a lot of filler. Still, I stuck with it til the bitter end. Overall rating: 3.82 stars.

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Eileen: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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Eileen is a bit darker than Mosfegh‘s latest novel, My Year of Rest and Relaxation, and it‘s not as funny, but the dark humor is still there. I‘d consider this novel a character study with a slow moving plot. This novel certainly won‘t be for everyone, but it was for me. I really like this writer. The audiobook version features a great narrator. Overall rating: 4.30 stars.

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My journey to The Dark Tower has finally come to an end. The series is at its best in books 4 and 5. This last installment is good, though there are many new characters introduced as the series comes to an end. Still, it‘s a great series. Overall rating: 4.21 stars

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Swing Time | Zadie Smith
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I love Zadie Smith's first novel, White Teeth, though I can‘t say the same for Swing Time. I try not to give up on an audiobook, but I considered abandoning Swing Time more than once. Bennett-Warner's stellar narration, and Zadie Smith's reputation, kept me listening. I kept waiting for the book to take off in the second half, but I just kept waiting. Maybe I expect too much from Zadie. I still love her work.

Overall rating: 3.88 stars

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I don‘t really know what to say about this book. I knew nothing about it beforehand because I don‘t read blurbs much of the time. Some readers will no doubt be offended by its premise. But, there‘s a really good story here, which I think is the point of a novel. I found this story of love, hardship, and growing up too fast to be a very good one. Overall rating: 4.38 stars

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This is a funny and entertaining novella. It‘s probably fine for kids too. Saunders also narrates this audiobook, and he‘s a really good narrator. It‘s hard to believe he wrote this in back 2005. This novel is probably more relevant today than when he first released it. Overall rating: 4.11 stars

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Dark Places: A Novel | Gillian Flynn
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I‘ve seen Flynn‘s work adapted for television but never read her work. I had assumed her work was similar to that of other mystery/thriller novels typical of the genre, but I was wrong. Flynn is a really good writer, and this is a good book. It‘s dark, but that‘s evident in the title. There were a few minor problems towards the end, but nothing big. This audiobook includes a talented cast of narrators. Overall rating: 4.27 stars

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No Country for Old Men | Cormac McCarthy
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Everyone has heard of this novel, or at least the movie. It‘s a western noir type story. The audio version has a great narrator, performing each character differently, which is important here because the dialogue is where the books shines most. Overall rating: 4.29 stars.

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Outland | Dennis Taylor
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Don‘t read this book‘s blurb. It gives away a major plot point, and this event doesn't occur until about 5 or 6 hours into the audiobook. I would have liked this story more if I hadn‘t known this spoiler. I didn't read the entire blurb, but the spoiler is revealed in the first sentence! All in all, this is a good first installment in D.E. Taylor's new series, featuring Ray Porter, the narrator from the Bobiverse. Overall rating: 4.15 stars

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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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This book is being mentioned as a possible Pulitzer winner. I wouldn‘t be at all surprised if it won, though it may not be my first choice. It‘s described as a “page turner” in the book‘s summary. I wouldn‘t necessarily classify it as such, but it is quite good. Half of the novel takes place in the 80s, the other half in 2015. The 80s storyline is where the book shines most. The audiobook narrator is really good. Overall rating: 4.44 stars

AmyG I loved this book. Not a page-turner...more if a slow burn for me. The end tied it all together. (edited) 5mo
Jason7 Yes. Definitely more of a slow burn. Reminded me of A Little Life at moments. I think it will probably win The Pulitzer. 5mo
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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This novel has more of a YA feel to it than The Hate U Give. While both novels are classified as YA, I feel that On the Come Up is geared more towards teens. This isn‘t typically my genre of choice, but I figured I‘d give it a go since I did like The Hate U Give. Bahni Turpin‘s voice performance is good, as always. Overall rating: 3.77 stars.

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I downloaded this one because I recently listened to and enjoyed Normal People, Sally Rooney‘s most recent novel. Rooney has a distinct writing style, which is descriptive and insightful. If you like one of her books you‘ll surely like her other. But, You have to like character driven stories. That doesn‘t mean the plot isn‘t interesting. It is. The narrator is also really good. I‘m impressed by this lady‘s writing.
Overall rating: 4.34 stars

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This novel has its moments. Powers explores some complicated concepts as he speculates on the future of science, genetics, mental health, and reproduction. There‘s a narrator who breaks into the story at various intervals, and I never did figure out who this person was. Maybe I wasn‘t supposed to. Generosity: An Enhancement is good for stretches, but it has a pattern of losing momentum just when it gets going. Overall rating: 3.96 stars

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Many people love this novel based on all the five star reviews, and while it is a good audiobook, I‘m not sure it lives up to all the hype. Boyne is one of the best at writing dialogue, and much of the story is told through dialogue. The narrator was the perfect choice for this audiobook. While I enjoyed Boyne‘s latest work, A Ladder to the Sky, more than this one, The Heart‘s Invisible Furies was still good. Overall rating: 4.36 stars.

suvata I loved this book and rounded it up to 5-stars. LOL 5mo
Jason7 I did like the book. Maybe I was expecting too much since a few people told me it was better than A Ladder to the Sky. 5mo
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Reamde: A Novel | Neal Stephenson
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Reamde is especially long, which I don‘t mind if the length is warranted. It seems like I‘d have more to say about a book I spent over 2 weeks on, but it‘s not incredibly complex. Some of the coincidences are a bit improbable, verging on the outlandish. Events take a long time to unfold in this mystery/thriller. If I was to recommend a Stephenson novel, I‘d go with one of his others. Still,it wasn‘t bad. Overall rating: 4.07 stars

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Middlesex: A Novel | Jeffrey Eugenides
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Eugenides spends a lot of time laying the groundwork in this Pulitzer Prize winner. The first half of the audiobook, which is over ten hours, isn‘t all that compelling, but it is necessary to fully understand this family saga that covers 3 generations of a closely knit Greek-American family. The second half is much more engaging. The narrator is above average. Overall rating: 4.30 stars.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Fantastic book! 6mo
Jason7 It is a good one, though I liked his other novel, The Marriage Plot, even more. 6mo
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The Fourth Monkey | J. D. Barker
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Pretty disturbing mystery that starts off a bit slow. It does have some twists, some you may see coming and some you may not. The 2 audio narrators are a talented pair. It‘s a pretty good audiobook. Overall rating: 3.96 stars.

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Normal People follows two teens who are forever connected, and novel explores this connection as the couple grows older. The story is especially character driven, and the writing is insightful. The audiobook narrator does an excellent job. Her accent adds an another element to the production, enhancing the overall effect. Audiobook rating: 4.22 stars.

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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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A plague wipes out most of human existence in this post-apocalyptic novel, but the story doesn‘t focus on that. It‘s more about the importance and the power of art. The audiobook narrator, Kirsten Potter, has a great voice, and she was the perfect choice for this, at times, slow-moving take on the post-apocalyptic genre. Overall rating: 4.14 stars.

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Empire Falls | Richard Russo
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This Pulitzer winner is funny at times and tragic at others. It is a long audiobook, but the narrator is good and the story is good as well, so I never tired of the story. There‘s an HBO miniseries based on this book for those who prefer not to invest the time. I‘ll read more from this writer. Overall rating: 4.53 stars

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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I can‘t imagine the print version of this novel is as good as the audiobook. Daisy Jones & The Six is narrated by some of the best narrators in the business, a full cast. This format doesn‘t work in some cases, but it certainly does here. The audio version reminds me of a documentary-type memoir, though it‘s a fictional story of a 70s rock band. I predict great success for this audiobook. Overall rating: 4.68 stars

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I‘ve heard An American Marriage is a possible Pulitzer nominee. Im not sure if this is accurate, but it should be. This is a great novel that is enhanced by an equally great audio performance. I finished this one in two days. I don‘t have anything negative to say about it. Overall rating: 4.66 stars

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At times, this story reminded me of J. Irving‘s A Prayer for Owen Meany. However, where Owen Meany is vast and expansive, Sam Hell is limited and predictable. Still, it‘s an above average audiobook, a coming of age story dealing in themes of prejudice, racism, love, loss, and religion. Any turns or twists can be seen from a mile away, and the book goes on longer than necessary. Dugoni does a nice job of reading his own work. Overall rating: 4.02

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Donna Tartt is one of my favorite authors. The Secret History was a fantastic debut novel, and The Goldfinch is a modern masterpiece. The Little Friend is a long work. It takes a long time to develop, and it gets better as it goes. It‘s not as good as her other works, but I‘m a fan of anything she writes. The UK version of this audiobook has been recently recorded and is better quality than the U.S. version. Overall rating: 4.31 stars

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Golden State | Ben Winters
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In this novel it is a felony to tell a lie, so in the spirit of truth, I must say that Golden State was a bit of a disappointment. I really liked Ben Winters‘ previous novel, Underground Airlines, but this one isn‘t as good in my opinion. The idea is okay. The story is okay, and the narrator is okay, all of which leads to an average audiobook. Overall rating: 3.02 stars

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I‘ve learned much of what I know about art and art history through historical fiction. This is my second B.A. Shapiro novel, and while I don‘t think this one is as good as The Art Forger, I did like the story. It‘s about the art world in the 1920s and, of course, the crime and corruption the art world attracts. XE Sands narration is above average. Overall audiobook rating: 3.98 stars

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This is the grand story of the esteemed Count Alexander Rostov, who will likely go down as one of the greatest literary figures of our time. The narrator, Nicolas Guy Smith, is the perfect voice for our refined protagonist. Amor Towels‘ A Gentleman in Moscow is not fast paced novel, nor should it be, and it will be relevant for decades to come. Overall rating: 4.60 stars

BarbaraBB How does your rating system work? 9mo
Jason7 It is a rating system I developed for audiobooks that includes rating the story, the narrator, and the overall effect of the audiobook. 9mo
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Really good literary mystery about abandonment, isolation, and resilience. Cassandra Campbell narrates the mystery of the marsh-girl, and while Campbell is a pro and one of my favorite narrators, she‘s not the best at southern accents. Still, this is a high quality audiobook by Delia Owens. Overall rating: 4.44 stars.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I‘m not all that familiar with Greek myths, so I‘m not sure how original this “retelling” is. What I do know is that Circe is a great audiobook. The story is engaging the whole way through, and the narrator, Perdita Weeks, has the perfect voice for the portrayal of a goddess. Going into this one, I was a bit skeptical, but that is no longer the case. Great job by author and narrator. Overall rating: 4.54 stars

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A Terrible Country is my first audiobook of 2019. It takes awhile to get going, but Ari Fliakos‘ fantastic narration kept me interested. After a few hours, I began to like the story more. I didn‘t realize how much I liked it until it was almost over. A Terrible Country is about everyday life in modern day Russia, and while that may not seem all that interesting, I was quite invested by the end of the book. Overall rating: 4.49 stars.

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Invisible Monsters | Chuck Palahniuk
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Sometimes I choose an audiobook because of the author and other times because of the narrator. Anna Fields is a great narrator. Chuck is a great writer. Invisible Monsters is typical Palahniuk; it starts out a bit confusing, and by the time you figure out what‘s going on, the novel spirals out of control on its way to a wild finish. While it‘s not his best, it‘s still good. Overall rating: 4.01 stars

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego This was my first Palaniuk. So many crazy plot twists, so entertaining. 9mo
Jason7 Yes. There‘s a lot going on in this one, especially by the end. 9mo
BookishMarginalia I‘m interested in the .01 stars... 9mo
Jason7 A few people have asked about that. Its a ranking system I use for book reviews. I‘ve been using it for awhile. 9mo
Jason7 I use it for audiobooks. It‘s a combination of various factors, including the story and the narrator‘s performance 9mo
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Reading Challenge | Casey Malarcher, Andre Janzen
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I had to pick a few shorter works towards the end to get to 88, but my 2018 Reading Challenge is complete.

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Stories about art forgeries and stolen paintings make some of the best novels. These types of novels could be classified as a sub-genre of fiction. Any time I read or listen to a novel about stolen art I‘m reminded of Donna Tartt‘s The Goldfinch. While The Last Painting of Sara De Vos isn‘t that caliber of a novel (very few are), it‘s still quite good. The narrator of this audiobook is one of the best. Overall rating: 4.24 stars

TheFunkyBookworm Ohh I know exactly what you mean by this! The Goldfinch is one of those books that has stuck with me years after reading it and I‘ve been chasing that same “book feel” ever since- if that makes sense. Any recommendations other than the pictured that would fall into this category? 10mo
Jason7 I know exactly what you mean by that “book feel.” Infinite Jest has it, but it‘s a much more complicated read. The Nix by Nathan Hill comes close. A new book called The Feral Detective is a good one. The Marriage Plot by J Eugenides or any of J. Franzen‘s last 3 are high quality. I‘d love to find another like The Goldfinch. That‘s a masterpiece if there ever was one. 10mo
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The Incendiaries is an above average audiobook. The story is somewhat difficult to follow in the beginning, but it becomes easier as the story progresses. There's a lot of colorful language in this one, and some of it fits, though there's a few cases where it misses the mark.The narrator of this recording does a respectable job. This author has potential.

Overall rating: 3.72 stars

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The Parking Lot Attendant takes awhile to get going, and it never really takes off. This novel is on the Tournament of Books Long List for 2019, and that and the novel‘s description caused me to give it a shot. I can‘t see it beating out any of the other novels on The List, though I‘ve only read a few of the others. The narrator of this audiobook, Bahni Turpin, is fantastic as always. Overall rating: 3.15 stars

BarbaraBB I just bought this one, just because it‘s shortlisted for the ToB... 10mo
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Commune: Book One | Joshua Gayou
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Commune (Book 1) is the first installment in Joshua Gayou‘s post-apocalyptic trilogy. The audiobook is popular on Audible and highly rated. For the most part, it kept my attention. There‘s nothing extraordinary here, though maybe the story is just getting started. R.C. Bray, the narrator, is serviceable. Overall rating: 3.59 stars