Is listening to an audiobook “reading”? While not “reading” in the traditional or neurological (due to different processing in the brain) sense; but an excellent alternative when you are driving, exercising, otherwise engaged in an activity where you are unable to “read.”
As an avid reader, I often have several books started at any given time and one of them is likely to be an audible book. This summer I’ve listened while painting, weeding, exercising, and driving. As confession is good for the sole, I confess I’ve listened to some excellent books and then there are the duds. My summer thumbs up / thumbs down list follows.
Those on the thumbs up list all share common features. They had an engaging plot, likeable characters and were well written. Park Avenue Summer and Down River are not to be missed. They are excellent! So, thumbs up for:
Park Avenue Summer
The Mulberry Tree
The Spitfire Girls
The Malta Exchange
The Girl From Berlin
Single Malt Murder
Honorable mentions to : The Mother in Law and Berlin Calling
Those earning a thumbs down also shared certain characteristics including a wandering plot, need for a good editor, and characters who were not rootable. Both The Golden Hour and Wunderland held so much potential. Yet, they both fell flat. I kept thinking get on with it!
It’s that time of year again! With Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer I think of the beach, pool, and nights playing tennis. I also think of what I’m going to load to my kindle or iPod to “read” at the beach or pool. These are some of my recent favorite reads!
Kristy W. Harvey is my new favorite author. If you like Alice Monroe or Dorothy Benton Frank, you will love Harvey. Her Peachtree Bluff trilogy is can’t put down. I love the mix of the southern beach town with a hint of New York City thrown into the mix. The story of strong women facing and overcoming the challenges in their lives. Run, don’t walk to grab these for your beach bag.
I devoured the Discovery of Witches trilogy. It was different, fun, compelling and historical – even for someone who doesn’t run to stories of vampires, witches and demons. This is the latest. It is Marcus’ story and it does not disappoint. All my favorite characters are back in the mix, Diana, Matthew, Baldwin but the focus is on Marcus as Matthew’s son and his upcoming marriage.
If you enjoy that WWII suspense, espionage book, this and the Alice Network are books for you I “read” (listened) to both with the audible versions. I highly recommend the audible version for a long car trip (say to the beach!). The Alice Network is set in occupied France while the Huntress takes a slightly different turn moving back and forth between post war Boston, post war Austria, and the Eastern front. Both feature the work of brave women in the war. The Huntress takes an unusual turn by featuring a woman as a sought after Nazi war criminal.
If you’ve not found the Maisie Dobbs series yet, now is the time. The series began with Maisie in WWI and we’ve now progressed to WWII and the London blitz. The latest, The American Agent, provides wonderful insight into the beginning of WWII and America’s take on a new world war.
More recommendations to come! I think this is going to be a huge reading summer.