Immersing Myself in Audiobooks: April 2020

Hello book nerds! Today, I have a confession to make.

I suck at listening to audiobooks.

Honestly, I find them amazing and oh, so convenient. But I’ve tried to listen to audiobooks several times and I always fail spectacularly. I start an audiobook, I find myself getting distracted, I pause, and then I end up not finishing it at all. The very first audiobook I managed to finish was The Fever King and I finished it because I loved the narrator and I read the book at the same time.

However, that’s all about to change! Two weeks ago, I made a promise to listen to audiobooks and actually commit to it. Since I have free three months of Scribd (referrals are awesome!), I promised myself I should listen to at least one audiobook a week!

So far, it’s been a success. I’m starting to like the experience, though I’m sad that I can highlight quotes and scenes or that I can’t annotate it *sigh*. Anyway, I’ve listened to four awesome audiobooks so far!

Here are the audiobooks I listened to in April!

I Wish You All the Best

41473872Title: I Wish You All The Best
Author: Mason Deaver
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre/s and Tags: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Non-binary rep, POC characters

This was so good, my heart is so full! I Wish You All the Best is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. It shows the readers the struggle of non-binary people like Ben, and at the same time, it shows that with the right people beside you, everything will be okay. I’m so glad this was a happy ending, Ben deserves all the love and happiness.

I was a little bummed that there’s not much characterization with Ben’s newfound friends and other supporting characters, but apart from that, everything’s great! My favorite part would have to be how the book talked about being non-binary, and being queer. I learned so much in this book and it helped me understand non-binary people better. Kudos to the author!

George

24612624Title: George
Author: Alex Gino
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre/s and Tags: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Trans rep

This was simply brilliant! The author gave us such a heartwarming story about opening up and striving to be your true selves. The transgender rep was great and I’ll forever cherish George’s story! Also, the audiobook narrator is a damn good one! Wow, wow, wow!

 

 

 

The Monster of Elendhaven

43263515._sy475_Title: The Monster of Elendhaven
Author: Jennifer Geisbrecht
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre/s and Tags: Adult, Thriller, Horror, Gothic, SFF, Queer characters

I don’t even know what to say about this book exactly. It’s dark, it’s haunting, it’s atmospheric. But it’s also very, real, and raw, witty and snarky. The characters are complex and they’re far from having the perfect moral compass, but that’s what makes the whole story so interesting for me. We see them get consumed by revenge, sadness, lust, greed. The romance in this book is nothing I expected as well. It was humorous and tender, but also violent and melancholic. And before I forget, the prose is so damn beautiful! For a book with such a grim setting/plot, the author still managed to weave prose that is both equally disturbing and breathtaking (I don’t know if that made sense, but that’s what it is for me, haha!)

The audiobook narrator is amazing as well! They nailed it! (Two chapters into the book, I realized it was the same audiobook narrator as The House in the Cerulean Sea! So cool! [Which reminds me, I haven’t finished listening to that audibook yet!])

Content warnings: this book is gory and bloody. It has multiple graphic and grotesque depictions of murders, and deaths, and wounds. If you’re squeamish or it’s not your cup of tea, this may not be the book for you.

Rick

44660928Title: Rick
Author: Alex Gino
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre/s and Tags: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Trans rep

It’s only fitting that I also listen to Rick after finishing George. And all I can say is this book was so precious and so wholesome. I loved Rick’s character development! I loved the writing style and I loved the way gender and sexuality was tackled in the story—with such care and love and understanding! That’s how it should be. And I wish that’s how it was in real life, too. But hey, this book is a hopeful story and change starts here.

Also, it was so awesome when I found out the author is narrating the book themself! I believe they did a pretty good job!

Everybody please go read this book! Read it to your kids, your parents, your friends, your students, everyone!

7 thoughts on “Immersing Myself in Audiobooks: April 2020

  1. I hear you. It’s been the same for me. But I find if the narrators are good I totally get seduced into listening lol. I tried several audio books last year and gave up. This year I listened to Sanctuary by V.V. James – it had 3 narrators I think (check my review if you can) and they were so good that despite the story not being great I loved the narration.👍

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