Another 8 book consumed this month! When I read this many books you know that I’m doing a lot of creating. Audiobooks help to keel me focused. This month’s list is a odd assortment and I think I liked the non-fiction a lot more than the fiction. Eisenhower was a great surprise and, along with King Arthur, topped my list of favorites for the month.
by William Boyd
Here’s the publisher’s summary: The novel evokes the tumult, events, and iconic faces of our time as it tells the story of Logan Mountstuart—writer, lover, and man of the world—through his intimate journals. It is the “riotous and disorganized reality” of Mountstuart’s 85 years in all their extraordinary, tragic, and humorous aspects.
Very good writing, excellent naration by Simon Vance but a story in the end about a remarkably uninteresting man who spends his life letting it happen to him. The main character is not someone I would want to spend even 10 minutes with.
by Jean Edward Smith
I think I got this book in one of Audible’s sales and I had low expectations for it. I love biographies but didn’t really know anything about Eisenhower and almost nothing about the years after WWII.
This book is fascinating and tell you the history of the world through one man’s life. I was riveted through the entire 28.5 hours. Paul Hecht is an outstanding narrator too.
If you like history or biographies please put this one on your reading list. I have added her biography of FDR to my reading list.
by Laura Caldwell
I have a rule about audiobooks that I don’t buy books that are narrated by the author. I missed that on this one and after 2 hours I returned the book.
This is a fascinating story, although told in tedious unnecessary detail, about Jovan Mosley, a 19 year old, falsely charged with murder who waited 6 years just for a trial. His wait was only 6 years because he accidentally met a defense attorney while in jail and she took a few minutes to hear his story and then agreed to represent him.
You can look up Jovan online and get the story without having to listen to the bored tones of the author narrating a story that she seems already tired of talking about.
by Adrian McKinty
Maybe I’m just crabby about books this month or I’m on a particular bad run but here’s another disappointing read.
Here’s the story: Alexander Lawson is a former detective for Northern Ireland's police force. After a disastrous six-month stint in the drug squad, he became addicted to heroin and resigned in disgrace. Now 24, sickly, and on the dole, Alex learns that his high-school love, Victoria Patawasti, has been murdered in America. Victoria's wealthy family sends Alex to Colorado to investigate the case, and he seizes the opportunity for a chance at redemption.
Can you imagine a heroin addict, former beat police officer (not a detective) having the wherewithal to travel to another country and investigate a murder? It’s completely ridiculous. I get that it’s a novel but a good story should have some believable bones in it and this one doesn’t. Oh, and the killer was obvious from the beginning.
Professor Dorsey Armstrong
The Great Courses is a lecture series that covers a wide range of topics. Last year Audible put them on sale and I have listened to series on religion, physics and other topics. I really enjoy them.
My literature education was really weak. I was an accounting major so I avoided anything that dealt with reading or writing. As a result I know very little about King Arthur and this lecture series was fascinating. The Professor was a little too cute (using “info” instead of information and referring to Arthur as “an awesome guy”, but that was minor in comparison to the interest of the story.
by Robert Dugoni
Oh what a treat to find a new good series! This one is about detective Tracy Crosswhite. Her sister disappeared 20 years ago and her body was recently found. Tracy never felt that the trial that convicted Edmond House was done properly. Finding the body helps her in her own investigation.
This book barely meets my 10 hour minimum for an audiobook but it was riveting. I stayed awake listening in bed 2 hours the night before I finished it because couldn’t turn it off. The second one is now in my wish list.
by Gemma Liviero
This book is the story of a German Jewish family during WWII and it has great reviews in Audible. Do you think that sometimes a book gets good reviews because people feel like the subject matter deserves a good review? That’s kind of how I feel about this book.
It was interesting as the story of Henrik, the son of a Jewish father and Aryan mother. It starts when he is young and Hitler is first elected and carries through several years beyond the war. I think it was an interesting story but it wasn’t a brilliant book deserving of the 4.4 rating that it has….in my opinion.
by Hugh Aldersey-Williams
This was another of those books that I got for a few dollars in an Audible Deal of the Day and it was so worth it! What a fun book. I told Chris that it was like a romp through the periodic table.
It’s the story of how the elements were discovered and many of the cultural happenings around them. It was like a series of short stories and I’ve never had science presented in such a fun way.