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text 2017-06-09 17:27
The Girl Before - DNF
The Girl Before - Rena Olsen,Brittany Pressley,Penguin Audio

This is one of the books my mother picked using our Audible credits. She loved it, and apparently a lot of other people did, too. I stuck with it long enough to realize that the awful first-person-present-tense style was not just for effect in the prologue, but a stylistic choice for the entire book. 

 

And unlike the last book I just reviewed, it is not compelling enough to allow me to look past the FPPT. DNF. Didn't listen to enough to rate it.

 

Audiobook, via Audible. Brittany Pressly's reading seemed okay, but the quavery voice she's using likely would have annoyed me over the course of an entire book, if she doesn't move on from it once her character is out of the immediate situation. 

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review 2017-06-02 02:23
The Ritual Bath: DNF, not rated
The Ritual Bath - Faye Kellerman,Mitchell Greenberg

This book was clearly written to appeal to someone very different from myself. Didn't get through enough to feel like it would be fair to give it a star rating, although I will say that the writing was uninspired enough to make the experience as interesting as performing the multitude of chores that the main character is engaged in during the first several paragraphs.

 

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library via Audible. Michael Greenberg sounds as bored reading it as I felt listening to it.

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text 2017-05-15 13:25
Under Wildwood. by Colin Meloy - Colin Meloy

abandoning this, I'm 58 pages in and I honestly don't care.

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text 2017-05-10 02:11
Norse Mythology - DNF
Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

I've finally found a Gaiman book that just doesn't do it for me. This is the third time I've tried listening to this audio, performed by Himself, and just can't stick with it. My mind kept wandering. DNF after 30 minutes. 

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text 2017-05-08 15:32
What Boys Really Want - Pete Hautman  
What Boys Really Want - Pete Hautman

Bailed on account of both "skank" and "slut" early on. I have pretty much zero-tolerance for slut-shaming. I generally like Hautman, though, so I'm giving the benefit of the doubt that this is just a single tone-deaf book. Certainly the cover image of four girls with identical hair in four different colors looks cheesy and generic, racially "balanced" like a cover of the Babysitters Club, and that reinforces the tone-deaf vibe. So, I'm gonna pass.

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