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review 2017-06-28 18:45
The North Water by Ian McGuire, narrated by John Keating
The North Water - Ian McGuire,John Keating

 

The North Water is a savage, harsh, gory, dark fiction story taking place mainly on a whaling vessel in the 19th century. Ever moving north in search of the dwindling whale population, the realities of life are hard enough for these men, never mind the serial killer/child molester hiding among them.

 

I listened to this on audio and the narrator John Keating was most excellent. I would love to hear more of his work in the future.

 

I enjoyed the hell out of this brutal story, but it's not for everyone. Be aware that Mr. McGuire takes an unflinching look at the whaling life- and it was very, very unpleasant for just about ever character in the book. If you're okay with that type of thing, then I highly recommend The North Water.

 

*I was able to listen to this one on audio thanks to my awesome public library.*

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review 2017-06-24 04:24
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
The Alice Network - Kate Quinn

Best book I have read all year and quite possibly my favorite Quinn novel yet. This book proves Quinn can bring any era to life with characters who you will find yourself crying over when it is all said and done. Seriously, I need to go find a corner to curl up in now. I just don't know what to do with myself now that there is no more. Maybe if I go to bed early enough I will dream of Finn *sigh*

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review 2017-06-13 18:45
The Fever by Megan Abbott
The Fever - Kirby Keyborne,Caitlin Davies,Megan Abbott

The Fever features more messed up girls from Megan Abbotts' dark, dark high school world.

 

I liked how it all worked out in the end, and I wondered if the "fever" ended up referencing the parents and other town officials, rather than the illness itself? When people's children are possibly in danger, there's no telling what parents will do to protect them.

 

As with most of Ms. Abbott's books that I've read so far though, it's the teenage girls that are the scariest of all-BY FAR. I could see parts of myself and parts of other girls I knew in high school in these characters.

 

I found The Fever to be slightly repetitive and I disliked the narrator of Deenie's father. The other two narrators were great and contributed a lot to my overall enjoyment of this book.

 

I look forward to reading more from Megan Abbott.

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review 2017-06-12 18:45
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger-The Man in Black
Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Man in Black - Robin Furth,Alex Maleev,Stephen King,Peter David

"Go then. There are other worlds than these."

 

 

And I might just do that after the next graphic novel in the series, which finishes off this story arc.

 

This installment completely changed what happened in the books, and I'm okay with that, I guess. However, that combined with the artwork, which I still don't feel is on par with the earlier graphic novels, may be enough for me to quit the series entirely. That goes against my completist nature, but life is too short and I want to read ALL the books. Choices must be made and I'm not sure the rest of this series will make the cut.

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review 2017-06-08 18:45
Empire Falls by Richard Russo, narrated by Ron McLarty
Empire Falls (MP3 Book) - Richard Russo,Ron McLarty

Empire Falls is not something I would have picked up on my own, but it came to me highly recommended, so I put a hold on the audiobook at my library and it finally came in.

 

This was a wonderful book and Ron McLarty is an excellent narrator. I can't really add to what hundreds of people have already said, so I'll just say I enjoyed the hell out of this tale where nothing much really happens, but I feel like I know everyone in this town intimately.

 

Highly recommended!

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