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review 2020-05-25 03:45
The Stand by Stephen King (audiobook)
The Stand - Deutschland Random House Audio,Stephen King,Grover Gardner

Audience: Adult

Format: Audiobook/Owned

 

 

 

Another re-read (first time listen) of a Stephen King book. I figured this was as good a time as any to re-experience The Stand. My goal this year is to listen to all the Stephen King books I have previously read. This year seems like it is being written by Stephen King, so yeah.

This is one of my favorite Stephen King books and the audio version did not disappoint.

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text 2019-10-23 22:01
Reading progress update: I've read 8%.
Agatha Christie: Twelve Radio Mysteries: Twelve BBC Radio 4 Dramatisations - Full Cast,Tom Hollander,Julia McKenzie,Agatha Christie, Emilia Fox

I got this on Borrowbox from my library yesterday and listened to the first story, Philomel Cottage, right before going to sleep. 

It was creepy and not at all what I expected, and yes, sleep was out of the question for another hour or so. So good, tho, even if the radio productions have been updated to fit into our modern times.

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review 2019-08-29 14:05
Review: Gravemaidens (Gravemaidens #1) by Kelly Coon
Gravemaidens - Kelly Coon

The start of a fierce fantasy duology about three maidens who are chosen for their land's greatest honor...and one girl determined to save her sister from the grave.

In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame.

When Alu's ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her.

But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence.

Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.

I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

3.5-4 ★

This was a good first book in a series (duology). To be honest, this book I cover-shopped. I saw the beautiful cover and had to read the book. Luckily I enjoyed the book.

I really enjoyed the world and work building and the story just as much.

As some have stated before it is quite brutal and has some graphic scene in there, so if you have a weak stomach skip it or just skim these parts.

The only thing for me that I didn’t like was, that parts of the book were slow, even in the beginning and it made it hard for me to connect to some characters.

I wasn’t sure if I would like Kammani or not in the beginning and she just comes over as annoying and jealous brat, but I ended up liking her for the most part.

Overall I enjoyed the book and I’m looking forward to the second book to see what is to come.

3.5-4 ★

Will be available October 29th 2019

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review 2019-07-03 22:30
Rocket Men by Robert Kurson, narrated by Ray Porter
Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon - Ray Porter,Robert Kurson,Deutschland Random House Audio

This is an amazing story, made even more amazing by Ray Porter's excellent narration!

 

I can't help but feel that, much like 1968 when this tale took place, we need this kind of patriotic, inspiring story to get us through this tough time. (And then I see something like this proposed Trump July 4th parade, and I think to myself, this is NOT what we need right now.) Sorry to get political.

 

These men were patriots, they were brave and they were Americans. It was a pleasure to learn more about them.

 

*Thanks to my public library for the free download. Libraries RULE!*

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review 2019-04-24 03:28
The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor
The Hiding Place - C.J. Tudor A special thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The last thing that Joe Thorne wants is to return to his hometown. There's nothing there for him except regrets, painful memories, and tragedy. And he thought he would never go back, especially not after what happened to his sister, Annie, all those years ago. But Joe doesn't have a choice because it appears to be happening again and he needs to set things right. Joe is a bit of a mess—he's got a drinking problem and a gambling problem—and his former friends are not happy he's back, nor are his enemies. But the hardest part of returning home will be going back to the abandoned mine where it all went wrong and his life was forever changed. For Joe, the worst moment of his life wasn't the day his sister went missing, it was the day she came back. I assume this is a homage to Stephen King, otherwise, her plot twist was too familiar to anyone that has read Pet Cemetery. That being said, there were parts that were extremely clever and tight, and then there were times where the narrative rambled and completely went off the rails. But what caught me the most off guard were the supernatural/horror elements in a book that I assumed was in the thriller/mystery/suspense genre. If you like horror, and you are a fan of Stephen King, than this book will totally be your bag.
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