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text 2018-12-27 12:45
Char's Horror Corner: Top Ten Audiobooks of 2018!
You: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes
Hidden Bodies - Santino Fontana,Caroline Kepnes,Simon & Schuster Audio
Mystery Walk - Robert McCammon
Kill Creek - Scott Thomas,Bernard Setaro Clark
The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple - Jeff Guinn
The Republic of Thieves - Scott Lynch,Michael Page
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah
The Shining - Stephen King
All These Worlds - Dennis Taylor,Ray Porter
Becoming - Michelle Obama




Welcome to my TOP TEN AUDIOBOOKS list!


These are books that I listened to this year. They were not necessarily released this year. This list contains a mix of both fiction and non-fiction. 

Let's get started!





 Both YOU and HIDDEN BODIES were written by Caroline Kepnes and narrated by the absolutely terrific Santino Fontana. YOU was adapted for television by LIFETIME, and now the second season is being picked up by Netflix. I can't wait! (Click the book covers to see my reviews.)




  You: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes  and  Hidden Bodies - Santino Fontana,Caroline Kepnes,Simon & Schuster Audio  



MYSTERY WALK by Robert McCammon, narrated by Nick Sullivan. 

A re-read for me. This audio made me raise my original rating of the book. 


Mystery Walk - Robert McCammon 



KILL CREEK by Scott Thomas, narrated by Bernard Setaro Clark.

This book mad me believe that a good haunted house story is not a thing of the past.


Kill Creek - Scott Thomas,Bernard Setaro Clark



THE ROAD TO JONESTOWN , JIM JONES AND THE PEOPLES TEMPLE by Jeff Guinn, narrated by George Newbern. 

This was an extensive biography on the man. It was heartbreaking.


The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple - Jeff Guinn



THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES by Scott Lynch, narrated by Michael Page. The audio of this series are outstanding and since all three have the same narrator, I've come to adore them. 



The Republic of Thieves - Scott Lynch,Michael Page 


BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah, narrated by the author. I thought this audio was hilarious, shocking and interesting all at once.


Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah 



THE SHINING by Stephen King, narrated by Campbell Scott.

This was a re-read-mostly just because I wanted Campbell Scott to read it to me. 


The Shining - Stephen King 


ALL THESE WORLDS, (BOBIVERSE #3) by Dennis Taylor, narrated by Ray Porter. I loved all three of these audios, but this was my favorite.


All These Worlds - Dennis Taylor,Ray Porter 



BECOMING written and narrated by Michelle Obama. This was wonderfully narrated by the author and I just loved learning more about her and her life, both in and out of the White House.


Becoming - Michelle Obama,Michelle Obama,Penguin Books 




Thanks for staying with me this far if you're still here. I appreciate you!

I hope you'll join me again at the end of 2019.



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review 2018-11-14 17:32
Monday Mini Review – Born A Crime by Trevor Noah @Trevornoah
Born a Crime - Trevor Noah


I have been watching Trevor Noah on The Daily Show for some time now and when I saw he had a book out, I had to have it. I checked it out from the library and I was not disappointed.


Cover Design:  Greg Mollica


Publisher: Spiegil & Grau/Penguin Random House


Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

Amazon  /  Goodreads




Trevor Noah is a prime example that how you grow up is no excuse. He shows that you can be whatever you want to be. He is livingthe American Dream after growing up in Africa during Apartheid.


I couldn’t help but laugh at his childhood antics. I love that nothing crushed his personality, his ability to make fun of life. Him and his mother are an amazing pair. Their life was rich in love and experience.


“We had a very Tom and Jerry relationship, me and my mom. She was the strict disciplinarian, I was naughty as shit.”


His mom, Gotta love her. They laughed in the face of death. His mother is an amazing woman. Strong, stubborn, confident, determined. I love how she ‘worked the system and if you read these essays you will wonder if you could do the same.


I laughed with them, I was angry for them and I deeply respect their ability to rise above the horror they lived in.


You don’t want to miss these fabulous essays.


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review 2018-08-26 16:32
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah

Wow! What a great read. I'm not a fan of non-fiction or memoirs but this was truly interesting, funny and weirdly relatable. Almost unbelievable to think that he lived this life but that's probably what makes it such a good book for a fiction reader like me. I found myself laughing at horrific scenes I should have been shocked at but, with the comedic tone he writes in, I'm fairly certain that this was Noah's intention. His storytelling style started to jar a little at some point towards the end but once I started reading that last chapter, I knew this would be one I'd be recommending to everyone.

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text 2018-07-10 18:45
June 2018-That's A Wrap!
Providence: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah
Hyenas - Michael Sellars
The Tea Party - Charles L. Grant,Matt Godfrey
Lucifer, Book One - Neil Gaiman,Ryan Kelly,James Hodgkins,Dean Ormston,Peter Gross,Chris Weston,Scott Hampton,Mike Carey
The Cabin at the End of the World - Paul Tremblay
Sea of Rust - C. Robert Cargill
They Feed - Jason Parent
The Woman in the Woods - John Connolly
An Exorcism of Angels - Stephanie M. Wytovich,Corinne Gahan

I only read 11 books last month! 



Graphic Novels



Lucifer, Book One by Mike Carey 5*


Total: 1




Total: 0




Born a Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood by Trevor Noah 5*

The Tea Party by Charles Grant, narrated by Matt Godfrey 4*

An Exorcism of Angels by Stephanie M. Wytovich, (poetry) narrated by Corinne Gahan 4*

Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill, narrated by Eva Kaminski 3.5*


Total: 4


ARCS/Reads for Review


Hyenas by Michael Sellars 4*

Providence by Caroline Kepnes 4.5*

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay 4*

The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly 5*

Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets & Outright Lies From a Lifetime of Writing for The Simpsons by Mike Reiss 4*

They Feed by Jason Parent 4*


Total: 6




Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:

Challenge: Read 40 Books Already on my TBR


1. City of the Dead by Brian Keene

2. The Warblers by Amber Fallon

3. October by Michael Rowe

4. It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis Lawson

5. Bad Pennies by John Leonard

6.Cold in July by Joe Lansdale

7. Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill


 Running Total: 85



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review 2018-07-03 23:41
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah

What a disappointment. Mr. Noah is at times really tone deaf to the point where he is quite the asshole troll you find on social media. No reflections, no really growth as a person can be found in these memoirs; Noah is emotionally stunted 19 year old. 


I did find his writing on apartheid interesting (in a completely horrifying way) and these parts of the book added to my (very limited) knowledge of South Africa. Growing up in the 1980s, the only things I knew about apartheid were that performers were outspoken against it and would not perform in SA and that Nelson Mandela was in jail because he worked to end apartheid. Seeing apartheid affect daily life through the stories Noah writes about gives me a deeper sense of how fucking evil white supremacy can be. 


Anything after apartheid ended and SA adapted to life with more freedoms, Noah loses me. By that time, he is a preteen/ young teenager and he is just a destructive asshole. WHY, O WHY, DID I HAVE TO READ ABOUT NOAH'S PHILOSPHY ABOUT DEFECTION? Seriously, the shitting went on for pages. Then when he wasn't shitting, he was setting things on fire, including setting a shed and house on fire - all without one ounce of remorse (because it was a white person's house and white people have insurance, so NBD). He and a friend stole from a candy store for weeks; when they were finally caught on camera, his friend got in trouble, but Noah didn't due to his skin color coming up too light (white) for him to be recognized.


Peak of Noah's "apartheid bad, unless I can use it to my advantage/use as an excuse" was the chapter on his DJing career and his dance posse. His friend, and best dancer in the crew, was named Hitler....Noah explained why names of evil assholes from Western (white) history are popular among South Africans, but when he took a job DJing at a Jewish school, there was not connection of his friend's name with the Holocaust. So a chant of his friend's name ended the show early and Noah getting into a heated exchange with the school's teachers. No looking back and seeing how this was a possibly upsetting, no sense of remorse for his actions or words, nothing. Just a pissed teenage Noah yelling at "some white lady". 


Honestly, I will look for other books on apartheid for more information. I don't think I got a lot out of the book re: apartheid to make up for all the other crap coming from Noah.



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