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Audiobook Mini Reviews!

Half Bad Three Parts Dead Falling Kingdoms Red Glove The Broken Kingdoms

I’ve been listening to a fair number of audiobooks and often haven’t felt up to reviewing them. Sometimes I feel like I didn’t pay enough attention at times so I can’t give the book a thorough rating, sometimes I’ve just been tired ;-). But I’ve had a number of you ask about how I’ve liked various audiobooks, so here you are :D.

 Half Bad by Sally Green

Half Bad

I listened to the audio and very much recommend the narration, it added nicely to Nathan’s character and was just delightful to listen to. Half Bad is hard at times, but in the end not as depressing as I feared. I really enjoy unique and refreshing fantasy and Half Bad is very much that!

4 Stars

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

Three Parts Dead

I read this in a read along and it was an interesting book to discuss with others. There are a lot of interesting fantasy elements tossed together and some I liked (necromancy serving as legality?) and some I could have done without (vampire). I would have been happier with just Tara’s perspective on things because she’s awesome. Definitely a fantasy to grab if you like unique fantasy and Law and Order ;-). I listened only to the last few chapters on audio because I got behind on the read-along. I really didn’t end up liking the narrator :-/.

4 Stars

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Falling Kingdoms

Despite what you’d think from the cover, there is very little wearing of white cloaks and swooshing of magic blades and things. There is a lot of whining by spoiled royal children though. The narration of the audiobook was fine though he gave everyone accents but then narrated without an accent which seemed odd. What little of the magic we see is your typical elemental stuff so I was bored there. There are a lot of characters and switching views, which isn’t easy to follow on audio so I recommend against listening if you are debating on it. Over all just a bit disappointed.

2 Stars

Red Glove by Holly Black

Red Glove

This felt a lot like a second book slump. The plot was rather meh mostly because Cassel didn’t seem to care much and cleverly solved things easily enough. The focus was more on the romance really :/.

3 Stars

The Broken Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin

Broken Kingdoms

I listened to this on audio so that I could finally get to it. I enjoyed the story and the very different perspective than the previous book though the audio narrator was not my favorite. While everything was very enjoyable and interesting, I didn’t think it quite measured up to book one. This kind of understandable given my absolute adoration of book one though ;).

4 Stars

So there you have it, the audiobooks I’ve been listening to lately but not reviewed here! You can see that my goal of using audiobooks to get to older titles is totally working as long as I don’t have review audios waiting for me. I am close to finishing a couple of trilogies now, so I hope to do that in the coming months. But currently I’m listening to Poison Study and REALLY enjoying it ;-).

What audiobooks have you listened to lately? Highly recommend any of them?

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

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  1. I think I’m going to have to listen to The Broken Kingdoms on audio. I wasn’t as taken by as it as the first two books. Audiobooks have a great way of making me read things that I might otherwise keep putting off. I have the Gladstone book on audio that I plan to get to soon as well. Excellent post!
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    • Yeah, I find that I can stay hooked with an audio where I might not have reading physically, especially if the narrator is awesome!

  2. I’ve often wondered how an audiobook of a book with several point of views would be. I doubt that I’ll try to listen to one anytime soon though. If it requires much more attention than the average audiobook, I’d probably DNF it at some point or I’d give up on the audio and get the book.
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    • I like it when an audiobook with multiple PoV has a narrator for each character, that works really well, otherwise it’s just really confusing D:

  3. And you’ve officially caught up to me on The Curseworkers trilogy because, obviously, I still haven’t read the third book. ;) But yes, I remember liking Red Glove less than the first book. Here’s hoping it picks up again in the end.
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  4. Borken Kingdoms was awesome, but I think I will always adore Book 1 in that series the most.

    I picked up Falling Kingdoms on audio a few moths ago. I am now hesitant to give it a listen. :(

    I really enjoyed the narrator for 3 Parts Dead, but I started with the audio and stuck with it. I think if I had been eyeball reading to start, I would already have voices assigned to characters.

    • Agreed, what did you think of book three??

      Aw, I’m sorry! How are you with court intrigue and politics? >.>

      Yeah, that was totally my problem!


  1. […] to Nathan D: *hugs*. If you haven’t read book one, there will be spoilers below for it, so check out my mini-review of Half Bad instead […]

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