15 July 2015

Read/Reading (audio books) - The Queen of Tearling, Finding Mr. Brightside, Finding Audrey and more

From time to time I like to listen to books in their audio versions. Today I want to talk a bit about what I recently listened to, what I'm listening to now and what I plan to start with soon. 

I mostly listen to audiobooks on my iPod classic which is still going strong, I have owned my iPod for years and hope that it is going to live forever. I recently updated from the normal Apple earphones to some of those ridiculously big ones and I love that I can now listen to my audiobooks even when vacuuming (definitely first world problems!).
When at home I also like to listen via my Mac in combination with a sound system, it's a great feeling when the whole room seems to be filled with the story.

In the last two months I listened to the following three audio books:

A Thousand Pieces of You - Claudia Gray
I liked the narrator and at first also the story and characters, but the more I learned about the world, the more I lost interest. Some things didn't make that much sense to me and left me cold. The love story didn't work for me and when I finished the book the story was easy to forget. 

Finding Audrey - Sophie Kinsella
This is Kinsella's first YA book, she tried to handle a serious topic in a funny way which didn't work for me perfectly. The narrator of the story was good, however I had some issues with the story overall and especially some of the characters. There were too many stereotypical characters in the book, I never forgot that they were just characters and for once I would have preferred the story to be free of a romance.
I think in the future I will stick with Kinsella's adult books even though I have to say that they haven't been that great for me in the last two years. 

This was an entertaining story that I enjoyed listening to, themes in the story are coming to term with loss and betrayal, starting anew and going your own way. The narrator was good, the story and characters interesting. Overall I liked this YA book, even though it didn't leave me breathless and over the top excited for more, in the end it was a good, solid book. 

Listening to now and next
I'm nearly two hours into "The Queen of Tearling" by Erika Johansen and so far it's a very interesting and entertaining one book. The narrator isn't perfect for me, but the story managed quiet easily to capture my interest and I'm excited to find out more about the world of Tearling. The book has the potential to become a great one for me.

Next I plan to listen to two books that I have read a ton of positive reviews on recently, namely A Court of Thornes and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and An Amber in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. My expectations for both books are pretty high and I hope that the stories can deliver what they promise. I read a book by Maas in the past and it was just ok for me, let's hope that her new one will be better for me. 

Do you like to listen to audiobooks?


  1. I adored Queen of the Tearling and I'm glad you're off to a good start with it :D

    I'm curious about ACoTaR as well. I didn't even finish Throne of Glass because I found it so boring but this one sounds intriguing.

    1. It was the same for me, the characters and writing style weren't that interesting, hope this will change with ACoTaR. Btw, at first I didn't understand that the shortcut stood for the book and I was always wondering what the hell people were talking about. :)

  2. I stopped by your blog today.




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