New Monthly 5 Book Review

Good Morning! Welcome back. 

I'm not posting a review today - I don't have a new one just yet. I'm still listeninng to a few Nalini Singh books and a few Vanessa Vale's too, so I don't want to bore you by just posting about those, though you can guess who some of my favourite authors are!

Moving forwards, now I have begun Audiobook Reviews, I will be continuing with those, interspersed with hard copy (paperback/hardback) books and e-book reviews. I quite enjoy listening to the books while I'm working on my day job, it breaks the silence of working from home. 

So keep your eyes peeled for more reviews coming soon!

Stay safe, and as always, Keep Reading! x

Hi everyone, welcome back. 

This Audiobook review is for Cora Seaton's book, "Issued to the Bride: One Marine". 

Now from what I can tell, this book is number 4 in the series, not that it is obvious until you start listening to it. Nor is it clear from the titles of the books unless you are familiar with Cora Seaton's work. 

Not a bad book to listen to if you can forgive the fact that most of the accents alluded to in the narration are similar with a couple of accents sounding more forced than anything. Even the lead female character sounds almost the same as the lead male character - not ideal.

Note to narrators, if you can't do a particular accent, don't try to - it is almost offensive for you to do that! Much like in the States, there's dialectual differences across the UK and Ireland, so listen carefully to the accent you want to portray before you sound it out - please. 

The other aspect of this book that annoyed me is that I couldn't properly pin down exactly when the book was based. The characters refer to a time in the past that they would go back to if given a chance and talk about revoluntionary war (spoiler alert), and the characters drive cars/trucks so this suggests that the book is set in the present, but the characterisation lets you think the book is set almost decades ago, if not older than that. Honestly, it sounded like the author was confused as to what era she was writing in, and that doesn't bode well when you're listening to the book. 

Part of me thinks present time, but then part of me hears characterisation that speaks of attitudes from 100 years ago. Then again, lead female character goes to a bar, plays pool and drives a truck. 

Part of the confusion may come from the fact that I appear tp have begun listening to the series mid way through, but there is enough information given that refers back to what has happened before to make it so I don't have to listen to the other's if I don't want to. 

Sadly, a 2 book score from me. Not the best of the Audiobooks I've listened to. I'm not sure this book has garnered my interest in Cora Seaton's work enough to want to listen to anymore. Whether the books are better in the e-book format, I can't say, but based on this one, I won't be partaking of them. 

Stay safe, Look after each other, and as always, Keep Reading! x



Hey!, welcome back to another Audiobook review, this one #5. 

Again, I'm looking at a series of books, rather than individually for a couple of reasons; a) it is easier for me to do this way and, b) you'd be bored silly reading as I wax lyrical about how much I love this book or that. Yes, you will find that I do enjoy the books I review. I have reviewed a few that didn't quite do it for me but for the most part, I really do enjoy the books I've reviewed - I am the consummate bookworm!

So, onto the review. I've chosen Agatha Christie's 'Poirot' series of books because they are my favourite series of books that Ms Christie wrote, I love the 'Poirot' character as written and even Sophie Hannah has been able to bring him to life in her books too, even if it is a little odd to read 'Poirot' by another authors hand. 

In particular, one of the reasons I've chosen these is in part, not only due to my love of the books and characters, but especially due to the narrator of the books I have listened to; Mr Hugh Fraser. Name sound familiar? It should. Hugh Fraser played Captain Hastings in the TV adaptation of the novels alongside David Suchet playing Poirot. 

I will freely admit I'm a snob when it comes to these books, especially in audio format - I can only stand to listen to those read by Hugh Fraser. I have listened to one read by David Suchet, and while it was good, it (oddly, considering we're talking about 'Poirot' himself) didn't have the same feel about it. There is just something about the way Hugh reads the books that just sounds right. He even makes Poirot sound like Poirot (when you listen to the books, that comment will make sense). I also think that because I have watched the TV show (all episodes - it is a lot better than some of the tripe on tv nowadays) and so have seen Hugh playing Captain Hastings, and viewed the character interations, I feel like I'm listening to the TV program at times. 

Remember what I have said before, the narrator makes the Audiobook - a bad narrator is the death of the Audiobook. 

Which one is my favourite so far? "Death on the Nile" I think, though "One, Two, Buckle my Shoe" is a good one too. 

A 5 book score from me - these are just some of the best crime novels written and I will take them any way I can get them!

Stay safe, look after each other and as always, Keep Reading! x

Hi everyone! Welcome back - this is Audiobook review #4. 

I hope you're enjoying the reviews so far. I know I am - they are a little different to do compared to a regular paperback/hardback book review. 

Now I know I may have already reviewed the e-book version of the "Stonefire Dragons" series by Jessie Donovan, but hear me out (sorry for the pun). As I've noted in one of the earlier reviews, there is a marked difference between reading the book and getting an idea in your mind as to how the characters speak, how the conversations would go if you could hear them and having the book narrated to you, hearing the accents given to the characters, hearing those same conversations and trust me when I say it can make all the difference to the book. 

Take the burgeoning friendship between the Stonefire Clan Leader, Bram Moore-Llewelyn and the Lochguard Clan Leader, Finlay Stewart. In the books, their interactions with each other are comical enough, but hearing them aloud, hearing the banter really does make you laugh out loud as the characters truly sound like a pair of brothers bickering, a comment of such is made by another of the characters as the interaction between the two Clan Leaders is the source of much amusment to those closest to them. I can happily note that one more than one occasion I have had to stop what I was doing, rewind the last couple of minutes of the book I was listening to and hear it again just to laugh at the same thing a couple of times because it just got to me and I couldn't help it. 

Actually, sometimes listening to these makes me sad that the characters aren't real people that you could be friends with, because judging by the sense of humour that comes across, I would be good friends with these guys!

As you can probably tell, I'm a fan of these books and I'm happy to have them in either format. 

Like with Nalini Singh, Jessie Donovan has a way of writing that makes the scenarios feasible, plausible that the events could be happening. The fact Jessie bases these books in particular in the UK, and hearing the various accents from around the UK makes the books and the characters come alive as it were, the characters could easily be your neighbours!

With the Audiobooks, this is helped along by the narrators. Matthew Lloyd Davies narrates most of them, with others being narrated by Brian J Gill and Gary Furlong. All of the narrators have good voices to listen to and that in itself is important. If the narrator has a voice that sound akin to nails on a chalkboard you are going to want to switch it off and protect your ears from damage!

A 5 book score from me - I'm a fan and proud to say that. I like paranormal romance books (these with a hint of fantasy thrown in for luck) and I like the way Jessie writes, having collected a number of her books over the years. 

If I was to have a complaint, it would be the reading (or listening) order of the books. I say this as Jessie has interwoven the "Stonefire Dragons" books with some of the "Lochguard Dragons" series. Not necessarily a problem if you are aware of the reading/listening order, but if you aren't, it can be a little confusing, especially when some books in one series refer to something that has happened in the other and you don't know about it yet....I am also a person who like to read one series before I jump to the next, so having the two intermingle is a little irritating to me, but that is purely a preference of mine and I deal with it!

Stay ssafe, look after each other and as always, Keep Reading! x see you in the next one. 

Good Afternoon, welcome back! 

Audiobook review #3 is "Rise of the Dragons" by Morgan Rice.

Something for my readers who like fantasy novels like Christopher Paolini's "Eragon" series. 

In fact, if you like "Eragon", you'll like "Rise of the Dragons". I have the "Eragon" series in paperback  and have read all of them, enjoyed them more than I thought I would too, but they aren't the reaon for this review.

"Rise of the Dragons" has a medieval feel to it, as seems to be the norm for the fantasy genre books I favour. I like that the main character in the book is female, something that you don't often see in books like this, and it is refreshing to see a female character taking the lead in a fantasy book. I get the impression from the way the character is written that she is a little like the youngest Stark sister from a certain well known series of books (and TV) in that she is more of a tom boy, not so much into the dresses and so on and really wants to get involved with the soldiers training and such, much to her father's chagrin. 

This book is adventure all the way, ups, downs, twists and turns and yet you find yourself wanting to know more and as this is an Audiobook, can't switch it off for fear of missing what happens next (as irrational as it is). 

Now while I have read some fantasy novels, they aren't the ones I would normally choose to read and in fact I picked this one as it was different, the blurb drew me in and also the fact that this one was free on the platform I use to obtain my Audiobooks at the time (not sure if it is still free, I haven't looked). 

Needless to say, I began to listen to it and was drawn into the story, into the adventure and I enjoyed it. i like that the book gives the impression of a story unfinished to draw you into the next one in the series and I have been listening to that one too ("Rise of the Valiant"). Much like the "Eragon" books, the story just pulls you in and holds you there, wanting to know more - the sign of a good book in anyone's judgement, mine included. 

A 4 book score from me. Fantasy book lovers will like this one. 

Stay safe, look after each other and as always, Keep Reading! see you next time x