So, while I am a fan of Pride and Prejudice, I have never really read other Jane Austen books. So when I heard that the production of Emma was free on Audible, I jumped on it. And I’m super glad I did! This is an awesome production, and a production indeed it is. I have no idea how big the cast is, but this is quality work. There are sound effects in the background, like horses and crowds and paper rustling and fire crackling! Emma Thompson is amazing as the narrator, to the surprise of absolutely no one. And the […]
I had this book on my TBR list before CBR10 Bingo came out, purely because it was being read by Kyle McCarley. He’s the narrator for the Super Powereds series by Drew Hayes, so I’ve spent many an hour listening to Kyle’s awesome talent. (Note: none of this book was read in anything close to his normal speaking voice, which I discovered by looking up an interview on YouTube.) The language is often old and formal, with a lot of thee’s and thou’s, which Kyle pairs with an English (?) accent. I was trying to figure out what I was […]
I’m a fan of Ender’s Game, so I assumed I was a fan of Orson Scott Card. This may have been a false assumption. I picked up Enchantment because it looked interesting, a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, and it looked different from my last Orson Scott Card disappointment. No awkward religious stuff here, I thought. I thought wrong. Enchantment is billed as a fantasy, as a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. But we open on a Russian boy in 1975 converting to Judaism to escape Russia. The first hour is about his conversion and his escape to America. This… was not […]
If there was ever a book written by a gamer, this is it. This is an in-depth tutorial on how to be and grow a dungeon. Complete with helpful glowing orb! (“Hey, listen!) I don’t really mind it, but I can see how the style would annoy some people, either those who know nothing about gaming or who already know waaay too much about gaming. Our helpful will-o-the-wisp is our guide in how to grow a dungeon core into a bigger and badder dungeon. We also have levels (at one point, we are trying to grow into a F9 level) […]
I listened to the audio version of this narrated by Euan Morton, who is playing King George in Hamilton currently. I really enjoyed it. The night after I finished the book, I was having a tough time falling asleep so I started listening to Carry On again. Now I am addicted to falling asleep to Carry On. I don’t know what this says about me as a person or about the book.
Bingo Square: This Old Thing I read Jane Eyre in high school for fun when I was trying to read classics because I thought I needed to better myself. I can’t say that was a very successful venture, since I didn’t end up liking that many of them without a teacher’s guidance to point out some of the deeper meaning (although I loved East of Eden and Anna Karenina). Jane Eyre was definitely one I didn’t enjoy that much because it was long and boring. And yet, some of the best literary criticism I have read is about Jane Eyre, […]
It’s so hard to talk about the 10th book in a series without getting into spoilers. The Sandman Slim series is my very very favorite book series. Of all time. It is currently unfolding, but I truly do love it more than any series I have ever read or am currently reading. It’s difficult for me to talk about because I want everybody to read it, so I go into too much detail and then start reading whole chapters out loud. But I want you to have to experience I’ve had of not knowing what’s going to happen next.
I went away this weekend with one of my favorite people and we spent our time looking at gorgeous scenery, visiting museums and historic sites, and eating and drinking local. In doing so we spent a lot of time in the car going from place to place, so my travel buddy suggested we listen to Anna Kendrick’s autobiography because he was sure I would really enjoy it. This is why he’s one of my favorites, perfectly lovely weekend away and happy to re-listen to an audiobook because I would want to read it. This book, in turn, was really good […]