Book Review: Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville


Author: Eliza Granville Title: Gretel and the Dark Narrators: Cassandra Campbell, Stefan Rudnicki Publication Info: Blackstone Audio, Inc. (2014) Summary/Review: Deeply rooted in Grimm’s fairy tales, this novel tells two stories. One set in 1899 Vienna is about a woman given the name “Lillie” who claims to be a robot and is brought to psychologist Dr Josef Breuer…

Book Reviews: My Misspent Youth by Megan Daum


Author: Megan Daum Title: My Misspent Youth Narrator: Xe Sands Publication Info: Dreamscape Media, LLC (2015) Summary/Review: I listened this book of essays on recommendation of Slate magazine’s best audiobooks of 2015 article (although the essays were largely published more than 15 years ago leading to a time warp sensation hearing them).  The first few essays are largely…

Book Reviews: Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell


Author:  Sarah Vowell Title: Lafayette in the Somewhat United States Narrator:  Sarah Vowell, with  John Slattery, Nick Offerman, Fred Armisen, Bobby Cannavale, John Hodgman, Stephanie March, and Alexis Denisof Other Books Read By Same Author: The Partly Cloudy Patriot  The Wordy Shipmates  Publication Info: Simon & Schuster Audio (2015) Summary/Review: This audiobook includes numerous well-known actors performing…

Book Review: Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink by Elvis Costello


Author: Elvis Costello Title: Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink Narrator: Elvis Costello Publication Info: Penguin Audio (2015) Summary/Review: The memoir of Declan MacManus, better known by his stage name Elvis Costello,  is more of a collection of thematic essays than a birth to present memoir.  Like the lyrics of his song, Costello’s way with words is evident. His…

Book Review: The Glorious Cause by Jeff Shaara


Author: Jeff Shaara Title: The Glorious Cause  Narrator: Grover Gardner Publication Info: Books on Tape, 2003 Summary/Review: Turns out that wasn’t the book I intended to read. That’s okay, because this is an entertaining historical novel about the American War for Independence. Or is it a novelistic history? Because it really reads like a history book.  But a…

Book Review: Through the Children’s Gate by Adam Gopnik


Author: Adam Gopnik Title: Through the Children’s Gate Narrator: Adam Gopnik Publication Info: Audible Studios (2014) Summary/Review: This collection of essays documents Gopnik’s life upon returning to New York City with his wife and young children after living in Paris.  The September 11th attacks occur shortly after they move in and they color a lot of the stories…

Book Review: Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado


Author: Linda Tirado Title: Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America Narrator: Linda Tirado Publication Info: New York : Penguin Audio, p2014. Summary/Review: Tirado writes and narrates this extended essay on the poor in United States, unflinchingly and wryly explaining why the poor do the things the do and how both right-wing and left-wing  stereotypes of…

Book Review: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson


Author: Erik Larson Title: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania Narrator: Scott Brick Publication Info: New York, New York : Random House Audio, 2015. Other Books Read by the Same Author: The Devil in the White City In The Garden of Beasts Isaac’s storm Summary/Review: In typical Larson fashion, he crafts the story of…

Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


Author: Ransom Riggs Title:Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Narrator:  Jesse Bernstein Publication Info: Random House Audio, 2011 Summary/Review: 16-year-old Jacob travels to a remote Welsh island to learn more about the shelter that took in his grandfather during World War II.  Through some mysterious encounters and time travel he learns that the children at…

Book Review: Flight by Sherman Alexie


Author: Sherman Alexie Title: Flight Narrator: Adam Beach Publication Info: [Ashland, Ore.] : Blackstone Audio, p2008. Summary/Review: This novel is told from the point-of-view of “Zits,” a teenager of Native American heritage being passed through the foster care system and acting out in response.  After growing increasingly and gruesomely violent, Zits is magically transported into other peoples’ bodies…