Monthly Archives: June 2014

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedwick

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Seven stories though separated by centuries somehow intermingle as though merely breaking the surface of something much larger that lies just beneath… just out of vision…

An archeologist, an airman, a painter, a ghost, a vampire, and a Viking… center around an island called Blessed.  Eric and Merle show up within the stories in different forms of their name as the stories unfold.  What is this tale that binds?

 

 

Midwinterblood is a rhythmic tale appropriately read by the narration of Julian Rhind-Tutt.  While short stories have never been something I was drawn to, always wanting “more to the story”, Midwinterblood unfolds in such a way that while the stories are separated by time and tale that I found myself looking for the clues that drew them together. That, as it turns out; was a good thing.

Midwinterblood is marketed as a children’s book but I felt it would have a stronger calling to more of the YA listeners and readers.

While I adore the cover that was on the copy I listened too; it was interesting to see the others covers on-line.. each engaging in their own way:

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5 hours and 49 minutes

Publisher: Square Fish (April 22, 2014)

 

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Hey there!  Welcome to It’s Monday, What Are You Reading!

I love being a part of this and I hope you do too!  As part of this weekly meme I love to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. Fair warning… this meme tends to add to your reading list!

It is just me or did that Monday come around fast?

I had a great week here finishing up the audio month posts and then a good quick trip the cabin that turned out to be a great time to do some serious reading!  Here is what I posted this past week:

The Narrator Life by Patrick Lawlor

Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Watts

The Art Of Secrets by James Klise

The Best Part Of Narrating by Narrator Ellen Archer

Get In SYNC!  Two free audiobook downloads a week!

That’s Narrating!  By Narrator Khristine Hvam

Audio Book Month Wrap Up Post w/ Giveaway

And thanks to this weekend, I have about 5 reviews to write.  Yippy!  I love good reading weeks 🙂 .

 

So this week here is what I am reading:

 

For My Ears:

 

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Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. Devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice, her days are full of familiar things: She lives in the very New York apartment in which she was raised, and sends Henry to the school she herself once attended. Dismayed by the ways in which women delude themselves, Grace is also the author of a book You Should Have Known, in which she cautions women to really hear what men are trying to tell them.

But weeks before the book is published a chasm opens in her own life: A violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only an ongoing chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.

 

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The Third Plate is chef Dan Barber’s extraordinary vision for a new future of American eating. After more than a decade spent investigating farming communities around the world in pursuit of singular flavor, Barber finally concluded that – for the sake of our food, our health, and the future of the land – America¿s cuisine required a radical transformation.

The revelations Barber shares in The Third Plate took root in his restaurant¿s kitchen. But his process of discovery took him far afield – to alternative systems of food production and cooking that maximize sustainability, nutrition, and flavor. Barber explores the traditional farming practices of the Spanish dehesa, a uniquely vibrant landscape that has been fine-tuned to produce the famed jamón ibérico. Along the Atlantic coast, he investigates the future of seafood through a revolutionary aquaculture operation and an ancient tuna fishing tradition. In upstate New York, Barber learns from a flourishing mixed-crop farm whose innovative organic practices have revived the land and resurrected an industry. And in Washington State he works with cutting-edge seedsmen developing new varieties of grain in collaboration with local bakers, millers, and malters. Drawing on the wisdom and experience of chefs and farmers from around the world, Barber proposes a new definition for ethical and delicious eating destined to refashion Americans¿ deepest beliefs about food.

Traditionally, Americans have dined on the “first plate”, a classic meal centered on meat with few vegetables. Thanks to the burgeoning farm-to-table movement, many people have begun eating from the “second plate”, the new ideal of organic, grass-fed meats and local vegetables. But neither model, Barber shows, supports the long-term productivity of the land. Instead, he calls for a “third plate”, a new pattern of eating rooted in cooking with and celebrating the whole farm – an integrated system of vegetable, grain, …

 

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Say you want to start going to the gym or practicing a musical instrument. How long should it take before you stop having to force it and start doing it automatically?

The surprising answers are found in Making Habits, Breaking Habits, a psychologist’s popular examination of one of the most powerful and under-appreciated processes in the mind. Although people like to think that they are in control, much of human behavior occurs without any decision-making or conscious thought.

Drawing on hundreds of fascinating studies, psychologist Jeremy Dean busts the myths to finally explain why seemingly easy habits, like eating an apple a day, can be surprisingly difficult to form, and how to take charge of your brain’s natural “autopilot” to make any change stick.

 

For My Eyes:

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The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie’s best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community.

As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town’s fragile idea of security.

 

 

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When fourteen-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he’s plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare.

The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him. Now all that remains between them and the boy are Ethan and Allison Serbin, who run the wilderness survival program; Hannah Faber, who occupies a lonely fire lookout tower; and endless miles of desolate Montana mountains.

The clock is ticking, the mountains are burning, and those who wish Jace Wilson dead are no longer far behind.

 

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Audio Book Month – The Wrap Up and YOUR Thoughts w/ Giveaway!

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Is it  wrong that now that we are at the end of June and audio month sadly draws to a close that I want to take this above picture and cross out the word June and put July?  *sigh*  All good things must come to an end.

It seems like audio book month went so fast!  I had a blast being such an active part of it this year and I hope that you enjoyed the posts here from audio book discussions, audio book reviews, and the amazing narrators who chimed in with their thoughts and experiences with audio.  Special thanks to our narrators who hung out here:

Johnny Heller

Therese Plummer

Allyson Johnson

Tavia Gilbert

Xe Sands

Karen White

Patrick Lawlor

Ellen Archer

Khristine Hvam

Good times people… good times. 🙂

And now as I wrap this up I would love to hear some feedback from you on these posts. This posts comments also go into the giveaway that has been running all month for commenting on Audio Book related posts..

Here is what I would love to know:

1.  Did any of the posts from this month encourage you to try an audiobook?  (New or a long time listen of audio, which audio, and which post?

1a.  If you did try an audiobook how was it?

2.  Was there a particular post that you enjoyed out of all the audio posts.  If so, which one?  Why that one?

3.  Did you learn anything from the posts by the Narrators?

4.  What would you like to know more of about audio books?

 

 

As a refresher – here are the posts once again for the last time:

Intro to Audiobook Month

The Acting Of Narration with Johnny Heller

Delicious by Ruth Reichl

A Day In The Life Of Narrating by Narrator Therese Plummer

The Beginning of Narration by Narrator Allyson Johnson

The BEST audiobooks according to the listeners

If I Can’t Have You by Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris

Top 5 audiobooks according to narrator Tavia Gilbert

Look Ma!  NO hands!  Audiobooks MY Way!

Things To Look For When Picking Your Next Audio by Narrator Xe Sands

Then and Always by Dani Atkins

Beyond Books by Narrator Karen White

The Other Story by Tatiana De Rosnay

The Narrating Life by Narrator Patrick Lawlor

Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Woods

The Art Of Secrets by James Klise

The Best Part Of Narrating By Narrator Ellen Archer

That’s Narrating!  By Narrator Khristine Hvam

 

Please watch this site for June audio book related posts like this one.  For every post you comment on in June that has this audio book symbol:

Audio month, Book Journey, Sheila DeChantalI will put you into a drawing for a $25 book certificate for each comment (Barnes and Noble or Amazon – your choice).  Winner will be drawn in July.

Morning Meanderings… My Equivelent To A Candy Store… New Books!

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Happy Sunday!  Sky is looking cloud free here today and the sun is shining!  YAY!!!

For the past two days I have been on the North Shore checking on our cabin, chatting with the neighbors… and reading … GLORIOUS READING.  It is amazing how much time I can make for reading when I drive out of cell phone and internet range.  I finally finished The Three and read two more books – Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf, and The Young World by Chris Weitz.    I finished Essentialism by Greg McKeown and have two hours left on my audible audio on my phone, The Weight Of Silence also by Heather Gudenkauf.  (That’s what 8 hours in the car will get me 🙂 )

 

Here is what came into my home this week:

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Uncaged by John Sanford and Michele Cook  (Random House audio)

And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard (Random House audio)

January Thaw by Jess Lourey (I purchased this one at the Brown Bag Author event last week)

Sweet Water by Christina Baker Kline ( William Morrow – Harper Collins)

Help For The Haunted by John Searles (William Morrow – Harper Collins)

Benjamin Franklin’s Bastard by Sally Cabot (William Morrow – Harper Collins)

Getting Life by Michael Morton (Simon and Schuster)

The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand (Little Brown – Hachette Book Group)

 

It is crazy to believe that we are at the end of June already and thus, at the end of audio book month!  As tomorrow is Monday and is usually dominated by It’s Monday What Are You Reading, I will more than likely put up a wrap up post tonight.  All comments from the audio book posts in June will go into a drawling for a $25 gift card.  I will be drawing that winner in the next few days as we start to roll out July and I have a whole other theme for that…. 😉

If you have missed any of the audio book related posts – it is not too late to put in your two cents:

 

 

Please watch this site for June audio book related posts.  For every post you comment on in June that has this audio book symbol:

Audio month, Book Journey, Sheila DeChantalI will put you into a drawing for a $25 book certificate for each comment (Barnes and Noble or Amazon – your choice).  Winner will be drawn in July.

 

 

Intro to Audiobook Month

The Acting Of Narration with Johnny Heller

Delicious by Ruth Reichl

A Day In The Life Of Narrating by Narrator Therese Plummer

The Beginning of Narration by Narrator Allyson Johnson

The BEST audiobooks according to the listeners

If I Can’t Have You by Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris

Top 5 audiobooks according to narrator Tavia Gilbert

Look Ma!  NO hands!  Audiobooks MY Way!

Things To Look For When Picking Your Next Audio by Narrator Xe Sands

Then and Always by Dani Atkins

Beyond Books by Narrator Karen White

The Other Story by Tatiana De Rosnay

The Narrating Life by Narrator Patrick Lawlor

Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Woods

The Art Of Secrets by James Klise

The Best Part Of Narrating By Narrator Ellen Archer

That’s Narrating!  By Narrator Khristine Hvam

That’s Narrating! By Narrator Khristine Hvam

Audio month

Welcome again to another fun chat with a Narrator.  Today I would love to introduce the talented Khristine Hvam!

 

Khristine

 

Well hello! I’m Khristine Hvam. Audibook narrator and voice over actress. I started narrating audiobooks in 2008.  To name a few of the books I have narrated:

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue,
Astray by Emma Donoghue
The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series by Laini Taylor
The Jane Yellowrock Series by Faith Hunter
The Pure trilogy by Julianna Baggot
The Graveyard Queen series by Amanda Stevens
The Cast in Shadow series by Michelle Sagara
The Iron Daughter series by Julie Kagawa

 

How did you begin narrating?

I always say, I sort of tripped and fell and landed (perfectly) in narration. I started as a voice over actor. I was working on some dubbing work and the director thought I would be a good fit for audiobook narration. He set up an audition for me with Audible and the rest is history.

Narration and other voice over work are my full time job. However, being mommy to an eleven month old is my latest full time job. Both are dreams come true.

 

That first narration….

My first book was a steamy sexy romance novel. WOW was that awkward! Not only had I never recorded a book before (the recording of a book takes place over several hours a day for several days) but the name of the steamy sexy male character was the same name as the engineer recording for me. That was kind of humiliating. “Oh Rick, OH RICK!!” … I was several shades of red. “Rick” of course, wasn’t bothered at all.

In the few years I’ve been doing this amazing work things have changed a bit within the inner workings and politics of the business. More and more home studio recording requests come my way and I’m fortunate that I have a home studio and can accommodate. However, it’s challenging to record at home alone and it can be isolating at times. I have to play the role of narrator, engineer, and director, and I think that can sometimes have a negative effect on the narration. I miss the comradery of working with a producer/director and engineer. But the work is still the same. My approach to the work hasn’t changed. I still go into every new project excited and ready for the adventure.

More and more home studio recording requests come my way and I’m fortunate that I have a home studio and can accommodate. However, it’s challenging to record at home alone and it can be isolating at times.

I’ve grown up quite a bit in these last six years. I have more confidence in my choices as a narrator now. I think that translates into being able to branch out into new genres of work. And I’m really looking forward to that!

Favorite Narrations…..

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I think all narrators have a favorite and I have several. My latest is “Frog Music” by Emma Donoghue because it kicked my butt. It was the HARDEST book I’ve ever worked on. And because of how much it pushed me to grow as a narrator IT is one of my favorites. The “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” series by Laini Taylor was just a blast to record. Its filled with incredible characters, it’s written well, and it gave me an opportunity to explore new “voices”… I basically showed up and played all day while recording it. And that’s why I got into this biz in the first place!

 

Please watch this site for June audio book related posts like this one.  For every post you comment on in June that has this audio book symbol:

Audio month, Book Journey, Sheila DeChantalI will put you into a drawing for a $25 book certificate for each comment (Barnes and Noble or Amazon – your choice).  Winner will be drawn in July.

 

Morning Meanderings… Get In Sync! Two Free Audiobooks a Week! Don’t Miss Out!

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Mmmmmm Morning.  Mmmmmmm COFFEE.

I can not believe it is almost the end of June.  I just took my bike in yesterday for it’s spring tune up.  What the….  I feel…. behind.

June is audio book month.  Did you know?  If you have been around here, you knew.

SHOCK

Anyhoo…

I actually feel bad that I did not mention something earlier this month… I just found out myself a couple weeks ago… but still I should have share….

 

Sheila!  Get on with it already!

 

Right.  Have you heard of Sync Audio?  They are giving away two free YA audiobook downloads a week from May 15th – August 13th.  I know… I know… we both have missed out on a lot – HOWEVER it is SUPER EASY to do because I did it.  And they worked beautifully!

First…

I downloaded OverDrive® Media Console™ (available for every major desktop and mobile platform) on to my Kindle Fire.  (As you see here you can also download it on your phone, your laptop…)  Then from my Kindle Fire I popped over to the Sync website, logged in and downloaded the two audio books they were offering this week.

Super EASY!

Super COOL!

The audiobooks are only available for one week, but once downloaded onto your device they are yours to keep.  This week I downloaded:

 

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Give them a try – they are free and it is a great way to either try audio books or grab a few great titles for us audiobook lovers.

 

I am on my way to the cabin this morning.  Meeting some people to look at our roof.  It is a long drive – 3 1/2 hours but I am excited for a few audio book choices I will be taking with me.  I shall be back late tomorrow afternoon.

In the meantime, be sure and check out the audio book posts from this month – commenters are going into a drawing for a $25 gift card:

 

Please watch this site for June audio book related posts like this one.  For every post you comment on in June that has this audio book symbol:

Audio month, Book Journey, Sheila DeChantalI will put you into a drawing for a $25 book certificate for each comment (Barnes and Noble or Amazon – your choice).  Winner will be drawn in July.

 

Intro to Audiobook Month

The Acting Of Narration with Johnny Heller

Delicious by Ruth Reichl

A Day In The Life Of Narrating by Narrator Therese Plummer

The Beginning of Narration by Narrator Allyson Johnson

The BEST audiobooks according to the listeners

If I Can’t Have You by Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris

Top 5 audiobooks according to narrator Tavia Gilbert

Look Ma!  NO hands!  Audiobooks MY Way!

Things To Look For When Picking Your Next Audio by Narrator Xe Sands

Then and Always by Dani Atkins

Beyond Books by Narrator Karen White

The Other Story by Tatiana De Rosnay

The Narrating Life by Narrator Patrick Lawlor

Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Woods

The Art Of Secrets by James Klise

The Best Part Of Narrating By Narrator Ellen Archer

 

 

 

The BEST Part Of Narrating, by Narrator Ellen Archer

Audio month

Ellen Archer was also at the luncheon we had in New York In May.  Audio book listeners may know here from her work on audiobooks such as ROOM by Emma Donoghue, Sunday’s At Tiffany’s by James Patterson, The Penny by Joyce Meyers, and more.  Please welcome Ellen to Book Journey.

 

Ellen Archer, Book Journey

My name is Ellen Archer.  I am a New York City based actor and voice – over artist.  I’ve been narrating books for over 12 years and have recorded somewhere around 175 titles.  I say “somewhere” because I used an alias for some of my earlier raunchy titles and I’ve “forgotten” what the alias is.  Now I’m on the straight and narrow and use my own name.  I recently finished MIRROR SIGHT, the latest book in the GREEN RIDER series by Kristen Britain. These fantasy books are seriously good.  She’s a wonderful writer.  ROOM by Emma Donoghue and WHEN WILL THERE BE GOOD NEWS by Kate Atkinson are also great books, and I loved recording them.

 

How are the books chosen? 

About half the time, my agent sends me auditions for specific titles that I have requested to audition for by the publisher or the producer.  These days, more often than not, the author chooses the narrator from the auditions submitted to him or her. Other times, publishers call my agent and offer me a book or series without my having to audition.  I think I’ve only turned down 3 books in 12 years.  That either reeks of desperation or is a testament to how well publishers and producers know me.  

These days, more often than not, the author chooses the narrator from the auditions submitted to him or her.

 

When I am given a copy of a book, usually it is in a downloadable PDF so I can save a tree and work off my iPad.  It took me a while to get the hang of not having the actual hard copy in my hands, as I like to write little notes in my horrible handwriting, replete with scribbles and arrows and different colored highlighting. I also like to write “to do” lists and funny things my kids says.  I’ve found that the iAnnotate app, is not the enemy – now I can actually read the notes I make. Bonus!
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This pic is just a silly one of the various drinks, lip balm and candies I have in the booth with me

 
I always read the book before recording.  I try to read it as I would a book for pleasure. I don’t stop to make a slew of notes in a separate notebook or stop to look stuff up – I just read.  I’ll underline passages that I think are important, put a question mark next to something for which I need clarification, make a quick note about a character to jog my memory later (maybe underline a particular line they speak). After I finish the book, I’ll go back through and look over all the pages on which I made notes and (try to) decipher what I meant.  I’ll make a list of the characters and something to describe them/their accent or voice/their story. If they remind me of someone I know, or a celebrity or even another character I’ve done, I’ll make a note of that.  Then, for that gem of a book for which I get a director, I make a list of questions for him or her (usually pronunciations for character names, but sometimes for regular every day words that big time smarty pants use, and I don’t know how to say).  The director calls the author to get pronunciations on character names or places they’ve made up and then looks up the rest of the stuff.   When I don’t have a director, (which is more than half the time) I do all that stuff myself.  The more complicated the book is, the longer the process.  Non fiction is way easier to prep, while a 27 hour-long fantasy book with 73 characters takes a bit more work.  I also do a fair number of books that have long passages in other languages.  Fortunately, the fine folks at the Boston Conservatory of Music required I take French, Italian and German to complete my degree in Opera and Vocal performance.  I’ve been tempted to write the alumni committee a check more than once.  They must know that somehow, because they send me a donation envelope every year.
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What I enjoy most about narrating a book is getting lost in it. It is such a great feeling.  I love the excitement of finding a character’s voice and it feeling completely right.   I know I’ve gotten it right when I’m sad to read the last few lines and it’s over.  I remember reading an amazing and deeply personal memoir called THE ORCHARD by Theresa Weir.  It was beautifully written in first person.  The director, Suzanne Torn, the editor, Tommy Harron and I called the author to ask her a few questions before we got started.   It was a lovely two-minute conversation.  When we finished the book four days later, I had the strongest urge to call Theresa and talk about what happened to “us”  — ask how everyone was doing, how she was doing.  I nearly picked up the phone before I realized that I actually don’t know Theresa. At all.  I knew it would be completely inappropriate to ask her such intimate questions…but after reading her story for four days, it felt like we were friends.  I was that invested.  I did “like” her page on Facebook so, I guess we’re kinda friends now, right?
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While recording my very first audiobook, I kept stumbling over a word. This was a very easy and unfunny word that I couldn’t say – something like “donut.”   I’d get as far as “Let’s go grab a coffee and”  (wait for it….) “BWHAHAHAH.”   Then the engineer, Kay Ells, started laughing.  It was that same feeling you get when you start to laugh in church and it just gets worse and worse. I simply could not get through the sentence without hysterical laughter.  This went on for several minutes, as I, red-faced and gasping for air, tried to explain to the director why “donut” is so damn funny. She was unmoved.  In the end, I had to read the line with my eyes closed so I couldn’t see Katy’s shoulder’s shaking.  And, hey,  they hired me back! 
You can check out more about Ellen Archer at her website:  ellenarcher.com

Please watch this site for June audio book related posts like this one.  For every post you comment on in June that has this audio book symbol:

Audio month, Book Journey, Sheila DeChantalI will put you into a drawing for a $25 book certificate for each comment (Barnes and Noble or Amazon – your choice).  Winner will be drawn in July.

Morning Meanderings Reading Reading Reading… NOT

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Good morning!  Poo weather here the last couple of days which makes me a little disgruntled.  Not like I have had a lot of extra time this week with a Wine and Words meeting, a City Board meeting, and Monday’s second dose of The Fault In Our Stars (glutton for punishment I am….) but… I want to mow the lawn before I leave for the cabin probably early in the am now because I will not be ready to go tonight unless I stress myself out – and I am going to try to not stress myself out.

About the reading…

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Right?  I am sad to admit that I am reading the SAME BOOK that I was reading on the plane on my way back from New York a month ago.

shocked-smiley-emoticonIt’s true.  It is that time of year of gardening, lawn care, house cleaning, being outside, walking, running, biking, cabin, projects, grilling…

However – this weekend with a couple days at the cabin that is about to change 🙂  I will of course be finishing up on The Three by Sarah Lotz (yes yes yes I have been reading a book about three plane crashes while I myself was on a plane).  It is good, the formatting is interesting….  and hopefully next week I will be telling you more about it 🙂

Then… I will be looking at Little Mercies by Heather Gunderkauf (LOVE her books!) and The Young World by Chris Weitz.  Yes – BOOKS.  Glorious BOOKS.

 

The Three, Little Mercies, The Young World, Heather Gunderkauf, Sarah Lotz, Chris Weitz, Sheila DeChantal, Book Journey

Of course, as you know, its not that I have not been talking books.  I have been doing a LOT of audio, a lot of REALLY GOOD audio.  We still have a few days of audio month left….

Have you tried audio yet?  If so what are you listening to?

If not, Why not read some of the audio posts here suggesting books and give one a try? 

 

 

Please watch this site for June audio book related posts.  For every post you comment on in June that has this audio book symbol:

Audio month, Book Journey, Sheila DeChantalI will put you into a drawing for a $25 book certificate for each comment (Barnes and Noble or Amazon – your choice).  Winner will be drawn in July.

 

To help you out – here are the posts that qualify for this Audio Month Giveaway:

 

Intro to Audiobook Month

The Acting Of Narration with Johnny Heller

Delicious by Ruth Reichl

A Day In The Life Of Narrating by Narrator Therese Plummer

The Beginning of Narration by Narrator Allyson Johnson

The BEST audiobooks according to the listeners

If I Can’t Have You by Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris

Top 5 audiobooks according to narrator Tavia Gilbert

Look Ma!  NO hands!  Audiobooks MY Way!

Things To Look For When Picking Your Next Audio by Narrator Xe Sands

Then and Always by Dani Atkins

Beyond Books by Narrator Karen White

The Other Story by Tatiana De Rosnay

The Narrating Life by Narrator Patrick Lawlor

Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Woods

The Art Of Secrets by James Klise

 

 

The Art Of Secrets by James Klise

The art of secrets, James Klise, Sheila DeChantal, Book Journey

 

When the Khan’s family home burns to the ground, Saba Khan’s high school teachers and classmates come to the rescue by planning a fund-raiser to help the family get back on their feet from this devastating loss.  When a piece of art is found abandoned in an alley way and donated to the fund-raiser, later to be found out to be rare and worth thousands, battles begin…

who should receive the money raised from the art piece?

The finders of the piece?

The school?

Or does it go to the Khan’s?

 

When the art turns up missing from the gym where it was being stored, fingers are pointed and tongues accuse.

 

 

 

Written at a middle grade perspective, Saba Khan, our main protagonist goes through all emotions while in the midst of the fire crisis including hurt and including love when a popular boy turns his attention to her.

With the story being told from different perspectives including the Principal of the school, Saba’s boyfriend, and classmates this book in audio format is a delight to the ears.

I didn’t love this story, but I did enjoy it.

 

 

 

Please watch this site for June audio book related posts like this one.  For every post you comment on in June that has this audio book symbol:

Audio month, Book Journey, Sheila DeChantalI will put you into a drawing for a $25 book certificate for each comment (Barnes and Noble or Amazon – your choice).  Winner will be drawn in July.

Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Woods

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It is Paris in the summer in 1926.  Ernest Hemmingway along with wife Hadley are enjoying time in the villa in southern France.  They laugh and flirt and receive admiring glances from strangers, yet they are not alone.  Fife, the woman who caught Ernest’s eye at a party awhile back is there as well.  As much as Hadley wishes she could hate her, she finds Fife’s laid back easy-going ways to be appealing.  It is easy to see what draws Ernest too her,and Hadley herself has come to know Fife as one of her dearest friends even thought she occasionally gives Ernest an ultimatum – end it now.

Eventually, Ernest does end it.  But not with Fife.  He ends his marriage to Hadley and marries Fife who is overjoyed as she has won the man of her dreams, even at the cost of Hadley.  Together, Fife feels, they were go into their golden years hand in hand.

As years go by, Fife starts to see Ernest giving an appreciate eye to a younger, perkier woman named Martha.  Fife suddenly know what it feels what it must have been like for Hadley as she watches, helpless as her husband finds ways to go away with Martha.   Heart sick, Fife watches her marriage crumble before her.

But – if Martha thinks that she is the last of the Hemingway wives; she had better think again….

 

 

 

Woo this was good!  I listened to this on audio and Kate Reading did a wonderful job narrating the voices of Ernest’s four wives as well as Ernest and an assortment of friends along the way.  (Kate Reading’s rendition of Fife was exactly as I would have pictured her sounding, a distinctive smooth self-assured voice.

This was one of those audio books you hate to turn off.  I love historical fiction!  This audio was filled with real letters and telegrams of conversations that just added to the intrigue of Ernest Hemingway.  I had no idea about Ernest’s life or loves, or even his untimely surprising death.

The book is told in alternating chapters by each of the four wives (talk about hearing “her side” of the story!), this fictional story unfolds as though you were right there.  It has left me wanting to know more.  I have never read Hemingway, but I plan to give him a try after feeling that I now… kind of know the man, and am now curious between all that time of having an unsettled heart… what did he write about?

Super fab people…. SUPER FAB.

 

  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins 
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (May 27, 2014)
  • Format: Unabridged

 

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