Morning Meanderings… A Silence So Deep You Could Hear A Jockstrap Drop

It is true…by the time I am writing this, it is not exactly morning anymore…. but wanted to do it any way… my site.. I can pick if it is day or night.  ;P


It is Audio Book Month and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this event and promoting audio, however June is sooooo full of big stuff…it seems I can never give it the full hurrah that it deserves…

I am a big audio advocate… like tie me to a fence post with a picket sign promoting audio… like disturbing the peace in front of the city council and getting locked up for the night promoter of audio….


That is how much I love it.

Earlier today I was driving home from a breakfast with an author friend (more on that later…) and listening to Fredrick Backman’s latest book on audio – Beartown.  While driving this line caused me to admire Fredrick sooo much.

A silence so deep that you could hear a jockstrap drop.

Ahhhh come on, it is like poetic beauty….  and so different from Backman’s other books that I am falling in love fast and quick on this one…


Continuing with that theme, today I wanted to touch on one of the Audio Books I brought home from the expo.  James Patterson may catch a lot of slack on the mass production of books, short short chapters, and well..whatever we want to pick on him for… but there is a soft spot in my heart for him.  Patterson can be contributed to my love at audio.  When I first started reviewing audio, his were some of the first I was sent for review.  I loved the narration, even the sound effects that in some audio can come off as feeling odd… his seem spot on.

James (yes I call him James) was one of the speakers this year at the Book Expo Audio Tea…and this is one of the books I brought home…


Black Book…

Billy Harney was born to be a cop. The son of Chicago’s chief of detectives, whose twin sister is also on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Alongside Detective Kate Fenton, Billy’s tempestuous, adrenaline-junkie partner, there’s nothing he wouldn’t sacrifice for his job. Enter Amy Lentini, a hard-charging assistant state’s attorney hell-bent on making a name for herself – who suspects Billy isn’t the cop he claims to be. They’re about to be linked by more than their careers.

One missing black book.

A horrifying murder leads investigators to an unexpected address – an exclusive brothel that caters to Chicago’s most powerful citizens. There’s plenty of incriminating evidence on the scene – but what matters most is what’s missing: the madam’s black book. Now shock waves are rippling through the city’s elite, and everyone’s desperate to find it.

Chicago has never been more dangerous.

As everyone who’s anyone in Chicago scrambles to get their hands on the elusive black book, no one’s motives can be trusted.


Hmmmmm? Yeah I thought so.


11 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings… A Silence So Deep You Could Hear A Jockstrap Drop

  1. Actually, I kind of like his short chapters…LOL. But yes, he does tend to turn out books like hot cakes.

    And…sorry, Sheila, still not an audio book fan! But who knows what might happen if I take a long road trip again, like I did last summer. Back then I wouldn’t have been able to listen, as my granddaughter tagged along.

    Enjoy the new books…and I like the sound of Beartown.

  2. Sheila, your passion for audio books is palpable! I really enjoyed the last audio book I listened to in my car. It was a pleasure to listen to on my short commutes, which transported me to a different world. I need to listen to a new one soon. Black Book sounds very engaging.

  3. Beartown..perhaps the best ever audiobook. I turned the regular book back in to the library because the narrator is making this story more vivid than if I read it.

  4. I love audiobooks. I also liked Beartown – very different from his other novels but the same in that the characters were quirky and interesting. I wasn’t disappointed. I read an arc before the pub date so didn’t have the option to listen. His books are so good as audios.

  5. Love your title!! 😂. I listen to lots of audiobooks. Makes the day go by faster. I do enjoy them through an app better than CDS. I can speed up the pace plus the portability makes my life so much easier. Enjoy!

  6. I am a huge fan of audiobooks too! And while I may not be a huge fan of James Patterson books, I am a huge fan of him as a person. I feel like his books are hugely accessible for even the most casual of readers and he’s a big champion of reading (and it helps that he’s generous to small independent bookstores like the one I work at). 🙂

    I listen to audiobooks pretty much constantly. These days I mostly use my Libro FM app because Libro works with indies to help us sell audiobooks, but I also love being able to use Overdrive for library audiobooks. I do have a copy of Black Book in my Libro TBR, so I might give Patterson another whirl!

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