I have a confession to make: I’m REALLY bad at reviewing most audiobooks. It isn’t that I don’t enjoy them, or that I don’t have opinions on them, or even that I don’t think as deeply about them. I love them, and lately I’ve been listening to a lot of them since my commute includes a minimum of 45ish minutes walking every day (20-25 each way from the train to the office).
But reviewing them is so hard! I can’t flag quotes that I like. I have no reference on how to spell most characters’ names or foreign words or fantastical components of the world. It’s hard to go back and double-check details I want to clarify before I write a full review.
What’s a girl to do??
I have a possible solution: a blitz of mini-reviews. Minimal details required, but still conveying my opinions on important points. Will it work? Let’s find out with a test run. Here are a few of my recent audiobooks:
Shadow of the Fox
Author: Julie Kagawa
Genre: YA fantasy
My rating: 4/5 stars
Plot (in 10 words or fewer): Japanese monsters, ancient curse, tentative alliances, budding romance, innocence, angst.
Narrators: two, both good, but the one for Tatsumi does an annoying falsetto for most female voices.
– Okame’s humor
– Tatsumi’s internal turmoil (love a tragic backstory)
– So many cool pieces of Japanese folklore (yay #OwnVoices!)
– Flying weasels with sickles for feet??
– Slow beginning
– Meandering quest plot with few twists until the end
Will I read the sequel? Yes, for sure.
Author: Paul Coehlo
Genre: classic philosophy/motivational/sort-of-religious/parable
My rating: 3/5 stars
Narrator: Decent, but I found it weird to have a narrator with a British accent for a book about a boy from Spain traveling in Africa.
Plot (in 10 words or fewer): Boy on quest. “Personal legend.” See the pyramids. Profit?
– Nice meditative tone
– Lots of pithy truths/quotes
– It’s a classic I guess?
– The boy is smart, pretty cool I guess
– Kind of preachy
– The ending was dumb
– The alchemist himself was kind of a dick
– This book is so hyped, I felt let down
Will I read the sequel? Thank god there isn’t one.
Author: Jay Kristoff
Genre: New Adult fantasy (NOT YA)
My rating: 5/5 stars
Narrator: Perfectly captured everything with the tone of the book
Note: this was a reread preparing for Darkdawn
Plot (in 10 words or fewer): Assassin school. Blood. Love. Betrayal. Death. Twists. Magic. More death.
– Stellar worldbuilding (haha pun because it has three suns, so stars)
– Killer female protagonist (figuratively and literally)
– Snarky narrator (with sarcastic footnotes)
– Mr. Kindly, the talking shadow cat
– Plot. Twists. Everywhere.
– Character development is on point
– Literally none
– This is one of my favorite books
Will I read the sequel? Hell yeah.
I’m planning to do a three-in-one review for all the Caraval books once I get a chance to listen to Finale. And I may go back to do a review for I Wish You All the Best, but I think it deserves a full review of praise, not just a short one like this.
What do you guys think? Is this a format you like? Should I do more of these? And how did you feel about these books?