Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Top 10+ Recommendations for Someone New to Audiobooks

If you are considering giving audiobooks a try, these are some of my all time favorite narrators and audiobooks.

Kate Mulgrew

I love Kate Mulgrew's performance in both NOS4A2 and The Fireman by Joe Hill.

Frank Muller

I give a lot of credit to Frank Muller for getting me as far into The Dark Tower as he did. Unfortunately he passed away before completing the series. That might be why I haven't finished the series either.

I have found other great audios like All Quiet on the Western Front by simply seeking out Frank Muller narrations.

Rob Inglis

I love Rob Inglis's performance in the entire The Lord of the Rings trilogy. These are audiobooks I love to revisit.

Jim Dale

My absolute favorite audios of all time are the Harry Potter audios narrated by Jim Dale. I've actually tried to listen to other Jim Dale audiobooks and my brain won't let me. No matter what he's reading, I try to place it into the wizarding world of Harry Potter. I highly, highly recommend listening to the entire Harry Potter series via Jim Dale. The audios are extraordinary.

Wil Wheaton

I've heard great things about other books narrated by Wil Wheaton, but I think the only one I've listened to is Ready Player One. I would recommend it even if the movie wasn't about to release, but there is no better time than right now.

Bonus: I just saw that the upcoming Joe Hill book (Strange Weather) will be narrated by both Kate Mulgrew and Wil Wheaton (among others)!

Michael Page

Michael Page has narrated a lot of audiobooks, and the Gentleman Bastard series is among some of my favorite audios of all time.

Tom Stechschulte

Tom Stechschulte is another prolific narrator, and I love his narration of Robert McCammon's Swan Song. Swan Song is in my top three favorite books of all time (in any format). If the size of Swan Song has ever prevented you from taking the plunge, do not be afraid to go the audio route with this one.

Tom Stechschulte also narrated Cormac McCarthy's The Road. I haven't listened to it, but bet his voice is awesome for that one, too, so I'm including it here.

If you have any favorite audiobooks or narrators, please let me know in the comments!! If you are new to audio, I hope this gives you some options to consider.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | August 13

This post is going to cover the last two weeks of reading because I've been very bad at blogging the last couple of weeks.

Posted Last Week

August 2017 New Horror Releases | Horror Spotlight

Read Last Week

Artemis by Andy Weir - I couldn't help myself. I didn't want to wait any longer.

I Travel By Night by Robert McCammon - This was a mood reread. I enjoyed it even more the second time around.

Saga, Vol. 2 (Saga #2) by Brian K. Vaughan - Yay, I didn't have to wait too long on Vol 2. Hopefully the couple of folks that are in front of me for Vol 3 will be kind and return it early.

Current Distractions

  • Orphan Black! The series finale was last night. I'm very, very thankful that they gave it a good ending. I'm so sad it's over!
  • I CAUGHT UP TO SEASON 7 OF GAME OF THRONES! I may get caught up completely by tonight if all goes well today! I'm going to have the biggest hangover after binging that many seasons of GoT!
  • My kids go back to school this week. (It's too damn early if you ask me!) All of my blogging time has been going into getting them (and the house..) ready for back to school. I'm sorry for commenting in bursts so often lately. Hopefully things will settle back into a routine soon!
So what about you? Let me know what you're reading (or watching) this week or leave me some links!

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

August 2017 New Horror Releases | Horror Spotlight

It's time to spotlight all of the horror releasing in August! There is no doubt about it - horror is on the rise again, and I could not be a happier reader.

Benjamin Percy and Ania Ahlborn have new releases this month. I'm dying to know more about Zhou HaoHui's Valley of Terror. I'm also super curious about The Grip of It. I always gravitate toward haunted house stories. Let me know if you've had a look at any of these!

I'm looking forward to reading the new Kristi DeMeester this month, as well.

Classic Campfire Stories: Forty Spooky Tales by William W Forgey
Expected publication: August 1st 2017 by Falcon Guides

Ghosts on a Plane by M.L. Bullock
Expected publication: August 1st 2017

Dark Light: Dawn by Jon Land
Expected publication: August 1st 2017 by Forge Books

The Grip of It by Jac Jemc
Expected publication: August 1st 2017 by FSG Originals

The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy
Expected publication: August 1st 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Law of Retaliation by Jon Athan
Expected publication: August 3rd 2017

The Last Victim of Jarvis Roon by James Shipway
Expected publication: August 7th 2017

Video Nasties by Duncan Ralston
Expected publication: August 7th 2017 by Shadow Work Publishing

I Call Upon Thee by by Ania Ahlborn
Expected publication: August 7th 2017 by Pocket Star

The Aberration: Torment of Tantalus by Bard Constantine
Expected publication: August 7th 2017 by BWB Pubishing

Gravel Switch (Gravel Switch Chronicles, #1) by Aleister Davidson
Expected publication: August 2017 by Black Mantis Press LLC

The Ghost Chronicles 2 by Marlo Berliner
Published July 11th 2017 by Teddy Blue Books

The Mailman by Jeremy Bates
Expected publication: August 11th 2017 by Ghillinnein Books

Mass Hysteria by Michael Patrick Hicks
Expected publication: August 15th 2017 by High Fever Books

Risen by Eric Trant
Expected publication: August 29th 2017 by WiDo Publishing

Dracula's America: Shadows of the West by Jonathan Haythornthwaite
Expected publication: August 24th 2017 by Osprey Games

Valley of Terror by Zhou HaoHui, Bonnie Huie (Translation)
Expected publication: August 29th 2017 by AmazonCrossing

A Song for Quiet (Persons Non Grata #2) by Cassandra Khaw
Expected publication: August 29th 2017 by Tor.com

Everything That's Underneath: A Collection of Weird and Horror Tales by Kristi DeMeester
Expected publication: August 29th 2017 by Apex Book Company

Fearful Fathoms: Collected Tales of Aquatic Terror (Vol. I - Seas & Oceans) edited by Mark Parker
Expected publication: August 29th 2017 by Scarlet Galleon Publications, LLC

The Last Town: A Novel of the Zombie Apocalypse by Stephen Knight
Expected publication: August 31st 2017

Cannibal Creek by Jon Athan
Expected publication: August 31st 2017

Hungry Ghosts (Hungry Ghosts #1) by Ron Ripley
Expected publication: August 31st 2017 by ScareStreet.com

Blanky by Kealan Patrick Burke
Expected publication: August 2017

As always, be sure to let me know if there are any horror books releasing in August that didn't make it onto my list! I'd love to hear which horror books you are excited about this month.

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