Dearest readers, lately I have been listening to more audio books on my commute to work. Some I love, some I quit pretty early on, but all of them stuck in my memory. Because it’s so hard to capture quotes or take notes while listening to a story and driving, I’ve decided to create mini reviews of some of the works I’ve listened to lately. The links take you to Goodreads.
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson (fiction)
Thoughts: DNF. When the audio book narrator, Katie Schorr, introduced the title and author with perfect elocution and then started the novel in the most corn-bred hillbilly accent I’ve ever heard, I nearly peed. Checking the physical copy, I see it’s NOT written in dialect, so what was Shorr thinking?? I was also dismayed that first-person narrator, Cussy, could see into wood stoves and cooking pots with her bionic eyes. Not recommended (at least as an audiobook). My sweet ma, Biscuit, is listening to the book and will tell me if it’s worth getting the paperback version. *fingers crossed*
The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish (nonfiction)
I would only recommend you listen to this book, as it is read by Haddish, who gives the words life. I can see how the sentences may appear poorly written on page. While I listened to the entire book, I didn’t review it because there are issues I had that are out of my lane, such as how Haddish describes a physically and mentally disabled man who was the best lover she ever had, and some hyper-aggressive moments that sounded stereotypical. Overall, it’s incredibly funny. Recommended with some caution.
Tiny, Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed (nonfiction)
People write in to the anonymous “Dear Sugar” column (we now know it was Strayed) asking for advice. Strayed writes back with compassion, empathy, a firm hand, and gives the kind of answers I’m not sure I would have dreamed. A woman who has experienced all sorts of physical and emotional hardships, Strayed’s ability to see forgiveness as an option where I might not have looked was uncanny. Highly recommended.
Treasure Island!!! by Sara Levine (fiction)
Oh, good gravy. DNF. This one felt like a wacky cousin to Convenience Store Woman, if the main character were Shiraha. The narrator was a woman in her 20s who refused to act with integrity or empathy. She describes living by the principles of the characters and themes in the children’s book Treasure Island, but has zero care for actually doing anything. An unbearable protagonist in a book that carries on with its satiric gimmick too long. A fair performance by voice narrator Emily Durante. Not recommended.