Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami is Audiobook Of The Week

Haruki Murakami’s new book Killing Commendatore is a safe bet when it comes to my pick as Audiobook Of The Week. I’ve been a long time fan ofhttps://amzn.to/2C7YAOP Haruki Murakami. This new audiobook didn’t let me down and the narration from Kirby Heyborne is really great and vivid. The audiobook is set for US release the 10th of October.

Killing Commendatore is dividing reviewers. Some are raving about it and some thinks it’s too long and the books homage to The Great Gatsby simply too much, or maybe the book is even boring or simply bad like this reviewer at British newspaper The Guardian. Well I disagree.

For me reading Murakami has always been about buying into the premise that the writer suggests. It’s not a easy premise, but I think its original and interesting. This is a book that will stir some debate among critics. I think that’s a good thing.

About Killing Commendatore

 

Ambush by James Patterson is Audiobook Of The Week

What is better than a proper detective novel for some well deserved couch relaxation as we head into Autumn? Ambush by James Patterson is book 11 in this detective. The audiobook is 6 hours long. Needless to say this is one for entertainment not spiritual enlightment.

I discovered this detective series one or two years ago and rather quickly listened to the whole series. The books are short, sweet, thrilling and entertaining. There you have it! It can’t all be Netflix can it? This one is perfect for your commute, your planetrip or yeah, for you on the couch with a warm cup of tea. The Audiobook is out October 10th so while you wait why not start at the beginning with “Step on a crack” which is the first of the 11 books. You won’t be bored if you are fan of detective novels, thats for sure.

About Ambush

Only Detective Michael Bennett stands in the way of two lethal cartels fighting for New York City’s multimillion-dollar opioid trade. And they know where Bennett, and his family, live.

An anonymous tip about a crime in Upper Manhattan proves to be a setup. An officer is taken down – and, despite the attackers’ efforts, it’s not Michael Bennett.

New York’s top cop is not the only one at risk. One of Bennett’s children sustains a mysterious injury. A series of murders follows, each with a distinct signature, alerting Bennett to the presence of a professional killer with a flair for disguise.

Bennett taps his best investigators and sources, and they fan out across the five boroughs. But the leads they’re chasing turn out to be phantoms. The assassin takes advantage of the chaos, enticing an officer into compromising Bennett, then luring another member of Bennett’s family into even graver danger.

Michael Bennett can’t tell what’s driving the assassin. But he can tell it’s personal and that it’s part of something huge. Through twist after twist, he fights to understand exactly how he fits into the killer’s plan before he becomes the ultimate victim.

Ambush is narrated by Danny Mastrogiorgio who does a great job with. You might know Danny Mastrogiorgio from Law and Order, The Last Don etc. So no complaints from me on the pick for narrator.

Ambush is available on Audiobook on Amazon.

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs is Audiobook Of The Week

It is rare that I dig into a memoir but this one was simply to0 interesting to ignore. Lisa Brennan-Jobs is the daughter of Steve Jobs, the legendary founder of Apple. Just imagine if your dad invented something that changed the world so dramatically. The memoir doesn’t dissapoint. It’s interesting, funny, sad and entertaining. I consider it a bit of a gift to get a daughters view of Steve Jobs and the reader really get to introduced to a totally different viewpoint by reading this book. A big recommendation from Audiobook of The Week.
About Small Fry

A frank, smart, and captivating memoir by the daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs

Born on a farm and named in a field by her parents – artist Chrisann Brennan and Steve Jobs – Lisa Brennan-Jobs’ childhood unfolded in a rapidly changing Silicon Valley. When she was young, Lisa’s father was a mythical figure who was rarely present in her life. As she grew older, her father took an interest in her, ushering her into a new world of mansions, vacations, and private schools. His attention was thrilling, but he could also be cold, critical, and unpredictable. When her relationship with her mother grew strained in high school, Lisa decided to move in with her father, hoping he’d become the parent she’d always wanted him to be.

Small Fry is Lisa Brennan-Jobs’ poignant story of a childhood spent between two imperfect but extraordinary homes. Scrappy, wise, and funny, young Lisa is an unforgettable guide through her parents’ fascinating and disparate worlds. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the ’70s and ’80s, Small Fry is an enthralling audiobook by an insightful new literary voice.

Small Fry is Available as Audiobook on Amazon.

Cherry by Nico Walker – Weekend tip

I read Cherry in one go when it came out in August. It’s rare that I get to actually sit down with a paperback as you might have found out I am more into the audiobook format as it allows me to go through much more books.

Cherry is a great read. A strong book by an author who isn’t scared about being tough on the characters. It will make you ache and laugh at the same time. If you are looking for a comfortable read with a cup of tea maybe Cherry A Novel isn’t for you. This book will make uncomfortable going through its main themes like  war,  heroin addiction and all the crime that goes along with those things.

And what cover! Really dig this book-cover. It’s designed by Janet Hansen. This cover isn’t the only good one just check her website!

About Cherry 

Cleveland, 2003. A young man is just a college freshman when he meets Emily. They share a passion for Edward Albee and ecstasy and fall hard and fast in love. But soon Emily has to move home to Elba, New York, and he flunks out of school and joins the Army. Desperate to keep their relationship alive, they marry before he ships out to Iraq. But as an Army medic, he is unprepared for the grisly reality that awaits him. His fellow soldiers smoke; they huff computer duster; they take painkillers; they watch porn. And many of them die. He and Emily try to make their long-distance marriage work, but when he returns from Iraq, his PTSD is profound, and the drugs on the street have changed. The opioid crisis is beginning to swallow up the Midwest. Soon he is hooked on heroin, and so is Emily. They attempt a normal life, but with their money drying up, he turns to the one thing he thinks he could be really good at – robbing banks.

Hammered out on a typewriter, Cherry marks the arrival of a raw, bleakly hilarious, and surprisingly poignant voice straight from the dark heart of America.

Narrated by the great Jeremy Bobb (also narrated maybe the best Spy bestseller this year Red Sparrow)

Available on audiobook now on Amazon.

Lies by T.M. Logan is poised to entertain this September

September! Autumn unfolds and it’s a good time to stay in with a good audiobook. T.M. Logan’s new release, a 10 hour thriller is poised to entertain on any given autumn day. Sometimes a good thriller is just a good thriller and T.M. Logan delivers just that again with “LIES”.

Six days ago, Joe Lynch was a happily married man, a devoted father, and a respected teacher living in a well-to-do London suburb. But that was before he spotted his wife’s car entering a hotel parking garage. Before he saw her in a heated argument with her best friend’s husband. Before Joe confronted the other man in an altercation where he left him for dead, bleeding and unconscious.

Now, Joe’s life is unraveling. His wife has lied to him. Her deception has put their entire family in jeopardy. The man she met at the hotel has vanished. And as the police investigate his disappearance, suspicion falls on Joe.

Unable to trust the woman he loves, Joe finds himself at the mercy of her revelations and deceits, unsure of who or what to believe. All he knows is that her actions have brought someone dangerous into their lives—someone obsessed with her and determined to tear Joe’s world apart.

About the Narrator: LIES is narrated by Leighton Pugh  who is an accomplished actor and skilled audiobook narrator. LIES is very skillfully narrated.LIES by T.M. Logan is available on audiobook here.

Future True Crime Classic? The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman

Most people think of Nabokov when they hear the word Lolita but Sarah Weinman’s brand new book The Real Lolita is a very different take on the case.

Weaving together suspenseful crime narrative, cultural and social history, and literary investigation, The Real Lolita tells Sally Horner’s full story for the very first time. Drawing upon extensive investigations, legal documents, public records, and interviews with remaining relatives, Sarah Weinman uncovers how much Nabokov knew of the Sally Horner case and the efforts he took to disguise that knowledge during the process of writing and publishing Lolita.

This book is a must read for me. First of all this is case that first and foremost shocked the world so as true crime subject it’s facinating. Adding Nabokov’s classic novel Lolita into the mix and we have a very interesting novel on our hands. I am only an hour into the book and it’s hard to put down (or hard to take your headphones off). The Real Lolita is very interesting both from a true crime and literary perspective. Sarah Weinman’s The Real Lolita is narrated by Cassandra Campbell who does a great job with it.

Now go and get it! Available on audible here.

Transcription by Katie Atkinson promises brilliant autumn entertainment

A story of espionage, betrayal, and loyalty during WWII delivered by Katie Atkinson. Whats not to like!  I really enjoyed the authors best-seller Life after Life so her new book joins the growing pile of books to read to read September.

Fennella Woolgar narrates Transcription so the author and narrator continue their collaboration from Life After Life which is good news because Fennella did a great job in Life After Life.

Transcription is available now on Amazon – go check it out here.

 

 

BARKSKINS by An Proulx

This weeks audiobook recommendation is Barkskins by An Proulx. I was a bit blown away by this big epic book. An Proulx is probably most famous for being the writer behind Brokeback Mountain and as great as that was Barkskins is a bigger and more ambitious effort by An Proulx. Barkskins as a audiobook works brilliantly and is very well narrated.

Barkskins spans over 300 years where we follow the deforestation of America all the way up to present day climate change. In Barkskins we follow two men who are contracted for work in the wilds of New France in 1693. The two men has a very different approach to life in the “New World” and their lives are constantly intertwined throughout the book as we follow their descendants into present day American life.

The best thing about Barkskins is the amazing historical accuracy which makes this book great for readers who like historical fiction. Who knew that so much drama could unfold around the lumber industry! We also learn a great deal about the role of the Native American in the lumber industry and experience America turn into what it is today loosing it’s vast forests as it transforms.

An Proulx is a remarkable writer and I can recommend all her audiobooks. It’s amazing to think that she didn’t start writing until she was 58! She won the pulitzer price in 1993. Became world famous for Brokeback Mountain in 2005 and I think Barkskins is my favourite book of hers.

Here’s Annie Proulx speech at the 2017 National Book Awards Ceremony.

 

Short facts about Barkskins

Listening time: 26 hours
Published: 2016
For Fans of: American history, history of climate change, historical fiction. Epic novels.
Available on: www.audiobooks.com

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HAM ON RYE by Charles Bukowski

This weeks audiobook recommendation is “Ham on Rye” by Charles Bukowski. If you are wondering what to listen to next, this book is an excellent choice. It’s my favourite Bukowski book of all time.

While Charles Bukowski might be most famous for his breakthrough novel “Post Office” I think Ham on Rye is just a better book. It’s a “coming of an age” novel where we follow Bukowski’s alter-ego Henry Chinaski as he grows up in Los Angeles during the Great Depression. It’s full of odd-ball romance, drunks, skipping school, abusive fathers more drinking and it’s all delivered with a great portion of humour. As we follow Henry Chinaski in Ham on Rye many questions about how Bukowski became the legend he was when he passed gets answered.

Maybe Bukowski isn’t for everyone but if you like things like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Beat Poets, Robert Crumb and stuff like that, entering the world of Bukowski seems like a great move. Bukowski’s novels are funny and easy reads.

So Bukowski was a drunk, so what. The man could write like no one else.

Short facts about Ham on Rye

Listening time: 8 hours
Published: 1982
For Fans of: Beat Poets, On the Road, Slacker culture, books about The Great Depression and Coming of Age novels like “Catcher in the Rye”
Available on: www.audiobooks.com
Some free Bukowski audiobooks are also on Spotify. There are also some free audiobooks on Youtube.

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Worth a watch!

A great book by a great writer! The Underground Railroad audiobook is a great historical insight into American history. Its well written and well narrated as well. Colson Whitehead won the Pulitzer Price for fiction in 2017. Well deserved I say.

 

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