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.

Fantasy September Wildcard – Three Mean Streets by Frank Tuttle

I stumbled upon Frank Tuttle the other day on the web. Why you ask? Because I am a nerd and sometimes I like to find books and writers that doesn’t get a lot of a attention through mainstream media. So basically I just dig around and after reading I thought that my wildcard will be Markhat by Frank Tuttle.

About Markat by Frank Tuttle

Welcome to Rannit, an ancient city awash in magic and mayhem. Wracked by war, but embracing the dubious wonders of steam and iron, Rannit is on the path to renewal – but old magics and older shadows won’t go easily into the light.

Markhat earns his living as a finder. On behalf of his clients, Markhat will find anyone, or anything, for a fee. In Three Mean Streets, his clients include a dead man’s ghost, a mighty Troll warrior seeking his cousin’s mounted head, and the true identity of the corpse allegedly stalking the grounds of a rich widow’s mansion.

Markhat doesn’t believe in ghosts and walking corpses, but for twenty crowns a day, plus expenses, he’ll wade in swinging. With the aid of soothsayer and card-reader Mama Hog, Markhat sets out on three perilous cases, and they share only one thing in common – nothing in Rannit is quite what it seems, and sometimes good and dead isn’t good enough.

Fantasy is not what I read most of nowadays it but this one looks promising just from the synopsis and Frank’s blog and and there’s a bit of steampunk in there which can’t be a bad thing for me. And also, reading fantasy always reminds me of my childhood. It’s worth a go and for a fantasy pick why not pick Three Mean Streets by Frank Tuttle and do visit his blog where he goes over zombies, dragons and writes about his projects, dog and altered 60’s fantasy magazines.

Available on kindle and  audiobook 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.

 

 

Brand new release Ponti by Sharlene Teo should be on your reading list

I always keep a look out for new books and Ponti by Sharlene Teo has just been added to my reading list. Why? I always try and read something different and preferably something I dont know so much about. In this case life in Singapore.

About the book:

Friendless and fatherless, Szu lives in the shadow of her mother Amisa, once a beautiful actress—who gained fame for her portrayal of a ghost—and now a hack medium performing séances with her sister in a rusty house. When Szu meets the privileged, acid-tongued Circe, an unlikely encounter develops into a fraught friendship that will haunt them both for decades to come.

If you like Elena Ferrante (that includes me!) you will probably like Sharlene Tzu as well. I will update this post when im done with the book to give you my verdict!

Audiobook tip for September #1

I always have a reading list ready of books I haven’t gotten around to listen to yet. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan is one of the audiobooks sitting top of my pile heading into September and maybe it should be on your reading list too!

Many books about about slavery in America has been put out lately and many of them have been amazing reads. It’s important to understand the history that has shaped American to what is today and we know Esi Edugyan has a strong pen from her best seller Half-Blood Blues. Already long-listed for the Man Booker price 2018.  This year could be a big year for the writer.

Washington Black is about a boy who rises from the ashes of slavery to become a free man of the world.  “Wash”, the 11-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is terrified to be chosen by his master’s brother as his manservant. To his surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. But of course it doesn’t end just there.

Narrated by Dion Graham (Known from his stellar performance in The Wire (HBO) and also in The Force by Don Winslow, Private Paris by James Patterson etc)

Now available on Audiobook here.

 

Deep Shadow by Nick Sullivan

Every now and then I try to look beyond the bestseller lists and the pulitzer prices. It’s almost like a hobby for me to go research what I might have overlooked. This week I I stumbled upon Deep Shadow by Nick Sullivan who might be more known for his narrating than as an Author. Nick Sullivan comes from a background in acting in New York and has spent a decade narrating books until he decided to write his own. That obviously sparked my interest. It’s so often that one talent is put on hold while making a living performing another.

Nick Sullivan first effort as a writer became a success. “Zombie Bigfoot” hit 1# in Amazons Horror Comedy genre. Deep Shadow is also narrated by Nick Sullivan who as usual does a great job.

I tend to favour “big historical fiction” but you know I really do value all fiction genres (sorry I am fiction addict)  and Deep Shadow is a great action packed thriller that would make all Clancy fans happy with their headphones on.

Deep Shadow takes us to the Caribbean where a diver instructor Boone Fischer see’s something during a dive he wasn’t supposed to see. His life as a easy going divers instructor comes to a halt and the action begins.

It’s a highly entertaining plot and the book is well researched Nick Sullivan being a diver himself. I recommend this audiobook for anyone looking for 8 hours of suspense and action. Of course, all scuba divers has to get this audiobook downloaded to their phone. I can’t imagine a better audiobook to listen to on the plane going on a scuba diving holiday.

Deep Shadow is available on Amazon now both on Kindle and audiobook!