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Audible – Affiliate Post

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I love audiobooks. They make my life much easier when I have multiple things to do during the day. Audible is one of the main sites I use to find audiobooks I want to listen to. It has a vast selection of not only popular audiobooks but originals and podcasts.

With an Audible membership, you get one credit a month. I know, many sites will offer you one credit a month but what Audible has over the other sites is that they have a huge collection of books included in their membership as well. It is hard to run out of things to read.

Use my link here to get a trial of Audible. I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I have.

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War and Peace – Audible Audiobook Review and Affiliate link

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So yesterday I finally succeeded in finishing a book that I have been trying to finish for years. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. Now if you read at all or enjoy historical dramas you have probably heard of War and Peace and considered picking it up. Unfortunately, for the average reader, it is a really, really long book. It is actually several average-sized novels combined. Plus two epilogues. In short, it is a really long book and a whole lot of effort to take in. But also an amazing classic that should be read by every reader at least once.

Most of us however do not have the time to take on this kind of book when we are expected to meet our daily deadlines. So I turned to my favorite audiobook site Audible and decided to see what options there were. I found quickly that there was a few old readings of it, but they seemed a bit dry. Finally, I found an Audible exclusive reading by Thandiwe Newton and upon listening instantly fell in love with her performance of this classic novel.

It still took me weeks to finish because I had to listen in my downtime but it was entirely worth it. I strongly suggest that you take a look at this reading and marvelous novel via this link! https://www.audibletrial.com/zavdQG You will enjoy it as much as I did I just know it!

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The End of Miracles – Audiobook Review

There are very few moments in life when I will take the time to sit down and listen to an entire audiobook in one sitting. Today was one of those days when I began listening to The End of Miracles by Monica Starkman. I will begin by saying that the book covers some intensive subjects that may not be suitable for all people, particularly those in the process of a mental health crisis. However, as a person who has also battled with severe mental health conditions, I can also say it was particularly cathartic to read this novel written by a psychiatrist. 

The End of Miracles is an intense novel following the main character Margo as she copes with the desperate desire to have a child, losing the child, and dealing with the existing and lingering mental illness that the loss seems to bring out in her. This story has a realistic look at mental health issues, which displays the author’s excellent grasp on her field of study. Many novels comprising mental health patients and mental health facilities are often exaggerated for the shock value. The End of Miracles is indeed, shocking, but this is because of its realism and the fact that the issues that come up are entirely possible.

As I listened to The End of Miracles on audiobook, I also need to add that beyond Monica Starkman’s amazing writing, the audio performance of Jane Oppenheimer was fantastic. Oppenheimer not only narrates in a steady and easy-to-follow tone but takes the time to give each well-written character the personality that their journey deserves.

This is a wonderful audiobook! Just make sure you set some time aside because once you pick it up you will not be stopping.

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AudioBooksNow! Inexpensive Audiobooks!

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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood is the sequel to The Handmaids Tale. I did not know this addition, which was published recently, even existed till Audible started pushing it towards me because I had listened to The Handmaids Tale. Much like with the first book, I listened to the sequel in audiobook format. Which I am pleased I did. It took me longer than usual as I have been doing a lot of physical reading lately so I only listen to audiobooks while I drive or clean. But this book was certainly quiet good.

Unlike the first novel, which covers the view of the Handmaid followed by scholarly discussions on a country that has seen the last of its days, The Testaments follows the paths of multiple characters as they work towards the getting information that can change the land they are trapped in, or sometimes call home.

It was interesting to hear about how things progressed in this land, and how certain characters from the first book changed.

I strongly suggest picking up The Testaments if you enjoyed The Handmaid’s Tale.

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The Handmaid’s Tale Audiobook Edition

So I finally read The Handmaid’s Tale, or rather, I listened to it on Audible, read by Claire Danes. How had I never read this classic before? Well, it fell off my radar; I heard some had to read it in high school but it was not on the special education reading list so it never came up. I also intended to get to it after the Hulu show came out a few years ago but I usually put well-known classics on the back burner while I go through various indie published works. So thanks to the power of audiobooks I could finally add this to my list of books I’d read.

I have to say, overall I enjoyed the story. A dystopian tale of a woman just trying to survive in the hard regime of a religiously based society that has placed her in her role where she is used for the procreation of children based on her (by them) perceived foul history and her genetic ability. I like dystopian stories so it was easy for me to find the appeal in this one. I wanted to root for the main character, or at least hoping she would survive.

I have often read and heard people complain the story has a very ‘men are evil’ feel to it, but after finishing it I can certainly say that there are characters in it that are guilty of some horrible things and it is not just the male characters. It is certainly not a cut and dry story by any means, and has a lot of aspects that should be considered while reading, even after. 

The audiobook presentation is well done. Claire Danes reads the story clearly and confidently. Her voice fits well with the narration of the story.

Given the story was published in 1985 it has held up pretty well to the test of time. It is certainly still worth reading. I would suggest this for anyone who has ever been curious about this classic, or those who enjoy digging in to the dirty parts of dystopian worlds. Or perhaps even someone with a feminist flair to their life. I know that was how I picked it up.

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Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

So, I will not pretend this was my first time enjoying Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. The first time I read it was back in 2007, when I was in my first year of college. I had to read it as part of my composition class. It was helpful. This time, I listened to it, as it is on Audible. It was certainly just as interesting, if not more so when presented in the writer’s voice himself. Though Stephen King is certainly no expert narrator, one will pay attention when someone of note reads their own work.

Now I am not a huge fan of Stephen King. Yes, I know. I read for pleasure and employment, but I am not a fan of the master of horror? I read little modern horror, anyway. But I can respect the man’s work for what it is. He certainly has to be doing something right to have sold as many books as he has.

This memoir does have a lot of useful information. I will not be going in to the advice he lays out as that would take away from the appeal when you read it yourself. However, I can say as a writer that it assisted me with my writing, my prose in particular. 

Now, if you are a writer, I suggest you go out and pick this up. Add it to your must read list!

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Kathren of Aragon by Alison Weir

Another historical novel for you. And yes, another Alison Weir tale. As you can probably tell by now, when I find an author I enjoy, I inhale as much of their work as I can get my hands on. This time we cover Katherin of Aragon by Alison Weir. It is, as you may have guessed, a historical fiction work. But a rather entertaining one.

This book covers the life of the titular character, and covers from her youth, through her trials and uncertainty in England, to her Queendom and sadly, her sorrowful death. As a historical fiction work, there are obviously holes filled in for entertainment purposes. Though over all the story sticks to the commonly held beliefs about the first wife of Henry the VIII.

If you enjoy historical fiction, I strongly suggest you pick up this colorful look in to Katherin of Aragon.

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The Children of Henry the VIII by Alison Weir

The Children of Henry the VIII by Alison Weir picks up where her biographical work The Six Wives of Henry the VIII leaves off. It covers the lives of his three children, Edward the Vi, Mary the I and Elizabeth the I, as well as the short ruling Jane Gray. It covers each life in as much detail as possible and still remained interesting.

As stated in my previous coverage of Alison Weir’s books, this historical work is entertaining in original book forms and Simon Prebble’s reading of the audiobook version. Alison Weir adds assumptive sections, but these are usually in locations that are commonly accepted by other historians as well. 

They present the book in chronological order and is easy to follow. You do not have to be a history nerd like me to take anything from this book. It is informative and carefully written leading to an enjoyable time. If you are a fan of history of just Tudor England, you should enjoy this book.

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The Six Wives of Henry VIII

So, why am I reviewing a book about Henry the VIII that came out in the 1990s? Because I just recently picked up the audio book version that was recorded in the early 2000s. Now this is a strictly historical telling by Alison Weir and read by Simon Prebble. Alison Weir has some historical fiction novels, though this one does not take any of that, save person her ability to form historical eras in to cohesive stories.

Now in case the name did not give it away this book focuses heavily on Henry the VII’s wives and their life with the king. A good majority of the book covers Kathrine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, but this makes sense given they had the longest relationships with the King. This does not however mean that the other wives are not properly covered, as the book goes in to as much detail as still exists of each Queen.

This is a must read if you are a fan of history and Tudor England.