Audiobook Review Round Up

November 6, 2014 audible, audiobook, Harper Audio, Random House Audio 1

I’m just trying out a new format for the audiobook reviews that are stacking up.  Call them bullet or mini reviews but I have been having some great listens.

Last All Girls Filling StationThe All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

This book is humorous and somewhat educational.  Sookie Poole is living in Point Clear Alabama, her kids are grown, the girls are married off and her mother lives two doors down.  She receives a letter from the state of Texas and she learns she’s adopted, and she’s a year older than she thought!  All these years she’s not really her mother’s daughter, which is partially a blessing because she’s never lived up to Lenore’s idea of what a southern lady is at all times.  Sookie’s journey leads to to Wisconsin and she learns all about her birth mother’s family.  In addition to running a filling station during WWII many of the sisters were flyers delivering aircraft during the war.  There is laugh out loud humor as Sookie tries to hide everything, including her sessions with the local psychiatrist.

This was a wonderfully light and fun audio.  Released in 2013, published by Random House Audio, 10 hours and 55 minutes long, narrated by the author.

To Kill a Mockingbird audioTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I’ve read this book no less than twenty times since I first found it on a book shelf in our house when I was a teen.  When asked I always say this is my very favorite book.  Though written in 1960 and set in the 1930’s I believe that many life lessons are to be found in these pages and now in this audio edition.  Sissy Spacek reads this book, and her slow southern drawl is perfect.  Most everyone knows this book is told in the voice of Jean Louis “Scout” Finch.  Her father is a lawyer in the fictional town of Maycomb Alabama.  Her older brother Jem and summer friend Dill along with Scout make for three innocent children who learn much more about hate, poverty, ignorance and empathy in the course of the book.  Their father defends a negro, Tom Robinson, and along with the mystery that is Boo Radley the adventures are page turning.  If you’ve never read this book, and you enjoy audio, it’s a great way to spend some time.  Published by Harper Audio, released July 2014. 12 hours and 17 minutes.

Letters from SkyeLetters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

A love story told in letters.  They begin in 1912 when a young man writes to the author of a book of poetry, he admires her work.  The two innocently begin writing to each other, sharing their love of literature.  She, Elspeth Dunn, and isolated on the Scottish island Isle of Skye, where she’s never left.  He, David Graham of Urbana Illinois where he is a student.  Worlds and miles apart, but their letters grow longer and more intimate and their love develops.  Over the course of 28 years and two World Wars there is much the listener learns about these two.  There are multiple narrators giving wonderful voice to each character, I enjoyed each of them.  This book was published in July 2013 by Random House Audio.  8 hours 14 minutes in length.  Highly recommend.

All audios were purchased by me from Audible.


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