With my new job, I spend a lot of time in my car and began listening to podcasts for a while. But then I found out that my library uses an app called Hoopla that allows free downloads of thousands of books. I have recently been listening to audio books and have found it so enjoyable. Some other ways you can listen to audio books include:
I think that the narrator of the books can make or break a book. While some voices took me some time to get used to, others I just couldn't bear listening to!
Here are the books I've been enjoying on Hoopla!
99 Percent Mine - I had read Sally Thorne's other books and enjoyed them as the light rom-coms that they are. This one was a nice lighthearted listen, though there was certainly a duration of tension between the two main characters that felt a bit overdone!
Such a Good Wife by Seraphina NovaGlass
When an exhausted, unfulfilled mother, wife and caregiver finds herself entranced and having an affair with a local author - that's stressful enough. But when she finds him dead - so much begins to unravel. This one hooked me in and the ending was just crazy!
The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica
I really enjoyed this one though the narration felt a bit robotic, like Siri or Alexa were reading to me. I found the content so intriguing that I eventually got over it. This was an eery mystery set on an island in Maine as a family relocates in an attempt to move past trauma that plagued their family in Chicago. It seems that the trauma and hardship followed them to their new home!
Girl Alone by Blake Pierce
If you are into true crime and serial killers you may enjoy this one. To me it felt like the author was just spewing knowledge of serial killers and trying to tie it together into a storyline. It was interesting as I'm not much of a true crime fan so following the path of this copy cat killer was still thrilling and suspenseful!
Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams
I love Beatriz Williams historical fiction works, but this topic seemed a little heavy for me. Listening to it via audio was an easier way for me to digest the content and made it more enjoyable. Focusing on aviation history this story follows the story of a lost pilot and his flying partner. It was beautifully written and packed with aviation history and clear the amount of research that went into this book. This story is told in dual timelines and the main characters, Irene and Janey are both strong female leads that I enjoyed.
The Restaurant by Pamela Kelley
This was a sweet easy listen, but lacked much depth. When Mandy, Emma and Jill three sisters inherit a restaurant under the condition that they run it together for a year, they all come together and magically everything works out wonderfully! It all seemed a little too charming to me how these inexperienced women just pop in and run a restaurant and find love all at the same time - but hey it was a sweet story to listen to!
Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge
I started reading this book and was struggling to finish it. I downloaded the audio version to complete it. I really enjoyed the narrator who read this book and it made it so much easier to continue the story. This is a difficult story following the lives of freed black women. I did a more complete review of this book here:
Audio books I couldn't bear to listen to the narration of though the stories seemed interesting:
The Souther Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty
I Found You by Lisa Jewell