2016 Audiobooks (Second Half)

Well, this post is a bit belated. It’s only taken me almost six months to get around to putting it together – just in time to start working on my reads and listens for the first half of 2017!

2016 Audiobooks (First Half)

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*Menagerie – Menagerie was beautiful and horrifying. Cryptids were cryptids, and humans were humans, until sometimes…they weren’t. Humans had rights, but cryptids were less than animals, and one day Delilah Marlow learned that she as a cryptid. I couldn’t imagine how unbelievably hard it would be to have your identity and humanity stripped from you, and then be so callously and inhumanely treated. It was hard to listen to at times, but that was more because of the implications of what could happen, than actual violence. Vincent did a good job making the fantastical feel believable. I couldn’t stop listening.

*Sleeping Giants – Because I’ve waited so long to write this, my memory of what exactly drew me into this book is somewhat lacking. I am left with impressions of being late to work because I didn’t want to stop listening and get out of my car, of how well the multi-cast worked with the style of writing, and how Neuvel did an excellent job at building expectation and tension. It was a good mix of sci-fi and political machinations.

*You Are a Badass – This book was the uncouth kick in the pants I needed, and provided the impetus for me to start running again (and so far I’ve run two 5Ks after not running in earnest for over 15 years). I’m not one for self-help books because they are generally too nicey-touchy-feely. Thankfully, Badass is most definitely not your stereotypical self-help book. It’s not for everyone, but if you respond to tough love, then this is a good choice. Yes, a lot of what she says could be considered self-evident, but knowing and reacting to it are two separate things. Some of the concepts can be considered on the “woo-woo” side, such as the god-like Universe and the connected energy that exists in everything, but both of those concepts fit into my general spiritual view of existence and make sense in how she presents them within the self-help context.

Honorable Mentions: Her Royal Spyness, The Accidental Alchemist, The Magicians, Isabella: The Warrior Queen, Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars, Lesser Beasts: A Snout-to-Tail History of the Humble Pig

Fiction (47)
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal
Menagerie
Driving Mr. Dead
Days of Blood & Starlight
Murder on the Orient Express
Agent to the Stars
And Then There Were None
Her Royal Spyness
Masked Ball at Broxley Manor
A Royal Pain
Royal Flush
Royal Blood
Naughty in Nice
The Twelve Clues of Christmas
Heirs and Graces
Malice at the Palace
Queen of Hearts
Crowned and Dangerous
The Curse of the Tenth Grave
Murphy’s Law
Tipping the Velvet
Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf
Gateway to Fourline
Dark Waters
Death of Riley
Dreams of Gods & Monsters
The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires
The Accidental Alchemist
Schooled in Magic
Oliver Twist
The Bollywood Affair
The Bronze Key
The Palace Job
Artful
The Anubis Gates
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Nice Dragons Finish Last
Critical Failures
Hungry Earth
The Magicians
The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent
The Shadow Queen
Redshirts
The Masquerading Magician
Artifact

Dramatizations/Multi-Cast (4)
Sleeping Giants
Evelina
Royally Screwed
American Gods

Nonfiction (17)
The Sea Wolves: A History of the Vikings
The Hunt for Vulcan
Isabella: The Warrior Queen
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions
Victorian Britain (The Great Courses)
Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World
A Little History of Philosophy
You Are a Badass
The Hemingses of Monticello
Wildflower
Food: A Love Story
The Astronaut’s Wives Club
Lesser Beasts: A Snout-to-Tail History of the Humble Pig
A Man on the Moon
Understanding Japan: A Cultural History (The Great Courses)

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