The Girl Who Wrote In Silk | Glory Over Everything | Warriors Of The Storm

Audiobook reviews of The Girl Who Wrote In Silk by Kelli Estes, Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom and Warriors Of The Storm by Bernard Cornwell.

In which we throw it back and I review three historical fiction audiobooks today — let me know if any of these books sound like something you’d enjoy!

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The Girl Who Wrote In Silk by Kelli Estes reminds me that I definitely do not read enough adult historical fiction. It is such an interesting audiobook. Actually, The Girl Who Wrote In Silk works so well as an audiobook. I’d definitely recommend going the audiobook route if you’re interested in reading this book.

So, The Girl Who Wrote In Silk is mainly about this woman named Inara Erickson who is basically cleaning up her dead aunt’s giant house on this island near Seattle. Inara turned down a job at Starbucks corporate do this, which really pisses off her rich dad. However, she finds that the estate is calling to her. Meanwhile, she finds this bit of fabric that is absolutely gorgeous and has a story woven throughout it. It captures her imagination and so she takes it to this university professor who decodes it. There’s a parallel story that intertwines which is that of Mei Lein. Mei’s story takes place in the past. She’s experienced a massive amount of tragedy and trauma and a difficult life. Her story is absolutely fascinating. I won’t give too much away, except to say that in the very beginning Mei’s entire family dies and how she survives and moves forward is astounding.

Ultimately, I do not often read books like The Girl Who Wrote In Silk and I regret that because this was such a layered, good book. You should read this book if you’re looking for an audiobook with strong plotting and secrets. Also, the narrator Emily Woo Zeller is tried and true. She’s got plenty of audiobooks under her belt and does such a superb job with this book. I’m still just really surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. Definitely worth your time and a listen.

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Kathleen Grissom’s The Kitchen House had a lot of hype back when it was released. However, because I am the actual worst I never did get around to reading it. Instead, when Netgalley presented me with the opportunity to download the companion, Glory Over Everything, I went with that instead. And well, downloaded it and it sat on my Kindle until I ended up putting a hold on the audiobook via Overdrive. Straight up, the audiobook of Glory Over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House is where it is at. This is an excellent listen about a very dark time in American history.

Glory Over Everything is about Jamie Pyke who is half Black and is the son of the master of this plantation and a slave. Jamie, however, has made his escape from the plantation. You see, Jamie can pass as white. So, now he lives in Philadelphia and is this famous artist. Unfortunately, he gets this rich woman pregnant and has to tell her the truth about his ancestry, given that her child could come out darker than expected.

So, that happens and things go real bad real fast. In the meantime, one of Jamie’s servants, Pan, has been sold into slavery in the South. Jamie owes Pan’s father his freedom and so they travel back to the South, at great risk, to save Pan. There’s death and betrayal and hurt and loss. There’s also a great journey that will require using the Underground Railroad.

Glory Over Everything was such a well written book. It is infused with so much emotion and pain. I mean, if you want a tough book, this would be the one. There’s a lot of different storylines in this book, from Jamie to Pan to Sukey. There’s many, many characters. Yet, their different connections are all quite interesting. The audiobook handles all the perspectives very well with the various narrators. The audiobook of Kathleen Grissom’s Glory Over Everything is narrated by Santino Fontana, Heather Alicia Simms, Madeleine Maby, and Kyle Beltran.

All the narrators were new to me. I can’t say who narrated which part, but I will say each narrator choice made perfect sense. 100% would recommend this one, it was even worth waiting for. I had it on hold as for once another person at the library wanted to listen to this book at the same time. I absolutely LOVED it. I really want to read The Kitchen House too now, or actually, listen to The Kitchen House.

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Of the three books reviewed today, I enjoyed Warriors Of The Storm by Bernard Cornwell the least. I mean, it is an okay read. However, it just was not a me book. Perhaps that is due to a number of factors. I listened to the audiobook as I do with all things and was just not entirely in love with or feeling it. I won’t try to dissuade you from reading this book. I did not even strongly dislike Warriors Of The Storm, just I did not love it like I did The Girl Who Wrote In Silk and Glory Over Everything.

Warriors Of The Storm by Bernard Cornwell is the ninth book in his Saxon Stories series. I have read exactly zero of the other books in the series. I do not actually know if you need to read them all in order to enjoy each book. However, based on the summary of this book, I felt like I was fine not having read the others. So, basically Warriors Of The Storm is about Uhtred who controls Chester. Uhtred is in love, I think, with this girl named Aethelflaed. But, his brother is married to her. She’s also the king’s daughter. So, the Irish are about to invade, because OF COURSE THEY ARE. And war is on and it’s up to Uhtred the warrior to save England and take on the challenge. There’s also a priest in this book too.

Overall, my attention really truly wavered during Warriors Of The Storm. The audiobook is narrated by Matt Barnes and I am sure it is up to par and standard. I just had the absolute worst time paying attention. It felt slow even though I had the narration sped up to 1.5x. I could not bring myself to be invested in any of the characters or the wars. I could not even tell you any intricate plot details. So, I feel kind of apathetic about Warriors Of The Storm. Some people will like it. Some people won’t. I will recommend that if you have a short attention span, you read this book with your eyes and not your ears.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  1. Thank you so much for the review link! I’m glad you enjoyed The Girl Who Wrote in Silk!

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