Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski | Audiobook Review

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Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski | Audiobook ReviewNightfall by Jake Halpern, Peter Kujawinski
Narrator: Nicholas Guy Smith
Length: 10 Hours 15 Minutes
Published by Penguin on September 22nd 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Action & Adventure, Survival Stories, Monsters
Pages: 368
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9780698405561

The dark will bring your worst nightmares to light in this gripping and eerie survival story, perfect for fans of James Dashner and Neil Gaiman.On Marin’s island, sunrise doesn’t come every twenty-four hours—it comes every twenty-eight years. Now the sun is just a sliver of light on the horizon. The weather is turning cold and the shadows are growing long.
Because sunset triggers the tide to roll out hundreds of miles, the islanders are frantically preparing to sail south, where they will wait out the long Night.
Marin and her twin brother, Kana, help their anxious parents ready the house for departure. Locks must be taken off doors. Furniture must be arranged. Tables must be set. The rituals are puzzling—bizarre, even—but none of the adults in town will discuss why it has to be done this way.
Just as the ships are about to sail, a teenage boy goes missing—the twins’ friend Line. Marin and  Kana are the only ones who know the truth about where Line’s gone, and the only way to rescue him is by doing it themselves. But Night is falling. Their island is changing.
And it may already be too late.
From the Hardcover edition.

Why Did I Listen To Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski?

Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski seemed to have a really cool premise. It is a young adult horror audiobook, and I do not really listen to enough books revolving around things that go bump in the night. Also, I had a copy of the physical book just floating around my house. However, knowing what I do about physical books and how quickly I do not get to them, audiobook seemed like my very best option for finally getting the book read.

What’s The Story Here?

Nightfall by authors Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski is a story that is about this island where the sun sets every fourteen years. Then it is another fourteen years until the sun rises again. So, the residents of the island typically sail south where the daylight hours are normal. Marin and Kana are twins and they are helping their parents to prep for the trip, some of the preparations are weird. However, who are they to care, afterall they weren’t around for the last trip south. When everyone is supposed to leave for the south, this boy who is friends with Marin and Kana goes missing. His name is Line, and while everyone else is like come on let’s go, both Marin and Kana are like no wait, we have to save him.

What Did I Think Of Nightfall?

Okay, so this is going to sound awful, but Nightfall is not particularly memorable. I mean, here I am writing the review in 2017 and I listened to this book at the very end of 2015. And yes, I am writing because I feel obligated because it was a review copy and better late than never. However, there’s just not a lot that I remember or even cared for when it came to this book. Yes, there’s some thrilling moments and big reveals, but eh, there’s better books out there. I guess if you want to read something that you’re not going to be SUPER invested in, this would be the book.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Nightfall is narrated by Nicholas Guy Smith. It is 10 hours and 15 minutes long. Again, it is not particularly memorable. In fact, I barely remember my experience with the narration. It is not bad, it is not great. I’d say if you definitely want to read this book, go for it with whatever format you want. It did not particularly make an impact on me, but your experience may be different.

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  1. Krystianna says

    Sorry to see this one wasn’t that memorable! The premise sounds really interesting, so I may still give it a try. Great review!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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