Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power | Audiobook Review

Why Did I Listen To Burn Our Bodies Down?

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power was the first ever audiobook that I’ve been approved for via Netgalley. While I am excited about this newer feature, it turns out that I am going to hold off requesting more audiobooks. My experience listening to Burn Our Bodies Down via the Netgalley Shelf app just was not wonderful. I am left wondering, was it the story? Was it the app? Or most likely, was it me? So, essentially, I listened to Burn Our Bodies Down to test out a new feature of a website that is so dear to me that I check it every single day.

What’s The Story Here?

Margot’s life has been a somewhat lonely one. It has always been just her and her mother, living in run down apartments. No relatives. One day Margot comes across a photograph that points her to a place called Phalene where she believes she will find answers. While in Phalene, Margot does begin to get answers and unravels some super creepy family secrets. Also, there’s the body of a girl who is found nearby and Margot gets caught up in all that. Plus, we see the strained and complex relationship between Margot and her mom.

What Did I Think Of Burn Our Bodies Down?

Honestly, maybe I should have physically read Burn Our Bodies Down. There was a lot that I don’t think I quite understood. This book was just plain weird and creepy. BUT, I want to acknowledge that I probably was not in the best frame of mind to read and absorb. After all, I’d have to interrupt my listening time to go be sick and well, I am not used to managing that. After reading this I did come to the conclusion that I want to like books by Rory Power and I want to like YA horror more, however, maybe I am just not at that season of life right now and that’s okay. I do think if you are someone who likes horror and is good at paying attention and reading deeply you’ll love Burn Our Bodies Down.


How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Burn Our Bodies Down is narrated by Lauren Ezzo. It is 10 hours and 9 minutes long and I’ll tell ya, I felt every single one of those minutes. What didn’t help was not being able to speed up the narration without the audiobook sounding off and weird. I wonder if I had listened via Libby or Hoopla, would my experience have been the same? All I know is that listening at 1x speed was rough.

This was not the audiobook for me and I know it’s due to several factors – my physical health while listening and frame of mind, not being able to speed up the narration, and the story just not being for me. I did think the narration was a bit much and maybe too emotional. So, I am still open to trying other books by Rory Power, just not via audio and not moving them to the front of my queue.

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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.
About April (Books&Wine)

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. I’ve struggled with the audiobooks on NetGalley as well, especially when it’s a synthetic voice. If I’m not REALLY paying attention, I lose where I am and forget which character is talking. I don’t typically change the speed of books, but I did hate how the app would sometimes skip chapters or act weird if I tried to pause it.

    This book is on my TBR, but I think I’m going to play it safe and borrow a physical copy from the library. 🙂

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