Audiobook Mini Reviews Part Three

Hey bestie! Here’s another review dump of five audiobooks I’ve recently listened to and genuinely enjoyed!

A Cosmic Kind Of Love by Samantha Young

A Cosmic Kind Of Love by Samantha Young was genuinely fun to read. It's a light, easy book.

I really enjoyed listening to A Cosmic Kind Of Love by Samantha Young. This book features party planner Hallie Goodman who has bright pink hair. She receives essentially a google drive for party inspiration from a client named Darcy. However, the drive contains a folder with videos from Darcy’s ex, astronaut Christopher Ortiz. Hallie watches all the videos and feels terrible after. So, she sends a video to Chris’s email but it bounces. And then she sends more. Unbeknownst to Hallie, her videos are forwarded to Chris who ends up very charmed by her. Eventually the two meet in real life and the chemistry is just out of this world. But there’s all kinds of factors that could pull them apart.

A Cosmic Kind Of Love by Samantha Young was genuinely fun to read. It’s a light, easy book. This was exactly what I needed while I have been so stressed and overwhelmed. Reading it truly was a comfort. I liked both Hallie and Chris as characters. Their romance and chemistry made sense. The side plots made sense as well. As for the narration, the audiobook has two narrators — Andi Arndt and Noah B. Perez. It is 11 hours and 22 minutes long. The narration is impeccable. I just really HIGHLY recommend listening to this one if you’re feeling in the rom com kind of mood.


Enola Holmes And The Elegant Escapade by Nancy Springer

I had fun listening to Enola Holmes and The Elegant Escapade. Was it life changing? No, absolutely not.

I think I may pursue reading the rest of the Enola Holmes books via audio. Enola Holmes And The Elegant Escapade by Nancy Springer is the eighth book in the series — but the second one I’ve read. The series follows Enola who is sister to Sherlock. She is a detective in her own right, however, and very clever. This book follows Enola as one of her friends goes missing. She is on the case to ensure Lady Cecily isn’t being screwed over by her father. You see, at this time, women are under the control of their male relatives and this has happened to Cecily before. Oh, and Cecily has two personalities — one which is right handed and boring and the other which is left handed and bold.

I had fun listening to Enola Holmes and The Elegant Escapade. Was it life changing? No, absolutely not. This book still is a nice distracting romp. I felt accomplished after finishing it in a few hours. The audiobook is pleasant enough — narrated by Tamaryn Payne. It is only 4 hours and 17 minutes long — plus I listened to it sped up. I think this series is good to listen to for emerging readers as it isn’t much of a time investment, Enola is fabulous, and the plot is interesting. Now this has me wanting to watch the second movie on Netflix.


A Scatter Of Light by Malinda Lo

A Scatter Of Light by Malinda Lo was so good. To the point where I was telling people I work with about how interesting it was.

I have enjoyed Malinda Lo’s writing since her debut, Ash which feels like it came out just yesterday — but wow it has been a number of years. Friends, Lo’s work has come a way. It is still excellent and always has been excellent, but A Scatter Of Light blew me away. Note, I have read this without having read Last Night At The Telegraph Club, but felt totally not lost while listening. A Scatter Of Light follows Aria Tang West who lives on Martha’s Vineyard and is graduating from high school. She makes a mistake and ends up exiled to her grandmother’s home in California. There, she falls in with a group of queer youth and starts to fall for the gardner, Steph. At which point, Aria realizes she may also be queer herself.

A Scatter Of Light was so good. To the point where I was telling people I work with about how interesting it was. Aria is a multifaceted well written character. I liked how her exploration of her identity was written. This is truly a coming of age story and a riveting one as well — with some pathos towards the end. The audiobook is excellently narrated by Annie Q. It is 10 hours and 14 minutes long and well worth the listen.


So, This Is Love by Tracy Andreen

So, This Is Love by Tracy Andreen is a sequel to So, This Is Christmas. This story is set after the events of the first book

So, This Is Love by Tracy Andreen is a sequel to So, This Is Christmas. This story is set after the events of the first book. It takes place at boarding school in Connecticut instead of Christmas, Oklahoma. Finley and Arthur have not had the define the relationship talk so their relationship or situationship whatever it is happens to be a state of limbo. Finnley is also dealing with Queen Bee Bronwyn who seems to be into Arthur. Plus a roommate who she isn’t sure is friend or foe. Oh and Finley gets drafted into helping plan the school’s Valentine’s day formal. Things get dramatic and riveting in this sequel.

If you aren’t into the miscommunication trope, So, This Is Christmas is probably not for you. I personally thought this was a good ease out of holiday books and into other books type of read. It was an easy to follow palate cleanser with likable characters. I enjoyed Finley’s growth as well as getting more time with one of the side characters from So, This Is Christmas. Also the ending came together really well with teamwork — which is a theme I tend to love. The audiobook is well narrated by Helen Laser. It is 9 hours and 29 minutes with solid narration that never slides into melodramatic. Andreen’s follow up was an ideal listen for me.


Do You Take This Man by Denise Williams

I just love Denise Williams' books. Do You Take This Man is Denise Williams' latest book and is SUCH a good audiobook.

I just love Denise Williams’ books. Do You Take This Man is Denise Williams‘ latest book and is SUCH a good audiobook. This story is about RJ who after going viral officiates weddings on the side while her dayjob is working as a divorce attorney. Lear was an athletic event planner, but after a messy relationship and an event gone wrong, he’s returned from LA and is working at his cousin’s wedding planning business. RJ and Lear meet and well, it isn’t a love connection or anything. Actually, RJ can’t stand him. That’s right – we have HATE TO LOVE trope in this book. And the way it plays out is PERFECT. Seriously, I loved how this book was plotted as well as the chemistry of the romance.

The audiobook of Do You Take This Man has dual narration with Teddy Hamilton narrating Lear’s chapters and January LaVoy narrating RJ’s chapters. Both are immaculate in their reading of this book. The audiobook is 9 hours and 53 minutes long. I listened to it sped up to 2x speed which was honestly still easy to follow and process. At this point I am a devoted Williams fan — particularly the audiobook version of her books.


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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.

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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.

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