Audiobook Review: The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs

Posted July 20, 2015 by Felicia S in 2015 Read, 3.50 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 15 Comments

Audiobook Review: The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam MaggsSource: Audiobook Review, Paperback Review Copy, Provided by Quirk Books, Provided by Random House

Format: Audiobook, Hardcover

The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks by Sam Maggs
Narrator: Holly Conrad, Jessica Almasy
Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins

Date Read: May 2015

Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help

Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and moreβ€”it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild.

More Information:
Publisher: Quirk Books

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Read/Listened for Review (Quirk/Penguin)
Overall Rating : 3. 50
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs is an excellent primer for the new girl to the geekdom but for the rest of us it was more just fun to read.

Quick Thoughts: I totally picked this to review on a whim. I am a Geek Girl. I volunteer at Cons. I cosplay at bookish events. I even game (Alliance Rules, Horde Drools) on occasion (to be hones I am more of an old school gamer: Gabriel Knight, Zeus, Ripper but I do like WOW, StarCraft, and Diablo). I thought maybe I was the target audience for this book but I would say it is more for those on the outside looking in. It is more for those that want to know more or break into the geek world. I thought Sam did a great job at covering the “biggies” in the world. I would totally gift this book to a future geek girl with no problem. It just really isn’t for the established geek. Trust me, you already know this stuff!

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Holly Conrad, Jessica Almasy / Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins

Holly and Jessica did a great job with the narration. They were excited, interesting, and their pacing was spot on. This is a short audiobook and honestly probably the way I would suggest going if you were to pick it up!

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Overall Rating
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Narrator Rating
4 / 5
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15 responses to “Audiobook Review: The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs

  1. Sounds adorable but…do I have enough geek cred? Maybe. I haven’t been to a con and I don’t cosplay but I do love gaming and scifi/fantasy and such! πŸ™‚

    • I thought it was pretty great (I had it as an ARC) even though I’m a huge geek because there were fandoms I’m not into and I’ve never been to a con. A lot of reviewers thought it was geared toward teenagers and downrated it for that and I don’t think that was fair. Teens gotta start somewhere and this would definitely be handy IMHO for younger geeks.

      Great review Felicia!

      • I didn’t think it was all that aimed at Teens though it was geared to the non-con going crowd. I am a seasoned con goer so to me most of this (even the fandoms I am not part of ) was information I already had. I would have probably rated it higher but the blurb (this is where I think it went wrong) made it sound like it was for the seasoned Geek “ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life” . I felt like a seasoned geek wouldn’t get much out of it πŸ™‚ I do think though that those who are new to fandom, never been to a con (or not many), or curious about the geekdom world would love it!

  2. Interesting! I want to read this one but I too am already a geeky girl. I’ll check it out on audio maybe, sounds like you enoyed it!

  3. Ahhh interesting! I’ve been eying this book – it looks so fun. I will definitely keep the audio in mind. I couldn’t tell from the cover if it would be a good “listen” or not but it sounds like the way to go. I will test my geek cred with this one!

  4. Then it’s probably more for people like me. I’m not a geek girl but a lot of my friends are so it would help me figure out what everyone is talking about. I just learned what cosplay was last year lol