Audiobook Quickie Reviews: Jacob Grimm, Sue Klebold, Melanie Karsak, Christopher Farnsworth

Posted June 17, 2016 by Felicia S in 2016 Read, 4.00 Wine Glasses, 4.50 Wine Glasses, 5 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 17 Comments


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NOTE: These “reviews” are as simple as it gets (and mostly for tracking purposes)! They will have a rating, first thought, narrator thought (quick), and will officially be filed πŸ™‚Β 

The Harvesting by Melanie KarsakListened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 4.25

Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: The Harvesting is a story that grew on me over the course of the story and I am very curious as to where it is heading!

Quick Thoughts: This was a Dewey’s Read-a-Thon listen and I was scared in the beginning that I had selected wrong. I didn’t particular like the characters and quite frankly was hoping some of them would die (like major ones). However as the story progressed and the “world” got worse–the writing really hooked me. I can’t say that I love any of the characters but they are fitting for what is going on. This book took 3 turns that I didn’t expect and the end had me wondering where exactly they were going now. I will continue the series because I just have to know!

Audio Thoughts

Narrated By Kristin James / Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins

I thought Kristin was a good fit for this story. She was able to bring the characters (and their flaws) to the surface. She was able to hook me into the story and keep me on the edge of my seat. I do really think her narration coupled with Melanie’s writing was a great match.



The Eternal World by Christopher FarnsworthListened for Review (Tantor)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 3.75

Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: Well I didn’t see that coming in the end but The Eternal World was a fascinating read/listen!

Quick Thoughts: I am a fan of Christopher Farnsworth’s Presidential Vampire series. I know he can write really interesting worlds that are different yet familiar. You can almost see these things happening right under our noses. The Eternal World was another story that just made me go OMG that is brilliant yet scary. He took a pretty popular mythology and said well what if this happened? What would you do if you held the secret to ever lasting life? How would you treat it? What would it corrupt in you? How would you stop it? Needless to say this was part thriller, part thinker, and all really good! My personal answer? I am glad I am not responsible for that kind of power!

Audio Thoughts

Narrated By Tom Perkins / Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins

I thought Tom was a good fit for most of the characters except for two: David and Shako. Overall though still an enjoyable listen and I would listen to Tom again.





A Mothers Reckoning by Sue Klebold

Listened for Fun (Library)
Overall Rating: 4.50 (only rating since non-fiction)
Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: A Mother’s Reckoning was heartbreaking to listen too BUT I feel in this day and age of 24 hour news cycles, mass tragic happenings, and our quick to judge natures that it is an IMPORTANT read!

Quick Thoughts: I am not a parent. I don’t have a kid in school but no one is unaffected by mass shootings. They make us feel unsafe and particularly when they are committed by children whom we don’t think of as possible people to be afraid of. We want to blame the parents. We want to blame bullies. We want to blame and find answers. We usually think of the obvious victims but we tend not to think of the parents, families, and other victims. Sue Klebold brings this to light beautifully by clearly exposing her soul, faults, things she did right, and how she doesn’t really have any concrete answers. It was how, as a mother of a shooter, what her life was like after Columbine. It really was just heartbreaking, eye-opening, and super emotional. I highly recommend this!




Grimm's Fairy TalesListened for Fun (Borrowed from the Library)
Overall Rating: 5.00
Story Rating: 5.00
Character Rating: 5.00

Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating)

Tweet Length Review: If you get a chance to listen to the Audiobook Released May 2016 narrated by Jim Dale, Luke Daniels, Katherine Kellgren then DO IT!

Tweet Longer: OMG this was just a complete delight and a little twisted.

Audio Details:

“Rapunzel”, read by Katherine Kellgren
“Cinderella”, read by January LaVoy
“Little Red-Cap”, read by Simon Vance
“Little Briar-Rose”, read by Grover Gardner
“Little Snow-White”, read by Kate Rudd
“Rumpelstiltskin”, read by Jim Dale
“The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces”, read by Alfred Molina
“A Riddling Tale”, read by Janis Ian
“The Twelve Brothers”, read by Graeme Malcolm
“The White Snake”, read by Scott Brick
“The Elves”, read by Bahni Turpin
“The Six Swans”, read by Davina Porter
“The Twelve Huntsmen”, read by Dion Graham
“The Goose-Girl”, read by Edoardo Ballerini
“Sweet Porridge”, read by Jayne Entwistle
“The Golden Goose”, read by Luke Daniels
“Eve’s Various Children”, read by Roy Dotrice
“Snow-White and Rose-Red”, read by Julia Whelan
“The Frog-King, or Iron Henry”, read by Kirby Heyborne
“The Sea-Hare”, read by Mark Bramhall
“Hansel and Gretel”, read by Robin Miles

Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins


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Overall Rating
4 / 5
Story Rating
4 / 5
Character Rating
4 / 5
Narrator Rating
3.5 / 5
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17 responses to “Audiobook Quickie Reviews: Jacob Grimm, Sue Klebold, Melanie Karsak, Christopher Farnsworth

  1. These are all new-to-me authors and narrators (with the exception of the Grimm’s Fairy Tales). I have picked up the Fairy Tales book from the library and plan to listen very soon. I’m excited to listen to them. I haven’t listened to the stories in their original format in a while. You have me pretty interested in the other stories too. So many books and so little time. LOL

  2. How you managed to cover so much ground in such a small space is a tribute to your writing skills. You have selected just the right word or phrase to encompass many thoughts, ideas and emotions into a single sentence . Congrats on a great post.

  3. So I read The Harvesting a while back and had a lot of the same reactions as you. The way it ended definitely left me curious, but I haven’t managed to read more (assuming more is out). You’ll have to let me know if you get to it before me πŸ™‚

  4. I’ve been wanting to read the Grimm Brother fairy tales because I’ve heard that the Disney version are nothing the like the original stories. I think I might go the audio route as well.

  5. I listened to Sue Klebold’s audio this year too and was then inspired to listen to Dave Cullen’s Columbine. Agreed it was such a powerful, heartbreaking (and unfortunately topical) read. The Grimm’s fairytales collection sounds so fun, and what a stellar narrator lineup!

  6. I need to.take a queue from you and maybe do mini reviews for my audio books. I’ve been listening to tons during my pregnancy, but not really reviewing/blogging at all. Thanks for the inspiration.