Book Chat #53 – H. Y. Hanna, Andy Weir, and Martha Wells

S. J. Pajonas January 31, 2020
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In this Book Chat, a few audiobooks by H. Y. Hanna, Andy Weir, and Martha Wells.

Hey everyone! Time for another Book Chat. The current audiobook I’m listening to is going on and on and on forever, so I hope to have that done within the next century (seriously, I’m enjoying it, but there’s so much EXTRA in the book I just wish had been cut). And I haven’t touched my Kindle in a month. Sigh. There’s just no time to SIT and read. Hopefully on vacation soon.

Here are some great audiobooks I’ve listened to recently!

MUFFINS AND MOURNING TEA by H. Y. Hanna

After trying to listen to a horrible audiobook which will remain nameless, I decided to spend a credit on another book from the Oxford Tea Room Mysteries because I KNEW I would enjoy it. And I did. MUFFINS AND MOURNING TEA kept me guessing the whole time. I liked the inclusion of some Russian characters and more about Gemma’s relationship with her boyfriend, Devlin. I didn’t guess the killer until Gemma did, so that was a nice surprise too! I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.

THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir

Then I tried to listen to some other audiobooks and ended up disappointed. One of them the narration was so bad I actually returned it (and I’ve not done that in the HUNDREDS of dollars I’ve spent on audiobooks before). So, when I heard that Wil Wheaton had narrated THE MARTIAN, a book I had already listened to TWICE in the original audio, I decided SCREW IT, I’m going to spend a credit on this book AGAIN. Yep. I love Wil Wheaton. I love this book. And why not? Then I proceeded to download it and listen to it feverishly in all my spare time. And I enjoyed it again! Amazing, that. I’m happy I spent the extra credit and went back to Mars. This is one of my favorite books.

ALL SYSTEMS RED by Martha Wells

So, actually, I listened to this book last year but forgot about it because it was in my Chirp app when I got it on sale. ALL SYSTEMS RED is a story about editing… I originally tried to read this book when it first came out, but I set it down after two chapters because, frankly, the editing was subpar. There were commas everywhere and plenty of other problems. If it was a good book, I wouldn’t have known because I couldn’t get past the editing, and that’s a lesson for publishers right there. Hire competent editors! Then it got nominated for and won a Hugo award, so I decided to buy it in audio instead. At least with audio, I can’t see the editing. And, finally, it was enjoyable! There were a few confusing aspects to the story about who everyone was and why they were on the planet, but overall, I liked Murderbot a lot. I will being picking up more of his continuing adventures in audio.

What have you been reading recently?

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