Book Blogger Hop: Audio Books

I thought I needed a break from all the reviews I’ve been posting. I have two already, so if you’re interested click here. Enough rambling, and let’s get to business!

This week’s question is:

Do you listen to audio books?

Uhm, no. And there are two reasons why I don’t listen to audio books:

1.) Availability

Living in the Philippines, we don’t get that much access to books–much more audio books. We only have about three major bookstore, which is National Bookstore, Fully Booked and Powerbooks. And these bookstores usually prioritize mainly on New York Times Best Sellers and Young Adult. So I find it very difficult to look for unpopular Adult books, since they don’t stock that much. Out of the three, I find that Fully Booked has the most number of Adult books available. Hence I buy most of my books there (and also because I have a discount card, I need all the discount I can get)

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Review: In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad #1) by Tana French

inthewoodsThis is a lonely book.

Ryan. I did not love or hate any character in general; but I did care for them nonetheless. This is in Detective Ryan’s POV, which is the protagonist. He’s very.. childlike, very in need of love. The way he handles things, as if he always needs to be protected, to be cradled. But since he acts like a kid, he tends to be annoying as well. Sometimes he gets on my nerves with his selfish decisions and his intense pride. But try as I might, I can’t blame him. He’s a lost kid. And he longs for something. His childhood, maybe? Family? Love? He’s a mystery—actually he’s the mystery we’re trying to solve. If you ask me, Ryan puts the R in tragic.

Writing. I have to admit, it is too long. But the way she wrote it was soo alluring. I just can’t help but not to read it slowly, to make every word sink in. It’s beautifully crafted. Not like pretty or lovely but very sensual and sultry.

The story focuses more on mystery than the crime itself. And I would’ve never expected that.

This is the first “crime” story that made me feel devastated, as if the real mystery weren’t solved. My heart goes out to Ryan. Since they say that this will be the last time we’ll ever hear of him, I will miss you

Rating: ✰✰✰✰

Do I like it: Yes

Recommended to: To people who want to know what real darkness feels like

(Fully Booked, Paperback, P 630)

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Below are information about this book.

Publication: May 17th 2007 by Viking Adult (first published January 1st 2007)

From Goodreads:

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.

Richly atmospheric, stunning in its complexity, and utterly convincing and surprising to the end, In the Woods is sure to enthrall fans of Mystic River and The Lovely Bones. And look for French’s new mystery, Broken Harbor, for more of the Dublin Murder Squad.

Review: Humans By Matt Haig

The HumansFaith in humanity: Restored

Funny. It’s not rolling on the floor, funny. But more like ha-ha, funny.

Moving. In this story, humans and their entire being are put into question. And sometimes I ask myself the same question—whether we’re worth something or not. This book is an eye-opener for me, it moved me because of how much I belittle our beings. No matter how hard I try, I somehow focus on the bad notion I have with us, humans, being vulnerable, manipulative and undoubtedly foolish. Yeah, I know I’m such a pessimist, but hey the floor is always open for arguments. Nonetheless this book showed me that us, humans, are (undoubtedly) double threat. Our disadvantage/weakness and advantage/strength can be considered as one. It’s just a matter of perspective.

Timing was just right. I have to say, timing plays a crucial part in my rating system. If you can actually relate or connect to the story, it’s a whole new world. That’s probably the main reason why I gave it five stars.

Although, I can’t promise that you’ll like it as much as I do. It does have the tendency to be a little bit boring and repetitive. In the latter part of the story, jokes tend to be a bit corny and too intellectual to register as funny. But the story still holds its purpose, so I think it’s just a minor problem, nothing to be scared of.

Oh btw, I think the age range for this one would be leaning towards 20-30 years old/young since the writing can be a slow and dull sometimes. But of course, read whatever you want; it’s a free country.

Rating: ✰✰✰✰✰

Do I like it: Yesss!

Recommended to: People who under appreciate our being

(Fully Booked, Large/Tall Copy, P 640)

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Below are information about this book.

Publication: July 2nd 2013 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2013)

From Goodreads:

The critically acclaimed author of The Radleys shares a clever, heartwarming, and darkly insightful novel about an alien who comes to Earth to save humans from themselves.

“I was not Professor Andrew Martin. That is the first thing I should say. He was just a role. A disguise. Someone I needed to be in order to complete a task.”

The narrator of this tale is no ordinary human—in fact, he’s not human at all. Before he was sent away from the distant planet he calls home, precision and perfection governed his life. He lived in a utopian society where mathematics transformed a people, creating limitless knowledge and immortality.

But all of this is suddenly threatened when an earthly being opens the doorway to the same technology that the alien planet possesses. Cambridge University professor Andrew Martin cracks the Reimann Hypothesis and unknowingly puts himself and his family in grave danger when the narrator is sent to Earth to erase all evidence of the solution and kill anyone who has seen the proof. The only catch: the alien has no idea what he’s up against.

Disgusted by the excess of disease, violence, and family strife he encounters, the narrator struggles to pass undetected long enough to gain access to Andrew’s research. But in picking up the pieces of the professor’s shattered personal life, the narrator sees hope and redemption in the humans’ imperfections and begins to question the very mission that brought him there.