I have a thirty minute commute to my library. When I’m not working I’m often fairly busy getting involved in a number of other things. Unfortunately, I don’t always find a lot of time to read. However, I love listening to audiobooks during my commute. Thankfully, as a member of the Finger Lakes Library System, and the NY Public Library I have access to a huge selection of books through Overdrive. I found that I enjoy a mix of books, and even listen to Young Adult Books. Anything that isn’t overly intense, or challenging. Here are a few of my favorites.
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
The story is set in the distant future on a land mass that suddenly formed off the coast of North America. It follows the life of a young woman raised in exile as she claims her birth right as heir to the throne. I enjoyed the storytelling in this book, and anticipating the unfolding of the main characters life. This book is followed by The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. This was also good, but it seemed the style of writing changed, and I began to like the main character less. At the moment I’m waiting for the third book in the series, titled The Fate of the Tearling.
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
This was about political intrigue around a elven court, and had very little action. I really enjoyed this story! The world was interesting, and detailed. I hope Katherine will write another book about the same place. I imagine there are many interesting lives to follow.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
I loved this book! It’s about a man who accidentally steps into a parallel London known as London below. The book was written in 1996, however the audiobook was released years later. The narrator was excellent, and I was sad when it ended, wishing there was more.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Another, great narration that kept me intrigued. It is another fantasy novel about a village surrounded by a forest corrupted by a malevolent force. The wizard known as the dragon keeps the corruption at bay. In payment the village must hand over a young woman to work for him for 10 years in his tower. Naomi is an amazing story teller!
Mozart’s Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Sometimes I enjoy a good non-fiction too. This book follows Lyanda’s life with a Starling as she investigates how Mozart’s Starling influenced his music. She talks about how today the European Starling is the most disliked bird by many naturalists and conservationists. It was an interesting read, and I learned some interesting facts about Mozart and bird behavior.