AudioShelf A Podcast for AudioBookWorms

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Episode Forty-Six

Truly Madly Guilty

by Liane Moriarty
Narrated by Caroline Lee
We're having a BBQ!! That's right, ladies and gents, we're going to have a full out BBQ Cookout today with special guests: a narcissistic hoarder, a cellist, an infertile couple, and some bratty children! Join Britney and Brad as they hash out their personal issues with Liane Moriarty's latest novel, Truly, Madly, Guilty. From being one of their most anticipated reads for the new year to ending up being an unfortunate let down, AudioShelf will discuss how damaging an overdone and somewhat contrived formula can be for an established and well-respected author. Sound harsh? Ehh, we're not so bad. Just give us a listen and find out for yourself.

July 10, 2017

Episode Forty-Five

Interview With Rebecca Soler

Beyond the Headphones
After falling in absolute love with her in Heartless, we are very excited to have the opportunity to interview Rebecca Soler in our virtual tea party. An Audiofile Earphone Award winning narrator, Rebecca has worked with Marissa Meyer, James Patterson, Judy Blume, and Sarah Dessen. Join us as we talk about what it's like to be a voice actor dealing with authors, Rebecca's experiences with Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches, and what to say to those who think audiobooks don't count for reading. Grab a cup of tea and enjoy this amazing conversation! Be sure to check out our website for a full transcript, with links to all the books mentioned.

July 03, 2017

Episode Forty-Four

The Dispatcher

by John Scalzi
Narrated by Zachary Quinto
What if we lived in a world where those who are murdered get a second chance at life and the only person to bring that victim back was called a Dispatcher? Well guess what...we don't. Join Britney and Brad as they discuss how an audiobook with a famous actor doesn't always make it a blockbuster success. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode. If you don't, you may be murdered, but hey, don't fret, you may be brought back to life!

June 26, 2017

Episode Forty-Three

Before I Fall

by Lauren Oliver
Narrated by Sarah Drew
Imagine reliving the day you died over and over again until you were able to change your entire outlook on life and become a better person in the process...or you don't have to imagine that, because that's really morbid for this fine Monday afternoon. Oops! Anyway, in this episode we feature the audiobook, Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver, narrated by Sarah Drew. Join us as we discuss how Sarah Drew's performance is better in this audiobook than she has ever been in Grey's Anatomy as April Kepner, the powerful content of the choices we make in our lives to be better people, and the theme of grief that is displayed throughout this audiobook. Will you shelf this audiobook for all of eternity? Or will you fatally shove it and hope it doesn't "ground hog day" itself back into your life?

June 19, 2017

Episode Forty-Two

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

by Shirley Jackson
Narrated by Bernadette Dunne
1962. A time when horror novels didn't push "jump scares," gore, and cheesy psychological tropes down your throats. Instead, the twists came in more of a slow burn fashion and established a menacing revelation during it's climax that would leave you breathless. Today, we travel through the wickedly creepy mind of Shirley Jackson via her most admired horror novel, We Have Always Lived in the Castle. What makes this episode so creep-tastic is that Britney and Brad recorded it while sitting in the dark, in front of a row of sinister battery operated candles, and hearing disturbing noises coming from the floors and walls that surrounded them. Will this classic literary story be scary enough to give Britney and Brad shelving nightmares? Or should we bury this audiobook for good and shove it forever?

June 12, 2017

The Audiobookworm Tour Special

Understanding the Stars

by Xela Culletto
Narrated by Lori Prince
Imagine one day you are minding your business and then all of the sudden you are sucked into a war between two very different species of alien. If you're not able to imagine that, take some time to enjoy our newest special episode featuring the novel, Understanding the Stars, by X. Culletto. Join us as we take an extraterrestrial adventure following Alexandra Blackwood and Ronan through an entangled web of alien rivalries, secrecy, and abduction. We are so excited for you all to hear our first ever Book Tour review! Sit back, relax, and "phone home" (to tell your friends and family about Understanding the Stars and AudioShelf, of course!)

June 07, 2017

Episode Forty-One

The Vanishing Game

by William Boyd
Narrated by Russ Bain
The promotional audiobook, The Vanishing Game, begins as a seemingly innocuous transporting job in a weather-battered Land Rover Defender and quickly unfolds into a dangerous plot with a shadowy cast of characters. Sound interesting? Well it wasn't. Join Britney and Brad as they pulverize the writing, character development, and unnecessary name dropping of a very expensive vehicle--all of which make this audiobook absolutely miserable; yet, makes this episode laugh-out-loud funny. There is more shade this episode than a garden of palm trees. Enjoy!

June 05, 2017

Episode Forty

Belzhar

by Meg Wolitzer
Narrated by Jorjeana Marie
Not only is AudioShelf giving their most honest review of Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer (narrated by Jorjeana Marie), but we are also going deep inside the world where writing in a unique and magical journal can allow you to relive your most cherished and, at times, heartbreaking memories of missed loved ones in hope of traveling down a mysterious path to overcome grief. We'll chat about how a narrator's emotion, tone, and interest in a story can help an audiobook glow. Britney absolutely loved this novel and narrator, but does Brad feel the same way? Find out on today's episode of AudioShelf.

May 30, 2017

Episode Thirty-Nine

Thirteen Reasons Why

by Jay Asher
Narrated by Debra Wiseman and Joel Johnstone
Whether you loved it or hated it, Thirteen Reasons Why was a phenomenon that swept the beginning of 2017. The book, written by Jay Asher ten years ago, and the Netflix TV series of the same name brought to light an important and relevant conversation that needs to be had. Join us as we delve into our personal opinions of Asher's novel, the pros/cons of it's audiobook, and how the character of Hannah Baker was used to portray such an emotional and heavy topic. WARNING: this episode contains an immense amount of opinion and emotion. Please be advised that suicide is a very serious issue and our intent was to showcase how delicate the subject matter is when its submersed in literature--not to mention young adult novels. If you are feeling suicidal or having thoughts of wanting to harm yourself, please call 1-800-273-8255 or visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

May 22, 2017

Episode Thirty-Eight

Artifice

by Eric Bickernicks
Narrated by Eric Bickernicks and Others
We go behind the scenes of what it's like being an artist who loses his sense of self in this clever and realistic novel by Eric Bickernicks. Mr. Bickernicks reached out and requested a honest review of his work and we're glad we took this adventure with him. With over 40+ narrators, this audiobook gives us an unbelievable amount of great performances. Find out if AudioShelf will frame this audiobook as a keeper or paint it out of the picture for good (and possibly light it on fire).

May 15, 2017