AudioShelf A Podcast for AudioBookWorms

Episodes

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

Episode Thirty-Seven

Heartless

by Marissa Meyer
Narrated by Rebecca Soler
Travel to a world full of delicious sweat treats, scrumptious sour tarts, and homemade goodies baked by a pre-evil Queen of Hearts. Sound good? Join us as we discuss one of the most brilliant fairy tale adaptations we've ever come across, Heartless by Marissa Meyer, narrated by the ingenious Rebecca Soler. Listen as we chat about how an audiobook can be considered a masterpiece with the perfect author/narrator combo. Will we persuade you to listen to Heartless' audiobook, or will you decide not to take another unique and truly wonderful trip to Wonderland? Com'on, "how could you be so heartless?"

May 08, 2017

Episode Thirty-Six

Sharp Objects

by Gillian Flynn
Narrated by Ann Marie Lee
AudioShelf is going to take you on a wild ride down South, where an investigation will take place to figure out if the audiobook for Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn will be Shelved or Shoved. In true AudioShelf fashion, we will discuss how good Audiobooks tempt us with the urge to search for spoilers, reveal our opinions about literarily flawed women, and touch on how the "South" can be a character in itself when it comes to suspenseful murder mysteries. Join us to see if Sharp Objects' narrator, Ann Marie Lee, "makes the cut" as the troubling journalist who comes home to her Southern tiny town to report on two gruesome murders, ultimately bringing up past memories for her that you won't see coming.

May 01, 2017

Episode Thirty-Five

Dead Man: Black Magic Outlaw, Book 1

by Domino Finn
Narrated by Neil Hellegers
We're AudioShelf: podcasters, audiobook lovers, and honest reviewers. And we're 100% going to review the crap out of the audiobook called Dead Man: Black Magic Outlaw Book One by Domino Finn and narrated by Neil Hellegers. Did we say 100%? Because we mean it. We don't do anything half-way. Join us as we follow a path down vengeance and unanswered questions with Cisco Suarez: a necromancer, shadow charmer, and black magic outlaw. Can Neil Hellegers' narration be the light in this dark and twisty dramedy? Or will AudioShelf shove this audiobook in the mouth of the nearest "Zombie Pit-Bull?" Listen. And. Find. Out.

April 24, 2017