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Monday Mini ~ Euphoria by Lily King (Audiobook Review)

MondayMini3Getting back into the swing of things each week is hard. So is finding the quiet time to write a review over the weekend. In order to ease out of the weekend, I’ve decided to begin my blogging week with a mini review.

In the 12th grade I was assigned The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. I hated it. What I remember about that novel today are extreme boredom and endless travel down an African river. Until I read State of Wonder by Ann Patchett, I attributed my feelings to Conrad and his writing style. While listening to Patchett’s novel, however, I came to realize that I didn’t care for novels dealing with the exploration and exploitation of isolated areas and tribes. Imagine my surprise (and I admit initial dismay) when I picked up this audiobook without reading the description and started listening because of the narrators. Let no one ever say that audiobook lovers aren’t an adventurous lot.

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Atlantic Monthly Press ~ June 3, 2014 ~ 256 pages
Blackstone Audio ~ Simon Vance and Xe Sands ~ 6 hours 53 minutes

Euphoria tells the story of Nell Stone, an accomplished American anthropologist in New Guinea with Finn, her less accomplished Australian anthropologist husband, and Andrew Bankson, an English anthropologist hiding from his life. Nell and Finn have just fled an angry tribe when they meet up with Bankson. They are ill and Nell has a broken ankle. Bankson is physically whole and healthy, but he is not a well man himself. Unlike other novels dealing with similar subject, what transpires after these three anthropologists meet kept me fascinated throughout. Euphoria was a journey to experience.

As long time fans of both Simon Vance and Xe Sands, there was no doubt in my mind that I would listen to Euphoria, their first audiobook collaboration. I thought willfully jumping into the unknown might have been a mistake, however, as soon as I understood this book was about anthropologists in New Guinea. My apprehension was quickly laid to rest. Not only was the story itself fast paced and fascinating, both narrators were well suited for their characters and gave excellent performances. Xe Sands has a gift for portraying smart, talented women with hidden vulnerabilities. It was as if Sands struggled along with Nell as she tried desperately to control what happened when her work and her marriage collided. The haunted Bankson couldn’t have been narrated any better than by Simon Vance. While it may have been Vance’s vocal range that attracted me to his work, it was his emotional range that impressed me here. There was much more complexity to Bankson’s character than I had expected of a solitary bachelor anthropologist. Both Vance and Sands impressed me with the way they brought their characters to life. Better yet, their styles complemented each other and the novel as a whole. My excitement over this collaboration was well deserved.

Euphoria was for me all that State of Wonder promised to be. I highly recommend this audiobook, which is nominated for a 2015 Audie Award, and plan on checking out Lily King’s backlist.

What It’s All About

Sometimes all of the stresses of life seem to come at you from all angles. There are days when you have to run from emails, to working lunches, to oldest kid’s school, to the orthodontist, to the youngest kid’s school, and finally home to finish up the work day (purely hypothetical, right?). They leave you feeling like there’s just not enough of you to go around. Then, when you’re sitting at your laptop distracted as all get out, your beautiful girls, who have really found a blossoming friendship this winter, make you look up and see what’s really important in life. Instantly, my day was made.

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Shortly thereafter I finished reading The Half-Blood Prince, but that’s a whole other story…

It’s Armchair Audies Season!

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The 2015 Audie Awards were announced last week. Since then, I have been busy pouring over the nominees by category and have gotten the Armchair Audies blog up to date and ready for the new season. I also created a Pinterest Board to make it easier to keep track of our progress leading up to […]

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The Art of English Murder by Lucy Worsley ~ Mini Audiobook Review

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The Art of English Murder by Lucy Worsley Published by: Pegasus Published on: October 15, 2015 Page Count: 336 Genre: Non-Fiction My Reading Format: Audiobook purchased with a monthly credit from Audible.com. Audiobook Published by: Tantor Media Narrator: Anne Flosnik Audiobook Length: 7 hours 6 minutes Available Formats: Hardcover, eBook, and Audiobook Note: I was so […]

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If I Picked Audie Award Winners

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My past predictions both before the nominees were announced and my Armchair Audies selections over the years are dead giveaways. I do not actually pick Audie Award winners. My “I’m just one person with one daily commute” collection of audiobooks listened to each year handicaps me when it comes to predicting what might be nominated. […]

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins ~ Audiobook Review

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins Published by: Riverhead Published on: January 13, 2015 Page Count: 336 Genre: Fiction My Reading Format: Audiobook review copy provided to me for consideration. Audiobook Published by: Penguin Audio Narrators: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, and India Fisher Audiobook Length: 10 hours 59 minutes Available Formats: Hardcover, eBook, […]

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Monday Mini ~ Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott

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Getting back into the swing of things each week is hard. So is finding the quiet time to write a review over the weekend. In order to ease out of the weekend, I’ve decided to begin my blogging week with a mini review. Do you ever get a hankering for a specific narrator? You aren’t […]

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Hufflepuff Pride ~ My Response to The Goblet of Fire

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The Goblet of Fire brought us to and then past the halfway point of the Harry Potter Readalong Shelia at Book Journey is hosting. Reading this book was quite an experience for me. My feelings about the book and my desire to read it waxed and waned and then I couldn’t put it down to […]

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Best Audiobooks of 2015 Blog Hop

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Once again The Book Nympho, The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog, and Hot Listens are hosting a blog hop for audiobook lovers to share their favorite listens of the past year. I am very happy to be participating in this big week full of audiobook celebration. We’ll each be sharing our five favorite listens of the year. So […]

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Thank You!

Last Saturday marked my 8th anniversary as a book blogger. I missed this date last year and I had every intention of celebrating this year. As this post illustrates, I missed the date yet again. Thank goodness Literate Housewife is a forgiving thing or I’d be in the dog house. This blog has brought wonderful […]

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