Fantastic #JIAM Listens

This week has turned out to be no less hectic than last week. Unfortunately my life has no regard for June Is Audiobook Month. I do want to share some excellent audiobooks I’ve experienced recently. I still have every intention of reviewing them, but I want to share these recent recommendations during #JIAM.


The Years of Rice and Salt were an adventure listen for me. This book starts with the premise that Christian Europe was killed off by the Plague. How would the world have then progressed? Bronson Pinchot made this alternative world come alive, character after character, reincarnation after reincarnation. I was fascinated throughout. I actually don’t feel smart enough to write a review of this book. I’m just glad I was so willing to take a leap of faith.

The Kind Worth Killing was a fun listen from start to finish. It’s one of those thrillers that make you feel nervous for the villain. It was great. Despite the general immorality of the characters, I loved every second I spent with these characters. I chose this because Karen White read a section at the Virginia Festival of the Book. Thank God I wrote the title down. Johnny Heller, Kathleen Early, and Keith Szarabajka join her. I love everyone of their work. They are always a pleasure to my ears. 

Dietland – Wow! This was a powerful read. It hit home for me in so many ways, the least of which that I am Jennifer (you’ll get that when you start reading). This was my first opportunity to experience Tara Sands narration and it couldn’t have been more perfect. Plum could have had no other voice. She even made what must have been 5 minutes simply listing lipstick colors entertaining. She’s amazing.

Saint Mazie is my current listen. While I may not be finished, I have to talk about it here. Everyone will love Mazie’s story and charisma. Then there is Tavia Gilbert. OMG! She is phenomenal! Had I listened to this before I spent time with her during the Audies I would have made a blundering fool out of myself. I plan on spending a good portion of this evening listening as my last hurrah before my kids get back from camp + extra time with Tavia.

I have had such a fantastic run of audiobooks this month that I fear for what comes next. How do you live up to this? Hopefully it will. I’m loving this listening sweet spot. I hope your audiobook month has been equally as kind to you. There’s never been a better time to be an audiobooks fan.


  • At 2015.06.26 10:23, Sheila Book Journey said:

    I think you just sold me on a whole lot of audio. I too wanted to be a part of audio book month but my head just doesn’t plan and execute like it used to. Audio though – has been so good for me.

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