42/100 Vikings (Great Courses)

This was a fascinating course I obtained through Audible. I tend to listen to Great Courses while I am in the car and therefore probably do not pay enough attention, but what I did catch of Viking History was fascinating. This lector has a wonderful way of making history come to life. I had no idea how long the Viking Age spanned, nor was I aware of how much impact the vikings had on our history overall.
If you enjoy Norse Mythology, like watching shows about vikings, or love reading about vikings then this is a great course to help you winnow the facts from the fiction.
Happy Listening!

34-37/100 Audio Books

Bear Meets Girl; The Mane Squeeze; Beast Behaving Badly; and Hunting Season by Shelly Laurenston.

I really enjoy these books by Shelly Laurenston, which is why I keep re-reading them.  When listening to these books on audio it becomes more difficult to skip over the explicit sex and foul language.  If either of these things offend you then do not listen to these on audio.  They really are good books, these are going back to the beginning of the series, therefore going back to some of Laurenston’s early writing.  As she furthered her career Laurenston began to focus more on the characters than the sex.  These early books set up her mythos/world and are useful to read so you know where the other books are going.

 

33/100 Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston

Okay, so this is a re-read.  The main difference is that I listened to this book on Audible this time.  Boy what a difference listening to a book makes.  However, that change is not positive in this case.  I really enjoy the characters, the narrator is phenomenal with the Bronx and southern accents.  It really makes a difference. On the other hand, the amount of graphic sex in this book is much harder to skip over when I’m driving a car than when I’m sitting down and reading.  If you don’t mind graphic sex then this is a good listen, if that squicks you out then it is a decent read if you are willing to skip some parts.    This is the start to an amazing series, there is some graphic sex throughout but the characters are so easy to fall in love with and laugh along with I ignore the sexy times.

Happy Reading!

32/100 Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

This audio book was a very interesting interpretation of the Norse Mythos.  Gaiman is a very talented author and it was amazing to hear about a subject that fascinated him from his own perspective.  The Norse Mythos are indeed one of the less popular/widely known mythos.  They tend to be greatly interpreted by the Marvel Comics from which we find Thor in modern times.  These are not always true to the original myths, in fact they are greatly changed and often misrepresent individuals within the myths.  I enjoyed listening to the retelling of the myths from Gaiman’s perspective and hope that either he continues this trend, or that other authors take up the mythology banner.

20/100 Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor, Cecil Baldwin

This was absolutely fabulous.  If you have ever listened to Welcome to Night Vale, then you need to listen to this audio book, don’t read it!  I have no idea how you would even consider reading this book instead of listening to it.  The utter weird that comprises this book can only be truly experienced by listening to someone crooning the gruesome descriptions of the librarians in your ears as you drive down the road.  If you are a librarian that tends to be sensitive about your profession, of weak constitution, or just not able to deal with the insanely weird, then do not bother reading or listening to this book…or probably any book I review…This is not a book for the weak or faint of heart.

If however you listen to Welcome to Night Vale and enjoy it, think of this as a 12+ hour episode of Welcome to Night Vale.  It arguably has more plot-line than a lot of the episodes, but enough weird to make up for it.  If you like weird and audio books then I really recommend you subscribe to the podcast of Welcome to Night Vale, it really is good.  (I am not sponsored by Night Vale or any of its subsidiaries and purchased this audiobook with my own funds.)

Goodnight Night Vale, Goodnight.