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Give Me Your Hand

I love a good audio book when I’m on a road trip. It literally makes the drive fly by. I haven’t done a good audio book in a while because most of road trips now include my husband and then you have to try to find something that everyone will like and then what do you do if you don’t get to the end and you have to find time to finish it together and it’s just way to complicated.

But I recently took a solo trip to my brother’s for my nephew’s birthday, so I audio booked it up. If you are not familiar, your library probably does audio book loans and I play it through an app on my phone. Brilliant!

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott was a mysterious thriller. It is the story of two girls who become close friends in high school but abruptly end the friendship when one girl shares a very personal secret. They end up reuniting many years later, after college, and dredge up all kinds of pent up feelings and memories and then add to the trouble to make the relationship even more complicated.

I jumps back and forth in time, which can sometimes be hard to follow in audio form, but the chapters were clearly labels ‘then’ and ‘now’ so it was super easy to follow! I definitely recommend it and it’s not very long. My round trip in the car was about 10 hours and I maybe had an hour left to finish, which was perfect for the train ride to/from work the next day!

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The Most Dangerous Animal of All

Another audio book took me down and back from my brother’s for Thanksgiving. The Most Dangerous Animal of All by Gary L. Stuart and Susan Mustafa came up on a recommendation list for me based on my interest in true crime stories and it was available through the library when I needed it. It was a much better audio book than A God in Ruins but a very different story.

Gary Stuart tells his story of being abandoned as an infant then adopted. As an adult with his own child, his biological mother tracks him down and they begin the process of creating a relationship and catching up on life. He starts asking questions about his biological father, which leads him down a rabbit hole of increasingly disturbing information. Eventually, Stuart compiles quite a bit of compelling evidence that his father was the Zodiac killer. I think he covers some extraneous information about his life that just made the book longer, though I guess it was interesting enough and contributed to the overall story. Apparently a lot of people still come forward today claiming they discovered who the Zodiac was, but what I don’t understand is why the police don’t run DNA tests on the old evidence and compare them against these claims. Although it is highly likely this guy is no longer living, I would think they would want to close the cold case for good.

Anyway, check out the book – it’s an easy and intriguing read if crime and criminal psychology are things that interest you.


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The Night Circus

I’ve been driving a lot lately for both work and personal travel. So it was time for another audio book. I came across The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and it sounded interesting. I’m not sure why, but I find it much easier to follow some audio books over others. Part of it may be the timeline in the story – if the story does not progress completely sequentially, it’s a little harder to follow in audio format. I also cannot follow audio books with very complicated plots or too many characters.

This one was slightly hard to listen to only because it jumped a little in between story lines. The whole plot surrounds a magic traveling circus that is only open at night. I know, it sounds kind of lame but the whole conception behind the circus is explained – which is a fantastical and exciting explanation. The plot progresses by following different sets of characters involved in the circus. All the characters are very interesting and unique. As usual, I don’t want to give too much away, but this book was enjoyable. There is magic, illusion, love, and competition. A nice escape from the real world.