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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.


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Light from a Distant Star

I’m into the second half of my books to read for my list! I chose this audio book because it was shorter – about 6 hours –  which is way shorter than a lot of audio books. It sounded decently interesting also. I was driving to visit my brother, sister-in-law, and nephew for the long 4th of July weekend. I wasn’t able to finish the book in my down and back trip, but I also ride the train so was easily able to finish in the week following my trip!

Light from a Distant Star by Mary McGarry Morris was the coming-of-age story of a young girl in a small town. She has to deal with things no child should have to deal with: parent’s struggling finances, an older sister getting involved with sex and drugs, defending a younger brother who is picked on by other kids, and witnessing a murder. If you studied or are interested in child psychology, it’s a very interesting read as this girl is pressured by the law and her parents to not only remember what she saw and when, but to remember it the “right” way. There were definitely times I wanted to scream at my dashboard – either at the girl or at her parents. Unfortunately I think this is what happens too often when children have to be involved in serious court matters.

I recommend it (obviously depending on what kind of books you like) – and it was a good book to listen to!



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Invitation to Provence

Checking off the books on my 30 before 30 list! This one I listened to. If you have never listened to a book while driving, I highly recommend it. It makes the drive go by SO much faster! I usually only do it if my drive is at least 4 hours one way. Most audio books are pretty long, so I found Invitation to Provence by Elizabeth Adler based on the length and the fact that it was available.

It is an interesting plot – an old woman living in Provence decides to reach out to long lost family members to plan a reunion before the end of her life. This includes people from around the world, some of whom she’s never met due to family rift (including murder and mystery). Before they all come together, you learn about each of them, along with some other people in their lives. After the reunion, the story slows down a little, but a plot of revenge picks the tempo up again towards the end. I obviously don’t want to give away anything, so read it for yourself – or listen to it!

from Amazon

from Amazon