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Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. ~ Inspired by the meme In My Mailbox.~ It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Ah, I’m late getting this up today because I was busy playing Mass Effect: Andromeda and lost track of time…again. It’s been an off and on week here. I finally had the energy and desire to do some deep cleaning and get some of the clutter out of my closet and off of my bookshelves so everything looks nicer again. I haven’t been reading as much thanks to the video game, but I’m really enjoying it and it feels awesome to be back into a Bioware game.

I’m hoping to continue the cleaning by reading a few of the books I’m unsure about and possibly putting them in the ‘trade in’ pile instead of back on my shelf, but we shall see if I can pry myself away from the Xbox long enough to do that.

Books Read

  • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  • Watchmen by Alan Moore (Graphic Novel)
  • One-Punch Man Vol. 6, 7, & 8 (Manga)
  • The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook
  • Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin Manuel-Miranda & Jeremy McCarter

Last Week

Monday: Steamborn by Eric R. Asher (Audiobook Review)

Tuesday: Tell Me Tuesday

Thursday: Kubrick’s Game by Derek Taylor Kent (Audiobook Review)

Book Haul

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Audiobook Review: Kubrick’s Game by Derek Taylor Kent

kubricks-gameSource: Audavoxx – I received this in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: –
Series: –
Narrator: Jonathan Frakes, Yvette Nicole Brown
Edition: Audiobook,  9 Hours  45 Minutes
Genre: Thriller
Purchase: Amazon / Audible / Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Shawn Hagan, a college film student obsessed with legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, discovers hidden clues in his movies which lead him on a harrowing quest toward a mysterious treasure that Kubrick left behind. Endangered by sinister groups on the same quest, Shawn has no choice but to claim the prize first because in the wrong hands … “It has the power to change the course of history.”

Kubrick’s Game is a story in the same vein as The Da Vinci Code. It’s fast paced, full of puzzles and exceedingly well done in its execution.

I’ll be honest and say I fall asleep during Kubrick films. I can watch exceedingly long movies with no problem..but put in a Kubrick film and I’m out after the first 20 minutes. So I was hesitant going into this because I knew my appreciation for the puzzle solving would be automatically lessened due to my somewhat unwilling ignorance on the films themselves. However, I found that I had no issue what so ever following along and enjoy the ride! The puzzles are so engrained in the media they pull from that it makes you want to pop in the movies and start hunting yourself. The sheer amount of Kubrick trivia in this novel is just amazing, I went from knowing next to nothing about the main to knowing parts of his process and habits during filming. In fact, it sort of keyed me in on details I missed in my viewings of the films and made me appreciate them a bit more.

The main character, Shawn, provided a perspective that I have never read anything from nor was I was expecting. Shawn has Aspergers. I can’t speak to the authenticity of the voice itself, however, I really appreciated the viewpoint as he navigates his problems with social interactions, maintaining relationships, and learning more about himself.

The audiobook itself is narrator by Johnathan Franken and Yvette Nicole Brown. Franken, or Riker from Star Trek, provides the main narration for the book and Brown provides the voice of Desiree. It’s an odd style for an audio but as it is explained in the beginning this takes on a sort of radio show type feel to it and gives the book a bit of it’s own style. While I really did enjoy both Franken and Brown’s reading I will say that at points the quality dips a bit. The volume will randomly drop down in areas, so there was a lot of playing with the volume controls.

Overall I think this is a must for movie fans and for those who love a thrilling ride filled with riddles and danger.

4 stars

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