Monday, October 29, 2012

11/22/63 by Stephen King. Read by Craig Wasson.

It's been ages since I've finished reading a Stephen King novel, so I was thrilled to get into this audiobook. I was fascinated for all 30 CDs! No horror or gore here--just historical mystery and drama.

If you suddenly discovered that you had the power to travel back in time and "improve" things, what would you change? For Jake, it's the JFK assassination. If he had lived through 11/22/63, things would be better, right? And so Jake lives a few years back in the late 50's, just so he can try to stop Lee Harvey Oswald.

I knew a little bit about the assassination and now I feel like I know much more. Sure, this is fiction, but it's also based on facts, and I found Oswald's history interesting. I had no idea that he had lived in Russia or that he was drawn to Cuba. Why didn't I learn that in my history classes? I was a history minor, for Pete's sake!

Monday, October 1, 2012

In the Woods by Tana French, Read by Steven Crossley

I'm continuing my theme of Irish audiobooks.

Rob Ryan is haunted by the events of his past--when he was 12, his two friends disappeared and Ryan was found alone in the woods with his shoes filled with blood. Now he's all grown up and he still can't remember what happened. He's now a police detective and, when a 12-year-old girl goes missing in the same forest, he can't help but be haunted by his old case.

This is a slow-moving detective story with lots of leads, but I did guess the culprit. Ryan isn't the sharpest tool in the shed, but his female partner, Cassie, sure is! She was great--I'd love to read another book based around her!