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Mini Reviews: Audiobooks Under 6 Hours

Today’s impromptu post is a compilation of mini reviews of some books I’ve listened to this month. There is really no rhyme or reason to these books, and the only thing they have in common is that they’re very short. My reviews—which are more like a short commentary—are also, to keep with the theme, very short, varying from 2-3 lines to two short paragraphs.

Recitatif: A Story by Toni Morrison

Thanks to Libro.fm for sending me an ALC in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genre: Classics, literary fiction.

Length: 1 hour and 54 minutes.

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Review: This is my first time reading Toni Morrison and I really enjoyed it. I thought the premise was brilliant. It truly has you, whether you want to or not, trying to solve which of the girls is black and which is white, when in reality, it doesn’t matter at all.

The introduction by Zadie Smith is a great addition to this edition, and having that part read by her in the audiobook is fantastic. The rest of the audiobook is also highly enjoyable.

Augusta Savage: The Shape of a Sculptor’s Life by Marilyn Nelson

Thanks to Hachette Audio for sending me an audiobook copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: ★★.5

Genre: Non-fiction, biography, poetry.

Length: 2 hours and 15 minutes.

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Review: The idea of writing a biography in verse is definitely interesting, but I don’t think it worked for me. I also unfortunately didn’t love the narration of the audiobook as it was excruciatingly slow and I had to listen to it on 2,7x speed. Regardless, it was interesting to learn about Augusta’s life as I had no prior knowledge of it, but I do wish it had been executed differently.

Sex Education: A Guide to Life by Jordan Paramor

Thanks to Hachette Audio for sending me an audiobook copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: ★★★.5

Genre: Non-fiction.

Length: 3 hours and 20 minutes.

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Review: A really nice guide on all things sex and relationships. I really enjoyed that it goes over different genders, sexualities, disabilities, mental health struggles and more. It was also really refreshing to see a great focus on friendships and self-love and a demythification of sex and romantic partnership.

Things I Should Have Said: Family, Fame, and Figuring It Out by Jamie Lynn Spears

Thanks to Hachette Audio for sending me an audiobook copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: ★★.5

Genre: Non-fiction, autobiography.

Length: 5 hours and 53 minutes.

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Review: Let me preface this by saying I’m only judging the book itself, not the ongoing fight happening in the Spears family because although I’m familiar in the #FreeBritney movement, I don’t feel like I’m in a position to talk about it.

My main issue with the book was that it felt lifeless most of the time. I listened to this on audio and, despite being narrated by Jamie Lynn Spears herself, a good portion of it was devoid of any kind of feeling. It also felt quite self-congratulatory at times when she failed to recognise her own privileged life (that yeah, had ups and downs, but still privileged). However, it was a still fast and decently enjoyable read.

Have you read or are you interested on any of this books? Do you usually like short books?

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