[Audiobook Talk] Nimona by Noelle Stevenson #LoveAudiobooks

Audiobook Details:

Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Narrator: Rebecca Soler, Jonathan Davis, Marc Thompson
Length: 2 hours 16 minutes
Read: June 2017

Synopsis:

An original full-cast audio adaptation of the New York Times best-selling graphic novel sensation from Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic.

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Adapted for audio, this brilliant production is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and graphic novel and is sure to win Noelle many new ones. This full-cast audio edition is performed by Rebecca Soler, Jonathan Davis, Marc Thompson, January LaVoy, Natalie Gold, Peter Bradbury, and David Pittu and features original music by Loren Toolajian, with sound effects throughout.

Nimona is an impulsive young shape-shifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

My Thoughts

Since I had already read Nimona last year, I hadn’t intended to pick it up again. It’s probably one of my favourite graphic novels of all time, Nimona being such a hilarious and fun character and her relationship with Lord Blackheart is just so, so funny and memorable. I was looking for an audiobook to listen to and just couldn’t make up my mind so I thought I’d go with a reread of this one – I’ve always seen graphic novels as audiobooks on the library’s website but I’ve never listened to one, so since this one was just over 2 hours long I thought I’d give it a go.

This was so much fun! Rebecca Soler (who narrates the audiobooks for Marissa Meyers’s Lunar Chronicles series) does an AMAZING job as our lead character, Nimona, and her snarkiness and crazy enthusiasm for all things villainy is just SO over the top and hilarious and her paired with the voice of Lord Blackheart was just too awesome to listen to. However, while I loved the narration, the sound effects, the music, just everything about listening to this, I think something would’ve been lost had I not already read the graphic novel. I could easily picture the diagrams in my head and I thought it might have been even more fun to listen to this while following in the book, but had I not read the book already, I’m not sure it would’ve been that good.

Anyway, this was so much fun to listen to and it made me interested to listen to more stories as full-cast narrations. I love the idea of sound effects and music – it’s almost like watching a movie, but not watching. The narration does help a bit to describe what’s going on, but like I said, it’s probably even better if you read the book along with listening — it would definitely add something to the enjoyment of the story.

Audiobook Notes: 

Like I said, the narration of this was awesome. Rebecca Soler did a FANTASTIC job as Nimona and was just over the top hilarious and exactly what I wanted her to sound like. This really made her become one of my favourite narrators, just seeing another side of what she can do. I also loved all the other voices and the sound effects and music really added another dimension to the book, making it so enjoyable to listen to.

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[Book Talk] The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1) by Brent Weeks

Book Details

Format: Ebook
Source: Library
Read: April 2017

Lightbringer series

  1. The Black Prism
  2. The Blinding Knife
  3. The Broken Eye
  4. The Blood Mirror

Synopsis:

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals.

But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

My Thoughts

And it’s another book I read that was recommended by Regan from Peruse Project! Seriously, I love her book reviews so much and I feel like if she ever tells her audience to read a book I’m instantly picking it up. This book was fantastic!

Now, this isn’t a book I would’ve picked up originally. I don’t usually read fantasy and when I have, I’ve read more YA fantasy, books that are a bit lighter, etc. I don’t usually pick up high fantasy books by male authors with male protagonists. I know it sounds wrong, but my tastes usually lead me towards female authors. But NOW … now I want to read more male authors and more fantasy and definitely more of this series.

I loved this book. I loved Kip and Gavin and the whole world, the idea of colours and prisms. There were so many things that happened in this book that had me, like “WHAT?!?” and I flew through it … actually, it took me about 8 days to read, which is a long time for me to read a book (says the girl who took three months to read an Outlander book) and normally I’d be like, okay, just get this book read already, but it made me slow down and really take it all in. I loved how when I’d put it down and pick it back up, I was genuinely excited to read it and I knew exactly where I left off. The whole story was very plot driven and had so many twists and turns and just when I thought I knew where it was going it went in the opposite direction.

Honestly, I finished this book and needed more! It is such a great introduction to the series and there are so many things I need to know. The next book is going to be so good!

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[Book Talk] Vicious (Vicious, #1) by V. E. Schwab

Book Details

Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Read: April 2017

Vicious series

  1. Vicious
  2. Vengeful (yay!)

Synopsis:

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

My Thoughts

So I got this book recommendation from Regan over at Peruse Project. Seriously, it’s because of her that I’ve been reading so many GREAT fantasy books! I never thought that I’d get into fantasy because the books I’ve tried have been overly ambitious (like George R. R. Martin) and they just haven’t flicked that switch in my brain, but the last few I’ve read have been AWESOME.

Now, I love V. E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series and I feel like I could have loved her newest book, This Savage Song, but I listened to it on audiobook while I should have read the physical book. But that’s beside the point, this book was pretty amazing. It took just a little bit to get into and I think that was because I don’t read a lot of male POV books, but once I got into it, I couldn’t get enough of it. I loved Victor and Eli and their determination to figure out how EOs exist. I loved the back and forth of the writing, which would have been SO confusing on audiobook — it went from last night to ten years ago to two years ago, etc. and I felt like since I gave myself the time to actually sit and read in big chunks that it wasn’t confusing at all. I loved the backstory given for both main characters as well as the additional characters in the story. I loved how interesting all the characters were and how dark the story was in general. The ending was so good and when I finished I learned that it was literally JUST announced that this book would be the first in a trilogy and that makes me so happy!

And can I just gush about the cover? I love how old school it is. It seriously looks like something I’d find on my brothers’ sci fi shelf from 20 years ago. It’s just so retro! (I’m 36 years old … can I get away with calling something retro?) This book made me want to read more fantasy and want to read more of V. E. Schwab’s books. She’s a fantastic writer!

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