Art as Life

Lauren by Michelle Miller is either a short read or a short listen and can be found as one of the offerings from Amazon Original Stories. This collection, The Fairer Sex, has eight stories ranging from a 16-minute read to the longest one at 56 minutes. Lauren is an 18-minute read. All works in the collection are available for “free” with a Kindle Unlimited subscription.


Moppet to the Rescue

I listened to an audiobook The Christmas Hirelings written by Mary Elizabeth Braddon and narrated by Richard Armitage and was completely impressed on three levels. This review will have my thoughts on the story itself, the author, and the platform from which I got the audiobook. I remain impressed by listeners or readers who can benefit from audiobooks. Usually, I am not one of them. If the audiobook is too long, I fall asleep. If I try multi-tasking and the task is in any way important, I either have to “rewind” the audiobook to review points unclear to me or I have to repeat steps in the task I was doing because I was more interested in the listening experience and I missed the exit. Vowing never to try multi-tasking, I am back at fighting off sleep. With this four-hour presentation, I didn’t even doze, let alone sleep. I listened to it in one session and remained interested in every chapter.

White House in Wonderland

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Jake, Where Did You Go?

I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Ian Reid is a true psychological thriller but according to reviews I have read, I believe it is remarkable only in the correct format. I listened to the presentation. Not to take anything away from the author, the narration by Candace Thaxton “makes” the story. There is also a very good secondary narrator, male, who briefly appears but it is an appearance which adds necessary final touches. Although I was completely impressed by the audible presentation, I wanted to read it. On sale at USD 1.99 on Amazon, it has over 400 reviews and they are all over the place. There is almost an even distribution between one-star and five-star reviews. Mathematicians, please don’t criticize, I know the distribution is not quite even; check it out to see what I mean. Download the free reading sample and listen to the free audible sample available on the Amazon website. I give this five Amazon stars but I listened to it, then read it. My rating is based on the listening experience. The unique experience for me is that I agree with all the reviewers of the Kindle version who awarded from one to five stars. This is a story for listening.