Audiobook Of The Month · contemporary · review

Audiobook(s) Of The Month | Ready Player One & Killing Floor

So I finished my previous audiobook with a few days to go before my Audible credit renewed. Therefore, I did what any other sensible person would do in my position… I bought another audiobook. For that reason, I have two to talk about this month. So let’s get into it:

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A man called Halliday has created a virtual reality universe called The Oasis which is so popular world-wide to the point where people spent most of their lives within it; some even get married to other avatars not knowing where they are in the real world, or what they really look like, and others even go to school. At the start of the story, Halliday dies and leaves his vast fortune to whoever can find the hidden easter egg in the game. The reader follows the protagonist, Wade, on his quest to find it.

I’ve been on the fence for a while about delving into this one but quite a few people recommended the audiobook because Will Wheaton is the narrator. I’m going through phases with it because I can’t work out if Wade is coming across obnoxious because of the writing itself or the dramatisation from Wheaton. I’m really enjoying learning how the world is made up and the tresure hunt element is fun but it just has so many periods where the story seems to really lag.

At the time of writing this, I am 67% into the book.

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Then my audible credit renewed, so I decided to give a new genre a try and picked up Killing Floor which is the first book in the Jack Reacher series. My dad is not a big fiction reader but he really enjoys all of Lee Child’s books to the point where when we’ve seen the films, he’s the one sat there saying “that’s not how it happened in the books!” So I figured I’d find out why he likes them so much. Apparently you don’t have to read  them in publication order because each book is a standalone, but I decided it would be best for to start at the beginning.

Jack Reacher is an ex-military officer who rocks up in a new town only to be arrested as a suspect in a homocide case. There’s just one small detail: he only just got in and the crime happened the previous night.

The narrator for this, Jeff Harding, is awful. He’s so robotic in the way he’s telling the story that it’s difficult to listen to but the story is interesting enough for me to keep going. If I do end up liking it overall and want to read his other works, I’ll probably pick up the physical books.

At the time of writing this, I am 8% into this book because I’ve been focusing more of my time on Ready Player One.

So that’s what I’ve been listening to this month! Do you have any audiobooks you think I need to listen to? What are your personal favourites?

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