With the increasingly pleasant weather comes the desire to spend more time outside. And with more time outside comes the opportunity to listen to more audio books as I take walks and slowly meander around town. I won’t say no to that!
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant (5/5 stars)
Three-line review: This beautifully written book is a tangential story about a woman barely mentioned in the Book of Genesis named Dinah, and it is surprisingly not preachy and very accessible for someone with no knowledge about the Bible. As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to appreciate high-quality literary fiction with well-developed characters, and The Red Tent absolutely fits that bill. This book traces Dinah’s life story, which is woven with riveting dialogue, interesting secondary characters, and unpredictable plot twists.
Among Wolves by R.A. Hakok (2/5 stars)
Three-line review: I’m a sucker for dystopian stories, but this one fails by not appropriately setting up rules that make sense and carry throughout the novel. While not a total flop, every aspect of the story — character development, climax, setting — was just weak enough to keep me from caring. I wanted to see how this story ended so I kept reading, but this is the first book I have ever skimmed, and I don’t feel like I missed anything of importance.
The Dry by Jane Harper (5/5 stars)
Three-line review: There’s nothing quite like a well-written murder mystery listened to as an audio book to keep a person running in unpleasant conditions, and this book did just that. I was riveted by this perfectly paced story that spanned across two generations, and it was easy for me to run “just one more loop” in order to listen to a bit more. The author wrote a perfectly hidden twist into the plot, and even when I thought I’d caught on, I was completely thrown off — and happily impressed — with the outcome.