December was a disappointing month in terms of audiobooks. None of these listens really blew me away. 

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

I’ve always found this book to be a bit intimidating. Not because of it’s length, but because of the story. Granted, my knowledge of said story only extended as far as knowing Oliver is an orphan that is punished for daring to ask for more food. That’s it. That’s all I knew. And that premise has never caught my attention.
 
But, I wanted to check this classic off my list so I audiobooked it. And… while it wasn’t what I was expecting, I still only feel “meh” about it. 

Dickens has a way to of bringing the drab, dirty city alive. It’s something I’ve always enjoyed about his writing. And his characters! They all vary from one to the next. Although Oliver’s childish innocence reminded me of a young Pip. Anyway, the writing is great, the characters are interesting, the narration was on point, and yet I didn’t really care for the story. Hm.

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking

This book first came to my attention when my book twin Morgana @Morganas Book Box reviewed it. Now, I need to learn how to be happier so of course this book quickly went onto my TBR. When the audiobook became available on OverDrive, I jumped at the chance to listen to it. 

The main point I got from this book: comfort is key. The Danish embrace comfort on a whole other level. Candles, books, food. Anything can be Hygge if it makes you calm and relaxed. Seems simple enough to do. 

It was a quick, fairly interesting read. As an introvert, Wiking’s description of Hygge sounds like a beautiful dream. I’m not a writer, so I can’t really put it into words. But. If you read this book, then you’ll figure out what I mean 😉

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides 

I thought the concept of this book was interesting. A college love triangle where the girl in the middle (Madeleine) is writing her thesis on the marriage plot found within Romantic and Victorian novels. But it fell completely flat for me.

My biggest gripe is how utterly pretentious this book is. Dropping author names left and right and expounding their ideas. So you know who Marquis de Sade and Cheever are. Kudos to you, sir. 

I think this book is designed to be read and appreciated by a certain group of people (i.e. English majors and people who thoroughly enjoy discussing literary themes). Me, I don’t like to overthink books. So I didn’t like this book. 

The only reason I gave this book 2 stars on Goodreads: Leonard. He is one of Madeleine’s love interests. He is also a manic depressive. I thought his representation was fairly done so I bumped my rating up. Other than that. Nope. Couldn’t stand listening to this book.

Recommend? Only to fans of The Secret History

Favorite listen? Definitely The Little Book of Hygge. A great little book from the CEO of The Happiness Institute. Plus, I found his voice to be so soothing! 

4 thoughts on “December 2018 Audiobooks

  1. Ah, that’s a shame about Oliver Twist. I think of all the Dickens stories I’ve ever read, it’s the only one I actually enjoyed. I always felt sorry for the lady, I can’t remember her name.

    I loved Middlesex, but every other book of his that I’ve found on GR have received such poor reviews which is a shame because Middlesex blew me away. I think I’ll read for Leonard if I do end up reading it, but The Secret History feel to it makes me want to drench my head in a bucket of ice water.

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    1. A Tale of Two Cities is my favorite Dickens. I think he’s very hit or miss as an author.

      Middlesex was so good!! Unexpected twists and such an interesting story. But this book was… annoying lol. I really did love the idea of it though.

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      1. I liked A Tale of Two Cities and certain aspects were quite exhilarating, Sydney Carton as a character and the French Revolution was interesting. But the romance, eesh, Sydney sacrificed himself for that? Gah.

        Hmm, that’s a really interesting thought. Is it a great story or just a great idea? Authors could learn from journalists if they ask themselves that. But yes, Middlesex, captivating, I want to read a book like that one day… can you imagine if we could reread our favourite books and have all memory of having read it before wiped out? That would be divine.

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