Tag: novella

Audible Original: Misconception by Liv Constantine

Misconception
Author:
Liv Constantine

Narrators:
Adrienne Patino Dunn
Amanda Dolan
Published: May 22, 2022
Audiobook: 2 hours 45 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Listened To: August 23, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars

Novella Description:

Iris Thomas thought she’d never have to see Sasha Everett again after Sasha seduced her husband and broke up their marriage in a devastating betrayal. But as luck would have it, when Iris’s stepdaughter Molly and Sasha’s daughter Bailey wind up in the same second grade class at an elite private school in Los Angeles, they form an instant bond and force the two women back into each other’s lives.

Iris wants to put the past behind her and support Molly, but as time goes on, she suspects that Sasha may be guilty of something even worse than adultery–of a crime so sinister, no one besides Iris thinks it’s possible. But Sasha’s fooled Iris once before. This time, can she uncover the truth before it’s too late?

Jessica’s Review:

Misconception is the first I have read from Liv Constantine. Constantine is the pen name of two sisters that are authors.  Constantine has been on my list to read, and I finally got the chance with this novella. 

Misconception was a decent novella. I could tell early on what direction the story was going to go in, and it did. There really wasn’t any intrigue but close to the end once everything was confirmed I was interested in what was going to happen next.  You could say there is a tiny cliffhanger with what might happen next.  This novella shows just what a determined person could and would do to get what they want.

Both narrators portrayed the characters of Iris and Sasha as they should have been. You really grow to hate one particular character! This character was 1000% unlikable! I enjoyed the ultimate ending and with where it goes and what may happen next.

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Audible Original: Sleeping Dogs Lie by Samantha Downing

Sleeping Dogs Lie
Author: Samantha Downing

Narrators:
Melanie Nicholls-King

Lindsey Dorcus
Published:  April 1, 2021
Audiobook: 2 hours 8 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Listened: August 25, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Novella Description:

From the internationally best-selling author of My Lovely Wife and He Started It comes a twisted, entertaining novella about a dog walker swept into a criminal investigation when her client winds up dead.

Shelby works as a dog walker in Northern California, and she’s just finished up her biweekly trip to the park with a husky named Pluto. When she brings him back to his house, she finds his owner—Todd Burke, a well-known local businessman and founder of an organic supplements company—dead on the bathroom floor. As a detective interviews Shelby, a medical examiner inspects the body, and more cops search Todd’s home, it becomes clear that the victim’s life was less picture-perfect than his clean-cut persona might lead you to believe.

Jessica’s Review:

I loved this novella!!  Downing is seemingly becoming a new favorite author for me! This clever novella has all kinds of twists and turns and I was fully engrossed in what was going to happen! I wasn’t expecting to be fully involved in the story of a dog walker.

We have two POVs: The dog walker Shelby who is seemingly caught up in a death case, and the second is the police Detective Grady.  What is at first just a death becomes so much more with so many potential guilty parties. I didn’t have any idea on who the guilty party was and was stunned at the conclusion! This fast-paced novella will definitely surprise the listener and also keep them entertained. 

The ending was shocking but I also loved it as it was totally unexpected! I had a smile on my face when this audiobook was over!

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An Audible Original Play: Song of the Northwoods by Jessica Huang

Song of the Northwoods
Playwright: Jessica Huang

Published: April 22, 2022
Audiobook: 1 hour 48 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Listened To: August 19, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 4 star average
     Narration: 5 stars
     Story: 3.5 stars

Play Description:

After a betrayal at work costs Song Kuan her job, she retreats to her friend Lucy’s idyllic family cabin on a lake in Minnesota to lick her wounds. She devotes herself to recording Ice Cold Cases, a true-crime podcast that she and Lucy cohost with the gleeful energy of obsessed fans—until an anonymous tip about a missing-person case disrupts their equilibrium. Then Lucy disappears, leaving Song alone in an unfriendly and unfamiliar town where locals don’t take kindly to strangers asking questions.

Twisty, unpredictable, and sonically adventurous, Song of the Northwoods will keep you guessing until the final showdown.

Jessica’s Review:

Song of the Northwoods is an immersive audio theatrical performance and I enjoyed it!  I just don’t suggest listening to it as you are driving: Parts get loud suddenly and there are several parts where it gets intentionally quieter and I was turning up the volume to try and hear the actors better.  There are also sound effects to enhance the performance. 

The story deals with a true crime podcaster who gets caught up in a cold case and goes to the town to try and discover what happened to the missing person.  The story is not too realistic, but it was enjoyable.  It wasn’t ‘scary’ per se but the voice actors got me fully into the story and I wanted to know what happened! If you enjoy pod casts/true crime, you might want to listen to this narrated play.  Just not while you are driving!

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