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FluffyCowBird has read 0 of 30 books.

reviewed Earthlings by Sayaka Murata

Earthlings (AudiobookFormat, 2020, Blackstone Publishing) 5 stars

Review of 'Earthlings' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

Content warning Contains Spoilers!!

The History of the Peloponnesian War (AudiobookFormat, 2007, Blackstone Audio Inc.) 5 stars

Thucydides’ classic chronicle of the war between Athens and Sparta from 431 to 404 BCE …

Review of 'The History of the Peloponnesian War' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

No spoilers! You'll have to read the book yourself to find out who wins. This book taught me an enormous amount about ancient Greek warfare techniques and the depth of pride and what seems almost like sibling rivalry  which was felt among the various city-states. Absolutely fascinating. I recommend the audiobook very highly. I could never have sat through this entire book on paper! But I'm so glad to have read this. It's a classic for a reason!

I could not believe how prescient some passages were, such as early on when he describes the way men twisted words to mean different things than they used to so as to justify the leadup to war. Completely fascinating. The prose is phenomenally clear. There are only a few passages where I struggled (main shortcoming of the audio format) with understanding who was speaking or whose activities were being described when the …

What the Fact? (Hardcover, 2022, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) 5 stars

Review of 'What the Fact?' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

A very informative, entertaining read. I thought I had a handle on the basics of misinformation and media literacy as a pretty educated adult reader but I learned quite a bit! The history facts and perspective are eye-opening.

I agree with what others have said about the sound effects of the audiobook. They were quite distracting and pretty young-sounding for the overall reading and cognitive difficulty as well as the length of the text.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (2019, Penguin Audio) 4 stars

Review of 'Black Leopard, Red Wolf' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

A truly brilliant story! The world-building of an alternative African magical reality is absolutely incredible. I will need to give this another listen, though it is so intense and violent I don't know when I'll be up for it. It's almost like the most graphic type of scenes from Law & Order: SVU all put together with terrifying descriptions of witchcraft blended with mysterious powers, destiny, loss, and a pervasive, bitter sense of betrayal.

It was hard to follow at times but well worth the effort and time. It's a long book but so exquisitely told!

The author does not shy away from extremely graphic depictions of the acts of his characters, including sexual assault, murder, and war crimes against children. I actually had to set it aside after the first time I tried listening to it until a time when I was more able to handle the violent opening …