Mark Bramhall has appeared in leading roles Off-Broadway, regionally, and at most Southern California venues. While a Resident Artist at California’s classical repertory theatre, A Noise Within, he starred in 34 productions. He is a prolific, multi-award-winning audiobook narrator: recipient of the American Library Association’s 2016 Odyssey Award; a two-time Audie Award winner; and he has been cited annually by Publishers Weekly and AudioFile Magazine among their Best Voices / Best Audiobooks of the Year. About his experience narrating The Hero’s Brother, Mark says “It’s a huge flight of imagination, excellently conceived and executed. Great fun to play all these characters!”
Don't miss the latest Shelf Addiction interview! On today's podcast episode I'm interviewing actor and audiobook narrator Mark Bramhall. He's got lots of fun stories and he's sharing with me his experience narrating The Hero's Brother, written by M. Scott Anderson.
Don't miss the latest Shelf Addiction interview! On today's podcast episode I’m interviewing author J.N. Welsh. She introduces to her new novel, In Tune. You'll want to hear all about this Contemporary Romance set in an EDM world. Don't forget to check out her lightning round Q&A at the end of the interview!
Welcome to the next discussion of the read-along. I hope you're reading (or re-reading in some cases) along with us! Listen to the latest read-along podcast episode as Casey, Nicola, and I share our thoughts on Marked in Flesh, the fourth book in The Others series.
Find out if we all loved the book or not! Even hear our individual ratings at the end of the episode.
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Publisher: Double Day/Random House Audio
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover/MP3 Download
Pages: Hardcover: 403 | Audio Length: 13 hrs 53 mins
Narrator: Lynn Chen
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.
When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn't know is that Nick's family home happens to look like a palace, that she'll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia's most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back. Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick's formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should--and should not--marry. Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider's look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.
The synopsis is true to the plot of the story. No hidden agenda here, you know going into it what type of book you're going to get. With all of the hoopla from the recent movie release, let's keep it real. You already know this is going to be a mostly light hearted, fun, dramatic, and a bit funny take on the extravagant lives of the "crazy rich" asians of Southeast Asia. If you go in expecting exactly that, you won't be disappointed. Is there vast and memorable character growth and reflection...no, not really. Is there lots of drama, fancy locations, romantic moments, and family drama...YES! Crazy Rich Asians takes you a fun and quick ride through the mega rich lifestyle many of us will never know.
When it comes to the characters, while I liked the main story of Rachel and Nick, I really enjoyed some of the characters that filled the subplot, mostly Astrid. Astrid's character almost steals the show in my opinion. I can't wait to find out what happens with her in the next book.
Don't miss the latest Shelf Addiction interview! On today's podcast episode I’m interviewing author L.L. McKinney. She introduces us to her debut novel, A Blade So Black! Get excited to hear about this young adult urban contemporary retelling of Alice in Wonderland with a twist of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Don't forget to check out her lightning round Q&A at the end of the interview!
You is an American television psychological thriller series based on the novel of the same name by Caroline Kepnes. Youpremiered on Lifetime on September 9, 2018. At the end of July, ahead of the series premiere, Lifetime announced that You had been renewed for a second season.
After watching the first two episodes, I had to weigh in on this. I read the books (You and Hidden Bodies) and enjoyed them both. In my opinion, Lifetime nailed it. They nailed the plot (thus far) and lots of the characters. If the first two episodes is a true indication of what's in store, I can't wait for more! I know there will be some changes, but one of the best things about a book to TV adaptations is that they have more time to dig into the details of the book to a level that a 2-hour movie never could.
The tone of the show is dark, a gritty, and slightly funny in that sarcastic way that I love. The tone was a good representation of the book's tone. I really liked the casting as well. Starting with the most interesting and crazy character, Joe... Joe is Gossip Girl! Okay, not really, but Penn Badgley is most known for playing Dan on the long-running series Gossip Girl on the CW. His character was sort of creepy on Gossip Girl when you think about what he actually did for most of the show's run, and he's super creepy as Joe in You. I guess he's just got a naturally creepy look? You is a story of obsession and murder in a manipulative and low-key way, so you've got to have someone that can hold up that kind of character. He's not your obvious "crazy" guy.
When I read the books a few years ago, I was stunned by what Joe was able to get away with and how Beck was so clueless. I feel that same sentiment while I'm watching the show. The book made lots of women want to deactivate their Facebook. This show will have you double checking that your blinds/curtains are closed and that you actually locked your phone!
Even if you haven't read the books, you'll enjoy this show. At first look, it's a solid adaptation, yet it stands on its own. Give it a try. Are you watching You on Lifetime? If you've read the books, how do you think it stacks up so far?
Don't miss the latest Shelf Addiction interview! On today's podcast episode I’m interviewing author, Brent Jones. He introduces to us to his serial, The Afton Morrison Series. He shares some exclusive info during his interview, so you don't want to miss it! Also check out Brent's lightning round Q&A at the end of the interview!
Tonight on BOOK CHAT, I have a really useful 10 minute podcast mini-episode for you. This will be very handy if you're an end of summer reading slump. Listen to hear 5 quick tips to get you out of your reading slump.
If you don't have 10 minutes to listen to how I utilize the tips, check out the quick run down of the 5 tips below.
5. Join a Book Club. If you're already in one, read the book and go to the next meeting!
4. Get a recommendation or two from a friend with similar reading tastes. Read what they recommend.
3. Reread a favorite title or series.
2. Change up how you're reading. Incorporate e-readers, physical books, and audiobooks for change of pace.
1. Set aside a block of 4-6 hours to read a book. Turn off all distractions and go for it.
If you have your own tip(s) to get out of a reading slump, please share below!
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