Bibliomysteries Volume 1 [Book Review]

Title: Bibliomysteries Volume 1
Authors: Jeffery Deaver, C.J. Box, Ken Bruen, Reed Farrel Coleman, Peter Blauner, Thomas H. Cook, Loren D. Estlemen, William Link, Laura Lippman, Anne Perry, Mickey Spillane & Max Allan Collins, Andrew Taylor, and David Bell
Length: 12 hours 48 minutes
Book Type: Audiobook
Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
Obtained: NetGalley
Average Rating: (Breakdown below): 3.8/5 [4 Stars]

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinons are my own.

Mini Note: HEY! I found a way to do both of my two favorite hobbies at the same time: reading and gaming! Via Audiobooks! Ahh technology *.*

My first audiobook from Netgalley and the first without written words. I rarely read/listen to audiobooks that aren’t backed up by written words so that I could visually and audibly follow along (because I’m so easily distracted), but after I got into the groove of it, it wasn’t so bad and I even turned up the speed a notch or two.

Blurb

A must-listen collection of fourteen bibliomysteries by bestselling and award-winning authors. Bibliomysteries Volume 1 includes: - "An Acceptable Sacrifice" by Jeffery Deaver - "The Final Testament" by Peter Blauner - "What's in a Name?" by Thomas H. Cook - "Book Club" by Loren D. Estleman - and many others

Review

This audiobook is a lovely little collection of short stories with a single theme; all of the shorts are related to books. Whether it’s a story about a book collection being the major weakness of a man, someone being kidnapped to help steal books, three shady fellows fighting over a creepy scroll that has the potential to cause catastrophic damage to the history that we know of, decades worth of lies revolving around a book, or being murdered over a book, it’s going to have something to do with books. Not all of the shorts are specifically “mysteries” as one story borders closer to historical fiction conversations, but there are a great deal of ones that do have a hint of mystery in them.

The narrator for this audiobook is Daniel Thomas May and he does a fantastic job at reading. I sped things up towards the end, but even then I slowed it back down at least once per book to hear his many different voices. His many different voices and accents are exceptional and at least one of his lines have moved me to tears because you could hear the emotions behind that character.

Most of the stories were pretty decent and some were very good. I didn’t care for a couple, but in overall, I did enjoy this reading quite a lot. I actually downloaded this off of NG a WHILE back (December 22nd) but only recently got into listening to it. Bibliomysteries has accompanies many of my daily [walking] commutes back home. Being not too far, I only get a few “pages” or minutes in until one day, I just sped it up at work (listen…I somehow missed that function…) and got a bunch of the stories in at once.

Breakdown by books

The ratings are broken down by books/titles below, some with micro 1-sentence reviews

  1. “An Acceptable Sacrifice” by Jeffrey Deaver 🌟 4 || Interesting with continual twists resulting in an ending I expected, but also didn’t.
  2. “Pronghorns of the Third Reich” by C.J. Box 🌟 3.5
  3. “The Book of Virtue” by Ken Bruen 🌟 2
  4. “The Book of Ghosts” by Reed Farrell Coleman 🌟 4 || An interesting story about a lie spun so intricately, it falls out of the control of the protagonist resulting in more lies to cover up the old.
  5. “The Final Testament” by Peter Blaumer 🌟 4 || More of an imaginary conversation between Freud and a very unwelcome visitor; not so much of a mystery but a historical fiction.
  6. “What’s in a Name” by Thomas H. Cook 🌟 3.5
  7. “Book Club” by Lauren D. Estleman 🌟 3.5
  8. “Death Leaves a Bookmark” by William Link 🌟 4.5
  9. “The Book Thing” by Laura Lippman 🌟 5 || I quite enjoyed this one!
  10. “The Scroll” by Anne Perry 🌟 5 || Eerily confusing in an almost supernatural way. My favorite story here.
  11. “It’s In the Book” by Mickey Spillane and Max Allen Collins 🌟 3
  12. “The Long Sonata of the Dead” by Andrew Taylor 🌟 3
  13. “Rides a Stranger” by David Bell 🌟 4.5 || A really nice story that wraps the whole audiobook up nicely.

Quotes

Book 5: “The Final Testament”

” I will die very soon. You, will die sometime after that, probably not in as much pain, which is as good a proof as any that there is not a fair and just God. And long after we are both gone, there will still be good and bad men and good and bad books.”

Book 9: “The Book Thing”

“It’s just as much fun as it looks to live in a house made of books. It’s what’s in the book that matters.”

Book 9: “The Book Thing”

“How many of these books would be out of print in five, ten year. What did it mean to be out of print in a world where books could live inside devices, glowing like captured denies, desperate to get back out in the world and grant people’s wishes.”

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