Recently read: Crime and Punishment; On The Come Up

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

I finally finished this one! It was very long and it took me several renews but it was a really excellent audiobook narration that was more like listening to a stage play. The one I listened to was narrated by Anthony Heald and he was brilliant, I loved all the little tics and bits he brought to each character, adding in stammering, coughing, mad laughter. He definitely made this story more interesting, as really, this isn’t a story in which you are left holding your breath, as you know early on about the crime and who the perpetrator is, but it’s about the moral dilemmas that Raskolnikov now faces.

Apparently he’s narrated quite a few other classics. Will have to go see if I can download more.

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

Another excellent audiobook. And perhaps even better than reading the book (I guess? Since I’ve not actually gotten my hands on this print version), since a big part about this book is rap.

Bri is 16 and wants to be a professional rapper. She wants to follow in the footsteps of her father, who was just about to make it big when he was killed. She wants to make it so her family doesn’t need to worry about the heat going out, no food in the fridge, no money to get new shoes when her old ones are wearing out.

This audiobook is narrated by Bahni Turpin and this was the audiobook narration of hers I’ve listened to, and she’s definitely going on my “must-listen” list. Indeed, I’ve already downloaded another audiobook narrated by her, So You Want to Talk About Race, written by Ijeoma Oluo.

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