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2022 appears to be the year I listened to audiobooks. Hours upon hours of them. They make up almost 45 percent of everything I’ve read so far this year. Because I am SO far behind in reviews, and I have less than three weeks in the year to finish those reviews, I’m feeling a little pressure.

One way to alleviate that pressure is writing down-and-dirty, quick, and short reviews. As none of the audiobooks to which I’ve listened this year are advanced review copies, welcome to one-sentence reviews. Here we go!

Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski

I wasn’t a fan of this one because I struggled with the subject matter and the characters, none of whom are very likable.

A Man Called Ove by Frederik Bateman

This one sneaked up on me because I didn’t think I would like it until I found myself in love with Ove and his gruffiness.

14 by Peter Clines

As I reflect on this one, I remain impressed by how well I can recall certain scenes and the anxiety the story made me feel, although I remain dubious by the use of aliens.

The Alphabet House by Jussi Adler-Olsen

My first experience with Jussi Adler-Olsen might also be my last because I did not engage with this particular story, although that might have to do with the subject matter.

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

What a fascinating and depressing story, and like so much of history, something that could have been completely avoided.

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

Every time I read about climate change or record-level droughts in the west, I think back to this novel and the scarily realistic depiction of a country devastated by climate change and global warming and know exactly where not to live in the future.

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

I avoided this book for the longest time, which I now regret because it was SO amazing.

Concussion by Jeanne Marie Laskas

I still love football, but after listening to this book, I would have no problems if no one ever played the game again, given the dangers and terrifying effects of CTE.

Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski

I found this collection of short stories to be exactly like the Netflix show, which was good because I could get a refresher of what I missed before I watched season two.

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda

I loved the behind-the-scenes stories that listening to this gave me, especially about how some of the stories made it to the stage; plus, it was so much fun to revisit the musical.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

After several months, I couldn’t tell you what this story is about, but I remember I enjoyed listening to it even though I have no plans to continue the series.

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

At this point, I love anything John Scalzi writes, and this one is no different, mainly because it deviates from his novels that deal with space or aliens.

Blood by Blood by Ryan Graudin

I remain captivated by this story, and the sequel filled all I hoped and wanted.

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