My Little Pocketbooks: Quicky Reviews #8: New World and Spy Killer   

Monday, April 8, 2013

Quicky Reviews #8: New World and Spy Killer

I have two new audiobooks I want to review that aren't going to count toward any challenges since they are really short. Here are a few sentences on these short (about 2 hours or less) stories. This is my second Quicky Review for 2013.  Don't fret there will be more.  I like short stories because they are FREE and I can get in and out of one in no time. 
Below are the links to the other Quicky Reviews 

New World: Prequel to the Chaos Walking Trilogy
Author: Patrick Ness
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Candlewick and Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
Audiobook: 47 minutes
E-book: 25 Pages
Narrator: Angela Dawe
Source: Free from Audible.com and E-book free from Amazon.com
Buy the Book: Amazon
Book Description
The New World is a prequel to the award-winning Chaos Walking trilogy, setting the stage for the world we discover in The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, and Monsters of Men. The story was written while the author served as writer in residence for the Booktrust an independent UK-wide charity dedicated to encouraging people of all ages and cultures to enjoy books.
The New World tells of Viola's journey to the New World, brilliantly capturing the hope and fear of settlers in search of a new life. Patrick Ness says that he wrote it "as a huge and deeply-felt thank you to readers. I've had so many questions about Viola and what her life was like before that I couldn't resist the opportunity to reveal just a little bit extra. I knew these things - they're vitally important to her as a character, even if they're not directly in the novels - so it felt like a secret trip I could take readers on. The challenge was to make it work on its own, too, so anyone could read it. That was really, really good fun, and I hope the final result is an exciting one."
The New World can be listened to before or after the trilogy - and some may choose to do both. The story works as a standalone piece, but listeners already familiar with The Knife of Never Letting Go will learn more about Viola's life and the events leading to her arrival and first encounter with Todd, while newcomers to the trilogy will discover a white-knuckle ride of an introduction to the series. Whether you're a new or faithful listener, though, it's a welcome chance to immerse yourself in the world of Chaos Walking.

My Thoughts
For this book I got both the audiobook and the e-book for FREE!  So I got to read and listen at the same time.  This was an introduction to the Chaos Walking Trilogy and I like how this story starts.  I think I might get the series.  I wish there was a little more information about Viola's parents but the story is well put together for a prequel.   The narrator did a good job as well.
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Galaxy Audio
Audiobook: 2 hours and 1 minute
Narrator: Lori Jablons
Source: Free from Audible.com
Buy the Book: Amazon
Book Description
Discover intrigue and suspense. Kurt Reid may be innocent of the murder he's charged with (and of grand larceny, for that matter), but he's got no time to be thrown in jail and defend himself. Instead, Reid flees to pre-Communist China and Shanghai, the exotic city of mystery and death.
Reid takes refuge in a tea house where he meets White Russian Varinka Savischna, whom he manages to rescue from certain death. As beautiful as she is smart, she recruits him in her crusade against Chinese intelligence services. Unfortunately, Reid manages to get himself captured by the Chinese and blackmailed into pursuing and assassinating a Japanese spy.

My Thoughts
This is a classic pre-TV story just like the radio shows from the 40's and 50's.  There are a few non PC (politically correct) descriptions of Asians here and there.  The action and the narrator had me hooked.  Great listen with sound effects and all!  It was a blast from the past.  

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