“We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler – narrated by Orlagh Cassidy

Justine Larbalestier, an author who’s books I’ve read and who I follow on Twitter, recommended this book not that long ago. She recommended on Twitter to go into reading it completely blindly which of course I did (haha). I Took her word for it, found the book at Audible and downloaded it without reading the publisher’s summary, checking the length or previewing the narrator. I took a lot of chances. What if the narrator was awful? Luckily she wasn’t. She was one of the few females I could stand to listen to for long periods of time.

Needless to say I won’t be writing anything about this book. It was an adventure going into it knowing nothing but the title. Having followed Justine Larbalestier on Twitter for quite awhile now, I knew we share a lot of the same opinions on feminism and politics so I figured no matter what the book was about, I wouldn’t hate it. I waited to start it until B was done with business trips in case it was scary.

I enjoyed the book. There’s not a whole lot more I can say without giving you the opportunity to go into it blindly as well. I don’t think I loved it as much as Justine did but I can recommend it. One thing I can say is that I was shocked when it was over. I had no idea how long it was so the ending snuck up on me. I wasn’t prepared. That’s one thing about print versus audio, with a print book you know when you’re nearing the end. With audio books I rely on the split of parts to give me an idea of where I might be in a book. I can also check my Audible app but hadn’t thought to do so with this book. All of the sudden it ended and I was like wait, but but but…I wasn’t done.

Rating: Entertaining

PS – I read some reviews on Amazon now that I’m done and apparently the cover of the book is revealing so I quite literally went into it blindly. 😉

“We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” at Audible ~ “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” at Amazon

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