Book Review – Branden Chowen on Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Author: Becky Albertalli Published: 2015 Publisher: Balzer + Bray Audiobook Narrator: Michael Crouch — I spend a lot of time watching YouTube in my post-cable life. This is how I was introduced to “Booktube”, and what really got me back in to the world of books. Anyone who spends…


Book Review – Branden Chowen on I Will Find You: Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime by Joe Kenda

Title: I Will Find You: Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime Author: Joe Kenda Published: 2017 Publisher: Center Street Audiobook Narrator: Joe Kenda — If you’re at all into true crime, you might be familiar with the Investigation Discovery channel, as it’s essentially a TV channel dedicated to the genre. On ID, there is…


Chris Ranson’s Top Ten Films of 2018

Oh, 2018. The year that felt like it went on forever. Not only did the year drag, but it was also one of the most bland years in the cinema that we’ve seen in a while. The Oscar season, which is normally rich with solid dramas, fizzled out, and Blockbusters ruled the year. That said,…


Book Review – Branden Chowen on Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Title: Coraline Author: Neil Gaiman Published: 2002 Publisher: Harper Collins Audiobook Narrator: Neil Gaiman — I’ve tried watching the Coraline film a couple times now, and did not enjoy it. At all. That’s why I was surprised, and a little disappointed, when it popped into my top 25 scariest novels ever written list (tied at…


Book Review – Branden Chowen on The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs

Title: The House with a Clock in Its Walls Author: John Bellairs Published: 1973 Publisher: Puffin Books Audiobook Narrator: George Guidall — I don’t watch many film trailers, and whenever one pops up during a YouTube binge session, I almost always hit the “skip ad” button five seconds in to it. Something was different about…


The (Not So) Definitive 25 Scariest Novels Ever Written

If you’ve been following the site the past few months, you know that I have been on an audiobook kick. Due to my extended drive to and from work, I am able to finish a lot of books I would otherwise never get to. Because of this, last October, in honor of Halloween, I decided…


Books Branden Completed in 2018

I took a new position with my company in 2018, and it saw my 4-mile drive turn into a 70-mile drive. This additional time spent behind the wheel, though, was not completely lost as I discovered the wonderful world of audiobooks. While stuck in the unrelenting traffic this past year, I was able to dive…