Category: Books

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…


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…


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…


Book Review – Branden Chowen on The Last Days of August by Jon Ronson

Title: The Last Days of AugustAuthor: Jon RonsonPublished: 2019Publisher: Audible StudiosAudiobook Narrator: Jon Ronson — The Last Days of August is a fascinating look inside a tragedy that most of the world ignored because it happened to a porn actress. Jon Ronson set out on this journey because he believed the reason the beautiful, 23-year…


Book Review – Branden Chowen on Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle

Title: Planet of the Apes Author: Pierre Boulle Published: 1963 Publisher: Vanguard Press Audiobook Narrator: Greg Wise — The world of Planet of the Apes is one of my favorite media franchises of all-time. I don’t remember when I first saw the film, but it left a mark on me because the premise behind it…