Category: Books

Book Review – Branden Chowen on Carrie by Stephen King

Title: Carrie Author: Stephen King Published: 1974 Publisher: Doubleday Audiobook Narrator: Sissy Spacek — After reading, and loving, Stephen King’s IT recently, I’ve decided I want to go back to the beginning of King’s bibliography, and see how far I can make it. Carrie is now officially the third Stephen King novel – fourth if you…


Book Review – Branden Chowen on The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Title: The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America Author: Erik Larson Published: 2003 Publisher: Crown Publishers Audiobook Narrator: Scott Brick — Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City is really two stories in one. The first is a historical account of the trials and tribulations of…


Book Review – Branden Chowen on The Fetishists by A.S. Coomer

Title: The Fetishists Author: A.S. Coomer Published: 2017 Publisher: Grindhouse Press Audiobook Narrator: Sean Duregger — Thanks to A.S. Coomer’s The Fetishists, I now know what a “ponygirl” is. This information does nothing for me, of course, as I don’t imagine this answer ever popping up on Jeopardy, but that is really the name of the…


Book Review – Branden Chowen on IT by Stephen King

Title: IT Author: Stephen King Published: 1986 Publisher: Viking Audiobook Narrator: Steven Weber — If there was a book I would have pointed to on the (not so) definitive 25 scariest novels ever written list as one I’d never finish, it would be number six from that list (with 11 mentions), Stephen King’s IT. This is…


Book Review – Branden Chowen on Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

Title: Jane Doe Author: Victoria Helen Stone Published: 2018 Publisher: Lake Union Publishing Audiobook Narrator: Nicol Zanzarella — A couple months ago I finished my first novel from the thriller genre, and really enjoyed it. Since then, Victoria Helen Stone’s thriller, Jane Doe, popped up as an Audible Daily Deal, and I decided to give it…


Book Review – Branden Chowen on The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown

Title: The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride Author: Daniel James Brown Published: 2009 Publisher: William Morrow Audiobook Narrator: Michael Prichard — My fascination with true crime has lead me to one of the more hilarious and fascinating podcasts on the subject: the Last Podcast on the Left. The three hosts…


Book Review – Branden Chowen on The Demon Next Door by Bryan Burrough

Title: The Demon Next Door Author: Bryan Burrough Published: 2019 Publisher: Audible Studios Audiobook Narrator: Steve White — The Demon Next Door by Bryan Burrough, one of the Audible Original options for the month of March, 2019, is a fascinating, terrible tale of a psychopath in a small town that managed to slip through the…