Tag: book reviews

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…


Book Review – Branden Chowen on Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

Title: Casino Royale Author: Ian Fleming Published: 1953 Publisher: Penguin Audiobook Narrator: Dan Stevens — I am surely in the minority amongst film lovers in that I have never spent any time with a James Bond film. I’ve played the hell out of games with his namesake, all the way from the Game Boy to…


Book Review – Branden Chowen on Zodiac Unmasked by Robert Graysmith

Title: Zodiac Unmasked: The Identity of America’s Most Elusive Serial Killer Revealed Author: Robert Graysmith Published: 2002 Publisher: Berkley Books Audiobook Narrator: Robert Graysmith — David Fincher’s Zodiac (2007) is one of my favorite films of all-time. It is one that I have always wanted to discuss on The Cinefessions Podcast, and came really close to…


Book Review – Branden Chowen on The Retreat by Mark Edwards

Title: The Retreat Author: Mark Edwards Published: 2018 Publisher: Thomas & Mercer Audiobook Narrator: Simon Mattacks — Although I have spent a lot of time with the horror genre, both in film and novel form, I’ve spent almost no time with novels that fall into the psychological thriller genre. In fact, The Retreat is the only…


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 Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Title: The Haunting of Hill House Author: Shirley Jackson Published: 1959 Publisher: Viking Audiobook Narrator: Bernadette Dunne — I decided recently to put together an extremely non-definitive, definitive list of the “scariest novels ever written”. I put this together by googling that quoted search term, and then using 28 different lists from (seemingly) reputable sources,…