My eyes have not been cooperating these past two weeks. Staring at a computer screen all day, with little interruption, has made it impossible to do much reading or writing at night—much to my dismay. But doing rather mindless work all day, with little interruption, has enabled me to listen to some audiobooks. I’m very picky when it comes to audiobooks, since the narration has to be just right, but the following two were perfect for me.
Located in Newfoundland, the island of Sweetland is scarcely populated. The Canadian government has offered each inhabitant a generous resettlement package, if they all agree to leave. Moses Sweetland has many reasons for refusing the offer, and as the story unfolds, it becomes clear that there is much more to this taciturn man as one suspects. Despite his advanced age, he is in many ways very naïve. But above all, he is loyal, not only to his family, but also to the land. One thing I particularly liked about the audio was that the narrator read the story with an accent. He sounded like a kindly old man, rolling every “r” and jarring me every time he used the F-word. For a more extensive review, check out what Naomi had to say about the book.
I actually read this one not too long ago, but it was fun to listen to as well. Landfalls tells the story of the historical Lapérouse expedition, which left Europe in 1785 and of which I had never heard. Each chapter is told from a different perspective, describing all the excitement, exploration, and tragedy that a quest of discovery brings. The story that emerges is captivating and heartbreaking. It is a deftly told maritime adventure novel, made all the more impressive by the fact that this is a debut. I am already curious to read Williams’ second novel. For a more extensive review, check out what Jane had to say about the book.