This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

Publisher’s Summary

“Tell the story of your marriage,” my young friend Niki says to me. “Write down how it is you have a happy marriage” But the story of my marriage, which is the great joy and astonishment of my life, is too much like a fairy tale, the German kind, unsweetened by Disney.

 This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination. Chock full of beauty, truth, and humor, and, in trademark Ann Patchett style, possessing an uncanny ability to feel both surprising and familiar at the same time, this essay is a perfect, if unconventional, holiday listen. 

Review –

This was a short story that was offered free by Audible.  It was pleasant to listen to but I probably will not read or listen to anything by this author again because I’m more into the horror,crime fiction and young adult  genres with a occasional love story throw in for good measure.

 

Phantoms by Dean Koontz

Book Description

Publication Date: February 5, 2002

CLOSER… They found the town silent, apparently abandoned. Then they found the first body strangely swollen and still warm. One hundred fifty were dead, 350 missing. But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, California.

AND CLOSER… At first they thought it was the work of a maniac. Or terrorists. Or toxic contamination. Or a bizarre new disease.

AND CLOSER… But then they found the truth. And they saw it in the flesh. And it was worse than anything any of them had ever imagined…

Review –

Gruesome,riveting,suspenseful,eerie,terrifying,chilling and horrifying.  Those are just a few of the words that come to mind while I listened to this book.  It was over 14 hours long and  if I hadn’t had to pry myself away to cook and clean I would have listened to it in one sitting. I gave it a 5 star rating on GoodReads and I rarely do that but this one deserved it or higher.  I thought I had read most of the author’s works but this one slipped by until I saw it on sale on Audible and I got it.  So glad I it. If you’re a Dean Koontz fan and haven’t read this one-go buy it right now and do not, I repeat, do not read it in the dark.  *****