Friday 15 July 2022

Paradise by Laura Maria Censabella

Format: 99 pages, Audiobook

Published: January 18, 2022 by L.A. Theatre Works

Narrated by: Jeff Marlow, Medalion Rahimi

Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins


Obviously a audiobook like this is not for me. So many sounds! It is based on a play so they brought out all the stops, sounds and voices. And being used to just one voice most of the time and no special effects, well it was a bit much.

As a play it works well, I could see the play before me. Listening is different since it is so obvi a play in how it was built. And the end just came and I was all...more?

But it was short and I wanted a short one.

The book is mostly two people talking, the end.

Yasmeen Al-Hamadi is a Muslim, Yemeni-American senior at a struggling inner-city Bronx high school. Dr. Guy Royston is her disaffected science teacher, a former Evangelical with a mysterious past. An unlikely research team, together they embark on a neurological study, leading to stormy conflicts over love, faith and culture. L.A. Theatre Works edition.


  1. I listened to a Shakespeare play once. You're right about the odd experience of getting the feeling of it being a play, but only being able to listen.

  2. Ha. Sounds interesting though.

  3. I would be overwhelmed probably audio wise and have to keep going back lol.

  4. Yes, I've listened to an audiobook with all the sound effects and it's a little distracting since, like you, I'm used to just a single or double narrator. It reminds me of the radio plays my dad would listen to at night. We all got to listen too while drifting off to sleep. I liked them.

    1. I am way to used to my preferred format so it was so weird, but yes I could see it for some cool play

  5. I agree it must be complicated at first

  6. Mhmmm it sounds good...but I feel like I would be let down because I would want more too.



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