Hoopla Review & A Book Review

I want to say thank you again for the recommendations about Hoopla and Overdrive. I decided that since the book I wanted was available on Hoopla I would try that first.

The Hoopla app is super easy to use. I downloaded it and registered my library account and was good to go. I found the book and started listening right away. It was easy to start and stop as I was interrupted. I was even able to listen to my book while I played my games in the morning. The only negative I’ve found is the limited number of Hoopla books available at my library. I think I’ll download Overdrive and give it a try next.

The book I listened to was I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara. It is the story of her search for the Golden State Killer. The topic of the book is difficult but Michelle did a great job describing the crimes while treating the victims sensitively. It’s easy to understand how she became obsessed. I enjoyed the audiobook. The reader was pleasant to listen to. I recommend the book but keep in mind the subject matter is very heavy and no punches are pulled when it comes to talking about the crimes.

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10 Responses to Hoopla Review & A Book Review

  1. I’ve been wanting to read that book. HBO just finished airing a documentary series adapted from the book and it was really good. The documentary also looks into Michelle’s life, career, and untimely death, as well as the efforts taken by her husband Patton Oswalt and several of her friends and colleagues to finish the book for publication.

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    • The reason I wanted to read the book was because of the HBO documentary and podcasts that have mentioned it. The book did not disappoint. I recommend you read it. Often when I hear a lot about a book and it’s made into a movie or documentary there is more hype than actual substance but I think it’s the opposite here. Michelle’s book has a way of grabbing the reader. The words reach out and pull you through. I am saddened by the fact that the true crime world lost an important voice (and mind) when she passed away.

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  2. Thanks for share, your information is really helpful for us

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  3. barbfessler says:

    What do you download your audio books to? I have a Zen Stone and had it for many years. I’m going to check out this book at our local library. I think they all offer different books.

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  4. ReginaMary says:

    I love true crime podcasts and I have hear a lot of good things about Michelle’s work on the GSK case.

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  5. And here’s one for you – I heard Rutger Bregman, the author of “Humankind: A Hopeful History” on NPR, and asked the library to get the book. They did, and called me – very quickly, I would point out – and I picked it up the next week. The cover is not appealing, at least to me, and it’s fairly thick; I thought it would take me a while to get through it. Wrong – I’d read nearly half of it by the next day, and finished it within a week, in spite of a fairly busy schedule. It is one of the most hopeful books on how humans work that I’ve ever read. He talks about some of the psychology experiments that I’ve found depressing – and he points out how people were manipulated to supply results that were startling, publishable, and depressing. He talks about the prison system, and how it is done more successfully in other countries. He talks about education, and how that, also, could be done more successfully. Every student required to read “Lord of the Flies” should also have to read the chapter on how stranded youth on an island worked cooperatively and successfully to deal with problems and conflict. So much of what I’ve learned about how the world works turns out to be an unnecessarily pessimistic view of it. What a wonderful book to find in these troubled times!

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  6. Stefanie says:

    Glad you’re on the go now for audio with that app.

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  7. Thanks for the book review and Hoopla review 🙂 The book does sound really interesting!

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