Today is a quick one because I’ve read (and reviewed) Sally Green’s Half Bad before but I’ve recently listened to it again on audiobook and it is so good that it deserves a shiny, brand new post of its own.
The best place to start will be to explain why I was listening to a book I’d already read when my original review wavered between 3 and 4 stars. After I finished Half Bad the first time, I read the Half Bad series novellas and the rest of the trilogy and absolutely loved them all. I realised that I needed to go back to Half Bad and see what I missed in that first book, the clues as to what a great series this would become. And boy, are there clues.
Experiencing this book again was cathartic and emotional. I devoured every word and I didn’t find that it dragged at all this time, knowing what I know now about where the story was going. If anything, I found it ended too soon and too abruptly, leaving me hungry for more.
It wasn't just a love of the characters and a deeper appreciation of the story that prompted me to change my rating to a firm 5 stars. Listening to it on Audible, narrated by Carl Prekopp, absolutely brought the story to life for me.
This was a book I’d read before yet I found myself impatiently counting down the minutes until I could listen to it again. For the week that I listened to it and even now, I've lived, breathed and dreamt Nathan Byrn. Carl Prekopp's narration is perfect and he absolutely captures Nathan's sardonic attitude.
For making me fall in love with the series all over again, I give the Half Bad audiobook, narrated by Carl Prekopp, a superb five out of five stars and I cannot wait to start listening to Half Wild.