Book Reviews

Book Review: True Loaf by Austen Johnson

Genre: Fantasy, Short Story

Publisher: Lore and Lyre

Published: 27th July 2021

Format: Audiobook

Narrator: Penny Scott-Andrews

Length: 16 minutes, 3 seconds


A fun and enchanting modern fairytale.

When a strange man puts in a strange request at the bakery where she works, Riley must go on a mini-adventure to find one unusual ingredient. Along the way, she realizes that things are not always what they seem and that fae might just be real.

My review

Thank you to NetGalley and Lore and Lyre for providing an audiobook copy of this short story in exchange for an honest review.

I was drawn to the beautiful cover of this audiobook. True Loaf is a modern-day short story inspired by Balkan Folklore. At only 16 minutes long, this is short and sweet, but I just wish the ending wasn’t so abrupt. It left me feeling a little confused and I didn’t really understand the moral of the story.

I would have liked to learn more about the characters and their motives as the story had potential.

The narration by Penny Scott-Andrews was very clear, although I got the impression that she was reading the text like a children’s fairy tale from the tone of her voice.

This also includes bonus content where the author analyses the folklore in True Loaf which I thought was informative.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐

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