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9/14/14 12:57 P

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Right now I'm listening to 'Heft' by Liz Moore.
There are two readers, one taking the part of a 600 pound (or thereabouts) former English Lit. professor who has become a total recluse in his family home, and another taking the part of an eighteen-year-old high school athlete with his eye on on baseball major league. These two story lines have not yet merged, but they will, in some way, which is much of the suspense. Both narrate their lives in the first person -- astonishing and sad lives as outsiders.
This is not a fast-moving story, but an absorbing one.


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5/30/13 7:14 A

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I'm focused on reading my Kindle right now. As for books, I've just finished "Shanghai Girls" and "Catching Fire". I'm now reading "Mockingjay" and "The Round House".

For next month, my book group is reading "The Language of Flowers" and I have requested it from my library in audiobook format.

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5/25/13 5:37 P

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Right now I'm listening to "A Time to Kill" by John Grisham. I only listen when I work out, so light but very plot-driven books are ideal for my purpose.

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5/22/13 11:11 P

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I get that - it's easy to get distracted and try to do other things with audiobooks and then I discover that I have missed a bunch. I have just made it so that when doing distracting things, I listen to books that require less attention and focus. I save the books requiring thought and attention for walks when I can really focus on them.

Right now I'm listening to Prayers for Rain by Dennis Lehane. I do like this series, though sometimes it's a bit violent, and I don't like the overdone powerful villain in this one. Then the author writes a great sentence and I forgive all that, so I'm enjoying it.



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4/29/13 6:26 P

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I've lost interest for a bit in other forms of reading except books. I don't know why. My Kindle sits in a pile along with my mp3 player. I'm reading "The Shanghai Girls" for my book group and "The Recessional" for myself.

I think there's a difference in my attention based on whether I'm listening or reading. I think listening takes more effort because I'm such a visual person. So, "The World Without End" sits untouched in my mp3 player along with four other books.

Maybe someday . . .

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4/7/13 7:26 P

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I hope she's doing well - I just haven't been much into taking care of myself lately! I am working to get back to it when I can. Anyways, right now I'm listening to The Sun Over Breda by Arturo Perez-Reverte. I've listened to the other books in the series, but this one was about 80% scene-setting, 20% action. I still enjoyed it because it's a very interesting time and I learned a great deal about the Spanish army. I did miss that the main character was almost an afterthought at times, and the tendency of books in a series to spend way too much time referencing past events and talking about stuff that is irrelevent to the current story.



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3/31/13 11:22 A

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Looks like we've lost our leader. Too bad. I like Judith.

I've stopped listening to books for a bit. I'm in the middle of "World Without End" and go back to it every so often.

I'm using my Kindle now and am reading "The Hunger Games" and "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo".

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3/30/13 12:51 A

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Haven't been on here forever, but thought I would pop in. I have been working my way through the Walt Longmire mysteries by Craig Johnson. There are very entertaining, so I am going through them quickly!



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2/22/13 6:48 A

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I downloaded "The Zookeeper's Wife" from our library. It's my book club selection for March. Sounds real good; I will probably start it real soon.

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2/17/13 11:24 P

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Currently listening to Ross Poldark by Winston Graham. It's been pretty entertaining so far, an easy listen for a weekend spent painting!



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2/10/13 12:43 P

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Started "World Without End" by Ken Follett. I continue to listen to one of the Cedar Cove series "50 Harbor Street".

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2/4/13 6:22 P

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"Death Qualified" by Kate Wilhelm

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2/2/13 4:30 P

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In addition to listening to The Confession by John Grisham, when I need a break, I listen to one of the Cedar Cove books by Debbie Macomber. I've listened to the first four books and am now on "50 Harbor Street"

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1/30/13 11:42 P

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I haven't been posting lately since I haven't been tracking my food or exercising. Just winter laziness and way too busy and stressed at work. Went and ordered a new strength training book today so hopefully that will get me back into exercise. I'll try to get back to posting what I'm listening too. Right now things are so busy that I can't focus too much, so I'm tending towards books that don't take a lot of thought. I've also been letting my husband pick a bunch of them out, so it's been lots of sci fi. 10 books down so far this year already so it's zipping by.

Right now I'm listening to Into the Storm by Taylor Anderson. It's about a beat-up WW2 destroyer fighting in the Pacific that gets sucked into a storm that transports it to an alternate world. So I've been rolling my eyes at some of the descriptions, but it's got a lot of mindless action to keep the stressful days at bay!



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I am picking up the audio version of "War and Peace" today from my local library. This is one of several novels I have always wanted to read, and I am SO ready to slip that first disc into my cd player and begin listening.

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1/20/13 8:44 P

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I just finished Scott Turow's "Presumed Innocent". It was a good listen. Read by Edward Hermann. I figured out what happened fairly early on but then I had a nagging feeling that I had read about the solution in a book review or perhaps a movie review.

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I'm listening to John Grisham's "The Confession". When I'm finished I'm going to read his newest novel, "The Racketeer".

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12/28/12 9:14 P

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I am listening to "A Cold Day for Murder" by Dana Stabenow. It's an intriguing book but I think it might be too densely descriptive and plotted for my purpose--listening to books while I work out. I think I would listen to it if I were doing nothing but listening, but it's on my workout iPad.

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12/19/12 1:02 P

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I have really been neglecting this post! I may have mentioned that I was listening to my mp3 player full of books in order of descending length. Well I made it to the end where books were only 4-6 hours long and they just flew by! It was kind of fun. However, with the holidays I have been so busy, then got sick, so I haven't had time to reload my player from all the books I have picked out lately, so I am listening to the only thing left on there, Before They are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie. It is one of my husband's favorites but a bit too violent for me. I still find the characters mostly depressing, repulsive, or annoying, with a few noted exceptions. It is also book 2 of a trilogy so I know it will answer nothing, just set up more mysteries and conflicts for book 3.



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12/9/12 6:10 A

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The quiet game by Greg iles....a good listen..about a lawyer that returns home to Natchez after wife dies. He finds himself thrown in to a unsolved murder of the 60s...

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11/27/12 9:56 A

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Just finished The Chill by Ross MacDonald, an old hard-boiled deective mystery that has held up surprisingly well. It was quick and the mystery was well constructed. It is about a woman who disappears on her honeymoon and how that is linked to two crimes long in the past.

Now I am on Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement. It is a classic hard sci fi book about a mission to a planet with extreme gravity where the human must interact with a strange native species to retrieve a lost satellite. It is mostly about overcoming the technical hurdles on the way, with a dose of how species would live and be in such a strange environment. It is thought-provoking but pretty dry.



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11/24/12 2:24 A

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Finished the George Eliot 'The Mill On the Floss' (about twenty-four hours) with mixed feelings. Themes were bold and deep, but style seemed very light weight. Still, she exposed readers to material they might not have accepted if it hadn't had an innocuous sugar coating. Can't believe that I'd never gotten around to reading this book before!

Now am nearly through with 'Unless' by Carol Shields. Again, mixed feelings. Shields has written entertaining short stories and novels with a splendid mastery of words. This book is perhaps too subtle in its style -- and it does require very close attention. This has a ruminative, meticulous, first-person narration. I am loyal to this writer, and will wring every last bit from this book!


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11/24/12 2:06 A

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1NETA, I loved 'The Life of Pi' too, and am so glad to come across someone else who admired the book. Yesterday, I read a favorable review of the movie, but can't quite think it could possibly match the book. Still, it will be interesting to see them try!


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11/18/12 11:33 P

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Still tearing through books at a fast pace, generally stuff that's easy to listen to along with my work and the sewing project I'm working on.

Listened to:

The Breaking Wave - Nevil Shute - This was a good book but very sad. It's about a veteran who returns to his family's sheep farm in Australia many years after being wounded in the war, but the story is mostly a reflection back in time about the woman his brother was going to marry, had the brother not died in the war.

Back Spin - Harlan Coben - a pretty dated mystery (the girls at the mall talking was especially painful) but these always manage to make me laugh, even if golf is a pretty easy target for joking. I didn't have the mystery figured out at all by the end, halfway because I was just enjoying the story and not worrying about it.

Pompeii - Robert Harris - a co-listen with my husband, who likes books with a lot of action/adventure. As he put it "the volcano won." The story was kind of meh, but I enjoyed how spectacular the volcanic explosion was and liked the main point-of-view character being an engineer.

Now I'm listening to Peter's Pence by Jon Cleary. It's an older book, and it's about a group of men who want to ransom a bunch of Vatican articles, but end up accidentally kidnapping the Pope. Sounds like it should be a comedy but it's not!




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11/16/12 7:09 A

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A while ago I downloaded several books in the Cedar Cove series by Debbie Macomber. I've been away from them for a while, so I went back to the third book and am listening to it now. It's called "311 Pelican Court".

These books are light reads and I like taking a break from my other books once in a while.

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11/11/12 9:55 P

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I have reached the part of my reading list where books are only about 8 hours long so I am flying through them! I am going to try to remember to update this post more often then, since I've been neglecting the Spark and it shows!

Right now I'm finishing up The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Klum. It has crime and history AND chemistry, so it's like the perfect book for me and I'm enjoying it thorougly. I'm only sad it will be ending soon!



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10/25/12 9:41 A

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Whoops, haven't updated for a while even though I have been through several more books. Lots of listening-friendly activities at home and work right now. I am currently almost done with The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich. I can't deny that she is an amazingly talented writer and this book has some sections where I had to stop what I was doing to focus on the story and language. My only quibble is that it is more of a collection of stories unified by characters and setting than a novel and so doesn't have that satisfying unity of narrative.



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10/14/12 9:15 A

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Began a new audiobook yesterday -- "MAYDAY" by Nelson DeMille and Thomas H. Block.



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10/14/12 5:53 A

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I'm listening to "The Girl Who Fell From The Sky" by Heidi Durrow.

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10/12/12 2:45 P

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I am now listening to "The Practice of Deceit" by Elizabeth Benedict (and narrated by Richard Poe). Actually, I am almost finished with this book (I am on disc 7 -- of 8).



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10/11/12 4:34 P

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The Life of Pi, by Yann Martel AND Kindred, by Octavia Butler. One in the car the other on my android. I've read both more than once and love them.

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10/10/12 9:23 A

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I am listening to "Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier (for the second time). I enjoy classic literature, and the audiobook version of this novel is wonderful.
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10/8/12 1:41 A

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Well into 'Mill on the Floss' by George Elliot. Gotta love these slow Victorian novelists, because I can get a few zzzs in without missing much plot.
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10/8/12 1:38 A

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Pleased you enjoyed 'The Coffee Trader' by David Liss. I just reveled in losing myself in it.
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10/7/12 1:58 A

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I am tearing through books now that I'm done with the ones that are 20+ hours long!

I just finished Heaven's Prisoners by James Lee Burke. This one was pretty dark, dealing with family tragedy and vengeance, especially the futility of violence and vengeance. It's hard to say I enjoyed it when it was so dark, but it was a good book and the narrator does an absolutely amazing job with all the Louisiana accents.

Now I'm on Grave Peril by Jim Butcher, 3rd in the Dresden Files series. I like these quite a bit because besides being a fun mystery/adventure, they also tend to make me laugh at times. However, although the narrator is excellent, he drives me nuts because he often lowers his voice to a whisper. I understand that the character might choose to whisper or speak very softly but the problem is I CANNOT HEAR YOU! I have had to rewind so many times, and there are times in the day I want to be listening and I can't. Walking next to some traffic? Can't hear well enough. Driving? Too much road noise, can't listen. Heck, even sitting here at my desk I had to rewind twice to hear a joke the character whispered to his girlfriend because it was a comment on the person they were talking to.



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10/6/12 3:27 P

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"JOURNEY" BY DANIELLE STEEL

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10/4/12 11:08 P

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Started a new audiobook today: "Northanger Abbey" by Jane Austen



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10/4/12 9:51 A

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Yesterday I finished up The Coffee Trader by David Liss, which I tore through in three days because it was excellent as mentioned here earlier. I am now just starting Heaven's Prisoners by James Lee Burke. I have liked other books in the series quite a bit though I am listening o them in random order.



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10/3/12 7:37 P

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I had planned to read "Fall of Giants" by Ken Follett, but it was not available when I returned to the library.

I am currently listening to "Happy Birthday" by Danielle Steel; and I am reading "The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love" by Joan Medlicott.



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10/3/12 4:09 P

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Listening to "The Rescue" by Nicholas Sparks and reading "Hope and Help for Your Nerves" by Dr. Claire Weekes.

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10/1/12 11:00 P

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Still listening to my reading list in order of descending length. I've now reached books that are about 12 hours long, so they are starting to fly by!

Listened to The Native Star by M.K. Hobson. It was a pretty lame story about a witch who ends up with a special magical stone embedded in her hand. She has to get across the country, accompanied by a warlock who supposedly dislikes her, through many adventures, to the academy where they can solve her problems. The cross-country adventures were ok, but the whole "political machinations" that made up the last portion were nonsensical, and then there was the desperate addition of confusing and ridiculous elements to set up another book.

Now on If Looks Could Kill by M. William Phelps, which is a true crime book, and is truly tedious. It has sucked the life right out of the story by including so much pointless detail and failing to explain any motivations or any characters. It glorifies the investigators to a ridiculous degree even though they never really SOLVE anything - the answers all just come in from people who come to the police and tell the story. I will be glad to finish the last hour and move on!



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10/1/12 1:58 P

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"Swimsuit" by James Patterson and about to start

"Killer Pancake" by Diane Mott Davidson

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9/29/12 4:39 P

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"Three Fates" by Nora Roberts (listening)

Then I have three others waiting and am also reading a book by F.P. Leone called "Skells".
It's about Christian cops who really don't fit in with the rest of the cops in the department.

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9/25/12 9:35 P

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I finished "The Gate House" by Nelson DeMille (and now my husband is listening to it).

Tomorrow I'm heading to the library to pick up "Fall of Giants" by Ken Follett. I'm looking forward to reading (listening to) this novel. It's the first book in 'The Century Trilogy', so I obviously have some reading ahead of me.



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9/24/12 9:15 A

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I'm finishing up "Caleb's Crossing" by Geraldine Brooks, then will start "The Girl Who Fell From the Sky" by Heidi Durrow.

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I'm currently listening to "The Gate House" by Nelson DeMille (this is the sequel to "The Gold Coast"). Nelson DeMille's novels always rank at the top of my "must read/listen to list".



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9/23/12 4:14 P

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Just finished The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy and enjoyed it thoroughly, even though it was clear things were not going to end well for our flawed heroine.

Now I have moved on to Ten Second Staircase by Christopher Fowler. It is a mystery but it is kind of disapponting so far. The first hour introducing our detectives was tedious and poorly structured and it is really beating me over the head with social commentary and the detective who feels old and unconnected.



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9/22/12 1:11 A

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I liked 'The Woman in White' too!
Recently finished 'The Deep Blue Good-by' by John D. MacDonald, which was a good example of the Garrison Keillor 'Guy Noir' type of private investigator. Light, very well written in spots, lots of good-natured sex and violence (both of which I found tedious after a time). I don't think I'll look for another of these, but it was a change of pace.

Yesterday, I finished listening to a novella, 'The Aspen Papers', by Henry James.
I didn't expect to find James so entertaining! Jonathan Epstein gave it just the right wry, rueful tone. A polished performance.

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Still listening to "Caleb's Crossing". I only listen when I walk my dog and that's not every day. Slow and steady.

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I really need to update this more often. Last month I picked out the 50 or so books to read next and decided to read them in descending length order. This is because I am sometime daunted by a long book even though I like them once I start them. So it is taking me a while to get through books but I will be flying by the end of the year.

Since last post I listened to The Woman in White as recommended. It was so delightful! I loved the characters and didn't want it to end!

Then I listened to A Discovery of Witches which I hated! Only good thing I can say was it provided good material for ranting to my husband. It was cliched and didn't even obey the own rules it set out, and I am sick of violent, overly controlling men being set as protective heroes. Yuck!

Next up was Black Hills, a story I was avoided because I hated Kevin Costner in Dances With Wolves. Yes I know how silly that is! I enjoyed this far more than I expected. It is the story of a Lakota boy who has an ability that sometimes causes him to acquire a person's current and ftured memories on touch. At Little Bighorn he acquires the "ghost" of Custer in his mind. He lter works on and plots to blow up Mount Rushmore.

Now I am listening to Das Boot, the submarine story behind the famous movie. It was hard to ge through the depravity of the first hour when they are on leave and there is some really raunchy sailor talk. Now it is just a completely gripping tale of danger and claustrophobia and depth charges. Can't wait to make it to the end so I am finding excuses to listen!



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I restarted "Caleb's Crossing". The first time I didn't give it a good chance, so I lost interest. I'm into Chapter 4 and it's a great story.

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I am reading a legal thriller called "Defending Jacob". It's a fairly new book and seems like a decent recording. I am always a little embarrassed that I listen to such dreck. But some of these mysteries and thrillers are quite addictive and get me to the gym.

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Oops, haven't updated for a bit so good thing I am still on really long.books. I finished Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, which was a very fun and entertaining read about magicians in Engand in the 19th century. Now I am working on The Hero of Ages, 3rd book of the Mistborn trilogy. I have put it off for a long time since I know so many characters are going to die. Even still, I am frustrated with all the rehashing of the previous works, and annoyed at the choice to introduce (and overexplain) a third! type of metal-based magic. Plus the main caracter just walked into the world's most obvious trap. Gah! It really is a good book though!



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Where would we be without libraries! It is such a joy to know there are more books out there to enjoy than I could ever hope to exhaust. And the library is no pressure - if I don't like it I am not out any money, so I feel more inclined to try books that are out of my normal reading tastes.

Right now I'm listening to The Once and Future King by T.H.White. It's a retelling of the Arthurian legends, with some humor added and a lot of consideration of the use of force and chivalry. It's got a very different focus and spin on things than the normal Arthurian legends, but it's pretty enjoyable. I am already nearly done with it and it's a long one!



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So is tthis a retelling of The Zorro story? Or something else?

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I've gotta say this: I LOVE MY LIBRARY. The entire back wall is filled with books on CD... and I've been tearing through them lately. Just now, listening to "Zorro" by Isabel Allende (which, by the way, has been excellent listening thus-far). I only wish I had enough Spanish to be able to listen to it in the original language.....

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I think you will enjoy it whenever you do get to listen.

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I got remarkable creatures from the library and put it on my pc and forgot about it. I am going to put it on my mp3 player but it looks like it will be a few months before I get to it because I have a ton of books on deck right now.



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Just finished Tracey Chevalier's Remarkable Creatures. I recommend this audio book. The two female narrators are excellent. It combines many of my loves: British history, archaeology and women overcoming obstacles.

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The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.

This is a long book, so I'm only about 5 hours into it and still have a long way to go, but I'm enjoying it a lot. It is full of facts and statistics, but not in an overwhelming way. It contains a lot of things I never really thought about as to the origins of violence and how civilization has resulted in a massive decline.



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I'm listening to "In the Garden of Beasts" because the book forum here on SP is starting to discuss it tomorrow.

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I am listening to "Then Again" recorded by the author, actress Diane Keaton. I am really liking it but I saw a lot of reviews on amazon.com faulting her for being too introspective or going into too much detail about minor things. I am about 2/3 through and I am finding that Miss Keaton's "ordinary" moments are very rewarding to me. She discusses her mother's life, her family relationships, numerous challenges and arrives, in her mid-60's at a lot of perspective and insight into these matters. Family, death, life, growth, changes: it applies to everyone and many people find these key issues fascinating if they are reflected upon with great seriousness.

I can say that this book makes me think of Keaton's younger brother as a more intriguing "character" than what we see ad learn of Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, Warren Beatty. I think it's because Keaton views "real life" as having more to do with the people who surround us for decades than people we see at work.

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I finished Pandora's Star and discovered that my husband had failed to mention that it's actually the first book in a two part series. It resolved nothing and ended with a literal cliffhanger as one of the point-of-view characters falls off the edge of the world.

So now I'm working on Judas Unchained, which is the next book. Given that it's another 40 hours, it's going to take me a bit to get through. I wish it had been edited down a bit more. Some of the characters and their viewpoints are really gripping, while others just seem like the author is just wasting time until everything gets all together. At one point, a character I like was in mortal danger - and it was nearly 5 hours until we got back to her point of view again!





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Gave up on "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle". Starting "The Confession" by John Grisham. Lately, it seems that I can only remember mysteries. I've got a couple of Michael Connelly stories waiting in the wings.

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You guys are giving me far too many ideas for books I want to read! I haven't read either of those, but I did listen to A Room with a View and liked it a lot, so perhaps it's time to check the library!



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"Passage to India" is certainly a great novel. I've never listened to it read. EM Forster was quite a wonderful writer and if you like it, you might also like "Howards End", which is also quite profound in so many ways.



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Yesterday, I began 'Passage to India', E.M. Forster. Loved the book, liked the movie okay, and am enjoying the excellent writing and the nuances more than ever listening this time 'round. The reader has a pleasant voice, but he doesn't do character voices well, particularly not women. However, when he's just reading the beautiful description and narrative, he's fine.

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I enjoy long books, even though it takes me forever to finish because I generally only listen 30 min a day due to only listening when I walk.

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I finished 'The Woman In White' by Willkie Collins last night (Blackstone Audio production). This was about a twenty-five hour listen altogether, with excellent readers. I listen to audiobooks in chunks, and this book was organized in episodes to make that quite easy. Each character narrated a section from their own point of view, and when they were finished, there was a natural break in the story.
Next, I'm listening to the unabridged 'Leaves of Grass' -- Walt Whitman. I also have some Noel Coward plays; 'Private Lives', Present Laughter', and 'Blithe Spirit', which are short and dramatized, and will make a nice switch now and then. Then too, I've got mysteries on my Nook ....

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I have to admit that long audiobooks intimidate me. Whenever I put a really long one on my player, I always procrastinate about starting it. This is strange because I actually really enjoy the long stories, but it's almost like I'm afraid to commit to them. I know it's been over a year since I checked out and ripped The Count of Monte Cristo version that was the Audiobook of the Year. It's 47 hours, and when I think of spending 2 full days listening I get a bit intimidated!

Anyways, since I last posted I finished The Deep Blue Goodbye (short and not too dated for being a pretty old mystery), and made it through The Day Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko. I shouldn't like this series, since I generally hate books with vampires in them. I also really don't like how this book was really 3 novellas tied together by a conspiracy that links them. Each had a different "evil" narrator, and just as I got to know those characters, they were gone and it was on to the next one. Yet I still really did like it overall - it has such a strong Russian feel to it that's unlike the normal fantasy stuff we get here. It also does a pretty convincing job of making the "evil" ones understandable and even sympathetic.

Oh, and now I'm listening to Pandora's Star by Peter Hamilton. I am starting to think I let my husband recommend too many books for me this time through. It's a long one - 37 hours! Right now I'm about 1/10 into it and we're still introducing major characters into it, and I'm a bit confused about what the heck is going on, but I'm rolling with it. Being Sci Fi, I'm sure whatever is going on will be explained over and over later. Right now it feels like there are far too many characters to remember, let alone get to know.



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Honestly it's hardly the longest audiobook I've listened to. I finished listening to Stephen King's "The Stand" earlier this year, which is listed as having somewhere in the realm of 1,141 pages. Also, G.R.R. Martin's series I've read in book format and re-read in audiobook format, and each of those are averaging around 700 to around 1200. Also, Robert Jordan's (/Brandon Sanderson's) Wheel of Time series which tend to be slightly monstrous books.

I don't mind a long audiobook (or regular book) as long as it's a GOOD one. ;)

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