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11/30/12 12:16 P

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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Excellent book.

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11/18/12 11:35 P

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I'm going to have to go with The Three Musketeers, which I haven't read since high school. I've been wanting to read it again for the longest time, but never have managed to settle on which version to get with which narrator!



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11/6/12 4:19 P

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S - "The Shanghai Girls" by Lisa See

In 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia, a city of great wealth and glamour, the home of millionaires and beggars, gangsters and gamblers, patriots and revolutionaries, artists and warlords. Thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their fatherís prosperous rickshaw business, twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Though both sisters wave off authority and tradition, they couldnít be more different: Pearl is a Dragon sign, strong and stubborn, while May is a true Sheep, adorable and placid. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefree . . . until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth and that in order to repay his debts he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from California to find Chinese brides.

Read by Janet Song who also read Lisa See's more recent novel "Dreams of Joy"

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10/14/12 9:49 A

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The Red Queen
by Philippa Gregory,
read by Bianca Amato and Graeme Malcolm

This is the second book in the Cousins War series, and is about Margaret Beaufort, from spring 1453, when Margaret is ten, to August 1485, when her son Henry VII won the Battle of Bosworth Field to become King of England. Margaret is the heiress of the House of Lancaster, whose emblem was the red rose; thus the title. The book is about Margaret's efforts to put her son on the throne and become Queen Mother at least.

Most of the story is told in first-person by Margaret, voiced by British actress and audiobook veteran Bianca Amato, who gives Margaret the right air of haughtiness. Scottish actor Graeme Malcolm reads the third-person accounts of battle scenes.

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"The Quincunx" by Charles Palliser (I have read this novel twice -- and have it on my list of books to "read again".)



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10/12/12 2:53 P

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"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen (I have read it and listened to the audiobook version). Classical literature is one of my favorites genres.



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10/11/12 10:09 A

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The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillippa Gregory read by Ruthie Henshaw.

The story of Anne and Mary Boleyn and the Boleyn family's attempts at getting one of their daughters to be Henry's queen. Very good story.

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10/10/12 11:46 P

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Neon Rain by James Lee Burke



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10/6/12 6:13 P

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Moon over Manifest, by Clare Vanderpool, read by Justine Eyrewith Cassandra Campbell and Kirby Heyborne.

This book was most deserving of the 2011 Newbery Medal. With dual narrative lines set in 1917-1918 and 1936, it's the story of a small town in Kansas called Manifest (modeled after the real town of Frontenac, where author Clare Vanderpool's grandparents grew up). This novel has an intriguing plot, compelling characters, and a lot of heart and soul. Read my review at riofriotex.blogspot.com/search/label
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10/6/12 4:00 P

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L -"LOVES OF HARRY DANCER" BY LAWRENCE SAUNDERS

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10/4/12 11:21 P

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"The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini



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10/4/12 2:05 P

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J - "JOHNNY ANGEL" BY DANIELLE STEEL

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10/4/12 9:39 A

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Imajica by Clive Barker. The first book my husband ever loaned me, not long after we met. I don't remember anything about it but it has been 15 years!



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10/3/12 8:39 P

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Half Broke Horses, written and read by Jeannette Walls.

This is the sorta-prequel to Walls' memoir, The Glass Castle. Walls describes it as a "true life novel" about her grandmother, Lily Casey Smith, who led quite the life in West Texas and Arizona in the first half of the 1900s. Here's my review:
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"Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell



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10/3/12 4:50 P

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"FRANCESCA'S KITCHEN" by Peter Pezella

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10/2/12 12:44 P

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"Eyes of Prey" by John Sandford - He is one of my favorite writers and I am working my way through everything he has written. The entire Prey series is amazing - if you like mysteries.

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"Dog On It" by Spencer Quinn (first book in the Chet and Bernie series)

Bernie is a private investigator, and Chet is his canine partner (and best friend). The book is narrated by Chet, who provides his own unique perspective to the story.





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10/1/12 10:20 P

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Oops, looks like we posted at the same time, so I will do a C:

Cutting for Stone
by Abraham Verghese,
read by Sunil Malhotra

Malhotra is another perfect narrator, for this novel set in Ethiopia but with main characters of Indian birth.

My review:
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10/1/12 10:16 P

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B - The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak,
read by Allan Corduner

Corduner is perfect as the narrator, Death! This book is marketed as young adult fiction in the USA, but was adult fiction in Zusak's native Australia. It's set in Germany during WWII.

My review: riofriotex.blogspot.com/2009/04/91-2
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10/1/12 10:15 P

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Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson, which I haven't read but is one of my husband's favorites so I will probably get to it sometimes. The whole series was a TON of CDs to rip so I should get the most out of all that work!



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10/1/12 2:24 P

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A - "A Question Of Proof" by Joseph Ariel

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9/29/12 5:47 P

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Z - Zen Cat by Judith Adler

This book scared the crap out of me. Now, every time my cat gives me that "look", I think she is plotting my death! lol

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9/23/12 8:10 P

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I'm going to skip X because I think that one is too difficult!

The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw. I had this one on my mp3 player last go round but skipped it for now because I was tired of WW2 stories. Maybe next time!



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"World Without End" -- by Ken Follett.
(It is the sequel to "The Pillars of the Earth")

Ken Follett is one of my favorite authors; and "Pillars of the Earth" is definitely one of my favorite novels.



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9/21/12 2:21 P

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A View From the Bridge (ages ago in college)

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"Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand, read by Edward Herrmann. An excellent narrative nonfiction tale about an Olympic runner whose plane goes down in the Pacific during World War II. He survives 40+ days adrift and then 2= years in horrific Japanese prison camps. Herrmann's reading is outstanding. Here's my review:
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"Tess of the d'Urbervilles" -- by Thomas Hardy



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9/19/12 12:18 A

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The Subtle Knife, from the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. Oh how I wish I had my own demon, and also wish it had been longer since I listened to this one so I'd have a good excuse to listen to it again!



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Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier, read by Charlotte Parry and Susan Lyons. Good historical fiction, and separate narrators for each main character was a help. My review is here:
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9/10/12 2:06 P

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Quarter Share by Nathan Lowell. Haven't read it, but it is one of my husband's books that I remember seeing the tite on my pc. Q is a tough letter!



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9/9/12 3:28 P

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The Presidents Club
by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy

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9/5/12 5:07 P

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The Other Boleyn Girl
by Philippa Gregory, read by Ruthie Henshall

(although this abridgment was not very good - read my review at
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8/6/12 10:57 P

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The Nutmeg of Consolation!



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7/30/12 3:10 P

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The Mitford Years by Jan Karon

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I am glad you came up with a K because that had me stumped. At least we have easier letters for a while now.

L - Lord of the Rings



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Okay, this is getting hard and I really don't want to quit, so let's include authors, too.

I'm reading on my Kindle, 11/22/63, by Stephen King.

K for King

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6/27/12 12:31 A

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Good enough in my book! When I listened to Hitchhiker's Guide, it was read by the author. I imagine it would be great with Stephen Fry! The only bad part is people look at you funny when you burst out laughing while out for a walk.

As to J - The Jewel That Was Ours - Colin Dexter



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In the Garden of Beasts (It's on my tbr list-good enough?)

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Big favorite of mine, 'The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy'. The last time I heard it, Stephen Fry was the reader.

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6/25/12 11:07 A

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy



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(The) Gunslinger by Stephen King

"I can't go back to yesterday - because I was a different person then."
-- Lewis Carroll, author

"It's never too late--in fiction or in life--to revise."
-- Nancy Thayer, author


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For Whom The Bell Tolls



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(The) Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins

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6/13/12 11:21 P

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Dark Places - since I just finished it last week!



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I'm not going to be picky. If someone wants to use "the" or "an" as a "t" or "a" they can. I did. If your book begins with "The" and you don't want to use it, that's okay, too.

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6/4/12 10:55 A

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City of Thieves

Does "the" count or not?



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Beowulf

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.


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A Tale of Two Cities

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