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10/6/12 4:04 P

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I HAVE DISCOVERED THAT I REALLY DON'T LIKE BOOKS ABOUT FOREIGN ESPIONAGE. THEY ARE JUST TOO HARD TO FOLLOW. NAMES I CAN'T PRONOUNCE AND PLACES I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF.

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10/3/12 5:12 P

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I also like Maeve Benchley and any of the food mysteries like by JoAnne Fluke or Dianne Mott Davidson. There is someone else out there that I have not tried. I think her name is Cleo Coyle or something like that. I have 4 more books on hold now, at the library.

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9/29/12 5:48 P

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Mystery and anything by Nicholas Sparks. Jodi Picoult is a gifted writer but her books are so sad that I just can't read any more of them.

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6/21/12 4:00 P

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Well, Victorian fiction does well by ear, I think. It's long and wordy, with plenty of time to catch the drift. If you fall asleep, you can catch up easily!
Also, with some things, the reader is SO good and understands the work so well, that I do feel I get more out of it listening. My examples would be a fine unabridged 'Moby Dick' performed by Frank Muller. Much of the work was gorgeous poetry, and in print, I hadn't really savored that. Another would be 'Tristram Shandy', but I don't remember the reader's name (that's a problem with audio books - it's inconvenient to look something up). He was a British literature professor, I think. Anyway, it was a total riot, and I laughed out loud. I don't think I would have plowed through an 'early English lit' text with so much pleasure without such an excellent guide.

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6/19/12 6:03 P

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If we're talking books by ear, I prefer books which are easier to listen to, don't need thought in between passages. Good literary fiction is strictly for reading off the page, for me. I'd miss at least half of their value if I listened to them. I probably would even lose track of the plot, because some phrase would catch my attention and I'd be thinking about it for a couple of minutes, missing the next two pages worth of spoken book. I can manage cosy mysteries by ear, although I prefer to read them. I'd say my favourite books to listen to would be children's or young adult books, especially fantasy, and most especially children's or young adult books I've already read once before.

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Ok, I admit... I'm the weirdo with a soft spot for sci-fi and fantasy. ;) My favorite (rather specific) genre is "cyberpunk" but that one's not recognized by a lot of people. I also like horror, on occasion. Mostly Stephen King and his ilk (His son, Joe Hill, writes some gritty and amazing horror...)

On the flip side, I've been known to pick up books that I hear a lot of patrons talking about in the library. To that end, i've read some of Evanovich, Patterson, Cussler, Koontz... and then some of the ones that hit the best-seller lists from time to time. I always end up back in my little sci-fi / fantasy corner eventually, though.

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6/16/12 10:07 P

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After really top notch literary fiction, I like 'cozy' detective mysteries set in interesting locations. The Armand Gamasche series, by Louise Penny, is set in Quebec, and introduced me to an entirely new landscape.

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