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What Are You Listening to Now? Part 5

Audiobooks

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1digifish_books
Feb 18, 2009, 5:36am Top

Part 4 was over 200 posts, so time for a new thread!

I'm about half way through Phineas Finn which is nicely narrated by Robert Whitfield.

2yosarian
Feb 18, 2009, 6:44am Top


a collection of sherlock holmes stories read by robert hardy, a great listen!

3bfertig
Feb 18, 2009, 10:48am Top

einstein - its pretty good!

4Grammath
Feb 20, 2009, 9:26am Top

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5Sandydog1
Feb 20, 2009, 9:54am Top

I've pulled a couple audio Mark Twain stories anthologies and am listening to these. They are helping me finish reading the 676-page The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain. I often use audiobooks to supplement and further, my actual reading. I've so much commuter time relative to actual reading-time.

So far, I've many favorites, including "The Story of the Bad Little Boy", "A Day at Niagara", "My Watch", "The Story of the Good Little Boy", "Journalism in Tennessee" and of course, the best of all, "The Diary of Adam and Eve".

6Fluffyblue
Feb 20, 2009, 6:03pm Top

Today I started listening to A Handful of Earth by Barney Bardsley, which, although I've only listened to about 40 minutes, I am enjoying immensely.

7cyderry
Mar 9, 2009, 4:24pm Top

Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman and
Jane Eyre

8tututhefirst
Mar 9, 2009, 10:02pm Top

The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir--love her books.

9digifish_books
Mar 10, 2009, 1:07am Top

I finished listening to The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy on the weekend. I enjoyed Samuel West's reading. Hoping to find more audiobooks by him.

10Grammath
Mar 10, 2009, 7:46am Top

I'm on Disc 5 of The Blind Assassin, read by Lorelei King.

11ktleyed
Mar 11, 2009, 8:50pm Top

I'm listening to When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn while I work out.

12cyderry
Mar 11, 2009, 8:59pm Top

10 -->> I tried to read that book for the Highly rated Book Spring Read and couldn't hack it. I had to give up after 63 pages. I just couldn't keep track of what was going on. Are you having any kind of reaction like that?

11-->> I love all of Julia Quinn's books, especially the Bridgerton series. Have you read the others?

I finished Baltimore blues by Laura Lippman - the first in her Tess Monaghan series and now I'm on to Charm City the second in the series. It's really fun because she sets the stories in her hometown of Baltimore and I grew up there. So I hear all these places that I know really exist. It's great fun because I can really picture the sites.

13Seajack
Mar 11, 2009, 9:08pm Top

Not audio, but I do recommend Charm City by Madison Smartt Bell for a well-presented tour of the city!

14Fluffyblue
Mar 11, 2009, 9:23pm Top

Today I finished listening to The Mistress's Daughter by A M Holmes and started on Poe: A Life Cut Short by Peter Ackroyd.

The A M Homes audio was okay, but I found it a bit of a drag when where she went into geneology.

15ktleyed
Mar 11, 2009, 11:02pm Top

#13 cyderry-yes I've read all the Bridgerton's in order up to this one, this is the first audio for me in the series. I loved all the books, and thought this would get me to the gym so I can listen to it while working out!

16Grammath
Mar 12, 2009, 9:46am Top

#12

I thought keeping track of the multiple plot strands would be a problem with listening to this novel rather than reading it, but surprisingly so far (now on Disc 7) it hasn't been.

I'm a recent convert to Margaret Atwood's work, having listened to Oryx and Crake last year, but I can see how some would find the sci-fi elements of her work offputting and confusing.

17lmpalmer1
Mar 12, 2009, 7:17pm Top

Just finished The Bartimaeus Trilogy (The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye, and Ptolemy's Gate by Jonathan Stroud.

The reader was Simon Jones, who was just marvelous (and who has given me the sudden urge to watch The Hitchhiker's Guide again). All three books were great, but now I have this empty feeling that I can't shake. I couldn't stop listening for almost a week, and suddenly there's no more. Now I need to find another series to get buried in.

*sigh* I'm turning into an addict ;D

18mejix
Mar 13, 2009, 1:16am Top

finished the hero with a thousand faces by joseph campbell. i thought i was going to get into it but didn't. might be too dense for audiobook, or maybe i just wasn't in the mood for this. some good stories though.

19Fluffyblue
Mar 13, 2009, 7:48am Top

Finished my Poe: A Life Cut Short. It wasn't that enjoyable really, bit boring for me. Now I've started A Metropolitan Murder by Lee Jackson which is sounding pretty good...

20vivienbrenda
Mar 14, 2009, 3:21pm Top

A slew of Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot audiobooks recently made their way into our library circulation and I've been re-hooked on the author's mysteries. Yes, they all blend into each other and who can ever remember how or who committed the crime, but how delightful to re-read or listen to again and again.

I love reading this blog because I get many good ideas for other audiobooks.

21tututhefirst
Mar 14, 2009, 3:33pm Top

Maeve Binchy's newest Heart and Soul jumped off the library's feature shelf yesterday screaming "Pick Me, Pick Me!!" How could I resist?

22digifish_books
Edited: Mar 15, 2009, 4:48am Top

>21 tututhefirst: I'm looking forward to review tutu. I have read & enjoyed a few of Binchy's novels, but I didn't care for her last one much i.e. Whitethorn Woods.

I'm listening to a few of Dickens's short stories as I type...which shows just how much attention I'm paying to them!

23tututhefirst
Mar 15, 2009, 11:00am Top

Ah Laura - you're a better woman than I...I can listen while I have a sports event on TV (sound muted) or I can sew or cook, but typing, talking or other reading is beyond me.

24amsparky
Mar 16, 2009, 12:30pm Top

This week I am listening to The Grand Finale by Janet Evanovich - I am not diggin' on the narrator at all. Then, I plan to re-listen to the Mitch Rapp series, after I snag the earlier abridged versions from my library.

I sure wich they would go back and release unabridged versions of Flynn's earlier books. :(

25DaynaRT
Mar 16, 2009, 1:07pm Top

Started a long overdue reread of A Song of Ice and Fire, beginning with A Game of Thrones.

26annielf
Mar 19, 2009, 7:41am Top

Lost on Planet China by J. Maarten Troost. Before listening to this book I had an inkling that I'd like to tour China. That desire has been totally quashed. Good book though.

27vivienbrenda
Mar 19, 2009, 10:42pm Top

I loved Lost on Planet China even though J. Maarten Troost is such a huge snob. His first book Sex Lives of Cannibals.... (another long title that goes on forever), relates his experiences while living on a tiny equatorial island in the South Pacific. Interesting and lots of fun.

28cyderry
Mar 19, 2009, 10:52pm Top

I finished Charm City today. I was sort of surprised at the end. I will start Linda Fairstein's new book tomorrow Lethal Legacy.

29mejix
Mar 21, 2009, 1:41am Top

i am on disk 9 of i married a communist by philip roth read by ron silver. this is the third book by roth that i've heard silver read. as i've written before i think he is perfect for roth. the novel has some things in common with american pastoral which to me is superior. still i find it an interesting read.

fun fact: ron silver starts coughing on two of the tracks of disk 8. it has nothing to do with the text. i would've thought they'd edit that but there it is.

30tututhefirst
Mar 21, 2009, 8:03am Top

I had this posted on the female narrator thread, but that doesn't seem to get as much traffic as here, so I'll pose my question since it also has to do with what I'm listening to now...Has anyone ever listened to Sele Bermingham? She is the narrator for Maeve Binchy's newest Heart and Soul and she is driving me nuts......the woman has a lisp? How can a reputable company (this was done by Books on Tape) put this out and expect people to pay for it? Fortunately I borrowed it from the library, but I'm afraid it may go back before i't's finished.

31digifish_books
Mar 22, 2009, 7:55am Top

>30 tututhefirst: tutu ~ I don't think I've listened to Sele Bermingham before, but after reading your message I hear a preview of her reading of Heart and Soul on the Audible website. I could hear the lisp only faintly, probably because the bit rate is pretty low in those previews. I could imagine the lisp getting annoying after a while and would detract from the overall enjoyment of the book. The version I have requested from my library is narrated by Kate Binchy.

32Sandydog1
Mar 22, 2009, 10:59am Top

I'm listening to The Quran a Biography. I'm not impressed with the writing style but it is the only audio I have around rright now. I wouldn't recommend it as a first primer on Islamic concepts. Perhaps those with a better understaning of Islam would find it informative.

33xorscape
Mar 22, 2009, 4:28pm Top

I've been doing some traveling and ended up with four books going at once. I mostly listen to books in the car. I'm partway through Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson. It isn't bad. It isn't great. I liked the movie better. Then I went to visit my brother for a road trip and we had to listen to something he would like. We started The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. I am enjoying it. But the trip ended before we finished. When I came back I didn't have Miss Pettigrew or Hotel with me so I started another book, Nora Robert's Born in Fire (which I enjoyed). And I'm almost through with Can't Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg which is on my boombox (on tape) in the kitchen. That is a very funny book. I should be back on Hotel today.

34Sandydog1
Mar 27, 2009, 5:32pm Top

I'm now on to a Teaching Company Lecture Series about Ulysses. It is very interesting. We shall see if it inspres me to tackle Joyce.

35sandragon
Mar 27, 2009, 6:50pm Top

I'm listening to The Secret Garden, the movie of which I've seen many times in many versions, but I've never read the book before. I'm loving it so far.

36mejix
Mar 28, 2009, 2:05am Top

finished i married a communist by roth, started out stealing horses by per petterson.

the roth book improved towards the end. good overall.

the petterson book is really the big surprise. truly outstanding stuff. never heard of this author before.

37neohippy10
Mar 29, 2009, 10:29am Top

I am listening to Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. It's read by Jeremy Irons. I'm not done, but I love it. I was listening to it and decided the words were so beautiful that I wasn't giving them enough attention and had to start over. This is one I can't listen to in the car. :)

38cyderry
Mar 29, 2009, 5:15pm Top

I'm trying to finish up Jane Eyre and then I'm going to start Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben

>>37 neohippy10: I have this one too, don't know when I'll fit it in.

39callen610
Mar 31, 2009, 9:10am Top

I'm on the last disc of Sense and Sensibility. I've read about 12 years before, and can't imagine how it's all going to tie up in just 1 1/2 discs!
The narrator seemed a little fast at first, but I've enjoyed it a lot.

40she_climber
Mar 31, 2009, 9:47am Top

J.D. Robb's Naked in Death which I'm having a tough time with (somewhere I missed when my friend recommended this series that it's futuristic and the narrator, Cristine McMurdo-Wallis. isn't really doing anything for me either. It's going to be tough to keep going knowing that Harlan Coben's new book Long Lost is just sitting on audible.com waiting for me to download as of today.

41mejix
Apr 3, 2009, 12:11am Top

i had heard the legend that our library had a copy of dreams from my father but thought it was an urban myth. last tuesday i found the fabled animal. i'd say is an intelligent book, interesting. wouldn't say it is a great book but it is pretty good. if the author were still a law school professor today i probably would've thought meh. but he isn't and that adds a lot of interest. the author actually does a pretty good job reading his own work too.

other elusive creatures: war and peace by tolstoy, the road by cormac mccarthy

42cyderry
Apr 3, 2009, 9:37am Top


I started Don Quixote my classic of the Month and got through Part 1.

I've started Deal Breaker on audio on my commute.

As far as I can tell, I have 2 good books in progress.

43she_climber
Apr 3, 2009, 10:13am Top

#42 - with Harlen Coben you can't go wrong. I've done all but the first two of his on audio (which I'm hunting down in print now - even though they are out of print) and his brand new one Long Lost which is downloaded and ready to go as soon as I finish the one I'm got going now.

44ktleyed
Apr 3, 2009, 10:30am Top

I finished listening to When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn with Simon Prebble narrating (excellent!) and then listended to the two short 2nd Epilogues Romancing Mr. Bridgerton: The Epilogue II and When He Was Wicked: second epilogue which were by a different narrator - not nearly as good, in fact I really disliked his reading. I don't recommend getting them on audiobook at all.

45cyderry
Apr 3, 2009, 2:04pm Top

Julie,
Thanks for the warning about the audio versions of the epilogues. I've been meaning to track them down and now I will just search for the print addition.
Cheli

46Seajack
Apr 4, 2009, 12:31pm Top

Lost on Planet China by Maarten Troost - I can't tell whether it's the writing, or Simon Vance's narration here (he's very good at reading classics), not enough to keep me from listening, but something seems slightly "off"?

47Grammath
Apr 6, 2009, 11:26am Top

I'm a few tracks into Lazybones, the third DI Tom Thorne novel by Mark Billingham.

48katylit
Apr 7, 2009, 3:18pm Top

I'm listening to Lord Valentine's Castle by Robert Silverberg, narrated by Stefan Rudnicki who does a good job. It's been years since I read this book and I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed it. Lovely to revisit it again.

49karenmarie
Edited: Apr 8, 2009, 7:49am Top

I'm listening to the 6th book of the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, read by Jim Dale. I started with book 1 on January 1 and listen to and from work. I'm really enjoying them again, and as always, keep picking up new details and nuances.

50yoga-gal
Apr 10, 2009, 8:53pm Top

My book club read Out Stealing Horses by Petterson. I thought it was great too. We will probably do his next book when it makes it to paperback.

51yoga-gal
Apr 10, 2009, 8:57pm Top

Am just finishing A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini which I was looking forward to after liking The Kite Runner so much but thought the eleven cd's might be a bit much. Not so, am going to be sorry to see it end, although after all the depressing conditions in the book I am looking forward to something a little more light hearted for a bit.

52Sandydog1
Apr 10, 2009, 10:27pm Top

I just finished Frankenstein. It was interesting to listen to a very articulate and well-read monster.

53cyderry
Apr 12, 2009, 1:35pm Top

I.M still listening to Don Quixote my classic of the Month and got through Part IIII.

I've been doing Deal Breaker on audio on my commute and in the office I have Death at La Fenice.

54Seajack
Apr 12, 2009, 2:53pm Top

Loitering with Intent by Muriel Spark read by Nadia May (a/k/a Donada Peters/Wanda McCaddon) - not sure what I think of it so far!

55Sandydog1
Edited: Apr 15, 2009, 9:17pm Top

I am now listening to An Army at Dawn, an account of the WWII North African campaign, read by the author. I just noticed the book in the local library and it's several inches thick. Sure enough, I checked the fine print and found that the 7-hour audio version is abridged.

So far so good, but you have to tolerate Mr. Atkinson's liberal use of similes and metaphors. They are sprinkled across the pages like machine gun fire across the desert.

56heatherw7373
Apr 17, 2009, 12:28am Top

End in Tears by Ruth Rendell - great reader, John Lee. I also enjoyed Not in the Flesh and The Water's Lovely!

57katylit
Apr 18, 2009, 12:25pm Top

I'm listening to House of Shadows by The Medieval Murderers, read by Paul Matthews. So far so good. I really enjoyed Lord Valentine's Castle, it was great. Sort of having withdrawal actually, find myself kinda missing listening to it, even though it was only just over 19 hours long.

58tututhefirst
Apr 18, 2009, 2:01pm Top

Night by Elie Wiesel, read by George Guidall. I read about Elie Wiesel in Great Souls and promised myself to read one of his books. This is excellent, although certainly not the feel good book of the year.

59ktleyed
Apr 22, 2009, 8:01am Top

I just finished last night listening to Dark Seduction a paranormal time travel Scottish romance by Brenda Joyce Absolutely awful, the narrator was terrible, but even the plot was ridiculous - run from this book, don't waste your time!

60Bookmarque
Apr 22, 2009, 10:12am Top

Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell. Like the story well enough (brutality aside), but the narrator makes every character sound like an old man in spite of most being entitled noblemen, full of themselves and their power. It's disconcerting and doesn't fit at all.

61she_climber
Apr 22, 2009, 6:18pm Top

Jane Eyre by Charolette Bronte. It's read by Susan Erickson who is amazing!

62bell7
Apr 23, 2009, 10:53am Top

The Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
Though I think it's a little too long for me 'cause I've been listening so long I'm losing track of what's going on

63Sandydog1
Apr 24, 2009, 10:29pm Top

Ok, here it goes, I know it's crazy but, I finally am going to try, during my commute, to listen to Ulysses.

Speaking of losing track of what's going on...

I just finished the infamous 3rd episode and found Stephen's walk on the beach, with dead dogs, drowned people, etc., pretty darn incomprehensible. I'm told it only gets much more sporty as the novel progresses!

64vivienbrenda
Apr 25, 2009, 9:01am Top

I've discovered Ruth Rendell on audio. Right now I'm listening to Harm Done. I'm also loving James Lee Burke whose writing is so lush I keep going back just to listen to Will Patton the incredible reader interpret them.

65callen610
Apr 26, 2009, 7:27am Top

I'm in the middle of listening to The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. It's quite good although some of the science stuff is a bit heavy to concentrate on while driving. I think I may have to re"read" this later.

66mejix
Apr 26, 2009, 3:13pm Top

just finished listening to american studies, a series of essays by louis menand. i also reading the feast of the goat by vargas llosa in book format so i didn't want to listen to a second fiction book while in my workshop.

i am not sold on all of menand's arguments but he is evidently a brilliant essayist. he is particularly interesting on mailer, larry flint and falwell. the vargas llosa book is a page turner, a fantastic book i think. only one objection, do we really need to know all the details about torture in the dominican republic after the fall of trujillo? ugggh, the less said the better.

67cyderry
Apr 26, 2009, 4:21pm Top

Winter Study is keeping me entertained at the office while I stuff envelopes, make copies, and crunch numbers.

68Grammath
Apr 28, 2009, 7:48am Top

My latest audiobook is A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby. The four narrating characters, two male and two female, are split between two narrators. This isn't really working, as each is good at one of their two characters and weak on the other. I guess the budget didn't extend to hiring four narrators.

69Grammath
May 8, 2009, 8:32am Top

I started Something to Tell You by Hanif Kureishi on my way home from work yesterday.

70ktleyed
May 8, 2009, 9:21pm Top

I'm almost done listening to Spell of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning with Phil Gigante narrating - I love it! If only I had listened to all the previous ones in this series instead of reading them! Soooo good!

71Seajack
Edited: May 8, 2009, 9:33pm Top

The Know-it-All by A. J. Jacobs - his "adventures" reading the entire Encyclopedia Brittanica. I'm glad I read (print version) The Year of Living Biblically first, as he's coming off as more obnoxious in this one.

72cyderry
May 13, 2009, 10:25pm Top

I'm listening to The Time Traveler's Wife It really is very entertaining.

73katylit
May 14, 2009, 1:23pm Top

I had to go on a road trip yesterday so I downloaded Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, Alexander McCall Smith's newest #1 Ladies' Detective Agency book. It doesn't disappoint, I'll be finishing it up today. I can never decide what I like most, Lisette Lecat's voice or the story, both are a delight.

74Seajack
May 19, 2009, 11:39am Top

On Writing by Stephen King - my library has holds on the print book (and the CD's), but the cassettes were available. Wish I'd waited for the book as the first third, his autobiography - from early childhood until he hit the jackpot with Carrie - was tedious; I'd like to have skimmed that. Moreover, just because he can tell a good story in print (according to his sales numbers anyway), doesn't mean he reads aloud well; his voice is grating, but the content has picked up now that he's talking directly about writing.

75Bookmarque
May 22, 2009, 10:22am Top

Sovereign by C.J. Sanson - 3rd Matthew Shardlake mystery. Makes me SO glad I was born in the 20th century.

76alans
May 22, 2009, 11:28am Top

Planning to start reading Stephen King's latest collection of short fiction this afternoon. I have three hours at work where I do mindless things and I can listen with headphones. Ahh luxury.
Has anyone listened to Revolutionary Road?

77alans
May 22, 2009, 11:29am Top

Planning to start Stephen King'slastest collection of short fiction this afternoon. I have three hours at work where I can listen to audio..such luxury!
Has anyone listened to Revolutionary Road?

78she_climber
May 24, 2009, 9:45am Top

#72 - how is that listening to? I read it and remember thinking that will all the back and forth that it would probably be a tough audio book to keep up with the current time period. Excellent book though.

79pkw87
May 25, 2009, 9:56pm Top

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. Excellent, but probably more so for women than men, unless you are generally into women's history from waaaay back in biblical times.

80carma91
May 25, 2009, 10:43pm Top

Lately I've been listening to the Star Trek novelization by Alan Dean Foster. It's read the the actor who plays Spock, and I really like it. It has extra scenes that aren't in the movie, and that's nice.

81alans
Jun 1, 2009, 4:47pm Top

I've been listening to Just After Sunset, Stephen King'slatest collection of short stories. All of the stories start out wonderfully, with thrills and great suspense, but by the end they just peter out like bad episodes of The Twilight Zone. He never seems to be able to complete his stories as well as he begins them. This is the first KingI"ve ever read, and this collection is quite long. I think I've listened to five already. So far the readers are all very, very strong.

82katylit
Jun 3, 2009, 12:19am Top

#78 she_climber, I've listened to The Time Traveler's Wife a few times because I've enjoyed it so much. A man and a woman read it for Claire and Henry and they both do an excellent job, especially the fellow reading Henry - he's just comes across as so likeable!

83Grammath
Jun 3, 2009, 10:13am Top

Started Fingersmith today, read by Juanita McMahon, who did an excellent job on Sarah Waters' earlier novel Affinity. At 20 discs, it'll keep me occupied for a while.

84she_climber
Jun 3, 2009, 11:15am Top

#82 - Thanks for the response, 2 readers would help out a lot.

I'm listening to Max by James Patterson which is okay - very strange that they added sound effects, which is very distracting when I'm driving hearing sirens and other bizarre noises before I realize that it's coming from the speakers - guess that's what I get doing a Young Adult book.

85Bookmarque
Jun 3, 2009, 1:19pm Top

A Reliable Wife
not sure this narrator is the best person for the job. he's very soft-spoken and hesitant and it doesn't seem to fit with the character's resolve.

86alans
Jun 3, 2009, 2:32pm Top

I just noticed something very strange in audible.com that I'm wondering if someone can explain. The new Sarah Waters'novel The Little Strangeris listed twice, both times read by Simon Vance, but one version is longer then the other one. Why would someone do two recordings of the same title with the same narrator?

87jennieg
Jun 3, 2009, 2:35pm Top

Just finishing up O Jerusalem before moving onto Justice Hall. I'm working my way through the Mary Russell series again before I read the new one.

88Bookmarque
Jun 3, 2009, 2:38pm Top

alans - is one abridged, perhaps?

89alans
Jun 4, 2009, 11:00am Top

No Bookmarque, that's the weird thing, they are both unabridged and one is only one hour longer then the other one, both have different covers. Perhaps one is
an American edition and the other is British, very strange.

90alans
Jun 4, 2009, 11:01am Top

Does anyone listen to the podcasts on the New Yorker magazine site? They have famous authors reading short stories from past issues.

91zhoud2005
Jun 4, 2009, 2:00pm Top

The Secret Speech by Tom Roth Smith

92digifish_books
Jun 5, 2009, 8:00am Top

>86 alans: alans ~ from what I can tell from the audible site, one version (Hachette Audio) is about 12 minutes longer than the other (Penguin Audiobooks) version. The description on the Hachette version states that it "Includes an interview with Sarah Waters giving an insight into the story behind The Little Stranger." A 12 minute interview, perhaps?

93karenmarie
Jun 5, 2009, 1:44pm Top

I'm listening to The Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick. It's a very eye-opening and entertaining "read." How many of you knew that most of the passengers on the Mayflower were English but had been living in Leiden Holland for 12 years?

94katylit
Jun 6, 2009, 1:28pm Top

I'm listening to The Glass of Time by Michael Cox, the sequel to The Meaning of Night. It's good.

I'm pleased to see that Audible has The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss available, I'll be getting that with my next subscription, it's a great story.

#80, carma91, I listened to the Star Trek novelization too and really enjoyed it. Those extra scenes were a fun surprise.

#63, Sandydog, how are you making out with Ulysses? Has it gotten any "sportier"? ;-)

95ktleyed
Jun 6, 2009, 3:21pm Top

I'm now listening to Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie, so far so good!

96Storeetllr
Jun 6, 2009, 4:43pm Top

#95 I liked that one too, ktleyed! In fact, it's one of my favorites by Crusie.

I'm currently listening to Neil Gaiman read The Graveyard Book, and it is really wonderful so far!

97jmulick
Jun 6, 2009, 4:47pm Top

I am listening to Fixing Hell, a sort of white wash of the role of psychologists in military torture at Guantanamo and Iraq. It was written by the former chief psychologist at Walter Reed Hospital when 9/11 happened. He was later selected to respond to the allegations of torture at U.S. prisons holding people detained in the current never ending war. If he himself did what he describes having done, his actions are completely defensible. I do not think he wrote without the intent of portraying the entire problem, however, as less widespread and terrible than it was and is, and that it is over; neither of which I can buy as a result of other reliable sources (including the remarks of recently retired generals).

98jmulick
Jun 6, 2009, 4:48pm Top

I am listening to Fixing Hell, a sort of white wash of the role of psychologists in military torture at Guantanamo and Iraq. It was written by the former chief psychologist at Walter Reed Hospital when 9/11 happened. He was later selected to respond to the allegations of torture at U.S. prisons holding people detained in the current never ending war. If he himself did what he describes having done, his actions are completely defensible. I do not think he wrote without the intent of portraying the entire problem, however, as less widespread and terrible than it was and is, and that it is over; neither of which I can buy as a result of other reliable sources (including the remarks of recently retired generals).

99she_climber
Jun 10, 2009, 7:29am Top

I just started The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

100alans
Jun 10, 2009, 2:26pm Top

What is McCarthy like on audio?

101Storeetllr
Edited: Jun 11, 2009, 12:07am Top

I'll jump in there and give you my answer, alans ~ The Road on audio was brilliant. The reader was wonderful. I think I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it as much if I'd read it in book form.

I also listened to No Country for Old Men. It was almost too well done ~ I had to stop in the middle to calm down when the story got unbearably tense, and I had to let it rest for about a week before I could begin to listen again.

102Storeetllr
Jun 11, 2009, 12:10am Top

Right now I'm listening to Antony and Cleopatra by McCullough and not enjoying it at all. I don't like the reader ~ she does not do the voices well at all ~ and the story seems flat to me on top of that. I will continue to listen for another little while, at least, in case it starts to grow on me, but it's very disappointing after the wonderful earlier books of the series.

103she_climber
Jun 11, 2009, 8:00am Top

#100/#101 - I'm only about a 1/3 of the way into it right now but I'm enjoying it greatly. The reader is great - his voice just accentuates the grey and despair of the setting. The only problem I've encountered so far is a couple of times there's been something said or described that I've wanted to stop and contemplate for a minute or two and haven't been close enough to my IPod or quick enough in the car to pause - whereas while reading I could easily just stop, of course. I agree though in general I don't know if I would enjoy this book as much in book form. This is definitely a book where you need to pay attention and not let you mind wander.

104cyderry
Jun 11, 2009, 6:13pm Top

I have so many choices I don't know what to listen to next. Agh!

105Storeetllr
Jun 11, 2009, 8:10pm Top

They say better to have too many than not enough, but I too am feeling a bit stressed at having a really long a list of books I want to listen to/read. In fact, I just picked up eight more books from the library today to add to the five I have stacked up at home, plus I'm in the middle of three others. Double agh!

106xorscape
Jun 12, 2009, 3:45am Top

In my car, I'm listening to More News from Lake Woebegon by Garrison Keillor and enjoying it. It is read by the author.

I am listening to Longitude by Dava Sobel in the house. It is really interesting and full of stuff I didn't know and/or had never thought about.

107she_climber
Jun 12, 2009, 10:00pm Top

#105 - I know the feeling!! I just had to move my stack from my nightstand to a special shelf on my bookshelf - looking at the stack each morning and night was stressful and reading should be nothing but fun!

108jldarden
Jun 13, 2009, 1:14am Top

brimstone by preston & child

109Storeetllr
Jun 13, 2009, 11:42am Top

#107 Agreed!

I'm happy to report that Antony and Cleopatra has gotten much better. Only problem is that just as it started getting better, the sound quality of the CD went way down (skipping, wavering) so I had to move on to next CD, which sounded fine, meaning it was the CD not my iPod.

I didn't think CDs had problems like that.

110Seajack
Jun 13, 2009, 11:52am Top

I get skipping (static-y playback) sometimes on OverDrive library books.

111Storeetllr
Jun 13, 2009, 2:59pm Top

Huh. I guess I've been lucky so far not to have had any problems with the CDs I've downloaded until now. It wasn't static, though ~ it actually kept getting stuck on the same word/phrase, like "wuh-wuh-wuh-wuh gurgle ut-ut-ut-ut-ut." Luckily, I have the hardback copy of the book so I can read what I missed, but it was really weird.

112she_climber
Jun 14, 2009, 10:56am Top

I have lots of problems with CD's from the library because they get so much use and unfortunately not everyone takes care of them which is what prompted me to just move to Audible.com for the most part - the "wuh-wuh-wuh-wuh gurgle ut-ut-ut-ut-ut." was driving me INSANE!

113Storeetllr
Jun 14, 2009, 2:31pm Top

Hmm, may have to try Audible.com. Out of seven CDs so far, two of them were messed up. Grrr.

114Donura1
Edited: Jun 14, 2009, 2:51pm Top

I just finished listening to Work Hard. Be Nice and have posted my review on my blog, www.donurareads.blogspot.com. The reader did a great job.

115she_climber
Jun 15, 2009, 9:57am Top

#113 - I love Audible.com and have been very happy since joining. At first I was wary of the subscription issue, but have also found as being member they also have great sales with books at less than your membership/credit cost - I've gotten so many books now I'm backed up. Also one other tip that I didn't know when I signed up (for the one credit a month plan) is that you can only have a max of 6 credits and you will lose credits if you go over - which I almost did with my buying lots of others on sale.

116Storeetllr
Jun 15, 2009, 11:16am Top

Thanks, she! I'll give Audible.com a shot.

117jennieg
Jun 15, 2009, 12:47pm Top

I'm listening to The Game by Laurie R. King, continuing my way through the Mary Russell novels.

118alans
Jun 15, 2009, 4:22pm Top

Finished Just AFter Sunset, Stephen King'scollection of short fiction which got better and better as I listened to more stories. The readings were uniformly excellent.Probably the best reader was Ron Mclaretywho apparently does lots of audio books.
I'm planning on starting a new (for me) Agatha Christiesoon, The Tuesday Club Murdersand then I'm thinking of tackling Don Quixotewhich is 31 discs.
Has anyone listened to this classic?

119Sandydog1
Jun 15, 2009, 7:42pm Top

I just finished Ulysses. It would have been impossible to get through it without the Recorded Books (1995) version.

120Seajack
Jun 15, 2009, 7:44pm Top

Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theroux read by John McDonough, better known as George Guidall. Not bad, and going faster than I'd thought.

121Storeetllr
Jun 15, 2009, 9:29pm Top

#119 Oooohhh, Sandydog! What a splendid idea! I've been wanting to tackle Ulysses for awhile now but just haven't had the courage (or willpower), but it never occurred to me to try it on audio! Thanks!

122cyderry
Jun 16, 2009, 9:42pm Top

>>118 alans:
I listened to Don Quixote for the Group Read.

I can't imagine trying this book without audio since I had a hard enough time with the excellent audio version. It was still too long and I am firmly convinced that Cervantes did not have an editor.

123xorscape
Jun 20, 2009, 7:39am Top

I just listened to my first Garrison Keillor cd's. I really enjoyed them. My niece loaned me some and I sure laughed or smiled at most everything.

124Storeetllr
Jun 20, 2009, 11:29am Top

So excited to get an unabridged review audio of Cemetery Dance by Preston and Child from Hatchette yesterday! Also having a drawing for that and The Scarecrow by Connelly, both on audio, at my blog, in case anyone's interested. Tomorrow's the last day to enter. http://justonemorepageblog.blogspot.com/

I'm almost at the end of Antony and Cleopatra by McCullough and am happy to say that it's gotten much better and is now riveting, except that I question her interpretation of Cleopatra and the queen's motives. Still, it's fiction, so I'm not stressing over it.

125Sandydog1
Edited: Jun 20, 2009, 12:24pm Top

>121 Storeetllr:

Go for it Storeetllr!

But if anyone needs more incentive for audio, open up the to the last chapter and take a look. Your eyes will glaze over. There is virtually no punctuation. Then listen to a good narrator reading Molly Bloom's thoughts. Utterly beautiful and very "comprehensible".

And since you don't have to worry about spoilers (it's about a June 16 day in Dublin - there! - LOL), I'd also suggest immersing yourself in some good study guides, critical reviews, Teaching Company lectures, etc.

'Sounds like work, and I probably understood 30% of it, but it was actually a lot of fun.

Oh, now that I'm finished with that Ulysses journey (for the time being), I'm listening to Falling Man.

126vivienbrenda
Jun 21, 2009, 8:59am Top

I'm listening to Pompeii by Robert Harris narrated by the fabulous John Lee. Lee is so good that I think his interpretation of a MacDonald's menu would sound like a literary masterpiece. But, Pompeii is good fun and well written.

I'm actually reading Elegance of the Hedgehog which already requires a dictionary to understand. Maybe I'm just not an intellectual. Still, the book is enjoyable enough to keep me with it. I say this because I just can't imagine undertaking Ulysses in any form.

127ktleyed
Jun 27, 2009, 9:42am Top

I gave up on Welcome to Temptation, I just couldn't get into it. The narrator wasn't bad, but I just felt the heroine was so annoying, I felt it was more of a chore than anything else to listen to this story. I have a feeling Jennifer Crusie is just not my cup of tea. I wish I hadn't wasted one of my precious audible credits. Someday if I'm desperate, maybe I'll go back to it, since it'll be on my iPod.

128Storeetllr
Jun 27, 2009, 12:09pm Top

I'm lost in a good audio version of Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde. *heh sometimes I crack myself up*

129Sandydog1
Jun 27, 2009, 6:29pm Top

I finished Falling Man and am now listening to the incredibly disturbing peace-movement classic Johnny Got His Gun. Whoa.

130Sandydog1
Jul 2, 2009, 6:13pm Top

Time for some good ol' dystopian fun. Now I'm listening to Oryx and Crake.

After this genetic engineering and environmental disaster story, I think I'll stay clear of Ms. Atwood for a while. Enough of the bleak. This stuff reminds me of books like Hot, Flat and Crowded.

131alans
Jul 3, 2009, 2:45pm Top

Does anyone download cover art for their audio books?

132Seajack
Jul 3, 2009, 7:00pm Top

Yes, I do

133Sandydog1
Jul 5, 2009, 12:03pm Top

I'm on some kind of anti-war tear, all of a sudden. First it was Johnny Got his Gun. Now I'm listening to Catch 22.

134mejix
Jul 5, 2009, 12:49pm Top

just finished no country for old men by cormac mccarthy

the movie was more faithful to the book than i expected, except towards the end. after the movie ending there is a whole CD worth of narrative in the audiobook. it is more philosophical than anything else and elaborates on tommy lee jones' character. when i saw the movie i kind of suspected that there was something missing. having seen the movie, the ending here felt anticlimactic. very enjoyable though. if nothing else just to hear texan talk.

135Grammath
Jul 6, 2009, 4:35pm Top

Started Theft: A Love Story by Peter Carey at the weekend.

136katylit
Jul 7, 2009, 11:54am Top

I really enjoyed The Glass of Time and now am listening to Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay, one of my all time favourite fantasy authors. I just discovered that Audible has three of his books, what good taste they have ;-)

137Deedledee
Jul 9, 2009, 3:01pm Top

I just finished After This by Alice McDermott. Martha Plimpton is a surprisingly good narrator.

138karenmarie
Jul 9, 2009, 3:17pm Top

I re-listened to ALL the Harry Potter books from January 1 to May 18.

But now with the movie coming out next Wednesday, I've started listening to Half-Blood Prince again. Just gotta have all that detail fresh in my mind for the movie.

139jennieg
Jul 9, 2009, 3:21pm Top

I am finally ready to listen to The Language of Bees. I've been working my way through all the Mary Russell novels to brush up.

140kshrum
Jul 9, 2009, 4:43pm Top

Just a question to anyone....how do you choose what audiobooks you will listen to. Does the narrator play a role in your choice? Do you gravitate to a certain genre? How often do you try something you wouldn't ordinarly pick?

thanks.

141socialpages
Jul 9, 2009, 4:46pm Top

I'm on my last disc of Barchester Towers which at 16 discs in total has been one of the longest books I've listened to but worth every minute of it. Unfortunately, my local library doesn't have the next in the Barchester series on audio.

142jennieg
Jul 9, 2009, 4:59pm Top

>140 kshrum: I tend to listen to mysteries. If my mind wanders I can usually figure out what's going on.

The narrator is very important to me. If I don't care for the reader, it ruins the book.

143kshrum
Jul 9, 2009, 5:43pm Top

To jennieg:
Thanks for the info. I pick audiobooks for my library and it always surprises me what they will or will not listen to.

144Sandydog1
Jul 11, 2009, 12:36pm Top

>140 kshrum:,

I'm still old skool. I check the State library system for the classics and LT recommendations that clog my TBR ile. I then go to area libraries and borrow them on CDs and casette (those thin ribbon thingies encased in thin rectagular plastic - remember them?).

145mejix
Jul 12, 2009, 12:32am Top

the emperor's children by claire messud. i started it and then the books that i was waiting for became available so at first i was kind of resenting it. i am enjoying it now though. the emphasis is on the plot. the novel is perfect for audio.

146Storeetllr
Edited: Jul 12, 2009, 2:13pm Top

Listening to Cemetery Dance read by Rene Auberjonois. Good story so far, but can't stand the reader. He reads every word with an almost breathless tension, like it's terribly important, even the mundane stuff like "He slammed the car door and strode up the walkway to the door of the building." Sheesh. Have to finish it, though, as it's a reviewer copy.

ETA: I made up that sentence in quotation marks as an example only ~ as far as I can recall, it is not a quote from the novel.

147Seajack
Jul 12, 2009, 4:18pm Top

> 144

" ...casette (those thin ribbon thingies encased in thin rectagular plastic - remember them?)"

I have a Walkman-like device for audiobooks that are only available on tape. I fear that when this one goes, I won't be able to find a replacement.

148vivienbrenda
Jul 13, 2009, 8:42am Top

There are so many wonderful books that have only been recorded on cassette, I wonder sometimes if I should invest in a cassette player just to hear them. Or, will they disappear, and never be converted to CD? I have an iPod, and can't imagine having to manage tapes while walking and listening.

Does anyone know if those tapes can be converted to CD? Maybe this gives me hope that in time they will be available.

149Seajack
Jul 13, 2009, 12:26pm Top

I have re-recorded books-on-cassette one-by-one as many, many 45-minute files; it is a royal pain, but there's really no other way. A generic Walkman costs around $10 at Rite Aid/CVS/Walgreens.

The company Books-on-Tape liquidated much of its collection a few years ago, selling off the stock, and, well ... that was that. Once the last tape of one of those books breaks - bye, bye!

On the other hand, Flo Gibson's Audiobook Contractors, Inc. has been slowly, but steadily, making her recordings of classics available via Audible.

Managing tapes while walking isn't so hard; you simply pause your walk for a minute to change tapes, keeping the next one in your purse/bag/pocket.

150vivienbrenda
Jul 13, 2009, 3:06pm Top

Thanks Seajack. I may buy that cassette player. Some old classics and some of the best narrators are on cassette only.

151bkswrites
Jul 13, 2009, 4:48pm Top

There are also CD-burning machines that can start from radio, cassettes, or vinyl, and play all of those, available for a couple hundred dollars. I must confess I bought one (innovative technology model ITRR-501) last Christmas, primarily for converting my music tapes and vinyl so I could listen in the car, and haven't yet unboxed it (though there are other factors in that mix).

152Seajack
Jul 23, 2009, 9:37pm Top

I'm about 1/4 through A Piano in the Pyrenees by Tony Hawks (author narrated) - fills time okay, but otherwise mundane. Based on this experience I doubt I'd read anything else of his.

153bettyjo
Jul 24, 2009, 3:29am Top

am listening to The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff...only on disc 2 so far so good.

154jennieg
Jul 24, 2009, 10:11am Top

I'm listening to The Serpent's Tale by Ariana Franklin for a group read.

155Sandydog1
Jul 24, 2009, 5:38pm Top

I just finished Catch 22. I'm now onto a recording of A Passage to India.

156susiesharp
Jul 24, 2009, 5:44pm Top

At home I'm listening to Rage by, Jonathan Kellerman-I really like listening to his book's on tape because John Rubenstein narrates them and he is the only one who does since book 1.
At work I'm listening to Summerlandby, Michael Chabon thinking it should have ended by now and still have 6 tapes to go.

157xorscape
Jul 28, 2009, 4:40am Top

I just started an abridged version of Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher. It is read by Lynn Redgrave and she does a really wonderful job. Some of her voices sound like Bette Davis. :) She also narrated one of the Narnia books and did a great job. I have always liked the Donada Peters reading of Pilcher because of the dialect, but this one is good too.

I have been dreading trying to put tape on cd because of the track feature. I wouldn't want there to be just one 60 to 70 minute track per disk! I think there is software to fix that but I'm not feeling creative yet.

158karyllynne
Jul 29, 2009, 7:24am Top

I'm listening to Casca: The Eternal Mercenary because of a friend's recommendation. So far it's pretty intriguing, and the narrator (Gene Engene) is very good.

159Storeetllr
Jul 29, 2009, 11:52pm Top

Just finished The Well of Lost Plots, which I liked a lot, and started a reread (via audio this time) of Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal.

160Grammath
Aug 5, 2009, 2:16pm Top

I'm almost at the end of the first part of The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, read by Peter Jeffery. He's done a fairly convincing Yorkshire accent for the first part as related by steward Gabriel Betteredge. I wonder how he'll fare with the others.

161memasmb
Edited: Aug 7, 2009, 8:02pm Top

162mejix
Aug 7, 2009, 11:30pm Top

im on the last disk of the road by cormac mccarthy. hoping for a strong finish because the book has been somewhat dull. very different from what i expected.

163Sandydog1
Aug 8, 2009, 10:11pm Top

'All finished with A Passage to India and am now really enjoying Blink. Malcolm Gladwell is definitely a guilty pleasure to read.

164neohippy10
Aug 9, 2009, 10:13am Top

I'm running to Eragon by Christopher Paolini. I drive to The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. I'm halfway through both and I wish I had picked some lighter reading! I knew The Jungle wouldn't be an uplifting story, but geez! Sometimes you need a pick-me-up after work.

165jennieg
Aug 10, 2009, 12:14pm Top

I'm listening to Zombies of the Gene Pool by Sharyn McCrumb. A nice, undemanding book for August.

166Sandydog1
Aug 11, 2009, 9:54pm Top

I just finished Blink and loved it as much as Outliers and The Tipping Point. It was read by the author.

I'm now tackling Siddhartha. I must be a cowboy; I ain't gittin' all this here "Eastern" stuff.

167audiocat
Aug 18, 2009, 12:48pm Top

I am listening to Nation by Terry Pratchett, one of my very favorite authors.
Though this is supposed to be a young adult novel I'm enjoying very much and recommend it.

168jennieg
Aug 18, 2009, 2:00pm Top

I'm listening to The Golem's Eye by Jonathan Stroud. I don't know who the reader is, but he's wonderful!

169susiesharp
Aug 19, 2009, 2:44pm Top

The People of the Book by, Geraldine Brooks just finished first cd and like it so far!

170mejix
Aug 21, 2009, 11:54am Top

i started absalom, absalom! but had to stop. it is hard for me to follow as audio because it is somewhat dense prose and because tracks are 1hr long when i download from the library. pity because it sounded great.

171jennieg
Aug 21, 2009, 12:23pm Top

Started listening to Phantom Prey. Unfortunately my library doesn't offer it in MP3 format, so I had to settle for cds. Still working on The Golem's Eye on the player and enjoying it very much.

172RosyLibrarian
Aug 21, 2009, 4:30pm Top

Just about half way through Kenneth Oppel's Airborn. Very fun to listen to with a full cast. Highly recommended for those who love a good adventure.

173Donura1
Aug 21, 2009, 11:50pm Top

I am on the last disc of the Summer on Blossom Street. I have enjoyed all the other books and I still like the characters but for some reason the reader is getting on my nerves this time. Maybe it is just me but a little too much syrup. I have several others on the desk lined up, Life Sentences, Sag Harbor, The Charlemagne Pursuit, Etta, Life of Pi, which one of my girls had to read for school, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, The Secret, 8 weeks to Optimum Healing, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. An awful lot to listen to but I hope it means I will also get a lot of knitting done.

174mejix
Edited: Aug 22, 2009, 1:48am Top

started on the road by kerouac, read by matt dillon. i like the way he reads, he is perfect for the book. there have been a couple of sections were he sounds like he just wants to be elsewhere but for the most part he reads well. the book i had never read. its alright. hard to take it too seriously but still it is interesting to see that period now.

175socialpages
Aug 23, 2009, 4:37pm Top

I have just finished The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle read beautifully by Derek Jacobi. He could read a train timetable and I'd love it. I now have Gilead. With this audio it doesn't matter if your attention is taken by traffic problems and you lose a minute or so as it is a contemplative monologue that a dieing father writes to his son.

176RebeccaAnn
Aug 26, 2009, 3:39pm Top

I'm still working my way through The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. For the most part, it's good, but it's reeeeeeally sloooooow listening, so I have a hard time listening to it for more than 30 minutes or so. This doesn't work out so well when the audiobook itself is about 25 hours long...

177Seajack
Aug 26, 2009, 4:02pm Top

I'm in the same boat listening to Free Air by Sinclair Lewis -- cute story, and good narration, but a half hour or so (of 7 hrs total) is about my limit (I'm now @ 2.5 hrs).

178CDVicarage
Aug 26, 2009, 4:11pm Top

I'm about half way through Cranford read by Prunella Scales but I've had to stop as I've just had an ear operation and I can't put my earphones in. I find it difficult to listen through my CD player as I get distracted too easily or have to leave the room for something. I've got another 10 days or so before the dressing is removed. at least it's a story I know so I'm not waiting with bated breath to find out What Happens Next!

179jennieg
Aug 26, 2009, 4:15pm Top

I found ear pieces that sit over the ear at a hardware store, of all places. They work well unless the noise at the gym gets really nutso. Maybe something like that would work for you.

180Beecharmer
Aug 26, 2009, 4:25pm Top

I drive about a 1/2 hour to work every day, so I'm always listening to something. Right now I am listening to Domestic Affairs by Eileen Goudge. Very interesting. It's one of those books where I look forward to going somewhere so I can listen to it.

181tames
Aug 26, 2009, 9:24pm Top

>175 socialpages: I just finished reading The Sign of the Four. Went out to Audible.com and listened to the sample clip. May have to get that one!

182Sandydog1
Aug 27, 2009, 10:31pm Top

I just finished Siddhartha.

Ho, hum...

183susiesharp
Aug 28, 2009, 12:14pm Top

Ok I just got the The 19th Wife by, David Ebershoff but I'm not sure if I'm going to like this, because this is a book that tells the story of two women and its read by a man??!!??
Finished People of the Book Great book -Great narrator

184susiesharp
Aug 28, 2009, 12:20pm Top

I guess the story is being told by a teenage boy...But the f-bomb has been said about 10 times in 5 minutes.

185alizarin
Aug 28, 2009, 11:56pm Top

I'm listening to Sidetracked by Henning Markell and narrated by Dick Hill. I think he's read most of Markell's books and one of the reasons I enjoy listening to them!

186booksontrial
Aug 29, 2009, 12:21am Top

Iliad by Homer

I know most of the stories but never read the book in its entirety. Now I'm listening to the edition translated by W. H. D. Rouse and narrated by Anthony Heald. It's been great fun!

187bkswrites
Aug 29, 2009, 8:09pm Top

Just worked up the courage today to finish Little Bee by Chris Cleave, read by Anne Flosnik in a Tantor production. WOW for the book and the enhancement of Flosnik's performance(s) (moving with flawless fluidity among a half-dozen accents, plus genders and ages). I finished on the way to the library for hardcopy to show a book club on Monday. Even the parts that were OK-to-fun to listen to in the car come back to haunt, though. And some parts call for pulling off the road and may require recovery time after listening (including the ending; working in LT is part of my processing).

188alans
Sep 4, 2009, 12:45pm Top

I'm more then half-way through The Neighborby Lisa Gardner. So far this is a gripping thriller. There are so many twists and turns to the plot that I just don't know what will happen next. It's my first Gardnernovel and I will definitely be back for more. I got this title off of Overdrive. I"ve also been listeing to librivox's recording of Sister Carriebut it is soooo
slow going. Some of the narrators are better then others but the writing is dense and the book just doesn't move quickly for me. I listen to a chapter and then I'm afraid I'm going to fall asleep.

189vivienbrenda
Sep 4, 2009, 10:48pm Top

Please, please, please, get your hands (ears) on a copy of The Help by Kathryn Stocokett, which is read by multiple readers (all excellent, and all in distinct southern dialect and styles). The story revolves around a white college educated southern woman who begins to understand the plight of the black maids who work in her and her friends homes. Dated 1963, it is a pivital year in our history and one that resounds with drama with the telling. Wonderful book enhanced by the reading.

190wisewoman
Edited: Sep 10, 2009, 8:33am Top

I'm enjoying Gaston Leroux's The Mystery of the Yellow Room, read by Robert Whitfield. Good stuff!

191jennieg
Sep 9, 2009, 5:04pm Top

I'm listening to a bunch of Selected Shorts programs that KB downloaded for me. It's a nice change of pace and I'm glad to find the program again.

192susiesharp
Sep 9, 2009, 8:24pm Top

#188-All Lisa Gardner's books are good!
I'm listening to Mister B. Gone by, Clive Barker.
So far pretty spooky and intersting!

193Beecharmer
Sep 10, 2009, 10:01am Top

Right now I am listening to Show No Fear by perri O'Shaughnessy. The story is good, but I can't stand the reader's voice. Her name is Dagmara Dominczyk. Sounds like she is trying to imitate Marilyn Monroe.

194RebeccaAnn
Sep 13, 2009, 12:41am Top

Still listening to The Historian. Only 3.5 more hours to go and the story still doesn't really feel like it's going anywhere. Honestly, the only reason I'm still listening to it is because I just don't have any other audiobooks at the moment.

195xorscape
Sep 14, 2009, 8:30pm Top

I bought Dark Slayer by Christine Feehan for a road trip. I have enjoyed this vampire series. This book is read by a male and female. For some (idiotic) reason, the dialog is read in really bad Bella Lugosi accents! It is funny in spots because it is so bad. In other spots the dialog is difficult to understand.

We haven't listened to the whole thing yet, but I couldn't help posting. I don't recommend this unless it is free and you want a chuckle.

(And we agree that a good editor would have been usefull too.)

196Storeetllr
Sep 14, 2009, 11:38pm Top

xorscape ~ I'm going to have to see if I can pick that one up at the library. Sounds like a hoot!

I'm listening to The Last Dickens but think I'm going to put it aside and get the actual book to read instead. Dislike the reader ~ he has an awful way with voices, and, when reading narrative, he reads fitfully, with unfathomable hesitations and even full stops where there simply cannot be a comma or period. I think the reader is someone named Paul Michael. I'll have to double-check, though.

197memasmb
Sep 15, 2009, 4:04pm Top

Reading (listening to) The Sleeping Doll by Jeffery Deaver.

198xorscape
Edited: Sep 15, 2009, 8:23pm Top

We're listening to Dark Slayer in the car (see 195). But I started A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg in the house. I am really enjoying this little book (only four tapes). It is read by the author and has made me laugh out loud a couple of times already.

196> Streetllr, It made us chuckle out loud a few times. "I vant to drink your blawd..."

And if my memory is correct, one of the characters, Gary, is an American friend staying with the Transylvanians in Romania. He also speaks with a bad accent.

199Seajack
Sep 16, 2009, 12:20am Top

Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper - story of the author's adopted kitten with no eyes (removed shortly after birth due to severe infection). A little drawn out, but not bad - narrator's doing a good job.

200jennieg
Sep 16, 2009, 10:58am Top

I'm listening to Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris. I always like her work; she has such diverse characters. And the reader is very good.

201susiesharp
Edited: Sep 16, 2009, 4:54pm Top

I'm now listening to The curious incident of the dog in the night-time by, Mark Haddon.

Mister B. Gone had a great reader..I'd suggest to anyone who likes horror.

202Seajack
Sep 27, 2009, 12:35am Top

I'm nearly finished with Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper, the story of her life after adopting a blind kitten (Homer). Cat folks will likely be riveted by it - I'm not among them, but still found it easy to maintain interest, in large part because of good narration.

203digifish_books
Sep 27, 2009, 5:38am Top

My book featured neither cats nor dogs, although there was a monkey at the end. It was Evelina by Fanny Burney, narrated by Judi Dench, Geoffrey Palmer and Finty Williams, which I purchased from SilkSoundBooks. The narration was excellent but the book itself was very long and drawn out, consisting of 84 letters (500+ pages). Just 'OK' for me.

204susiesharp
Sep 27, 2009, 10:38am Top

A Place of Hiding by Elizabeth George.Set in Guernsey and pretty good so far

205xorscape
Edited: Sep 27, 2009, 5:48pm Top

I'm just finishing Locked Rooms by Laurie R. King. I have really enjoyed this book. I listened to Beekeeper's Apprentice a few years ago and thought it good, but it didn't make me too interested in the series (it is the first book in the series). I bought an (inexpensive) cd copy of Locked Rooms and am so glad I did.

This series is about Sherlock Holmes in his older years. He meets a girl and over time they solve mysteries together. They eventually marry.

This book has them visiting San Francisco around 20 years after the big quake. Mary Russell, Holmes' wife, was there during the quake. The mystery of her family's death, the setting and the wonderful characters really made this a great listen for me. I especially loved the addition of Dashiell Hammett as a former Pinkerton operative (which I believe he was).

I haven't finished Dark Slayer yet. Our road trip ended. Fast forwarding through the endless sex was also funny. The first few words of each track seemed to the same.

206Storeetllr
Sep 27, 2009, 10:12pm Top

xorscape ~ "Fast forwarding through the endless sex!" (Almost sounds like the title of a magazine article or non-fiction book, doesn't it?) Anyway, I skim very fast through most of the sex scenes when I get to them anymore. Not that I get offended, it's just that it often seems so...I don't know, you said it best ~ unending ~ and, thus, mind-numbingly boring. I can enjoy one or two sex scenes in a novel before I just sigh and page past them when I get to another one. But the thought of fast-forwarding through them on an audio book is just too funny!

207xorscape
Edited: Sep 28, 2009, 4:57pm Top

Storeetllr, I think the word processor is a wonderful invention, but it has much to answer for related to romance authors and the required sex. Copy and paste, copy and paste. I tried to follow one of the popular writers' descriptions and what they were doing wasn't possible. And boring, like you say. Now I skim, looking for plot.

edit: And I love Simon Prebble and it just doesn't seem right for him to be reading endless sex scenes. It embarrasses me and I'm alone in the car! (He reads Stephanie Laurens, one of the above referenced authors.)

208Storeetllr
Sep 29, 2009, 2:19am Top

Hee hee, now I'm going to have to try one of the romance audios read by Prebble just to see for myself.

I'm listening to Stephen King reading his book On Writing. I didn't know what to expect, because I don't care for Mr. King's voice and thought maybe a book on writing should be in paper so parts could be reread easily and exercises done without having to rewind rewind rewind. But it's really wonderful on audio. I don't even notice his voice anymore. Well, not much, anyway.

209AnneH
Sep 29, 2009, 2:32am Top

I just finished People of the Book and enjoyed the history parts. The contemporary narrator's story was difficult to get through - I could have lopped off the "love" story at the end and been happy.

I just began The Little Book which came highly recommended. But this thing is 13 CDs long and already I'm finding the protagonist hard to take. He's a rock star/baseball star/ genius who has been transported to 1897 Vienna and is delighted because he knows all about Vienna during this period because of a high school teacher who left him a book.... I haven't even got through the first disc and I hate this guy already - despite the neat time travel. Can anyone encourage/discourage me from continuing?

210CDVicarage
Sep 29, 2009, 11:58am Top

I'm just about to go back to Cranford, read by Prunella Scales. I listen to audiobooks using my ipod and headphones and I had to stop in mid-August when I had an ear operation. Now it's healed nicely and the drops are finished I can get started again.

211Seajack
Sep 29, 2009, 1:13pm Top

Toast by Nigel Slater - his memoir, through (roughly) chronological, is told through food-related essays. I tried the print version a couple of years ago, couldn't get into it at all, listened his "sequel" of essays Eating for England, which I liked, and am now able to appreciate this one on audio.
I thought I was a picky eater, but he really gives me a run for my money! Moreover, he doesn't hold back on graphic description of foods he finds "gross" (eggs, for instance).

212wisewoman
Sep 29, 2009, 2:20pm Top

I'm listening to The Fellowship of the Rings, read by Rob Inglis. He's fun; he even made up melodies for the songs.

213alans
Sep 29, 2009, 4:22pm Top

I'm listening to a recording done by Brilliance Audio and the tracks are way too long. They are at least twenty
minutes. If I miss something I have to go all the way
back to hear the track from the beginning. I prefer the
tracks to be only at most five minutes.

214socialpages
Sep 29, 2009, 4:33pm Top

I thought I'd be brave and attempt Henry James' The Wings of the Dove. So far it's dragging on and I still have about 18 hours to go. It is a Librivox download so maybe it's the production or the narrator's voice that's not working for me. I loved Washington Square but this audio book is hard work. When do you give up on an audio book? or do you always finish an audio that you start?

215jennieg
Sep 29, 2009, 4:39pm Top

I think it's harder to finish an audio book you don't like than a printed book. For me, the reader is key. If I can't stand the reader, I won't listen to the book.

216Seajack
Sep 29, 2009, 4:42pm Top

Speaking of Henry James, I gave up on The Golden Bowl fairly early on, when I realized I was forcing myself to return to a book that I really didn't enjoy at all. If, being honest with yourself, you can admit "I've tried, but I'm not getting into this at all", it's time to bail.
And yes, it broke my Scots-Dutch heart the couple of times I had to do so with Audible books I'd actually paid for!

217callen610
Sep 29, 2009, 9:58pm Top

I'm about 1/5 of the way through The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed and I can't wait to get back in the car every day! The narrator is soothing without lulling me to sleep, and the author has the gift of phrasing something in just the right way to make you shift your point of view in surprising ways.

I finished Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim a couple weeks ago, which was terrific if you like David Sedaris. Although....I am quite glad I am not related to him. (Sorry David!)

218susiesharp
Sep 30, 2009, 8:46pm Top

I agree #215- The narrator is everything when it comes to audio..I also don't like when a book is in a series and every book is read by someone different..If its a series find a good narrator and stick with them.IMHO

219Seajack
Sep 30, 2009, 10:16pm Top

Susie -

The first four Maisie Dobbs books were read by three different people! Not a deal breaker, but I found it quite odd.

220alizarin
Edited: Oct 1, 2009, 11:50am Top

I just came back from a long road trip so listened to a few books along the way. A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny read by Ralph Cosham was very good. I was a little hesitant about the narrator to begin with but quickly warmed up to him. Also listened to Rain Gods by James Lee Burke read by Will Patton Great author and I love Will Patton but I don't know why they chose to abridge it. There were a lot of little details left out that prevented you from "knowing" the characters. #3 book was Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian read by Mark Bramhall I was sad to have it end and though I really like Bohjalian this might have been a book I picked just because of the narrator. Of course, good recommendations would have cemented the pick!! ;-)

221jennieg
Oct 1, 2009, 11:45am Top

I've been listening to Look Again by Lisa Scottoline. The reader is just ok, but the story moves along briskly enough to make up for it.

222Bookmarque
Oct 1, 2009, 11:48am Top

The Year of the Flood narration is marred by two women with high, little girl voices and frigging singing. Singing. Ig. Good thing I can skip those parts.

223sqdancer
Oct 1, 2009, 12:55pm Top

>222 Bookmarque:
Thanks for the warning. I think I'll stick to the print version.

224Bookmarque
Oct 1, 2009, 5:06pm Top

Yeah, it's kind of annoying. I wish I'd known. Oh well.

225socialpages
Oct 2, 2009, 4:47am Top

Bookmarque, your comments about the singing made me laugh. I just read The Year of the Flood and I found the poems and the sermons didn't really add much to the plot. What did you think?

226digifish_books
Oct 2, 2009, 8:10am Top

I'm loving John Castle's narration of Vanity Fair by Thackeray :)

227EM_Egan
Oct 2, 2009, 9:00pm Top

Halfway through Peter Firth's luminous narration of Brave New World. Pitch perfect!

228erinbearlina
Oct 2, 2009, 10:11pm Top

I am currently working my way through the Dark Tower series again by Stephen King - loving it!

229ktleyed
Oct 3, 2009, 4:55pm Top

I'm listening to Julia Quinn's On the Way to the Wedding narrated by Simon Prebble who I love!

230Bookmarque
Oct 3, 2009, 6:39pm Top

socialpages - yeah, they're pretty pointless as is everything I've heard up to now. Oryx & Crake is way better. At least so far. I'm almost 1/2 though and nothing significant has occurred. It's pretty dull and tedious actually. Yawn.

231susiesharp
Edited: Oct 5, 2009, 2:04pm Top

I'm listening to Time and Again by, Jack Finney

232alans
Oct 5, 2009, 4:41pm Top

The book I'm listening to has this really precocious child who everyone adores and this is the second book in a row that has one of these obnoxious kids,
I just want to kick her! She is soooo clever that she is reading the Brothers Karamazov at the age of eleven! Ugh!

233ktleyed
Oct 5, 2009, 10:52pm Top

I'm now listening to Casino Royale narrated by Simon Vance.

234jennieg
Oct 6, 2009, 3:37pm Top

alans, you have to tell us the title. The suspense is killing me!

235alans
Oct 7, 2009, 4:37pm Top

The book is called The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

236mejix
Edited: Oct 8, 2009, 5:02pm Top

a couple of months ago i put two novels on hold at the downloadable collection at the public library and now it seems that they will become available at the same time. i am the first in line for lush life by richard price and second in line for 2666 by roberto bolaño. the suspense is killing me! (although i have to say i have mixed feelings about bolaño).

i am currently listening to jazz 101 by john szwed. it has some interesting information in it but it just reinforces the stereotype of the jazz critic as a big snob. every ten minutes there is a comment as to why other jazz history books are wrong (and only his is right). the structure of the book is also kind of weird. its an ok book i guess.

237tames
Edited: Oct 8, 2009, 10:50pm Top

Just finished Dubliners by James Joyce. A Blackstone audio read by Frederick Davidson. He does a good job with all the characters and the Irish accents. A collection of short stories, I listened to some of them a couple times. I found I liked the stories better upon the second listening.

238RebeccaAnn
Oct 8, 2009, 11:35pm Top

Now that I've finally finished The Historian, I'm listening to a much more fun vampire story: Dead as a Doornail: Book 5 of Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Mysteries. They're narrated by Johanna Parker who does an amazing job with the southern accent, emotions, different character inflections, etc.

239AnneH
Oct 9, 2009, 10:03am Top

I've just finished listening to When the Emporer was Divine which was a short but powerful read about a Japanese American family who were sent to camps during WWII. Very quiet, personal book outlining the devastating and shameful time in our history.

240susiesharp
Oct 13, 2009, 1:42pm Top

I'm Listening to Gods Behaving Badly by, Marie Phillips.
Pretty good so far!

241GrantsIndian
Oct 13, 2009, 2:18pm Top

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Here's something brand new today! "Grant's Indian" is a new novel by long-time audiobook narrator Peter Johnson (me), available as of a few hours ago on www.audible.com!

242wisewoman
Oct 13, 2009, 2:58pm Top

^ This isn't a place to advertise. Please only post what you are currently listening to; we don't appreciate being spammed. Thanks.

243Seajack
Oct 14, 2009, 11:20pm Top

Thanks, wisewoman!

I'm listening to Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens, read by David Case (a/k/a Frederick Davidson) - he's doing a great job narrating, but the plot is s-l-o-w as of the end of the first part (of five)! However, I'd thought so about David Copperfield, too, and that one was great (also read by Case) once it got going.

244jennieg
Oct 15, 2009, 10:38am Top

I'm listening to Black Echo, the first of the Harry Bosch mysteries. I'm not enamored of the reader, but he's growing on me or at least I'm getting used to him.

245ktleyed
Oct 16, 2009, 9:58am Top

I'm listening to The Scarlet Pimpernelwith David Thorn (I think that's his name) as narrator. I'm really enjoying it!

246CDVicarage
Oct 16, 2009, 11:07am Top

Just finished Cranford and I've now started Jane Eyre. It's a very long time ago that I read a print version and I don't remember being particularly impressed but one hears so much about it - it is a classic, I know - and it has become my daughter's favourite book, so I thought I'd have another go. The narrator is Lucy Scott and it's the version produced by the RNIB, so a real bargain. I've listened to several RNIB books and they've all been well read; this one is too and I am enjoying it - I might even have another go at a print version.

247wisewoman
Oct 16, 2009, 11:12am Top

245: The Scarlet Pimpernel is a lot of fun! I bet it's great on audiobook.

246: I just read Jane Eyre (in print) and absolutely, unequivocally adored it. I would LOVE to listen to it on audiobook too! *makes a mental note of Lucy Scott's reading*

I finished The Fellowship of the Ring (read by Rob Inglis) and have moved on to The Two Towers.

248CDVicarage
Oct 16, 2009, 4:08pm Top

#247 It was your review of Jane Eyre that spurred me on to this re-read/listen. The RNIB Literary Classics series are available from Audible and itunes (and probably elsewhere) and cost about £5 compared with £15 upwards for other versions.

249CDVicarage
Oct 16, 2009, 4:08pm Top

#247 It was your review of Jane Eyre that spurred me on to this re-read/listen. The RNIB Literary Classics series are available from Audible and itunes (and probably elsewhere) and cost about £5 compared with £15 upwards for other versions.

250susiesharp
Oct 16, 2009, 4:31pm Top

I am now listening to Widow of the South by, Robert Hicks

251wisewoman
Oct 16, 2009, 5:01pm Top

CDVicarage: Really? I'm honored! My life has meaning now :)

I hope you enjoy it. I'm happy to cheer you on from the sidelines if you need it!

252ktleyed
Oct 16, 2009, 6:34pm Top

I just finished listening to The Scarlet Pimpernel and it was very good, and yes it was a lot of fun. David Thorn narrated and he was wonderful as Percy and all the French accents - very entertaining!

Now I'm beginning Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn narrated by Ellen Archer.

253mejix
Oct 16, 2009, 7:21pm Top

one third of the way through 2666 by roberto bolaño. getting darker, i knew it was bound to happen.

254jennieg
Oct 19, 2009, 11:24am Top

I'm listening to People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. I can hardly bear that I have to be at work and won't be able to listen until this evening.

255socialpages
Oct 19, 2009, 3:32pm Top

I'm listening to Time's Arrow by Martin Amis. Time goes backward in this book so we follow Todd Friendly and his soul/alter ego narrator from his life as an old man back to WWII when he was a Nazi doctor in Auschwitz and then on to his birth. I thought it was an interesting concept but the only part of the book that I found kept my interest were the scenes in Auschwitz where the smoke goes down the chimney and gold fillings are put back into the prisoners' mouths. The scatalogical references throughout were a turn off too.

256susiesharp
Oct 19, 2009, 6:11pm Top

I'm listening to The Birth of Venus by, Sarah Dunant

257RebeccaAnn
Oct 20, 2009, 9:34am Top

I'm currently listening to Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Haven't gotten far, but so far it's good and the narrator is amazing (I'm ashamed to say that I can't recall her name and I have to leave soon so I can't look it up)

258karenmarie
Edited: Oct 20, 2009, 10:01am Top

I'm listening to Duma Key by Stephen King - my first foray into anything by him ever at all and am really loving it. The reader is wonderful and the story is very good.

Who'da thunk it? I always said I'd never read any of his books. Of course, this isn't reading, but that's merely a quibble.

259tames
Oct 20, 2009, 7:50pm Top

Just finished Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin, read by Rosalyn Landor. A historical mystery. Very good. One to put on your list!

260xorscape
Oct 20, 2009, 8:26pm Top

I just picked up House of the Seven Gables by Nataniel Hawthorne for cheap. I think it is a good Halloween book to start.

I am a little more than halfway through Simple Genius by David Baldacci which is okay. But I think it is me. I'm just not in the mood right now. I like it when I'm listening, but not in a super rush to get back to it nor do I sit listening in the car after I get home.

261Seajack
Oct 20, 2009, 10:04pm Top

Xor:

I found that one a terrific audio experience as it's mood-driven, which a good reader can do, but is tough for a modern audience, used to TV and movies, to create in the mind from the printed page (which is why so many find it "boring"). I believe it was narrated by Nadia May (Donada Peters).

262xorscape
Oct 21, 2009, 8:13am Top

Seajack, This House of the Seven Gables that I just bought is read by Buck Schirner. I've never heard of him but it was 11 hours for only $10 on cd. The tapes were only $8. I couldn't pass it up. I"m looking forward to it!

I love Nadia May (almost everything I've listened to that was read by her has been accredited to Donada Peters). I especially love her readings of the Rosamunde Pilcher books.

263jennieg
Oct 21, 2009, 11:15am Top

Donada Peters also does the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. She's fabulous.

264Seajack
Oct 21, 2009, 12:18pm Top

For a non-fiction of Nadia's I highly recommend Pointing from the Grave by Samantha Weinberg. It's a suspenseful book, combined with her usual good job as narrator.

265alizarin
Oct 21, 2009, 8:44pm Top

I'm listening to The House of Mirth by {Edith Wharton} The first book I listened to of hers was because of {Anna Fields}.....I just love her narration....but Wharton is a timeless author and I'm really enjoying her.

266AnneH
Oct 22, 2009, 9:48pm Top

I just finished Gilead narrated by Timothy Jerome who had the perfect voice for the job. Deep and sonorous, the voice fitted the character of the Rev. John Ames perfectly. You could imagine him delivering hundreds of sermons from his pulpit. I encourage everyone to listen to this one.

267Seajack
Oct 22, 2009, 10:02pm Top

I've put Martin Chuzzlewit on hiatus (I don't do 30+ hour books at one go!), and have switched to Republican Gomorrah by Max Blumenthal, story of the rise and fall of the religious right-Republican party axis in America. Good book, but rather depressing with all the details of whacko Jim Dobson and his complete control for all those years.

268Storeetllr
Oct 23, 2009, 12:18am Top

#267 Seajack ~ Thanks for the comment on Republican Gemorrah. It sounds timely and like something I need to read.

269jennieg
Oct 23, 2009, 11:07am Top

I just started Finger Lickin' Fifteen. I expect Stephanie will keep me company for most of the weekend.

270Beecharmer
Oct 23, 2009, 4:48pm Top

i just finished The Unquiet by John Connolley. I especially liked the reader Jay O. Sanders.

271ktleyed
Oct 24, 2009, 5:03pm Top

I just finished listening to Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn, the narrator was so-so but she mispronounced a lot of words which was annoying, but I still enjoyed the audio. I'm now giving Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie another try, I couldn't get into it last time, but I'm more in the mood for it this time around.

272jennieg
Oct 26, 2009, 10:30am Top

I was very disappointed with Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich. I don't particularly care for the reader and the story was lifeless. I think the series is getting tired.

273ktleyed
Oct 28, 2009, 9:50am Top

I finally finished Welcome to Temptation, not bad, but the narrator made all the characters sound flat and annoying, if I pursue the sequel, I'll read it rather than listen. Next on the list, Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn.

274Sandydog1
Oct 30, 2009, 9:40pm Top

I just finished Babylon by bus and read some portions of it also. The audio with its varied character voices, seems far superior. It is an excellent book about 2 kids who go to Iraq to help hand out aid.

275Seajack
Oct 30, 2009, 9:53pm Top

Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami - the story is rather odd ... then again, so am I! The narrator, Rupert Degas, is absolutely fantastic; I'm riveted by a "plot" with very little "action"! It's proving tough to stay conscious that the story takes place in Japan, but even tougher to consciously accept the protagonist as Japanese. The translator must be brilliant as the words are perfect for the story!

276mejix
Oct 31, 2009, 1:56am Top

finished 2666 yesterday. my new personal record for longest audio, 38 disks, 39 hours. started lush life by richard price today. took me a little while to get used to the reader. a friend recommended it to me. it is very different from what i expected.

277xorscape
Nov 1, 2009, 11:18pm Top

Seajack, I will recommend Dance to my brother. He lived in Japan a while and should enjoy the book!

I started The House of the Seven Gables and didn't get very far. The reader has a lisp or very loose dentures. It was disconcerting while I tried to figure out why some words sounded odd. I will get back to it eventually, but found a library copy of one of the Hamish Macbeth stories by M. C. Beaton in my back seat. I will start it so it can be returned!

278Seajack
Nov 2, 2009, 12:20am Top

Who was reading your "Gables"? Flo Gibson? From the description, it might've been her, and she's definitely an acquired taste in narration!
I believe Nadia May (a/k/a Wanda McCaddon/Donada Peters) read the one I listened to (years ago).

279xorscape
Edited: Nov 3, 2009, 1:02am Top

Seajack, It isn't Flo. I have actually learned to like her, even though her Mansfield Park was one of the most boring books I've listened to. This House of the Seven Gables is read by Buck Schirner. I've never heard of him but it was 11 hours for only $10 on cd. The tapes were only $8. We'll see...

edit to add touchstones.

280mirrordrum
Nov 3, 2009, 8:26pm Top

just joining this thread. nice to find other audiophiles. :)

i'm reading a bunch. i'm halfway through brideshead revisited by Evelyn Waugh exquisitely narrated by Jeremy Irons.

almost halfway through Ross Thomas' Briarpatch. i like Frank Muller's narrations of Thomas' books. he has wonderful cadence and very good voicing.

am only on the 2nd cd of Marlon James' the book of night women. Robin Miller is an exceptional narrator. the only problem is that she makes the experiences of the characters so real that it's a very difficult read.

i'm listening to Davina Porter, a perennial favorite, narrate heat wave by Penelope Lively. haven't really gotten immersed in it yet but Porter keeps me going when the story doesn't.

alsoAgatha Christie's sad cypress beautifully and very nearly fully- voiced by David Suchet.

and finally, i'm rereading firestorm by Nevada Barr. it's an NLS book and Suzanne Toren is one of my favorite narrators. she *is* Anna Pigeon. i tried to listen to C.J. Critt read one of the Anna Pigeon books while i was waiting for NLS to record it but have never been able to tolerate Critt's narrations. not sure why as she's very popular.

281AnneH
Nov 3, 2009, 11:12pm Top

Listening to Sissy Spacek's recording of To Kill a Mockingbird. She started out a little stilted but soon warmed up to the characters and we're off and running. She's marvelous. I can't remember if I ever read this book and wondered if I was just remembering the movie. But I'm having a wonderful time revisiting this incredible story.

282susiesharp
Nov 4, 2009, 9:53am Top

I'm listening to One Thousand White Women by,Jim Fergus

283tames
Nov 5, 2009, 10:00pm Top

Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar R Burroughs. A Librivox.org recording by Mark F. Smith.

284mejix
Edited: Nov 6, 2009, 12:46am Top

just began netherland by joseph o'neill. about a disk and half. so far so good.

285ktleyed
Nov 5, 2009, 11:35pm Top

I finished listening to Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn which was my least favorite of the three Julia Grey mysteries, but I think it was mostly because of the horrible narrator - Margot Westwood! Beware of this audible version with her narrating! Avoid it!

Now, I'm beginning Desolation Island by Patrick O'Brian, so far so good, I like the narrator, Simon Vance, actually, I love his voice!

286mirrordrum
Edited: Nov 8, 2009, 8:17pm Top

#285 ktleyed if you're an o'brian fan, try the narrations by Patrick Tull. which it's his voicing of Preserved Killick as well as SM that stand out especially. just about as close to fully voiced as they come. Robert Hardy has also narrated some PO'B but i've not listened to those. i can't recommend Tull highly enough.

this is not meant to denigrate Vance, a very good narrator indeed, but Tull is to O'Brian what Rob Inglis is to LotR. imo.

287ktleyed
Nov 8, 2009, 9:31am Top

mirrordrum - thank you, I'll keep it mind for future books with Tull!

288susiesharp
Nov 8, 2009, 10:52am Top

I'm listening to The Help by, Kathryn Sockett multiple narrators pretty good so far!

289MmeRose
Nov 8, 2009, 2:29pm Top

I'm about to start Hardball by Sara Paretsky, narrated by Susan Ericksen. It's the first V I Warshawski in 4 years, I hope she hasn't lost it!

290jennieg
Nov 9, 2009, 2:22pm Top

I started listening to Rusty Nail by J.A. Konrath and was so disgusted by the violence against women I deleted it during my workout at the gym.

291Donura1
Edited: Nov 10, 2009, 8:56pm Top

Glad to hear this, Susieharp. I just received notice that it is ready for me to pick up. I have heard so much good about this book.

292brodiesbooks
Nov 11, 2009, 1:59pm Top

I recently started Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva. Good start, but the battery on my discman went south. More batteries soon. the narrator is Phil Gigante. He's new to me, but I think I like his style now that I'm through disc one.

The Law of Nines from Terry Goodkind just arrived at the library.

293ktleyed
Nov 12, 2009, 6:55pm Top

I just finished listening to Desolation Island which was okay, I think I prefer some of the earlier books more, and now I'm listening to Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.

294Seajack
Nov 15, 2009, 1:58pm Top

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen - the narration is pretty good, and the story's okay (not great, but okay), but I have to wonder how much she's hyping stuff for comic effect. At one point, playing Scrabble with her family, she (Politically Correctly) huffily throws out the use of "retard", claiming: "It's not even in the dictionary!" Well ... maybe not her dictionary, but dictionary.com includes:

–verb (used with object)
1. to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede.
–verb (used without object)
2. to be delayed.

The author has a Ph.D. -- in English!

295AnneH
Nov 17, 2009, 7:33pm Top

I just started The Women by T.C. Boyle. It's about Frank Lloyd Wright's wives and lovers. Very entertaining so far. I read Loving Frank last year so I have some information on at least one of the women.
Its conceit is that it's supposed to be written by a former Japanese apprentice of Wright's which is a little strange, since most of the women appear on the scene long before this young man becomes an apprentice! With random references to "Wright-o-san" which completely removes me from the story, I can't figure out why Boyle chose to use this way to tell the story. Surely an omniscient (and anonymous) narrator would have been better. Maybe it will all be made clearer by the end of the book.

296karenmarie
Nov 18, 2009, 10:29am Top

I just finished The Genius by Jesse Kellerman. It was very good.

297Sandydog1
Edited: Nov 18, 2009, 10:19pm Top

I'm about 1/3 through The Brothers Karamazov. Lots of 19th century Russian religious thought.

298alans
Nov 20, 2009, 3:28pm Top

I downloaded from overdrive today The Decameron and A Distant Mirror. Overdrive is a great service but it is sooooooooo slooowww downloading. These two have taken me three hours to load onto my ipod and I have one more to go!
I don't know if I will ever get to hear them as my current audio listen has been on my player for three months and I yet have to finish it. I hope to have it done this weekend!
I want to get the new Colum Mccannfrom audible, it sounds great.

299jennieg
Nov 20, 2009, 3:43pm Top

I was listening to an alleged mystery called Exposed but I couldn't get excited by either the characters or their troubles. I downloaded The Vor Game instead.

300alans
Nov 23, 2009, 2:39pm Top

I finally finished listening to The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears written by Dinah Mengestu.
The narration of the work,by Dion Graman is excellent, he seems to be a reader who does a lot of work that deal with black characters and I believe he has read one of Obama's autobiographies.
The book is not very good. IT is the story of an Ethiopian immigrant who settles in Washington D.C.
and the life he tries to make for himself, caught between the world of his childhood and his present
dire circumstances. For me the book never took off. The whole thing was plodding.

301ktleyed
Nov 30, 2009, 6:41pm Top

I just finished listening to Wolf Hall narrated by Simon Slater, and am now beginning Her Fearful Symmetry on audio.

302Seajack
Nov 30, 2009, 9:01pm Top

The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark read by Nadia May (Donada Peters/Wanda McCaddon). Not holding my interest well, but it's short.

303digifish_books
Nov 30, 2009, 9:15pm Top

Almost finished The Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott (Raj Quartet #1). The narrator, Sam Dastor, has done a nice job with the different Indian & British character voices.

304MmeRose
Dec 1, 2009, 7:06pm Top

I got my Overdrive download of U is for Undertow from my library last night! Almost didn't get to sleep, I wanted to LISTEN.

305susiesharp
Dec 3, 2009, 3:21pm Top

The Angel's game by, Carlos Ruiz Zafron.
I think I liked The Shadow in the Wind better. Wish they would have been read by the same person ,I really liked the reader of Shadow.

306Bookmarque
Dec 3, 2009, 4:03pm Top

Just started The Girl Who Played with Fire while I make a pair of earrings.

307Storeetllr
Edited: Dec 5, 2009, 6:40pm Top

#285 ktleyed I don't think your assessment of Silent on the Moor is due only to the narrator. I tried to read it in hardback and gave up in disgust after a couple of chapters ~ I found the action boring, the characters irritating, and the plot unlikely. I may try again in case it was just my mood and the book gets better, but I'm not in a hurry.

ETA thanks for the tip on Margot Westwood ~ I'll be watching out for her so I can avoid.

308Storeetllr
Dec 5, 2009, 6:43pm Top

#301 So, how was Wolf Hall narrated by Simon Slater? I've heard mixed reviews about the book, but not specifically about the audiobook version.

309ktleyed
Dec 6, 2009, 12:15am Top

#301 - I really liked the audiobook version of Wolf Hall. He did a great job. Cromwell's voice is somewhat normal and hard to distinguish from the "narrator" voice, but they you catch on soon enough. I loved the way he did Thomas More, Cranmer and Wolsey's voices. Although I wasn't overly wowed by the book, I did like it, lots of little gems in it that I will remember.

Also, I'm glad it wasn't just me in regard to Silent on the Moor, though I like the series in general.

310Storeetllr
Dec 6, 2009, 4:27am Top

Thanks, ktleyed ~ I'll have to look for it on audio.

I just finished Dead and Gone (touchstone not loading), the ninth in the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, on audio and thought it was very well done.

311Seajack
Dec 7, 2009, 5:09pm Top

For those of you with Audible access - my 5 star of year!

I'm most of the way through Good Book by David Plotz, running commentary on his reading the Old Testament straight through. He's funny, without being over-the-top, while raising serious points as well. I'd gotten the print book while perusing the New Books shelf on the library, decided it might be better as an audio after getting it home, and leafing through it, so downloaded the Audible exclusive. I'd recommend the print book for non-Audible folks.

312mirrordrum
Edited: Dec 10, 2009, 10:44pm Top

just finished she walks these hills by Sharyn Mccrumb narrated by Sally Darling. since my partner is from western NC and i've lived in appalachia for about 30 years, it took me a while not to be seriously irked by Sally Darling's deep south accent that's not at all like an Appalachian accent. then i got over myself, got involved in the story, stopped wincing whenever she said 'Mawtha' for 'Martha' and found it a cracking good yarn. a predictable ending but one with which i was quite satisfied. i have now met Norah Bonesteel, a mountain woman who will bring me back to McCrumb again.

still trying to get through the very difficult, excellent and exquisitely narrated book of night women by Marlon James. very painful read.

hopelessly ensorcelled by Connie Willis' dalliance with chaos theory and time travel in To say nothing of the dog. narrator Steven Crossley does it proud. i didn't believe she, Willis, could move to comedy after her exceptional Doomsday Book but she's made the move effortlessly.

almost finished with Heat Wave by Penelope Lively narrated beautifully by Davina Porter, one of my favorite narrators. it took me a while to get into it but i've become involved, thanks in part to Porter's fine job.

dawdling through The fifth elephant by Terry Pratchett very well narrated by Stephen Briggs. Nigel Planer, and for the Wyrd sisters books, Celia Imrie, are my favorite Pratchett narrators but Briggs is very good.

lingering near the end of Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope. can't recall the narrator but he's excellent.

have just dabbled in the beginning of City of the Bells by Elizabeth Goudge but as it's an NLS book, i don't have to hurry so am savoring it.

oh, and have also started Miss Pettigrew lives for a day by Winifred Watson. i had high hopes for Frances McDormand as the narrator but find she's a better actor than narrator. s'alright, though. she's quite adequate and the story is fun.

oh, i almost forgot. i'm temporarily stalled in the midst of Nevada Barr's Firestorm. this is an NLS book so the narrator is Suzanne Toren who is Anna Pigeon as far as i'm concerned.

//edited to correct typo

313susiesharp
Dec 10, 2009, 10:43pm Top

I just finished The Probable Future by, Alice Hoffman--I liked it!
Just Started Woman in White By,Wilkie Collins its multi-voiced from the BBC I think I will like it!

314jennieg
Dec 11, 2009, 10:41am Top

>312 mirrordrum: 'hopelessly ensorcelled' did it for me, mirrordrum. To Say Nothing of the Dog is going straight to the TBR list.

315ktleyed
Dec 11, 2009, 8:59pm Top

Just finished Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger which was pretty good, though disturbing and strange. The narration was terrific by Bianca Amato, despite that I found most of the female characters in the book unlikable.

I'm now beginning to listen to Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde narrated by Elizabeth Sastre.

316Storeetllr
Dec 11, 2009, 11:38pm Top

Oh, I just love the Tuesday Next books on audio! Enjoy!

317Seajack
Dec 12, 2009, 11:19am Top

Jennie - To Say Nothing of the Dog is a terrific read - enjoy!

I'm in the midst of Leaving Home by Anita Brookner, which is well-written, and well-narrated, but proving difficult to get through with such a cold, self-absorbed protagonist.

318jennieg
Dec 14, 2009, 10:53am Top

I stumbled across The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry. I'm still making up my mind about it, but I think I'm going to like it.

319Beecharmer
Dec 14, 2009, 12:58pm Top

Right now I am listening to 13 1/2 by Nevada Barr. I love the reader - Dan John Miller. The book is fantastic too. One of those you don't want to end.

320MmeRose
Dec 14, 2009, 3:02pm Top

# 312 - Do you know Willis has a new book coming out in Feb? Blackout

321socialpages
Dec 14, 2009, 5:29pm Top

This thread was taking my computer forever to load, so I have started a new one here

322mirrordrum
Edited: Dec 14, 2009, 7:06pm Top

#319 i'm glad to hear NB has written a good one. . .or at least that you like it. her move into really dark, abuse-laden, everything-comes-to-naught writing has caused me to stop reading her work. i loved anna pigeon through the early books. i even enjoyed the natchez trace ones though i prefer those set in the west. well, i love superior death as well.

after those, though, i don't know, i just can't go to those really dark places with her without some incentive. i don't learn anything really.

323mirrordrum
Dec 14, 2009, 7:08pm Top

#320 i didn't. haven help me. i'm still listening to to say nothing of the dog, loving it, but it's long. and there are several more, i believe, before i can tackle a new one.

still, it's exciting news. she's a wonder! thanks.

324susiesharp
Dec 18, 2009, 9:43am Top

Re-Listening to Outlander by, Diana Gabaldon its been awhile and my bookclub is reading it for Jan. so I thought I'd refresh my memory and I just love the way Davina Porter reads them!

325jennieg
Dec 18, 2009, 10:27am Top

I'm listening to The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold. I'm not sure who the reader is, but he's teriffic!

326ktleyed
Edited: Dec 18, 2009, 7:11pm Top

I just finished listening to Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde and narrated by Elizabeth Sastre. I really enjoyed this, so clever and amusing, any lover of the literary classics would love these books and appreciate them. Audio made it all that much better, (I read The Eyre Affaire) and listening to it on audio was so much more fun, I will listen to all the rest of the Thursday Next books on audio, I'm so glad that Elizabeth Sastre narrates the next one too (no pun intended!) It was very funny, she was wonderful with all the different British voices and I love the British dry wit and matter of factness of all the craziness involved. A good read - erm, or in my case - listen!

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