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Jul 1, 2019, 8:59am

We are halfway through the year now. Time to start a new thread and continue our discussion of our audiobooks. Welcome!

Edited: Jul 1, 2019, 12:42pm

I finished the audio of Anathem yesterday. I love Neal Stephenson. It was great.

Now listening to Fever Dream by Preston/Child duo. Rene Auberjonois.

Jul 1, 2019, 11:22am

I'm hoping to finish Agatha Christie's A Pocketful of Rye today or tomorrow. Next up is The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra.

Jul 1, 2019, 11:50am

I am currently listening to Lost and Found by Carolyn Parkhurst and read by Blair Brown. I'm not loving the reading voice but I am really enjoying the story which is a satire on reality tv shows.

Jul 1, 2019, 2:41pm

I'm just about finished (30ish minutes left) Reached by Ally Condie.

After that, I'll be listening to The Day the World Came to Town / Jim Defede.

Jul 1, 2019, 2:41pm

>4 DeltaQueen50: Oh, I listened to that one a few years ago and really liked it. I don't remember the narrator at all, but the story was really good!

Jul 1, 2019, 4:41pm

Started The Mission Song, by John le Carré, narrated by David Oyelowo. He's speaking a bit fast and breathlessly for me, but it's early days; he might slow down a bit as the book progresses.

Jul 1, 2019, 7:31pm

Finished listening to The Medusa Chronicles starting The Cider House Rules.

Edited: Jul 6, 2019, 1:30am

In 2018, I listened to 71 audiobooks for a grand total of 658 hours, 35 minutes and, 24 seconds... a record year for me that all came to a screeching halt in mid-October when I took a job with a start-up company-- which translates to long hours and not much time for reading and/or listening to full-length books. It's been kind of weird, like somehow the oxygen is thinner in the air I'm breathing! I dropped out of this group for a while, not knowing when I could get listening back into my routine; but things have settled down a bit and, in the past couple of months, I've been able to listen to a couple of audiobooks :-)

🐾 Artifice (The Silver Ships Book 12); by S. H. Jucha; narrated by Grover Gardner) - 3.0 Stars
🐾 Sojourn (The Silver Ships Book 13); by S. H. Jucha; narrated by Grover Gardner) - 3.0 Stars
🐾 Space Opera (by Catherynne M. Valente; narrated by Heath Miller) - 2.0 Stars

🐾 Frankenstein (by Mary Shelley; narrated by Dan Stevens) - 4.0 Stars
🐾 Dracula (by Bram Stoker; narrated by Steven Crossley, Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Susan Duerden, Katherine Kellgren, John Lee, Graeme Malcolm and, Simon Vance) - 4.0 Stars
🐾 The Strain (The Strain Trilogy #1; by Guillermo del Toro; narrated by Ron Perlman) - 3.0 Stars

🐾 Song of Solomon (written and narrated by Toni Morrison) - 4.0 Stars
🐾 The Grapes of Wrath (by John Steinbeck; narrated by Dylan Baker - 4.0 Stars
🐾 Currently Listening to A Tale of Two Cities (by Charles Dickens; narrated by Anton Lesser)

I want to listen A Scarlet Letter (by Nathanial Hawthorne) and, I've listened a lot of samples but I can't quite land on any that sound like "it."
Has anyone here listened to the book and can make a recommendation (either positive or negative)?

Edited: Jul 7, 2019, 12:41pm

I finished up A Tale of Two Cities (by Charles Dickens; narrated by Anton Lesser) last night and I was not prepared for the intensity of the last chapters! This is my first experience of the Classic tale of self-sacrifice that begins with with the iconic opening phrase, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,..." Set in London and Paris during the French Revolution, it was a darker period than history books (which tend to gloss over the bloodiness of it all) or, obviously the musical, "Les Miserables" would have it. Perhaps we get too caught up in the idea of "Liberté, égalité, fraternité" more than the actual slogan of the Revolution, "liberté égalité ou morte." Anyway, for others who have not read it, it is about friendship and love and fate and destiny and all the grands things of great stories. Dickens' notorious wordiness did not get in the way of enjoyment but perhaps that is because of the audiobook narrator, Anton Lesser. I wouldn't say this was his best performance (the Sally Lockhart series by Philip Pullman are amazing showcases for his talent) but Lesser's second-best is still leagues beyond next best! He flows into character voices seamlessly and without making it a one-man audio drama. Anyway, by the end of this 14+ hour audiobook, I was crying and sighing and basking in the afterglow of a good story.

And perhaps I should have waited a little longer before starting the next audiobook I had in my queue, Daisy Jones and the Six (by Taylor Jenkins Reid; narrated by a full cast including Jennifer Beals, Benjamin Bratt, Judy Greer, January LaVoy, Pablo Schreiber and Julia Whelan (I know I'm missing some people in there...) This is an oral history of a fictional rock band in the late sixties/early seventies who broke up at the height of their success. There was a lot of hype around this one: It's a best seller; was chosen by Reese Witherspoon for her reading club; and it has a pretty high rating on Litsy (90%)-- but it's not as much fun as I thought it would be. I'll still stick it out though and see if I can't blast through it this weekend. I was to get to the next audiobook on my list, Tom Jones (by Henry Fielding; narrated by Bill Homewood for the LT Category Quarterly Group Read!

Jul 9, 2019, 10:01pm

What are we listening to this week?

It looks like a few of us are listening to Bill Homewood narrate Tom Jones for the group read. Nice. I do love to listen to long books. I wish A Suitable Boy was available in unabridged audio. I'd be thrilled it it was available in Kindle for US market. If I'm listening to the entire Sherlock Holmes in 6 parts I'm sure they could have done something with ASB. I still have Educated by Tara Westover going. It's been a bit rough for me to listen to, but I want to see where it's going.

>10 Tanya-dogearedcopy: I loved A Tale of Two Cities, but I read it, not listened. My library has the gorgeous Penguin clothbound classics copy with Madame Defarge's knitting on the cover.

Jul 10, 2019, 12:08pm

Currently listening to The Cider House Rules by John Irving, narrator Grover Gardner. Enjoying this one.

Jul 10, 2019, 1:01pm

I'm listening to Far Eastern tales by Somerset Maugham, read by Robert Powell. It's a good listen, good combination of voice and text.

Jul 10, 2019, 3:57pm

I'm listening to Spider Woman's Daughter by Anne Hillerman

Jul 10, 2019, 9:04pm

I am about a third of the way through Tom Jones so I am going to put it aside until next month. I need to read something fun and exciting so, of course, I am looking at zombies! I am about to start The Rise of the Govenor by Robert Kirkman as read by Fred Berman.

Edited: Jul 11, 2019, 2:29pm

I'm putting aside Daisy Jones and the Six at 39% completed. I was going to power through it considering how many other listeners have loved it but I find myself avoiding it altogether. Daisy (lead singer) and Billy (another lead singer) remind me of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga (e.g. the Oscar performance they gave) and I don't find myself rooting for anyone. I dislike all the characters but especially Daisy and Billy both for being egocentric and weak. The story of the band also pulls in every cliche of 1970s rock which, while it probably would have appealed to me when I was twenty, does very little to "float my boat" these days! :-D The production values were a little iffy too: It was clear that everyone read their parts from their respective studio sessions and it was later spliced together. A couple of times, a name was pronounced differently and the pauses between lines was a beat too long. Anyway, I went to a spoiler site, read how the story ended (glad I didn't waste anymore time on it) and now I'm moving on to Tom Jones (by Henry Fielding; narrated by Bill Homewood :-)

>11 luvamystery65: Yeah, I wish A Suitable Boy was available on audio too! In my mind, I've cast Vikas Adam to narrate it... Sigh.

>11 luvamystery65: I love the Penguin Deluxe Editions! I currently only have a couple of the paperback editions though.
Also, I want the book of Penguin covers:


Edited: Jul 11, 2019, 2:01pm

>16 Tanya-dogearedcopy:, yes that would be cool to get hands on the Penguin Covers book. But the price on Kindle, really???? I would want the paperback I think.

Jul 11, 2019, 4:52pm

I'm currently reading Thrice the Brindled Cat Hath Mew'd having finished off The Crystal Cave earlier this week.

Edited: Jul 13, 2019, 10:43pm

I started listening to Tom Jones (by Henry Fielding; narrated by Bill Homewood) and have finished Book I out of XVIII. I admit that I had a bit of a false start: I listened to the first chapter and then re-listened to it. I needed to acclimate myself to the style of the writing and the narration. So far, I'm amused and, wonder how melodramatic this may get. The potential is certainly there! :-D

Jul 22, 2019, 7:09am

Just finished the audio of Wise Children - Angela Carter, narrated by Tracy Ullman. Such a great job of narrating.

Jul 23, 2019, 12:24pm

>14 thornton37814: I loved this series but I haven't read any of the Bernie Manuelito books.

>18 majkia: I listened to the first book a few years ago and never went back to them. This would make a great commute series.

>19 Tanya-dogearedcopy: I'm slowly making my way through Tom Jones. I'v been binge watching Netflix, but I'm starting my Assessment course so I'll get back to my audiobooks.

>20 Kristelh: Love Tracey Ullman!

Jul 23, 2019, 12:25pm

What are we listening to this week?

As I said above, I'm still listening to Tom Jones.

Jul 23, 2019, 12:29pm

I'm currently listening to The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan. Less than impressed so far. Hoping things get better.

Jul 23, 2019, 2:10pm

I just finished Dust and Shadow and am waiting for my next audio to come in at the library. Hopefully I don't have to wait long!

Edited: Jul 23, 2019, 6:48pm

I'm currently listening to Tom Jones (by Henry Fielding; narrated by Bill Homewood) too! I've listened to about 10+ hours and am about 27% of the way in. I should get to the end of Book VI by the end of the week-- at which point I may listen to something short and sweet before heading back in for the next third of the book. I'm enjoying the satire of eighteenth-century mores though I'm finding the eponymous protagonist a bit shallow (I was hoping for someone a bit more charismatic.) Still, so much resonates even now, 270 years later!

Jul 23, 2019, 8:27pm

Still listening to The Mission Song. I'll stick with it in audio, I think. Nearly laughed out loud on the train when the narrator cast shade on translators -- he's an interpreter and thinks that interpreters are way better. As a former translator, I would 100% agree that interpretation is WAY harder than translation ;)

Edited: Jul 26, 2019, 3:18pm

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (by Lewis Carroll; by Scarlett Johansson) - I decided to pick this one up as my "semething lighter" between my listening sessions of Tom Jones. I love the this 19th-century Classic about a girl who falls asleep on a riverbank, and falls into a dream (?) of chasing a talking, clothed, white rabbit down a hole into a nonsensical world. But this audio edition is fair from my favorite, giving credence that "you get what you pay for" (I got it as a free Audible dnload three years ago.) My first issue is with the text that was used. It included references to illustrations that are not included as a PDF with the dnload! My second and larger issue was with the audiobook narrator herself: Her flat American voice, while expressive took away from the voice of the book. The disjunct between what was expected and what was delivered was jarring. There is a section in which she affects a British accent ("The Lobtser Quadrillle") which was actually well done, except that she mispronounces "quadrille" every single time! Ms Johansson has made headlines lately with the argument that as an actor, she "should be allowed to play any person." I get it but I also think that if you make a statement like that, you should have the acting chops (and that includes performance skills like audiobook narration) to back it up. Five stars for the story but 2 stars for the audio.

Jul 26, 2019, 2:35pm

I'm listening to Death of a Perfect Wife by M.C. Beaton, one of the Hamish Macbeth stories. The narrator is Shaun Grindell, an Australian. It's hard to get my head around an Australian attempting a Scottish accent.

Jul 26, 2019, 6:56pm

I've started listening to The Strangler Vineby M. J. Carter; narrated by Alex Wyndham) - This is a mystery set in 1830s India when the British East India Company had manifested itself as the power of Britain on that Southeast Asian continent. The story starts out with a disillusioned redcoat tasked with delivering s message from the Government House to another British man who has "gone native." The audiobook narrator is new-to-me and I wasn't sure about him-- until he uttered the soldier's first lines and made the character live and breathe. Even though it's been years since I listened to an audiobook mystery (I used to be part of a Yahoo group called Sounds Like a Mystery and we covered a lot of ground in a few years-- so much so that I've felt like I've "read out" a lot of the genre) I'm looking forward to seeing how this unfolds.

Jul 27, 2019, 12:30am

I started my next audio, though it wasn't the one I was hoping for. That is, I wanted this one for one of my August challenges, and also had a 2nd one on hold. I had hoped for the other one to come in first.

In any case, I've started this one, anyway, so I'm listening to:
The Night Sister / Jennifer McMahon

Edited: Jul 28, 2019, 12:42pm

I finished listening to The Strangler Vine (Blake and Avery #1; by M. J. Carter; narrated by Alex Wyndham) this morning (Yep! Stayed up 'til 1:00 AM PST to finish it!) - This is a historical fiction novel with elements of mystery and adventure. Set in 1837 when the British East India Company held sway over the Southeastern continent, a young Company officer is assigned to accompany (and spy on) another Company man as they set out on a mission of political intrigue, danger and, exotic landscapes. Alex Wyndham, the audiobook narrator has his moments and overall lends credibility to the narrative. I'd be perfectly willing to listen to the next book in the trilogy.

Edited: Jul 30, 2019, 8:00am

Finished Pachinko and started a reread of The Three-Body Problem

Jul 30, 2019, 11:26am

I finished The Eye of the World which I thought only so-so, and am now listening to Not Alone a first contact sci fi story.

Jul 31, 2019, 3:18pm

I have about 12 hours left of Tom Jones which I will finish next month and I am about to start Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy by Mike Love and narrated by Mike Love.

Edited: Jul 31, 2019, 3:36pm

I'm currently listening to The Ivory Grin (Lew Archer #4; by Ross Macdonald; narrated by Grover Gardner.) I found it, a CD-edition, at a Friends of the Library sale and the CDs are in very good condition! It's short and I'll probably wrap it up tomorrow :-)

Aug 1, 2019, 3:57pm

finished The Three-Body Problem by Chinese author Cixin Liu, narrated by Luke Daniels. This is a first book in a series so if someone is looking for book not in your country series. This one will work for that SeriesCAT.

Aug 1, 2019, 9:23pm

I just finished Not Alone which was a great First Contact story. Love the characters, enjoyed the plot and loved that it wasn't about the tech or the aliens, but about the human reactions, political and social.

Aug 5, 2019, 11:30am

Over the weekend, I listened to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (by Mark Twain; narrated by Grover Gardner) - I read this story in print almost ten tears ago but when I saw it sitting in my audible queue (a free dnload years ago) and, I decided to give it a listen. I was extremely surprised that I had forgotten so much! This is the Classic American tale of a mischievous boy, written by satirist Mark Twain. Perhaps it's blasphemy to the Book Gods but I found I don't really care for this one (vs The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.) Instead of finding Tom funnily endearing, I thought of him as lying and manipulative. I know, I know, context is everything and when it was written in 1876 and firmly into the twenty-first century, it was and will remain a favorite but I really wonder at its relevancy anymore. It lacks the timelessness of Candide (by Volatire) or even Tom Jones (by Henry Fielding.)

Aug 5, 2019, 3:14pm

I finished off The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon today, and have started Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones.

Aug 7, 2019, 10:58pm

I finished listening to We are Legion (We are Bob) (Bobiverse #1 by Dennis E. Taylor; narrated by Ray Porter) this afternoon :-)
Well this is fun! Bob in the twenty-first century is killed in Las Vegas and, per his wishes is cryogenically frozen. Fast forward three hundred years and he wakes up on a lab table-- not quite himself ;-) This is a science fiction romp through space, time and, pop culture references as Bob becomes legion. Ray Porter, the audiobook narrator, nails it :-)

Aug 8, 2019, 2:59pm

What are we listening to this week?

I've put a small pause on Tom Jones this week. I'm listening to The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn and I've got Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke queued up for the weekend.

Aug 9, 2019, 11:18pm

I've started listening to The Old Man and the Sea (by Ernest Hemingway; narrated by Donald Sutherland) - It's only about two-and-a-half hours long so I should finish it up tonight or tomorrow morning. Then I'll head back to Tom Jones!

Aug 10, 2019, 8:42am

>42 Tanya-dogearedcopy: Donald SUTHERLAND!? :D Suddenly I am interested in Hemingway!

Aug 10, 2019, 7:48pm

I finished up The Old Man and the Sea(by Ernest Hemingway; narrated by, yes, Donald Sutherland) this afternoon and I'm pleased to say it is one of the Good Celebrity Narrations! Donald Sutherland kept his performance understated and didn't draw attention to himself. The story is about an old fisherman who has gone eighty-four days without catching anything. He heads out to sea alone and goes out a little farther than he intended...

Aug 11, 2019, 1:26pm

I've just completed Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy by Mike Love - this was a ok read that was interesting in some sections and boring in others. I was surprised at how dysfunctional this group was in real life although they usually came together beautifully on stage.

Next up for me is The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, narrated by CJ Critt.

Aug 15, 2019, 1:24pm

Finished Pale Fire by Nabokov, finished Trawl by B.S.Johnson. and currently listening to The Elementals by Michael McDowell.

Edited: Aug 15, 2019, 5:57pm

Currently listening to Northanger Abbey (by Jane Austen; narrated by Juliet Stevenson) - Juliet Stevenson's voice is so lovely and so comforting that she often puts me to sleep! This audiobook though is only about eight hours long, so I thought I'd give it a shot. This a Classic tale spoofing the genre of Gothic Romance and novels. For the Win: The Thorpe brother mentions Tom Jones (by Henry Fielding) :-D

Aug 20, 2019, 2:01pm

Thank you to everyone keeping this thread warm. I've been away to my hometown. My dad was in the hospital. News from home today is that he headed back to the emergency department.

>44 Tanya-dogearedcopy: I do love a well done celebrity narration.

>45 DeltaQueen50: Beach Boys seem like a train wreck in real life.

>46 Kristelh: How was Trawl? I have an anthology of B.S. Johnson I keep meaning to get to.

>47 Tanya-dogearedcopy: Juliet Stevenson is so absolutely fantastic on audio. She doesn't put me to sleep, but she does relax me and I do find myself deeply invested in the story.

I'm still listening to The Woman in the Window. I'm not too sure about this one. How many times can merlot be used in the story? Yikes! Also listening to Bluebird, Bluebird which I am really into. I finished Storm Cursed the latest in the Mercy Thompson series. This is the first one I've listened to. I like the narrator, Lorelei King, but I do love reading them as that is the format I am used to. I have my own voices in my head for this series.

Aug 20, 2019, 2:40pm

>48 luvamystery65: I'm sorry to hear about your dad. I hope everything will be ok.

I'm currently listening to The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan.

Aug 20, 2019, 11:32pm

>48 luvamystery65: I hope everything goes well with your Dad, Ro.

I forgot to report back here how much I loved the audible version of The Bean Trees, I was so taken with this story that I have already purchased the sequel, Pigs in Heaven also read by the same narrator, CJ Critt.

Currently I am listening to Huck Out West by Robert Coover and read by Eric Michael Summerer.

Edited: Aug 23, 2019, 2:09pm

I couldn't sleep so I finished listening to Northanger Abbey (by Jane Austen; narrated by Juliet Stevenson) sometime near dawn! This is a Classic tale that satirizes the sentiments of novels of early nineteenth century novels (Tom Jones (by Henry Fielding is mentioned FTW!) The main character is Catherine Morland, a seventeen-year old girl who loves novels but whose imagination runs away with her as she navigates the social whirl of Bath and, later at Northanger Abbey. Told from Jane Austen's POV, the narrator's voice adds meta-irony into the story. The audiobook narrator's voice is that of Juliet Stevenson, noted British actress who delivers a performance with warm tones and the appropriate level of snark.

Now I'm starting The Jungle (by Upton Sinclair; narrated by Grover Gardner) . - I've read this one in print once or twice but it's time for a re-read! I know it's a hard going in a gut-wrenching way so I plan on listening to it in small doses. Hopefully I'll have finished it by the end of the Labor Day weekend.

UPDATE: I'm putting 'The Jungle' on hold. My head space just isn't in the right place for it right now. I need light and fluffy fare for a few days.

Edited: Aug 25, 2019, 2:38am

Tilt-a-Whirl (John Ceepak Mysteries #1 by Chris Grabenstein; narrated by Jeff Woodman) - I read this one in print several years ago but it was new-tom again as I hadn't remembered the story! John Ceepak is a OIF veteran who now works as a cop in a seaside resort town. A man who lives by his code of honor and his word, he's something of an outsized boy scout! One morning, as he sits down to breakfast at the local diner, he and his partner see a young girl run down the street, her dress covered in blood... The story is told from his partner's POV, a young part-time cop who seems oddly ill-prepared for a job as a meter maid much less as a peace officer, but Jeff Woodman performs admirably. There were a couple of places where I wasn't sure who was speaking but I will continue with the series.

What ever happened to Jeff Woodman?

Edited: Aug 30, 2019, 8:07pm

I've started to pick off the low-hanging fruit in my Audible library-- short-length offerings!

"A Case of Identity: A Short Story from Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Dozen" (by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; performed by John Gielguld, Ralph Richardson and, Orson Welles) - Mary Sutherland makes an appearance at the Baker Street apartments, begging Sherlock to find out what happened to her fiancé. Mary suspects foul play as the intended groom had boarded a closed carriage headed to the church; but when the doors were opened at the destination he wasn't inside! This is a radio play with Gielguld as Sherlock and Richardson as Watson. Welles presents but I'm not immediately finding out who played Mary. Vintage stuff and entertaining, though not one of my favorite Sherlock cases as the resolution is a bit too absurd!

Mad Mouse (John Ceepak Mysteries #2; by Chris Grabenstein; narrated by Jeff Woodman) - Taking place a few weeks after the events in Tilt-a-Whirl and over the Labor Day weekend, this follows Danny, the junior partner to Police Officer John Ceepak as they do their duty by the citizens and tourists of the resort town of Sea Haven, NJ. Someone is sniping at Danny and his friends with paint gun pellets and real-live bullets! Though Ceepak and Danny race against a deadline to discover who and why, this isn't really a Whodunnit. Light character development: We begin to see more of Ceepak as other than a cardboard cut-out figure and, Danny starts to mature. Jeff woodman narrates as Danny with ease though there are times he can't quite make up for some of the awkward writing.

Alien: River of Pain (Alien #3 or #4 depending on which index you consult) by Christopher Golden; performed by Anna Friel, Philip Glenister, Colin Salmon; Alexander Siddig, Marc Warren, Michelle Ryan and William Hope) - This is the back story of Newt-- so there wasn't much of Ridley in this installment of the Alien series. The Alien series is a trilogy of books that serve as interstitial tales between the movies. In this one, the colony on LV-426 is caught up in the fight for survival on a hostile moon and the corporation that has undue influence with the whole operation. Now, a Pandora's Box of xenomorphs has been opened... This audio drama is not as cleanly produced as the first one Audible Studios produced: A couple of odd pauses, alien sounds that don't quite terrify, Newt's brother inexplicably having an Irish accent, not being able to distinguish characters in a couple of places and, overall the pacing seems a bit off.

The Spinning Heart (by Donal Ryan; narrated by Wayne Farrell) - This is a lit-fic story set in a small town in Ireland after the housing bust there a few years ago. Events and characters are revealed through twelve different characters and show acts and people of quiet heroism and acts of desperation. Wayne Farrell deftly handles all the roles but I have to admit that I wasn't as impressed this time as I was when I first listened to this six year ago.

Next Up: The Thing About December (by Donal Ryan; narrated by Wayne Farrell - This is the story of an event and person referred to in The Spinning Heart. Though it takes place before TSH, it's really not a prequel so much as background. Told from a single POV this time and narrated by the same reader from TSH. I'm re-listening TSH and TTAD to refresh my memory before listening to A Slanting of the Sun; Stories which is set in the same time and place as the other two audiobooks.

Edited: Aug 30, 2019, 6:35pm

I'm embarking on my first ever re-read of an audiobook: Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth, by Frank Cottrell Boyce, read most delightfully by Peter Capaldi :D

Edit: and by "embarking" I mean "I read 2/3 of it on the train home on Monday and will finish it within the next month".

Edited: Sep 2, 2019, 2:52pm

I finished my re-read mentioned in >54 rabbitprincess: and am now preparing to read The Collected Stories of Winnie-the-Pooh, narrated by Stephen Fry. And yes, that's the main reason I picked this collection.

Edit: turns out it's a full-cast dramatization. Stephen Fry plays Pooh, which is an interesting choice because Stephen is so erudite and Pooh is a bear of very little brain.

Sep 2, 2019, 1:20pm

I finished Heidi (can't remember if I mentioned it here without scrolling back), and have moved on to Kim.

Sep 3, 2019, 9:23am

Thanks for keeping the thread warm everyone. I'm visiting my Dad who is now home on hospice. My brother and SIL are taking excellent care of him and he is very comfortable for now. I'm here for a week to keep him company and then I head back home.

I finished The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn and while I liked the narration well enough, I found the book a bit ridiculous. I'm back to listening to Tom Jones for the group read and I'm in the mood to listen to The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman again.

Sep 10, 2019, 2:18pm

I listened to audibles adaptation/dramatization of 4 short stories by author M.R. James. The stories were Casting the Runes, Lost Hearts, The Treasure of Abbot-Thomas, and A View From a Hill. I was disappointed. I don't like dramatizations and this had such loud and indistinguishable sound effects, it mostly ruined the story. The modernization of the stores wasn't the worst part but I would have rather received the 4 stories in their original state.

Sep 10, 2019, 4:06pm

I'm currently listening to Finder by Suzanne Palmer which is a lot of fun. Space Opera a la MacGuyer.

Sep 10, 2019, 8:04pm

Have moved on to (thank goodness!)
A Mother's Reckoning by Sue Klebold.

Tough topic.

Sep 10, 2019, 8:06pm

>58 Kristelh: That's too bad. I actually quite like dramatizations, the few I've listened to, anyway. One that sticks out (I actually put it on my favourites that year) was the BBC dramatization of The Birds by Daphne du Maurier.

Sep 10, 2019, 10:57pm

My favorite dramatization is a BBC radio/audio drama of I, Claudius (by Robert Graves and performed with a full cast starring Derek Jacobi and Tom Goodman Hill.) BBC, with its tradition in radio seems to know how to nail audio drama :-)

Right now, I'm stuck on Dark Life Book 1 (by Kat Falls; narrated by Keith Nobbs) - I meant to knock it out of the way and get on with The Thing About December (by Donal Ryan; narrated by Wayne Farrell) but I've really been struggling to get some decent listening time in recently. I need to finish it this week though so I can finish off Tom Jones (by Henry Fielding; narrated by Bill Homewood) on time!

Sep 11, 2019, 6:56pm

>58 Kristelh: I'm hit or miss with dramatizations.

>59 majkia: Sounds like a good one. Looks like it will be a trilogy. I listened to a sample. How is the narrator? I'm unfamiliar with him although I see he has narrated many books.

>61 LibraryCin: I really liked The Birds and I bet it was a really great dramatization.

>62 Tanya-dogearedcopy: I agree that BBC Radio does know how to do dramatizations well. I have about 10 hours left with Mr. Tom Jones.

Sep 12, 2019, 9:12am

>63 luvamystery65: the Narrator on Finder is just great. He fits the role and manages it with style.

Edited: Sep 19, 2019, 10:38pm

I finally finished Dark Life (Dark Life #1; by Kat Falls; narrated by Keith Nobbs) in the early hours of this morning!
After the collapse of the Eastern seaboard into the rising oceans, people start colonizing the ocean floor. With classic pioneer spirit, they attempt to forge a future with its unique challenges inherent to underwater life. Against this backdrop, fifteen year-old Ty loves to explore but comes across more than he bargained for-- including a Top Sider named Gemma, a dangerous outlaw who is more than he appears to be and, a political conspiracy! But overall, it was just okay. Though the settings and world-building are well-done, the plot itself does not offer any surprises.

Now I can turn my attention to the rest of Tom Jones (by Henry Fielding; narrated by Bill Homewood)!

Sep 16, 2019, 9:11pm

I just finished Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse, very well read by a woman I've never heard before. It is interesting, full of native American gods and monsters in a nation saved from an apocalypse by a magical wall.

Sep 19, 2019, 1:20pm

>64 majkia: Thanks

>66 majkia: I loved Trail of Lightning and the sequel Storm of Locusts was equally good. Waiting on the third book now.

>65 Tanya-dogearedcopy: I finished Tom Jones and I really did enjoy it.

Sep 19, 2019, 1:27pm

What are we listening to this week?

I finished Tom Jones and I enjoyed it so much. I'm back to Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke. Now that I finished Tom Jones, I'll get back to Sherlock Holmes. I also have in my near future The Witch Elm by Tana French. It's my book club choice for November and I'm hosting. Trying to find something else creepy to listen to for October.

Edited: Sep 19, 2019, 5:51pm

>67 luvamystery65: Oh, very glad to hear the sequel is also good. :)

At the moment I'm listening to Waking Gods which, like the first of the series, is quite good and with twists and surprises.
ETA: I wasn't happy that it was a 'full cast' audiobook, but I've really enjoyed it anyway.

Sep 19, 2019, 7:14pm

I am just about finished A Mother's Reckoning by Sue Klebold (Dylan's mother - of Columbine shooting "fame"). She is even narrating it herself.

Sep 23, 2019, 3:46pm

I finished listening to Tom Jones (by Henry Fielding; narrated by Bill Homewood)! At close to 38 hors total running time, this will undoubtedly be my longest listen of the year and on I probably would not have tackled without the existence of the Read Along hosted by DeltaQueen :-) A satire of eighteenth-century mores, it's surprisingly accessible and relevant to today, though the references to Classical Greek and Roman writers was a but challenging in spots (I mostly derived the intent of the passage from the context rather than take the time out to properly research the references, so yeah, laziness on my part!) Full of snarkiness and melodrama, I enjoyed it. Bill Homewood delivered exactly the right note of condescension and sly humor to keep the story engaging. My only quibble was that there were a few places where you could here him turn/shuffle pages. 4/5 stars.

I then tackled The October Man (Rivers of London #7.5; by Ben Aaronovitch; narrated by Sam Peter Jackson - This was meant to be something of a palate cleanser as this urban fantasy series is known for its clever and fun writing; But this was definitely a miss for me. Set in Maintz, Germany, a wizard-detective on par to Peter Grant in London, is assigned to a case in which a a man is discovered has having suffocated by a very fast-growing mold. Vineyards and wine-making, river goddesses and revenants are all brought in but I never got a sense of the detective himself. Despite the short length of the audio (less than 4.5 hours) I somehow missed the wizard-detective 's name, description and background! Sam Peter Jackson sounds like a British narrator with excellent fluency in German--but I think I might have been better off reading this one rather than listening. 2/5 stars

Yesterday, I listened to Redshirts (by John Scalzi; narrated by Wil Wheaton) fit the bill! This is a satire of the Star Trek series: Its suspect science and technology, lazy plotting devices and, overall campiness. In a future time in a distant galaxy, five ensigns on a spaceship twig on to the fact that there's something very suspicious about the away team assignments! The whole adventure gets very meta (not the least of which is having Wil Wheaton narrate! :-D ) and is actually a lot of fun.

Sep 23, 2019, 10:04pm

I am between audios again. Sigh. Waiting on a hold from the library. I've found it's so much harder to get my hands on the audios I want this year. I think they have become so much more popular and so the hold lists are longer.

Sep 24, 2019, 7:49am

72 Yes, I've got longer wait times at the library for audio books also.

Sep 24, 2019, 6:58pm

I'm fortunate to have two options when it comes to audio books. If it is not in one collection, it is often in the other. If it's checked out at one, it's often not at the other. If audios are waitlisted at both, one is usually significantly shorter than the other.

Sep 24, 2019, 8:41pm

>74 thornton37814: Ah, you're lucky! I suppose if I had a smartphone, I would have a couple of alternate options. But, I don't want an smartphone, so I use my mp3 player. Which really only leaves me one option for audio books (Overdrive).

I suppose if I wanted to pay US prices for an Audible membership that would work, too. But, since without a membership I can no longer get Audible books for prices I am willing to pay, that doesn't work anymore (and does not work if I want to transfer my book to a different device, though does work for that).

Sep 25, 2019, 8:04am

>75 LibraryCin: do you have access to Chirp? ?

Sep 25, 2019, 7:49pm

>76 majkia: Thank you. I will take a closer look. The trickiest will be whether or not they will not only allow me to download (I see they do that), but also to transfer to my mp3 player! Busy the next couple of evenings (and I work in the day), but I will take a closer look on the weekend!

Sep 25, 2019, 7:52pm

... Took a few minutes now to look, anyway. Found my answer pretty easily. Sadly, it will not work for me:

Sep 25, 2019, 8:05pm

>78 LibraryCin: Oh darn. sorry.

Sep 25, 2019, 11:01pm

>79 majkia: Not your fault. Thanks for the suggestion! It's always worth looking into!

Publishers (apparently, from what someone at one site told me when I contacted them because I couldn't find the answer) apparently don't want to allow the transfer of books. I guess it's an agreement with the publishers (so they told me) that won't allow it.

Overdrive allows it for library books, so I keep hoping I'll find a site where I might be able to buy them that will allow it as well (you'd think if you paid for it, that would be more likely not less, but here it is...)

Sep 29, 2019, 1:59pm

I've been reading The Diary of River Song Series 3 most of this weekend. Big Finish audio dramas are great when I am mentally prepared to read but physically too tired to do so. (We went to a wedding yesterday, so today I am especially glad for an audiobook -- just have to make sure I don't fall asleep in the middle!)

Edited: Sep 30, 2019, 3:03pm

I finished out the month with Rewinder (by Bret Battles; narrated by Vikas Adam) - This is time travel book of sort in which Denny Younger, a lower caste member in an alternate universe, is brought up through the societal ranks when he becomes a genealogical researcher. The best evidence to confirm a family's history is first-hand experience and, the agency that Denny works for has the means to make that happen! They are trained to bear witness and be careful not to change history, but the smallest mistake can have huge ramifications... This is a YA/New Adult title that was surprisingly boring. Picking it apart, everything seems to be in order: interesting premise, well depicted settings and people, tension and, an exciting and clever ending ... but oddly the whole ending up being less than the sum of its parts. I wasn't that thrilled with the audiobook narrator either. Most of the narrative was fine (POV1) but the women's and girl's voices sounded weird and, there were enough female characters in the story to make this problematic. Though this is a first-in-series, the story does not end in a cliffhanger-- which is just as well for me as I won't be continuing in the series. 3/5 stars.

Sep 30, 2019, 5:15pm

I finished Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke. I really liked it. It turned out to be way different than I thought it would. I'll listen to the next in the series, Heaven, My Home which just came out fairly soon. I've picked back up with The Return of Sherlock Holmes. I plan to listen to The Witch Elm by Tana French for October, but first I'm going to give Fated by Bendict Jacka a try. It's available on Hoopla so nothing lost if I don't like it.

Oct 2, 2019, 11:20am

>48 luvamystery65:. Trawl was my first novel by this author. It was okay, interesting that most that read it with me thought it was good and could picture it as a movie.

Oct 2, 2019, 11:24am

I did finish off the month with audio of Ghost Story by Peter Staub. Narrator was Buck Schirner. I thought it was well done.

Edited: Oct 4, 2019, 10:58pm

Whack A Mole (by Chris Grabenstein; narrated by Jeff Woodman) - This is the third title in the John Ceepak series wherein Ceepak and his partner, Danny Boyle solve cases in the seaside resort town of Sea Haven, NJ. The previous two books were what I considered great Summer beach reads-- not too graphic, light banter, but this one took a much darker turn in style and tone. Ceepak's hobby turns up a charm bracelet from the 1980's and, looks into the story of how it might have gotten there. What follows develops into a case involving a serial killer of a particularly gruesome bent, a touch of religious fanaticism and mental instability. The story is told form Danny's POV and his usual light heartedness and turned into sarcasm and cynicism. Jeff Woodman did a great job as always. I'm giving third 3.5 out of 5.0 stars though because one of the plot points didn't make sense in terms of following up a lead. Not a huge deal, but one that stuck out in my mind and made the story a little less credible.

This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us (by Edgar Cantero; narrated by January LaVoy) - This a parody of the detective noir genre and features twins who are co-mingled genetically in the same body. It's all so weird and bizarre that I'm honestly a little uncomfortable when I laugh (am I supposed to find this or that part funny?) I just don't know what to make of the plot, the characters, the design and tone of the narrative.. so I'm not going to rate it for now. I do know that I am hesitant to pick up another book by this author so there's that strike against it. But on the audiobook side of things, January LaVoy!

Oct 10, 2019, 12:46pm

What are we listening to this week?

I've finished Fated and it was a nice distraction for me while I was writing papers for school. I'm still listening to The Return of Sherlock Holmes and I'll likely listen to some Ray Bradbury next.

I'm trying to write two papers in two weeks so I may be absent next week. Keep our thread warm please! ;-)

Oct 10, 2019, 8:41pm

I'm listening to A Study in Scarlet Women. A Holmes pastiche.

Oct 10, 2019, 9:43pm

I started Rise of the Rocket Girls a couple of days ago.

Edited: Oct 18, 2019, 11:40am

I've started listening to The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency, Book 1 by John Scalzi; narrated by Wil Wheaton.) It's the first in a series about the collapse of something called The Flow, an interstellar tide of sorts that enables ships to to cross space in better-than-real-time. The Empire is based on commerce so when it looks like The Flow is falling apart, it threatens the collapse of the empire. I really like Scalzi's writing: It moves quickly with clearly depicted characters and settings without the heavy exposition. Wil Wheaton seems to be his choice of narrator and it works! The narrator gets Scalzi's sense of humor and sarcasm.

Oct 11, 2019, 3:18am

I'm listening to The Mistletoe Bride and Other Haunting Tales by Kate Mosse. It's read by two very good voices and I'm really enjoying this collection. When you consider how much I disliked her novel Labyrinth, I am most pleasantly surprised by the collection.

Oct 21, 2019, 9:06am

Finished Girls Like Us by Gail Giles which was a free audio from the AudioSync Summer Program in 2018. I really enjoyed this young adult story that covers issues of special ed, abuse, foster care and resiliency.

Oct 21, 2019, 1:47pm

I finally wrapped up listening to The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1; by John Scalzi; narrated by Wil Wheaton It took me so long to finish only because my life has gotten rather hectic lately-- not because of the audiobook itself! This is the first in a space opera series that has truly engaging intrigue, action, tension, and satisfying comeuppances! It has the right dash of humor and humanity, some interesting ideas about future tech and society and the pacing of the plot is just right. It does end on something of a cliffhanger though, which instead of having me want to dnload the next one, had me sighing in disappointment.

I've started listening to The Long Walk (by Stephen King; narrated by Kirby Heyborne.) This is a story about one hundred sixteen-year old boys who sign up for a long distance walk. Apparently, the winner reaps great rewards but the losers get "ticketed out"-- a euphemism for being executed. This is one of the Bachman novels, early in King's career so the technology is a bit dated and voided by current computer developments but the good news is, is that it's not about the tech but the psychological aspects of the race. I'm also interested in seeing how the race came into being in the first place. The narrator sounds like a teenager, which is good for the narrative, but not so much as he reads the introduction written from King's POV. Also, this isn't really unabridged. All the quotes that serve as chapter epigrams have been removed. If you didn't know that that they were supposed to be there, you probably wouldn't notice the absence; but if you do know, then you can't help but feel the loss of the tone cues.

Edited: Nov 12, 2019, 2:16pm

What are we listening to this week?

Hello lovely people! I'm still working on my final paper of the term. It's intense, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel. I've binged listened to the Alex Verus series by Benedict Jacka. It's an urban fantasy, modern fantasy series that takes place in the UK. They are the perfect listen right now. Kind of like junk food for my brain. Right now I'm finally listening to The Witch Elm by Tana French. It is this months selection for my book club. I love Tana French. This one is so different from her police procedural novels. Still it's good so far. Paul Nugent is the narrator and he is doing a great job.

I hope all is well for everyone.

Shall we keep this going for next year? I've enjoyed our recommendations and checking in on what everyone is listening to. If yes, I'll start us up in the new year instead of early like I did last year. We can keep this thread running until the end of the year.

Nov 12, 2019, 3:23pm

I've really enjoyed this thread and would love to see it again in the new year :)

I'm in the middle of Watership Down, by Richard Adams, narrated by Peter Capaldi. I've read the book before, so this is a re-read.

Nov 12, 2019, 4:55pm

I am hoping to listen to even more audio books next year, and I do hope we continue with an Audio thread next year. It's a great way to pick up suggestions.

Nov 12, 2019, 8:23pm

I'm listening to Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin / Timothy Snyder.

Nov 12, 2019, 9:34pm

>94 luvamystery65: Definitely start another thread for 2020! :-)

Nov 12, 2019, 10:48pm

I've only just found this thread, but I'm all in favor of it continuing in 2020!

It's only been in the last year and a half or so that I've been listening to audio books. I started out by borrowing audio books on cd from my library system, but broke down and got a subscription to Audible when there was a really good deal this summer. It's rare that I only listen to a book (The Book Thief is a major exception) - I listen primarily in the car and it sometimes drives me crazy not to be able to continue with the story.

I'm currently listening to Bolt by Dick Francis, narrated by Simon Prebble.

Nov 24, 2019, 3:46pm

>95 rabbitprincess: Watership Down has been on my radar and I do believe that Peter Capaldi has bumped it higher up the list.

>96 DeltaQueen50: The audios have been my saving grace this year Judy. I do believe I would have been so stressed out had I not been able to listen to books at the very least on my commute to work.

>97 LibraryCin: I don't listen to a lot of non-fiction on audio, but I do think I would probably enjoy it. I'm going to try to get more in next year.

>98 Tanya-dogearedcopy: Will do!

>99 Dejah_Thoris: Welcome! It's good to see you around these parts. I myself have been scarce, but this is probably the best place to find me.

Edited: Nov 24, 2019, 3:58pm

What are we listening to this week?

I finished The Witch Elm by Tana French. Wow, she surely does not disappoint. I prefer her Dublin Murder Squad series, but she is such an incredible writer. Her ability to build tension and her group dynamics are so masterful. I've started back up with the latest Alex Verus novel, Fallen. I'm going to finish up the year with Sherlock Holmes and possibly something for Christmas. I'm thinking The Woman in Black by Susan Hill since it starts on Christmas Eve.

Anyone else have plans to read/listen to something holiday themed next month?

Edited: Nov 24, 2019, 7:49pm

I've really stalled on audiobooks for the past few weeks. I had started listening to The Long Walk (by Stephen King; narrated by Kirby Heyborne) but was rather frustrated at the expurgated version. I might pick this back up in book form only. A shame, as the narrator sounds "right" for the book!

I would love to able to get Donal Ryan's A Slanting of the Sun in before the end of the year. We'll see...

But nothing holiday themed on my radar.

Nov 24, 2019, 8:53pm

>101 luvamystery65: Ironically an audiobook I reserved hoping it would come to me before Halloween arrived this past week so I'm listening to The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer. With a cat involved, I decided to give it a go, even if the season is over.

Nov 25, 2019, 12:53am

I'm in between audios at the moment... Just waiting for the next one to come in at the library.

Nov 28, 2019, 3:26pm

Happy Thanksgiving everyone celebrating. I am working today, but will be off tomorrow to spend time with family. Then back to work for the weekend.

Listening to The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle when I'm able.

Nov 28, 2019, 6:21pm

I'm currently listening to A Memory Called Empire which, for space opera, is quite philosophical. The action is limited, at least so far, and there is more attention to differences between the worlds and their people than attention to active warring.

Edited: Dec 10, 2019, 1:00pm

I am currently listening to The Heavenly Table by Donald Ray Pollock, narrated by Kirby Heyborne. While the story is interesting, although I have been warned extremely violent, I am not loving the narrator's style. He speaks very slowly and I keep wanting him to speed it up a little.

ETA: I did speed the narrator up, turning the speed to 1.25% and found that much better. I ended up loving this story!

Edited: Dec 10, 2019, 7:27am

I just finished Deep River by Endo which was easy to listen too and focus and currently reading Emma narrated by Nadia May. It is my second time to read Emma and I have to say, I find Austen hard to focus on and I find Emma to be the most annoying person.

Jan 2, 7:25pm

Happy New Year everyone!

The 2020 thread is ready