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Old 03-24-2013, 12:30 PM   #496
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I just finished the award-winning Startide Rising by David Brin, one of the earliest in his Uplift series. It has a large cast of characters who are easy to tell apart, and a simple story with many complex twists. It's a long novel that keeps you engrossed all the way through.
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1493 by Charles C. Mann. I love the bit about Potatoes and I listened to an interesting bit about rubber on the way to work. I really like to get my non-fiction in audio form.

However, last week, I listened to Neverwhere and The Graveyard Book, both by Gaiman. He does read so very well and I was glad to revisit these stories.
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:32 PM   #498
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I just finished the award-winning Startide Rising by David Brin, one of the earliest in his Uplift series. It has a large cast of characters who are easy to tell apart, and a simple story with many complex twists. It's a long novel that keeps you engrossed all the way through.
Hmmm, who's the reader on that? I haven't read much Brin, but he's been on my list for a while to try. If it's a good reader, I might just go for it.
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The reader was John Polk, but I don't think that'll help you. I get my audiobooks through the Braille and Audiobook Library because my eyesight isn't so good, so the recordings I get aren't always commercially released. But I think it would take a really terrible reader to ruin this book. I do recommend it.
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:11 AM   #501
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The reader was John Polk, but I don't think that'll help you. I get my audiobooks through the Braille and Audiobook Library because my eyesight isn't so good, so the recordings I get aren't always commercially released. But I think it would take a really terrible reader to ruin this book. I do recommend it.
Turns out that this is available as an Audible book, with George Wilson as the narrator, as is the rest of the series. I remember reading at least the first couple of them many years ago. Might well be time to listen to them.
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God's Revolution - Don Taylor

A 12-part BBC Radio 4 history drama set in the years 1647-49 during the English Civil War (1642-51).

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Docu-drama about the events before and after the death of Charles I, particularly the Levellers' insurrection.

There was a remarkable moment in English history when for a few brief years all things seemed possible. The power of the king was set aside and for a moment the ordinary people of England seemed to hold their future in their own hands. With Charles 1st dispossessed it was uncertain whether control would move to Parliament or the people themselves as Cromwell's New Model Army showed signs of relishing its new freedoms.
Episodes are 60 minutes in length and the series is currently on Episode 4, with a new episode aired each weekday. It's not too late to start the series. The first four episodes are still available for another 4 to 7 days.

It's a good series and this is my second time listening to it.
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:35 PM   #503
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Finished Passage by Connie Willis. I am afraid I am just in love with her stuff, so I thoroughly enjoyed this strange story about a scientist who researches near death experiences. It is read by Dina Pearlman (who was new to me), and I really enjoyed her performance.

I decided to give up on Ashes Ashes by Jo Treggiari. Not even Cassandra Campbell seems to be able to pull me through it - I couldn't care less for the characters and halfway through the book, nothing really interesting has happened. Can't recommend this one.

I have started 11/22/63 by Stephen King today. I decided that I could live with the reader after all, but I am not far enough into it to say anything about the book itself. But I love time travel, so I hope this one will be right up my alley.
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I decided to give up on Ashes Ashes by Jo Treggiari. Not even Cassandra Campbell seems to be able to pull me through it - I couldn't care less for the characters and halfway through the book, nothing really interesting has happened. Can't recommend this one.
Gotta agree with you on this one. Overall, I'd just say the book is boring, but then factor in not really liking the protagonist (I actually found her quite annoying) and the silly mistakes throughout (if you want to know if someone has a fever, you don't take the thermometer out and start shaking it before you look at it -- you do that before putting it in their mouth). Have no idea how it ended -- don't really care.

Hope you enjoy King's latest as much as I did, though! (And I'm also a huge Connie Willis fan).
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Gotta agree with you on this one. Overall, I'd just say the book is boring, but then factor in not really liking the protagonist (I actually found her quite annoying) and the silly mistakes throughout (if you want to know if someone has a fever, you don't take the thermometer out and start shaking it before you look at it -- you do that before putting it in their mouth). Have no idea how it ended -- don't really care.

Hope you enjoy King's latest as much as I did, though! (And I'm also a huge Connie Willis fan).
Connie Willis is just great. I also love her short fiction, she really is one of those authors where length doesn't matter.

I usually enjoy Young Adult fiction, though I think the only dystopian books I really love are the Hunger Games. I tried Divergent by Veronica Roth which got a lot of hype too and it didn't do much for me. I only finished it because I had payed for it. Well, it was okay, but nothing more and I won't listen to the rest of the series.

I went to Goodreads and read a couple of reviews of Ashes Ashes and found that quite a few people think it isn't that great. It's just boring and not worth spoiling my Easter weekend listening to it.

As for the latest King: I used to be a big fan of his in the 80s, he really was the one who introduced me to speculative fiction. Misery is my all time favorite horror novel, but I haven't read any of his newer stuff. I am a sucker for time travel, though, so I thought I just had to give this one a try.
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I'm listening to Watership Down by Richard Adams. I'm really enjoying the story so far. The narration, music and sound effects are excellent, it's very well done.
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:48 PM   #508
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I just finished Terry Pratchett's most recent Discworld novel, Snuff. Pratchett's lost none of his wit, but the focus is obscured. The story rambles all over the place and takes way too long to get to its point. He repeats his theme a lot. Given the state of his health it's not surprising, and the book's actually better than I'd hoped. Definitely worth reading, though don't expect top-drawer Pratchett. And, if you've gone all the way through it, the last line's a killer!
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I'm three hours into The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and it's still pretty grim to me.
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Re-listening to American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I'm enjoying it a lot more than the first time around.
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