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Old 07-08-2018, 05:03 PM   #2266
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I listened to The Book of Essie, a debut novel by Megan MacLean Weir. The youngest daughter of a conservative preacher, 17-year-old Essie has grown up on her family's long-running TV reality show, but her pregnancy threatens the family's carefully cultivated wholesome image.

I enjoyed this one a lot. It has three POV narrators--Essie, a reporter who had grown up in a cult, and the boy who agrees to marry Essie, all of whom have their own agendas. The plotting is perhaps a bit obvious and the characterizations a little too neat, but the book held my interest throughout. I will definitely be on the lookout for this author's next book.
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Old 07-10-2018, 08:17 AM   #2267
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I'm listening to Wodehouse's Carry on, Jeeves read by Frederick Davidson while I swim. Davidson does a good Wodehouse although I can't help hearing the voices of Fry and Laurie in my head and I prefer them. This is part of my long-term goal to read all of Wodehouse more-or-less in order; this particular title is really a sequence of stand-alone stories and I'd enjoy it more if a few of them hadn't been in an earlier title. It's still Wodehouse, though.

My real problem is that the next two books I have cued up for the pool (a Richard Sharpe book and Robertson Davies) are also read by Freddie Davidson which is less than ideal. He's in my pantheon and all that, but this is absurd; he's definitely in danger of going stale on me. I have to think of something light that I can get DRM-free (i.e., from OverDrive) to break them up. Maybe someday I'll take on the task of freeing up my Audible library, but I'm not there yet.
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Old 07-10-2018, 09:06 AM   #2268
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You do know that Downpour is DRM-Free, right?

Also, I can help with that other problem when you're ready.
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Old 07-10-2018, 10:25 AM   #2269
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I have to think of something light that I can get DRM-free (i.e., from OverDrive) to break them up. Maybe someday I'll take on the task of freeing up my Audible library, but I'm not there yet.
Our Hearts Were Young and Gay, mentioned upthread, is in Overdrive; the narrator, Celeste Lawson, is excellent.
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Old 07-10-2018, 01:28 PM   #2270
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You do know that Downpour is DRM-Free, right?
Absolutely. That's where I got my Aubrey/Maturins that I listen to (sparingly) while I swim and that someone made me buy.

But nothing in my Downpour library suits (not ready yet for another A/M) and I'm not willing to pay the full credit price for a book. I like Downpour and I like to give them business, but I only shop there at sale prices. I don't pay full credit price at Audible, either.

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Our Hearts Were Young and Gay, mentioned upthread, is in Overdrive; the narrator, Celeste Lawson, is excellent.
Oh, that's a perfect book for swimming and I haven't read it in years and years. I'll see if any of my libraries has it.

ETA: Bingo! FLP has it. It'll follow Wodehouse, a nice synchronicity of time period. Thanks!

ETA2: I'm not entirely wrongheaded.

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ETA2: I'm not entirely wrongheaded.
Heck, even I like that book, so maybe I'm not hopelessly wrongheaded either?
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Okay, okay--wrongheaded was perhaps a tad strong; maybe misguided is a better word.
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Okay, okay--wrongheaded was perhaps a tad strong; maybe misguided is a better word.
I like wrongheaded myself; no point in being mealy-mouthed.

It's the ill Venn diagram where there's no overlap at all!
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Mealy-mouthed always makes me think of Scarlett O'Hara describing Melanie.
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