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Old 10-19-2020, 10:52 PM   #2986
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You guys are not encouraging me to push Jane Eyre up on my "classics I should have read already" list.
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I already feel better for not having read it. I tend towards Charles Dickens which are long and often depressing, but you just get sucked into the story.
But you underestimate the feeling of accomplishment at finally having read a classic or, in my case, rereading a classic as an adult to see whether my opinion changed.

One of these days I'm going to listen to Anna Karenina--when it was assigned in high school, I only read the Cliff Notes, and I still feel just a little bit guilty.
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Old 10-20-2020, 10:05 AM   #2987
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But you underestimate the feeling of accomplishment at finally having read a classic or, in my case, rereading a classic as an adult to see whether my opinion changed.

One of these days I'm going to listen to Anna Karenina--when it was assigned in high school, I only read the Cliff Notes, and I still feel just a little bit guilty.
I get that. My goal this year is to get through Moby Dick. I've been putting it off forever.

I have Anna Karenina in my library and haven't listened to it yet. Crimes and Punishment was actually a favorite of mine by Dostoevsky. Read for the first time in college, I think I read it in 2 days instead of doing other needed homework. Like Charles Dickens, even though the background is a bit depressing, he can really write a story that sucks you in. I'm hoping Anna Karenina is the same way.
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Old 10-20-2020, 10:32 AM   #2988
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I get that. My goal this year is to get through Moby Dick. I've been putting it off forever.
I really enjoyed Moby Dick. I recommend the version narrated by Frank Muller.

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Like Charles Dickens, even though the background is a bit depressing, he can really write a story that sucks you in.
Speaking of Dickens, A Christmas Carol is the only thing of his I've actually read. I have several books on tap, but haven't been able to motivate myself.
I also have the movies "David Copperfield" and "Oliver Twist" (BBC thing, not the musical) sitting on my DVR for the last two years and never seem to press play.....

I've been having a hard time picking a new book these last few weeks. I've started and stopped half a dozen mysteries and SF novels.
I think I'm finally settled on "Alone at Dawn: Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Untold Story of the World's Deadliest Special Operations Force," a non-fiction book about Air Force Combat Controllers.
I had started and stopped another special forces memoir a few months ago because the author was NOT a particularly good writer, and his first-person account was rather dull and pompous at the same time. I think he needed a better ghost.
But this one is not a first-person memoir, and the writer(s) so far seem like very engaging story teller(s).

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Old 10-20-2020, 11:28 AM   #2989
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I get that. My goal this year is to get through Moby Dick. I've been putting it off forever.

I have Anna Karenina in my library and haven't listened to it yet. Crimes and Punishment was actually a favorite of mine by Dostoevsky. Read for the first time in college, I think I read it in 2 days instead of doing other needed homework. Like Charles Dickens, even though the background is a bit depressing, he can really write a story that sucks you in. I'm hoping Anna Karenina is the same way.
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I really enjoyed Moby Dick. I recommend the version narrated by Frank Muller.

Speaking of Dickens, A Christmas Carol is the only thing of his I've actually read. I have several books on tap, but haven't been able to motivate myself.
I also have the movies "David Copperfield" and "Oliver Twist" (BBC thing, not the musical) sitting on my DVR for the last two years and never seem to press play.....
Moby Dick is on my "maybe someday" list--only because of audiobooks; I would not even consider it otherwise.

I want to have read Russian literature, but I don't want to actually read it.

A few years back I went on a Dickens mini binge, listening to a handful of familiar and already read titles--A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, and a couple of others. I mostly enjoyed them; I made a point of listening to different narrators, and all were good. I plan to read Bleak House (new to me), but keep putting it off.
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Old 10-20-2020, 11:30 AM   #2990
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More than halfway through The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne, murder mystery set in 1704 London. Slow start, but enough traction that I'd likely read a sequel.
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In general, I think the Victorian novels are wonderful as audiobooks. I highly recommend Trollope for those who haven’t tried him or tried him in audio. Timothy West is especially good at reading him, but the usual suspects are fine also.
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