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Post by Availle » January 8th, 2011, 9:52 pm

I guess it's time to start up a new club for 2011. :D

Feel free to share what you're reading or listening to throughout the year. You can also add comments on what you liked about the book or not if you like.

Each reads at their own pace, whether this means one book a year, one book a month, two books a week, or a personal goal you're shooting for.

This is a fun way to keep track of your progress and see what you've accomplished at the end of the year. And maybe you'll find out that other people have similar tastes as you do... 8-)
Cheers, Ava.
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Post by Availle » January 8th, 2011, 9:56 pm

Last year my record shows that I read 66 books, 6 of them solos for librivox. I had the impression I'd read more than this, and maybe I would have accomplished more, but "The Tale of Genji" took a whooping 4 months to complete - a very long and surprisingly dense book... Well, let's see if I can beat myself this year :wink:

Dead tree copies for my own entertainment/edification:
1. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
2. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
3. Bokken by Axel Schultz-Gora
4. The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon
5. Das Wetter vor 15 Jahren by Wolf Haas
6. Moerder ohne Gesicht by Henning Mankell
7. Mutters Courage/Insomnia/Weissmann und Rotgesicht by George Tabori
8. Quietly in Their Sleep by Donna Leon
9. The Master Builder by Henrik Ibsen
10. Why Marry? by Jesse Lynch Williams
11. Der grosse Schwindel by Frederico Di Trocchio
12. Der alte Koenig in seinem Exil by Arno Geiger
13. The Apprenticeship of a Mathematician by Andre Weil
14. The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins
15. The Triumph of the Embryo by Lewis Wolpert
16. The Man Who Loved Only Numbers by Paul Hoffman
17. Der Aufruhr der Engel by Anatole France
18. Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon
19. Shogun by James Clavell
20. Cultureshock Japan by P. Sean Bramble
21. One Long Argument by Ernst Mayr
22. Prinzip Selbstverwirklichung by Richard K. Sprenger
23. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
24. Attached by Dr. Amir Levine and Rachel Heller
25. The Tosa Diary by Ki No Tsurayuki
26. Friends by Kobo Abe
27. The Panda's Thumb by Stephen Jay Gould
28. The Caged Virgin: A Muslim Woman's Cry for Reason by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
29. Begegnung mit einem Totenschaedel by Koda Rohan
30. Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
31. A Venetian Reckoning by Donna Leon
32. Der Vorleser by Bernhard Schlink
33. Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon
34. Opernball by Josef Haslinger
35. Mein Leben - Meine Freiheit by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
36. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
37. July's People by Nadine Gordimer
38. Die Raeuber vom Liang Shan Moor (Water Margin) by Shi Nai'an

Audiobooks FROM LibriVox for my own entertainment/edification on commutes and during housework:
1. What Maisie Knew by Henry James (read by Elizabeth Klett)
2. Two Years in the Forbidden City by Princess Der Ling (read by JC Guan)
3. The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare (drama)
4. The Abandoned Room by Wadsworth Camp (group)
5. The 39 Steps by John Buchan (read by Adrian Praetzellis)
6. Literary Taste: How to Form It by Arnold Bennet (read by Timothy Ferguson)
7. The Man Who Corrupted Hadleyburg by Mark Twain (read by Leonard Wilson)
8. The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov (drama)
9. The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov (drama) *
10. Hints for Lovers by Theodore Arnold Haultain (group)
11. The Melting of Molly by Maria Thompson Daviess (group)
12. Mary Stuart by Friedrich Schiller (drama)
13. Buttered Side Down by Edna Ferber (read by Madera)
14. The Parenticide Club by Ambrose Bierce (read by Peter Yearsley)
15. Der Grossinquisitor by Fjodor Dostojewski (read by Christian Al-Kadi) *
16. This Crowded Earth by Robert Bloch (read by Gregg Margarite) *
17. The Calico Cat by Charles Miner Thompson (read by Allyson Hester)
18. Das Fräulein von Scuderi by E.T.A. Hoffmann (read by Hokuspokus)
19. The Green Rust by Edgar Wallace (read by Don W. Jenkins)
20. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes (read by Lee Ann Howlett)
21. Murder takes the Veil by Margaret Ann Hubbard (read by Maria Therese)
22. Song of Solomon King James Version (dramatic reading)
23. The Status Civilization by Robert Sheckley (read by Gregg Margarite)
24. Monsieur Beaucaire by Booth Tarkington (read by Thomas A. Copeland) *
25. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green (read by Carolin Kaiser) *
26. Life in the Grey Nunnery at Montreal by Sarah J. Richardson (read by Brendan Stallard) *
27. Perfect Behavior by Donald Ogden Stewart (read by Samanem)

Books FOR LibriVox for my own entertainment/edification (and possiby those of others...):
1. Juffrouw Lirriper en haar commensalen (Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings) by Charles Dickens (DPL'ed for Marcel Coenders)
2. Der Oesterreichische Staatsvertrag 1955 text of law regarding the independence of Austria after WW II
3. Botchan by Soseki Natsume
4. The Chemical History of a Candle by Michael Faraday
5. Eine Reise in das Innere der Insel Formosa by Karl Theodor Stöpel (DPL'ed for Wassermann)
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Post by neckertb » January 9th, 2011, 2:42 am

I think I forgot to keep my record up to date last year :oops:

A. Paper books:

1. :) :shock: Washington Dekretet by jussi Adler-Olsen. My favorite Danish thriller writer, and one of his first books. He improved after this one. Raises interesting questions as to the weapon situation in the US, and what could happen if the president was crazy. A quite scary book, very intense and exciting, but a bit too much happy ending...
2. :) Madame Angeloso by Francois Vallejo. A woman's car breaks down on railtracks and she gets killed by the train, in which the Dalai-Lama was sitting. Her son, and two of her friends, remember this woman that they have not seen for many years. Nice writing, but the story put me quite ill at ease. A lot of hatred.
3. :D Le Cercle littéraire des amateurs d'épluchures de patates (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society) by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Very enjoyable.
4. :D :help: Journal 64 by Jussi Adler-Olsen. Nice thriller!
5. :) That old Cape Magic by Richard Russo. Not his best book, but always a pleasure to read (even in French)

B. LV books for pleasure:
1. :| Two years in the forbidden city, done. Lovely reading, but I'm not so much for memoirs.
2. The riddle of the sands, in progress.
3. :D The Abandoned Room.
4. :clap: :clap: :clap: The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins- No I'm not biased by the fact that I BCed it. Excellent readers all the way through, and probably one of (if not the) best Collins novel.

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Post by Cori » January 9th, 2011, 2:53 am

I got to 43 books last year (2010 can be found in this thread.) I keep a book diary too, but it's nice to have the online list handy from time to time! So, this year:

1. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall. (A beautifully-written tragedy. If ONLY this was LV-able!)
2. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. (Pretty sure this is a reread, but from before I kept records, so ... it counts now.)
3. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy. (Bluntly-written. Good, but not something I'd come back to.)
4. Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris. (Audio. I didn't like this as much as I wanted to, though the narration by Juliet Stevenson was *amazing*.)
5. Mrs Ames by E.F. Benson. (Another not-quite-old-enough-for-LVing piece. Middle-class English village life, pre. WWI.)
6. The Last Ring Bearer by Kirill Yeskov. (Free ebook, if you're a Tolkien nut, DO give this a go!)
7. The Angel Experiment by James Patterson. (Audio. Good narration, interesting premise, but it ends halfway through the story, bah humbug.)
8. Reversing over Liberace by Jane Lovering. (Read prior to my recording it. Available through Iambik now! It's an awesome funny romance.)
9. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. (Somehow I'd not read anything of hers before. This is excellent, recommended to Victorianists particularly. I am now going to obsessively read anything else I can find.)
10. Around the World in Stilettos by Natalie-Jane Revell. ("Bridget Jones with a shoe fetish" :D Read and recorded by me, a review & first chapter here. End of shameless self-promotion.)
11. Crystal Line by Anne McCaffrey. (Read it if you've already read the other two. Not a standalone, IMO.)
12. Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers. (Splendid.)
13. The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester. (Lightweight view of one of the major contributors to the Oxford English Dictionary. I liked The Meaning of Everything rather more.)
14. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré. (Read before seeing at the cinema, a very sensible idea in retrospect, else it would have been very confusing.)
15. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. (Took over a year to plough through in short bursts. Didn't like it nearly as much as I wanted to, it seemed a bit slow somehow.)
16. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink. (Great.)
17. Focus by Leo Babauta (Non-fic, interesting)
18. Affinity by Sarah Waters (Fascinating, but didn't like it as much as Fingersmith.)
19. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (for LibriVox!)
20. The Box Man by Kobo Abe (Truly weird, and not entirely nice. Try if you like Kafka.)
21. The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson (A reread, liked it more this time, enjoyed the detail along the way rather than getting to the ending.)
22. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (Wanted to like it more than I did. Very well-written, good page-turner, just, not quite for me.)
23. Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey (Not sure how I felt about this one)
24. Memoir (abridged, audio) by Casanova (Not a particularly nice man, looking back from the modern day, but the abridgement is good, they picked out some fine anecdotes!)
25. How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (Have been a bit slow -- needed to knock off some short books to catch up!)
26. How to Be a Pirate by Cressida Cowell (These are a lot of fun, though totally made to be read out loud.)
27. How to Speak Dragonese by Cressida Cowell (Am convinced the audiobooks by David Tennant might be the best thing ever.)
28. How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse by Cressida Cowell (Though I only had ebooks to read.)
29. How to Twist a Dragon's Tale by Cressida Cowell (Well worth a go anyway!)
30. Mr Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange. (Kill me now. Well-written, but, I'd've liked a more Austenesque style to sop up some of the innate silliness.)
31. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. (Readable, long-after-zombie-Apocalypse tale. Not hurrying to the next books, though.)
32. The Night Watch by Sarah Waters (lovely book. But sad. So sad.)
33. Women against Men by Storm Jameson. (Interesting little trilogy-in-one from 30's Britain.)
34. Ruth Fielding of Red Mill by Alice B. Emerson. (Lovely girls story which is perfectly LVable.)
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Post by aravis » January 9th, 2011, 9:10 am

I completely lost track of what I read last year... maybe I'll manage this year. :roll:

In progress:
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
Prinz Kaspian von Narnia by C.S. Lewis

1. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
2. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
3. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
4. On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
5. The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman
6. By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
7. The Apple Stone by Nicholas Stuart Gray: audiobook. LOVED it!!!!
8. Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary
9. Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
10. Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary
11. The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright: audiobook
12. Pu der Bär by A.A. Milne
13. The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
14. Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
15. These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
16. The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
17. Das Wunder von Narnia by C.S. Lewis
18. Four Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright: audiobook
19. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
20. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
21. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
22. Half Magic by Edward Eage: audiobook
23. Fever of the Bone by Val McDermid
24. Ramona Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
25. The Secret Garden by F. H. Burnett
26. Ramona and her mother by Beverly Cleary
27. Ramona Forever by Beverly Cleary
28. Ramona' World by Beverly Cleary
29. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer (commercial audiobook)
30. Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (commercial audiobook)
31. The Passage by Justin Cronin
32. Marking time by Elizabeth Howard
33. The Adventures of Sally by P.G.Wodehouse (LV recording)
34. Charlie und die Schokoladenfabrik by Roald Dahl
35. Brat Farrer by Josephine Tey
36. Frei ist nur der Blick zum Himmel by Sandra Gregory
37. Fever Dream by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (commercial audiobook)
38. Da waren es nur noch neun by Agatha Christie (commercial audiobook)
39. Heidi by Johanna Spyri (LV recording)
40. Trick of the Dark by Val Mc Dermid
(Michel aus Lönneberg by Astrid Lindgren: picture book)
(Der alte, der junge und der keine Stanislaus by Vera Ferra Mikura: picture book)
41. Marked by P.C and Kristin Cast (commercial audiobook)
42. Superfudge by Jody Blume (commercial audiobook)
43. Der stumme Schrei by Hilda Lawrence (commercial audiobook)
44. Wolfskind: Die unglaubliche Lebensgeschichte des ostpreußischen Mädchens Liesabeth Otto von Ingeborg Jacobs
45. A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard
46. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
47. Die Welle by Morton Rhue (commercial audiobook)
48. Der Herr der Ringe by J. R. R. Tolkien (commercial audiobook)
49. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
50. Ramona and her father by Beverly Cleary
51. Room by Emma Donoghue
(Guck mal, Madita! Es schneit! by Astrid Lindgren: picture book)
(Na klar, Lotta kann Rad fahren by Astrid Lindgren: picture book)
(Weihnachten in Bullerbü by Astrid Lindgren: picture book)
(Die Heinzelmännchen von Köln by August Kopisch: picture book)
52. Der König von Narnia by C.S. Lewis
53. 3096 Days by Natasche Kampusch: HATED it!
54. Confusion by Elizabeth Jane Howard
55. Reckless by Cornelia Funke (commercial audiobook)

LV recordings (mostly recordings I PLed):
1. Stories of Great Composers by Thomas Tapper
2. Kasperl in der Türkei by Franz v. Pocci
3. Grace Harlowe's Third Year at Overton College by Jessie Graham Flower
4. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins
5. The Children of Odin: The Book of Northern Myths by Padraic Colum
6. Two Little Knights of Kentucky by Annie Fellows Johnston
7. Das Waldbauernbübel von Peter Rosegger
8. Die Königsbraut von E.T.A. Hoffmann
9. "Spiegel, das Kätzchen" von Gottfried Keller
10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
11. Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum
12. Nights With Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris
13. The Belgian Twins by Lucy Fitch Perkins
14. Historical Tales, Vol. V: German by Charles Morris
15. The House of a Thousand Candles by Meredith Nicholson
16. Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott
17. Botchan by Sōseki Natsume
18. Der tote Gast von Heinrich Zschokke
19. Makers of Many Things by Eva March Tappan
20. A Room With a View by E. M. Forster
21. "Unterm Birnbaum" von Theodor Fontane
22. Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott
23. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
24. The Confession by Mary Roberts Rinehart
25. Twilight Land by Howard Pyle
26. Roman Collar Detective by Grace and Harold Johnson
27. Violet: A Fairy Story, by Caroline Snowden Guild
28. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
29. The Child's Book of American Biography by Mary Stoyell Stimpson
30. A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier: Some of the Adventures, Dangers, and Sufferings of Joseph Plumb Martin by Joseph Plumb Martin
31. Die Schatzgräber von Karl Wilhelm Salice-Contessa
32. The Mysterious Key and What it Opened by Louisa May Alcott
33. Grace Harlowe's Fourth Year at Overton College by Jessie Graham Flower
34. Die Todteninsel von Richard Voß
35. Children's Short Works Collection Vol. 012 by various
36. Little Fishers and Their Nets by Pansy
37. Mansfield Park (dramatic reading) by Jane Austen
38. The Rebel of the School by Mrs. L.T. Meade
39. The Black Moth, by Georgette Heyer
40. Notre Dame von Victor Hugo
41. Gulliver's Travels in Lilliput and Brobdingnag, Told to the Children by John Lang
42. Children's Short Works Collection Vol. 013 by various
43. Die Abenteuer Tom Sawyers von Mark Twain
44. The Girl on the Boat by P.G. Wodehouse
45. A Book of Nonsense by Edward Lear
46. Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories, volume 6 by Julian Hawthorne
47. The Eye of Dread by Payne Erskine
48. Children's Short Works Collection Vol. 014 by various
49. The Bee-Man of Orn and Other Fanciful Tales by Frank Richard Stockton
50. A Fair Barbarian by Francis Hodgson Burnett
51. Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus by Jessie Graham Flower
52. The Green Rust, by Edgar Wallace
53. The Dragon of Wantley by Owen Wister
54. The Emperor of Portugallia by Selma Lagerloef
55. But Thy Love and Thy Grace by Francis J. Finn, S.J.
56. The Crimson Fairy Book Edited by Andrew Lang
57. Multilingual Christmas Carol Collection 2011
58. The Windy Hill by Cornelia Meigs
59. Adventskalender 2011 by Various
60. Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers
61. Mother Goose in Prose by L. Frank Baum

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Post by philchenevert » January 10th, 2011, 10:44 am

Good Idea. Perhaps this year I will remember what I've read and listened to. An emoticon means I have finished that book.
1 :D :D Paths of Glory by Jeffery Archer. At the beginning of this month I finished listening to this book as a carryover from December. A biography. (CD format) He is an author I stumbled across in October. What a beautiful storyteller he is.
2 :D City of Thieves by David Benioff was next (CD format). Another excellent writer. Fiction based on the Stalingrad siege.
3 :| Two Years in the Forbidden City (MP3) just finished it last night for our book club. Interesting, but not very impressive in my opinion .
4 :D :D The Fortune of War by Patrick O'Brien (MP3) Started and finished in January 2011. If you've listened to anything by O'Brien you know how good it is.
5 :| Druid's World, book 2 in A Starwars Trilogy by Poul Anderson (MP3 from Overdrive through my library)(written long before the Starwars movies)
a well developed SiFi world with good characters but only fair listening. Jan 2011
6 :) Old Harry's Game, the first and second year BBC radio series. Andy Hamilton(MP3 from Overdrive) very funny. January 2011
7 :D :) Running the Books: The adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian. Avi Sternberg (MP3 from Overdrive) excellent true life story of a Jewish Harvard grad who drifted into the Boston prison system as a librarian. Great insight into prisons and prisoners.Jan 2011
8 :| The Black Echo by Michael Connelly. (MP3 from Overdrive) hard bitten detective story. Many twists and turns; well written and beautifully read, but not my cup of tea.
9 :| The Lord God Made Them All by James Herriot stories of a Veterinarian in England and his many, many trials and amusing incidents. Fair listen. January 2011 MP3 from Overdrive.
10 :D The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I suppose this is young adult fiction, but I enjoyed it a lot. Well told, lots of excitement and the good guys sort of win . mp3 from Overdrive.
11 :| Travel Team by Mike Lupika (MP3 from Overdrive) January 2011 interesting story about 7th grade travel basketball teams, father/son relationships and stuff. Accidentally skipped the last chapter of the book and realized that I didn't care enough to go back.
12 :D :D The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall Smith. Fabulous stories of the #1 Ladies' Detective Agency in Botswana Africa. Book on CDs. January 2011 Superb; entertaining and highly recommended.
13 :| Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris mp3 from Overdrive read by the author. not bad but his reading was sooooo slllloooooow I found it uncomfortable to listen to.
14 :| The Abandoned Room by Chapman. Murder mystery. Only listened to the 2 hours or so of this one before i stopped due to basic non enjoyment. Mysteries are not my genre of choice and some of the reading detracted from my enjoyment. ..Ok, it drove me nuts. :(
15 :D Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. 4 months in Italy, 4 months in an Ashram in India and 4 months in Bali searching for inner peace and harmony. Good writer. well read. mp3 from overdrive
16 :D Flawless, inside the largest diamond heist in history by Scott Selby. Amazing how thieves can work so hard to commit crime.... and be so successful.! and interesting listen indeed. mp3 from overdrive
17 :| You'd Better Not Cry by Augusten Burroughs. OK but not great.
18 :| Beserkers: the Beginning by Fred Saberhagen. Each story tells of human fight against the implacable killing machines but the series has gone kinda flat over the years to me. Ho hum.
19 :) The Ascent of Money: A financial history of the world by Niall Fergerson Scary folks, scary, but facinating. we are NOT in good shape.
20 :) The Biology of Belief: The Wisdom of Your Cells by Dr. Bruce Lipton. Darwin was wrong, mutations are not random; Lamarque was right. Environment does cause mutations. Facinating, very thought provoking
21 :| Hero by Mike Lupica. Interesting slant here; sort of 'how superheroes learn their trade as adolescents' not bad but definitely not high on my recommended list. Overdrive.
22: :) French Literature Greats: Balzac, Flaubert, Proust and Camus 14 lectures by Katherine Elkins. Learned a LOT about these great authors and their major works but the only one I was inspired to try will be Balzac.
23 :D Everlost by Neal Shusterman. My 15 year old grandson (who does not read anything) mentioned that he loved this novel so I had to try it. Young Adult but a fascinating story well told. when children die but get bumped out of their 'tunnel';what happens? hmmmm? recommended.
24: :| The 39 Steps by John Bucham read by Adrian Praetzellis March selection for LivriVox book club. The narrator was fabulous! I thoroughly enjoyed his reading. The book was just OK.
MARCH 2011
25: :D I Shudder and other reactions to Life, Death and New Jersey by Paul Rudnik. Strange but very fascinating book read by the author. witty and well written.
26: :D Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer. A very educational look into the world of Mental Athletes, those memorizing experts by a young journalist who captured the American championship with just one year of practice. well written and full of great information.
27: :D Waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly by Robert Dalby. Cute and entertaining. Southern women at their best and worst.
28: [ :) b]The Charming Quirks of Others [/b]by Alexnder McCall Smith. Well written of course but I still don't like the main character Isabell Delhausie
29: :D Cells: The Building Blocks of Life 14 Lectures by John Young in the Modern Scholar lecture series. Excellent explanations of the amazing types of cells that make up our bodies. Recommended. CD from library.
30: :) The Great Escape: 9 Jews who Fled Hitler and Changed the World. From photography and motion pictures to mathematics and physics, these brilliant men and their truly amazing accomplishments are well portrayed in this (long) book. MP3 from Overdrive.
APRIL 2011
31 :| The Parentcide Club by Ambrose Bierce. LV book club short selection for March. Funny; amazingly gory though.
32 :D :D Literary Taste: How to Form it by Arnold Bennett. another LV book club short selection. AMAZING! GOOD! His writing is so beautiful and expressive it was a joy to listen to and loaded with good ideas. He understood me completely.
33 :) Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. A middle class couple in America decide to skip the hassles of Xmas season and take a cruse. The pressure put on them to conform is amazing. A funny and sad commentary on American society.
34 :| Hearts, Keys and Puppetry by Neil Gaiman. Another weird story from this author. This one seemed a bit forced and I did not enjoy it as anticipated. MP3 from Overdrive.
35 :D :D The Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows Absolutely enjoyable and wonderful. story told (and read) through letters from different people after WWII in England and Gurnsey.
36 :| The Bullpen Gospels by Dirk Hayhurst. tales and Struggles of a minor league pitcher who makes it to the big league. Lots of inside stories about semi-pro baseball. well written but just a bit too long.
37 :| The Grey Woman by Gaskell. LV book club short selection. Interesting but too forced for my taste.
38 :D Make Mine Homogenized by Raphael. LV novelette. Cute and funny. well written.
39: :D :D Evolutionary Psychology: The Science of HUman Nature by Allen MacNeill. a Modern Scholar audio series from my local library. 14 lectures by professor. Facinating and utterly interesting. so THAT is why we do those crazy things we do!
40 :| Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut. Overdrive download. a classic supposedly but I was not too impressed.

41 :D Dave Barry Talks BAck by Dave Barry (duh!). My favorite humorist writer. LOve him.
39 :) Frank : a biography of Frank Sanatra by James Kaplan started in April but I've lost the MP3 player with that recording on it. Found it and finished!!!. a long book very interesting and well written though. (MP3 from Overdrive)
40 :D The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore. Yeah, great title isnt it? A pleasant listen (MP3 from Overdrive) and his writing is above average. Yes there's sex of course! You see there is this 100 foot long 'lizard' that uses sex to .... oh well I can't explain it.
41 :) The Inimitable Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse a whole book of stories I had not heard before. Light and entertaining as usual. gotta love him.
42 :) My First Lie and How I Got Out of It by Mark Twain. actually an essay on the human trait of lying as a nation about things we dont want to admit. short but good.
43 :D Tokyo Vice by Jake Alderstein. an American, fluent in Japanese, who became a reporter with the largest Tokyo newspaper. facinating look into the Japanese culture, laws, sex behavior and who finally forced Japan to do something about the human slave trade so openly ignored. Overdrive WmV audio book.
44 :| True Story by Bill Maher short novel about stand up comedians. an Overdrive download. read by Maher. insights into comedians. fair only.
45 :D To Kill A Mockingbird re-listened to this. Loaner audiobook on CD. still a great novel. read beautifully. highly recommended. again
46 :D Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham. CD from the library. story of a great navigator.
47 :) Naked by David Sedaris short book but filled with interesting characters and true life escapades.
48 :| The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton How our beliefs change and control our biology in the form of disease and health, mental and phyical.
JUNE 2011
49 :| Dewey: The Library Cat Story of a world famous cat that adopted a library in Iowa. I am sure he was wonderful but it just went on too long.
50 :) The Life and Times of Mark Twain by Michael Shelden. A Modern Scholars CD from my library. 14 lectures. Good; learned lots about the culture and times and about Clements.
51 :D Naked by David Sedaris. collection of articles by David. insightful and consistently humorous and slightly sad all at the same time.
49 :D The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Jennifer Tobin. A Modern Scholars professor CD from my libary. Facinating. I loved these lectures. CDs from my local library
50 :D Fanny Herself by Edna Ferber LibriVox download a very enjoyable book read delightfully by J. M. Smallheer. I'm going to listen to more Ferber for sure.
51: :cry: American Rose :The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee. by Karen Abbott. CD from our library. OK, well written but not to my taste. not recommended. (Didn't know her mother was such a nasty, mean woman)
52 :D :D Minding Frankie by Mave Benchy. Absolutely fabulous story of Ireland and a young man in Dublin who takes on a baby and the people who rally around to become an extended family to help raise FRankie.
53 :D :D Strong Poison: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery by Dorothy L. Sayers. Narrated by Ian Carmichael. This was a delightful book. I dislike mysteries and picked this up at the library thinking it was another author. The writing was exquisite and Ian's voice wonderful to listen to. How have I missed this so many years????
JULY 2011
54 :D A Coal Miner's Daughter: Loretta Lynn biography. so far it is delightful and so it finished. CDs from library.
55 Europe Revised by Irvin S. Cobb. a well written European tour by a great American humorist. His turns of phrase surprised me with how well they were done. Long though! LibriVox recording. well read too. I enjoyed it.
56 :D Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven by Mark Twain. Twain's last book or part of it was very daring and I enjoyed his manipulation of human expectations concerning the hereafter. thoroughly enjoyable. He stood them on their ear. LibriVox recording.
57 :| My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business by Dick Van Dyke. An autobiography by him. Interesting but not great. MP3 from Overdrive/library
58 :| SEAL Team Six by Howard Wasden. story of a man who became a member snipe on the most elite special forces SEAL team. Interesting story. learned a lot about their training.
59: :D Whose Body by Dorothy Sayers - what a wonderful author! LibriVox recording great readers
60 :D :D The Truth by Terry Pratchett. Audio book from library. GREAT. I love Terry Pratchett that's all there is to it. His humor is delightful.
61 :| If You Were Here by Jen Lancaster. Good writer, smooth and flowing but I can't say it was exciting.
62 :| Don't Know Much About Planet Earth by ??? sort of a ton of little facts about the continents, seas and things. young adult but very easy to listen to.
63 Love Conquerors All by Peter Benchly . amusing essays by an early american writer. from Librivox. very well recorded by someone with an amazing ability with accents.
64 :D Roast Beef, Medium by Edna Ferber. I actually recorded this book for librivox but it was excellent and decided to put it here!
65 :D Clouds of Witnesses by Dorothy L Sayers. Lord Peter Wimsey solves another very pecuiliar case. excellent writing. from overdrive of my library.
66 :D I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett one of my favorite authors. this is a new episode of the Diskworld series starring the teenage witch. A wonderful series, full of humor and pathos and fun.
67 :D Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett. a very entertaining book. of course with these two wierd and talented writers pooling their talent little needs to be added. The end of the world as you have never dreamed of it.
68 :) An American Childhood by Annie Dillard I enjoyed her writing, well told real life story.

69 :D Lord Peter Views The Body by Dorothy Sayers a series of about 11 short mysteries that are solved in less than two chapters. Neat book, lots of her surperb writing style. Loved it.
70 :| No Passengers Beyond This Point Gennifer Choldernko. Cute story. Kinda irritating though. Must be a juevinele gendre.
71 :) Dream Angus by Alexander McCall Smith. retelling of the scottish? story of the god Angus. Beautufully written. short though.
72 :| Island of the Sequened Love Nun by Christopher Moore. Kinda funny, kinda silly not really recommended. MP3 from Library Overdrive.
73 The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy Sayers. in the middle. very entertaining as usual
74 :| Jamrack's Menagerie by Carol Birch interesting but never really grabbed me at all. actually listened about 76% then quit.
75 :| S*hit My Dad Says by Justin Halpern. Funny stuff his dad said and st ill says OK. did not light my sky but nice.
76 :D La's Orchestra Saves The World by Alexander McCall Smith. Another smooth, well written story that kept me interested till the very end. good book. recommended. CD from library

October 2011
77 :D :D Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett. This is the third time I've listened to this book, it is sooooo much fun. love pratchett. highly amusing and entertaining. cassettes from library.
78 :cry: The Lost Art of Gratitude by Alexnder McCall Smith. an Isabel Dalhousie novel. Well, the writing was very good as is to be expceted but this is the LAST one of these I will listen to. The woman drives me to distraction. Dislike her intensely. 'nuff said.
79 :D :D The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith. Now This is excellent. a #1 Ladies Detective novel with great protaganists and great storytelling. Loved it.
80 :D Corduroy Mansions by Alexander McCall Smith. listened to CD from library. narrated by Simon Prebble. superb reading of course. His usual style, many stories of people (and dogs).
enjoyed it a lot although his nasty people are really nasty! hate 'em!
81 :| If You Ask Me, and of course you won't by Betty White. some thoughts from the 89 year old actress. short. OK only.
82 :D Making Money by Terry Pratchett. Very funny. witty. brilliant.
83 :D The Unbearable Lightness of Scones by Alexander McCall Smith.. more of 44 Scotland Street. love it. love it. currently reading
More as the months progress This is a neat idea for a thread! :D
future: Haven by Irene Bennet Brown
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Post by Sonneteer » January 10th, 2011, 7:23 pm

^^ Good idea with the emoticons!

Audiobooks from Librivox:
  1. :) The Odyssey by Homer
  2. :D Soul Food: being chapters on the interior life with passages of personal experience by George Douglas Watson
  3. :| Two Years in the Forbidden City by Princess Der Ling. See the book club thread for my thoughts on this one.
  4. :) The Abandoned Room by Wadsworth Camp. I found it uninteresting at first, but later on it was like, "oh snap!"
  5. :? Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained by John Milton. To be honest, I was only partially paying attention sometimes, so half the time I didn't know what was going on or even what character was speaking.
  6. :) The Thirty-nine Steps by John Buchan. Better than I was expecting. But some of the events felt a little too convenient to be realistic.
  7. :( Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. Too short to really connect with the characters or the story.
  8. :( The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. That was an odd collection, God wot! I think I was expecting a higher percent of epicness in more of the tales.
  9. :) The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell. It was short, but I think I like this genre that way.
  10. :) Literary Taste: How to Form It by Arnold Bennett. This ought to be required reading before taking high school English.
  11. :| The Lost City by Joseph E. Badger, Jr. Didn't really strike me as good or bad.
  12. :| Utopia by Thomas More. Interesting. Not quite the way that I envision a Utopia to be.
Audiobooks from other sources:
  1. :D The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language by Melvyn Bragg. Frequent moments of, "oh that's interesting!"
  2. :) The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. Really helped me understand an atheist's worldview.
  3. :( The End of Reason: A Response to the New Atheists by Ravi Zacharias. I thought Zacharias' words sounded all well and good from a Christian perspective, but I could tell that someone with a Dawkinistic mind would not be convinced of anything.
  4. :D The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges. I found this book rather inspiring/convicting.
  5. :D Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich by Eric Metaxas. This book was a little long (22h31m) but I rather enjoyed it for most of that time (just a few chapters in the middle where I was starting to get bored, but then it picked up again).
  6. :| 1984 by George Orwell
  7. :( The Way To God by Dwight L. Moody. I listened to this because it was the free download for February from I had to listen to it at at least 150% speed just to get in a whole chapter before it induced me to sleep. Someone at an earlier stage in their spiritual journey might profit from it more (if they can get past the narrator).
  8. :) Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches by Russell D. Moore. February's free download from I definitely want to adopt now! (I'll have to listen to this one again when I'm married.)
  9. :D The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (Focus on the Family Radio Theatre). Some thought provoking insights. The less interesting parts were made better by the dramatization.
  10. :) Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. A very vivid novel, with some chapters I was able to forget that it was fiction. Though some parts were a little too descriptive for me. But for a 24 hour audiobook, it didn't feel too long.
  11. :| The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. The plot was okay, but it moved slowly and there was too much casual sex going on IMO.
  12. :) Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1 by Christopher Paolini.
  13. :D Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity by Mark Batterson. I posted a short review here.
  14. :) The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos by Brian Greene. Does a great job of explaining some of the theories. I was finally able to see how parallel worlds arise from the mathematics of "probability waves" and not just as a philosophical construct.
  15. :| The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul. Nothing wrong with the content, but the narrator was not persuasive with it for me.
  16. :) Finding God in the Shack: Seeking truth in a story of evil and redemption by Roger E. Olson. March's free download from GoBible. Pretty much in line with what I agreed and disagreed with in The Shack's theology.
  17. :) The Slave Across the Street: The True Story of How An American Teen Survived the World of Human Trafficking by Theresa Flores. Eye opening true story of human trafficking right in the U.S.!
  18. :( Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by Rob Bell. There was much in this book that I agreed with, but the main thesis was not one of them. He doesn't go in depth enough, and so there are a lot more Biblical passages that would need to be examined before I could take this idea seriously.
  19. :) The Accidental Mind: How Brain Evolution Has Given Us Love, Memory, Dreams, and God by David Linden. The neuroscience was interesting. The argument for the brain as a poorly designed evolutionary kludge was not convincing.
  20. :) Jesus: The Only Way to God: Must You Hear the Gospel to be Saved? by John Piper. It was easy to agree with everything in this book (but that could also be influenced by it having the same narrator as my ESV audiobible).
  21. :) Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2 by Christopher Paolini. A little long for the amount of action there actually is, but it was all enjoyable.
  22. :) Defending You Faith by R.C. Sproul. Great defence, through logic, of God's existence (though not entirely flawless).
  23. :| The Consequences of Ideas by R.C. Sproul. This gave an overview of philosophical ideas, but I wanted more on how those ideas shape thought today.
  24. :D How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown. Enjoyable read on the life of an astronomer and the excitement and controversy of recent KBO discoveries.
  25. :D The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. (April's free download from An amazing example of remaining steadfast under trial, and keeping one's eyes on Jesus.
  26. :) God Speaks Your Love Language by Gary Chapman. Really helpful/insightful concept (even if somewhat obvious in places--but not so obvious when it comes to physical touch (which is why I got the book)).
  27. :| A Kingdom Called Desire: Confronted by the love of a risen King by Rick McKinley. Good thoughts (but not overly original). Narrator seemed monoemotional.
  28. Why Him? Why Her?: Understanding Your Personality Type and Finding the Perfect Match by Helen Fisher. Hard to give this one a rating--time will tell if this info will be more or less useful to me.
  29. :| Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love by Amir Levine & Rachel Heller. Some good info, but much of the content did not lend itself to being in audiobook format.
  30. :) Experiencing the Cross by Henry Blackaby. Always good to meditate on the cross and what it should mean in our lives.
  31. :D Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt. A poignant challenge to more radical living for Christ, even for those who think they already live for Him.
  32. :D A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book I by George R.R. Martin. Possibly the next best fantasy series after LOTR. I can see why HBO is making a TV series out of this.
  33. :D The Next Story: Life And Faith After The Digital Explosion by Tim Challies. Great read to think critically about technology. Last 2 chapters seemed a little pessimistic though.
  34. :| Churched: One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess by Matthew Paul Turner. Somewhat amusing, mostly eye-roll inducing @ how ridiculous fundamentalist christianity can be.
  35. :) The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr.
  36. :) Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
  37. :D Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John Ratey. Being late for class may have actually helped my grades in high school (by running a mile first thing in the morning).
  38. :) The Millennials: Connecting to America's Largest Generation by Thom & Jess Rainer. They're a little more optimistic about my generation than I usually feel.
  39. :| Heaven by D.L. Moody. Not targeted for someone who's been to Bible College as I have. Narrator better than last DL Moody book I heard.
  40. :| Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the New Testament and Why by Bart Ehrman. Good overview of textual criticism, but presents it as a flawed excuse to distrust the whole Bible.
  41. :) What to Do on the Worst Day of Your Life by Brian Zahnd. Weep, turn to God, take action--sounds simple enough.
  42. :) The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream by Paulo Coelho. Some wise words in there. E.g., "The fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself."
  43. :) A Place of Healing: Wrestling With the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God's Sovereignty by Joni Eareckson Tada. I'd certainly recommend this book to anyone with physical suffering/disability.
Hard copy books:
  • :D Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron. It's not often that a book will move me to tears, but this one did!
  • :| Churches That Make a Difference: Reaching Your Community with Good News and Good Works by Ronald J. Sider, Philip N. Olsen & Heidi Rolland Unruh. Had actually been working on this one for a few years. There was some good stuff in there, which is what kept me going, but it was often buried in dense walls of text that made it hard to get through.
  • :) Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. Interesting story, not sure how I feel about the ending.
  • :) Going A Stone's Throw by Phil Harms. A book on prayer by someone I know. A short and sweet refresher.
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Post by kayray » January 10th, 2011, 8:39 pm

I didn't keep track last year, but this year the "ReadMore" app on my iPhone should help.

1. Emily of Deep Valley by Maud Hart Lovelace
2. Storm Front by Jim Butcher
3. The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright
(Picture book: Many Moons by James Thurber. Yes, I enjoy reading beautiful picture books, but I won't count them towards my total!)
4. Dolly Sucht eine Freundin, by Enid Blyton (First Term at Malory Towers)
5. Carney's House Party by Maud Hart Lovelace
6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
7. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
8. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim (AWESOME LibriVox Recording)
9. The Apple Stone by Nicholas Stuart Gray
10. Mary Poppins Opens the Door
11. Sleeping Murder, by Agatha Christie
12. The Murder at the Vicarage, by Agatha Christie
13. And Then there were None, by Agatha Christie
14. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, by Agatha Christie
15. Crooked House, by Agatha Christie
16. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, by Laurie Viera Rigler
17. Twenties Girl, by Sophie Kinsella
18. Carribean Mystery, by Agatha Christie
19. Postern of Fate, by Agatha Christie
20. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson
21. The Girl who PLayed with Fire, by Stieg Larsson
22. The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, by Stieg Larsson
23. The Talking Parcell, by Gerald Durrell
24. The Cricket in Times Square, by George Selden
25. Bossypants, by Tina Fey
26. Fever of the Bone, by Val McDermid
27. The ABC Murders, by Agatha Christie
28. Three Blind Mice, by Agatha Christie
29. The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook
30. Brat Farrar, by Josephine Tey
31. Why Didn't they ask Evans?, by Agatha Christie
32. Deadly Duo, by Margery Allingham
33. The Sealed Letter, by Emma Donoghue
34. Nineteen Minutes, by Jodi Picoult
35. Good Morning, Midnight, by Reginald Hill
36. Dialogues of the Dead, by Reginald Hill
37. The Cottage at Bantry Bay, by Hilda van Stockum
38. MIss Pettigrew Lives for a day, by Winifred Watson
39. The Undomestic Goddess, by Sophie Kinsella
40. Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons
41. Shopaholic and Baby, Sophie Kinsella
42. Miss Buncle's Book, by D. E. Stevenson
43. Brother and Sister, by Joanna Trollope
44. Miss Buncle Married, by D. E. Stevenson
45. Mini Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella
46. The Wedding Girl, by Madeleine Wickham
47. Sleeping Arrangements, by Madeleine Wickham
48. A Desirable Residence, by Madeleine Wickham
49. The Swimming Sunday, by Madeleine Wickham
50. The Gatecrasher, by Madeleine Wickham
51. Cocktails for Three, by Madeleine Wickham
52. The Tennis Party, by Madeleine Wickham
53. Shopaholic and sister, by Sophie Kinsella
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Post by ExEmGe » January 11th, 2011, 12:12 pm

Fortunately this year is sufficiently young for me not to have forgotten what (or whether :oops: ) I read.
1. A Spirit Undaunted: Political Role of George VI by A. Faber-Kaiser
2. Kiss Me Chudleigh: The World According to Auberon Waugh by Auberon Waugh(anthology)
3. (Commercial Audio) Witch Hunt by Ian Rankin
4. The Telegraph Book of Great Railway Journeys
5. The Great Western Railway by Andrew Roden
6. The Mind's Eye by Oliver Sacks
7. Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman
8. (Commercial Audio) Call for the Dead by John Le Carre
9 Death of a Viewer by Herbert Adams
10. Black Holes and Time Warps by Kip S Thorne
11. (Commercial Audio) A Murder of Quality by John Le Carre
12. Clips from a Life by Dennis Nordern
13. The Ways of the Sea by Roger Pilkington
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Post by sjmarky » January 18th, 2011, 6:43 pm

Never really thought about doing tracking before, so here goes:

1. Oath of Fealty (commercial audiobook)
2. Earth Abides (commercial audiobook)
3. See You At The Morgue
4. Mercenary (recorded)
5. The Art of Happiness (commercial audiobook)
6. Me of Little Faith (commercial audiobook)
7. Earth, the Book (commercial audiobook)
8. Mech (Imperium Series)
9. All or Nothing (recorded)

Holy cow; never saw it all in one place before. In three weeks? Well, yeah. Wow.
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Post by LitWit » January 19th, 2011, 2:33 pm

Currently listening to Fanny Herself, by Edna Ferber, which is fantastic. I made it through a good chunk of Our Mr. Wren, by Sinclair Lewis but I think I'll be taking a break from it- I love the reader, but the plot is starting to drag a little for me.

As for printed books, I've been thoroughly enjoying the Bless Me, Father series by Neil Boyd ever since I got them for Christmas, as well as revisiting James Herriot for the umpteenth time. I love re-reading old favorites!

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Post by AmethystA » January 21st, 2011, 12:07 pm

I'll keep my list here, as's always fun to look back over and see what ones reads. Sometimes you can tell how your were feeling, or what was going on, by the book you were reading. Maybe this year I'll hit my goal of 120 books read.
It's fun to be able to look back on what I've read over the past few years! Here's my reads for Books I completed in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

So far this year I've read or listened to:

1. The Violin of Auschwitz by Maria Angels Anglada :D
2. The Place Where Nobody Stopped by Mr. Jerry Segal- Interestingly Robby Benson reads this and his reading style almost made me stop listening. It sounded like he was reading the story to little kids instead of an adult audience. I finished it but only just. The story didn't get off the ground for me.
3. Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie
4. To Rainbow Valley by Irene Bennet Brown--13 year old Cotton steps in to help his Mama and Grandma and siblings on a cross country journey from dusty Kansas hard hit by the Depression to join their Father at his new job in Oregon. As the family pulls together, will they reach their destination in time to help Father harvest the fruit in his new job?
5. Brought to Book by Anthea Fraser - Another adventure Rona Parish has while researching a biography on a recently deceased famous best-selling author. In her delving into his life she gets more than she bargained for.
5. Silent Thunder by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen--Interesting premise, though didn't really deliver the suspense I thought it should have. A Russian nuclear submarine called The Silent Thunder has been purchased by the U.S. for exhibition in a museum. Hannah Bryson, a marine Architect has been taksed with creating a schematic of the sub to check for hazards and design modifications to make it safe museum visitors. Hannah's brother, Conner, is working with her as her assistant on this assignment, when He discovers a coded message hidden behind one of the panels. Before Hannah has a chance to see what's been discovered, intruders appear and Conner is murdered. Hannah barely escapes with her life. Hannah now is determined to find out the mystery and who is behind her brother's death.
6. Did Not Survive by Ann Littlewood- A mystery that takes place in a zoo. I never did really get attached to the characters. I may try one more in the series to see if it gets any better.
7. A Faraway Island by Annika Thor, Linda Schenck (translator)- About 2 little Jewish girls from Vienna who get sent to Sweden to help hide them and keep them safe from Nazi occupation of their country.
8. Next Door to Murder by Anthea Fraser - Another Rona Parish adventure, this time strange things are happening next door when the new tenants take up residence.
9. Hasty Death by Marion Chesney--
10. The Inn at Eagle Point by Sherryl Woods--so-so
11. A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer--I enjoyed this story.
12. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde-decided I needed a Thursday Next Fix! :clap:
13. The Body at the Tower by Y.S. Lee--The Second book about "The Agency" a group of women who work undercover on different assignments in 1890's London. The feeling being that women are best for undercover work because women are not considered by men of the age as having neither the brains or ingenuity for it. B+
14. Christietown by Susan Kandel--This one just never really got into any mystery. I almost didn't finish it. :twisted:
15. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler--I enjoyed both this light read and the sequel below that shows how each woman coped with waking up in the other's time.
16. Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
17. Saving Miss Julie by Stan Lynde--
18. Hemlock Bay by Catherine Coulter
19. Royal Blood by Rhys Bowen 8-)
20. Caught by Harlan Coben--Kept me guessing til the end.
21. Light on Snow by Anita Shreve
22. The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne
23. Flowers for His Funeral by Ann Granger
24. Haven by Irene Bennet Brown :D I enjoyed this story as I've been to many of the places mentioned in the story. Some parts seemed very authentic, and others a bit of modernism crept in. Overall, it was an enjoyable read and I'll probably read again in the future.
25. Mr. Monk and His Two Assistants by Lee Goldberg. I loved the Monk tv show and am really enjoying the books that are coming out now. The narrator that read this one I think did a great job in her voice mannerisms for both Sherrona and Natalie. :thumbs:
26. Tell No One by Harlan Coben This is one of my favorite Harlan Coben books, I just needed to read it agan! Lots of suspense and keeps you guessing til the end.
27. News From Thrush Green by Miss Read--Gentle and heartwarming.
28. The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman
29. My Gal Sunday by Mary Higgins Clark
30. Fadeaway Girl by Martha Grimes--I love Coles Phillips art, and was intrigued that this book mentions his art. I enjoyed the main character, she is quite funny, though I kept feeling like I was missing something. This is the latest book in the series and all the charcters kept mentioning things that must have happened in the other books of the series. So, I felt I was missing something. I like series books, but this one depends a bit too much on previous books and the ending was just as elusive, I still don't feel like I know exactly what's going on. So, recommend start from the beginning...
31. The Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows--Absolutely enjoyable! Story told in letters. Must read!
32. Unfinished Portrait by Anthea Fraser--Rona, still traumatized from the last encounter with her mysterious neighbors, is nervous about starting another biography, this time one of an artist who has mysteriously disappeared. The family are hoping Rona can find out what happened to Ellie. Determined not to get involved and focus strictly on her Biography, Rona reluctantly starts the new project. Also new developments in Rona's own family....
33. An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor--Further adventures of Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly and his new assistant Dr. Barry Laverty and their many patients in Ballybucklebo.
34. An Irish Country Courtship by Patrick Taylor--More adventures of Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly and Dr. Barry Laverty. This leaves me wanting more adventures in Ballybucklebo!
35. The Postcard by Tony Abbott
36. Decider by Dick Francis
37. The Ebony Swan by Phyllis Whitney
38. In My Dreams by Sarah Addison Allen
39. The Callender Papers by Cynthia Voigt
40. The Skeleton in the Closet by M. C. Beaton
41. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell--comical, loved all the ways they thought of try and make the worms inedible!
42. The Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter--re-visiting a favorite.
43. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde :clap: What a fun book, it started out slow, but then he was establishing new characters. I look eagerly forward to hearing more about this crazy mixed up color hierarchy land.
44. One of Our Thursdays is Missing: A Novel by Jasper Fforde :clap: I enjoyed this new Thursday Next book. It kept me guessing, as to the real Thursday's identity. I love going back into the bookworld and seeing the hijinks they get up to.
45. Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
46. The Hearts of Horses by Renee Raudman- very warm and interesting read.
47. In the Frame by Dick Francis-revisiting a past Dick Francis favorite. I love the fact that the main character is an artist and the whole mystery revolves around art.
48. Serendipity by Cathy Marie Hake--Don't bother....had to force myself to finish.
49.Seeing a Large Cat by Elizabeth Peters--I wanted to get back to this series. I get a kick out of the Emerson's and how they are all so independent minded!
50. The Ape Who Guards the Balance by Elizabeth Peters--more of Amelia, Emerson, Ramses, Nefret, and David....
51. The Falcon at the Portal by Elizabeth Peters--more of Amelia, Emerson, Ramses, Nefret, and David....Wow, that was quite the twist at the end! I hope she makes it right in the next book!!!!
52. Dreams of Home by Gwen Kirkwood--really like this one, looking forward to the next one in this series.
53. Celia's House by D. E. Stevenson--Can't go wrong with one Mr. Stevenson's books!
54. Unbroken Will: The Extraordinary Courage of an Ordinary Man- by Bernhard Rammerstorfer--The true story of the oldest living Holocaust survivor and conscientious objector, Leopold Engleitner still alive at 105!
56. A Home of Our Own by Gwen Kirkwood--very nice story!
57. Mr. Monk in Trouble by Lee Goldberg--Loved getting more Monk, really miss the tv show.
58. Lavender Morning by Jude Deveraux
59. Endless Night by Agatha Christie--not one of her better ones in my opinion. Seemed to end very abruptly.
60. A Boy in Hiding by Stan Reubens--a son telling his father's experience getting through the difficult WWII.
61. Black Coffee by Agatha Christie
62. The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer--Not as good as the previous Enola Holmes books, not much of a mystery and shallow character development.
63. The Bride's House by Sandra Dallas--interesting, though sometimes got a little lost.
64. Seasons in the Sun by Radna Dahl
65. And Both Were Young by Madeleine L'Engel
66. Cousins in the Castle by Barbara Brooks Wallace
67. He Shall Thuder in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters--Another Amelia Peabody and family adventure!
68. Nothing Can Separate Us From God's Love
69. Scriptures to Comfort Us
70. Reflex by Dick Francis --Must have read this a Loooooong time ago. It seemed like a new book! I enjoyed the photography angle in this book. Can't go wrong with Dick Francis!
71. Ride the River by Louis L'Amour I Loved Echo. She was a mountain girl, through and through! Highly recommend.
72.The Edge by Dick Francis--a favorite, I read it about once a year. Love the train journey and as I know the area they are travelling through, it makes the story come alive as I've walked around the Banff and Lake Louise.
73. Dead North by Sue Henry--Had to re-visit this Jessie Arnold book that introduced Maxie and Stretch who now have their own mystery series. This one is quite riveting.
74. The Mystery Writer by Jessica Mann--Several twists and turn I didn't see coming.
75. Curtain: Poirot's Last Case by Agatha Christie--Not Poirot's best case and the solution at the end always takes me by surprise. Just so out of character for Poitrot!
76. Sunshine and Shadow by Earlene Fowler
77. The Sunflower by Richard Paul Evans
78. Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls
79. Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
80. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
81. Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman--Enjoyed this one alot! Went back and forth in time between 2 women's lives and how they entertwined. Also showed the effects that family secrets can have on future generations.
82. Mistaken Identity by Don and Susie Van Ryn, Colleen, Newel and Whitney Cerak
83. Murder on Lexington Avenue by Victoria Thompson
84. Cicada Summer by Andrea Beatty
85. Cold Pursuit by Carla Neggers
86. A Drowned Maiden's Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz
87. Dick Francis's Gamble by Felix Francis
88. The Quilter's Homecoming by Jennifer Chiaverieni
89. The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted by Bridget Asher
90. Homecoming Girls by Valerie Woods
91. Thicker Than Water by Anthea Fraser
92. The Red Door by Charles Todd
93. He Shall Thunder in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters
95. Risk by Dick Francis
96. The Lightkeepers Daughter by Colleen Coble
97. Between, Georgia byJoshilyn Jackson
98. Duet by Kimberley Freeman
99. Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen
100. Mr. Monk Goes to Germany by Lee Goldberg-My favorite Mr. Monk book so far. Monk panics when his psychiatrist tells him he's going to a psychiatric convention and won't be available for 2 weeks. Monk can't stand the thought of missing his regular appointments, so he takes the OCD medicine again that he took in season 3 of the show, Dioxnyl, so he and Natalie can fly to Germany. Usual Monk madness ensues.
101. R my Name is Rachel by Patricia Reilly Giff
102.Scones and Bones by Laura Childs
103. Pictures of Hollis Woods byPatricia Reilly Giff
104. True Grit byCharles Portis
105. Tail Spin by Catherine Coulter
106. The Blue and Distant Hills by Judith Saxton
107. Up From Orchard Street by Elenor Widmer
108. Crunch Time by Diane Mott Davidson
109. Grayson by Lynne Cox
110. A Love That Multiplies by Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar
111. The Viognier Vendetta: A Wine Country Mystery by Ellen Crosby
112. Mr. Monk on the Road by Lee Goldberg-This is a close tie for my favorite Mr. Monk novel. Monk decides to give Ambrose and taste of freedom for his birthday this year. How to do that when Ambrose is so Agorophobic? Drug his birthday cake and transfer him while asleep to a Motor Home! He will have bigger horizons while yet being able to stay inside the motorhome. The interchange betweeen Monk and Ambrose is absolutely hilarious at times!
113. No Second Chance by Harlan Coben
114. Twice Shy by Dick Francis
115. Smokescreen by Dick Francis
116. Ghosts in the Gallery by Barbara Brooks Wallace
117. Forgive for Good by Fred Luskin
118. Q-in-Law by Peter David
119. Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
120. Tailspin by Catherine Coulter
121. The Baker Street Letters by Michael Robertson
122. Unsinkable, Titanic Book 1 by Gordon Korman
123. The Brothers of Baker Street: The Baker Street Mysteries, Book 2 by Michael Robertson
124. Longshot by Dick Francis-I thought I'd read all of Dick Francis' books, but I simple don't remember this one. Racing is periphery in this book, the main character was a jockey, but now owns a horse transport business and odd things start happening, that he has to figure out who's doing it and why. Enjoyed it very much!
125. The Magic Circle by Katherine Neville
126. Shifting Sands by Anthea Fraser
127. The Golden Road by Lucy Maud Montgomery
128. Bolt by Dick Francis
129. Break in by Dick Francis
130. Split Second by David Baldacci
131. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
132. That's the Ticket and Voices in the Coal Bin by Mary Higgins Clark
133. Devil's Food Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke

Working on:
Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

On My To Read List:
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson
Passing Strange by Catherine Aird
Henrietta Who? by Catherine Aird
Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell
An Ordinary Murder by Lesley Moreland
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Post by philchenevert » January 22nd, 2011, 9:26 am

This is a wonderful thread.

But it would be even wonderfuller (for me) if you would add a comment about the book; liked it, hated it, boring, exciting or some pithy comment to tell us about it.

I am constantly looking for things to listen to and since I respect LibriVoxers opinions so much, you could point me in the right direction for good books and authors and readers. I would love to know what you love.

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Post by Slithy » February 15th, 2011, 10:54 pm

Sadly, i can not give exact numbers for 2011 but i got largely into librivox mid december.

Since then i have listened to: (* means that i would very much suggest the Librivox recording)

1. *Ultima Thule - Mack Reynalds
2. The Sky is Falling - Lester Del Ray
3. The Thirty-Nine Steps - John Buchan
4. *The Scarlet Pimpernel - Baroness E. Orczy
5. *The Red House Mystery - A. A. Milne
6. The Man Who Would Be King - Rudyard Kipling
7. *Raffles, Further Adventures of the Amateur Cracksman - E.W Hornung
8. *The Invisible Man - H.G. Wells
9. *Siddhartha - Herman Hesse
10. *A House Boat On the Styx - John Kendrick Bangs
11. *The Innocence of Father Brown - G.K. Chesterton
12. *The Gambler - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
13. *The Dueling Machine - Ben Bova
14. *The Man Who was Thursday - G.K. Chesterton
15. Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne
16. *The Canterville Ghost - Oscar Wilde
17. Alice in Blunderland - John Kendrick Bangs
18. *The Amateur Cracksman - E.W. Hornung
19. 20000 Leagues Under the Seas - Jules Verne
20 "Wanted - 7 Fearless Engineers" - Warner Van Lorne
21. *The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
22. *A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
23. Tales of The Five Towns - Arnold Bennet
24. *My Man Jeeves - P.G. Wodehouse
25.*Hunger - Knut Hamsun
26. *The Growth of the Soil - Knut Hamsun
27. *Four Max Carrados Detective Stories - Ernest Bramah
28. *Right Ho Jeeves - P.G. Wodehouse
29. *Mercenary - Mack Reynolds
30. *The Wrong Box - Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
31. The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses - Robert Louis Stevenson
32. X. Y. Z. - A Detective Story - Anna Katharine Green
33. *The Big Bow Mystery - Israel Zangwill
34. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
35. *The House on the Borderland - William Hope Hodgson
36. * Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
37. * Kim - Rudyard Kipling
38. Zastrozzi, A Romance - Percy Bysshe Shelley
39. *The Elusive Pimpernel - Baroness E. Orczy
40. *Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions - Edwin Abbott Abbott
41. *When William Came - Saki
42. *The Card - Arnold Bennett
43. *Indiscretions of Archie - P.G. Wodehouse
44. *The Regent - Arnold Bennett
45. *The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu - Sax Rohmer
46. *Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
47. *This Crowded Earth - Robert Bloch
48. Asteroid of Fear - Raymond Z. Gallun
49. *The Man Who Knew Too Much - G.K. Chesterton
50. *The Return of Dr Fu-Manchu - Sax Rohmer
51. *The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
52. *Michael Kohlhaas - Heinrich von Kleist
53. *The Children of Odin - Padraic Colum
54. *American Indian Fairy Tales - WT Larned
55. *The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
56. *Literary Taste: How to Form It - Arnold Bennett
57. *The Death of Ivan Ilyitch - Leo Tolstoy
58. *I Say No - Wilkie Collins
59. The Idiot - John Kendrick Bangs
60. The Autobiography of Methuselah - John Kendrick Bangs
61. *Moby Dick, or The Whale - Herman Melville
62. *Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
63. *The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli
64. *The Status Civilization - Robert Sheckley
65. * Persuasion - Jane Austen
66. *Scaramouche - Rafael Sabatini
67. Lady Susan - Jane Austen
68. Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
69. 32 Caliber - Donald McGibeny
70. *Master Flea - E.T.A. Hoffmann
71. *Pelle the Conqueror Volume 1 - Martin Andersen Nexo
72. *Poor Miss Finch - Wilkie Collins
73. *Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
74. *Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
75. *The Napoleon of Notting Hill - G. K. Chesterton
76. Yiddish Tales - Helena Frank
77. *Botchan - Soseki Natsume
78. The Sheridan Road Mystery - Paul and Mabel Thorne
79. The Eye of Osiris - R. Austin Freeman
80. That Main-waring Affair - Anna Maynard Barbour
81. The Crevice - William J. Burns
82. A Room With a View - E. M. Forster
83. The Fair Rewards - Thomas Beer
84. The Black Fawn - James Arthur Kjelgaard
85. The Black Star - Johnston McCulley
86. Blindfolded - Earle Ashley Walcott
87. The Brand of Silence - Harrington Strong
88. All the Brothers Were Valiant- Ben Ames Williams
89. *The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Charles Dickens
90. *The Tragic Bride - Francis Brett Young
91. *The Valley of the Giants - Peter B. Kyne
My personal Goal is 2-3 books a week and i suppose im going to stop my year at dec 15 to compensate for not tracking well.
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Post by sjmarky » February 16th, 2011, 9:34 am


1. Oath of Fealty (commercial audiobook)
2. Earth Abides (commercial audiobook)
3. See You At The Morgue (eBook)
4. Mercenary (recorded)
5. The Art of Happiness (commercial audiobook)
6. Me of Little Faith (commercial audiobook)
7. Earth, the Book (commercial audiobook)
8. Mech (Kindle)
9. All or Nothing (recorded)
10. Time Crime (bookie-book, well Kindle book, anyway)
11. Quarter Share (free audiobook)
12. The Gunslinger (commercial audiobook)

13. Out of the Black (Kindle)
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