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10/23/19 4:58 P

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I am reading at the moment " Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight". I am 75% into it and love love love it!


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Sometimes I can feel depleted and when I do I find hope in this verse I am sharing with you.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


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Hope you enjoy it. Yesterday I started Joseph Finder's new book - Judgment. This is the second book of his I'm reading. Will let you know what I think.

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Im going to check out this book No Time For Goodbye By Linwood Barclay.. emoticon

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yes I agree 10 pages if it doesn't interest me it goes back to the library

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if it's an author I like I read quite a bit before giving up. A new author, I've given up after 10 or 15 pages. There are too many books I want to read I cannot waste time on books I'm not interested in.

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How long do you read a book before giving up on it? I quit reading “The Death of Mrs Westaway” after about 75 pages. I hate not finishing books but it’s a waste of time if I can’t get into it. I know some people have really liked this one, but we all have different tastes.

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Hamish McBeth mysteries are very interesting.

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I just finished “We Were the Lucky Ones” by Georgia Hunter. This is the story of her great-grandparents and their children and how they survived the Holocaust in Poland. It’s a wonderful story and full of many close calls and courage.

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Very Good Jeeves! The funniest book I've ever read. I usually read murder mysteries. P.G. Wodehouse has written many books. Several youtubes are also out.

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I just read Feel Better Every Day by Carol Stanley. Short and easy read. She has lots of good suggestions for a healthy life. I rejected the essential oil diffuser because I have two indoor cats. Essential oils can be lethal for them.

Now I am reading Younger Next Year for Women by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D. There is also a Younger Next Year, which they wrote first. The men can read that one... emoticon

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Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. I couldn't put it down! It is a Christian novel based on Hosea... which I tried to read and couldn't get it. It is set in 1851 California. Excellent.

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My Grandfather's Blessings by Rachel Remen. I found it very uplifting! It is 102 short stories about the healing power of those who have learned to be open to lifes blessings. It was great for me because each story is unique and the stories can be read in any order. I borrowed it from the library but plan to get a copy for my own bookshelf.

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8/18/16 7:48 P

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Karen: I so appreciate your comments and feelings on this. Such a fun find. Yes, young Montalbano is SO handsome. I'm so used to sub-titles that I can still watch him. Haha! It was fun to see him being transferred to his beloved ocean town with his equally beloved food. I'm waiting for him and his girlfriend (can't think of her name right now) to have their first big fight.

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Sandra, I've begun watching the first episode but there's a problem. I can't read the English subtitles and keep my eyes on the handsome actor portraying Montalbano, lol. He's a good looking guy!

I can already tell that the quirky characters and light heartedness I enjoy in the books is coming through. And one of the characters drinking in the bar in the beginning is names Gaetano, just like my cousin. Poor boy, his name is Gaetano Murphy. There's a blend of cultures, lol. His Italian mother is my cousin and she fell in love with an Irishman! My cousin is her second son and he looks Italian, definitely. His older brother has the Irish looks. Genes are funny creatures.

Anyway, I'm glad you found this, Sandra! It's like watching old friends.

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Karen: Good. Let me/us know what you think.

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Sandra, life's been busy. But I'm downloading the first one this morning and hope to watch it this afternoon!

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8/15/16 12:22 P

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Nomi: Sometimes it just depends on our mood-of-the-day...for me, at least.

Karen: Did you get into the Montalban DVDs yet? I watched the first one last night and enjoyed it a lot. It's fun seeing the characters come alive though we see Montalban at such a young age (and very handsome).


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Ann Tyler is an author I usually enjoy but I couldn't get into this book.

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Great, Karen!

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Sandra, my library doesn't have The Young Montalbano nor does Netflix but Amazon streaming does! I'm thrilled. Thanks for letting me know. I'll download the first episode and see what it's like.

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I'm near the end of "A Spool of Blue Thread" by Anne Tyler. I've been able to depend on Anne Tyler for many years to come up with a book that I could sink into. There are a few spots in this one where I laughed out loud and some where I felt compassion for one or more of the characters. Lot's of human drama, interesting characters/well drawn. Not heavy reading and that doesn't mean "light" to me.

Karen, especially: Today at the library I discovered a DVD (3 discs) which includes three episodes of "The Young Montalbano"...from Andrea Camilleri's detective Montalbano series!!. This is in Italian with English subtitles. I'm looking forward to watching it. It says it includes Montalbano and all the characters before they became the characters they were in the books (a young and handsome Montalbano!). If we don't already imagine them as real, this will probably do the trick. Sounds very clever.


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I am currently reading THE VACATIONERS which was a monthly pick by one of the book club teams I belong to. Close to being finished and have 5 or 6 more waiting at the library. Thanks for the Linwood Barclay suggestion.

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The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah. Read it or listen to it, the narration is beautiful, filled with lovely French accents.

The character development in this book is outstanding. You grow to love these people as they try to survive the Nazi occupation of France. You're amazed at the strength they find to overcome the horrific fears of having their very life controlled by Hitler's army; how they struggle to protect the children, the orphans that result from deporting foreign born Jews while leaving their French born children in France.

It's also a story of a family dealing with it's own dysfunction begun in the damaging of their father in the First War (WWI). You love the mothers, the teachers, the children and everyone who loses all, every freedom you can imagine. A tale that all should read to appreciate the freedom we scarcely think about now and the men, women and children who died for it.

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I finished "No Time for Goodbye" this morning. I truly could not stop reading it, lol.

Joe and I had planned to spend some time together yesterday and I had to stop reading to cook dinner for him and spend the evening together, as we always do on the weekend.

I read myself to sleep and picked up my Kindle every time I woke up in the night to continue reading until my eyes wouldn't stay open. Did that several times during the night.

Finished it this morning. This author certainly knows how to string me along. I also liked the ending!

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I'm going to have to check this author out.

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Connie, I'm reading "No Time for Goodbye" by Linwood Barclay. It is really good! I'm only on Chapter 8 but don't want to stop, lol.

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Marcy, Your library will give you the website and instructions. You need a library card.

The web site is for multiple libraries in your area. You find yours and sign up, giving your email address and library card number.

Then you search by author or title, just like you do on Amazon. You can put a certain number of books on Hold and it will tell you how many people are ahead of you. You are sent an email when the book becomes available. You can check out 5 books on my site.

Most books are in some sort of e-reader form or you can download them on your computer. Some books are in audible book form. My library is fairly small. I'm sure a bigger city will have more options.

When I check out a book, I choose Kindle, and it directs me to the book on Amazon where there is a button that says Borrow. From there on it's just like buying a book on Amazon and having it delivered to your Kindle. When you "return" it, it vanishes from your reader and your Amazon "manage your content and devices" page.

They notify you in 10 or 14 days, giving you a few days notice that it is about to expire, depending, and I think you can extend the loan once if you need to do that.

I still buy books from Amazon and from Audible, but this has certainly cut way down on the amount of money I spend on books!

Check your local library!

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That sounds really interesting. I'll have to check to see if our library has that. Do you go to the actual library site, or do you go to Amazon to find them?

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I found "No Time For Goodbye" at my library's e-reader site and just got it. I download them in Kindle form at Amazon as a free loan through my library.

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Connie, that is exactly my type of book. I'll check him out.

Thanks for tip!

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May I recommend Linwood Barclay. He is an American born Canadian author writing detective fiction. He has competed 11. Good read if you like that kind of book

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I like Harlan Coben. I've read the entire Myron Bolitar series. I wish he would write more of those.

I've read quite a few others of his as well.

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I looked that up on Amazon, Mayie, and it looks like the type of book I'd enjoy! Thanks for mentioning it.

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Reading THE FORGETTING TIME by new author Sharon Guskin. I'm about half way through and am enjoying it (while ignoring the housework). My bad.

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I've read all of Lisa Scottoline's books. Recently read her newest, but of course can't remember the name. About a couple who uses a sperm donor.

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I recently read Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline. Viv, I know you are a fan of hers. Have you read this one? It was really good. How a split second decision made by a father to help his son changes the lives of many.

And the last book I read, just finished yesterday, was Love You More by Lisa Gardner. This was the best book I've read in years due to the way she let the plot play out. Every time I "knew" what was going on, I didn't. Everything changed and changed until all you knew was that you didn't know a thing. One I couldn't put down.

It was in the middle of a series and now I'll be starting at the beginning of the series and reading my way through. I love discovering books like that!

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I haven't read his books in years but I remember they are always good, always fast moving! I don't know how he continues to turn them out so often.

Thanks for reminding me of him. I'll take a look.

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Don't know if any reads Harlan Coben; if so he's new book "Fool me Once" is very good.

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Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1, by Jodi Taylor.

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I'm about in the middle of this book and really enjoying it. It has over 2300 ratings on Audible. It reminds me of the Connie Willis book, "To Say Nothing of the Dog". A little time travel, a little humor, a little romance, wrapped around a mystery. Great narrator, too.

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I just finished reading "Splintered" by A. G. Howard. It is the first in a series, and I believe there are 5 books in the series so far. I think it's a Young Adult book, but that is fine by me. It is a Fantasy, and it is a take on "Alice in Wonderland"....but don't let that put you off. I have never seen this concept done before.

The heroine is a 17 year old girl, and her unaware sidekick/love interest is 18 or so. (This is the obvious YA part of the book). I am not going to tell you much more about the book, because I think it needs to unfold. Here is the teaser from the back of the book:

"Alyssa Gardner hears the thoughts of plants and insects. She hides her delusions for now, but she knows her fate: she will end up like her mother, in an institution. Madness has run in her family ever since her great-great-great-grandmother, Alice Liddell, told Lewis Carroll her strange dreams, inspiring his classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland".
But perhaps she's not mad. And perhaps Carroll's stories aren't as whimsical as they first seem...................."

This was not a book I felt compelled to read in one sitting....I seemed to need to digest the ideas and pictures they planted in my mind before moving forward. But it was definitely a book that I thought about, even if I hadn't picked it up for a few days.

I hope the second book in the series is as good as this one.....I have to go pick it up soon....the title, "Unhinged".


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The Vanishing by Wendy Webb

Haunting, eyrie, spooky, without being a horror tale and without being gross or repugnant. I listened to this download from Audible.com. Narrator is XE Sands, pronounced Ex EEE or Exie?

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I hope you are able to listen to the sample because this woman's voice perfectly fits my description of the book. Was the book written just for her to narrate or is she just so good she can adjust to the atmosphere of the book like that? She wavers, she's timid, she's afraid, she laughs now and then, she questions her own judgment and memory and it's all perfectly there in her voice.

I actually could not stop listening to this book. I went through 8 hrs and 41 minutes in a two day period, so sad that I couldn't take it in the pool with me or listen while Joe and I talked and watched tv, lol.

If you like books that make you wonder, teeter back and forth and draw you into the life of the character, this is one.

Karen

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Meant to be, Sandra. I hope you enjoy it.

It took me 2 or 3 tries at starting it before it finally clicked and I really began to enjoy it. But it was the exact same way for me with the Inspector Montalbano series. I only kept trying because you like it so much. On the 3rd try I liked it too, lol.

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Karen, et al: I found my a book by Colin Cotterill that you recommended, Karen, and it was there waiting for me, i.e., the first of a series and the only one in stock!! Lucky or what?

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You'll have to work it in to the conversation. "Did you hear what they are saying about. . . "

You can do it, Sandra, lol

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Thanks again, Karen. You've given me an idea for a Chrisitmas present (but how to find out if they read the book and/or saw the movie??)
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Sandra, I'm always interested in the authors! I loved "The Martian" book and movie. I am following the author, Andy Weir, on Facebook and getting a close up look at what it's like to become famous. (This is his first book.)

He's having such a great time getting to pal around with Buz Aldrin and "astronautical" people. (Is that a word? lol) Meeting Neil deGrasse Tyson, finding the movie made from his book is a question on a game show, etc. etc. You can feel how dreamlike it all his to him. I'm also eager for him to write his next book. I loved that one from the very first page!

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Thanks very much, Karen. Not a lot of people I know get interested in the authors themselves so I appreciate that!


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www.colincotterill.com/

Sandra, try the author's website. It's the coolest I've ever seen, I think. Gives you an idea of what goes on in his mind, lol.

The link below is a short podcast where he talks about how he came to create the characters and where he got all the tales he tells within each book, all real stories from real life.

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Thanks, Karen! I haven't seen any new Cavillari mysteries so happy to hear of this series. I'm beginning to mix up some series of books. I should keep index cards!!! I remember the main character, i.e., Montalbano, having the girlfriend he's always fighting with and also a main character in similar stories (feels like same series), who has a wife and happy marriage. It's got to be other books...Donna Leon? I don't know. OK...I just checked some Leon books I have and the other character, and in Leon's series, is Brunetti.

I'll try this recommendation of yours.

I'm reading Ian McEwan's "Saturday"...the events in the life of a neurosurgeon within a short time period. Lots of living in this character's head, which I like. It takes place in England before Iraq was bombed so there are scenes of the many thousands of protesters in the streets.This author wrote Atonement.

I don't come to this thread much anymore. I'm not consistent with my reading.

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Dr. Siri Paiboun series

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I'm on the second book of this series by Colin Cotterill. These novels take place in Laos around 1975/76, when the communists "freed" the country from previous oppressors.

They center around a 70 something unwilling coroner and the mysteries he steps into with a lot of tongue-in-cheek wit about the "benevolent" communist regime in charge.

They remind me of the Inspector Montalbano Series by Andrea Camilleri that Sandra and I have been reading.

A very special look into the country and times and really good character development. You begin to think of these people as personal friends.

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A book, a TED talk, for people like me, who bond with plants and respect and admire them.

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I'm back to Ruth Rendell again. Had read some of her books just after she died this year and found another in the laundry room downstairs. I like her sense of humour re people's quirks and her insights (her characters' insights) in general. For those of you who enjoy so much about the Brits, there are many words and phrases that we don't normally use. The ending of this one, Babes in the Wood, was less than thrilling but that's okay...I was entertained throughout the book. Nothing's perfect (in case you didn't know...Haha!).

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Thanks Karen,this was on amazon for 99p and for an extra 1.99 you can get the audible version,so i can listen to it on my phone or kindle fire and i can also read it on the kindle paperwhite.
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UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD by Sara Lyons Fleming

One of many editorial reviews:
"This book is a journey, not just for its incredible cast of characters, but for the reader as well. TAKE THIS JOURNEY. You won't be disappointed, if anything, you'll feel your heart expand, explode, and grow back bigger & better than before."

I downloaded this book from Audible, narrated by Julia Whelan. www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fan
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This is one of the best books Ive read narrated by one of the best narrators, EVER.

It tears at your heart, breaks your heart, rebuilds and restores your heart.

It is not unlike The Stand by Stephen King as it IS an apocalyptic book, but has none of the supernatural/horror elements he included.

This story is about real people living through a realistic catastrophe, falling short and making mistakes under terrible pressure but recovering and holding on to life and human love, emotions and family.

You can also find it on Amazon: www.amazon.com/Until-End-Worl
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THE MARTIAN
A first novel by Andy Weir with over 11,000 reviews on Amazon and over 32,000 reviews on Audible. I listened to the Audible narration and it was amazing! (Not sure if you can hear the sample if you aren't a member.)

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This book was compelling, entertaining and interesting. The narrator brought out the humor, possibly better described as "attitude" of the main character.

The movie is coming out in October. I hope it does justice to this outstanding novel. Here is the link. Just click Watch Trailer.

www.imdb.com/title/tt3659388/

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Karen,that series has just finished here a few weeks ago,it was excellent,that was what made me start reading the books again.
I am currently reading the 3rd book,i think there are 12 altogether.
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Cathy, I had never heard of Poldark, in either book or tv series form, until I got a notice last week of a new Masterpiece series.

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I am really enjoing reading the Poldark novels by Winston Graham,i first read them in the 1970s when the series was on television,they are now available on kindle.
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I've become hooked on Ruth Rendell. After I heard about her death I decided to read her again. I'm on my third or fourth book since then and just pick them at random as they are available. There was even one in the laundry room where we have used book/magazine shelves. She has received so many accolades for being "One of the best novelists writing today."--P.D.James...who doesn't insist on speaking of her just as a mystery writer.

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I'm reading David Baldacci's 'Memory Man'...enjoying it. I've enjoyed nearly all his books. Anyone read it?

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I'm sorry to hear about her passing, too. I listened to many of her books during commuting time. She will be missed.

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I'm sorry to hear that. Years ago I read everything she wrote. I haven't read any of her books lately, but I loved her writing.

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I just read that Ruth Rendell died. Here are a few quotes from the news item:

Born Ruth Grasemann in London in 1930, Rendell began her career as a journalist on a local newspaper, but had to resign after reporting on a sports club's dinner without attending thus missing the moment the after-dinner speaker dropped dead.

'I don't think the world is a particularly pleasant place. It is, of course, for some people. But it is a hard place, and I don't think it's being cynical to say that.'
- Ruth Rendell

Maybe I'll go across the street and pick up one of her books. It's been a long time since I've read one.


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Just bought the first 2 Poldark books by Winston Graham to put on my kindle,I read them years ago and I have just watched the television series and so I thought I would like to read them again.
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Wendi told me about this site.

Go to www.bookbub.com It's free. Sign up and answer a few questions about what you like to read and what device you use. Give them an email and you'll get a list every day that includes some free books on Amazon as well as some that are from 99cents to about $2.99.

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Wendi,

Just thought I'd let you know that I returned the Audible book, The Company: A Novel of the CIA, narrated by SCOTT BRICK, lol. I thought I could listen to him this time, but he still has that snarky, sarcastic attitude in his voice most of the time.

Don't ask me what "snarky" means, lol. I don't know where I got that word but it just seems to fit, lol.

So I'm with you from now on. No Scott Brick narration!


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Absolutely! It's great! I listen while I walk outside, clean the kitchen, clean the house, make the bed, cook dinner, use the elliptical or treadmill, etc. etc. If I wake up in the middle of the night and my brain starts thinking too much, I plug an ear bud into one ear, turn on my side, and drift off listening. . .

Some of the narrators are so good I don't even care what they are reading, lol. Just love their voice. I use an ipod nano and keep it under the pillow at night or in my pocket during the day.

I tell my sons that when I get very old and decrepit, if they just charge me up everyday and leave me with a good book, I'll be fine!

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I use to be a constant reader, but ever since I developed extreme dry eye syndrome, I've only been able to listen.......therefore, I LOVE the libraries program.....and I've learned that listening enables me to multi-function....not bad......:)

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Thanks for that site, Wendi!

Are you saying you only listen to audiobooks and don't read books at all?

I do audio, Kindle and real books. I get my audiobooks from Audible.com but I'm happy to check out this site.

Thanks, again,

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Outstanding, Karen.....THANK YOU! Since I can only "listen", some of the audio books aren't available. This will help me tremendously......www.fantasticfiction.com is another good site...I had forgotten all about this one and it, too, has all the Holloway series listed.....try it sometime....free and really thorough.......don't know what the online site didn't light up....I just have it on my "favorites" list so it goes right there....good luck!

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www.goodreads.com/series/58693-barba
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Goodreads, Wikipedia and sometimes Amazon are the best places to look up any series for the entire list in order.

You can usually find the books on Amazon. Sometimes the paperbacks of old ones are very cheap. I went back and forth between two libraries and tracked down most of them.

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Karen, thanks for that list.....now another question if you can answer it. I looked up the Barbara Holloway series and it starts, at the Library, with #4 and goes on from there. Do you know what the first one was or 2,and 3?

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Wendi,

I read all of her books years ago and really enjoyed them. I haven't read any in the past 5 yrs or so. I have a list I made to keep track of them when I was getting books from local libraries:

BUTCHERS HILL
CHARM CITY
BY A SPIDERS THREAD
IN A STRANGE CITY
TO THE POWER OF THREE
NO GOOD DEEDS
WHAT THE DEAD KNOW
BALTIMORE BLUES
CHARM CITY
EVERY SECRET THING
IN A STRANGE CITY
WHAT THE DEAD KNOW

Good books, every one.

Another good series is the Barbara Holloway books by Kate Wilhelm. You might like those too.

I was first introduced to Kate Wilhelm books when I read "When Late The Sweet Birds Sang". I enjoyed it so much I gave it to a friend to read and she said she had never liked science fiction books but this was the best book she ever read. I agree. It's good. Wilhem is a talented writer and her books are diverse. Her Barbara Holloway books are mystery books about a woman who is a lawyer like her father. Very different from the first book of hers I read, but all really good.

I guess you hit my "memory" nerve, lol.

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Is anybody familiar with Laura Lippman? I have recently listened to three of her books, the first one really captured me....."And When She Was Good". Strong women but not infallible.....I think I like them. The three I have/am listening to, have a lot of situations that necessitate recall so I really get to understand the characters.


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Hi & welcome Audrey,
I recently finished that trilogy. I liked the first two books better than the last, but enjoyed the trilogy. Took me a while, it was my 'waiting' book on the Kindle. Whenever I have appointments, I read and those 15-30 minutes add up. I always have a few books going at one time. My Kindle has a bunch and I often have print library books going too.

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My name is Audrey an I am from Nova Scotia although I have spent time in many provinces of Canada - Victoria, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Montreal.

I find I must read; I think I'm addicted. Just joined this team and am reading five books at the moment but they are non-fiction and I find myself reading them only because I decided to take a break from reading (just finished the trilogy by Ken Follett; do you realize his third novel, Edge of Eternity has 1098 pages, World Without End, 1032 and Winter of the World, 940!! I like the idea of audio books. I must take a trip to the library.

Interesting story about his third book. I was in an elevator in a hotel resort in Cuba carrying the book with me when a fellow traveller noticed the book and said that he was reading the very same book in Italian; I sat comfortably near a swimming pool and another man approached me and said that he was almost finished. Now THAT is a recommendation for the books.

Now to the library ...

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As I told Karen, this was the first book I got on my Kindle...the Christmas before last. And I DO look for humour in books, magazines, all media. And we all define humour differently, don't we?

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www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/The-Rosie
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www.amazon.com/Rosie-Project-Novel-G
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The first link is so you can listen to the sample narration of The Rosie Project. The second link is so you can read a sample, if you'd rather to that.

I don't seek out humorous books but this is a hilarious telling of a very rigid science professor and his "logical" project to find a wife.

Look at all the reviews on Amazon. I'm not finished with this book but am enjoying it so much I wanted to share.

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Wow. Interesting, Sandra. I think somebody worked on this for their college thesis, lol.

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Speaking of sleep, here's something that was on Brain Pickings that shows the sleep habits of famous writers:

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I agree, Wendi. I have been cleaning office papers and files and can't listen to a book while I do that. Or when I'm painting. Those things require more of my brain so I don't have any to spare listening to a book.

Usually I listen while cooking or cleaning or exercising, especially walking. Sometimes I listen if I wake in the night and can't fall asleep again. I keep my ipod under my pillow for that reason.

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I am saved with the audio books. I use to be an avid reader, but extreme dry eye syndrome stopped that....then I found audio books and then I found out I could get FREE audio books from the public Library....they download onto my computer and then I off load them to my IPod. I've learned to multitask with them, but do find that with certain parts I do have to really do another task....one that requires little thought! LOL!

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The Alphabet House is fiction, but the author did really good research, Karen.

I used to have travel time to listen to audio books, but now that I'm retired..car time is much shorter. I tried listening at home, but I get easily distracted and realize I'm not listening and missed important parts.

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Judy, I just reserved that book on audio at my Library. I'm #19 on the list.......will probably be a couple of weeks.....no matter as I will download it when it's available....Thank you for the recommendation.....looks good.

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Judy, that sounds interesting. It's fiction, right? I think I'll put that on my list!

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I'm reading The Alphabet House by Jussi Adler-Olsen. I'm about 1/3 through its 500 pages. Interesting read about two British pilots who crashed while reconnaissance in Germany in 1944. Evading almost certain capture, they jump onto a medical train and take the identities of two German officer patients. The train contains only officers and they all exhibit mental problems. Their destination is a compound where some not very nice staff watch them, subject them to experiments, and could even summarily execute them. The plot thickens as while they are feigning mental problems, they discover they may not be the only ones faking in hopes of surviving the war.

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Judy....I just looked in my Library and at this point, this book nor author is recognized....I'll have to wait, but thanks for the recommendation....

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Just finished The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah. It is the story of two sisters during the occupation of France in WWII. It is the best book! I was enthralled by their journey through a disturbing time in their country. The elder is a sensible wife and mother while the younger is impetuous and rebellious. War brings out the most amazing qualities in each of them. It was a difficult and frightening time but you see and feel the growth of these young women. I haven't felt this moved by a novel in a long time.

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Karen, thanks for the gentle correction of Louies's name....HeeHee......You will like the ending.....he was truly amazing....so much love in his heart! When I had one look at his face, I knew I'd like his story.....I had not heard of him before the interview!

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I'm reading Unbroken but think I'll skip ahead to near the end.


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Thanks, Wendi, I always like to hear others' opinions on books.

I also found that Zamperini wrote his own biography back in 2009, "Devil At My Heels", in case you're interested in the original.

And since you found this thread, you'll notice we have one for TV programs and other items of interest, too.

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Found the thread thanks to LADYRH.....:) I have only listened to the first of the Trilogies. I had downloaded the second but for some reason that I haven't figured out yet, I lost the first track so I have to "re-hold" the book......Yes, it was a bit violent......but true to the times, I think. I actually listened to it a very long time ago.....Another that is violent but unforgettable was "Unbroken". I will never forget it and having seen Louie Pasterini interviewed shortly before listening to it, I was doubly impressed.......I highly recommend it, but be prepared for violence, however the ending is utterly WONDERFUL!

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Wendi,

I wanted to move our book discussion off the main chat thread. . .

I read Ken Follet's older books but when looking at reviews of the World Without End trilogy, or maybe the Century Trilogy, , there seemed to be a lot of graphic violence. What do you think? Will I have to close my eyes when I read certain parts of the trilogy you read? lol.

Have you read both trilogies? I'd love to hear your opinion. I don't like books that are too oppressive or too detailed in violence.



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I only read one or two of her books but I did read Catch Me and enjoyed it.

Welcome to the team and this thread.

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I just found this group and signed up today. I keyed dwn the book list and found that you had read a Lisa Gardner book. YEAH! I love, love, love her books. I have read several online thru our library and then I started to purchase them and someone gave me a couple. They are so intense. So hard to put down.This week I read Catch Me and Survivors Club.

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