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text 2018-02-21 01:29
Audiobook for tomorrow!
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe - Fannie Flagg



They cancelled school because it's below freezing and sleeting and other Okies freak out over bad weather. So I'm home with the kiddo tomorrow. And just like a Godsend, Overdrive came thru with my hold for this. I plan on cranking the gas logs, opening up a new jigsaw puzzle, letting Danny out of his cage and listening to stories of Towanda all day tomorrow. If only I had wine.



I mean, what girl doesn't love this movie? If it doesn't make you cry you are soulless.


Plus, I adore Kathy Bates. I hope the book doesn't crush my movie love.


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text 2018-02-17 20:54
Reading progress update: I've read 74%.
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee,Christian Coulson
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review 2018-02-14 08:46
This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection
This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection - Carol Burnett

As I said in my recent status update, I loved this book.  The Carol Burnett show was such a staple growing up in the 70's; it wasn't until I started reading/listening to this book that I realised how much I missed the kind of comedy she and her cast served up every week.


The book is broken into individual anecdotes that cover her early life and career.  Almost all of them are light, interesting, amusing and often laugh-out-loud hilarious.  A couple towards the end will bring tears as she relates particularly heartbreaking moments, but mostly the tears are from laughing so hard.


I don't know how well this book's promise would translate for anyone who hadn't at least watched a few episodes of The Carol Burnett Show, but for those that have and enjoyed it, this is a welcome trip down memory lane.


Burnett herself reads the book, and she does an amazing job.  At no point did it ever feel like she was 'reading' anything; her delivery is as natural as if she was right there talking to you.


I'm thrilled to find out she released another book last year, In Such Good Company.  All behind the scenes stories from the show.  It's taking all my self control to not check it out and immediately start listening, but I'm going to make myself listen to a book from my shelves first.  

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text 2018-02-13 06:01
Reading progress update: I've listened 254 out of 340 minutes.
This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection - Carol Burnett

Anyone my generation or older who grew up in the US watching TV knows who Carol Burnett is; she had a comedy and musical variety show that ran for 11 years in the late 60's-early 70's.  Two of her co-stars were Harvey Korman and Tim Conway and together they performed some of the most hilarious sketches ever.  So hilarious they often couldn't help breaking scene and laughing themselves silly; for me, these were always the best bits.  Watching Tim Conway torture Harvey Korman as he struggles to keep it together made me laugh until I cried.


It still does, as it turns out.  I started this book on a whim; I wasn't all that confident I'd like it much, because I wasn't sure what kind of 'reflections' Carol Burnett had in mind to share.  Turns out she's sharing the funniest ones; I've not laughed so hard in years!  Some of them were so good I had to come home and make MT listen to them.  (Fortunately, the audio's chapters are almost spot on with the individual anecdotes, making it super easy to jump around and find the ones you want to torture your spouse with.)  He'd never heard of Carol Burnett and wasn't sure he remembered Tim Conway or Harvey Korman, so I broke out the YouTube, where I promptly fell down the rabbit hole and laughed hysterically for 2 hours.


Needless to say, I'm loving this audio so far - I've practically written my review already here.  Anyone who thinks they might be interested, I urge you to consider the audiobook. Carol does it herself and she's BRILLIANT!

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review 2018-02-07 19:34
Not exactly a review
Conspirata - Robert Harris
Imperium - Robert Harris

I loved listening to these two books! Therefore, I am incredibly disappointed to see that Hoopla does not have the third in audio. I will definitely have to check other sources - and get them all in paper format to read again. Great stuff! 


Funny thing, I only started reading these because I am writing about Reginald Pole and he made his own annotated book of the writings of Cicero, so I thought I should get an idea of what Cicero was like. If these novels are any indication, I like him just as much as good old Reggie did.

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