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text 2019-02-23 17:12
BookLikes Snakes and Ladders | Dice Roll #1

I finished reading Pamela Clare's Sweet Release as my first book for the first square: "Author is a woman."  This was yesterday, but due to sporadic internet issues at home, I hadn't been able to do a proper update.  But here it is now, my first dice roll!

Meanwhile, I decided to just keep my updates simple, so there probably won't be an elaborate table or anything.  Just the update board with my Dino Baby marker:


I'm too lazy to "Rawr" today...



BookLikes Snakes and Ladders

Since my book fit the square prompt, I rolled two dice with my nifty dice roller app and got a six.  Moving to square #7 (see board above for Dino Baby marker position), the prompt is: "Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D."


This prompt is PERFECT!  The next book on my reading list was going to be Pamela Clare's next Kenleigh/Blakewell Family trilogy book, Carnal Gift.  Cheers!



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/02/booklikes-snakes-and-ladders-dice-roll-1.html
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text 2019-02-23 13:00
An Question Regarding Audio Books

There was a nasty comment left on one of my audio-book reviews last week, not here on Booklikes, but somewhere else. The name calling bothered me a little bit, (then I decided to OWN it and changed my moniker on the site), but what really bothered me was the comment that listening to audio books is NOT reading. 




While I realize that technically, listening is NOT reading, I believe that in spirit, anyway, it IS reading. I currently have a poll going on the Char's Horror Corner Facebook page, but what say you, Booklikers? Is listening to an audio book reading? Yeah or Nay? 


Please comment below. 

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review 2019-02-22 23:08
"Travels With My Aunt" by Graham Greene - An amusing entertainment that becomes something more ambiguous
Travels with My Aunt - Graham Greene
My wife and I both had vague but positive memories of having read "Travels With My Aunt" way back in the last century so we decided to give the audiobook version a try and refresh our memories.


Tim Pigott-Smith is the narrator and he gives a wonderful performance, providing just the right voices for the very wide range of characters in the book and getting the comic timing absolutely right.


The book has a strong, humorous start, as our hero encounters his septuagenarian aunt for the first time at his mother's funeral. She makes quite an impression, her larger than life unashamedly Boheme style serving to highlight the dreariness of her nephew's I-used-to-be-a-bank-manager-but-they-made-me-retire-in-my-fifties-and-now-I-tend-dahlias-and-try-not-to-go-quietly-insane way of life.


It's such a long time since I read this that I'd remembered some of the incidents from Aunt Agatha's life as short stories, without associating them with this book. She has some great stories and has had much practice in telling them. They reminded me of sherbet lemons, brittle and shiny on the outside but with a sugary-yet-bitter centre that leaves you wanting more.


I suspect my (much, much) younger self also failed to work out what exactly our hero's aunt did for a living until much later in the book than it became apparent this time. I was probably as slow as her somewhat dense nephew to work it out.


The first couple of journeys with his aunt, physical journeys and journeys into her remembered past, sparkled. Then we hit the 1960s version of the Orient Express and took a trip to Istambul. The train was drab and dreary and seemed to sap the energy from the chapters describing it.


The pace picked up again in Istambul but the novel never really recovered its sparkle. It is from this point on that our hero starts to lose his innocence.


In the hands of another writer, this stripping away of innocent assumptions and conclusions could have been joyous for everyone involved, with our hero being liberated from a conventional life by a life-affirming aunt. It seemed to me that Graham Greene decided to story in a different direction. Our retired bank manager has always followed the path of least resistance. Once this meant living up to the expectations of his employer and his clients, now it means living up to the expectations of his Aunt. His level of agency remains the same.


While I found the ending quite credible, I also found them dispiriting and slightly sleazy. It's as if Greene couldn't help adding the perception of sin to what could have been innocent fun.


I'm glad we re-read the book. I enjoyed listening to Tim Pigott-Smith but I found the book a bit patchy and slightly disappointing.
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review 2019-02-22 21:38
Review: "Shades" by Jaime Reese
Shades - Jaime Reese

It took me FOREVER to finish this book. With 344 pages, it was at least 150 pages too long. It was a struggle to finish.


The story was 30% plot and 70% internal monologues (pining ones in the first, schmaltzy love declarations ones in the second half).



This book also had some of the most far-fetched and ridiculous plot twists that I’ve read in a long time.


For example, that island? The hell? Am I supposed to take this seriously?



This was my first book by this author and even though I’m not totally put off by her storytelling, I probably won’t read another book from her in the foreseeable future.


I’m giving this book a really weak 3 stars-rating, because even though I wasn’t really enjoying it, the writing wasn’t that awful or offensive to justify a lower rating. But this author is in serious need to improve her storytelling.




~ 3 stars ~


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review 2019-02-22 18:30
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith, narrated by Robert Glenister
The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith

This was a fun listen!


Nothing new was covered really, it's your typical private dick kind of story. What made it special for me were the main characters Robin and Cormoran himself. Their chemistry was interesting and I look forward to seeing what happens between them in the next book.


I borrowed this audio from my local library. Libraries RULE! 

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