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review 2017-10-20 23:22
The Road to Little Dribbling – DNF @3%
The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain - Bill Bryson,Nathan Osgood

This could not catch my interest. It seemed kind of amusing, but my mind kept wandering. I’m not sure if this is just not a good book for the audio format or if I’m just not in the mood. Or maybe because it’s a sequel and I haven’t read the first book. I gave it my minimum 20 minutes of audio time before DNF’ing. No star rating given as I suspect my disinterest has more to do with me than the book. 

 

Audiobook borrowed from my public library. Nathan Osgood’s performance was fine.

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review 2017-10-18 02:13
Snuff (Discworld #39) (Audiobook) - DNF @ 24%
Snuff - Terry Pratchett

Just not feeling this one. Sybil's great but Sam is not my favorite character by a long shot, and it's just taking way too long for the actual story to begin. The sarcasm and irony is on overload too, but doesn't really have a point.

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review 2017-10-16 02:11
Murder in the Bayou - DNF
Murder in the Bayou: Who Killed the Women Known as the Jeff Davis 8? - Ethan Brown

I’m more than a little disappointed that I couldn’t get through this book, because I genuinely like true crime and from what I’ve read about it, this was great investigative journalism by the author. But the audiobook performance was just not working for me. It sounded like the narrator was reading a news article that he just didn’t find very interesting. I gave it more than my minimum 20 minutes of listening for audio before deciding to DNF, but I’m not rating it, as my issues with it are due to the audio performance rather than the writing or content. Maybe I’ll try this one again sometime in the bound format.

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review 2017-10-13 02:19
The Marriage Pact ★☆☆☆☆
The Marriage Pact: A Novel - Michelle Richmond

Original heading: The Marriage Pact - progress 0%

 

Noooooooooooooooooooo I hate first-person-present-tense!

 

I'm going to wait until after the this first scene to make sure the whole book isn't like this. If so I'm DNFing this and giving it the lowest possible rating.

 

UPDATE:

 

The good news is that the FP-present-tense only lasted for the 1st chapter, and the remainder that I was able to read was normal FP-past-tense. The bad news is that, after 6 chapters and 36 minutes of audio (yes I was checking my watch), it just wasn't very interesting. I didn't know anything about the characters except their occupations and their wedding, and frankly didn't give a rip what The Pact was, or why it matters, or what happened to the couple. 

 

DNF at 5%. 

 

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library. Tom Taylorson's performance was okay. 

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review 2017-10-10 13:42
Rebecca ★★★★★
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier,Sally Beauman

Why did I wait so long to read Rebecca? How stupid of me to have put it off, treating it like a chore, one of those famous classics that I ought to read as an educational exercise, in order to be well rounded and to say that I have read it. Knowing that it was a gothic romance of sorts, I expected this to be like one of those Bronte books, which I have almost universally found to be tiresome, frustrating, boring, and featuring an inexplicable romance with a horrible man. But this was a nearly perfect book. It still features a 

romance between a heroine who needs to have some sense slapped into her and a horrible man who ought to be kicked in the balls, but I don’t get the sense that the author expects me to find them tragically romantic. This is a clearly dysfunctional relationship where a coldly manipulative older man takes full advantage of an isolated young woman whose naivete and lousy self-esteem makes her an easy target. 

(spoiler show)

 

But Rebecca is so much more. The deliciously chilling atmosphere and building sense of dread. The creepy, creepy, characters. The immersive sense of place. I loved it.

 

None of the main characters were likable or admirable. But I loved how the author manipulated me, the reader, tricking me into 

feeling sympathy at the foolishly naïve 2nd Mrs. De Winter, only to then carry her desperate neediness to its logical conclusion, where she is so delighted to have secured Maxim that she gives no thought or regard to his confession of murder, but only thinks how to protect him from the consequences so she can go on having him for herself. This is the kind of woman who, in another sort of story, would be an enabler or even full participant in her husband’s crimes against women, rationalizing it, blaming his victims, covering up for him.

(spoiler show)

 

Audiobook version, borrowed from my public library. Anna Massey’s performance is magnificent.

 

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