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text 2016-04-18 11:29
Reading progress update: I've read 75%.
The Book of Ivy - Taylor Meskimen,Amy Engel

Listening to the audio book. The narrator talks so slow. I had to speed it up to 1.5 which is pretty fast. 1.3 is the speed I usually go with. The writing is a little too repetitive and Ivy drives me nuts sometimes but the plot is good. I'm anxious to see how she handles her father's plan that she's suppose to carry out.

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review 2014-11-08 12:58
Twelve Angry Men
Twelve Angry Men (Library Edition Audio CDs) - Reginald Rose,John de Lancie,Dan Castellaneta,Hector Elizondo

The first version I saw of this story is actually the 1997 TV movie which we watched in school. I have since seen the 1957 movie, which was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. I like both.


This was another taped play from LA Theatre Works which did the Importance of Being Earnest play I listened to earlier this year. The issue with this play as being a radio play is that it features (as the title suggests) twelve men. They do have different voices, but identifying each one consistently is difficult and I don't recommend. The story is as always fantastic and I do wish I could see the actual production.


If you are not aware of the plot, it's about a jury who will determine whether a young man murdered his father. If found guilty, he will go to the electric chair.  After the first vote, it is 11-1. And so starts a discussion about the evidence presented and the personalities and backgrounds of the different men.


If you haven't seen any of the adaptations, correct that immediately. 


The play did have a nice after part with an interview with the author of the original teleplay's wife. He unfortunately passed years ago, but he sounds like an interesting person and the idea for the play was actually from his own jury experience.

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review 2014-10-12 22:15
Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
The Wee Free Men - Terry Pratchett

This was a great choice to read for my first foray into Pratchett’s Discworld as I did not need to know anything of prior books to fully enjoy it. And, it worked quite well as a stand-alone book. Of course, now I want to continue reading further adventures of the Wee Free Men and hope to come across more of Tiffany Aching, the 9 year old witch introduced in this tale.


This is an uproarious fantasy, adventure tale. Tiffany is not particularly fond of her younger brother, Wentworth. He is obnoxious, only interested in “sweeties”, and is chronically “sticky”. But when the Queen of Faeries steals him, Tiffany sets out to save him armed with only her frying pan and the help of the Nac Mac Feegle. The Nac Mac Feegle are 6” tall blue skinned, red haired men who speak with a Scottish accent and whose main interests are drinking, fighting and stealing. If you like the irreverent humor of Monty Python or Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker series, I suspect you will enjoy this book. I highly recommend this as an audio read. Stephen Briggs does an admirable job with Pratchett’s writing. It’s simply hilarious!

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review 2014-03-01 01:08
The Story of Beautiful Girl
The Story of Beautiful Girl - Rachel Simon,Kate Reading

I am amazed when I find a book that I wouldn't have picked up if not for a book challenge. I consider them gems because for me sometime I look at a book and think not for me. Then I try it and it shines so beautiful and to think I could have missed it. I loved every minute that I listen to Lynnie, Homan, Julia, Martha, and Kate's story unfold.

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text 2013-11-17 23:10
A Golden Listening Experience
A Curse Dark As Gold - Audio Library Edition - Elizabeth C. Bunce

A Curse Dark as Gold takes its inspiration from the Rumpelstilskin Grimm fairy tale, though you would be excused for not realising the basis in this lushly re-imagined tale. Charlotte’s father has just died, and she and her sister Rosie have inherited the cursed Stirwaters wool mill. As the debts mount and strange accidents keep occurring, can Charlotte unravel the mystery of the Stirwaters curse in time to save her own family?


I haven’t listened to an audiobook since Adorkable (Sarra Manning) earlier this year. I just couldn’t. Adorkable was so brilliant that I needed something equally as brilliant to get me listening again. Oh, I tried! I really did! But the narrators of the books I borrowed were either annoyingly American or monotonous. No one had the delivery I needed, or were reading books of such high quality I demand.

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