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url 2017-04-10 03:29
BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime - The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry


Moving between Essex and London, myth and modernity, Cora Seaborne's spirited search for the Essex Serpent encourages all around her to test their allegiance to faith or reason in an age of rapid scientific advancement...



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url 2017-03-07 22:55
Algernon Blackwood - Ancient Sorceries




Timid commuter, Arthur Vezin becomes too enchanted with a sleepy and strange French town and its people to leave.

He's slowly drawn more and more into their realm of secrets and talk of ancient memories...and is struck by how the people there resemble cats, both in looks and behaviour...


Algernon Blackwood's dark tale read in 4-parts by Philip Madoc.

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review 2017-02-27 02:40
NPR Laughter Therapy
NPR Laughter Therapy A Comedy Collection for the Chronically Serious - (U.S.) National Public Radio Inc.

A collection of NPR's funnier interviews, April Fool's day gags, news stories, etc.  Like in any collection, there were some I found funnier than others and 1 just fell sort of flat.


It's a short, easy listen and it was fun to hear a few voices that aren't with us any more (Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller).  I miss NPR, so seeing this in my local library was a nice boost to the spirit.  

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text 2017-02-09 17:23
BBC Radio 4 books to listen to



BBC Radio 4 has many good books etc going at the moment. There is a Neil Gaiman one coming soon! Here's just a few of the many that are on the go atm.


Book at Bedtime - The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman


Chilling revenge for a terrible crime is at the heart of Neil Gaiman's multi-award-winning novelette, inspired by a Hebridean myth and originally commissioned by the Sydney Opera House for the Graphic Festival with celebrated illustrator Eddie Campbell.

1/5. A dwarf seeks a guide to a certain cave on the Misty Isle.



The Mistletoe Bride and other Haunting Tales by Kate Mosse


"The Mistletoe Bride and other Haunting Tales" is a collection of haunting short stories written, abridged and introduced by Kate Mosse. They are all inspired by legends and folktales from the French and Sussex Countryside and each story explores the relationship between landscape and emotion. Grief and Guilt. Loss and happiness. They are timeless in their telling, ranging from the mythical past to the present day. Kate Mosse has chosen 5 out of the collection that exemplify the redemption experienced by the various grief stricken men and women as they come to terms with their destiny.



Book of the Week - Once Upon a Time in the East by Xiaolu Guo


Xiaolu Guo's autobiography tells her remarkable story from adoption at birth through to her career as a writer and film-maker based in the UK. This abridgement deals with her formative years, living in China in times of transition.



Episodic 15 minute Drama - Isaac Asimov's I, Robot


The rise of robotics in the 21st century, told through the poignant and mysterious story of enigmatic lawyer, Stevie Byerley. Starring Hermione Norris.



Book at Bedtime - The Transition by Luke Kennard


An intriguing and wry debut novel about capitalism, the housing crisis and a generation in debt. Set a few years from now, in an unnamed city, award-winning poet Luke Kennard imagines what life might be like for young people from the squeezed middle-class if our society continues along its current economic path.



 Daphne Du Maurier - The Birds


Nat Hocken and his family are disturbed during the night by the sounds of birds. Read by Tristan Sturrock.




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review 2016-10-15 01:45
Radio Silence
Radio Silence - Alyssa B. Cole

Arden and her roommate John travel to John's parents remote cabin in NY after the power mysteriously goes out. No phone, internet, TV, electricity, etc. Arden meets John's older brother Gabriel and sister Maggie. Overall, I enjoyed this. The characters are likable and I wanted to know more about them. Most of the book takes place in the cabin. The chemistry between Arden and Gabriel is good. I liked the pace of their relationship. My only issue is I have no idea what cataclysmic event happened. The characters and reader have absolutely no freaking clue. I will definitely be reading the next.
This quote was funny; "...I'm pretty sure being stuck in a house with the affirmative-action version of Will & Grace will drive me crazy."

I'm using this for theĀ Diverse Authors Can Be Spooky Fun square.

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