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On What Grounds - Rebecca Gibel, Cleo Coyle

 Audible is currently running a sale on first in a series titles and while checking out what was on offer, I ran across this title. I recognized the name of the narrator and listening to the sample confirmed that it was indeed a young actress who I have seen on stage a number of times with a local rep company. So, I bought the book. If it had a cover, I would be asking her to sign it for me.

2017 Books
  1. Crossfire --re-read
  2. Cotillion --re-read
  3. The Corinthian -- re-read 
  4. The Readers of Broken-Wheel Recommend -- 11NEW
  5. Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home -- 10NEW
  6. An Accidental Death --9NEW
  7. A Convenient Marriage --re-read
  8. Come to Grief -- re-read
  9. A Civil Contract -- re-read
  10. The Chequer Board -- re-read
  11. Charity Girl -- re-read
  12. The Breaking Wave --re-read
  13. Bret Farrar -- 9NEW
  14. Great Courses: Find Your Roots -- 8NEW
  15. Break In --re-read
  16. Great Courses: The Great Debate -- 7NEW HISTORY1
  17. Great Courses: 36 Books That Changed the World -- 6NEW
  18. Speaking American --5NEW
  19. You're Saying It Wrong --4NEW
  20. We are Legion (We are Bob) --3NEW
  21. Great Courses: English in America --2NEW
  22. Midnight Riot (aka A River in London) --1NEW
  23. Bolt -- re-read (continued from 2016)
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Horrible, Horrible, Horrible Narrator
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend - Katarina Bivald, Fiona Hardingham, Lorelei King

The book takes place in Iowa. Unfortunately, Hardingham has only one American accent in her repertoire, a Texas twang kind of a thing, and she doesn't even do it well. She was so bad and the accent was so out of place that it really distracted from the book.



So, book three stars. Narrator, one. Oh, and a little extra because one of the books she quoted opening lines from was Hiassen's Skinny Dip.

36 Books That Changed the World - R. Andrew Wilson, John E. Finn, Jerry Z. Muller, Brad S. Gregory, Charles Kimball, Daniel N. Robinson

This series of lectures is actually a compilation of lectures from other courses, some better than others. At least if you don't like a particular lecturer, you only have to put up with him for half an hour.


I decided to listen to this course for two reason. First, I was curious to know which books were on the list and why the lecturers thought they were game changers. Sometimes the questions was answered and sometimes it wasn't. At least it wasn't a series of cookie-cutter lectures, each trying to defend its being chosen for the list. Second, I'm too lazy to read all of the books myself, especially the ones that are purely philosophical, and this would be an easy way to become familiar with the titles and learn  a bit about them--and who knows, I might even read a couple (more) of them.


Lists like these are always open to dispute and I would like to point out that at least the title is not claiming that this is the definitive list of 36 game changers. If you want a complete list of the 36 titles on this list, go to my blog.



36 Books
36 Books That Changed the World - R. Andrew Wilson, John E. Finn, Jerry Z. Muller, Brad S. Gregory, Charles Kimball, Daniel N. Robinson

I've decided that I'm going to listen to only one lecture per day. For my own reference/sanity, I want to keep a list of them.


  1. Gilgamesh*
  2. Homer's Odyssey -- Quoting the lecturer:  It is the function of literature to recall; literature recalls the good thing that literature does...saving people from being forgotten...
  3. Bhagavad Vita
  4. The Art of War
  5. Analects (Confucius)  -- Do unto others...
  6. Herodotus's Histories -- a new genre at its start
  7. Plato's Republic
  8. Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics
  9. Ovid's Metamorphosis
  10. Marcus Aurelius's Meditations
  11. St. Augustine's Confessions
  12. The Koran
  13. Liber Abaci -- Arabic numbers arrive
  14. The Divine Comedy*
  15. The Prince*
  16. Copernicus's  On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Orbs
  17. Hamlet*
  18. Don Quijote*
  19. King James translation of the Bible -- important because of the politics surrounding its translation and not because it is a statement of doctrine
  20. Francis Bacon's Novum Organum
  21. Diderot's Encyclopedie
  22. Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language
  23. Common Sense*
  24. The Wealth of Nations
  25. The Federalist Papers
  26. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  27. A Vindication of the Rights of Women
  28. Democracy in America
  29. The Communist Manifesto
  30. Uncle Tom's Cabin
  31. On the Origin of Species
  32. On Liberty (John Stuart Mill) -- VERY TIMELY
  33. Being and Time
  34. The Jungle
  35. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  36. The Feminine Mystique
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An Accidental Death: A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 1 - Peter Grainger, Gildart Jackson

One of the reviews said no graphic violence, so I grabbed it based on that alone--well, that and the preponderance of 4 and 5 star ratings.

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They Just Don't Write Them Like This Anymore
Brat Farrar - Josephine Tey, Carole Boyd

My mystery reading friends, you MUST read this one.

Timely Topic: The Great Debate
The Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution - Professor Thomas L. Pangle, The Great Courses, The Great Courses

Interesting information and quite timely considering that the new presidency is less than a week old but the lecturer's voice drove me up a wall; he broke up his phrases in some of the strangest....places. I am going to have to put this one in the re-read pile because I didn't get everything he had to say (mind wandered) and I do want to know more.


If it weren't for the lecturer, I would mark this one "highly recommended."

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Media has already made him famous. But I'm sharing this here because it is really about books, reading and libraries.




Dinner Table Talk
Speaking American: How Y'all, Youse , and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide - Josh Katz You're Saying It Wrong: A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words--and Their Tangled Histories of Misuse - Kathryn Petras, Ross Petras

We are a linguistically blended American Family. DH and I grew up in Philadelphia but raised our children in Boston, thus our children speak a mix of regional dialects. Now add to the mix my son-in-law who is from Connecticut.


I brought these two books out at dinner time (dessert actually) and we had a hoot going through both of them, especially the very graphic Speaking American. It was interesting to listening to my children commenting on the various words that they used and didn't use and even more on the words that we used but that they later discovered when they went off to college that nobody else used.


For me, the most interesting page was the one about telling time. How do you say "3:45"? Do you say "Three forty-five" or "Quarter to four" or "Quarter of four" or "Quarter til four"? I decided that I would say "It's quarter to four" but that I would also say "It's quarter of" if not specifying a given hour.


I still haven't sat down to read it cover to cover but sharing it with my adult children was a lot of fun.