Peregrinations

Peregrinations

 

Terse and to the point!

No zombies. No vampires. No angels. No self-help. No horror.

 

 

I Have Promised Myself...

to go back and finish up (finish off?) the couple of titles I had left dangling over the last month or so, things I had stopped reading for the short term but was not planning on labeling DNF.

 

The History of the United States, 2nd Edition audiobook cover artHuman Errors A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes By: Nathan H. Lents Narrated by: L.J. Ganser Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins 477 ratings Overall 4.5Crashes and Crises: Lessons from a History of Financial Disasters audiobook cover art

 

Although Crashes and Crisis will find itself in the DNF pile it if doesn't improve very quickly.

 

After that, I will try to give some thought to trying to pick my Audible Original listens for the month, even though I'm thinking that just because they are free doesn't mean I have to waste my time with them.

Mt. TBR-- May Update

Busy month. Time to update.

 

OUT: 12

IN: 9

 

 

  

 

Crashes and Crises: Lessons from a History of Financial Disasters audiobook cover art

The History of the United States, 2nd Edition audiobook cover art

 

The Angel's Game                      By:                                                                                                                                                                  Carlos Ruiz Zafon                                      Narrated by:                                                                                                                                                                  Dan Stevens                            Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins      1,029 ratings      Overall 4.2A Pocket Full of Rye      A Miss Marple Mystery                By:                                                                                                                                                                  Agatha Christie                                      Narrated by:                                                                                                                                                                  Richard E. Grant                            Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins      461 ratings      Overall 4.7Human Errors      A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes                By:                                                                                                                                                                  Nathan H. Lents                                      Narrated by:                                                                                                                                                                  L.J. Ganser                            Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins      477 ratings      Overall 4.5The Misanthrope                      By:                                                                                                                                                                  Moliere                                      Narrated by:                                                                                                                                                                  Kevin Gudahl,                                                                                                Hollis Resnick                            Length: 1 hr and 42 mins      23 ratings      Overall 4.3

Blithe Spirit                      By:                                                                                                                                                                  Noel Coward                                      Narrated by:                                                                                                                                                                  Rosalind Ayres,                                                                                                Shirley Knight,                                                                                                Judy Geeson,                      and others                      Length: 1 hr and 44 mins      73 ratings      Overall 4.4Stories by Heart                      By:                                                                                                                                                                  John Lithgow,                                                                                                Ring Lardner,                                                                                                P. G. Wodehouse,                      and others                                Narrated by:                                                                                                                                                                  John Lithgow                            Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins      180 ratings      Overall 4.0Dick Francis' Refusal                      By:                                                                                                                                                                  Felix Francis                                      Narrated by:                                                                                                                                                                  Martin Jarvis                            Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins      292 ratings      Overall 4.3Clouds of Witness      The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, Book 2                By:                                                                                                                                                                  Dorothy L. Sayers                                      Narrated by:                                                                                                                                                                  Ian Carmichael                            Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins      216 ratings      Overall 4.7

Lingo      Around Europe in Sixty Languages                By:                                                                                                                                                                  Gaston Dorren                                      Narrated by:                                                                                                                                                                  George Backman                            Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins      88 ratings      Overall 4.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saying ADIOS to:

 

I Am Spock                      By:                                                                                                                                                                  Leonard Nimoy                                      Narrated by:                                                                                                                                                                  Leonard Nimoy                            Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins      1,485 ratings      Overall 4.6Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers                      By:                                                                                                                                                                  Chris Grabenstein                                      Narrated by:                                                                                                                                                                  Neil Hellegers,                                                                                                Bryan Kennedy,                                                                                                Edoardo Ballerini,                      and others                      Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins      2,314 ratings      Overall 4.2

 Mala audiobook cover artThe Rest Is Noise audiobook cover artTrue West                      By:                                                                                                                                                                  Sam Shepard                                      Narrated by:                                                                                                                                                                  Kit Harington,                                                                                                Johnny Flynn                            Length: 1 hr and 27 mins      3,758 ratings      Overall 2.8This Time Together      Laughter and Reflection                By:                                                                                                                                                                  Carol Burnett                                      Narrated by:                                                                                                                                                                  Carol Burnett                            Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins      2,047 ratings      Overall 4.5

 

The Right Stuff audiobook cover artAs the Crow Flies audiobook cover artMayflower audiobook cover artThe Shadow of the Wind audiobook cover artGoing Postal audiobook cover art

2019 Reading List -- 67 and counting

 Cumulative hours: 696  (Goal: 1500)

 

This is the official count since it includes titles that are not in the BL database.

 

  1. In the Frame -- re-read
  2. Hot Money -- re-read
  3. Stories By Heart -- NEW57
  4. The Misanthrope -- NEW56
  5. Lingo -- NEW55
  6. Dick Francis's Refusal --NEW54
  7. Clouds of Witness -- NEW53
  8. Blithe Spirit -- NEW52
  9. A Pocket Full of Rye -- NEW51
  10. Riley Mack -- NEW50
  11. This Time Together -- NEW49
  12. I Am Spock -- NEW48
  13. Human Error -- NEW47
  14. Great Courses: The History of the United States, 2nd Ed.  --NEW46
  15. The Shadow of the Wind --NEW45
  16. A Private Investigation -- NEW44
  17. Going Postal --NEW43
  18. The Right Stuff -- re-read
  19. As the Crow Flies-- NEW42
  20. True West -- NEW41 -- DNF
  21. Mayflower -- NEW40
  22. Mala --NEW39
  23. A Man on the Moon -- NEW38
  24. The Rest is Noise -- NEW37
  25. Feet of Clay -- NEW36
  26. The Innocence of Father Brown -- NEW35  DNF
  27. The Masqueraders -- re-read
  28. Wishes and Wellingtons -- NEW34
  29. Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station -- NEW33
  30. 10 Lb. Penalty -- re-read
  31. Murphy's Law -- NEW32
  32. Death Without Company -- NEW31
  33. The Grand Sophy -- re-read
  34. High Stakes -- re-read
  35. Friday's Child -- re-read
  36. The Seventh Sinner -- NEW30
  37. Smokescreen -- re-read
  38. The Western Star -- NEW29
  39. The Case of the Missing Servant -- NEW28
  40. Mort -- NEW27
  41. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared --NEW26
  42. The Weight of Ink --NEW25
  43. The Girl Who Drank the Moon -- NEW24
  44. The Song of Achilles -- NEW23
  45. What If? -- NEW22
  46. Winnie-the-Pooh -- re-read --
  47. The Lathe of Heaven -- NEW21
  48. Bridge to Terabithia --NEW20
  49. Folsom Untold -- NEW19
  50. Time and Tide -- NEW18
  51. The Clocks -- NEW17
  52. Equal Rites -- re-read
  53. That's Not English -- re-read (hard-bound)
  54. Beowulf -- re-read
  55. The Woman Who Smashed Codes -- NEW16 --HISTORY5
  56. *Kindness Goes Unpunished -- NEW15
  57. *The Madman and the Professor -- NEW14
  58. *Six Degrees of Separation --NEW13
  59. Talk on the Wild Side -- NEW12
  60. *The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul -- NEW11
  61. Excellent Women -- re-read
  62. Sapiens -- NEW10 -- HISTORY4
  63. *Whose Body? --NEW9
  64. The Perfectionist --NEW8
  65. *The House of Morgan -- NEW7 -- HISTORY3
  66. *The Spies That Bind --NEW6
  67. The Perfectionist -- NEW5
  68. *Out of My Mind -- NEW4
  69. The House with a Clock in Its Walls -- NEW3
  70. *Great Courses: Ancient Civilizations of North America --NEW2 HISTORY2
  71. *Great Courses: The American West -- NEW1  HISTORY1
  72. Frederica - re-read
  73. *The Foundling -- re-read
  74. *Flying Finish -- re-read 
Currently Reading...

(For titles not on the BL DB)

 

May 6

 

I Am Spock                      By:                                                                                                                                                                  Leonard Nimoy                                      Narrated by:                                                                                                                                                                  Leonard Nimoy                            Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins      1,485 ratings      Overall 4.6

 

April 22

 

The Shadow of the Wind         By:                                                                             Carlos Ruiz Zafon                   Narrated by:                                                                             Jonathan Davis                Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins   4,162 ratings   Overall 4.2

 

April 13:

 

As the Crow Flies audiobook cover art

 

True West audiobook cover art

 

 

Bickering brothers. DNF. Would rather see it on stage.

 

 

February 27: (Snakes and Ladders read)

 

 

The Seventh Sinner audiobook cover art

 

Another snowy Wednesday night.

 

 

February 24: (Snakes and Ladders read)

 

The Case of the Missing Servant audiobook cover art

 

February 23: (Snakes and Ladders read)

 

Million to one chances happen nine times out of ten.

 

Mort audiobook cover art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 13:

 

 

Marvelous, mellifluous narrator. Fits the title perfectly.

 

The Song of Achilles audiobook cover art

 

 

 

February 11:

 

Busy Day. Home alone.  Finished Folsom Untold. Started and finished A Bridge to Terabithia. Started The Lathe of Heaven.

 

Bridge to Terabithia audiobook cover artThe Lathe of Heaven audiobook cover art

 

 

 

 

February 10:

 

Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash's Greatest Album audiobook cover art

 

The narrator is such a turn off. Could no one convince the man that the story itself is so compelling that it does not need help from the narrator? Also, it would help if the narration was not written with a first grade vocabulary and every cliche know to modern man. All of this and I have only listened for five minutes--and I am not sure that I can go for much longer.

 

 

 

 

February 3:

 

The Woman Who Smashed Codes audiobook cover art

 

Add this to the list of "She did all the work but history gave him all the credit."

 

 

 

 

 

January 30:

 

Talk on the Wild Side audiobook cover art  

 

I heard this guy interviewed on Lexicon Valley with John McWhorter and decided to get the book in spite of the fact that it is read by the author.  Loving it.

 

 

 

January 16: Another edition not on the BL db:

 

Thirteen Days audiobook cover art

 

 

I was in 6th grade when these events took place. I've seen a couple of the TV movie treatments of this topic and now I am reading RFK's memoir of those days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The House with a Clock in Its Walls audiobook cover art

 

Time to switch to fiction for a while. After back to back Great Courses, I need something that I can listen to without thinking.

 

Not that I was bored but because I didn't want to stop listening, I fell asleep listening to the book. When I awoke some time later, it wasn't George Guidall talking at me and I had no idea what was going on. I slept right through the end of the book. So I rewound and started listening again and once again I fell asleep before the exciting denouement. Tonight, I'm going to choose one of my re-reads, then it won't matter if I sleep through two or three hours of text. Maybe Frederica....

 

FINISHED!! Moving on.

 

 

UPDATE: Jan 14:

 

 

Sadly a couple of my recent acquisitions are not on AmazonUK and all my attempts to find them on the BL DB have failed. The House with a Clock in the Walls is one of them and my next read is another. Hence, my own little "currently reading."

 

  The Perfectionists audiobook cover art

 

I grabbed a book by Simon Winchester called The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World. The reason it isn't found on the AmazonUK is that Winchester published under a different title in the UK. The book is called Exactly: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World if you are shopping in the UK. Personally, I prefer the UK title. I wonder what else is different between the two.

 

 

Audible Originals

 

It is time to start talking about Audibles new perk for members: free Audible Originals. Each month Audible gives us the chance to choose two titles from a selection of 6 titles. I have been at this for a few months now and it is time to start talking about the various selections I have read and will be reading in the future. I'm starting with my most recent choices and working my way back in time. New titles will be added at the top, so you don't have to keep scrolling down.

 

May, 2019

 

 

Stevie Nicks bio is out. Not that I am not interested in reading about her but the last two celebrity bios that I read in this program were terrible. So, I have given up on them altogether as a pure waste of time. The 3-Day thing is self-help and that is a genre I avoid--like the plague. The Mystery of Alice is a full cast production, which means it is all dialogue--and that is why I quit reading last month's Riley Mack story after about 20 minutes. The Crow/Snow thing is a epic fantasy in 2 hours or less and that makes it an oxymoron. The only two left in the running are the Bedtime Stories for Cynics and Evil Eye. I will have to listen to the clips before I decide one way or the other.

 

This months winner(s) is(are)...

 

April, 2019

 

True West audiobook cover artThe Beautiful Brain audiobook cover artRiley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers audiobook cover art

Elizabeth II: Life of a Monarch audiobook cover artThe Dispatcher audiobook cover artThe Darkwater Bride audiobook cover art

 

And the winners are...

 

What a coincidence that one of this month's choices is True West by Sam Shepard. I had tickets to see it at the end of the month but plans changed and I gave the tickets to my daughter. Choice number one was a an easy one.

 

The second book may end up being whatever is left when I find reasons to eliminate everything else. Darkwater is out because it it spooky and The Dispatcher is out because I already own it. The Brain book is about traumatic brain injury and sports and I don't need to borrow trouble; that's out. So it is now down to Riley with its multiple cast reading and Liz, which I can't imagine has anything new to say about the lady. 

 

March, 2019

 

The choices:

 

 

Junk and The Demon Next Door are out; they come with warnings about explicit sexual violence. I don't even need to read the views. No interest in Philip Roth. The Mandvi performance got lousy reviews, most of them saying that they thought the material was dated--and trite. So, it looks like it the kids' title and the Marie Curie mini-bio will be this month's choices.

 

Oops, mini-bio isn't bio but historical fiction.

 

Audible says of its Audible Originals,"We are raising the bar on entertainment..." Sadly, I must disagree. I laugh every time I read the tagline. Most of these titles on offer are simply terrible and designed to appeal to the lowest  common denominator. Trite, dumbed-down, eviscerated, not challenging, lacking substance. 

 

February, 2019

 

The choices:

 

Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash's Greatest Album audiobook cover artLucky Suit audiobook cover art

Dodge & Twist audiobook cover artSovereign audiobook cover artKiller by Nature audiobook cover art

 

This month I chose Folsom Untold and I'll report just as soon as I get to it. For varying reasons, none of the others appealed to me. One is romance. Once deals with a serial killer. One is a play about the end of life. Dodge Twist is "fully dramatized with an immersive soundscape." One is YA sci-fi, which I do read but his one just didn't appeal.

 

UPDATE: I changed my mind. I just also downloaded MALA and will save it for when I am in the mood to deal with the issues that are tackled in this play. I re-read the blurb.The play was developed and produce right here in Boston. I am familiar with both Arts Emerson (Emerson College) and Huntington Theater (a Tony Award winning regional professional theater company where Ms. Lopez is the Playwright in Residence) and I am familiar with the Norton Elliot Awards. IN my book, these are three reasons enough to give it a try.

 

UPDATE: I promised a report on Folsom Untold and it is so bad that it isn't even worth the effort to write a review.

 

January, 2019

 

The Spies That Bind is a prequel to the Gallagher Girls series. It is YA and it was enjoyable. I might even read more in the series if they are available as audio.

 

December, 2018

 

 

Not the best but far from the worst I have chosen so far. If you are an Arkin fan, you may enjoy it.

 

November, 2018

 

 

By far the best titles so far. This was also my introduction to Stephen Fry.

 

October, 2018

 

 

The Aretha Franklin biography was a big disappointment; it just seemed so thrown together at the last minute. The Newhart was a lot of fun.

 

September, 2018

 

Absolutely intolerable and DNF after 10 minutes. But, at least from this, I learned to carefully read the descriptions before buying.

Hmmm...

At 43 hours in length, this title is going to put a bit of dent in my book tally.

 

The History of the United States, 2nd Edition audiobook cover art

 

On the other hand, it will boost my average hours per book.

 

Another Audible Twofer Sale

I was able to add 4 titles to my TBR list.

 

 

A Pocket Full of Rye audiobook cover artThe Angel's Game audiobook cover artI Am Spock audiobook cover artThis Time Together audiobook cover art

TBR: In with the NEW...

Thanks to the joys of telephone apps, I was able to shop the most recent Audible sale even while on vacation. Vacation always brings my reading rate to a trickle but it will not stand in the way of shopping--especially since shopping Audible is the one kind that I don't have to worry where I am going to pack it to get it home.

 

So, it is time to update the TBR pile:

 

OUT: 6

IN: 3

 

 

 

  

Crashes and Crises: Lessons from a History of Financial Disasters audiobook cover art

The Rest Is Noise audiobook cover artA Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts audiobook cover artMala audiobook cover artGoing Postal audiobook cover art

The Shadow of the Wind audiobook cover artMayflower audiobook cover artAs the Crow Flies audiobook cover artThe Right Stuff audiobook cover artThe History of the United States, 2nd Edition audiobook cover art

 

 

 

 

 

Saying ADIOS to:

 

Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station audiobook cover artFeet of Clay audiobook cover artMurphy's Law audiobook cover art

Wishes and Wellingtons audiobook cover artThe Innocence of Father Brown audiobook cover artAgatha Christie: An Autobiography audiobook cover art

Snakes and Ladders: Square 67 - Book 16

UPDATE: I had decided when I started playing that I would continuing playing until I went on vacation and not try to pick it up again when I returned. So this was my last book of the game. Had I not landed on that snake, I might have gotten further. Still 16 books read isn't so bad. Many thanks to the Magistri Ludi for a heap of fun. Can't wait to see what you all are planning next.

 

 

 

What's next!  Rolled a 7 and I'm on Square 67 Set in a city with a population of greater than 5 million people.

 

My book is set in 1745 London................

 

The Masqueraders audiobook cover artNot my favorite cover...by a long shot

 

 

Much prefer this and a couple others....

 

 

 

The Masqueraders (Historical Romances Book 4)

 

 

Snakes and Ladders: Square 60 - Book 15

Merrily we roll along, roll along....

 

60. Was published last year

 

 

 

  

©2018 Julie Berry (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

Snakes and Ladders: Square 52 - Book 14

Moving along now. Half way to home. Rolled an 11.

 

52. Has a tree or flower on the cover

 

I lucked out. Mrs. Pollifax has flowers on her hat.

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station audiobook cover art

 

"There are no happy endings, only happy people."

 

 

 

Snakes and Ladders: Square 41 - Book 13

 

Rolled a 5 and moved to Square 41-- Characters involved in politics

 

Reading:

 

10 Lb. Penalty audiobook cover art

 

 

"18-year-old amateur jockey Benedict Juliard reluctantly interrupts his exciting career to promote his father in an ambitious political campaign. But suddenly, campaigning becomes more thrilling, and deadly, than steeplechase racing."

Snakes and Ladders: Square 36 - Book 12

Double 5s gets me to Square 36 -- past the snake -- Set in Central or South America.  I don't feel like rereading Our Man in Havanna, so I'll choose the shortest title on my TBR.

 

 

Murphy's Law audiobook cover art

 

I loved Maisy Dobbs but so far Molly Murphy is just one cliche after another.

 

TBR Housekeeping

OUT: 4

IN: 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Crashes and Crises: Lessons from a History of Financial Disasters audiobook cover artThe Rest Is Noise audiobook cover artA Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts audiobook cover art

Mala audiobook cover artGoing Postal audiobook cover artThe Innocence of Father Brown audiobook cover artThe Shadow of the Wind audiobook cover artAgatha Christie: An Autobiography audiobook cover artWishes and Wellingtons audiobook cover artMrs. Pollifax on the China Station audiobook cover artMayflower audiobook cover artMurphy's Law audiobook cover artFeet of Clay audiobook cover art

 

 

DONE. TERMINADO. FINIS.

 

 

 

The Seventh Sinner audiobook cover artThe Case of the Missing Servant audiobook cover artMort audiobook cover art

 

 

 

Snakes and Ladders: Square 26 - Book 11

Rolled an 11!  Landed on Square 26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long. Choosing to read another in the Walt Longmire series, which I am buying as they come on sale and thus am reading the series in random order.

 

Death Without Company audiobook cover art

 

 

Sweet! Another Audible 2-for-1

 

Good bunch of books this go round. In no time at all, I managed to pick off 4 titles. I wish I could have added to the Walt Longmire series but I did pick up a Pratchett.

 

Feet of Clay audiobook cover artMayflower audiobook cover artMurphy's Law audiobook cover artMrs. Pollifax on the China Station audiobook cover art