Terse and to the point!

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



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Audible Originals July, 2019- ...


October, 2019


This month's wheelbarrowful...





Horror, violence, other people's troubles.No thanks. Not even the R.L. Stine.


September, 2019


A slight improvement, very slight.




The Sisters is out. It comes with a warning: Please note: This audio contains strong language, distressing situations, and descriptions of violence that some listeners may find upsetting. Discretion is advised.



Mystwick School... " musical interludes, and original compositions included in this audio (all performed by the NJSO Youth Orchestras)." Audible has commissioned the music-- a company whose opinions rarely gibe with mine. Well, this is either going to be really good or really bad but at least it won't be strewn with graphic violence -- and there is only one narrator.


Martin Sheen is already in My LIbrary but I haven't listened to it yet.


Press Pause.Self-help for children. No thanks.


True-crime? Not that either.


Finally, a play with cover art that is everything the story is not. Too sad a story for me.


So, just one title this month.



August, 2019


Another load of twaddle!



Let's see what this month's selection holds: "An Audible Original from Audible Theater, Wally Roux, Quantum Mechanic is an Emerging Playwrights Commission, written for and available exclusively on Audible." No thanks. Two self-promotional titles one of which is labeled, "It Burns is intended for a mature audience and contains graphic descriptions of violence."  Double no thanks to  self-help, to free advertising and to violence so bad that it needs a warning. A kids' book. No thanks. "Our team in London has modernized and re-imagined Stevenson’s classic coming-of-age adventure story for the entire family." Last time I read one of these from the Audible Studios I lasted 5 minutes; I'm not giving them a second change. So, another no thanks.Finally, the only book that seems it might be even be good is a book of horror and ghost stories--and I don't like reading scary books. So, no thanks.


Since all of these freebie downloads count towards the "Best Selling" statistics of the title and since this titles cannot be returned, I am at the point of being super-critical and won't download anything unless I think it is right up my alley. I have been burned too many times. So, this month my Audible Originals haul is a big fat zero




July, 2019


UPDATE: Started the Correia. D!N!F! Bad, bad, bad (and not in the good way) adolescent body-parts-and-fart noise humor, with the emphasis on BAD and not the rest of the adjectives. I don't mind bawdy but it has to be funny. This was not. Definitely not written for sexagenarians. At least it was a freebie.


I'm not yet sure what to make of this bunch--other than it is better than last month's batch. We have dinosaurs and Babe Ruth, neither of which I am interested in. Proof of Love is a one-man show and it is about family dynamics--and I can only take so many plays about family dynamics. With so many other titles in the running, I will pass on this one. This leaves me having to choose from among the last three. The moon math is a definite because 50 years ago this month, we put a man on the moon. So that leaves me with Rivals and Larry Correia to decide between. The winner is the Correia because 1) it is about an insurance salesman 2) it has 8400+ reviews while the other titles are counting in the low hundred or even just double digits and 3) since he is wildly popular and wildly prolific, I should at least read something by the man.


A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs audiobook cover artScrewball audiobook cover artThe Man Who Knew the Way to the Moon audiobook cover art

Proof of Love audiobook cover artRivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World audiobook cover artThe Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent audiobook cover art


 My big beef about all of them is that they are just too short. I could be negative and say that they were chosen to appeal to those with short attention spans; or, I could be positive and call them a palate cleanser, something short to read between longer reads. I'll let the reader decide.



2019 Reading List -- 164 and counting

 Cumulative hours: 1366 (Goal: 1500)


This is the official count since it includes titles that are not in the BL database--and there are a lot of them.



  1. Bath Tangle -- re-read
  2. Banker --re-read
  3. Arabella -- re-read
  4. April Lady -- re-read
  5. 10 Lb. Penalty --re-read
  6. Whip Hand -- re-read
  7. Venetia -- re-read
  8. The Unknown Ajax -- re-read
  9. The Unfinished Clue -- re-read
  10. Twice Shy -- re-read
  11. Trustee from the Toolroom -- re-read
  12. Trial Run -- re-read
  13. The Toll Gate -- re-read
  14. To the Hilt -- re-read
  15. They Found Him Dead -- re-read
  16. These Old Shades -- re-read
  17. The Talisman Ring -- re-read
  18. Sylvester -- re-read
  19. Sprig Muslin --re-read
  20. So Disdained -- re-read
  21. Smokescreen -- re-read
  22. Shattered -- re-read
  23. Second Wind -- re-read
  24. Ruined City -- re-read
  25. Round the Bend -- re-read
  26. Slow Horse -- NEW75
  27. The Myth of Sisyphus -- NEW74
  28. Great Courses: Language Families of the World -- NEW73
  29. Risk -- re-read
  30. Guards! Guards! -- NEW72
  31. Great Courses: The History of Spain -- NEW71
  32. The Reluctant Widow -- re-read
  33. Regency Buck -- re-read
  34. Reflex -- re-read
  35. Rat Race -- re-read
  36. The Rainbow and the Rose -- re-read
  37. The Quiet Gentleman -- re-read
  38. Proof --re-read
  39. A Ball, a Dog and a Monkey -- re-read
  40. Liquid Rules -- NEW70
  41. Pastoral --re-read
  42. A Question of Inheritance -- NEW69
  43. An Old Captivity -- re-read
  44. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy --re-read
  45. Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist -- re-read
  46. Odds Against -- re-read
  47. Another Man's Moccasins --NEW68
  48. Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station - re-read
  49. 1421 - re-read
  50. The Nonesuch - re-read
  51. The Mysterious Affair a Styles -- re-read
  52. The Girls of Atomic City -- NEW67
  53. The Man Who Knew the Way to the Moon--NEW66
  54. Songbird --NEW65
  55. Nerve -- re-read
  56. Brat Farrar -- re-read
  57. I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had --re-read
  58. Write it When I'm Gone -- re-read
  59. Poirot Investigates -- NEW65
  60. Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism --re-read
  61. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz -- re-read
  62. Safe Passage -- re-read
  63. Not A Penny More, Not a Penny Less --re-read
  64. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court -- re-read
  65. The Bully Pulpit -- NEW64
  66. The Spaceship Next Door -- re-read
  67. The Big Sleep -- re-read
  68. The Masqueraders -- Re-read
  69. Lost in Math -- NEW63
  70. A Rare Book of Cunning Device -NEW62
  71. The Thin Man -- re-read
  72. The Year of the Hare -- re-read
  73. Death of an Outsider -- re-read
  74. Longshot -- re-read
  75. Double Indemnity -- re-read
  76. Foxglove Summer -- NEW61
  77. Dying for Chocolate -- re-read
  78. Agents to the Stars -- re-read
  79. No Wind of Blame -- re-read
  80. Lonely Road -- re-read
  81. In Farleigh Field -- NEW60
  82. And Then There Were None --re-read
  83. Murder at Archly Manor -- NEW59
  84. Landfall -- re-read
  85. Lady of Quality -- re-read
  86. The Godwulf Manuscript -- re-read
  87. The Angel's Game --NEW58
  88. Starman Jones --re-read
  89. The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax -- re-read
  90. Evans Above -- re-read
  91. In the Wet -- re-read
  92. The Third Man -- re-read
  93. Death Without Company --re-read
  94. In the Frame -- re-read
  95. Hot Money -- re-read
  96. Stories By Heart -- NEW57
  97. The Misanthrope -- NEW56
  98. Lingo -- NEW55
  99. Dick Francis's Refusal --NEW54
  100. Clouds of Witness -- NEW53
  101. Blithe Spirit -- NEW52
  102. A Pocket Full of Rye -- NEW51
  103. Riley Mack -- NEW50
  104. This Time Together -- NEW49
  105. I Am Spock -- NEW48
  106. Human Error -- NEW47
  107. Great Courses: The History of the United States, 2nd Ed.  --NEW46 HISTORY6
  108. The Shadow of the Wind --NEW45
  109. A Private Investigation -- NEW44
  110. Going Postal --NEW43
  111. The Right Stuff -- re-read
  112. As the Crow Flies-- NEW42
  113. True West -- NEW41 -- DNF
  114. Mayflower -- NEW40
  115. Mala --NEW39
  116. A Man on the Moon -- NEW38
  117. The Rest is Noise -- NEW37
  118. Feet of Clay -- NEW36
  119. The Innocence of Father Brown -- NEW35  DNF
  120. The Masqueraders -- re-read
  121. Wishes and Wellingtons -- NEW34
  122. Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station -- NEW33
  123. 10 Lb. Penalty -- re-read
  124. Murphy's Law -- NEW32
  125. Death Without Company -- NEW31
  126. The Grand Sophy -- re-read
  127. High Stakes -- re-read
  128. Friday's Child -- re-read
  129. The Seventh Sinner -- NEW30
  130. Smokescreen -- re-read
  131. The Western Star -- NEW29
  132. The Case of the Missing Servant -- NEW28
  133. Mort -- NEW27
  134. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared --NEW26
  135. The Weight of Ink --NEW25
  136. The Girl Who Drank the Moon -- NEW24
  137. The Song of Achilles -- NEW23
  138. What If? -- NEW22
  139. Winnie-the-Pooh -- re-read --
  140. The Lathe of Heaven -- NEW21
  141. Bridge to Terabithia --NEW20
  142. Folsom Untold -- NEW19
  143. Time and Tide -- NEW18
  144. The Clocks -- NEW17
  145. Equal Rites -- re-read
  146. That's Not English -- re-read (hard-bound)
  147. Beowulf -- re-read
  148. The Woman Who Smashed Codes -- NEW16 --HISTORY5
  149. *Kindness Goes Unpunished -- NEW15
  150. *The Madman and the Professor -- NEW14
  151. *Six Degrees of Separation --NEW13
  152. Talk on the Wild Side -- NEW12
  153. *The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul -- NEW11
  154. Excellent Women -- re-read
  155. Sapiens -- NEW10 -- HISTORY4
  156. *Whose Body? --NEW9
  157. The Perfectionist --NEW8
  158. *The House of Morgan -- NEW7 -- HISTORY3
  159. *The Spies That Bind --NEW6
  160. The Perfectionist -- NEW5
  161. *Out of My Mind -- NEW4
  162. The House with a Clock in Its Walls -- NEW3
  163. *Great Courses: Ancient Civilizations of North America --NEW2 HISTORY2
  164. *Great Courses: The American West -- NEW1  HISTORY1
  165. Frederica - re-read
  166. *The Foundling -- re-read
  167. *Flying Finish -- re-read 
Thank you, Mike Finn
Slow Horses: Slough House, Book 1 - Mick Herron, Isis Audio Books, Sean Barrett

At least, I think it was Mike Finn who led me to this book.


I thoroughly enjoyed it --even though I had to really pay attention to what was going and therefore could not multi-task --but that's okay because there really wasn't much that I wanted to get done today. I am definitely going to add more titles to my wish list.

AudibleUS 3 for 2 credits

UPDATE: I finally settled on a third title:


Great Expectations audiobook cover art






Amazing! There are actually some good choices here. Unfortunately, they are either already in my library or titles I just don't feel like reading, so I am having a hell of time finding two more titles to go with the edition of Quijote (the Grossman translation read by George Guidall) that I want to pick up. So far I have two titles of the three I need:


Don Quixote audiobook cover artSurely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! audiobook cover art




A good collection of classics  -- Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, Huck Finn, Moby Dick and at least a half a dozen more. A couple of titles stand out among the non-fiction -- already on my shelf...



The Passage of Power audiobook cover artBorn a Crime audiobook cover artEinstein audiobook cover art



Today's Daily Deal

Lightly audiobook cover art


So, I think that reading the publisher's summary will do for this one because to actually buy a self-help book about reducing stress in one's life is counter-indicated when that purchase in itself would be stress inducing and counter to the steps suggested in the summary.


I don't need the book. The summary says it all.


Publisher's Summary

Do you ever feel like life is weighing you down? Like the stuff in your home, the to-dos in your schedule, the worries in your heart are too much? Make "lightly" your mantra, one lovely little word to live by, and transform your life.  

There's no shortage of decluttering books on the market, but Lightly is different. It goes beyond decluttering - far beyond - to uplift your thoughts, your actions, every moment and aspect of your life. 

Learn how to lighten:   


  • Your stuff: create a serene space with your favorite things 
  • Your step: consume less and live in harmony with the Earth 
  • Your stress: be less busy and breeze through your days 
  • Your spirit: clear emotional baggage from your mind and heart 

Lightly is like a recipe book for minimalism, designed so you can dip into it anytime for advice and inspiration. Whether you want to clear out a closet, free up some time, or get rid of a nagging guilt, you can listen to the relevant section for the help you need. 

What's more, Lightly is a complete philosophy of life. When you're tempted by an impulse purchase, trying to resist a chocolate donut, or struggling to say no to another obligation, all you have to remember is one word - "lightly" - to boost your resolve and make beautiful choices. It doesn't get any easier than that.  

With this book, Francine Jay makes minimalism more doable and delightful than ever. In just minutes a day you can cast off the weight, and glide through life more lightly and gracefully.

©2019 Francine Jay (P)2019 Audible, Inc.
3 Stars
Just a cursory introduction
The History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad - The Great Courses, The Great Courses, Joyce E. Salisbury, Joyce E. Salisbury


It is very hard to go very deep into such a long history in such a short period of lecture time but Professor Salisbury has done a good job providing an overview of the country's history and culture and how it fits into the rest of Europe and the "New World." If you are planning to travel in Spain, this is a good overview of things.


However, she is a historian and not a linguist and her pronunciation of many key words in both Spanish and English was off-putting to say the least. Isadore is NOT Ice-adore by anyone I know, including a number of gentlemen who bore the name--even in Spanish the I does not sound like the I in ice but like I in machine There is no T in Cordoba, neither in English or Spanish. The parliament of Spain is called the Cortes--with the accent on the first syllable and a a hissy S at the end not a buzzy Z or the lispy TH -- and not like the conquistador Cortez. Fingernails on a blackboard.




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That's it. GAME OVER. Thanks again and again to the Magistri Ludi -- Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue.  This has been a lot of fun and I hope you do it again


I'm off to make a bowl of popcorn, getting ready to curl up in my chair and watch HALLOWEEN BINGO. Betcha never thought Bingo was a spectator sport? Let the game begin!



BANK RUNNING TOTAL: $209 final total -- Passed GO 9 times -- Read 45 books
Roll#54 --Landed on Square7 -- ROLLED DOUBLES
Roll#55 --Landed on JUST VISITING --GIVING $3 to the BAIL FUND ($206)
Square 7 read: My hometown is the birth place of the rocket scientist Robert Goddard, so I have chosen a book with a rocket on the cover -- besides which, we just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first man landing on the moon. So for my finally BL-opoly read, I have chosen A Ball, a Dog and a Monkey by Michael D'Antonio (narrated by Alan Sklar) 10:52/320pp  $3 ($209)
Since I don't have time to read myself off JUST VISITING, I have reduced my pot by $3 --which I will add back in should I be able to read another 200 pages before the end of the game.
A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey audiobook cover art 
Roll#53 --Landed on Square 3 (for the 4th time!) -- PASSED GO! COLLECT $5 ($206)
Playing the ROBOT. The winner is: Liquid Rules: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives
 by Mark Miodownik (narrated by Michael Page --again) 7:16/288pp $3 ($209)
Liquid Rules audiobook cover art
Roll#52 --Landed on Square 34 -- WHEN?
Historical fiction. A Question of Inheritance by Elizabeth Edmondson (narrated by Michael Page)  8:11/271pp $3 ($201)
A Question of Inheritance audiobook cover art
Roll#51 --Landed on Square 26 -- HOW?
Sci-Fi.  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (read by the author) 5:00/224pp $3 ($198)
Roll#50 --Landed on Square 22 --
Woman's title (sorry. being lazy on this one). Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist by Dorothy Gilman (narrated by Barbara Rosenblat) 6:06/224pp  $3 ($195)
Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist audiobook cover art
Roll#48 --Landed on Square 12 -- Pocketing the ROBOT and rolling again
Roll#49 --Landed on Square 18 --
West of the Mississippi. Another Man's Moccasins by Craig Johnson (narrated by George Guidall) 8:43/336pp $3 ($192)
Another Man's Moccasins audiobook cover art
Roll#47 --Landed on Square 4 (for the 4th time!) --
Clothing accessory on cover: Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station by Dorothy Gilman (narrated by Barbara Rosenblat) 7:23/224pp.  $3 ($189)
Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station audiobook cover art
Roll#46 -- Landed on Square 35 --AGAIN
Involves travel by ship--but has nothing to do with Europe. 1421:  The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Menzies (narrated by Simon Vance) 13:00/650 pages $5 ($181)
1421 audiobook cover art
Roll#45 -- Landed on Square 28
Romance. The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer (narrated by Eve Matheson) 10:50/408pp $5 ($176)
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Roll#44 -- Landed on Square 19 (again)
50% blue cover; author initial LAKE:  The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (narrated by David Thorn) 6:25/304pp $3 ($171)
The Mysterious Affair at Styles audiobook cover art
Roll#43 -- Landed on Square 14 Patagonia Star (again)
Still no books to fit the square (at least not on audio). PLAYING THE SCOTTY DOG! You have chosen Songbird by Peter Grainger (on Kindle) 448pp $5 ($168)
Roll#42 -- Landed on Square 7 
House on the cover. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey  (narrated by Carole Boyd) 7:55/288pp  $3 ($163)
Brat Farrar audiobook cover art
Roll#41 --Landed on Square 3 -- PASSED GO! COLLECT $5 (157)
Set in a school. I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had by Tony Danza (read by the author) 6:52/272pp $3 ($160)
I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had audiobook cover art
Roll#38 -- Landed on FREE PARKING
Roll 2 dice and move to CAT, ROBOT, SCOTTY DOG or RACE CAR. 
Roll#39 -- Landed on SCOTTIE DOG. Pocketing and rolling again
Roll#40 -- Landed on Square 34 WHEN.
Books with WHEN in the title: Write It When I'm Gone by Thomas DeFrank (narrated by Scott Brick) 9:09/320pp  $3 (154)
Write It When I'm Gone audiobook cover art
Roll#37 -- Landed on Square 14 --Patagonia Star
Set in or author from C. or S. America. No go; nothing in my library. PLAYING THE CAT.  Reading Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie (narrated by David Suchet)  6:54/256pp $3 (149)
Roll#36 -- Landed on Square 9
Author begins R-E-L-A-X  Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism by Bob Edwards (read by the author) $2 ($146)
Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism audiobook cover art
Roll#35 -- 3/3 Holiday Bonus Roll --Landed on Square 1 -- PASSED GO! COLLECT $5 ($142)
Summer reading list.  The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (narrated by Anne Hathaway) $2 ($144)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz audiobook cover art
Roll#34 -- Landed on Square 35 again 
Set in Europe, involves travel, ship on the cover. Safe Passage by Ida Cook (narrated by Helen Stern)  8:23/256pp  $3 ($138)
Safe Passage audiobook cover art
Roll#33 -- 2/3 Holiday Bonus Roll --Landed on Square 30 again-- BOXCARS!! ROLL AGAIN
Author begins L-O-V-E.  Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (narrated by Nathaniel Parker) 6:06/277pp $3 ($135)
Roll#32 -- Landed on Square 19 again (and, for the numbers geeks, the second time I have gone from Square 11 to Square 19)
50% blue cover/author with L-A-K-E. Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less by Jeffrey Archer (narrated by John Lee)  7:32/320pp $3 ($132)
Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less audiobook cover art
Roll#31 -- 1/3 Holiday Bonus Roll --Landed on Square 11 again 
Think I'll play a CAT and use this square to read  The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin (narrated by the late great Edward Hermann) 36+hours 936pp $10 ($129)
The Bully Pulpit audiobook cover art
Roll#30 -- Landed on Square 3 --again -- PASSED GO! COLLECT $5 (116) 
Read a classic.  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain (narrated by Norman Deitz) 13:02 (page count varies) $3 ($119)
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court audiobook cover art
Roll#29 -- Landed on Square 33 --again
Set in UK. The Masqueraders, Georgette Heyer (narrated by Ruth Sillers)  $5 ($111)
Roll#27 -- Landed on Square 24 -- Spin the WHEEL DECIDE
Roll again!
Roll#28 -- Landed on Square 27 --again
The best thing about this square is the guarantee of not landing on "Go To Jail" on the next roll.
Title word related to space.  The Spaceship Next Door, Gene Doucette (narrated by Steve Carlson) 11:35/366pp $3 ($106)
The Spaceship Next Door audiobook cover art
Roll#26 -- Landed on Square18
Set west of the Mississippi (in the case, Los Angeles, CA). The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (narrated by Ray Porter) 6:16/227pp $3 ($103)
The Big Sleep audiobook cover art
Roll#25 -- Landed on Square15 (again)
Set in a mountain community.  Evans Help Us by Rhys Bowen (read by Roger Clark)  6:51/224pp $3 ($100)
Evan Help Us audiobook cover art
Roll#24 -- Landed on JUST VISITING -- Donating $3 to the bail fund
Reading Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray, Sabine Hossenfelder (narrated by Laura Jennings) 8:40/304pp
Roll#23-- Landed on Square 3 -- PASSED GO! COLLECT $5
Read a classic. I'm going for classic noir. The Thin Man. Dashiell Hammett (narrated by Wm. Dufris) 5:54/208pp $3 ($97)
The Thin Man audiobook cover art
Roll#22 -- Landed on Square 32 -- DOUBLES! ROLL AGAIN
Nordic Express. The Year of the Hare. Arto Paasilinna (narrated by Simon Vance) 4:36/208pp  $3 ($89)
The Year of the Hare audiobook cover art
Roll#21 -- Landed on Square 21  -- THE CAT -- ROLL AGAIN, POCKET THE CAT
Roll#20 -- Landed on Square11
Beach on the cover.  Death of an Outsider M.C. Beaton (narrated by Shaun Grindell) 4:54/256pp $3 ($86)
Death of an Outsider audiobook cover art
Roll#19 -- Landed on Square 4 (for the third time)  PASSED GO, COLLECTED $5   ($81)
Dug deep and found a book with an article of clothing on the cover. Double Indemnity, James M. Cain (narrated by James Naughton) 3:16/115pp  $2 ($83)
Double Indemnity audiobook cover art
Roll#18 -- Landed on Square 33
Set in UK. Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch (narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith) 10:45/336pp $3 ($76)
Foxglove Summer audiobook cover art
Roll#17 -- Landed on Square 30
Pastries on the cover. Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson (narrated by Barbara Rosenblat) 9:30/352pp  $3 ($73)
Dying for Chocolate audiobook cover art
Roll#16 -- Landed on Square 27 -- DOUBLES, ROLL AGAIN
Title with space word.  Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi (narrated by the Wil Wheaton)  $8:49 $3 ($70)
Agent to the Stars         By:                                                                             John Scalzi                   Narrated by:                                                                             Wil Wheaton                Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins   12,228 ratings   Overall 4.4
Roll#15 -- Landed on Square 21  THE CAT --  DOUBLES, ROLL AGAIN. POCKET THE CAT
Roll#14 -- Landed on Square 10
Authors first, last name begins with B,EA,C or H. That's a no brainer!
No Wind of Blame by Georgette Heyer (narrated by Ulli Berve)  10:07/??pp   $3 ($67)
No Wind of Blame: Inspector Hemingway, Book 1         By:                                                                             Georgette Heyer                   Narrated by:                                                                             Ulli Birvé                Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins   529 ratings   Overall 4.0
Roll#13 -- Landed on Square 4 -- PASSED GO, COLLECTED $5  ($61)
Nothing on my shelf to fit the square. PLAYING THE ROBOT: 
Lonely Road by Nevil Shute (narrated by Laurence Kennedy) 8:46/282pp  $3 ($64)
Lonely Road audiobook cover art
Roll#12 -- Landed on Square 34
WHEN: Historical fiction. In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen (narrated by Gemma Dawson) 11:44/395pp $3 ($56)
In Farleigh Field audiobook cover art
Roll #11 -- Landed on Square 25
Book adapted for film.  And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (narrated by Dan Stevens) 6:01/300pp  $3 ($53)

Roll #10 -- DOUBLES -- Land on Square 19 
Cover >50% blue. Murder at Archly Manor by Sara Rosett (narrated by Elizabeth Klett) 7:20/254pp  $3  ($50)
Murder at Archly Manor   High Society Lady Detective, Book 1      By:                                                                             Sara Rosett                   Narrated by:                                                                             Elizabeth Klett                Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins   746 ratings   Overall 4.1

Roll#9 -- Landed on Square 12 again --
ROBOT: List 10 books then choose by random generator.  
Roll#8 -- Landed on Square 6 --PASSED GO, COLLECTED $5
Set in your hometown, state or country (in my case Massachusetts). From the Spenser for Hire series:  The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker (narrated by Michael Prichard) 5:10/208pp $3.
The Godwulf Manuscript         By:                                                                             Robert B. Parker                   Narrated by:                                                                             Michael Prichard                Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins   704 ratings   Overall 3.9
Roll#7 -- Landed on Square 35
Book set in Europe or written by European.  The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (narrated by Dan Stevens) 15:23/544pp $5


Roll #6 -- Landed on Square 26  HOW?
Science fiction. Starman Jones, Robert Heinlein (narrated by Paul Michael Garcia)  8:29/240pp $3







Roll#5 -- DOUBLES -- Landed on Square 22
Title word...women's title such as "Mrs. Miss, Duchess"  The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman (narrated by Barbara Rosenblat) 6:15/208pp $3 ($31)
The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax         By:                                                                             Dorothy Gilman                   Narrated by:                                                                             Barbara Rosenblat                Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins   1,659 ratings   Overall 4.7
Roll #4 -- Landed on Square 15
Set in a mountain community.  Another re-read. Evans Above by Rhys Bowen (read by Roger Clark) 6:30/236pp   +$3 


Evans Above         By:                                                                             Rhys Bowen                   Narrated by:                                                                             Roger Clark                Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins   1,508 ratings   Overall 4.2
Roll#3 -- Landed on Square 12
ROBOT: List 10 books then choose by random generator. The winner is: The Third Man by Graham Greene (read by Martin Jarvis) 3:03/160pp  +$2  ($25)



Roll #2 -- Landed on Square 7. 
Book with a house on the cover. As I went through my Audible library looking at the covers, this was the first one I came across and thus the one I will read.
Death Without Company by Craig Johnson (read by George Guidall) 9:48/271pp. Bank: $3  ($23)


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Roll #1  -- Landed on Square 4. No book.





King's Lake Investigation #1





I wish my eyes could read like they used to. After listening to the first 8 books of the series, having to eyeball this one was disconcerting; it is only available in a Kindle edition and I keep wondering why, why no audio edition this time. I'm hoping that is simply because Gildart Jackson has been busy with another project.


In any case, I have finally finished the latest installment and I did not love it, not the way I loved the first 8 books. The hard part is trying to decide if it was because of the medium or because of the writing and the story itself -- or maybe it was all of these reasons combined.


BTW, You will not find Grainger's titles at your local bookstore. He only publishes Kindle or, except for this latest, audio editions. Moreover, he claims that he does not advertise.


And that is all I am going to say outside of the spoiler because I don't wish to spoil the series for anyone who is just starting out.




I keep wondering if my discomfort is because of the change of medium or because with this entry in the series, the author has gone in a completely new direction. I guess the story of DC Smith has been told in its entirety and there really isn't any place else to go with it. Still, this book is different from what has gone before; it is much, much more police procedural than the DC Smith books, as if Grainger is trying to see if he can write one. But, by the end of the story, it becomes obvious that Grainger has set up a spin-off, that he has given us closure after the cliff-hanger at the end of Book 8 and that we are now moving on - and in a very different direction.


However, in the bio he has posted on Amazon and Audible, he says, "to me, character comes before everything else in fiction" and with this book, it seems that he is putting the procedural stuff first, at least at first. He has not found a character to hang his hat on--and DC Smith is a hard act to follow.


Still, he needs to give me a reason to keep reading this series, especially if I can't get an audio edition. For now, the jury is still deliberating and it will be a long deliberation. Most of the way through the book, I remained unconvinced; now that I have finished, the decision will have to wait until Book 10 is published, especially if all I can get is text.

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Celebrating the 243 Anniversary of Declaration of Independence, proclaimed on this day 4th day of July, 1776 from the Steps of the Old State House, now Independence Hall, in the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.





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Sadly, this one launched another one of those stupid "The only acceptable way to read is ink on paper" discussions on my GH group. Pissed me off. So I called them narrow-minded prigs, among other things.


Still, this is pretty damned funny, don't you think?


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