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Bucket List Reading
The Iliad of Homer - Elizabeth Vandiver The Odyssey of Homer - Elizabeth Vandiver, The Great Courses, The Great Courses The Iliad & The Odyssey - Homer, John Lescault

I finally checked off another item on my literary bucket list: The Iliad and the Odyssey. I've had the audio version in my TBR for a couple of years now but very recently picked up these two Great Course lectures to read along with the The I & The O so that maybe I would get more out of the story. It was a good move on my part.


However, I bought and listened to the two lectures in the wrong order, thinking that they were two free standing lectures lecture series. Actually, they should be read in the same order as the two epics. Not that they weren't helpful but that there was general info in The Iliad lectures that would have been helpful to have heard before listening to the two epics--not after.



Just not as good as I was hoping for
The Crime at Black Dudley - Margery Allingham, David Thorpe

The narrator killed this book for me--and not in a good way. I listened to the whole thing but it was a battle, with a lousy narrator who made very poor choices for the voicing of the various characters (none of them sounded realistic, especially Albert Campion)) and a plot that was full of holes and full of inconsistencies.Other words that come to mind to describe this book are melodrama, caricature and misogynistic (or perhaps just dated the attitudes toward women). It might do better as a film--a period piece in black and white.


Fortunately, a couple of the other titles in the series use a different narrator and I may try them to see if this author improves with age and a different narrator.


Overall, two stars-- three for the story reduced by one for the narration.

2017 Books---- 62 and counting....
  1. The Crime at Black Dudley -- 28NEW
  2. Great Courses: The Illiad of Homer
  3. Cairnaerie --27NEW
  4. In the Wet -- re-read
  5. In the Frame --re-read
  6. The Illiad & The Odyssey -- 26NEW  Bucket List
  7. Great Courses: The Odyssey of Homer  -- 25NEW
  8. Hot Money -- re-read
  9. High Stakes --re-read
  10. Spaceman --24NEW
  11. Tess of the d'Urbervilles -- 23NEW
  12. Luck and Judgement -- 22NEW
  13. The Jungle Book --21NEW
  14. The Grand Sophy -- re-read
  15. Words on the Move -- 20NEW
  16. Frederica -- re-read
  17. Friday's Child --re-read
  18. Double Whammy -- re-read
  19. The Foundling -- re-read
  20. Flying Finish -- re-read
  21. The Spaceship Next Door --19NEW
  22. Great Courses: From Plato to Post-Modernism -- 18NEW
  23. Great Courses: English Grammar Boot Camp -- 17NEW
  24. Faro Daughter -- re-read
  25. The Far Country -- re-read
  26. False Colours -- re-read
  27. Even Money -- re-read
  28. Enquiry -- re-read
  29. Driving Force -- re-read
  30. Bloodline -- re-read
  31. Devil's Cub --re-read 
  32. The White Cottage Mystery -- 16NEW
  33. The Eyre Affair -- 15NEW
  34. On What Grounds -- 14NEW
  35. But for the Grace -- 13NEW
  36. Great Courses: The High Middle Ages 12NEW
  37. Decider -- re-read
  38. Dead Heat --re-read
  39. Dead Cert --re-read
  40. The Danger --re-read
  41. Crossfire --re-read
  42. Cotillion --re-read
  43. The Corinthian -- re-read 
  44. The Readers of Broken-Wheel Recommend -- 11NEW
  45. Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home -- 10NEW
  46. An Accidental Death --9NEW
  47. A Convenient Marriage --re-read
  48. Come to Grief -- re-read
  49. A Civil Contract -- re-read
  50. The Chequer Board -- re-read
  51. Charity Girl -- re-read
  52. The Breaking Wave --re-read
  53. Bret Farrar -- 9NEW
  54. Great Courses: Find Your Roots -- 8NEW
  55. Break In --re-read
  56. Great Courses: The Great Debate -- 7NEW HISTORY1
  57. Great Courses: 36 Books That Changed the World -- 6NEW
  58. Speaking American --5NEW
  59. You're Saying It Wrong --4NEW
  60. We are Legion (We are Bob) --3NEW
  61. Great Courses: English in America --2NEW
  62. Midnight Riot (aka A River in London) --1NEW
  63. Bolt -- re-read (continued from 2016)
My Audible Money Saving Strategies

I've been an Audible member since 2002 and 99% of my reading these days (about 150 reads a year) is audiobooks. Over the years, I've learned to play the system and maximize my subscription.


Audible is for titles that I want to read over and over again (I'm an avid re-reader) or for titles that I cannot get from the public library digital collection. I've learned over the years how to maximize my investment.


  1. --Don't buy just to buy, you can't sell these titles second hand. Buy books that you really want to read and maybe even read again and again. Even in the sales, don't buy just to buy.
  2. --Have a well stocked wish list (especially with those titles that are close in price to the cost of a credit so that you will know where to find them at sale time).
  3. --Watch the Daily Deals. Every now and then there is a title that grabs my attention and the price is always $5.95 or under.
  4. --ALWAYS buy with cash when the cost of the book is less than the cost of a credit. 
  5. --ALWAYS use credits when the cost is higher than what you paid for the credit; if you can't wait for your new credits to arrive,  buy more credits if you can rather than to plunk down cash for a title that costs more than the cost of a credit. 
  6. --Watch for the 2 for 1 and 3 for 2 sales that happen during the year, especially the 2 for 1 because they are a much better deal. These sales are limited to selected titles and sadly I find them more miss than hit--but I always check them out very carefully.
  7. --On the seasonal 50% sales, some of the books that you would have used a credit to buy are now less than the cost of a credit, so check your wish list for titles that have now dropped into "buy with cash" territory.


About buying more credits. I know I can do it but I don't know how it works and I don't know if there is a limit to the number of credits you can purchase in a year or if just anyone can buy more credits.

Half Price Sale for Audible US Members
The Iliad of Homer - Elizabeth Vandiver The Crime at Black Dudley - Margery Allingham, David Thorpe The Great Decision: Jefferson, Adams, Marshall, and the Battle for the Supreme Court - Peter Jay Fernandez, David McKean, Cliff Sloan American Ideals: Founding a 'Republic of Virtue' - Daniel N. Robinson

I love these half price sales. It works really great for grabbing up titles that will cost less than the cost of a credit--why waste a credit if I can get it for less. So these titles have been sitting in my wish list, some of them for a few years now, waiting for the celestial confluence of half price sale and my decision that I'm ready to add that particular title to my library. Sale ends April 24, so there may be even more edition additions.


This is next up on my TBR
Cairnaerie - M.K.B. Graham

I bought this a few weeks ago but knew that I would have to put off starting it for a few weeks. Well, those weeks have passed and it is now the next thing I will read...just as soon as I finish listening to The Odyssey!

Child of Morning, Rosy Fingered Dawn
The Iliad & The Odyssey - Homer, John Lescault The Odyssey of Homer - Elizabeth Vandiver, The Great Courses, The Great Courses

At last! I've finished The Illiad portion of the story and have begun The Odyssey. What a difference!  I'm trying to decide if it is the subject matter of one versus the other that makes the one so much better, so much more readable than the other, so much easier to tell or if it is that the writing of the Odyssey is actually that much better than that of the  Illiad. Or then again, maybe I will just leave it to the critics.

Today's daily deal on Audible...
Anansi Boys - Lenny Henry, Neil Gaiman
Slow going
The Iliad & The Odyssey - Homer, John Lescault

I'm about 20 books in and it is slow going. Lots of blood and gore and dead warriors. Lots of names I can't get my head around. Very repetitive--no wonder we read a very abbreviated version in high school. I can't wait for the men at war section to be over so i can down to the adventure story.


BUT a wonderful, easy to understand translation (I just have to keep reminding myself that "host" means "army" and not the "Master of the House"). AND, a marvelous narrator who uses just enough moderation of his voice that we can tell when he speaker changes. AND marvelous poetry, full of all those devices that do poetry make -- you know, all that stuff you learned in school and can't put a name to now but you sure recognize now when you hear it.

Today's daily deal on Audible...
What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves - Benjamin K. Bergen

I'm on a winning streak. This is he second "Daily Deal" this month. And oddly enough, both of them have been titles that are being read by the author, something I tend to avoid because good authors aren't necessarily good narrators. But I listened to the sample before deciding to buy and surprisingly, both authors weren't half bad.

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I want MORE
Luck and Judgement - Peter Grainger, Gildart Jackson

I absolutely love this series but only the first three are on audio!!!


Please,please Audible, get the rest recorded so that I can get them. Gildart Jackson's narrating is so perfect that I don't want to just read them, I want to listen to them.



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It is more of a dramatization than a reading of the text
The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories - Audible Studios, Rudyard Kipling, Tim McInnerny, Colin Salmon, Bernard Cribbins, Celia Imrie, Martin Shaw, Richard E. Grant, Bill Bailey

Lots of fun and very, very well done but it is an adaptation of the book more than a straight reading. Now I have to go find an unabridged reading of the book.


Oh, and, LOVE the cover!!

How many books can you read before you die?


Based on the number of books I've read the last three years, I tripled the "Super" number and based on my mom's she'll-outlive-us-all, 93-and-healthier-than-I-am, genes, I've calculated I only have just under 10,000 books left to read in my lifetime.


::cracking knuckles::  The Name of the Rose is going down; time's a-wasting.

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Today's quote



The high value put upon every minute of time, the idea of hurry-hurry as the most important objective of living, is unquestionably the most dangerous enemy of joy.


Herman Hesse