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Old 04-10-2016, 09:50 AM
 
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I just finished listening to Jodi Picoult's "Leaving Time" read by: Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and Mark Deakins. It was knock my socks off amazing. It was so good that I listened to the author's note afterward -- not my usual style.

Jodi is becoming a go to author for me, when I cannot find interesting title, I look for what's available from her. Even for her -- always good IMO, this one was exceptional. The reading in this one made it even better, performed perfectly by each character.

God, I loved this book!

Next up: "Sing Them Home" by Stephanie Kallos; read by Tavia Gilbert

Meanwhile, I'm still reading Margaret Atwood's "Cat's Eye" which started so well, but has not been so stellar since. I don't know if I am reacting to the story content on a personal level, or if her writing has become plodding. Whichever the case, it's easy to put down and the times when I would normally sit down to read I find myself thinking, "Well, I could read, BUT...."

I'm more than halfway, and I will finish it but I am not hurrying back to see what happens next.
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Old 04-10-2016, 09:52 AM
 
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Have read that historical assessment of John is changing--that he is viewed in more positive light because he wanted to consolidate power into king's hand--central rule-vs the historic strength of jarls and barons to rule their fiefs and only owe king more lip-service in taxes and men...
Have also read some aspects of John's personal "depravities" that make him sound like an English Caligula...

How does this book assess him?
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Old 04-10-2016, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Citrus Heights, CA
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"Robots of Dawn" - one of my favourite "Robot" books from Asimov's tome.
That reminds me it's about time to reread the "Foundation" trilogy . The books that got me hooked on Sci Fi.
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Old 04-10-2016, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Host, Robin Cook
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Old 04-10-2016, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Homeless
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I am FINALLY reading the Journals of Lewis & Clark. Had the book for a while now & was so busy reading others that I didn't get to it until a week ago.
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Old 04-11-2016, 11:25 AM
 
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I had to quit listening to "Sing Them Home" by Stephanie Kallos; read by Tavia Gilbert. I gave it more than an hour and all she did was ridicule her characters -- starting with one and moving through the ranks as if they were in a line up. I started feeling sorry for them and despising her.

So, I am moving on to Wendell Berry's "Nathan Coulter."
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Old 04-11-2016, 11:52 AM
 
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The Gulag Achipelago-Alexander Solzhenitzen

A little light springtime read...
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Old 04-11-2016, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
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That reminds me it's about time to reread the "Foundation" trilogy . The books that got me hooked on Sci Fi.
I love the Foundation books too! And they're next on my list after I've completed the Robot books.

Enjoy!
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Old 04-11-2016, 03:17 PM
 
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I had to quit listening to "Sing Them Home" by Stephanie Kallos; read by Tavia Gilbert. I gave it more than an hour and all she did was ridicule her characters -- starting with one and moving through the ranks as if they were in a line up. I started feeling sorry for them and despising her.
I was waiting to see what you thought of that one. I had found it a thrift shop and bought it as I've always enjoyed her stuff. I was looking at it on Amazon for some reason and started reading through some of the 1-star reviews. Many JP fans were very put off by this one, especially because she made it very clear where she stands on the issue in this book. One of my favorite things about her books is how she will write about a "controversial" topic and you have no idea how she feels about it. When I read that you know her leanings in this one, I decided not to read it and no longer have the book. I'm certainly going to continue reading her works, but I'm really hoping she doesn't do this again.
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Old 04-11-2016, 06:30 PM
 
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I was waiting to see what you thought of that one. I had found it a thrift shop and bought it as I've always enjoyed her stuff. I was looking at it on Amazon for some reason and started reading through some of the 1-star reviews. Many JP fans were very put off by this one, especially because she made it very clear where she stands on the issue in this book. One of my favorite things about her books is how she will write about a "controversial" topic and you have no idea how she feels about it. When I read that you know her leanings in this one, I decided not to read it and no longer have the book. I'm certainly going to continue reading her works, but I'm really hoping she doesn't do this again.
Once again I am completely ignorant. Her leanings? I'm going to have to go back and read the description because I've no idea what the issue is that you speak of!
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