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The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot
Really 3.5 stars, but I'm rounding up as the audio narration fit the storyline so well.

The U. K. travels I found far stronger material than the treks...more
Apr 13, 2014
Mar 28, 2014
American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
I'll start off in saying that I won't dispute assertions that the author has a liberal, northern bias; however, that wasn't a problem for me. One feat...more
Dec 10, 2013
Dec 05, 2013
Radio Shangri-La: What I Discovered on my Accidental Journey to the Happiest Kingdom on Earth
Really 2.5 - 3 stars, but rounded down for the author's overly-perky narration, which grew irritating.

I found the story ultimately lacking, disappoint...more
Jun 29, 2014
Dec 08, 2013
Three, Imperfect Number
Coulda been a contender!

I picked this one up off of the new books shelf at the library thinking, "Hmmm ... a blind policewoman in Naples sound promis...more
Jan 21, 2014
Jan 19, 2014
MoonPies and Movie Stars
I'm really torn between whether I'd feel differently had I read the print version, rather than the audio. Narrator does a good job with the accents, i...more
Oct 2007
Aug 19, 2007
Death on the Aegean Queen (Dotsy Lamb, #3)
I got this one as an Amazon Prime free loan, and honestly, kinda glad I didn't pay for it. Mystery angle was okay; it's a cozy, so I wasn't expecting...more
Jan 12, 2014
Jan 13, 2014
Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
Lesser does a great job of presenting practical applications for what might be seen (by some) as "new-agey" tools. The audiobook presents a paradox in...more
Mar 30, 2009
Mar 30, 2009
Shutting Out the Sun: How Japan Created Its Own Lost Generation
Great job from an outsider into Japan's hikikomori problem - boys (usually bullied at school) who just decide to "drop out" of society, not even leavi...more
Jul 21, 2008
Jul 19, 2008
Gasa-Gasa Girl
First, this isn't a stand alone - read Summer of the Big Bachi for backstory on Mas and his family. I commend the author for switching the location to...more
May 16, 2013
May 17, 2013
Pardon My French: Unleash Your Inner Gaul
I've taken a fair amount of French in school, and in flipping through the book wasn't sure I'd learn all that much new. The vocabulary items are a sor...more
Dec 23, 2008
Dec 24, 2008
Rewriting History
Disclaimer: I've loathed the Clintons from the get-go.

Do I respect Dick Morris? Not much. Does he offer us new information here? Not much. Is the boo...more
not set
Aug 19, 2007
Brush with Darkness: Learning to Paint After Losing My Sight
A truly incredible story - not only had the author gone blind before doing her paintings, she explains how she'd lost the ability to recall visual mod...more
Jan 2005
Dec 09, 2008
Breakfast with Tiffany: An Uncle's Memoir
Book reads quite well, but had the feel of a fiction piece to me as I went through it; not that he was making up details, but that they're so precise...more
Oct 27, 2008
Oct 27, 2008
Africa Road Trip: One LandCruiser, Two Australians, 300 Days
At times a bit heavy on the (westerner) expat circuit experience, but overall not a bad read, doesn't suffer from a "cobbled together from blog or jou...more
Mar 17, 2014
Mar 17, 2014
The Price of Politics
Hardcore wonkery! Most of the book consists of re-hashes of daily meetings of the president and congressional figures over the debt ceiling crisis, wi...more
Jul 13, 2014
Jul 16, 2014
A Brief History of Life in Victorian Britain: How a Nation Grew into an Empire and the Birth of a Modern Society
A good overview of how much things changed during the reign, as well as a good comparison of how much technology changed society in a lifetime, simila...more
Mar 23, 2014
Mar 23, 2014
Old Filth (Old Filth, #1)
I was skeptical at first, but it really is a brilliant book: the plotting, characters, and description all come together just right. I'm not going to...more
Jan 30, 2011
Jan 25, 2011
Cheated by Death (Jeff Resnick Mystery, #3)
Good to catch up with Jeff, Richard and all, but I found this one rather grim, so I don't get all the five-star raves. Series definitely needs to be r...more
Mar 13, 2014
Mar 13, 2014
Inside the Victorian Home: A Portrait of Domestic Life in Victorian England
What a terrific find! I was tempted to give it four stars for the tangents, but the thorough research really deserves all five; the bibliography has g...more
Feb 22, 2009
Feb 20, 2009
Last Night at the Lobster
From my time working in restaurant kitchens in my distant youth (though not in a chain as in this book), I found the goings-on quite accurate. The set...more
May 24, 2012
May 25, 2012
Bonjour Blanc: A Journey Through Haiti
Thompson does a fantastic job covering a nation difficult for most outsiders to understand. Lots of historical details, presented in context to the pl...more
Mar 24, 2008
Aug 19, 2007
The Imperfectionists
Quite well-written, indeed the characters were about as diversified as it gets (although no explicitly gay ones, just a coyly implied closet case). I...more
not set
Feb 21, 2011
Things I Don't Want to Know: On Writing
Did I like this book? Not exactly, but I did find it interesting. I think I'll give her fiction a pass though.
Jul 14, 2014
Jul 14, 2014
Travels with My Donkey: One Man and His Ass on a Pilgrimage to Santiago
I've decided Tim knows just when to keep from going over-the-top. That doesn't mean he doesn't actually do it every so often, but he's talented enough...more
not set
Aug 19, 2007
A Walk with Jane Austen: A Journey into Adventure, Love, and Faith
Not one "hook", but four, here: Jane Austen (literature); a travel narrative; a romantic angle; being "Christian" -- all contained in the full title....more
Jan 24, 2009
Jan 24, 2009
The World in a City: Traveling the Globe Through the Neighborhoods of the New New York
If you're familiar with New York City, you'll recognize what a truly impressive job Berger's done profiling changes in several neighborhoods over the...more
Jan 2008
Jan 14, 2008
London Orbital
First of all: the author is brilliant. The bon mots fly faster dust motes in a tornado; to fully apprec iate them, the reader needs a *very* strong gr...more
Aug 2007
Aug 19, 2007
The Writer's Book of Hope: Getting from Frustration to Publication
One of the best books on writing I've run across. Lots of examples of (now) famous authors' tactics for dealing with discouraging periods and rejectio...more
Oct 2007
Oct 05, 2007
Spilling the Beans
I was familiar with the author from the Two Fat Ladies cooking program, so recently listened to her narrate Clarissa's England, which was terrific. Af...more
Nov 09, 2013
Nov 10, 2013
Stalked by Spirits: True Tales of a Ghost Magnet
Saw this on the library's New Books shelf recently, and being a sucker for paranormal doings, checked it out.
I found it technically well-written, no c...more
May 28, 2012
May 29, 2012