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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
I'm in favor of:

-pig farmers as romantic leads
-parrots named Zenobia who eat cuckoo clocks
-women who do the asking

I'm not in favor of:

-strong silent t
Feb 2009
Feb 17, 2009
Wit's End
Too much Wikipedia, not enough story. I thought that all of the "themes" were a great set-up: the dollhouses, the Maxwell Lane stories, etc. "Ice City ...more
May 2008
May 30, 2008
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
While listening to this book, I would find myself thinking, "How incredibly brave," then moments later, reminding myself that the hardscrabble young f ...more
Nov 2011
Nov 09, 2011
Miles from Nowhere
Engaging. The events are about what you'd expect from a "teen runaway" story. The feel of the 80s in New York came through really strong. You can hard ...more
May 2009
Jun 01, 2009
Nothing really happens in the beginning of the story, but I was surprised to find I didn't care - I still wanted to keep listening. Protag Ashley talk ...more
Apr 2009
Apr 29, 2009
Accidents of Nature
There's something about female Southern narrators that drive me nuts. I almost stopped the CD after the first 10 minutes, but am glad I carried on.

Jun 2009
Jun 04, 2009
Salvation City
I might have liked this a little better if the audiobook narrator hadn't been so terribly annoying.

This reminded me a little of Tom Perotta's 'The Ab
Sep 2011
Sep 18, 2011
Seen It All and Done the Rest
This is a beach read, for sure. It's Southern-styled lifestyle-porn + inspiration-lite, with dash of salacious gossip and a side of social justice, an ...more
Apr 2010
Mar 31, 2010
Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead
So, I didn't have the jacket copy anymore and I kept thinking this was a supernatural mystery (City of the Dead, right?) and for the first couple of c ...more
Mar 2012
Mar 09, 2012
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
**spoiler alert** I was driven completely crazy by the over-produced audiobook version, which made me feel like I was listening to some Disney cartoon ...more
Mar 2011
Mar 25, 2011
An Incomplete Revenge (Maisie Dobbs, #5)
I got my mom into this series a few years ago, and she has carried on with enthusiasm after I dropped off. But she talked so much about this one, abou ...more
Jun 2009
Jun 10, 2009
Secrets of Eden
Man in small Vermont town murders wife and kills himself. Local pastor is in love with wife, and loses his faith after the killing. Famous author who ...more
May 2010
May 24, 2010
World and Town
A quiet, reflective novel. Science, community, globalization, bitterness, pride and hubris. Love and relationships from a wide angle. I enjoyed it. Th ...more
Oct 2011
Sep 26, 2011
When Will There Be Good News? (Jackson Brodie, #3)
I've enjoyed the other Jackson Brodie books so much of the appeal comes from finding out what is happening to characters I'm fond of. But I think ther ...more
Nov 2009
Oct 22, 2009
Heart-Shaped Box
Yes! I made it through this book without a single nightmare.

...Which probably isn't a good recommendation for horror fans, but it suited me. I thought
Feb 2009
Mar 17, 2009
Pope Joan
Based on a real historical myth, Pope Joan is the story of a 9th-century European girl who rises to (briefly) become Pope. Educated at a young age, th ...more
Apr 2010
Apr 13, 2010
44 Scotland Street (44 Scotland Street #1)
I thought a book originally serialized in The Scotsman would be good for listening to a bit here and there. It was slow to start. There is a large cas ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 19, 2009
The Boy in the Suitcase (Nina Borg, #1)
Solid Nordic mystery/thriller without the knee-jerk misogyny that comes with some (ahem). Characters are vivid and their personalities believable. The ...more
Feb 2012
Feb 27, 2012
The Little Stranger
I'm starting to think Sarah Waters is one of my favorite authors. There's such a sense of realism about her worlds and characters, even in this slight ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 13, 2009
The New Republic
An un-novel-like book. Or maybe I should say a novel of ideas. Hmm, but some of the characters were pretty strong too. And there were riots and explos ...more
Sep 2012
Oct 09, 2012
This was a good book, but I'm not sure I liked it. I didn't like the main character much, and I had a hard time deciding whether he was just an unlike ...more
Dec 2010
Dec 12, 2010
Master and Commander (Aubrey/Maturin, #1)
Recommended to me by the same cleverclogs writer who also gave me Heyer's "The Grand Sophy" as an antidote to reading fatigue. In the 1990s I worked i ...more
Jul 2013
Jun 11, 2013
I See You Everywhere
I wasn't planning to read this, but when I heard Julia Glass read from it last summer, it was so funny. I guess it was just JG herself - everything sh ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 26, 2010
Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)
I never wanted to read this when I was a kid, but I thought now that I was all grown-up I wouldn't mind all the pollyanna stuff. And I didn't...for th ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 16, 2008
To continue the single sentence theme, for Angelica it has to be the bit between Constance and her husband, the (confirmed) creepy vivisectionist and ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 23, 2008
Trading Dreams at Midnight: A Novel
I really liked this. I was expecting something a little sappier, a little more heartwarming. Which, I guess it ultimately was, but it was so interesti ...more
Feb 2010
Aug 20, 2009
Sapphique (Incarceron, #2)
This is much better than "Incarceron" - almost 4 stars.

"Incarceron" was a borderline book that wasn't improved by the cringe-worthy phony accents in
Apr 2011
Apr 20, 2011
An Object of Beauty
An interesting book - I'm still not sure what to make of it. For a while, in the middle of the romance with Patrice Clair, I thought I was reading a t ...more
Mar 2011
Mar 02, 2011
You know that adage about writing, that to make an interesting book, an author should invent a likable character and then make terrible things happen ...more
Mar 2010
May 27, 2009
Incarceron (Incarceron, #1)
3.5 stars, really. Once I got past the ridiculous accents of the characters on the CD version (it was narrated in American English, but the characters ...more
Oct 2010
Sep 22, 2010
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