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Betsy | 1255 comments Mod
For February 2019, one of the books we will be reading is The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life by David Quammen. Please use this thread to post questions, comments, or reviews, at any time.


Camelia Rose (goodeadscomcameliarose) | 7 comments I am halfway through this book. I have mixed feelings.


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David | 745 comments Mod
Camelia, what are your mixed feelings about?


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Betsy | 1255 comments Mod
I reserved this book on Overdrive back in December when we first chose it. At that time there were sixty-some people in the queue. At present there are still nearly 40 in the queue ahead of me. So, it's probably unlikely that I'll get to read it this month. :(


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JZ | 13 comments Betsy wrote: "I reserved this book on Overdrive back in December when we first chose it. At that time there were sixty-some people in the queue. At present there are still nearly 40 in the queue ahead of me. So,..."

Have you tried a different format? Sometimes I can get a book sooner that way. The Overdrive versions (audio, ebook) aren't available right now, but there are Audio cd and printed book copies available at my library. And you might be able to get it through Libby through another library.


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Betsy | 1255 comments Mod
Thanks, but I don't really like to read printed or audiobook if there's not a compelling reason to do so. I haven't tried Libby. Is it really different from Overdrive?


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JZ | 13 comments Betsy wrote: "Thanks, but I don't really like to read printed or audiobook if there's not a compelling reason to do so. I haven't tried Libby. Is it really different from Overdrive?"

I don't use it, because I use my computer at home to listen.
Libby is for smaller devices, and allows you to borrow books from more than one library, making so many more books available. I don't know how it works, but there's probably someone here who does.
I think that publishers would like to eliminate Overdrive, because you can keep the audiobooks on computers, whereas I don't think that you can find them to keep on smaller devices. That's what I've read on the Audiobook group discussion.

Because of my eyes, I only like a large screen, so iOS devices don't really interest me. I only listen and read at home, where I can download anything I want. I've just recently become able to read paper, but I don't enjoy it as much, since it's not backlit or adjustable.

I do love audiobooks, though. They've opened a whole new world of understanding to me. I love a/b that come with ebooks for photos, charts, graphs, maps, etc. Wonderful for non-fiction books.
(If I feel like I'm missing something, I check out the ebook at the same time as I'm listening. It's a powerful way to learn more difficult subjects.)
Also, I get to read series in order more easily. Great for mysteries, and I pick up the clues and get through them faster. Plays are so much better, too.
Yep, I like them. Better than tv. No commercials.
Yet.


Camelia Rose (goodeadscomcameliarose) | 7 comments JZ wrote: "I do love audiobooks, though. They've opened a whole new world of understanding to me. I love a/b that come with ebooks for photos, charts, graphs, maps, etc. Wonderful for non-fiction books. "

This! Audiobooks are wonderful, especially for non-fictions.
I love all kinds of formats.


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Camelia Rose (goodeadscomcameliarose) | 7 comments Just finished The Tangled Tree.

It's an informative book, a great summary of latest development in the field of molecular phylogenetics and evolution, but some parts feel a bit repetitive and could have been better organized.

My review: The Tangled Tree


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Erica | 10 comments I’ve ordered this and it should hopefully arrive next week. Looking forward to reading it!


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Erica | 10 comments My copy arrived today! This is a perfect pick for me because I will be teaching evolution in a few weeks :)


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