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   StormCnter  I've been trying to finish up Christmas shopping and my husband is always a challenge when I'm gift-selecting. But, a couple of weeks ago he mentioned that he would like to have an audiobook of the complete Bible. When we first married, we decided to jointly read the Bible all the way through. We got bogged down in Genesis's begats and went no further. But, I found this set (64 discs ) at Barnes and Noble, The NIV Audio Bible, Dramatized. Not just a reading, but different voices, different actors acting it all out. It gets good reviews and I think he will love it.
November 21 at 06:02 EST .

   MeiDei  Sounds like a winner! He'll be singing "How Great Thou Art" to you.
November 21 at 07:03 EST .

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   StormCnter  ...or "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho"
November 21 at 07:13 EST .

   MeiDei  There is a list of 17 books to read this Fall; Artemis is one, as well as a series of short stories in a book written by Tom Hanks and a surprise to me book about American WWII female code breakers: Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy. A Dan Brown novel, "Origin", is also listed - about the art world in Spain. I haven't checked out the last 3 books yet.
November 20 at 19:29 EST .

   StormCnter  Remember "The Martian"? The writer has a second book out now, "Artemis". I read a review in the WSJ this morning. I'm going to order it.
November 11 at 18:07 EST .

   4 people like this.

   Gram77  I'm right behind you, Storm.
November 12 at 16:12 EST .

  6 people like this.

   MeiDei  Artemis is this week's featured book - on line bookclub; just read today's page (s ) looks like a good one so far ; )
November 20 at 19:12 EST .

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   StormCnter  I ordered it and it's in the new shipment. But, I have to finish my current book first "The Expats". I'm not thrilled by this one, but maybe it will improve. I hate to give up on a book.
November 21 at 05:54 EST .

   StormCnter  I've just begun an odd little book, "The Great Zoo of China" by Matthew Reilly. Mr. Reilly has apparently written several best-selling books, but I wasn't familiar with him. So far (50 pages in ) this seems to be a ripoff of "Jurassic Park", But it's interesting and I will stay with it. A group of scientists and media reps are invited to a hush-hush Chinese project, underway for forty years. The Chinese have discovered dragons, which no one believed really existed. Real dragons. Great big dragons, some as large as an airliner. Here's the Goodreads synopsis.
November 4 at 09:00 EST .

   8 people like this.

   StormCnter  Don't bother with this one. I read it to the end, but I think it was written solely to attract a movie contract and "Jurassic Park" was a much better story.
November 11 at 18:08 EST .

  3 people like this.

   Gram77  I'm sure I read this but since I don't remember much of it, apparently it wasn't much to be remembered. Good thing my old English professor can't see this sentence. Shame on me. : )
November 12 at 16:16 EST .

  7 people like this.

   MeiDei  Well, we found a paperback unopened in one of the bookcases - will start reading it later, here's a quip w/reviews from goodreads:
October 25 at 14:27 EST .

   11 people like this.

   StormCnter  Sounds like a fun and quick read, Mei.
October 26 at 05:42 EST .

  11 people like this.

   MeiDei  Well, it's starting off as slow as the typist here ... don't anyone rush out to get it yet ; )
October 29 at 22:43 EST .

  7 people like this.

   StormCnter  Yesterday, I made a trip to Barnes and Noble, book list in hand. I came home with a treasure trove and can't wait to get started on them. In the meantime, however, I am almost finished with a book I thought I wasn't going to like. WRONG! It's "The Art Forger" by B.A. Shapiro. I am a fine art illiterate (I'm not fine, the art is fine ) and I know nada about what a real artist goes through to complete a painting. But, this book not only educated me, but tangled me up in the story. It's a good one. I recommend it.
October 21 at 07:59 EST .

   8 people like this.

   MeiDei  I wish I could add to the selective process but I still can't hold a real book in my hands for more than a page or two at a time, even a paperback is only good for 3-4 pages. I've got that Victoria biography to read & 3 books I'd forgotten all about that are sitting on the front seat of my car ... must have had to make a mad dash in the house [just before my little dramatic life change - again] : ) For now just reading the dailies from Random House.
October 17 at 20:59 EST .

   10 people like this.

   StormCnter  Do you have time for audiobooks, Mei? My son-in-law's mother had a similar problem when she was recovering from medical treatments and found audiobooks to work very well.
October 18 at 05:57 EST .

  8 people like this.

   MeiDei  I think I'd fall asleep Storm. Or if listening and doing chores would most likely miss a lot of the story or be unmindful of what I'm doing. I'm not fully back yet, very slow progress with plateauing in between advances & some back sliding.....but alive & able to communicate : )
October 18 at 11:59 EST .

  10 people like this.

   StormCnter  I'm reading "The Keep",Jennifer Egan, published in 2006 and I apparently avoided it for some reason. It looks like a weird story, but was an international best seller. I'm only into the first few chapters. Anyone read it?
I just finished "The German Girl" by Correa which I think Mei discussed on this Wall some time back. It begins a little slow, picks up in the middle and then ties up most of the still-loose ends at the finish. It's not a book to be enjoyed, but it's one to be remembered.
October 17 at 05:22 EST .

   5 people like this.

   StormCnter  I gave up on "The Keep" about 1/3 into it. There were too many threads and too few connections. Now, I have begun "The Art Forger", by Shapiro. I'm barely into it and already intrigued.
October 18 at 05:56 EST .

  14 people like this.

   Gram77  A reader friend loaned me a book; Before The Fall by Hawley. Do you readers know anything about it?
October 16 at 08:22 EST .

   7 people like this.

   StormCnter  I read it, Gram. It's a very affecting book and you will stay involved in the story.
October 17 at 05:18 EST .

  8 people like this.

   Gram77  It is a book style that I like and I am now hooked. I am betting when every one and everything comes together I will be surprised.
October 17 at 14:00 EST .

  9 people like this.

   StormCnter  Have any of you read anything from Leif GW Persson? I'm always a bit hesitant about books "translated from the ...", but I have enjoyed some of the Japanese crime writers. I picked up "The Dying Detective", a crime story, by Mr. Persson and now I'm about 3/4 through it. It's engrossing. Mr. Persson's writing style takes a bit of getting accustomed, but the story has me completely hooked. I'm going to look at his other books.
October 3 at 14:46 EST .

   12 people like this.

   Safetydude  Hey StormC,

You might want to check out the 'Martin Beck' series by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo. Also translated from Swedish.

I have the first one in the series; "Roseanna" in Swedish. which was my first language. and I was able read it as a teenager.
Not so now.
I have a well read leather bound, autographed translation that my dad gave me. That book is one of many that I regard as old friend.
October 3 at 21:14 EST .

  14 people like this.

   StormCnter  Thank you, Sd, I will check those out. I appreciate the tip. My first language is Texan, so Swedish is a whole new world. [grin]
October 4 at 05:35 EST .

  13 people like this.

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