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   StormCnter  After pushing it back on my shelf for several months and even after my son-in-law told me how the book impressed him, I am finally getting into Laura Hillebrand's "Unbroken". I resisted it because war stories, particularly those involving torture and imprisonment are not my favorite genre and certainly not entertaining. However, when my stash of unread books withered down to a sad few, I decided to give "Unbroken" a try. I'm 63 pages in and I'm thinking I was mistaken to have avoided it for so long. What did any of you think of that book? I'm sure by now every reader except me has read it.
April 14 at 07:59 EST .




   Gram77  Just got back from running errands and had time to hit the library. Found a honey of a book and could hardly put it down long enough to share with all you readers. The title is Flight By Elephant. The author is Andrew Martin. From the back cover....."The astonishing true story of a middle-aged tea planter who mounted an epic rescue mission, with the aid of a herd of elephants." This takes place in a time of which I read about a lot; the 1930s.
March 31 at 13:41 EST .

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   Rollingcow  I have a book on audio that someone or other gave me. It should be perfect for me, it's urban fantasy and I'm always up for reading a new author in that genre. Unfortunately I've listened to it four times without hearing a word it seems. I have no idea what went on or why I should care. I'm not sure whether it's the book or the narrator and at this point I don't care. Anyone else have this experience? I'm normally a very active listener.
Mrs. Cow
March 27 at 04:46 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I have never cared for audio books but the narrator would have to be quite good in order to capture and keep your attention. I would listen to anything if Tom Selleck read it, or Sam Elliot.
March 27 at 18:38 EST .

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   Rollingcow  I love to listen to Richard Farone, Stephen Lang is another favorite, but many actors aren't very good narrators. There are a few however. The trick to listening to a story is to tune in on it as much as you can, I'm always walking around with my ear buds in and my i-pod in my pocket. I wouldn't have been able to do it a few years ago, guess I've learned to take things slower now.
Mrs. Cow
March 27 at 23:01 EST .

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   Nugoddess  The only audio book I ever tried was Hypnosis Made Easy - listened to it while driving. Yeah, the cops said I shouldn't do audio books any more. ;p
April 11 at 18:31 EST .

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   Gram77  I'm off to get another what I think will be a good book....Savage Harvest by Hoffman. Anyone know about this or have read it?
March 24 at 19:40 EST .

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   StormCnter  Anyone read "The Eighty Dollar Champion" by Elizabeth Letts? I picked it up off a bargain table at Barnes & Noble. I had never heard of it, although the cover blurb identifies it as a best-seller. The horse was rescued from a trailer headed for the slaughterhouse by a young Dutch horsetrainer who had recently emigrated to the US with his wife.

Anyway, I'm enjoying it a great deal and can't wait to pass it on to my horse-loving granddaughter. What a great story.
March 24 at 09:00 EST .

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   Yottyhere  Is anyone else noticing how it seems like a lot of books now need some serious editing in the middle of the book where everything seems to go haywire? I am thinking about several of the latest books I have read...Stephen Kings Doctor Sleep and the book I just finished The GoldFinch. The books start out concise and on target and then when you get to the middle of it it's like a major BOMB explosion going off in all sorts of unexplained tangents and drifting around aimlessly.
I read where some people are blaming it on ebooks and fewer editors working with authors.
Not being a part of that world of publishing I have no earthly idea if that is true.
All I know is several of the most recent books I have read it has been this way.... enough so I am going back to some books I had previously read years ago rather than struggle through another mishmash right now....
March 17 at 14:07 EST .

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   MsHope  Yotty, I agree with you about the newer books. It's as if the author has a deadline to meet and gets a little sloppy in the middle in order to meet a contractual obligation. Procrastination takes it's toll! About two years ago I began to read books previously read. The passage of MANY years (with me, anyway ) makes a huge difference in what you take away from the book. Without trying to sound like Miss Smarty Pants, it's all about a new frame of reference.
March 18 at 05:01 EST .

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   Clipped wings  I agree Yotty. Although I read a lot of unknown authors (looking to find a new talent ) I also read some of the newest novels by old standbys. I have been disappointed with them and wondered how their editors could let so many things go uncorrected.
March 28 at 11:56 EST .

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   Gram77  I am always poking around looking for books that are not particularly main stream. So, what does anyone know about The River Of Doubt by Candice Millard? Also there is a book about to arrive on the shelf entitled Roosevelt's Beast. I've recently read a short write-up about it and can't decide it I want to dig into either one. Any of you readers out there have any into about these books?
March 6 at 09:57 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram, I haven't read it, but I got it for my husband on audiobook. He loved it and quotes from it until my eyes glaze. Second thing is that I have read many books about Theodore Roosevelt and not a single one of them was boring. He wasn't a boring man.
March 6 at 16:02 EST .

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   Gram77  Got this book today and have started. Housework is going to be neglected.
March 7 at 16:19 EST .

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   BaseballFan  Just picked up a new (Feb.2014 published ) book entitled "Eyes on Target: Inside Stories from the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs" by Scott McEwen and Richard Miniter.

I'm only a chapter into it (history of the birth of the SEAL teams ) and it's quite good so far. What I am especially looking forward to is the chapter(s ) on Benghazi.
March 4 at 10:55 EST .

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   Rollingcow  I've been reading a new Urban Fantasy series by a Brit called Benedict Jacka. The main charracter is Alex Verus and the first book is 'Fated'. Not bad at all a very different take. For Dean Koontz fans they made a movie of his book Odd Thomas, it was well done, funny and most of the book is still there.
Mrs. Cow
February 20 at 19:23 EST .

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   Gram77  Hi Mrs. Cow! How's things at the Barn. It was a very nice surprise to see your post.
February 23 at 14:51 EST .

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   Balogreene  Mrs. Cow, is that Audible, or Kindle? I have so many Kindle books I've gotten free from BookBub, I may never read them. I am always looking for more Audible books, however.
March 1 at 22:50 EST .

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   Rollingcow  Both.
Mrs. Cow
March 2 at 08:31 EST .

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   Yottyhere  Storm, I am reading Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch" per your recommendation and it is really good. I am about 1/2 way through it. The way it started off I was thinking "ut oh" then it picked up and I have a hard time putting it down.

I read Gone Girl a month or so ago and thought it was pretty good....the other books by her were sort of meh. But I will probably give her another chance again.

Next on my agenda (I downloaded it back last fall ) just haven't gotten to it yet is The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith aka Harry Potters Mom....
February 20 at 00:01 EST .

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   StormCnter  I am so glad you are enjoying it.
February 20 at 09:39 EST .

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   Gram77  Just finished Gone Girl. Not at all what I expected regarding the ending.
February 20 at 18:05 EST .

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   StormCnter  I've just begun James Michener's "Alaska". You know how he writes, the first chapters are always tedious while he sets it up. We'll see if this is as good as "Hawaii".
February 22 at 06:54 EST .

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   Yottyhere  I am a Michener junkie.
Have enjoyed them all my very favorite is Chespeake. I just loved the way that story of those families were just perfect. We lived in Annapolis just before the book came out and that's what caused my interest. I knew all the areas he wrote about and described.
February 22 at 23:32 EST .

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   Nugoddess  Love, love, love Michener! Loved Hawaii and Centennial , big fan of his book, Texas (a little out of the ordinary IMHO. )

The Drifters was great because I read it before living in Europe and it always stuck in my brain that I wanted to see Torremolinos, Spain (never did. )

Alaska had some slow spots for me, The Source was very interesting but Poland was the only Michener book I never finished, don't know why.
February 23 at 12:22 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thought I would NEVER get into Alaska, but once I got into it I was hooked. Lots of pages in that book. It was quite a history lesson. Still looking for a copy of Chesapeake...since we live here between the Bay and the Atlantic, it will be interesting. Hagar was raised on MD's eastern shore, his people were farmers and watermen.
February 23 at 14:36 EST .

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   StormCnter  Ok, I'm halfway through "Alaska" and it's been a slog. I keep waiting for the section that makes me feel I haven't wasted my time.
March 1 at 06:30 EST .

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   StormCnter  I finally gave up on "Alaska". It was so boring that I had to force myself to sit down and read a few more pages from time to time. After 650 or those, I surrendered, closed it, and placed it on the donation shelf. Now, I've begun Anjelica Huston's memoir, "A Story Lately Told".
March 8 at 07:22 EST .

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