The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café
by Alexander McCall Smith
2014 / 257 pages
read by Lisette Lecat / 9h 55m
rating A++ (for enjoyment) / contemp fiction / Botswana
Aaaaahhhh! A fix from the war-filled, depressing books I’ve been reading lately – whew! I needed this! (Big old smile on my face.)
This is the 15th book in the Ladies #1 Detective series which Alexander McCall Smith began back in 1998. I read about it back then in some magazine or review and promptly got the book. Yup – I was hooked. And here I am 16 years later still gobbling them up the day they are released. I have had paperbacks (at first) and hardcovers (for a few years before ebooks) and now (for the last 10 or so years) I prefer listening because Lissette Lecat is the perfect reader for this series. >>>>MORE>>>>
The Bone Clocks
by David Mitchell
2014 / 640 pages
Oh what can I say about a genius author whose latest book does not live up to the expectations of the last?
I loved reading Cloud Atlas – loved it – both times – text and audio versions – the whole thing. I also loved The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (with a small exception) , but I wasn’t so crazy about Mitchell’s earlier Black Swan Green.
I think I expected “great things” from The Bone Clocks and, well, for the most part it’s very good – but when the plot devolves into body-snatchers and zombie-like activities including a war between the semi-immortal good guys (the Horologists) and their equivalent bad guys (The Anchorites) – well … >>> MORE>>>>
by John Lescroart
1996/ 656 pages
read by David Colacci 18h 10m
rating: A / crime
I think I’m finishing up novels of John Lescroart – the ones which are available in audio format and read by Colacci, anyway. I’m going slowly – this is comfort reading/listening. “Guilt” is a stand-alone featuring Abe Glitzky, the Black and Jewish, very married-with-children San Francisco detective. This is Dismas Hardy’s old buddy from the days Hardy was on the police force but Hardy isn’t involved in this one.
In “Guilt,” the smooth, handsome, rich, powerful >>>>MORE>>>>
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
by Ishmael Beah
2007 / 229 pages
read by Ishmael Beah – 7h 48m
rating 7 / memoir
Beah’s book is a memoir, but it appears that discrepancies have been found and that’s always a problem for some when good sales are involved.
Well … imo…. EXCUSE me??? Consider the source, huh? This is NOT James Frey for whom I have zero tolerance. This is the story of what happens when a 12 to 16-year old boy in a war zone loses his family to the brutality, then wanders around the countryside with his friends for awhile, snagging food, sleeping as he might. He finally gets “conscripted” into the government forces to fight the rebels who decimated his village. Then he’s suddenly rescued by UNICEF and guess what … Beah’s got post-traumatic syndrome to the max, but he’s rehabilitated and a decade later writes a memoir. Let’s see … >>>>MORE>>>>
The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps
by Michael Blanding
2014 – 320 pages
read by Sean Runnette – 8h 35m
rating – 7.5 – history/crime
I’d never heard of Forbes Smiley or the case of the map thief prior to seeing this on Audible so I listened to the sample, found myself intrigued, purchased, downloaded and listened – all in less than 24 hours.
If you’re interested in maps (as I am, having been a map-maker in the distant past), or rare books (and I love those, too) this is a great book – although I don’t know as I’d call it “gripping.” >>>>MORE>>>>