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>>>>
by William Gibson
1984 / 288 pages
read by Robertson Dean 10h 30m
rating 8.5 / classic sci-fi (cyberpunk)
I have had this book on my TBR (to be read) shelf for ages and ages. Now that Gibson’s new book, Peripheral, is being released (Oct. 28, 2014) I thought I should read his classic.
At first I was really disappointed because, first, I’ve only followed Gibson since Pattern Recognition and I’m used to his books being set in a contemporary world with cutting edge techno/cyber stuff. When a book was written 30 years ago it’s just not going to be that.
Neuromancer is set in a world decades in the future – 2030? – >>>>MORE>>>>
Buddhism For Busy People: Finding Happiness In An Uncertain World
by David Michie
2008 / 240 pages
read by Nicholas Bell 6h 49m
rating 6.5 / nonfiction/self-help-religion
General principals of Tibetan Buddhism with the objective of being happy – I agree with some, not with all and I’m not crazy about the current trend to use it as an adjunct to psychology. Just do it. The reader is quite good. Tibetan meditation is wonderful but there’s only a little guidance here – a starter maybe but that’s all any guidebook can really give, I suppose. >>>>MORE>>>>
The Secret Place
by Tana French (Ireland)
Another trashy crime novel – not too trashy (I just say that) – very suspenseful. A spell of relistening was necessary because the accent is pretty stong and my attention was weak. Second time it was very good and I enjoyed the book.
There’s really a tad too much silly teenage girl angst, especially at first, every other chapter is about the concerns of a small group of exceptionally close girlfriends who attend an elite girl’s school in Ireland. This is the backstory of the relationship between the girls and their male friends at a nearby boy’s school. It’s the lead up to the murder but