04/2016

These are the books I read in April, 2016 –  21 books,   4 contemporary fiction,  3 classic fiction,   6 mystery/crimes,  3 sci-fi or speculative fictions and 5 nonfiction.  4 women authors and 2 translations –

FICTION –
Contemporary:

** Zero  K 
by Don DeLillo
Scribner – May 3/ 2016 / 288 pages
Rating – 9.8 / literary fiction
And a huge thank you to Simon & Schuster  for the ARC via NetGalley

** Did You Ever Have a Family  –  x2
by Bill Clegg
2015 / 304 pages
rating –  9.5 / contemp fiction

**  A Brief History of Seven Killings
by Marlon James
2014 / 688 pages
Read by a great “cast”  (read and listened)
Rating: 9.5   /  literary crime/historical

**  Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
by Salman Rushdie
2015 / 304 pages
read by Robert G. Slade 11h 26m
rating:  9.3  / literary fantasy
(read and listened x2)

Classic:

** The Heart of the Matter
by Graham Greene
1948 /  288 pages
read by Michael Kitchen 10h 6m
rating:  8 / classic  – an extra point for being a classic

** Colonel Chabert
Honoré de Balzac
1832 / 80 pages
rating – 9

**For the Major
by Constance Fenimore Woolson
1982-83 / 84 pages  (novella)
rating  8.5  / classic US

MYSTERY/CRIME

**  Disclaimer 
by Reneé Knight
2015 / 352 pages (Harper)
read by Michael Pennington and Laura Paton – 8h 25m
rating:   B-  / psychological suspense

**An Innocent Client
by Scott Pratt
2008/ 360 pages
read by Tim Campbell 7h 54m
rating –
(#1 in Joe Dillard series)

** The Strangler Vine 
by M.J. Carter
2014 / 384 pages
read by Alex Wyndham 10h 43m
rating:  A+/ 8.5  (historical literary crime -)
(Book 1 in the Blake and Avery series)

**The Girl From Home
by Adam Mitzner –
2016 / 336 pages
read by Jonathan Walker  10h 32m
rating: –  A++  /  crime

**  Saving Sophie
by Ronald H. Balson
2015/ 448 pages
read by Fred Berman 13h 42m
rating – A+ /  international crime (with history)
(#2 in the Catherine and Liam series)

**  The Advocate’s Daughter
by Anthony Franze
2016/ 317 pages
read by Robert Patkoff – 9h 2m
rating:  A

SCI-FI/SPECULATIVE

**  Darknet
by Matthew Mather
2015 / 371 pages
read by Tom Taylorson
rating:  B-  / speculative fiction

**  Cyberstorm 
by Matthew Mather
2013/ 362 pages
read by Tom Taylorson 11h 18m
rating –  A+  / dystopian sci-fi – tech

**  The Book of Strange New Things 
by Michael Faber
2014 / 528 pages
read by Josh Cohen 19h 27m
rating –  8/ A++   (literary sci-fi)
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NONFICTION
**  Black Flags:  The Rise of Isis
by Joby Warrick
2015 / 368 pages
read by Sunil Malhotra  13h 33m
rating –  9 /  general nonfiction

**  Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
by Stephen Greenblatt
2011 / 448 pages
rating:   8 /  biography-history-literary analysis

**  A Little History of Philosophy
by Nigel Warburton
2011 /  288 pages
read by Kris Dyer  7h 35m
rating:  9

**  Confucius Mecius Laozi Xhuangzi Xunzi: Selected Passages from the Chinese Philosophers
by Michael Pruett and Christine Gross-Loh
2015 / very short – 45 pages?
rating – 9 (?)

**   The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life
by Michael Puett, Christine Gross-Loh
2016 / 224 pages
read by Michael Pruett
rating:   8  /  philosophy – self-help