05/2015

These are the books I read in May, 2015: –  16 books with 8 of them over 400 pages – 4 crime books , 1 sci-fi,  1 nonfiction,  3 classics and  5 women authors.  No translations.  Ratings are A-F for Crime and Sci-Fi,  10 (high) – 1 for everything else.

CRIME:

The Whites
by Richard Price / Harry Brandt
2015 / 352 -pages
read by  Ari Flakes 10h 30m
rating:  B+ / literary crime

Invasion of Privacy
by Ian Sutherland
2014/ 472 pages
read by Matthew Lloyd Davies 16h 59m
rating: A + / cyber-crime

No Show
by Simon Wood
2013 / 298 pages
read by Luke Daniels 8h 20m
rating B  /   crime

Blessed Are the Dead
by Malla Nunn (South Africa/Australia)
2012 / 336 pages
read by Humphrey Bower  9h 7m  (A+)
rating:   A /  crime

SCIENCE FICTION

Seveneves
by Neal Stephenson
2015 / 880 pages
read by Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron – 31h 55m
rating:  B / science fiction

NONFICTION

Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People
by Elizabeth A. Fenn
2014 /  480 pages
rating – 8 / US history (Indian)
(self-select)

CONTEMPORARY  FICITON

The End of Vandalism
by Tom Drury
1994 /  352 pages
read by Lloyd James 10h 36m
rating:  9 / contemp fiction

The Information
by Martin Amis
1996 / 372 pages
rating:   5 0ut of 10 / contemp fiction

Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
by Maria Semple
2013 / 352 pages
read by Kathleen Wiltholte 9h 39m
rating:  8 / contemp fiction – humorous

The Night Guest
by Fiona McFarlane (Australian)
2013 / 257 pages
read by Lisbeth Kennelly  9h 15m (B+)
rating: 8/ literary suspense

The Harder They Come
by T.C. Boyle
2015 / 400 pages
read by Graham Hamilton (A)
rating 8.5 / contemp. fiction

The Paying Guests
by Sarah Waters
2014 /  576 pages
read by Juliet Stevenson 21h 26m
Rating-  4.5*  / romance / crime  (lesbian)
(*1 for the first half and 8 for the second half)

Morality Play
by Barry Unsworth
1996 / 206 pages
read by Michael Maloney 5h 34m
rating – 9.25 /  literary crime (but the narration is very poor)
* read and listened*

CLASSICS:
The Mansion
by William Faulkner
1959 / 498 pages
rating 9+ / classic American

The Town
by William Faulkner
1957 / 418 pages
read by Joe Barrett (A) 14h 39m
rating 9 / classic American
(read and listened)

The Hamlet
by William Faulkner
1940 / 432 pages
read by Joe Barrett (A) 14h 39m
rating 9 / classic American
(read and listened)

 

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