12/2015

These are the books I read in December of 2015.  There are 27 books,  10 general fiction,  6 crime, 3 sci-fi, and 8 nonfiction with 8 women authors and

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GENERAL FICTION:
Karnak Cafe
by Naguib Mahfouz  (Egypt)
1974 / 101 pages
rating 9.25 – classic – 20th cent fiction

Slade House
by David Mitchell (Britain)
2015 /256 pages
read by  Thomas Judd, Tania Rodrigues  6h 54m
rating:  5 (out of 10) /  literary fantasy-horror

The Gate of Angels
by Penelope Fitzgerald  (Britain)
1990 / 219 pages
rating  9 /  historical fiction

Numero Zero
by Umberto Eco (Italy)
2015 (US) / 208 pages
read by David Colacci  5h 14m
rating 8.75  / literary crime (satire)

The Secret Chord
by Geraldine Brooks
2015 / 320 pages
read by Paul Boemer  13h 8m
rating  7.5  / literary historical fiction
(both read and listened)

The Octopus
by Frank Norris
1901 / 421 pages
rating 8.5

Elizabeth is Missing
by Emma Healey
2014 /  320 pages
read by Davina Porter 11h 9m
rating A /  literary crime

House of the Rising Sun
by James Lee Burke
2015 / 448 pages
read by Will Patton
rating 6 / historical fiction

Marriage of Opposites
by Alice Hoffman
2015/ 384 pages
read by Gloria Ruben and others 13h 26m
rating 6  / historical romance

History of the Rain
by Niall Williams  (Ireland)
2014/ 368 pages
read by Jennifer McGrath 11h 29m
rating – 7 / Irish humor – fiction

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CRIME:
Reykjavik Nights
by Arnaldur Indridason  (Iceland)
2014 /  304 pages
read by George Guidall / 7h 10m
rating –  A+  / crime – police procedural
(Erlendur  Sveinsson series #16 but it’s a prequel)

The Dead Key
by D.M. Pulley
2014 / 470 pages
read by Emily Sutton-Smith 13h 42m
rating  B  / crime-suspense
(debut novel)

Diamond Solitaire
by Peter Lovesey  (Britain)
1992 / 327 pages
read by Simon Prebble 10h 47m
Rating:   B+  / crime – police procedural

Justice Redeemed
by Scott Pratt
2015/ 314 pages
read by Nick Podehl
rating:  A+ / crime / legal thriller

Breathing Water
by Timothy Hallinan
2009 / 368 pages
read by Victor Bevine 11h 43m
Rating: A

Senior Moments Are Murder
by Mike Befeler
2015 / 268 pages
read by Jerry Sciarro  7h 42m
rating – B / crime – cozy

 

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SCI-FI

The Last Policeman
by Ben Winters
2012 /336 pages
read by Peter Berkrot 8h 20m
rating:  B+  / futurist crime

Countdown City
by Ben H. Winters
2013 / 320 pages
read by Peter Berkrot 8h 18m
rating:  B / crime – futurist
(#2 in The Last Policeman series)

World of Trouble
by Ben Winters
2014 / 320 pages
read by Peter Berkrot  8h 10m
rating:  A /  crime – dystopian future
(Book 3 in The Last Policeman trilogy)

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NONFICTION:
Between the World and Me
by  Ta-Nehisi Coates
2015 / 178 pages
read by  Ta-Nehisi Coate  – 3h 35m
rating:  9.5  / race relations – memoir 

The Shepherd’s Life:  Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape
by James Rebanks
2015 / 304 pages
read by Bryan Dicks
rating:  9 / memoir

 

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
by Jonathan Haidt
2014 / 528 pages
read by  Jonathan Haidt – 11h
rating 9  / nonfiction – psychology / ethics

Notorious RBG:  The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
2015 / 240 pages
read by Andi Arndt / 5h 9m
rating:  8.5

Men Explain Things To Me
by Rebecca Solnit
2014/ 130 pages
read by Luci Christian Bell  2h 48m
rating – 8 / nonfiction – feminist essays

The Skeptic’s Guide to American History
by Great Courses / Professor Mark A. Stoler, Ph.D.
A lecture given by Professor Mark A. Stoler, Ph.D.
2012 / 12h 01m
Rating: 8.5

Alias Olympia: A Woman’s Search for Manet’s Notorious Model & Her Own Desire
by Eunice Lipton
1992 / 192 pages
rating – 2 / feminist memoir

The Story of Human Language
by  Dr. John McWhorter (Great Courses)
read by  Dr. John McWhorter 18h 15m
rating 9 / nonfic. – linguistics

 

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