01/2016

These are the books I read in January, 2016 –  17 books,   9 crime,  2 classics and 1 nonfiction the others being general fiction.  And 4 woman writers,  3 works translated, and 8 non-US.

CRIME:

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
by Joel Dicker  (Swiss/French tr.)
2012 (US 2014) – 656 pages
read by Pierce Cravens – 17h 54m
rating  A++   / literary crime

Tell No Lies
by Greg Hurwitz
2013/ 382 pages
read by Scot Brick  12h 39m
rating:   B+  /  crime thriller

Safe House
by Chris Ewan (Brit)
2011 / 448 pages
read by Simon Vance  10h 53m
rating B+  / crime

Falling in Love
by  Donna Leon
2015 /  256 pages
read by David Colacci 8h 23m
Commissario Guido Brunetti series #24
rating:   C+  / crime –

The Queen of Patpong
by Timothy Hallinan
2010 / 320 pages
read by Victor Bevine –  11h 50m
rating –  A+  – literary crime
(#4 in Poke Rafferty series)

The Short Drop
by Matthew FitzSimmons
2015 /  395 pages
read by James Patrick Cronin –  11h 54m
rating:  A++  /   thriller crime – political/techie

The Life We Bury
by Allen Eskens
2014/  303 pages
read by Zack Villa  8h 24m
rating – A / crime – amateur detective

Losing Faith 
by Adam Mitzner
2015 / 369 pages
read by David Colacci
rating:  A+  / legal thriller

The Fear Artist
by Timothy Hallinan
2012/ 342 pages
read by Victor Bovine – 12h 2m
rating:  A  / crime

GENERAL FICTION:

Gate of Angels
by Penelope Fitzgerald (Brit)
1990 / 178 pages
rating – 9
(2nd reading)

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry
by Fredrik Backman (Sweden – tr.)
2013 / 385 pages
read by Joan Walker – 11h 02m
rating:  6  / contemp fiction – fantasy (I think)

Brooklyn (2nd reading) 
by Colm Tóibín  (Ireland)
2009 / 282 pages
read by KIrsten Potter 7h 37m
rating – 8  / contemp fiction

Avenue of Mysteries
by John Irving
2015 / 480 pages
read by Armando Duran  20h 50m
rating -6 /  general fiction – humorous

The Summer Before the War
by Helen Simonson  (Brit)
2016 / 498 pages
rating 8.5   /  historical fiction

CLASSICS:
The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard
by Anatole France (French)
1881 / 234 pages (Kindle)
rating:  7.5  / classic fiction

Near to the Wild Heart
by Clarice Lispector – (Brazil – tr)
1943 / 192 pages (new trans 2012)
rating – 8.5  / classic – Brazil – existential lit?

NONFICTION:

The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World
by Edward Dolnick
2011 / 416 pages
read by Alan Sklar – 10h 7m
rating 7  / history of science/math

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