04/2017

I think this is a record for me – I read 26 books in April, 2017 –  but – only 7 were over 350 pages.  I think I got in a few hundred more pages than usual if I count those (7588).    Anyway,  of the 26 I had 7 general fiction, 12 crime novels,  3 classics and 4 nonfictions with 8 women authors and 4 translated.

GENERAL FICTION:  (an excellent month!)
The Refugees
by Viet Thanh Nguyen
2017/ 224 pages
read by Viet Thanh Nguyen  5h 5m
rating:   9.2  /  stories

The Kitchens of the Great Midwest
by J. Ryan Stradal
2016 /  320 pages
read by Amy Ryan and Michael Stuhlbarg  10h 7m
rating –  9 (* for enjoyment alone) general lit / humor
(both read and listened)

Moonstone:  The Boy Who Never Was
by Sjön  (Icelandic)
2016 / 160 pages
read by Vikas Adam 2h 6m
Rating:  8.7  / historical fiction
(translated by Victoria Cribb)
(warning – a gay child prostitute is the main character)

Truly Madly Guilty
by Liane Moriarity
2016 / 432 pages
read by Caroline Lee 17h 27m
rating:   8  /  contemporary fiction

Autumn
by Ali Smith  (Scotland)
2016 / 272 pages
read by Melody Grove / 5h 27m
Rating:  8.75/  contemp fiction
(both read and listened)

Judas
by Amos Oz (Hebrew)
2016 / 320 pages
read by Jonathan Davis  10h 46m
rating –  9 / historical fiction
(Translated by Nicholas de Lange)


Umami

by Laia Jufresa  (Spanish)
2016 / 240 pages
Read by Karina Fernandez – 7h 13m
Rating – 9.5 / contemporary fiction
(translated by Sophie Hughes)
(read and listened)

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CRIME:  –  quantity over quality – with one exception –
High Crimes
by Joseph Finder
1998 /  400 pages
read by Therese Plummer
Rating –  A+  /  legal thriller –  (military courts)

Vanished
by Joseph Finder
2009/ 395 pages
read by Holler Graham 10h 42m
Rating:   A / crime

The Book of Mirrors
by E.O. Chirovici  (Rumania/UK-English)
2017 / 288 pages
read by Jonathan Todd Ross & cast –
7h 5m
Rating:   A /  literary crime

The Heavens May Fall
by Allen Eskens
2016 / 270 pages
read by R. C. Bray, David Colacci, Amy McFadden  9h 32m
rating A+ / legal crime

Somebody I Used to Know
by David Bell
2015 / 432 pages
read by Andy Paris – 10h 51m
rating –  A

A Criminal Defense
by William L. Myers
2017 –  380 pages
read by Peter Berkrot 12h 41m
rating –  B

The Widow
by Fiona Barton
2016 / 340 pages
read by Hannah Curtis and cast:  10h 24m
Rating:  B  / suspense-procedural-courtroom

My Sister’s Grave
by Robert Dugoni
2014 / 416 pages
read by Emily Sutton-Smith 10h 49m
Rating:   B+  /  police procedural/legal, thriller
(#1 in the Tracy Crosswhite series)
(mostly listened but some reading)

A Quiet Life in the Country
by T.E. Kinsey
2014 / 258 pages
read by Elizabeth Knoweldon
rating:   C- / very cozy historical mystery
A Lady Hardcastle Mystery – #1

Blood, Salt, Water
by Denise Mina  (Scotland)
2016/304 pages
read by Cathleen McCarron
rating:   B-   /  crime (procedural)

Most Dangerous Place
by James Grippando
2017 / 365 pages
read by  Jonathan Davis 12h 9m
Rating:   B / crime

The Neon Lawyer
by Victor Methos
2014 / 178 pages
read by Nick Podehl 4h 28m
rating:  A++  /  crime – legal

The Silent Dead
by Tetsuya Honda (Japanese)
2016 / 304 pages
read by Emily Woo Zeller 9h 35m
(translated by Giles Murray)
Rating:   C+  / crime

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CLASSICS:  –  good month –
Mrs Dalloway
by Virginia Woolf
1925 / 177 pages
Read by Phyllida Law  7h 25m
Rating – 9 /  classic 20th century Eng.
(both read and listened)

The Beginning of Spring
by Penelope Fitzgerald
1998/ 272 pages
Rating: 9.4 / historical fiction

The Aspern Papers
by Henry James
1888 / 100 pages (or so)
read by Jonathan Epstein 3h 36m
rating:     / classic English
(read and listened)
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NONFICTION:  –  good month –

Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power 
by Noam Chomsky
2017 /  192 pages
read by Donald Corran  — 3h 50m
rating –  10 /  political/economics

When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi
2015 / 256 pages
read by  Sunil Malhotra, Cassandra Campbell / 5h 35m
rating:  10 / memoir

A Power Governments Cannot Suppress
by Howard Zinn
2006/ 293 pages
Rating –  8.75 –  /  nonfiction politics and history

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