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The Last Unicorn

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The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle Published: 1968 Series: The Last Unicorn, #1 Length: 294 pages I loved the animated version of The Last Unicorn when I was a kid. All of the films from that studio fascinated me. They also did The Flight of Dragons (my favourite) and the most frightening version of The Hobbit you’ll ever watch…. Read more »

A Man Called Ove

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman Published: 2012 Narrated by: George Newbern Translated By: Henning Koch (from Swedish in 2013) Length: 09:09 (368 pages) Ove is a fifty-nine-year-old grump. He’s stubborn, angry, rude, a stickler for the rules, and someone who can become infuriated by the simplest of things. In some ways, I can related to Ove a little… Read more »

Authority

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Authority by Jeff VanderMeer Published: 2014 Series: Southern Reach #2 Length: 341 pages The events from the first book have finished, and now the team outside of Area X are struggling to understand what happened on this last expedition. Southern Reach has appointed a new head to the department, John Rodrigues, and we follow him as he takes the job,… Read more »

The Prisoner of Zenda

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The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope Published: 1894 Narrated by: James Wilby Series: The Ruritania Trilogy #2 Length: 05:31 (208 pages) Rudolph Rassendyll is a distant cousin of the royal family of Ruritania, a fictional German-speaking country in the centre of Europe. His sister-in-law, who considers him a complete waste of space, can’t stand his resemblance to those royals… Read more »

The Haunting of Hill House

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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson Published: 1959 Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne Length: 07:31 (246 pages) I am physically unable to say the title of this novel without the words twisting themselves into House on Haunted Hill. It just won’t work. Dr. John Montague is a paranormal researcher, like a ghost hunter without his own scripted television show,… Read more »

The White Tiger

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The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga Published: 2008 Length: 276 pages I picked this up on a whim at the used book sale last month. I hadn’t really heard anything about it, but it did win the 2008 Man Booker Prize, so I thought I’d take a chance on it. I’m glad I did, because this was a great little… Read more »

The Three Musketeers

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The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas Published: 1844 Narrated by: Simon Vance Translated By: Pevear and Volokhonsky (from French in 2006) Series: D’Artagnan #1 Length: 22:45 (736 pages) Swordplay, bravado, romance, political intrigue, drunken brawls, mistaken identity – there is a lot happening in this well-known novel, which is actually the first of a trilogy of books following D’Artagnan and… Read more »

Garlic and Sapphires

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Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl Published: 2005 Length: 334 pages This is Ruth Reichl’s memoir of the time she spent as the restaurant critic for The New York Times, from 1993 to 1999. It begins with her flying to the city after accepting the job and being recognized on the plane…. Read more »

The Human Factor

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The Human Factor by Graham Greene Published: 1978 Length: 347 pages I’ve read two other Greene novels besides this one, The End of the Affair and The Captain and the Enemy, and I’m still not entirely sure what I’m going to get when I pick up one of his books, but I know I love his writing. This is one… Read more »

Waking Gods

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Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel Published: 2017 Narrated by: Full Cast Series: Themis Files #2 Length: 09:02 (325 pages) This is the sequel to Sleeping Giants and the second novel in the Themis Files trilogy, a series about a team of scientists finding and testing a giant robot found buried on Earth. The first two novels in this trilogy probably… Read more »