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Microserfs

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Microserfs by Douglas Coupland Published: 1995 Length: 371 pages This one took me ages and ages to get through. It’s a good example of the sort of book I need to learn to put down and come back to later – not a bad book, but one I just wasn’t feeling it at that moment. Instead I did my usual,… Read more »

The Dinner

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The Dinner by Herman Koch Published: 2009 Narrated by: Clive Mantle Translated By: Sam Garrett (from Dutch in 2012) Length: 08:55 (292 pages) I’ve stated before that I enjoy unlikable curmudgeons for protagonists. Not in every book I read, but when I come across one I do consider it a treat. There’s something exciting about reading a character who completely… Read more »

Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens

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Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard Published: 2017 Narrated by: Eddie Izzard Length: 14:37 (368 pages) I’ve always been a fan of Eddie Izzard, so I was excited when I saw he had written a memoir and narrated it himself. I love self-narrated comedian memoirs. The book spends quite a bit of time… Read more »

Ninefox Gambit

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Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee Published: 2016 Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller Series: The Machineries of Empire #1 Length: 10:52 (384 pages) Captain Kel Cheris is a brilliant captain in a very strictly run army and finds herself disgraced by running unapproved formations while trying to keep her soldiers alive, but she is given one chance to redeem herself…. Read more »

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 »