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The Amateur Gourmet

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The Amateur Gourmet: How to Shop, Chop and Table Hop Like a Pro by Adam D. Roberts Published: 2007 Length: 208 pages I’ve read Adam Roberts’ weblog for nearly a decade now, starting just after this book was first published, and until I found it in a bookshop last month I completed forgot it existed. I’d always meant to pick… Read more »

Travels with Charley

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Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck Published: 1962 Narrated by: Gary Sinise Length: 07:58 (214 pages) I love Steinbeck and I love travelogues, so I had high hopes going into this one, and thankfully it did not disappoint. It’s the first of his non-fiction work that I’ve tried, and I’m excited to read more. His fiction… Read more »

Three Men on the Bummel

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Three Men on the Bummel by Jerome K. Jerome Published: 1900 Narrated by: David Case Series: Three Men #2 Length: 06:59 (208 pages) Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) was my favourite novel last year. It was completely new to me and a great surprise. I was excited to discover a sequel existed, although I… Read more »


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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 »

Good Bones and Simple Murders

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Good Bones and Simple Murders by Margaret Atwood Published: 1994 Length: 165 pages This is a collection of short stories and essays covering a wide variety of topics. I was never a huge fan of collections like this, and while I have warmed up to them over the last couple of years, I still had a hard time with this… 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 »