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Laughter in the Dark

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Laughter in the Dark by Vladimir Nabokov Published: 1932 Translated By: Vladimir Nabokov (from Russian in 1938) Length: 292 pages This was written twenty-three years before Lolita and also deals with a relationship between an older man and a younger woman. These are the only two Nabokov novels I’ve read so far, so I’m hoping he does branch out a… Read more »

Heat

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Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford Published: 2006 Narrated by: Michael Kramer Length: 12:17 (336 pages) I ignored this very popular book for years because I wasn’t that interested in restaurant culture. I love food and cooking, but the day-to-day schedule of a line cook,… Read more »

Roadside Picnic

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Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky Published: 1972 Narrated by: Robert Forster Translated By: Olena Bormashenko (from Russian in 2012) Length: 07:08 (209 pages) What if aliens made first contact, landing in various locations across our planet for two days, and then they just left. No abductions, no anal probes, no tripods with heat rays, no chest bursters, no… Read more »

The Dispatcher

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The Dispatcher by John Scalzi Published: 2016 Narrated by: Zachary Quinto Length: 02:19 (75 pages) This is John Scalzi’s latest novella, and it’s somewhat unique in that he wrote it to be published as an audiobook before print. This means he had the audio in mind while writing, and I think it actually did him some good. In his previous… Read more »

Amazonia

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Amazonia by James Rollins Published: 2002 Length: 510 pages In the first five pages of this book, the main character wrestles an anaconda under water and is sentenced by an Amazonian tribe to trail by combat. We’re also introduced to a secondary character that has a rehabilitated jaguar as a hunting partner and an Indiana Jones whip hanging from his… Read more »

Northanger Abbey

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Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen Published: 1817 Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson Length: 08:16 (251 pages) The only other Austen I’ve read is Pride and Prejudice, and while I did enjoy the writing and the spots of humour, I just didn’t connect with the story at all. I did want to try some of her other work, but I just wasn’t… Read more »

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers Published: 2014 Series: Wayfarers #1 Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez Length: 15:41 (518 pages) A couple weekends ago I travelled to my hometown to help my sister and mother pack up and move house, and it was a bit of an organizational nightmare – scheduling problems, movers not arriving, incorrectly… Read more »

The Vegetarian

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The Vegetarian by Han Kang Published: 2007 Translated By: Deborah Smith (from Korean in 2015) Length: 192 pages The Vegetarian is this year’s Man Booker International Prize winner, but I’ve seen very mixed reviews since it was awarded the prize last May. I like to watch BookTube videos, and that community seems to be simultaneously obsessed with the Man Booker… Read more »

Off to Be the Wizard

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Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer Published: 2014 Series: Magic 2.0 #1 Narrated by: Luke Daniels Length: 10:15 (372 pages) This has been on my Audible recommended list for quite a while. I happily judge books by their covers when browsing for something to read, and I have to admit, as a life-long lover of video games, I… Read more »