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June 23, 2011


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It's definitely worth persevering with The Elegance of the Hedgehog. As I recall, the first few chapters were pretty heavy with more time on philosophy than plot but that balance shifts quickly enough and the last 2/3 of the book were excellent. I had the same thought but was glad I stuck with it.

Jeff Yates

I get some books in by listening to them on my nano (downloaded from itunes) while I do things that otherwise wouldnt allow reading - driving, lawn mowing, exercising, etc. It saves your on your eye strain also.

Jacqui Lipton

You're preaching to the converted, Jeff. I've been listening to audio CDs in the car for a while but finally invested in an iPod nano (with car kit) and started downloading from iTunes. It's a great idea.

Jeff Yates

Jacqui - please feel free to send me suggestions for audio books - I have a very long car trip in front of me and need book suggestions :-)

Jacqui Lipton

Well, this only goes to show how deranged I am, but I really enjoyed "Fluke" by Christopher Moore. It's extremely silly but the dialogue is very funny. And my favorite is still "Supreme Courtship" by Christopher Buckley. The audio version of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" is very cute. Pretty much anything by Carl Hiaasen is amusing. I recently finished "Star Island" which I enjoyed and apparently the audio version of "Skinny Dip" (which I read on the Kindle) is very good. If you haven't read The Millennium Trilogy or The Hunger Games trilogy, I would recommend them both. Oh, and the audio version of "World War Z" is wonderful - it's more like a radio play with a large cast of actors.

Jeff Yates

Jacqui - thanks much - my taste are more toward non-fiction, but these are very good. :-) (My listening is usually morning for long stretches while driving and much fiction tends to make me sleepy ...)

Jacqui Lipton

Ah, so for non-fiction, I would recommend "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot, "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin, "Tall Man: The Death of Doomadgee" by Chloe Hooper, "Framing Innocence" by Lynn Powell, and "Whitewashed" by John Tehranian. I've also enjoyed the first two Teddy Roosevelt biographies by Edmund Morris.

Jeff Yates

These sound good - I also like comedy books and thought that Sarah Silverman's book was good as well as Samantha Bee's book - also, audio books by Olivia Munn, Nora Ephron, Steve Martin, David Sedaris & Patton Oswalt. Re TDR I recently bought "The Big Scrum" about how TDR helped save early football (not on audio though).

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