Friday, October 12, 2012

95 hours

Music on Shiny Flat Disc With Centered Hole

Love at the Bottom of the Sea by The Magnetic Fields.  I heard Andrew In Drag on BBC6.  I then heard other songs.  I then decided other people might be interested.

Audiobooks on CD

Dearie: the remarkable life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz.  20 CDs at 25'29".  "It's rare for someone to emerge in America who can change our attitudes, our beliefs, and our very culture. It's even rarer when that someone is a middle-aged, six-foot-three-inch woman whose first exposure to an unsuspecting public is cooking an omelet on a hot plate on a local TV station."

Phantom by Jo Nesbo.  13 CDs at 16'18".  Harry Hole leaves Hong Kong to return to Oslo and help his former stepson who is accused of murder.

Into the Fire by Dakota Meyer and Bing West.  5 CDs at 5'51".  Meyer was awarded the Medal of Honor for action in Afghanistan.

No Easy Day: the firsthand account of the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer.  6 CDs at 7'00".  Doesn't the subtitle explain everything?

Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie.  22 CDs at 26'30".  Rushdie writes novel.  Rushdie has Iranians trying to kill him.  Rushdie uses the name Joseph Anton.  Rushdie hides out for nine years.  Rushdie dates good looking women.

Stranger in the Room by Amanda Kyle Williams.  11 CDs at 13'03".  Thriller with a killer.

Far From the Farm: stories and poems by Eunice Wagner.  1 CD at 0' 43".  Humorous tales by local lady. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Parenting Advice

Books on CD

You Can't Make Me [but I can be persuaded]: strategies for bringing out the best in your strong-willed child by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias. 3.5 hours on 3 CDs. "Difficult to discipline and seemingly impossible to motivate, these children present unique, exhausting, and often-frustrating challenges to those who love them."  Was the hyphen between often and frustrating really necessary?

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Android Owls Unmoored by Night


Girl Unmoored by Jennifer Goodrich Hummer. Yes, I ordered this book and I have no memory of it.  I'll check the back...let' see...nope, still do not remember.  Something to do with a girl named Apron.

Live By Night by Dennis Lehane.  Crook joins the mob in 1920s Boston and rises through the ranks of prohibition crime.


Owls of the World: a photographic guide by Heimo Mikkola.  Really nice photos.  #114 is the Rock Eagle Owl from India.  The Rock Eagle has big honking eyebrows sticking straight up.

Droid 4 for Dummies by Dan Gookin.  Learn how to use that fancy-schmancy phone, Mr. Big Shot.  If that phone is so fancy-schmancy why do you need a book to learn it?  Huh?  Shouldn't that phone be teaching you?  What do you say to that Mr. Texty Bluejaw?

Monday, October 08, 2012

Canadian Chair Cover?


Trinity Game by Sean Chercover.  Dabiel Byrne works for the Vatican "debunking false miracle claims."  Byrne is sent to the U.S. where Byrne's estranged uncle has turned televangelist and is predicting the future.  Chercover's previous private eye novels were well done.

Round House by Louise Erdrich.  Woman living on South Dakota Indian reservation is attacked and the traumatized withdraws into depression.  Her 13-year-old son sets out to find out what happened.

Mad River by John Sandford.  Thriller featuring Sandford's Virgil Flower's character trying to catch criminals tearing through rural Minnesota.

NYPD Red by James Patterson and Marshall Karp.  Cranking'em out.


Launch Pad: inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's most exclusive school for startups by Randall Stross.  Big-time Y Combinator funds startups and provides guidance.

More Large Print Than I Know What to Do With.  Seriously, We Are Running Out of Room

Last Man by P.T. Deutermann.  Thriller.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain.

Meryl Street Movie Club by Mia March.

St. Zita Society by Ruth Rendell.

A Cowboy Under My Christmas Tree by Janet Dailey.

These Girls by Sarah Pekkanen.  Pekkanen?  Is that Finnish?

First Warm Evening of the Year by Jamie M. Saul.

Return to Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs.

A Place in the Country by Elizabeth Adler.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.

56 Discs

12 discs

A Wanted Man by Lee Child.  14.5 hours.  Reacher ends up hitchhiking his way into trouble.  I heard the song before.

24 discs

Fall of Giants by Ken Follett.  30.5 hours.  Another long historical novel by Follett and his hair.  Read by the great John Lee.

12 discs

A Wanted Man by Lee Child.  14.5 hours.  "Wait a moment.  Is this the same book as above?" Yes, it is.  One of these was ordered early and bought the second one by mistake.  However, since Child's books are popular I figured to keep both copies.

4 discs

Homeland: the complete first season starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis.  Lewis is English?

2 discs

Project X starring [bunch of kids and a dwarf].  Teen party gets out of control.

2 discs

The Lucky One starring Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling.  Infantryman looks for woman whose photo was his good luck charm.