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I read all the time.  Usually with my eyes. . . but more and more frequently, I "read" with my ears.   It took me a while to get used to listening to books. . . but now that I've made the adjustment, I can't imagine what I would do without my iPod - Audible pairing.

I just finished "reading" Elegance of the Hedgehog (which I actually happen to have on my bookshelves in book form, too) by Muriel Barbery.  Excellent book.  One of those books that you have to chew on for a few days after you finish. . .

Now I'm ready to start my next book.  If you've already read Elegance of the Hedgehog, you probably know where this is going. . .

Books 003 

Oh, Anna.  It's you. 

(And, if you recall, this lines up nicely with my reading goals for 2010, too!)


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I just read "Made in the USA" by Billie Letts. It is one that sticks in your head for a long time. I'll be checking into "Elegance of the Hedgehog". Love to read! Sometimes it wins out over knitting. ;)


"Driftless" by David Rhodes is my latest recommend-to-everyone book. I read it, don't know if it is available in audio. Some of the best characters and writing I have read in a long time.

I subscribed to Audible in 1999 when it first started, but canceled my subscription late last year as an economy move. Now I get books on CD from the library, rip them to my iTunes, and listen to them on my iPod. Not quite as seamless as Audible but it saves me $21.95/month.


I, too, loved Elegance of the Hedgehog.


I'm listening to 'The Painted Drum' atm - I am thoroughly hooked. Thank you so much for the recommendation about Louise Erdich.

You asked about Dorothy L Sayers, my favourite. She writes about Lord Peter Whimsey, an amateur detective - on the surface a bufoon with an upperclass accent and manerisms (and the cash to boot) but underneath very very deep and damaged by the First World War. The audio books are read by Ian Carmichael and you either love them or hate them.

My favorite DLSs are the ones where Peter is first rescuing and then courting (whilst solving mysteries of course) the writer Dorothy Vane. In them she explores a lot about what it is to be an unmarried professional woman in the 1930s and about the nature of love. The character of Peter is wonderful as is his manservant Bunter who is equally brilliant.

Perhaps the best place to start would be 'Strong Poison' which is the first of the Harriet Vane novels. My personal favorite is 'Gaudy Night' - which, when you've done a bit of Googling has the best romantic ending ever (I'm an old softy at heart).

Another reason I like them is the period between the wars fascinates me - so much relief and gaity with the second WW looming and DLS pictures this perfectly with Lord Peter dashing off on secred Foreign Office tasks.

But as I say you either love them or hate them.

I also really enjoyed 'I Capture the Castle' by Dodie Smith. Hilarious in parts and a cracking good story.

Did you get your free gift from Audible at Christmas? 'The Christmas Carol' read by Tim Curry. I was amazed at how the Muppets stuck so closely to the actual dialoge - this being one of our favorite family films too.



I read half of Elegance in book form and loved it, but then found out it was available in audio form. I loved listening because I have no idea about French pronunciations and the audio book was beautifully read. Maybe I should read it again as I really loved it!

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