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Saturday, October 14, 2017

#64 - Revenge - Yoko Ogawa

Title:   Revenge, Eleven Dark Tales
Author:  Yoko Ogawa
Translated by:  Stephen Snyder
Genre:   Short Story Fiction
Read by:  Kaleo Griffith/Johanna Parker
Publisher/Date:  Picador/2013
Dates listened to:   10/1/17 – 10/13/17
Downloadable Audio Book/Time:  4:23:45

I finally bit the bullet, took my laptop to the local library and learned about downloadable audio books.  The librarian and her assistant were so helpful and, after going through all the steps on how to download, actually got me going and said I could call if I had any questions.  Knowing me, I will be doing this.  It worked!  I actually spent the time listening as I walked to and from my workout place, most Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays since October 1st.  I have read Ogawa before in The Housekeeper and the Professor.  

The delightful eleven dark tales are, indeed, dark, but more fun than that is they all are connected to each other.  Told by a variety of characters, the two, a male and female voice, take turns in telling their respective tales.  The book is divided into four parts of about one hour each.  If you’d like to read (or rather listen to) something macabre for this season of the year, Revenge is it!

I’m looking forward to my next dab (that’s downloadable audio book) and it can be from any library that has this format in their inventory.  Did I say I think I’m going to like using downloadable audio books?  My vehicle is a tiny MP3 Clip Sport player that fits in my pocket with small ear buds, too.  So less encumbering than my old CD player and big earphones.  And you don’t have to return it to the library – everything can be done remotely.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

#63 - Dragonflight - Anne McCaffrey

Title:   Dragonflight
Author:  Anne McCaffrey
Genre:   Science Fiction
Read by:  Dick Hill
Originally Published:   1968
Publisher/Date:  Brilliance Audio/1993
Dates listened to:   9/23/17 – 10/2/17
CDs/Hours: 8/9
IBSN:  978-1-4692-9366-0

Combine a contingent of dragons with the threat of Threads, on an awesome plant called Pern, and you get the first in a series written from the imagination of Anne McCaffrey.

I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into when I began listening to this book but now I’m onto the second already.  Our heroine is Lessa who is merely a kitchen wench when it starts out but works her way up in the ranks.  Her gift is her ability to “speak” to the dragons.  Oh, but if you’re into this type of reading just go for it.  Enjoy.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

#62 - Bible and Sword - Barbara W. Tuchman

Title:   Bible and Sword
Author:  Barbara W. Tuchman
Genre:   Non-fiction 327.420569
Read by:  Wanda McCaddon
Originally Published:   1956
Publisher/Date:  Blackstone Audio/2009
Dates listened to:   9/9/17 – 9/29/17
CDs/Hours: 10/12.5
IBSN:  978-1-4417-0218-0

From the back cover of the CD, “In this acclaimed account, Barbara Tuchman reveals that today’s troubles in the Middle East originated long before the first efforts at founding a modern state of Israel.

“Historically, the British were drawn to the Holy Land by two major influences:  the translation of the Bible into English and, the imperial need to control the road to India and access to Middle East oil.
“With the lucidity and vividness that characterizes her work, Tuchman brings to life the development of these dual motives – the Bible and the sword – in the consciousness of the British people, until they were finally brought together at the end of WWI when the Balfour Declaration of 1917 established a British-sponsored national home for the modern survivors of the people of the Old Testament.”

From the epilogue “…the (Palestine) Mandate (aka the Balfour Declaration) might have had a chance.  Instead, it became a long effort by Britain to escape the consequences that conscience had committed her to.  The original pledge which she soon found was awkward to keep she attempted thereafter to whittle away, to invalidate and at last, desperately weary of the entanglement, to cancel.   The final years were spent in an attempt to stay on in Palestine as mandatory after having repudiated the terms of the mandate, until this position, too, became no longer tenable.  … Does Israel then exist today because of the British or in spite of the British?”

The answer?  Partly both, perhaps, depending upon each historian’s interpretation.