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 Posted: Mon Jan 8th, 2007 02:52 am
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Patty I do listen to books on tape.  I listen to Cold Mountain as I drove though the Carolinas.  John Adams when I was in Boston .  I use to buy alot of tapes at outlet stores.  I am getting away from them now as all the cheap goods ones I have listened to already.

I never go anywhere without a book.  I have a car book that is always in the car just in case.  Right now it is Edward Cothams Battle of the Bay.  My car never passes a bookstore i swear.



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Patty I do listen to books on tape.  I listen to Cold Mountain as I drove though the Carolinas.  John Adams when I was in Boston .  I use to buy alot of tapes at outlet stores.  I am getting away from them now as all the cheap goods ones I have listened to already.

I never go anywhere without a book.  I have a car book that is always in the car just in case.  Right now it is Edward Cothams Battle of the Bay.  My car never passes a bookstore i swear.



 Posted: Mon Jan 8th, 2007 04:37 am
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Some people find audio books satisfying while they drive.  I don't have a CD player in my car.  Besides, I like the FEEL of a book in my hand.  If I need to leaf back to find a paragraph, I generally remember whether it's on the left or right page, top half or bottom.

Patty. Loud and clear. Stuff on the screen is handy and very accessible, but there is no substitute for the book. Riffling the pages, leafing back a page or two, dropping in an envelope or whatever else is handy as a bookmark while you make a snack or scrabble for a beverage. Can't beat the book. Have the ORs on CD, wouldn't trade that for anything, but I'd really rather have the book. On this screen you can't lean back on the recliner in your snuggies with the bankie adjusted just right and the light coming over your shoulder and lap up the pages. And with a book, as you said, you know were you saw it -- one or two pages back, left, bottom half.  On screen, where the hell did I see that? Start cursoring back. Have no idea where it was. Just keep scanning back. (Big sigh.) Love the book. Appreciate the screen, but it doesn't quite give the satisfaction of the book.

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Ole , I think we all are birds of a feather.  I know all those feelings.  I do like to listen to books on tape in the car though.  I tend to buy used or discount tapes of books I have already read.  Issac's Storm comes to mind or Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen by Larry McMurtry which if you haven't read it Patty and Ole get it now!!! It's on reading and books.  My favorite McMurtry book.   Now back to my book. 



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Ole , I think we all are birds of a feather.  I know all those feelings.  I do like to listen to books on tape in the car though.  I tend to buy used or discount tapes of books I have already read.  Issac's Storm comes to mind or Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen by Larry McMurtry which if you haven't read it Patty and Ole get it now!!! It's on reading and books.  My favorite McMurtry book.   Now back to my book. 



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By the way, I have no books on tape. The idea is intriguing, but I know it wouldn't work for me. My attention wanders from time to time (it always has. Don't give me any age agitation.) With a physical book, it doesn't matter. On tape, I'm going to lose track and be unable to backtrack and take it up again. Waste of time and the price of the tape or CD. I'll opt for the easy way out. The book.

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Susan:

Wambaugh sits on my end table at this very moment. So far, I've managed to make dinner and ignore it. So far, I got on line to chat and I've resisted it. At this moment, I'm very sleepy and should take advantage of that fact and go to bed. Realistically, if I picked it up right now, I would not sleep untill sometime tomorrow afternoon. Can't be whipping this old bod around that severiously so I will awake at a reasonable hour tomorrow, take the dog to get her nails clipped, eat something and then .... don't even think about talking to me until Tuesday!

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Well right now I am happy with my biography of George Drouillard hunter and interpreter for Lewis and Clark, other wise I might growl at you. 

Get to bed resist.  I on the other hand have some hours left here on the left coast to still read. 



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You folks are so much like I am. Barnes and Noble is almost a no, no for me. The Borders that I loved closed a few months ago to my sorrow.  There is always the Books a Million twenty minutes further south.

Today I did go into Barnes and Noble to spend my birthday gift card. I tried to behave, but did walk out spending $13.00 more than the card allowed, all on Civil War reading.  Hubby says I am "obsessed" but if I weren't reading Civil War history it would be something else I'd be reading because I am an unrepentent  book freak.

The posts about O Henry reminded me of a very funnt story of his we read years ago in high school. These two scalawags capture a child to hold for ransom, but he is so naughty, so unbearable, they set him free. I don't recall the details, but it seemed like such a funny story to me that I never forgot it.

 



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...or Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen by Larry McMurtry ...

Was totally unaware of that one but, as I am a fan of McMurtry's tale-telling capabilities, I will check it out before signing off.

Ole



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CleburneFan,

The story is titled "The Ransom of Red Chief", and IIRC the child's father demands the kidnappers pay HIM to take the brat back and they gladly DO IT !!!

I don't have the same problem with Barnes & Noble as y'all do.  Living in a small town the nearest book sotre is Toledo and I go there once a year to a cat show.  The route I take is nowhere near a book store and does not pass a mall.  Amazon.com is my bogeyman.

Regards from NW Ohio,

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Walter Benjamin is an essay .  I really like McMurtry's nonfiction even more than his fiction.  His Roads is my second favorite. 

Jana, I have a Barnes and Noble in one direction and Boarders in another .  I have gone to each not the same day but then come home and go on line to Amazon.  The Barnes ands Noble does not have a good Civil War section .and the parking there is terrible so I avoid it most of the time. 

 



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Living in a small town has its perks. The local B&N is at most 10 minutes from walking out my door to walking in theirs. There's a Waldenbooks in the "mall," but I almost never go in there.  Edward R. Hamilton is perilous. Get that catalog and all those delectible titles just whisper "pick me....pick me." And the deep, deep discounts scream with justification. abebooks is the safest -- you have to be looking for a specific title which keeps me from browsing through stacks.

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Marie wrote: CleburneFan,

The story is titled "The Ransom of Red Chief", and IIRC the child's father demands the kidnappers pay HIM to take the brat back and they gladly DO IT !!!


Jana

I had completely forgotten that very clever twist to the story. Thanks for reminding me.   A modern twist on that story was an 80s movie with Bette Midler, Danny DeVito and Judge Reihnholdt where DeVito has his wife (Middler) kidnapped by two inept and hapless conspirators who end up siding with Middler to turn the tables on an ever more frustrated DeVito.



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Borders or Barnes & Noble?  Posh.  Real economy minded gluttons for punishment frequent Library sales and the all powerful all corrupting Half Price Books.

Books on tape are a godsend to people like me... 20+ hours of driving a week.  You can only listen to so much talk radio, music etc.  Publilc Libraries and their racks of Books on CD & Tape plus the ability for interlibrary loan make it possible to pass the time.



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Johan Steele wrote: Borders or Barnes & Noble?  Posh.  Real economy minded gluttons for punishment frequent Library sales and the all powerful all corrupting Half Price Books.

Books on tape are a godsend to people like me... 20+ hours of driving a week.  You can only listen to so much talk radio, music etc.  Publilc Libraries and their racks of Books on CD & Tape plus the ability for interlibrary loan make it possible to pass the time.


My version of cheap books is to go to Amazon.com and see if the book I want is available used. I have had pretty good luck with used books there. Sometimes, though, I am too impatient to wait for a book to arrive so I intrepidly run into B&N kidding myself that I will be able to resist the books calling out to me and leave with just one.

One thing helps me resist. It seems as if suddenly Civil War books have shot up in price. Some run over $30.00 a book and I don't mean the coffee table picture books...just regular text and a few maps and photos type books are now in the high $20s and even well into the $30s. That high altitude is too rich for my blood.



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