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 Posted: Sat Nov 15th, 2008 02:02 am
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Fan, I'm the opposite. Around the house a narrator puts me to sleep but whilr driving I'm golden.



 Posted: Sat Nov 15th, 2008 08:54 am
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I put audio books on my MP3 player before going on long train journeys now. It saves having to lug fourteen CDs around and means I can enjoy the scenery at the same time.

Note to self: remember to turn the random function off before pressing 'play'.



 Posted: Sat Nov 15th, 2008 12:25 pm
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Fan, I thought books on tape would distract me but they don't. They have caused me to drive futher sometimes than I planned like the time I was listening to a Sherlock Holmes story and I reached my friend's house. I drove around the block a couple of times til I finished the story!!!
One of the best books on tape I listened to was Mary Queen of Scots. It was 25 tapes long. I was finding places to drive just to listen to it .

Johan I am a big mystery fan. I have come to love listening to Sue Grafton's alphabet series on tape only or rather cd now. I also love to listen to Larry McMurtry on Cd. I did his whole Berrybender series on tape instead of buying the novels .
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 Posted: Sat Nov 15th, 2008 12:37 pm
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Fan, I'm with you.  I can't stand to have a talk tape on in the car.  Music is OK, but a talk tape distracts me and my mind goes off on some train of thought brought about by the subject and I lose my place in the story.  So I end up not paying attention to the road or what is going on in the narration all at the same time.  Within 30 seconds, no exageration, I just want to pop it out of the player and throw it out the window.  Frankly I just have an aversion to being read to.  I turn nasty if someone keeps reading aloud to me after I ask them to please stop.  The story has to go at my pace, not someone elses. 



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Usually around Veterans Day I try to reread my copy of Up Front by Bill Mauldin.  It reminds me of the men who were in the thick of it and it puts what they went through and survived in very human terms.  It's one of my favorite books Finished it last night... I mean this morning.



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Someone earlier mentioned young adult fiction, and I read a lot of it. It goes with the English teacher territory. It certainly isn't what I remember it being when I was a kid, if there was even such as category as "young adult fiction" then. There is some REALLY good writing out there for teens, with strong plots and realistic characters. Margaret Haddix, Jordan Sonnenblick, the Eragon books,etc. are good reads for teens. I can zoom through them fast, but I really do like some of them.

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I finished Kenneth Noe's book on Perryville. It was an interesting read but pretty much your stereotypical campaign study. Thomas partisans probably won't be big fans of this book.



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I'm now reading Shea and Hess's book on Pea Ridge.



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i like murder mysteries, pirate history books and war stories. not on cd though, it quickly puts me to sleep.

i like vampire/werewolf stuff as well, and the Harry Potter and Lord Of The Rings series.

i mostly read historical stuff, im currently working on North Carolina And The Coming Of The Civil War, and just finished with The Pirates Of North Carolina.



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Hi Southern Son,

Have you tried the Anne Rice series on vampires or do you feel those are way over the top?

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Currently reading 'First Lady of the Confederacy" and enjoying it very much. Still don't like Jeff too well.
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Just ran across this.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/14/books/review/10Best-t.html?8bu&emc=bu

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Hi I'm in the middle of Shenadoah 1862: Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign by Peter Cozzens. It's quite good so far I must say. I had been reading books related to the Band of Brothers DVD series by HBO.



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I see it's been a while since anybody's posted here, so maybe I'll bump it and see what happens.

I just finished reading two excellent historical mysteries -- SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD and QUEEN OF BEDLAM. They are both rather long; the first book runs well over 700 pages, and the second more than 600, but both are such excellent reads that I never once thought about the length, only how good they were.

The author is Robert McCammon. He began his career by writing horror stories, which is how I found him. His novels were, in most instances, a notch or two above the usual tripe found in the horror genre, and I read all his books. But eventually, he wanted to branch out into other genres--and that's where he ended up butting heads with the publishers, who wanted him to continue cranking out the same old thing. So he retired for about 10 years. Then, a few years ago, he came back with these two well-written, well-research historical mysteries set in the Colonies at the turn of the 18th century.

SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD is set in the Carolinsa in the fictional town of Fount Royal. The year is 1699, and a woman stands accused of witchcraft. The protagonist of the story is a young man, Matthew Corbett, who is the clerk of the magistrate sent to hear the case. There are mysteries within mysteries, but in the end, a series of seemingly unconnected events all start falling into place.

QUEEN OF BEDLAM continues Matthew's story. It is now 1702, and Matthew has moved to New York City, where a killer known as The Masker is stalking the streets. Again, intricate plotting, unusual and fascinating characters, and a fast-paced read.

I'm not always very good at writing reviews, but if you like to read historical mysteries, I can't recommend these two books highly enough.

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Just finished "Fanny Kemble's Civil Wars" and enjoyed it very much.(Thank you Susan) Now reading "Innocent Traitor" by Alison Weir.



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I've got several other books by Ms. Weir. You'll have to let me know what you think of INNOCENT TRAITOR.



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I like the sound of the books you just mentioned.  Need to check those out!

I have read Alison Weir before and have a couple of others my sis-in-law sent me.  Always behind on my reading! 



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I know what you mean about always behind. When it comes to fiction, my favorite books are historical mysteries. I've read mysteries set in just about every time and place -- Ancient Egypt, the Middle Ages, Colonial America and more.

I also like straight forward historical fiction, too. I ran across Allison Weir's books through my interest in Richard III. I believe she wrote a book about the Princes in the Tower, but I can't recall the name of the book.



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