Archives for category: audiobooks

Bill Oakley – Space: 1969 (audio)

Karen Thompson Walker – The Age of Miracles

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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson (2012) (reread) (FIC)

Ubu Roi, Alfred Jarry (DRA)

When I Grow Up, Ken Krimstein (2021) (GRA)

The Invisible Library, Genevieve Cogman (SFF)

Curtain, Agatha Christie (DET)

A Wrinkle In Time, Madeleine L’Engle (SFF)

Last Night at the Telegraph Club, Madeline Lo (FIC)

The Song of Mavin Many-Shaped, Sherry Tepper (SFF)

The Late M. Gallet, George Simenon (DET)

Letters From A Stoic, Seneca (PHIL)

Relentless Moon, Mary Robinette Kowals (SFF)

Victories Greater Than Death, Charlie Jane Anders (reread) (SFF)

Agency, William Gibson (SFF)

Sonnets from the Portuguese, Elizabeth Barrett Browning (POE)

Sisters of the Vast Black, Lina Rather (SFF)

The Desert and the Sown, Gertrude Belle (TRA)

The Shadow Glass, Josh Winning (SFF)

The Analects, Confucius (PHIL)

Sisters of the Forsaken Stars, Lina Rather (SFF)

Legends and Lattes, Travis Baldree (SFF)

A Time of Gifts, Patrick Leigh Fermor (TRA)

A Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine (reread) (SFF)

A Desolation Called Peace, Arkady Martine (SFF)

Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino (?)

Alexis Vs. The Merry Menace, Marcus Alexander Hart (SFF)

Whose Body?, Dorothy L. Sayers (DET)

Christopher and His Kind, Christopher Isherwood (MEM)

The Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard (SFF)

Alexis Vs. The Afterlife, Marcus Alexander Hart (SFF)

Poems of Paul Verlaine

The Age of Miracles, Karen Thompson Walker (SFF)

Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut (FIC)

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisen (SFF)

טאגבוך פון א וועווערקע , סאניע קאנטאר (1920) (CHIL)

The Society of the Spectacle, Guy deBord (reread) (PHIL)

Lifesong, Julia Blake (SFF)

The Left Hand of Dog, Si Clarke (SFF)

Audio

Concrete, Bulletproof, Invisible & Fried: My Life as a Revolting Cock, Chris Connelly (2014) (MEM)

All About Me, Mel Brooks (MEM)

Under The Big Black Sun, John Doe et al (O. HIST)

The Mystwick School of Musicraft, Jessica Khoury (YA)

The Midnight Orchestra, Jessica Khoury (YA)

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend, Sanford Greenberg (MEM)

Up the Down Staircase, Bel Kaufman (MEM)

Re-Sisters, Cosey Fanni Tutti (MEM/BIO)

Agent to the Stars, John Scalzi (SFF)

Space: 1969 (SFF)

Simple Dreams, Linda Ronstadt (MEM)

Persuasion, Jane Austen (FIC)

Sandman Act III, Neil Gaiman (SFF)

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, John Le Carre (abridged) (THR)

Victoria Aveyard – Red Queen – Enjoyable YA (sort of) fantasy. A bit dystopian, I really liked how Aveyard set up the opposing factions. However much I was satisfied with the ending, I’m not driven to pick up the next ones in the series.

Marcus Alexander Hart – Alexa vs. The Afterlife – Ah. Alexa vs. The Merry Menace makes a lot more sense now. Former child star now slightly alcoholic punk discovers magical powers with the help of a couple of interesting undead folks. Very amusing.

Paul Verlaine – Poems of Paul Verlaine – Having passed by Verlaine’s birthplace on an overnight visit to Metz, I thought it a good time to read some of his work. Very beautiful stuff.

Cosey Fanni Tutti – Re-Sisters (audio) – Absolutely fascinating memoir/double biography, taking in the lives of medieval mystic Marjorie Kemp and modern electronic musician Delia Derbyshire. Cosey wraps their three lives together with some gorgeous insights into the nature of recording one’s life.

John Scalzi – Agent to the Stars (audio) – Another great Wil Wheaton narration. Protagonist, a Hollywood agent, is roped into figuring out how to negotiate first contact with gelatinous aliens. With an absolutely appropriate in context side trip into Holocaust territory. Beautifully done.

Sanford Greenberg – Hello Darkness, My Old Friend (audio) – Memoir

Confucius – The Analects (translated by James Legge) – Philosophy

Travis Baldacre – Legends and Lattes – Fantasy

Lina Rather – Sisters of the Forsaken Stars – SF

P. Djeli Clark – A Master of Djinn – Steampunk/Detective

Lina Rather – Sisters of the Vast Black – Very good novella of nuns in space in a sentient organic spaceship. This does not do it any justice. Definitely for fans of Becky Chambers, MR Kowal and the like. Looking forward to sequel Sisters of the Forsaken Stars.

Gertrude Bell – The Desert and the Sown – Gracious, but this took me ages to finish. I’m pretty sure I started reading it about eight months ago. Bell’s travels in 1903 Palestine and Syria are fascinating. She tells of her meetings with the members of various tribes with the eyes and ears of an archeologist, linguist and historian. (Bell is namechecked in a book I read last year by Vita Sackville-West and I had to find out who she was. Often referred to as the female Lawrence of Arabia, she led a fascinating life. And was recently portrayed by Nicole Kidman (Queen of the Desert which is on my to-see list).

John Doe, et al – Under the Big Black Sun (audio) – Gorgeous evocations of the late 70s Los Angeles punk scene as told by members of the various acts who made it happen including (but not limited to) Doe, Henry Rollins, Jane Wiedlin and Charlotte Caffey, and the man who later became El Vez. I was just a little too young at the time, I remember the acts and the times with greatly renewed fondness.

Joshua Winning – The Shadow Glass – Written for all the fans of gorgeous 80s fantasy movies. A beautiful homage to the ones who’ve kept the fandom going. Follows the estranged son of the recently deceased creator of a perfect movie that stands alongside Labyrinth and The Neverending Story who doesn’t quite know what to do when his father’s creations come to life. The fandom come to his aid.

Jessica Khoury – The Mystwick School of Musicraft (audio)
Jessica Khoury – The Midnight Orchestra (audio) – These two middle-grade (9-12 year old target audience) stories are absolutely charming and I recommend them highly. Khoury was interviewed on the Exolore podcast about cartography and mentioned these books in closing. The narrator earns a spot in the the titular Mystwick school and adventures ensue with new friends and new adversaries. Extra shout-outs for inclusivity and fantastic sound design. (These are also free if you have an Audible subscription.)