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January 08, 2016


Tina in NJ

I just finished an older book, George Washington's Secret Six, about the Culper Spy Ring in Manhattan and Long Island during the revolution. It isn't written as a thriller, but I found it interesting. One of the authors has a new one out, Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, which my sister enjoyed. I've been eyeing the Wright Brothers book for a while. Maybe I can figure out how to borrow the audiobook from the library. Jo Kramer at Jo's Country Junction regularly reviews audiobooks on her blog, but she tends toward historical fiction. You could check it out, though.

Kathleen C

Vicki, thanks for the list of books. I'm a big reader too, in the evenings after I've done some hand stitching. I get my books from my small library and ebooks/audiobooks from the library website. Your library might also offer them for free.
I read similar genres to you, mystery adn fiction mostly and some nonfiction.I enjoyed the Wright Brothers; McCullough is a great writer. I should keep a list with a few words about each book;I've been saying that for years!


love, love John Sandford's books - I can't get enough of them and I too wish he wrote faster LOL -- I like that new series by David Baldacci also - much better than the Camel Club series which I didn't like. I don't get the audio books but I am tempted as then I would get more sewing done. I despise sweet sappy books there is no depth to them but I do like some sci-fi but not a lot.

Shannon C.

Ok- first of all, I love the reviews. Second of all (maybe should be first) I love love love love virgil flowers. I like Lucas and Weather too, but my first love will always be Virgil...

You've probably read them already, but for getting in deep historical fiction, overall nothing beats Leon Uris and James Michener. Also, not sure if it's on audible, but one of my very favorite books in the history of books is called the Beacon at Alexandria, by Gillian Bradshaw.

Finally, have you thought of tracking on goodreads ( I resisted for a long time, but I love being able to see what others who like what I like read and sharing books/tracking with my friends. You might think about it if you haven't yet.

Shannon C.

Oh one more! Again, you've probably already read them, but if not the Mallory books are great mysteries (the author is carol o'connell).

Carole @ From My Carolina Home

I love Jeffrey Archer too, have read most of his and I am on Clifton Chronicles now. I too am on Goodreads, it takes a bit to get going, but once you rate a bunch of books it will suggest others to you. If you would like a truly hilarious book, read The Devil in the Junior League by Linda Francis Lee. If you like long and involved, you cannot beat Ken Follett Pilars of the Earth, and the Century Trilogy.

Vicki  Welsh

Got it! Apparently some of them have very bad narrators but Chrome School hasĀ  a good one so Ill start with that.

Jan Hutchison

I also listen to books as I quilt. When I look at a finished quilt I can remember what I was 'reading ' as I worked on it. I loved both of David Mitchell's books, The Bone Clocks and Cloud Atlas. The Oregon Trail, A New American Journey by Rinker Buck is great too.

Judy Hudgins

I pulled out and read The Eighty-Dollar Champion for our nonfiction book group and loved it. Of course, I am a horse lover from birth. And I was with you on the Girl in the Spider Web. Excellent job. Good reading in 2016. I'm listening more so I can stitch at the same time.


I had the same reaction to The Moonstone when I tried to read it years ago. How it ever got on the classics list is beyond me, both as an English lit major and a librarian. Thought it was just me. There are a bunch of other classics that also are on my "how in the world" list.


I have only listened to an audiobook once. I guess I should try again. I don't know that I can multitask that well. I read The Girl in the Spider's Web and loved it too. And Dear Leader is on my list (glad to get a good recommendation for it). Recent books I've read: On the Move - the autobiography of Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia, also by Oliver Sacks, The Disappearing Spoon, about the history of the periodic table - sounds boring but isn't, though most of it is above my head, All the Light We Cannot See, The Girl on the Train, and The Seamstress by Sara Tuval Bernstein. I'm not as good as tracking my reading as you! Another interesting book was Cutter's Trial. I'm now reading a good book called The Reason for God by Timothy Keller.


p.s You may be able to check out audiobooks from the library.


My daughter introduced me to Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling's pseudonym), and I fell in love with the main characters, who continue in all 3 books. I do hope there will be more. I like an author whose style doesn't distract me. However, my daughter says there are things about the writing that she believes she would've recognized had she not known about the pseudonym. She read all of the Harry Potter books more than once, though, and so is pretty familiar with the author's style.


I'm listening to Red Notice now. You're right, it is a scary story. I'm still able to find good audio books through our library, though I wish there were a larger selection.

Peg S.

Thanks for the reviews! This was really interesting.

My husband says that "Why Nations Fail" is one of the best books he's ever read - but he also says he thinks it would make a lousy book to listen to. You might like it better if you read it in hardcopy - and that also makes it easier to skip some bits (he thought the discussion of pre-history was off the mark.) We have a copy if you want to try reading it instead of listening.

Mary Anne

I love this post (and all the comments). I'm always searching for new authors for Jack and I. Right now I'm re-reading the Diana Gabaldon Outlander series...mainly from the historical perspective. I think there is something like 10 in the series and they're all very long books so they're taking awhile. I love anything that David Baldacci writes and Jack is currently devouring anything by Jeffery Archer. Wilbur Smith, Jack Whyte, Jeff Shaara & Bernard Cornwell are other favourites. You might like the historical aspect of the books by Jeff Shaara.

Katy S

I loved American Sniper as well. If you liked that, you may enjoy Fearless by Eric Blehm. It the story of Navy Seal Adam Brown. It is one of my all time favorite books.

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