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I love the thought that there are other “audiobook addicts” besides myself out there in the world.  My local library offers a great selection of audiobooks that can be downloaded, for free, from the library’s website to your mp3 player or ipod.  If you don’t have that service, you may want to check out either Librivox or Books Free.  Librivox is a non profit whose mission is to provide audiobook versions of all books in the public domain.  It is an excellent service (and you can even volunteer to record some yourself!).  The one big drawback (in my opinion) is that a book may be recorded using a variety of voices (i.e. different voices for different chapters) – not just a single voice as you generally get in the more professional recordings.    Still, it is free and definitely worth checking out! 

http://librivox.org/

Booksfree on the other hand is more of a subscription type of service, similar to Netflix for DVDs.  You subscribe and are allowed a certain number of audiobooks a month.  Check it out.

http://www.booksfree.com/

For more information on Booksfree also check out the original article written by CNET at http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10252299-2.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-5.

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Here is the list of books I read over vacation.   All in all, a success.  Generally my one and only goal over vacation is to read as many books as possible, much to my fiance’s dismay! 

  1. Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist by M.C. Beaton
  2. The Lost Gardens by Anthony Eglin
  3. Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill by Gretchen Rubin
  4. Stone Angel by Carol O’Connell

Stone Angel and the Winston Churchill book were my favorite.  Carol O’Connell is right up there with Elizabeth George on my list of favorite mystery authors.  Plus, this particular book I have gotten out of the library several times and returned without reading.  It is one of those mysteries that really has some depth to it.

The Churchill book on the other hand I am going to dedicate a separate post to…keep your eyes open for it!

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Vacation Time!

I am on vacation and won’t be posting (unless I can find an internet cafe somewhere!) while I am gone.  I will be back June 1st.  Happy Reading!

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I am going on vacation on Friday.  I can’t wait and am so excited.  We are going to my parent’s lake house in southern Virginia.  My fiance will spend his time fishing and, you guessed it, yours truly will be reading.  I have so many books to choose from, I am really not sure where to start.  I generally wind up taking way more books than I could feasibly read.  Any recommendations on good reads before I should pick up before I leave town?

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Recently a post went around facebook asking how many books individuals have read from a specific list.  The original post caught your attention with the line:  “Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.”.  Of course, this is excellent fodder for a post.  The original list appears to have been pulled from the BBC’s Big Read which published a list of the UK’s best loved novels.  What appears to me to be the original list is published here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/top100.shtml

I have read 47 and am in the process of reading one of them right now.  Of the 47 I have read, you may be wondering which were my favorites? (Let’s pretend you are wondering).  Here is my short list:

  1. Life of Pi by Yann Martel – mostly because of the ending…but I won’t go further because I don’t want to spoil it for everyone else out there!
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – I reread this one about a year or so ago.  Rereading it definitely gave me a new appreciation for it and moved it onto my short list.
  3. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – The book has more too it than the movie (although I loved the movie too!).  This has always been one of my favorites.
  4. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo – I would say I loved the musical of this one even more than the book – the music is just wonderful.  I have seen it twice but not in years.  This was brought to light for me recently when hearing Susan Boyle’s rendition of the song as part of the British Idol show.  What a voice!
  5. His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman – I love these types of books, Harry Potter, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and Pullman’s series – take your pick.  These are definitely worth a quick read!

Which ones are on my “to be read” list?  That will be the subject of another post!

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 It is the start of what I call, “book sale season”. I love it!  I found some great ones this week, even though I went to the sale on the last day.  All these for $10.

  1. The Witch of Portebello by Paul Coelho
  2. The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies
  3. Grace (Eventually) Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
  4. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  5. Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott
  6. Shakespeare’s Christmas by Charlaine Harris
  7. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  8. Three Bedrooms, One Corpse by Charlaine Harris
  9. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  10. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
  11. The Brother’s Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  12. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  13. The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American by Jeff Smith

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Read Listen Blog

My name is Rachel.  I am a thirtysomething with a fiance and two dogs (all 3 of whom I absolutely adore).  Like much of the world today, I love to read.  I also love everything about books – buying them, listening to them, and hearing about what others are reading.  In that spirit, I have decided to start this blog and share what I am reading as I read them.  I can’t wait to get started!

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