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tricours

tricours

Joined May 2016

Very much into sewing and Crossfit these days. 🐶🐱 🇸🇪🇳🇴
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Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon
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Dans le jardin de l'ogre by Lela Slimani
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Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang, Jon Halliday
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Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
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The Heart of Man by Jn Kalman Stefnsson
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Ship of Fools: A Novel by Katherine Anne Porter
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Ostatnie Historie by Olga Tokarczuk
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The Reckoning by Edith Wharton
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The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
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Redeeming Love: A Novel | Francine Rivers
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Haha, uhm, well! 🤓 Not sure what I was thinking here but there was an Audible sale and you know how that goes. You know, this could have been a decent story if it weren‘t for the religion getting shoved in your face all the time. Starting this book, I didn‘t know the author was a “reformed” romance author. The way she talked about it in the interview made it seem she had been into porn and was now born again 😄 I wonder how filthy her books were?

Sace I read this author in my mid to late 20s and I enjoyed the books. I don't recall the religion being too heavy handed, but it's possible I just ignored it. ? Don't think I read this one. "Reformed" romance writer? WTH? 3d
BarbaraBB Yay 🙌 3d
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I had some difficulty focusing on this book and keeping track of people. Perhaps not the best audiobook material, but in print I suspect I would never have gotten through it at all...

BarbaraBB Hi Rebecka just checking in. Missing your posts. Hope all is well! 6d
tricours @BarbaraBB thank you, all is well! 😊 I have just REALLY fallen off the reviewing wagon! 4d
BarbaraBB Ah too bad but I‘m happy to hear you‘re okay 😘. Hope you‘ll get back on that wagon 😉 4d
tricours @BarbaraBB I hope so too! Sewing kind of took over my life (so I‘m very active on Instagram at least 😅) but I am getting through a fair amount of audiobooks so I should try to crawl back in here sometime soon! 3d
BarbaraBB I hope so and I love your sewing and that you do it with such passion 😂 3d
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Seriously loving this.

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Pickpick

What a masterpiece! (And I need to read more about China.)

BarbaraBB This book learned me so much about Chinese history! If you really want to know more, I can recommend 3mo
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I vargavinterns land | Cecilia Ekback
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Well, a) not my type of book and b) it‘s not written well enough to make me like it despite a). I‘ve got my doubts about some details regarding historical accuracy, the writing was sometimes confusing (who says/means/does what), the plot was all condensed to the last 20% of the book and hastily executed, the first half of the book felt like a different book altogether, too many elements and stories were squeezed in. And the characters were flat.

Suet624 Love this review. 3mo
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I vargavinterns land | Cecilia Ekback
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Reading print books takes me ages these days, but now I really want to finish at least this one so that I can start reading a huge Mao book.

julesG #KAL - KittensAgainstLiteracy 3mo
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Pickpick

As interesting as this was I have to admit I had a hard time following all the intrigues and keeping track of various courtiers (where they referred to by names and titles interchangeably? Because that confused me), and at times the marriage intrigues especially got a bit too much. An impressive book nonetheless.

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Pickpick

I really liked this book. It was so easy to get pulled into and the hours just flew away. My only complaint is that the vilains are all very evil, and the good guys are all very good. With good and complex vilains it would have been a masterpiece.

Macnjen Loved this 3mo
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Shadow Beast | Luke Phillips
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Panpan

About as mediocre as expected, with the added bonus of cringeworthy narration.

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The Golem and the Jinni | Helene Wecker
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Pickpick

Wow, this was great! I have absolutely zero complaints and I just wish this author will publish lots of books. Such an imaginative story, great writing and character building!

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Mehso-so

This is just not my type of book.

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In the Skin of a Lion | Michael Ondaatje
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It took me two tries to get started with this book, and now having finished it I have no idea what I have listened to. This might not be great audiobook material.

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Panpan

This wasn‘t very believable. I got the impression I was reading someone‘s poorly edited and terribly lame fantasy, without much thought about plausibility or research.

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Mehso-so

This could have been a fascinating story, but the writing ruined it completely. There‘s way too much dramatization, even for this kind of book, and I almost got the feeling the author was making an effort to be annoying. The dialogue is all “yeah”, “right”, “yeah”, “right” and there‘s absolutely no attempt at analysis of the WHY, which makes the entire book fall flat. It didn‘t help that the audiobook narrator was also horribly annoying.

Cathythoughts And it‘s still a pick 👍🏻 4mo
tricours @Cathythoughts haha no! That‘s a mistake, but it seems you can‘t change it, it just reverts to pick. 4mo
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The Wolf at the Door | Charlie Adhara
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You know what? This book got me out of my book reading (as opposed to listening) slump. I‘d grown quite tired of my guilty pleasure MM romances, but then my friend recommended this. Look at that cover! Not a torso in sight. And the entire book was... nicely written! And funny! I‘m in awe, I had already lost all faith in the genre.

Larkken MM? I'm drawing a blank today! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
tricours @Larkken male-male! 5mo
Larkken @tricours ahha! Thankee 4mo
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I didn‘t do much shopping during my recent trip to Minsk, but I did manage to finally find some books that were not translations of western books. And corgi bookmarks! Of course, none of the books are on Litsy...

Larkken those bookmarks are really cute 💜 (edited) 5mo
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The Help | Kathryn Stockett
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Pickpick

Brilliant!

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Mehso-so

I got quite annoyed while reading this, both because of the main character and her choices, and because of the “innovative” format or style of writing, which often just felt forced and like reading something a teenager wrote. I don‘t think I‘ll be reading more from this author.

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Mehso-so

Another book I didn‘t exactly have much faith in but that I decided to give a try. My instincts were right.

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Pickpick

Good book, wrong format. There‘s too much info in this for audio, it would have been best suited as a book with lots of pictures, or even better: a tv series! There‘s only so many names of time periods and extinct creatures a person can remember.

Texreader Looks interesting 5mo
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Revival: A Novel | Stephen King
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Pickpick

Different from all the other King novels I‘ve read, but not in a bad way. The actual horror element was the part I liked the least, it felt out of place and didn‘t have much effect.

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Submission | Michel Houellebecq
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Pickpick

I love the way Houellebecq writes, even though he has a tendency to become quite obnoxious. His extremely male perspective on everything is just that, extremely male — and therefore limited. But he sure can write.

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Mehso-so

This was exactly what I‘d thought it‘d be, so I can‘t actually claim to be disappointed.

Everything is very easy plot wise when you can just explain it with a dream...

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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. | Neal Stephenson, Nicole Gallan
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This was a great book to listen to. Entertaining and creative. I do always tend to get a bit hesitant when people 1) translate dead languages on the fly and 2) converse in dead languages like Akkadian, because yeah right, but it was still great!

AlaMich This sounds good, and I wouldn‘t mind it on audio, but sometimes I have a hard time following audiobooks if they have a complex plot. What do you think? 6mo
tricours @AlaMich I didn‘t find this difficult to follow at all, it‘s long but the plot is simple 6mo
AlaMich @tricours Ok, I may give it a try. Thanks! 😊 6mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Pickpick

I need more of these books. Are there any on the way? (And that narrator! Perfection!)

HeatherBookNerd Her other book SONG OF ACHILLES is great too. 6mo
tricours @HeatherBookNerd already read it! 6mo
Readergrrl I loved this narrator! Perdita Weeks is also an actress. Currently you can find her as “Higgins” on the Magnum PI remake. I could listen to her for hours!! And I did! Haha! 6mo
CharissaWeaksAuthor Try The Lost Queen by Signe Pike :) 6mo
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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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Pickpick

What a lovely book! And what absolute luck that the day after I finish it, Circe is the Audible Daily Deal.

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Pickpick

A wonderful book! The narration was a bit staccato, but I got used to it after a while. I‘m not sure I can blame it for my lack of focus, which sometimes caused me to miss rather significant events... still, a great listen!

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North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Tomalin
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Mehso-so

Hmmmm no. This felt like a poor Jane Austen copy, only without the humor.

Aimeesue It was written in serial for one of Dickens' magazines. Definitely a Social Problem novel of that era. 6mo
tricours @Aimeesue that part of it was a bit interesting, but the romantic part was so unconvincing 😐 6mo
Aimeesue @tricours Half the time i think the love arc in Victorian novels is just there because it was expected. Kind of has to be because what else is a woman of that era going to do, not marry?? 😱 6mo
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The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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Pickpick

I‘m sure this is a very well written book, but for some reason I couldn‘t quite focus on it, and I kept mixing up some of the characters. Perhaps it would have been better read, and not listened to?

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Pickpick

Very captivating. Very.

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Submission | Michel Houellebecq
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Too sick to sew so reading an actual book it is. I had forgotten how magnificently Houellebecq writes.

Ingerella I hope you feel better! 7mo
julesG Get well soon! 7mo
Sarah83 Feel better soon 7mo
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The Round House | Louise Erdrich
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Mehso-so

I‘m sure this is a great story, but the audiobook narrator pretty much ruined it with his staccato and awkward way of telling it. It made it really difficult to get into the story.

CouronneDhiver I wasn‘t a fan either. 😒 7mo
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Dust Tracks on a Road | Zora Neale Hurston
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Pickpick

I haven‘t actually read anything by Hurston so I guess I should do that now.

ProfReader I have this book; I just need to read it. 7mo
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Pickpick

I‘m a but disappointed with myself for not paying more attention during the first half of the book. I thought these were short stories at first, then when I realized they weren‘t I also realized that I should have figured that out earlier 🤦‍♀️ Great book though!

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Pickpick

These books have a touch of fanfic about them, but I like it.

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Well, wow. I had no idea things worked this way in the US. To be honest, I don‘t know how it works here either, but it can hardly get any worse than the US. This was very, very interesting. The lynching stories and that entire part of the book was fascinating as well. It makes me think about how people are aghast about how executions were public events in the Middle Ages in the western world...

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Pickpick

I don‘t understand what motivates people to do these ultra marathons. It all seems to be very painful and I can‘t help but think about what injuries you might get stuck with. But it‘s sure interesting to read about!

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The Addictive Brain | Thad A. Polk
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Hm. I don‘t feel this actually told me all that much.

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Pickpick

Fascinating.

Cathythoughts Eye catching cover 👍🏻💙 8mo
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Agincourt: A Novel | Bernard Cornwell
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed listening to this one, but I was expecting something... more. How quickly I forgot all about the book is telling. I mostly remember how repetitive the writing was (we get that archers are strong, OK!) and the romantic plot felt a bit forced, like how you have to have a romantic plot in every single book, no matter what the subject matter is. The historical parts were interesting though!

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Before the Fall | Noah Hawley
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I was hoping this would be something more... mysterious. Instead it was just a standard page turner. But it didn‘t work for me, mostly because of the characters. None of them are the slightest bit interesting. Emma is just a plot device, the artist is just a Good Guy, etc. Bill & Doug are these ridiculously obnoxious characters that just serve the purpose of riling up the reader, hoping for some revenge. A cheap trick I‘m not overly fond of.

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The Weight of Ink | Rachel Kadish
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Mehso-so

This book was just a bit too much. The Ester story would have sufficed; the modern day academia rivalry, the young scholar and his love life and relationship to Helen was just too much, too many stories to finish. I didn‘t care much for any of the characters except for Ester, so I would have struggled to finish this if it hadn‘t been an audiobook.

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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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Champagne on a Sunday because why not 🤷‍♀️

TrishB Lovely ❤️ 9mo
CouronneDhiver 👌🏽 9mo
ReadosaurusText Well done! I love champagne AND that book! 9mo
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Shelter in Place | Nora Roberts
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A big no. The sentimentality got so bad it was almost grotesque. First and last Nora Roberts for me.

Mindyrecycles I read one of her naked dead something books and that was MY first and last. 9mo
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Before the Fall | Noah Hawley
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Next up!

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Bienes historie | Maja Lunde
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Pickpick

I liked it, but perhaps not as much as the hype made me believe I would.

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The Shining | Stephen King
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I‘m glad I finally got around to this one! The movie was a favorite of mine growing up, and I have to say I like some aspects of the movie more than the original. I find Stephen King‘s “personification” of evil a bit lame. I prefer it when it‘s just crazy people doing crazy stuff.

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The Lost Steps | Alejo Carpentier
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I wanted to like this book, but to be honest it was rather boring for the first 75%... And the prestigious language is one I can‘t really appreciate either, it felt unnecessarily complicated. Perhaps the most fascinating thing about this book is that the protagonist is an absolute douchebag, yet I kind of liked him. Last book of 2018, the year I miserably failed my reading challenge!

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I‘ve never taken a train in the US, but stuff like this sure never happens on European trains! Or do they? The amount of eccentricities Diski encounters on her travels are astounding, but perhaps it all has something to do with the smoking car... I hate smoking but couldn‘t help but sympathize with her when she found herself on a train without one. Brilliant writing!

8little_paws No more smoking cars on Amtrak, they're a thing of the past now. 10mo
tricours @8little_paws I suspected as much! Poor Diski if she returns for a third trip 😅 10mo
tournevis @8little_paws Unless there is a fire. Which happens on Amtrak. Amtrak is a s£%t show. 10mo
Ddzmini Isn‘t it amazing that you could get to almost any state on a train 🚂. Yet not many people utilize the train system as actual transportation as much as airplanes ✈️ 😳 10mo
Redwritinghood In the US, unless you live in the northeast, you probably never ride a train. Much more common to ride them between Boston and Washington, DC, though. 10mo
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Pickpick

I‘m usually not a fan of audio dramatizations, I find them tiresome to listen to, but this one was actually quite good! A rather pleasant surprise among the otherwise uninteresting Audible freebies.