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tricours

tricours

Joined May 2016

Very much into sewing and Crossfit these days. 🐶🐱 🇸🇪🇳🇴
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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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Mehso-so

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 👍🏻 3d
tricours @Cathythoughts haha no! That‘s a mistake, but it seems you can‘t change it, it just reverts to pick. 2d
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The Wolf at the Door | Charlie Adhara
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Pickpick

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! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
tricours @Larkken male-male! 2w
Larkken @tricours ahha! Thankee 2w
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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) 2w
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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 1mo
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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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Pickpick

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? 2mo
tricours @AlaMich I didn‘t find this difficult to follow at all, it‘s long but the plot is simple 2mo
AlaMich @tricours Ok, I may give it a try. Thanks! 😊 2mo
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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. 2mo
tricours @HeatherBookNerd already read it! 2mo
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! 2mo
CharissaWeaksAuthor Try The Lost Queen by Signe Pike :) 2mo
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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. 2mo
tricours @Aimeesue that part of it was a bit interesting, but the romantic part was so unconvincing 😐 2mo
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?? 😱 2mo
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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! 3mo
julesG Get well soon! 3mo
Sarah83 Feel better soon 3mo
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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. 😒 3mo
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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. 3mo
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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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Pickpick

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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Mehso-so

Hm. I don‘t feel this actually told me all that much.

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Pickpick

Fascinating.

Cathythoughts Eye catching cover 👍🏻💙 4mo
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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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Mehso-so

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 ❤️ 5mo
CouronneDhiver 👌🏽 5mo
ReadosaurusText Well done! I love champagne AND that book! 5mo
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Shelter in Place | Nora Roberts
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Panpan

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. 5mo
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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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Pickpick

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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Mehso-so

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. 6mo
tricours @8little_paws I suspected as much! Poor Diski if she returns for a third trip 😅 6mo
tournevis @8little_paws Unless there is a fire. Which happens on Amtrak. Amtrak is a s£%t show. 6mo
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 ✈️ 😳 6mo
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. 6mo
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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.

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Swan Song | Robert McCammon
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McCammon is a new favorite of mine, at least for audiobooks. Long, dense stories that you can listen to for hours. This was really good! A great post apocalyptic drama.

TrishB Loved this too 💕 6mo
Reggie Ohhhh, this book, I should reread it this year. 6mo
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The Lost Steps | Alejo Carpentier
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Someone took my spot!

laurenbescoby Those eyes 😍 6mo
LauraBeth Well hello handsome! 😍😍 6mo
LA_Mead Gorgeous dog 😊 6mo
heikemarie Gorgeous!! 6mo
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The Shining | Stephen King
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Litsy! There are different audio book versions of The Shining, any opinions on which one to choose? Also, there is more than 1 book??

TrishB There‘s a follow up now called Dr Sleep. 6mo
sprainedbrain I‘ve listened to that version pictured - Campbell Scott does a really nice job! I‘ve not read Doctor Sleep yet... 6mo
tricours @sprainedbrain I started listening to it yesterday, it‘s great! I was shocked when I saw it was only 15h though. With a King book I‘m usual expecting at least 30! 6mo
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tricours @TrishB have you read it? 6mo
TrishB Yes - I actually liked it more than The Shining! 6mo
tricours @TrishB ooh, great! 6mo
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Summer of Night | Dan Simmons
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Pickpick

Not at all bad, but I couldn‘t stop thinking about IT while listening to this book (a bunch of kids battling evil during their summer holiday), and it didn‘t quite grab me the same way The Terror did. I also found it difficult to keep all the boys apart.

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The Body Where I Was Born | Guadalupe Nettel
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Pickpick

I‘ve spent a horribly long time reading this book, but I really liked it. It‘s slow going but never boring, and well written and constructed.

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Mehso-so

Not exactly pleasant reading, and it does get a way too fictional feeling quite often, but it‘s fascinating the things people manage to do.

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The Lost Steps | Alejo Carpentier
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This book is so slow. I was expecting more wilderness adventure, not just complaints about the guy‘s stupid mistress.

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Pickpick

I'm still not quite sure how this series became such a huge success, BUT I did enjoy listening to it. The first book took me some time to get through since I actually read it, but the others I more or less flew through. But just imagine this story from Lila's perspective!

hilded Jeg har hørt fra flere at de bare blir bedre og bedre, gleder meg til å lese de neste år! 6mo
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Necroscope | Brian Lumley
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Pickpick

Loved it!

bookcollecter Giant fann of this series! Check my page for many blurbs, quotes, and reviews. I'm currently reading the fourth book in the series 6mo
tricours @bookcollecter oh! So the rest of the series is as good as the first book? 6mo
bookcollecter Absolutely! Im savoring each one 😀 6mo
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bookcollecter Was the narrator good? 6mo
LauraJ I read the whole series when it originally came out. Good stuff! 6mo
tricours @bookcollecter yes, I think he was really good! 6mo
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The Strain | Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
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Panpan

I started watching the tv show based on these books once. I think I lasted 70% of one episode until the American shininess and the bad acting got to be too much. I feel pretty much the same about the first book, which kind of started out OK but then just went all out poor action movie with the obligatory sappy family side story.

AlaMich Yeah, I bailed on this too. It was awhile ago so I don‘t remember exactly why, but I think it was because it was boring. (edited) 7mo
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