12.30.2009

Top Discoveries of 2009: Audiobooks

I couldn't resist, especially since I've been making notes since the beginning of the year. So I dodged back in to drop some of them on y'all (oh, how I've missed doing that in the last few days). These are not necessarily new as of 2009 but things that I discovered in 2009.

Click through the links for reviews. Where there are none I made a few notes which, admittedly, are brief, but it is this or nuttin'.

So here goes ... with no particular order within the list, except chronologically I suppose.
  • The Adventures of Jimmie Dale by Frank L. Packard (free from Librivox, click through for full story description): done by various readers, one of whom read two or three chapters evidently to practice his English which was excruciating to listen to. However, this tale of dashing adventure from the turn of the century set in New York's gritty underbelly took no great harm from my skipping those couple chapters. This story made me a Frank L. Packard fan.
  • Lamentation by Ken Scholes (reviewed for SFFaudio): not just the best audiobook I heard, but very possibly the best science fiction I "read" all year. Wow.
  • The White Moll by Frank L. Packard (free from Librivox, click through for full story description): the White Moll, an angel of mercy in the New York slums, is falsely accused of a terrible crime. She must now use her intelligence, grit, and knowledge of slum gangs to outwit both her accusers and the police. This story made me a fan of narrator Rowdy Delaney whose low key style proved addictive.
  • Giants of the Frost by Kim Wilkins (reviewed for SFFaudio): just when you think this is a typical romance story (enough already of the whining girl protagonist) it takes a very interesting turn for the better into Norse mythology.
  • The White Company by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (free from Librivox, click through for full story description): surprisingly Doyle considered his historical novels to be his best and I must say this book makes a strong case. A story of knight errantry, wooing a fair lady, and learning the ways of the world during England's Hundred Years War with France.
This was posted at my main blog together with my top movies list which you may find here.

12.16.2009

Episode 102: Mouth Wide Open 6



In which we discover a traditional Italian peasant food best enjoyed in cold weather.
EP 102: Mouth Wide Open 6


Rating: G

This Book is Under Copyright
Produced with permission of John Thorne

For information about Mr. Thorne or for permissions please see his website, Simple Cooking.

I am indebted to John Thorne for his gracious permission to podcast this novel.

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    12.12.2009

    Lagniappe 30: The Man Who Invented Christmas

    The Man Who Invented Christmas
    (listen or download from link above)

    A little something extra about Dickens
    and the book that helped both reinvent his career and the season.


    (Find the book here.)

    According to Webster
    la·gniappe \ˈlan-ˌyap, lan-ˈ\
    Function:
    noun
    Etymology: American French, from American Spanish la ñapa the lagniappe, from la + ñapa, yapa, from Quechua yapa something added
    Date: 1844
    : a small gift given a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase;
    broadly : something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure