Next came phone calls and more online fun. It seems that for hard copy books all the libraries in our system share like the good friends they are. But once you go electronic, they get a little possessive. Each library in the system has its own account and you must have a card with every library from which you want to download electronic books.
What does this mean for my anxiously waiting Nook? Well, what it all boils down to is that while I only need one card to cover all the libraries in the system, my Nook needs a card for each one.
It's still free, but . . .
1st to Die (audiobook) - James Patterson
The first library audio book listened to on my Nook. Pro: Now I can read while I do other things! Con: Since it is my Nook, I am tethered by headphones and can't really do that much more than I did before.
But what about the book? I'm glad you asked. This was my first James Patterson book and I had high expectations. After all, Richard Castle wouldn't play poker with hacks. Would he?
It did have a number of twists and turns, but like a senior citizen with his turn signal on for fifteen miles, each twist was obvious loooooong before it actually happened.
So as to give Mr. Patterson a fair chance, I do plan to read at least the next book in the series.
The Sherlockian (audiobook) - Graham Moore
Interesting. Two stories interwoven: past & present.
Although this novel is much better than many stories that aim to continue or explicate the Holmes saga, the ending leaves me unsatisfied and I'm not quite sure why.
It's a very meta book, as at the end the author explains his choices, even touching some of on my concerns.
But still, I maintain a yearning unfulfilled.
The Red Signal (audiobook) - Agatha Christie
You may think you know how things will play out for you, but you would be mistaken.
A bit of light watering and a mystery! What a great way to start a day.
When You Are Engulfed in Flames (audiobook) - David Sedaris
Can I sue David Sedaris? Wait. Wait. Wait. Hear me out.
My experiment with audiobooks has enabled me to 'read' while I accomplish something. (Or should I say, actually accomplish something while I read?)
Anyway, I strap my headphones on, slip my Nook into a little pouch slung over my shoulder, and set to work. That, my friend, is where it turns ugly.
The strange looks I get when I erupt into spasms of laughter while wandering through my garden . . . watering, weeding, harvesting, . . . It doesn't matter that I'm being a productive and responsible neighbor. He's damaging my reputation in my community!
Yes, my neighbors already think I'm a bit odd, but that is way beside the point.
What do you think? Do I have a case?I needed to temper my dad’s enthusiasm a bit, and so I announced that I would be majoring in patricide. The Princeton program was very strong back then, the best in the country, but it wasn’t the sort of thing your father could get too worked up about. Or, at least, most fathers wouldn’t. Mine was over the moon. “Killed by a Princeton graduate!” he said. “And my own son, no less.”
My mom was actually jealous. “So what’s wrong with matricide?” she asked. “What, I’m not good enough to murder?”
They started bickering, so in order to make peace I promised to consider a double major.
The Stonehenge Legacy (audiobook) - Sam Christer
I've made an interesting discovery about audiobooks.Just as the greatest magicians fool us by distraction, so do the gods.
I can read much faster than I can listen. . . . So a book which would have taken me just a couple of hours to read, takes several days to listen to.
I'm not sure how I feel about that.
Witness for the Prosecution (audiobook) - Agatha Christie
People like to say that if you are innocent, you have nothing to fear.
But . . .
Does the medium make a difference?
Do those of you who go back and forth between audio and print see a difference
in how you understand and/or relate to a story?
The Best Mysteries of Isaac Asimov (library) - Guess Who
Mr. Asimov had an interesting philosophy of mystery writing. The stories are intellectual puzzles: no violence at all and if a murder absolutely must happen it must be offstage.
. . . and intellectually challenging.
I like that.
Puzzles of the Black Widowers (library) - Issac Asimov
My brain hurts.
I have always prided myself on my ability to puzzle out mysteries, but some of these are extremely challenging.
. . . and not a car chase, love scene, or blood bath in the lot.