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    Originally posted by huskyfan View Post
    most likely the best book ever written about hockey.
    I really loved Kerry Fraser's, Bob Probert's, and John Scott's books, but they were more general about the game, and more auto-biographical. "The Code" is outstanding for the newer hockey fans, for sure. "Boys Of Winter" is solid.
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      I've been listening to an audiobook, and they have random music every so often. It is incredibly annoying. At first, I thought it was just at the intro, but it's in other parts of the book (and doesn't seem linked to the story). I find it very distracting.

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        Originally posted by jen View Post
        I've been listening to an audiobook, and they have random music every so often. It is incredibly annoying. At first, I thought it was just at the intro, but it's in other parts of the book (and doesn't seem linked to the story). I find it very distracting.
        That's incredibly intrusive. I don't even like the Brandenburg intro to the Audible series.
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          I started listening to "Haben: the deafblind woman who conquered Harvard Law". It's read by the author, and holy crap, is her voice annoying. I lasted 10 seconds. Waiting for the large print version.

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          • Originally posted by jen View Post
            I started listening to "Haben: the deafblind woman who conquered Harvard Law". It's read by the author, and holy crap, is her voice annoying. I lasted 10 seconds. Waiting for the large print version.
            She was on world service the other week.... she ain’t THAT bad
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              I decided to use the library to my advantage, and I checked out "Girl, Wash Your Face" by Rachel Hollis. I think she's on point, although I have read negative reviews.
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                Just finished listening to Julian Fellowes Belgravia. Have never watched Downton Abbey but this isthe guy who wrote that. Kind of cool listening about a place I have been but from a historical point of view. Classic BBC soap opera type book. Twists, turns and the narrator was good.

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                  Did Jen see Netflix is premiering a Spenser flix on 6 March? Mark wahlberg. They are taking liberties, but mookie will watch.
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                    Originally posted by mookie1995 View Post
                    Did Jen see Netflix is premiering a Spenser flix on 6 March? Mark wahlberg. They are taking liberties, but mookie will watch.
                    I don't have Netflix. Mark Wahlberg... I can see him as Spenser. Interested to hear how it is.

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                      The Overstory by Richard Powers is completely captivating. But I’m currently an MS Forestry student and I feel like it fits my daydreams like a glove. Curious if others love it as much.
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                          Probert... agree about Women's Murder Club. 19 was the last straw for me. I've given up on it before 20 comes out. Not gonna read it.

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                          • Originally posted by jen View Post
                            I don't have Netflix. Mark Wahlberg... I can see him as Spenser. Interested to hear how it is.
                            Was all over the place.
                            Loosely (very loosely) based on Atkins wonderland.
                            However Mookie is a sucker for all things Spenser
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                              Originally posted by jen View Post
                              Probert... agree about Women's Murder Club. 19 was the last straw for me. I've given up on it before 20 comes out. Not gonna read it.
                              I came in the middle of these. Listened to one which was OK but a bit fuzzy. The second one I read was even less concise. Gave up.

                              Just listened to Preston and Child- Crimson Shore. Had noever read any of this series. I have a feeling I was missing bits and pieces that referred to things happening in the past. OK read but could be pretentious.

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                                Originally posted by jen View Post
                                Probert... agree about Women's Murder Club. 19 was the last straw for me. I've given up on it before 20 comes out. Not gonna read it.
                                I read a lot of Patterson some are good, some are ok some are bad. If I couldn't read them in 1 day, or in the case of a bookshots novel lunch, I would probably be a little more selective. The early Women's murder clubs written by Andrew Gross were better than the Maxine Paetro ones but even the ones she writes have gone downhill
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