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AustenToZafon

Austen to Zafón

Reading widely since 1972.

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A London Family, 1870-1900: A Trilogy
Molly Hughes
The Cellist of Sarajevo
Steven Galloway
Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
Lewis Thomas
All the Names
José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa
A History of the World in 100 Objects
Neil MacGregor
Down the Garden Path
Beverley Nichols
Virtue Betray'd, Or, Anna Bullen
John Banks
Year of Wonders
Geraldine Brooks
Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome
Illusion in java
Gene Fowler
A Little History of the World - Ernst Hans Josef Gombrich, Caroline Mustill, Clifford Harper I've listened to the 8-CD audio of this twice in the car, as I have a young son who enjoyed it. I see many reviews that talk about how disappointed readers were that this seemed like it was for kids. It was. It was meant for children, so you have to look at it through that lens. I like the author's humor and his asides that contain his own opinions of historical figures and events. This is a history with personality. It's not a boring, dry, date-filled text book. It's meant to make history come alive and kindle in interest in kids. To that end, I think it does a great job. We will be listening to it again soon, as it's been about a year and the boy wants to hear it again. I won't mind. And that's saying a lot.