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The Mammoth Hunters (with Bonus Content)
The Mammoth Hunters (with Bonus Content) by Jean M. Auel (Historical Fiction)
I like to revisit in audiobook format old favorites that I first read in print years ago, if the audiobook performer is okay. Sandra Burr does a pretty good job with this third book in Auel's "Earth Children" series. Some of the men's voices sound odd but not annoyingly so. She manages to keep the long, sometimes repetitive, descriptive passages engaging. I laughed out loud the first time one of the erotic passages came along: it was disconcerting to hear things like "his swollen manhood" said out loud while I was driving. I also realized that I usually skip a lot of that stuff when I'm reading in print. But while driving I just made sure my windows were rolled up and kept going. -- Added by Hope on 02/23/2016

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The War that Saved My Life
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Historical Fiction)
This is officially a children's book but if you are an adult who liked Charlotte's Web by E. B. White or Wonder by R. J. Palacio or Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian I bet you will like this children's book, too, especially if you listen to the audiobook. Jayne Entwistle's performance of it is outstanding. The author was born and grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The story is set in England, however. It is of a brother and sister who put themselves on the evacuation train from London to the Kent countryside during World War Two, along with hundreds of other children whose parents thought they would be safer there. The girl was born with a "club foot" and her alcoholic mother never let her even leave their apartment, let alone get her help, so their leaving is an act of courage in more ways than one. When they arrive in Kent, however, no one will voluntarily take them in, so the person in charge of the volunteers bullies a single woman who is still grieving for the friend she had lived with since university into taking them. It is not easy for any of them, but they manage. They do their best to "keep calm and carry on." -- Added by Hope on 02/23/2016

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China Rich Girlfriend
China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan (Humor)
I enjoyed this sequel as much as I did the first book, Crazy Rich Asians. The audiobook was not available for this one so I read the print version and noticed the funny footnotes are in TINY print! However, they were worth peering at. Both of Kwan's books make for fun escape reading. They are about rich people behaving badly but also behaving with kindness and grace. -- Added by Hope on 02/23/2016

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Between the World and Me
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Other Nonfiction)
Winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction, this little book is huge in terms of food for thought. Basically, the author is writing to his son about his experience of racism in the United States, but his ideas and their relevance are larger than that. I love the way this man writes. -- Added by Hope on 02/23/2016

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The Japanese Lover
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende (Other Fiction)
Oh, what a satisfying read this was! I love this book! Set primarily in San Francisco, the story goes back and forth in time. The main characters are Alma, an aging artist living in a quirky retirement home, and Irina, her assistant. There are plot twists that feel more like the reveals when a multi-colored flower opens: startling yet just right. -- Added by Hope on 02/02/2016

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Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (Humor)
This is so funny and addictive! I listened to the audiobook in my car and spent half a day just driving around so that I could finish listening to it. Rachel Chu is an economics professor in New York City. Her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, invites her to go home with him to Singapore for a friend's wedding. He is clueless about the fact that his obscenely wealthy family and friends will take this as a sign that he wants to marry her and be upset about it, so he doesn't warn her about the scrutiny and viciousness she's in for. The author does a great job of describing the lifestyles of rich and famous Chinese and although this is only the first in a proposed trilogy, it is ultimately a satisfying story of romance, love, and family. I am going to read the print version, too, but I recommend the audiobook version if you only have time for one because Lynn Chen does a great job of voicing the variety of accents, plus several Chinese words and even a bit of singing. -- Added by Hope on 01/30/2016

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