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Paper book format 159 66.53%
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B&B Nook 4 1.67%
Sony eBook Reader 0 0%
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Old 11th November 2014, 17:12   #916
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Ever since I shifted to Kindle, I have the habit of 3-4 books in parallel. Beats the monotony.

I am currently reading these books:

God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins
Hitch 22 - Christopher Hitchens
The Hindus: An Alternative History - Wendy Doniger
A Mathematician's Apology - G. H. Hardy

Recently finished reading:
Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman - James Gleick
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Old 11th November 2014, 17:27   #917
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3. The Mahabharata Secret
Ummm, the author tried hard to do a Dan Brown here but the book turned out to be an average read. Good that it's last on your list
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Old 11th November 2014, 18:20   #918
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Ummm, the author tried hard to do a Dan Brown here but the book turned out to be an average read. Good that it's last on your list
I have a very bad track records with these Dan Brown wannabes. Tried Ashwin Sanghvi (Krishna Key etc) and also "The Steradian Trail" and a couple of other books that escape my memory right now. Couldn't go beyond the thirtieth page for any of these novels.

I got this book as a gift. Will give it a try and post my views here. Thanks for the caution.

(This post is special to me because it is my first post on this forum without "awaiting approval")
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Old 11th November 2014, 19:00   #919
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- Three Men in a boat
Eddy, You HAVE to "HEAR" this book to get the best fun. Just for once try this:

Three Men in a Boat

Make sure the narrator is Martin Jarvis. I am sure, you wont listen to that FM again while driving to work.
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Old 11th November 2014, 19:18   #920
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Eddy, You HAVE to "HEAR" this book to get the best fun. Just for once try this:

Three Men in a Boat

Make sure the narrator is Martin Jarvis. I am sure, you wont listen to that FM again while driving to work.
Ampere, I thought this forum promoted safe driving! How could you recommend listening to "Three Men in a Boat" while driving to work? You know what could happen when the "Cheese" episodes starts playing?
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Ampere, I thought this forum promoted safe driving! How could you recommend listening to "Three Men in a Boat" while driving to work? You know what could happen when the "Cheese" episodes starts playing?
Point taken!

But that apart I can also say this would reduce road rage to almost nil!
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Old 11th November 2014, 19:46   #922
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Point taken!

But that apart I can also say this would reduce road rage to almost nil!
That, I agree

Smitten by this book, I tried the second part "Three Men on the Bummel" - What an anti-climax!
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Old 11th November 2014, 20:11   #923
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I'll ask my wife to drive. And will make sure that she uses ear plugs

Thanks for the recommendation. Have never really tried an audio book, let's see how this goes.
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Ever since I shifted to Kindle, I have the habit of 3-4 books in parallel. Beats the monotony.
True that. I could never read physical books that way. But it's easier on an e-book reader and I'm reading at least 2 books parallely(?).
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Thanks for the recommendation. Have never really tried an audio book, let's see how this goes.
I listened to this one 4-5 years back. And since then I have been a regular. Every month 2-books. I have a membership with audible where I get 2 credits per month for about 22$. That way I get to buy (download) books at much lower price than their actual price. Each book typically costs 1 credit. (Once you have a credit price does not matter).And for the last 5-years, I have made up for my reduction in reading by increase in listening. Mostly when driving solo to office, its the default company for me.

I always remember that famous Bacon quote: "Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested"
My version of that is : Some books are to be read while some are to be heard !

Esp Jeeves editions of PG Wodehouse narrated by Martin Jarvis. They are an absolute blast.

@Venu : Yes Three men in a bummel was an anti-climax for me too.

The other one which I love is Alfred Jingle in Pickwick Papers and books by Stephen Leacock. Last but not least : Has any tried writings by RK Narayan's brother? Yes I AM referring to R K Laxman! He had a humour streak in him too! Check out Tunnel of Time and Collected Writings.

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I used to be a pretty regular Audible member (1 credit a month plan) but unsubscribed once I moved closer to my work place as the commute didn't justify the investment in audio books.

Loved the following audible books though. In fact I maintain that the following books are best experienced in audible format only

1. Duma Key - Stephen King
2. Year Zero - Rob Reid
3. 2001 Space Odyssey - Arthur C Clarke
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I used to be a pretty regular Audible member (1 credit a month plan) but unsubscribed once I moved closer to my work place as the commute didn't justify the investment in audio books.
Been continuously at it with 2 credits plan for almost 4-5 years now.


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Loved the following audible books though. In fact I maintain that the following books are best experienced in audible format only
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2. Year Zero - Rob Reid
3. 2001 Space Odyssey - Arthur C Clarke
Have read them earlier, but not listened. Any particular narrator you would recommend? Have you listened to the Gerald Durrell series by Nigel Hawthorne. Thats another classic series. (All of them esp. My Family and Other Animals). Nigel Hawthorne is the same guy who acted in Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister.
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I forgot another amazing audible book I have read - The Martian by Andy Weir narrated by R. C. Bray - Amazing! Just amazing. And fantastic in audio format. If you haven't listened to this yet, get this ASAP.

Year Zero is narrated by John Hodgman. Needs no intro I guess.

Duma Key is narrated by John Slattery. The tone of this narrator suits the story really well. It takes us all really to Duma Key - the shore, the sea and the mysterious paintings

2001 Space Odyssey is my first audio book - Narrated by Dick Hill. I kept on circling our neighborhood in my car just to let the audiobook finish.

Will look at the Gerald Durrell series.
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Since last 1 month I have been lugging around War and Peace but hardly reading it. It goes just 100 pages short of 1500 and must be weighing a kg or a half. As a result I am hardly reading it.

It has made me rethink about my love for paperbacks and going for an ebook. Which one would you suggest? Kindle has three options at 5900, 10900 and one a little more than that. The latter two makes it easier to read in dark place while the last one has 3G options.
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War and peace is not a page turner, that is reason why it is hard to read. Even Shogun is over 1000 pages, but can be read in week since it is a thriller.

Night reading ability is over rated. I have a 4 year old Kindle, with a light enabled cover. I have used it probably 1% of the time. It is a nice to have feature if your budget covers it.
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