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Display Name: Phoebe
About me: voracious reader, used to read just about anything, but now am more selective, college grad, if that makes any difference, also enjoy movies from all time periods
Reading Interests: mystery, detective, westerns, Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen, history, science, Raymond Chandler, audiobooks and lectures, movies and movies made from books, and crochet!

Phoebe's Book Lists
books I really enjoyed and think others might like (5 titles)

Phoebe's Comments    
Cover ArtPersuasion [DVD].
by Root, Amanda.
I like the book Persuation very much. This adaption of it is the best I’ve ever seen. This seems to be not saying too much as there are so few Persuations out there, but this DVD is true to the characters, it brings them alive from the pages of the book. Ciarin Hinds makes a great Captain Wendover.   posted Jul 21, 2010 at 11:23AM

Cover ArtAustenland [compact disc] : a novel
by Hale, Shannon
I enjoyed listening to this, you hear quite a few different english accents.   posted Jul 21, 2010 at 11:16AM

Cover ArtWriting Jane Austen : a novel
by Aston, Elizabeth.
A fun book, whether you are into Jane Austen or not.   posted Jul 21, 2010 at 11:12AM

Cover ArtAppaloosa [audio cassette]
by Robert B. Parker
I also recommend Resolution and Brimstone, the other two novels in the trilogy. Even people who don’t normally read westerns would get something from these books. They are more character studies than shoot-em-ups. They author also wrote a book on the Earp brothers. It has a different voice and flavor, more like history.   posted Mar 25, 2010 at 7:32AM

Cover ArtAppaloosa [audio cassette]
by Robert B. Parker
I agree with Razor and Karen. I’m giving my take on the oral versions. Appaloosa is on tape and Resolution and Brimstone are on CD. The same man narrates (Titus Wendover) all 3. He does a great job capturing the voice of the author and especially of Everitt Hitch, the narrator of the books. Have fun!   posted Mar 25, 2010 at 7:26AM

Cover ArtThe American mind. Part 3 of 3 [compact disc]
by Guelzo, Allen C.
I wrote after I finished part 1 and now I am writing as I work on part 3. Hang in there, time starts moving faster as you go along. I have run into fascinating people I had not heard of before. I also got new and different looks on people I had heard of and political events described differently and more completely than I was familiar with. This might have been the lecturers own take on events and people though. I highly recommend this to everyone. All views on American history are important so as to evaluate better what is going on now.   posted Mar 25, 2010 at 7:17AM

Cover ArtPoodle Springs
by Raymond Chandler and Robert B. Parker
I liked this very much though it was just a little more Parker than Chandler, but it was nice to get another installment in Philip Marlowe’s life. I would recommend reading some Raymond Chandler to everyone. He was the creator and master of a distinctive style. I don’t understand why he isn’t read more often in lit. classes, or at least mentioned.   posted Mar 25, 2010 at 7:03AM

Cover ArtBrimstone
by Parker, Robert B.
This is the third western in a trilogy,   posted Feb 11, 2010 at 4:57PM

Cover ArtA history of violence [videorecording]
by Cronenberg, David
I watched this because of the director, David Cronenburg (sp?) and because of Viggo. I had been impressed with both of them from   posted Feb 11, 2010 at 4:37PM

Cover ArtGhost Rider [DVD]
by Cage, Nicolas
If you like special effects, especially fire, and movies based on comic books, and motorcycles this is the one for you. It seems to have been made in the spirit of mindless fun but I didn’t enjoy it that much. Even Nicholas Cage, who does a semi-James Dean imitation is only watchable for the few sights of his great muscles. I chose it because Cage was in it, I usually get some enjoyment from him but not here.   posted Jan 29, 2010 at 6:23AM

Cover ArtAppaloosa [videorecording]
by Harris, Ed
Again Viggo! Ed Harris too, who is always watchable. Ed was very involved in all aspects of creating the movie, it was a labor of love. It’s a western by, of all people, Robert B. Parker, he of Spenser and Jesse Stone fame. The story of two men who share a close friendship. They work as lawmen in the American west. Their is action for western fans and philosophical thought for everyone. When is killing ethical? (or how can it be made to seem so) How much and what is allowable in friendship? How does one go about being a stand-up person without losing the long view? Parker wrote this book as part of a trilogy, which I enjoyed very much. I like literate westerns. (I also like action) The movie was very close to the book, even some of the dialogue was lifted from the book, which is a plus for Parker fans.   posted Jan 29, 2010 at 6:13AM

Cover ArtThe American mind. Part 1 of 3 [compact disc]
by Guelzo, Allen C.
So far fascinating. Already I can see where some of our nation’s mindset and its choice of political views come from and I’m barely through the Revolutionary war. It provides a different look at the founding fathers that we did not get in American history in school. I can’t wait to get to parts 2 and 3 and get closer to the modern time.   posted Jan 29, 2010 at 5:56AM

Cover ArtSimon the Coldheart [sound recording]
by Heyer, Georgette
I just looove Georgette Heyer’s work. I hadn’t enjoyed trying to read this one so I tried the audiobook. That was much easier for me though there was a lot of slowness to the reading, as if they were trying to use up more audio time. It isn’t the greatest GH but on the other hand it was a very early one and not in the regency period. She has also written some mysteries and a few just plain contemporary fiction books. Try some of them just for fun!   posted Jan 29, 2010 at 5:47AM

Cover ArtA history of violence [DVD]
by Cronenberg, David
I enjoyed this one a lot. (I have to admit to liking Viggo Mortensen’s work though I have not yet seen the Ring trilogy.) Here he’s a man with a regular life who sees it all turned upside down and the reactions of himself and his family. I can’t say more without giving anything away. I was put off seeing it when it was at the theaters because I just didn’t understand the title. I thought it would be some kind of non-fiction, which it isn’t.   posted Jan 29, 2010 at 5:37AM

Cover ArtThe big Lebowski [videorecording]
by Coen, Joel.
I couldn’t watch the whole thing, I just didn’t get it. It is the Coen brothers, and I usually enjoy their movies, but not this one. It’s supposed to be a cult favorite and I was willing to look at it that way, but I still didn’t enjoy it. Try   posted Jan 29, 2010 at 5:23AM

Cover ArtKilling Hitler [videorecording]
by Lovering, Jeremy
The story of the creating of a plot by the British to assassinate Hitler. (never attempted) The weighing of the pros and cons is interesting.   posted May 21, 2009 at 9:05AM

Cover ArtCracking the Maya code [videorecording]
by LeBrun, David
very interesting and thorough.   posted May 21, 2009 at 8:55AM

Cover ArtLetters from Pemberley : the first year
by Dawkins, Jane
delightful. A lot like reading Jane (a lot of it is by Jane, both in comments and characters)   posted May 18, 2009 at 4:36PM

Cover ArtThe librarian. Return to King Solomon’s mines [videorecording]
by Frakes, Jonathan
junk.   posted May 18, 2009 at 4:22PM

Cover ArtShe stoops to conquer [videorecording]
makes the play very intelligible. Good costumes. Good fun!   posted May 16, 2009 at 8:48PM

Cover ArtThe art of soccer [videorecording]
I learned quite a bit about soccer, from soccer greats no less, but John Cleese was not at all funny.   posted May 16, 2009 at 8:45PM

Cover ArtAffectionately yours, Screwtape [videorecording] : the devil and C.S. Lewis
pretty boring. No new info and no quotes from C S Lewis.   posted May 16, 2009 at 8:41PM

Cover ArtDogs and goddesses
by Crusie, Jennifer
A nice meld of the three authors. I didn’t find it quite as much fun as   posted Apr 30, 2009 at 12:12PM

Cover ArtThe unfortunate Miss Fortunes
by Jennifer Crusie and Eileen Dreyer and Annr Stuart
I loved it! If you like Jennifer Crusie, you probably will also, though you hear the other writer’s voices too, all melded together. Great fun!   posted Apr 30, 2009 at 12:01PM

Cover ArtHolidays are hell
by Harrison, Kim.
not bad, all the stories are new. If you want to understand the references to Pierce in Kim Harrison’s   posted Apr 30, 2009 at 10:09AM

Cover ArtOperation Valkyrie [videorecording] : the Stauffenberg plot to kill Hitler
by Schenk von Stauffenberg, Berthold
I was disappointed, besides, why spend all that attention to one man when many were involved? I didn’t look at the more than 2 hours of extra footage, maybe there is something there.   posted Apr 30, 2009 at 10:00AM

Cover ArtImaginary witness [videorecording] : Hollywood and the Holocaust
by Anker, Daniel
very good, thoughtful   posted Apr 30, 2009 at 9:56AM

Cover ArtWay down East [videorecording]
After hearing about this for many years, I finally got around to watching it. I enjoyed it, even if it’s supposed to be a melodrama (to some, another word for   posted Apr 30, 2009 at 9:38AM

Cover ArtLove stories
by Pilcher, Rosamunde
Very British, even though one of the stories is by Edith Wharton. A nice selection, suited for all tastes.   posted Feb 12, 2009 at 10:30AM

Cover ArtOur lady of pain [compact disc]
by Marion Chesney
By the author of the Agatha Raisin and Hamish MacBeth books. I liked it better than the Agatha Raisin book I read, but I can easily tell it’s by the same author. There is a lack of style and subtlety in the writing and the plot and the characters. I appreciate at least subtlety in a mystery. It evokes the times and the clothing fairly well. I did enjoy listening to it but I don’t know if I would be held by reading it.   posted May 7, 2008 at 12:53PM

Cover ArtThe big sleep [compact disc]
by Raymond Chandler
Great book by the father of the hard-boiled, noir detective. Fascinating exercise in style. They say he rewrote each line many times before he was satisfied. The oral version is good though Eliot Gould is not the best reader I’ve ever heard   posted May 7, 2008 at 12:42PM

Cover ArtLast breath : a novel of suspense
by Stewart, Mariah
This was my first time with this author. The book was a lightweight mix of romance and mystery. The mystery made sense except for the part about a secret society whose members have been hidden but active for over 1,000 years. I found that hard to believe. A quick read.   posted Feb 1, 2008 at 6:26AM

Cover ArtGrave surprise
by Charlaine Harris
This is the second book in a new series by this author. I liked it better than the first one. The relationship between the main characters is different and interesting. The resolution of the mystery is not easily seen.   posted Feb 28, 2007 at 12:25PM

Cover ArtLuther. Part 1 of 2 [compact disc] : gospel, law, and Reformation
by Cary, Phillip
Very good. Thought provoking to the nth degree. About Luther and his works and what they mean. A look at the beginnings of the Reformation. Can't wait to get to the second half.   posted Feb 26, 2007 at 12:21PM

Cover ArtLearning to kill : stories
by McBain, Ed
Short stories written by the author before he wrote the Ed McBain 87th Precinct novels. I generally love short stories but these left me a little cold.   posted Feb 22, 2007 at 7:34AM

Cover ArtMarie Antoinette [compact disc] : the journey
by Fraser, Antonia
A looong book. I generally like Fraser’s biographies because she is so scrupulous about the truth versus rumor and she doesn’t necessarily white-wash the people. This one got a little too long and involved for me though I think history buffs would enjoy it as a lot of history is gone over by the author. (much,much better than the film except for being able to see clothing and such) Donada Peters does a marvelous job as a reader as usual.   posted Feb 22, 2007 at 7:31AM

Cover ArtA presumption of death
by Paton Walsh, Jill
Quite a good book considering it is not Sayer's own work (I don't know how much she contributed, not like Thrones, Dominations). Mostly Harriet and some good vignettes on life on the home front (though a little whitewashed). Good mystery.   posted Feb 22, 2007 at 7:25AM

Cover ArtThrones, dominations [audio cassette]
by Sayers, Dorothy L. 1893-1957
A good oral book of a good book. The book is not quite as good Sayer's own work but still brings enjoyment. The depictions of the characters and their motivations is superb.   posted Feb 22, 2007 at 7:21AM

Cover ArtHow to be lovely : the Audrey Hepburn way of life
by Hellstern, Melissa
The book is mostly quotes from Audrey with a few by other people. The quotes don’t have footnotes, which is a shame. They could all come from one source as far as we know. That it is just quotes is nice though as it provides a less filtered and more truthful image of Audrey.   posted Feb 22, 2007 at 7:18AM

Cover ArtThe family that couldn’t sleep : a medical mystery
by Max, D. T.
fascinating, easy to read.   posted Feb 6, 2007 at 6:12AM

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