amit
amit

I have been searching for the next audiobook to listen to and am just not able to find one. The book that I want to read is not available on the Audible catalog. And the books that Amazon recommends are absolute shit. Sigh! The search continues. πŸ“š

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cygnoir
cygnoir

@amit As a librarian, I am compelled to recommend something to you! πŸ˜‚ Any particular genres or styles you're looking for?

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amit
amit

@cygnoir Great, thank you Halsted ! I would prefer any fiction, preferably humour or mystery. That said, am OK with any brilliant non-fiction too πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜Š

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cygnoir
cygnoir

@amit I have some fiction recs, but so far as brilliant non-fiction: Have you read Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman yet? I’m halfway through and loving it.

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amit
amit

@cygnoir Oh, I have already read it and it was one of the best reads of the year. Here's the shelf of the books I've already read.

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sod
sod

@amit You might enjoy Mr. Penumbra’s 24‑Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.

It’s a tale of books and technology, cryptography and conspiracy, friendship and love. It begins in a mysterious San Francisco bookstore, but quickly reaches out into the wider world and the shadowed past.

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pratik
pratik

@amit Have you read the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series? I β€˜read’ via audiobook many years ago when I used to commute 2 hour daily for work. I quite loved the narration.

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amit
amit

@sod Nice, I can't find it on Audible though. Still, goes in to read's list πŸ‘πŸ½

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amit
amit

@pratik Ok great, thank you! This has been on my to-read list for quite some time now. Let me check πŸ‘πŸ½

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sod
sod

@amit Ah, regional differences suck, it's on Audible in the US. 😒

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amit
amit

@sod Ah, thought so. Recommending anything is always tricky, movies and tv shows are even more trickier πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™‚οΈ

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cygnoir
cygnoir

@amit OK, going on your book list and seeing both mystery and fantasy on there, I'm going to recommend China MiΓ©ville's "The City & the City" to you. It's a detective story with some fantastical elements you might enjoy.

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jeremycherfas
jeremycherfas

@cygnoir Excellent choice. I loved it.

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amit
amit

@cygnoir @Pilchuck Great! Sounds just like the one I would want to read. Thank you! πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ˜Š

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rogerscrafford
rogerscrafford

@cygnoir Thumbs up for City!

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cygnoir
cygnoir

@amit Great! Let me know how you get on with it. I’m totally open to feedback; it will help me inform future recommendations for you!

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amit
amit

@cygnoir Sure Halsted, I will. Sounds pretty interesting πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ˜Š

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amit
amit

@cygnoir Thank you Halsted for recommending The City & the City -- what a brilliant read. Such unique story and engrossing narration. I really enjoyed the book. I will write a full review after some time. But I am ready for the next, if you have any other recommendation πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ™‚

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cygnoir
cygnoir

@amit I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed it! I’ll give it a think and come up with something.

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cygnoir
cygnoir

@amit My next recommendation for you is Colson Whitehead's "The Intuitionist".

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amit
amit

@cygnoir Great! Thank you! Sounds intriguing, added to the list πŸ‘πŸ½

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cygnoir
cygnoir

@amit Also, another librarian just recommended β€œThe Janissary Tree” by Jason Goodwin to me. She loves historical mysteries and this one is set in 1836 in Istanbul. Looks fascinating, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet.

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odd
odd

@cygnoir @amit @sod I’ve tagged along with your recommendations, (which sounded great), and my β€œWant to read/hear” Epilogue list was already long. πŸ˜΅β€πŸ’«πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š @manton I didn’t find The City in The City by China MiΓ©ville there for some reason.

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cygnoir
cygnoir

@odd @amit Be careful: I can recommend faster than I can read! πŸ˜‚

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odd
odd

@cygnoir 😁 Game idea: First-person book-recommender!

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amit
amit

@cygnoir Hah! And I grow my to-read list a lot faster than my read list πŸ˜‚ @odd

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pimoore
pimoore

@cygnoir @odd @amit Sometimes I think I can do anything faster than I can read. πŸ˜†

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KimberlyHirsh
KimberlyHirsh

@cygnoir @amit @odd Put me in, coach!

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KimberlyHirsh
KimberlyHirsh

@kimberlyhirsh @amit @cygnoir @odd

Some recommendations based on Amit's read list - some I haven't read, some I have -

  • Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet, Claire L. Evans
  • Lurking: How a Person Became a User, Joanne McNeil
  • How to Do Nothing, Jenny Odell
  • Bossypants, Tina Fey (I highly recommend audiobook for this one)
  • (If you like The Princess Bride) As You Wish, Cary Elwes (another good audiobook choice)
  • The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde - the first one is The Eyre Affair
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pratik
pratik

@kimberlyhirsh Bossypants is so much fun. However, I couldn't finish How to Do Nothing. Great premise but too academic to read (and I am in academia).

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cygnoir
cygnoir

@kimberlyhirsh @amit @odd Great recommendations, Kimberly!

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cygnoir
cygnoir

@odd I wish you could have heard my mirthful snort! πŸ˜‚

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odd
odd

@kimberlyhirsh I’ve added Lurking, Broad Band and Bossypants. πŸ˜…πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š

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odd
odd

@cygnoir πŸ˜‚

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adoran2
adoran2

@kimberlyhirsh Is Lurking very good? I’ve read mixed reviews.

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KimberlyHirsh
KimberlyHirsh

@pratik That's fair. I'm sure field matters as to how readable it is.

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KimberlyHirsh
KimberlyHirsh

@adoran2 I haven't read it yet, so I can't say. I do have it. One of the items from the Great Book Buying of 2020 that I haven't read.

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amit
amit

@kimberlyhirsh Great! Thank you for all the recommendations, Kimberly. I really want to listen to Bossypants, but it's not available on Audible in India. May be I will read it. And like Pratik, even I couldn't finish How To Do Nothing. But all others sound brilliant πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ™‚

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