Raven Black

Raven Black (Shetland Island, #1)Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. It diverged from the TV series just enough to keep me interested. I have to say I like the Perez of the TV show more than I like the Perez of the book, but the book Perez was still interesting. I miss the dynamic of him with his step-daughter that you get in the TV show. Gordon Griffin does a good job narrating. He has a really good voice that’s perfect for the story.

I was particularly struck by a comment at the end of the book. Perez is talking about two 16-year-old girls. He says, “They were drinking, not a lot. They each had a bottle of wine, but it was enough to get them talking.”

Wow. An entire bottle of wine each seems like a lot to me. I don’t know if that says more about me than it does about Ann Cleeves or perhaps just the character of Perez or something she’s trying to say about the Shetland people and their drinking, but it definitely stuck in my head. I enjoyed The Crow Trap, the first of Ann Cleeves Vera books, more but this is still worth a read.

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Hard Choices

Hard ChoicesHard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading Madeline Albright’s book about being Secretary of State last year, I became fascinated with how foreign policy is conducted by the United States. Albright is the better writer, but both books are well worth reading. I think I’ll read Condoleezza Rice’s book next to cover all the female Secretaries of State before moving on to the men.

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The Centrist Manifesto

The Centrist ManifestoThe Centrist Manifesto by Charles Wheelan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you feel like our current two party system is too partisan and no longer getting reasonable legislation accomplished, then this book is for you. Charles Wheelan lays out a sensible plan for a third party that would hold the middle ground and bring reasoned governance back to the United States. This is not a plan for a fringe party, but a plan for a party for the way most Americans think and his primary focus is the senate, where gerrymandering and primaries have less influence because the entire state votes. This is a short, concise, and sensible book. If you’re tired of the status quo, read it.

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Yay!

I’ve found a narrator for the audiobook of One Big Beautiful Thing. Her name is Tatiana Gombergand she’s perfect for Kate’s voice. I’m really excited to work with her.

In other news my plan to drink coffee by using smaller cups is not working. I do love these new cups though.

I’m also excited to get back to writing for The Motley Fool. Thanks to the recent underwhelming reveal of the XBox One, I have lots to say.

Audiobook Auditions

I’m currently working through ACX to create an audiobook of One Big Beautiful Thing. It’s been really fun going through narrators and listening to their samples.

It’s funny how some voices are perfect for some projects and others, while pleasant, aren’t right at all. I’m talking to a narrator right now and hopefully we can work it out so we can get the project started.

I’ll keep you posted as to how it’s going.