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Unable to resist, I went out and bought The Passage by Justin Cronin yesterday. I didn’t set out to go buy it, but when I walked past it in the store…

I suddenly found it in my hands. I’m pretty sure it just appeared there like magic. I know, I’m a book addict.I ended up with the hardcover because the unabridged audiobook is nearly 37 hours long and with summer here,

I tend to listen less and read physical books more. I guess my attention is divided with the kid’s home and it is harder for me to focus on audio with repeated interruptions. But I still have some library books to get through, so The Passage is in my “to read” pile… at the top.

The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick

The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick Audio BookThis week, The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That is Connecting the World, written and read by David Kirkpatrick discusses the site that has revolutionized social networking. The key executives cooperated with the veteran technology reporter to explain how Facebook came to be, why it is so successful, and where it is going to go next.

not sure it’s worth the listen, though

The audiobook also includes an exclusive interview between the author and Randi Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s sister and a key marketer at Facebook. After listening to a sample, the only downside is the author’s narration. To me, it wasn’t all that appealing. The content seems interesting… not sure it’s worth the listen, though.

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer is still capitalizing on her Twilight success with The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella, narrated by Emma Galvin. Fans of sparkly, angst-ridden vampires will certainly scoop up the novella that tells the story of a character introduced in the bestselling novel, Eclipse. Me? I’m skipping it.

Insatiable, by Meg Cabot

Insatiable, by Meg Cabot and narrated by Emily Bauer, is a step outside of Cabot’s usual chick lit comfort zone. Supernatural premonition and vampires are the central issues here… but with Cabot’s chick lit spin. Yup. What does a woman who can foretell people’s deaths do when she falls in love with a guy who is already dead? Yikes. I guess authors of all genres are trying to jump on the undead band wagon…

Android Karenina by Ben Winters

The other trend that’s getting old for me is the mash-up. Android Karenina by Ben Winters and narrated by Susan Duerden is following in the footsteps of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to offer up a bizarre version of Anna Karenina. In this one, there are mechanical butlers, extraterrestrial cults, and more strange science fiction gadgets. I think it’s time to move on to whatever the next trend will be…Don’t you?

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