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As you may recall, I've been "reading" the fourth George R.R. Martin novel in the A Song of Ice and Fire series -- A Feast For Crows -- as an audiobook via Audible.

When I signed up for Audible, I managed to score a pretty sweet deal where the monthly $14.99 membership would only cost me $1.99 per month for three months and I would also acquire one free audiobook credit per month. So far, I have an extra credit that I can spend but have amassed a wishlist of more than a half dozen books that have struck my fancy.

This is where you come in... help me decide! Below is a list of books on my wishlist and there is a poll under that.

  • Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King, narrated by Will Patton
    Back in middle school, I was a junkie for Stephen King novels. I read occasionally beyond that until I hit on Bag of Bones, a book that was fantastic for the first 75% but then I truly despised after a certain event blew the flow that King had so carefully crafted. I haven't read a King novel since. But this one had an interesting concept in that people waiting outside for a job fair get attacked by a guy who drives into the crowd and then races away never to be seen until he sends a letter to the cop investigating the case promising a larger-scale massacre. I'm also a big fan of Will Patton (he was Bruce Willis' number two guy in Armageddon among many other films) and his rather calming southern-accented voice. Could be a good listen if King wrote something worthwhile here. Any readers?
  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis by James Luceno, narrated by Daniel Davis
    One of my friends read and highly recommended this book about one of the earliest known Sith lords. But did he actually die as the galaxy has been led to believe? Hmmm... Star Wars? Sith lords? YES!
  • Star Wars: Razor's Edge - Empire and Rebellion, book 1, by Martha Wells, narrated by January LaVoy
    This story, that seems to be set sometime between A New Hope and The Return of the Jedi, features Han Solo and Princess Leia making a run to negotiate much-needed supplies for the Rebellion. However, their ship falls under pirate attack and Leia discovers that the pirates are refugees from her home planet of Alderaan. They're so desperate to survive that they would even consider ransoming Leia to the Empire. Ohhhhh... intrigue. But considering we know how the Original Trilogy of films ends, we basically already know they don't ransom her or the movies would've ended very differently.
  • Star Wars: Maul by Joe Schreiber, narrated by Jonathan Davis
    This book is set before Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace and is all about the rise of Darth Maul. I stand by my opinion that Darth Maul is the best thing about the Prequel Trilogy even though he was the bad guy in the worst film of the entire series. I still would've preferred he be the featured baddie in the entire trilogy over Darth Sidious and that God awful General Grievous. So a book about him would be cool. Plus, this was written by Joe Schreiber who penned Death Troopers, a very non-Star Wars-esque tale about a zombie-like infestation of a Star Destroyer that I read a few years ago and enjoyed. Technically, this is considered a "follow up" to Darth Plagueis (listed above) but is not actually a sequel or part of a named series like so many other Star Wars books, so I'm assuming it can be read as a standalone.
  • The Cuckoo's Calling - Cormoran Strike, book 1, by Robert Galbraith (AKA J.K. Rowling), narrated by Robert Glenister
    This book marks Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling's first foray into crime drama and is also what she hopes will be her long-lasting series. She says she really enjoys writing crime and likes the character she created in Cormoran Strike. Maybe it's a good hopping-on point. Anyone read this or its sequel The Silkworm?
  • Tune in Tokyo by Tim Anderson, narrated by MacLeod Andrews
    This is the one really "out there" book on this list. I have no knowledge of the author, the book, or anything else. Just a recommendation from Audible. Tim Anderson was working a dead-end job at 30 years old when he decided to give it all up and move to Japan to live. He doesn't know anyone, have any job or housing lined up, and doesn't even speak Japanese. The 16 stories in this book chronicle his life there. It sounds really cool, in all honesty.
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore, narrated by Fisher Stevens
    I've read this book before and it remains one of my favorite books of all time. It's the one I always recommend when friends ask for an idea on what to read. But it's also been 10 years since I've read it and the idea of trying it out as an audiobook read by actor Fisher Stevens is really intriguing. But do I really want to spend one of my precious credits on a book I've already read and could just grab off my bookshelf at home to read again, just in my own voice?

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Samuel Colunga

I picked the Darth Plagueis book. I loved the story that Palpatine told in Episode III, and it made me want to find out more about this sith master.

kapgar


I never even made that connection to Palpatine's story. Ohhhhhh...

Ren

We're not quite halfway through Mr. Mercedes and my comment at this point is that it doesn't feel like a Stephen King novel. Perhaps that will change, but we find it a bit disappointing so far. To be clear, I'm not saying the book is disappointing in and of itself, just that it isn't quite what we were expecting.

kapgar


Can I ask what you were expecting? And by "we," I assume you mean you and your wife, right?

Ren

Paranormal. And yes, your assumption is correct.

kapgar


You expected it to have a more paranormal slant? Yeah, being King, I'd normally expect that too. But the jacket description seems anything but. 

Kevin Spencer

I suggested something else entirely. Patrick Rothfuss - The Name Of The Wind. Very very very good indeed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Name_of_the_Wind

kapgar


I like new suggestions. Thanks!

Marty Mankins

My suggestion is Lamb by Christopher Moore. I follow him on Twitter and have read his short stories years ago. He's a great writer and his themes seem to have a draw for those of us that like comic fantasy.

kapgar


The only run is that I've already read it. Ten years ago. Wasn't sure if I should "read" again via audiobook or not. 

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