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Yocheved

Freelance journalist, now living in Israel. Audible books listener for 30 years, when I had to pretend to be blind to get access.

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  • The Bookwoman's Last Fling: A Cliff Janeway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Dunning
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (165)
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    (53)
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    (51)

    Tempted out of his bookstore into the world of horseracing, Janeway accepts an invitation from wealthy horse trainer H.R. Geiger to travel to Idaho and look at some rare first-edition books. The books are stunning, flawless children's classics that render the usually eloquent Janeway speechless.

    karen says: "Wish I could enter "unrated""
    "Wish I could enter "unrated""
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    Because I listened to only a couple of hours -- and part of that time I had my ear buds out so I could skip a part. Just couldn't take it anymore -- and all of this for reasons that might very well have been unrelated to the central plot.

    The problem? One of the major characters -- presumably -- owned and operated a rescue farm for old or abused horses. Fine and dandy -- I admire people like that more than I can say. BUT.. but... as the story continued, as Janway began to get to know this character, there seemed to be an almost unless litany of stories of abused horses, so much that I just couldn't take it. I don't want to read -- or listen to -- stories of abused animals of any kind. Does it exist? Of course. But all sorts of things go on in this world that I don't want to spend leisure time hearing about. It's just too painful.

    What a shame! I've both listened to and read every other one of the Cliff Janway books at least twice, some three times, over the years. I love them. I love the book trivia, the tales of collectors, of the obsession with books, some part of which I'm chagrined to admit I share. You can imagine how disappointed I was to have to deep-six this last one in the series.

    But I can't listen to accounts of horribly abused horses. Life is too short, y'know?

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