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    “The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones” By Rich Cohen 

    26891546“The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones”
    By Rich Cohen
    Narrated by: Rich Cohen
    Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
    Published May 10th 2016 by Random House Audio

    For the longest period of my life, I was not a fan of the Rolling Stones.  I know, there are a few gasps out there, but hey, they had to grow on me, and I guess it took 50 years.  Still I can’t say I like all of their stuff.  What stands out as good Rolling Stones Music is from the “Beggar’s Banquet” album (1968) to “Tattoo You” (1981).  But that selection was only decided upon back around 2010.  Before that, at best, I would hear them but not really listen.  Once I  read Keith Richard’s autobiography, “Life,” I was very intrigued.  I became a fan, not so much as to spend half my paycheck to go see them in concert but enough to actually stop and listen to their music.  I even went out and bought a couple of their records.  (yes I listen to vinyl)

    This book brought to light a new view of the band for me.  This time I was listening to an audiobook written by an outsider.  Rich Cohen had been assigned by Rolling Stone Magazine to follow the Stones on tour in the Mid-90s and through that put together some insight into the Stones.

    While the bulk of Rich Cohen’s insight does come from the Mid-90s tour, Cohen is able to put together a very interesting history of the band.  Cohen covers all the important events, from the members meeting to form the band, to the death of Brian Jones, to Altamont, and beyond.

    Cohen narrating the audiobook is a big plus.  You get his point of view 100 percent and this makes the story much more interesting than just another rehashing of the career of a band we all know.  Even when I wasn’t a “fan” I knew much of their story.  This time around I was able to get a real feel for all the experiences.

    This book needs to be on the list of every Rock fan.

    Publisher’s Summary
    A gritty, one-of-a-kind backstage account of the world’s greatest touring band, from the opinionated music journalist who was along for the ride as a young reporter for Rolling Stone in the 1990s

    One of the Top Five Rock Biographies of the Year (San Francisco Chronicle)
    One of the Best Books of the Year (Kirkus Reviews)

    A book inspired by a lifelong appreciation of the music that borders on obsession, Rich Cohen’s fresh and galvanizing narrative history of the Rolling Stones begins with the fateful meeting of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on a train platform in 1961 – and goes on to span decades, with a focus on the golden run – from the albums Beggars Banquet (1968) to Exile on Main Street (1972) – when the Stones were at the height of their powers. Cohen is equally as good on the low points as the highs, and he puts his finger on the moments that not only defined the Stones as gifted musicians schooled in the blues, but as the avatars of so much in our modern culture. In the end, though, after the drugs and the girlfriends and the bitter disputes, there is the music – which will define, once and forever, why the Stones will always matter.

    “Fabulous…. The research is meticulous…. Cohen’s own interviews even yield some new Stones lore.” (The Wall Street Journal)

    “[Cohen] can catch the way a record can seem to remake the world [and] how songs make a world you can’t escape.” (Pitchfork)

    “No one can tell this story, wringing new life even from the leathery faces of mummies like the Rolling Stones, like Rich Cohen…. The book beautifully details the very meaning of rock ’n’ roll.” (New York Observer)

    “Masterful…. Hundreds of books have been written about this particular band and [Cohen’s] will rank among the very best of the bunch.” (Chicago Tribune)

    ©2016 Rich Cohen (P)2016 Random House Audio

  • gilwilson 10:46 AM on February 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    “Sherlock Holmes – The Greatest Detective: A Swordsman In London” by Todd Black 

    34433165“Sherlock Holmes – The Greatest Detective: A Swordsman In London”February 26, 2017
    by Todd Black
    254 pages
    Published by BlackMagicWolf Productions; 1st edition (February 26, 2017)

    I first met Todd Black at a comic-con, and his enthusiasm is very contagious.  Whether he’s pushing his “Guardians” comic series or the several other comic book projects he has going, he will make you interested.  When he said he was going to start tackling some Sherlock Holmes stories, I was taken aback and wondering if he could tackle “The Greatest Detective.”

    Writing for a young adult audience, I’m happy to say that not only did he capture the spirit of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective, but he has presented it in a way to get a new generation interested in the classics.  Todd takes the classic Holmes and Watson and sets them in modern times.  While the cover art by Matt Maldonado, shows somewhat of a classic view of the duo, the writing inside had me picturing, Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson, as in the BBC series “Sherlock.”

    The swordsman comes to Holmes after a medical examiner recommends Holmes.  Lucas, the Swordsman, discovers a dead body with no apparent reason for death.  The medical examiner says there have been 4 such deaths in the area.  Once Lucas teams up with Holmes and Watson the game is afoot and a friendship develops.

    Picking up clues along the way the reader is hooked into trying to solve this case along with Sherlock Holmes and company.  Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft, is even brought in to share some government secrets and prevent others from making it to the public spectrum.

    Anyone interested in The Holmes saga is encouraged to give this book a read.  All young adults should have to read this as a launching point into the classic stories.


    Publisher’s Summary

    A new telling of the classic duo of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson has arrived. Set in the modern age, with the two being young adults, they set out to solve mysteries that no one else can solve.

    A Swordsman In London starts off their adventures with a mystery involving a dead body found a mysterious swordsman. With no identity, Sherlock and Watson have to find out who this person is, why they were killed, and what purpose did it serve.

    Little do they know how important this man was, and what his killer will do to ensure his identity remains secret.

    The game is afoot, and Sherlock Holmes is on the case.

  • gilwilson 3:05 PM on February 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Shadows on the Moon (The Moonlit Lands #1) By Zoe Marriott 

    12769215Shadows on the Moon
    (The Moonlit Lands #1)
    By Zoe Marriott
    Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
    Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
    Published April 24th 2012 by Candlewick on Brilliance Audio

    Time for another YA novel.  I do like listening to YA audiobooks.  They are easy flowing and most of the time great stories.  Every once in a while, I’ll run into a book that just is too young too keep my attention.  This one was not one of those.

    “Shadows on the Moon” was promoted as an alternate take on the Cinderella story.  While I did get some of the feeling of the Cinderella story adapted to this tale from the Far East, I thought the story would have been better promoted without the comparison.  The idea that Suzume, the one who is telling the tale, is a shadow weaver (one who can create strong illusions) creates a universe from a female point of view which can be held up to the standards of the Harry Potter series and others.  I will warn you there may be spoilers ahead.

    Suzume is very young when her father is executed for treason, which turns out to be just a setup by her soon to be step-father.  Her step-father was seeking the hand of her mother in marriage.  When younger Suzume’s mother and step-father were sure to be wed, but Suzume’s father came into the picture.  Once Suzume’s father was out of the picture the step-father, Tereyama, steps in and demands all attentions on him.  when Suzume’s mother gives birth to twin boys, Suzume’s life is in danger.

    She runs away and works as a Drudge in the Tereyama kitchen using her shadow weaving to cover her real identity.  Soon disaster strikes and Suzume is forced to run away again.  She is soon befriended by a former Shadow princess, Kano Akira.

    A shadow princess is chosen by the Shadow Prince at the Shadow ball.  This is somewhat of a competition between the beautiful girls of the land that dance and charm their way to be chosen.

    Kano Akira begins training Suzume to compete and through a series of training montages (yeah I had old 80s movies running through my head as i read those sections), haikus, and meetings with a prince from a land far away, Suzume finds a way to get her revenge.

    Amy Rubinate is able to read the story in a way that not only keeps the listener listening intensely.

    Great high fantasy, fiction that will entertain anyone over the age of 16.

    Publisher’s Summary
    Sixteen-year-old Suzume is a shadow weaver, trained in the magical art of illusion. She can be anyone she wants to be – except herself.

    Is she the girl of noble birth, trapped by the tyranny of her mother’s new husband, Lord Terayama? A lowly drudge scraping a living in the ashes of Terayama’s kitchens? Or Yue, the most beautiful courtesan in the Moonlit Land?

    Even Suzume is no longer sure of her true identity. But she is determined to steal the heart of the Moon Prince and exact revenge on her stepfather for the death of her family. And nothing will stop her. Not even her love for fellow shadow weaver Otieno, the one man who can see through her illusions.

    Set in a fairy-tale version of ancient Japan, Shadows on the Moon shakes up the Cinderella story with its brave, resourceful, and passionate heroine.

    ©2012 Zoe Marriott (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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