AudioBooks – January 2023

Colditz Prisoners of the Castle by Ben Macintyre

A good contrast to the “Boys Own” versions by Pat Reid I read as a kid. Covers lots of other viewpoints including from the Germans. Recommended 4/5

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Last read July 2021. A semi-repeat of The Martin where a lone astronaut has to science the shit out of a bad situation. This time to save humanity. 4/5

Seven Games: A Human History by Oliver Roeder

Working through increased complexity of Checkers, backgammon, chess, and Go. Poker, Scrabble, and bridge the author looks at how humans and computers play them. 4/5

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Curry

161 short articles about the work habits of authors, artists, composers and the like. Interesting with some ideas one can potentially adopt. 3/5

The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man: A Memoir by Paul Newman

Based on tapes recordings made by the actor and those that knew him. Honest and Deep rather than broad and concentrating on his early life and career. 4/5

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

Classic Children’s Fantasy story that I haven’t read since I was a kid. Told in a very epic tone and language. Good although I missed the map on audiobook. 4/5

My Audiobook Scoring System

  • 5/5 = Brilliant, top 5 book of the year
  • 4/5 = Above average, strongly recommend
  • 3/5 = Average. in the middle 70% of books I read
  • 2/5 = Disappointing
  • 1/5 = Did not like at all