Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carre (audio) – The reader is terrific, so it’s not the format. I made it through two discs, but for a spy thriller, it is slooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. I mean, nothing happens. Conversations, mostly. Just couldn’t get through it.
Noah’s Compass by Anne Tyler (audio) – I love Anne Tyler’s work, but I didn’t like the reader. I’ll probably try this in print at some point.
Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian (audio) – I enjoyed Midwives, but since then, I’ve tried two books by Bohjalian, and neither have worked for me. I think this may just be a case of not a good match between author and reader.
Gypsy Boy: My Life in the Secret World of the Romany Gypsies by Mikey Walsh – Beautifully written but too disturbing. You can read more of my reasons here.
You’re (Not) the One by Alexandra Potter – The characters seemed one-dimensional, and the dialogue didn’t ring true. Made it to page 60.
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky – I wasn’t in the mood for the type of book that follows a bunch of different characters that aren’t inter-related – especially not in audio. May try this one in print at some point.
Plugged by Eoin Colfer – I think I’ll stick with his YA and children’s fiction.
The Day the World Ends: Poems by Ethan Coen – After I agreed to review this one, I was warned by a blogger friend that these poems were vulgar and crude. I figured I could handle it, but these went beyond crude. I like poems that make me think, that describe something beautiful, that make me laugh, that change the way I understand the world, that distill a human experience into a few lines. I don’t like poems that make me want to take a shower after reading them, or literally make my stomach turn. I only made it to page 20.
The Sheen on the Silk by Anne Perry – The writing is beautiful and I am very interested in the historical setting, but it is a historical fiction epic – lots of different characters, and the plot switches between them. I find this type of book hard to follow on audio, so I’ll be looking for this one in print at some point.
Impact by Douglas Preston – Two discs into a thriller, I should want to keep listening. I didn’t.
Viper’s Tangle by Francois Mauriac – I tried to read this one for a Faith and Fiction discussion, but it wasn’t holding my attention.
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles – I gave it three discs of the audio edition. While the writing is beautiful, the characters left me cold, and I found myself avoiding it.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake – I love the premise of this one and will read it in print at some point, but the audiobook narrator is very stilted and sounds like he is reading aloud.
Seeing by Jose Saramago – I don’t know if this is a translation issue, or if this reflects the way Saramago writes, but the grammar drove me crazy. Tons of comma splices – and sometimes dialogue would change speakers in the middle of a sentence! I simply couldn’t get past page twenty.