Bout of Books 21: Day 4 challenge

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Bout of Books 21:
Day 4 challenge


We all have our bookish favorites so why don’t we share?
Share with us! Here’s a list to get you started. Answer as many or as few as you like.

  • Audiobook narrator
  • Illustrator
  • Series
  • Bookish blog
  • Vlogger
  • Favorite library (librarian)
Thanks to the Minx for today’s challenge.

AUDIOBOOK NARRATORS – yes, I need  a plural here

Simon Vance used to be all on all bloggers’ list of favorites, mine included, but I haven’t listened to anything by him for a while.

  • Ralph Cosham: very missed narrator of Louise Penny’s series, the best Armand Gamache ever! In fact, I have switched to reading the series after he passed away

  • Wil Wheaton: I have only listened to him once, BUT his performance made it the BEST audiobook I have ever listened to, so he needs to be here!

  • In 2017, I listened to all of Sherlock Holmes, with Simon Prebble, so so good!

You are going to tell me, where are the women? Well, sorry to say, I have not been awed by a female narrator recently. In fact, I have already DNFed an audiobook this yes, because I could not stand the female narrator.


My favorite right now is definitely the one by Louise Penny mentioned above. I am actually planning a post on the series and on my visit to Three Pines!


I follow a lot of blogs, and many I really really enjoy. The one that comes first to mind, for the excellent reviews and choice of books is BookerTalk


I do watch some vlogs here and there, but none comes to mind right now. By the way, do you know mine?
BUT my favorite TV literary program is La Grande Librairie. Imagine, 2 hours at 8:30 pm on one of the major French channels!
And my public library, is definitely my favorite library, or possibly my second residence!
My favorite online library is Goodreads.
My favorite book club is the one I founded 6 years ago for my block. We meet once a month, and each time each member (between 8 to 12 members, men and women, sometimes even more men than women!) shares about the book he/she has read during the previous month. Talk about diversity!



Book review: The Phantom of the Opera


The Phantom of the Opera

Gaston Leroux
Ralph Cosham

Published in:

Blackstone Audio




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I know, this is such a shame to be French and not to know anything really about The Phantom of the Opera, in its print form or in its performing arts versions. So I finally took time to listen to it – that’s one of the great advantages of being part of The Classics Club: you finally take time to visit works still unknown to you. I chose the audiobook format, as it was narrated by the amazing Ralph Cosham (who narrates Louise Penny’s series)

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