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14 minutes ago, Keith Houchen said:

“Currently reading”, not “Currently listening to” or “Currently watching”

Listening to an unabridged audiobook is entirely different to watching a film adaptation on Netflix.  People are discussing books in this thread.  If you're excluding people who have absorbed the same text due to the delivery method purely due to pedantry then I'm sure you can petition a mod to change the thread title.

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Some of the books I’ve mentioned reading in this thread were actually audiobooks.       

Considering it's been a huge seller, critically acclaimed and 81% 5 stars on Amazon, it appears that the average white person seems quite receptive.

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24 minutes ago, johnnyboy said:

Listening to an unabridged audiobook is entirely different to watching a film adaptation on Netflix.  People are discussing books in this thread.  If you're excluding people who have absorbed the same text due to the delivery method purely due to pedantry then I'm sure you can petition a mod to change the thread title.

It’s more I think Audiobooks have scope for discussion that books don’t, such as things like voice talent, production, comparisons with other versions etc. For the visually impaired, they’ve been wonderful and inclusive. I think it’s fair to say they’re a different medium to the printed book. 

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5 minutes ago, Keith Houchen said:

It’s more I think Audiobooks have scope for discussion that books don’t, such as things like voice talent, production, comparisons with other versions etc. For the visually impaired, they’ve been wonderful and inclusive. I think it’s fair to say they’re a different medium to the printed book. 

I agree, but they're still book adjacent for the purposes of the bulk of the discussion here.

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3 hours ago, johnnyboy said:

Listening to an unabridged audiobook is entirely different to watching a film adaptation on Netflix.  People are discussing books in this thread.  If you're excluding people who have absorbed the same text due to the delivery method purely due to pedantry then I'm sure you can petition a mod to change the thread title.

I realise a new thread's already been started but when it's as simple as moving the first quotation mark one word to the right I think that could have been easily managed....

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But then this would constitute a mega thread. I can’t remember if I’m in favour of mega threads, if I am then can we close the audiobook one and incorporate it into here? It would make sense. 
If I’m against mega threads then please carry on with the new thread. 

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Limmy's autobiography "Surprisingly Down to Earth..." is interesting if you're a fan but covers some pretty dark ground.  Don't expect it to be wall to wall chuckles.

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12 hours ago, Keith Houchen said:

But then this would constitute a mega thread. I can’t remember if I’m in favour of mega threads, if I am then can we close the audiobook one and incorporate it into here? It would make sense. 
If I’m against mega threads then please carry on with the new thread. 

Bloody hell, Keith - you've been sitting on the fence so long, you can't even get off it!

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I'm currently reading Tough Guys Don't Dance by Norman Mailer. 

It's alright, about 70 pages in. I'd heard it was one of his worst and that he wrote it quickly to fulfill a contractual obligation but I'm preferring it to The Deer Park, which I read relatively recently.

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Currently part way through Jurassic Park and there is some great casual racism in it. Two black minor characters so far and both of them don’t have names and have just been referred to as “the black man”. Not even “the driver” or “the technician” or whatever it is they do. 

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This Land by Owen Jones is a decent analysis on the rise and fall of socialism in the Labour party following the centrist years. It's well researched, biased and critical of Corbyn whilst peppered with funny stories throughout. I've certainly read worse.

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