August 28, 2019 – Started Listening
September 19, 2019 – Finished Reading

Emma Thompson and Isabella Inchward were amazing voice actors.

Emma by Jane Austen (Audible.com)

This Audible Original production of Jane Austen’s Emma is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey, Liar), Morgana Robinson (The Windsors, Walliams & Friend, Morgana Robinson’s the Agency), Aisling Loftus (Mr Selfridge, War & Peace), Joseph Millson (Casino Royale, The Sarah Jane Adventures), Alexa Davies (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

Before she began writing, Jane Austen wrote, ‘I am going to take a heroine whom no-one but myself will much like’ and thus introduces the handsome, clever, rich – and flawed – Emma Woodhouse. Emma is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage; nothing, however, delights her more than matchmaking her fellow residents of Highbury. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected.

This lively comedy of manners, with its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, is often seen as Jane Austen’s masterpiece.

Public Domain (P)2018 Audible, Ltd.

July 3, 2019 – Started and Finished Reading
Batman: Detective Comics, Vol. 9: Deface the Face (DC)

Once upon a time, Harvey Dent was the best man in Gotham City. Now he’s two of the worst as the bifurcated criminal called Two-Face. Harvey’s devilish duality is a painful reminder of the force for good he once was as Gotham’s district attorney…and as the close friend and ally of Batman and Jim Gordon.

But when a series of double-themed crimes breaks out and a sinister terrorist organization slithers back into town, the Dark Knight must turn to Two-Face to unravel the mystery and stop the invasion.

For Harvey, it’s a chance to crack the one case he could never solve…if he can keep his dark side under control. If he wins, his unlikely partnership with Batman could pay off, and mark a turning point in his tragic life.

But when the balance between good and evil can be decided with the flip of a coin, all bets are off. Some scars run deep. And the conspiracy Batman, Gordon and Two-Face are about to uncover runs even deeper…
Collects issues #988-993!

Fantastic Four, Vol. 3: Herald of Doom by an author

The Fantastic Four faces the Herald of Doom! Galactus has returned to devour Earth, and only one man can save us. No, not Reed Richards – Doctor Doom! But where are the FF in this conflict? Locked in battle against the brave new hero of the Latverian people, Victorious! Thanks to the benevolence and ingenuity of their beloved leader, Victor Von Doom, Latverians will soon know a new age of peace and prosperity, and Latveria will take its rightful place on the world stage – as long as four nefarious foreign invaders are punished for their crimes! Death to the Fantastic Four! But one cruel act will forever change the relationship between the FF and Doom. The fate of Latveria and the world – and the balance of cosmic power in the universe – all rests on one decision!
Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR (2018) #6-13.

Fantastic Four Vol. 2: Mr. And Mrs. Grimm (Trade Paperback) (Marvel Entertainment)

Collects Fantastic Four (2018) #5, Fantastic Four Wedding Special (2018) #1 and Fantastic Four (1961) #8.
It’s the wedding that’s been years in the making β€” and you’re all invited! Ben Grimm and Alicia Masters say β€œI do!” No bait. No switch. Not a hoax. Not a dream. And we swear, not a single Skrull! This is really happening! From the book that brought you the first, best and longest running super hero marriage in comics, we give you…the wedding of the Thing and Alicia! And don’t forget the bachelor and bachelorette parties! Plus, the happy couple’s classic first meeting, as only Stan Lee and Jack Kirby could tell it! When the Puppet Master uses his niece to exact revenge on the Fantastic Four, he unwittingly sets her on a romantic collision course with one of his greatest enemies!

It had been a while since I read the FF. And this seems to be a good place to start afresh.
Fantastic Four Vol. 1: Fourever (Marvel Entertainment)

Collects Fantastic Four (2018) #1-4.
The wait is over! The Thing, the Human Torch, the Invisible Woman and Mister Fantastic β€” the first four heroes of the Marvel Age of Comics β€” are about to be reunited! Experience the grand return of the greatest family in the Marvel Universe! As an event occurs that will radically alter the Fantastic Four, Reed and Sue Richards return home with their children. But things have changed! And while Alicia Masters and the Thing ponder a big change of their own, the next chapter begins in the life of Victor Von Doom! Plus: Who are the Marvel Universe’s newest fabulous foursome β€” the Fantastix?! How did they come into possession of the Baxter Building? And what does that mean for the original FF? The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine is back β€” and better than ever!

Started Reading: June 18, 2019
Finished Reading: June 22, 2019
The Malta Exchange by Stever Berry (Steve Berry)

The pope is dead. A conclave to select his replacement is about to begin. Cardinals are beginning to arrive at the Vatican, but one has fled Rome for Malta in search of a document that dates back to the 4th century and Constantine the Great.

Former Justice Department operative, Cotton Malone, is at Lake Como, Italy, on the trail of legendary letters between Winston Churchill and Benito Mussolini that disappeared in 1945 and could re-write history. But someone else seems to be after the same letters and, when Malone obtains then loses them, he’s plunged into a hunt that draws the attention of the legendary Knights of Malta.

The knights have existed for over nine hundred years, the only warrior-monks to survive into modern times. Now they are a global humanitarian organization, but within their ranks lurks trouble β€” the Secreti β€” an ancient sect intent on affecting the coming papal conclave. With the help of Magellan Billet agent Luke Daniels, Malone races the rogue cardinal, the knights, the Secreti, and the clock to find what has been lost for centuries. The final confrontation culminates behind the walls of the Vatican where the election of the next pope hangs in the balance.

Started Reading: June 5, 2019
Completed Reading: June 6, 2019
Superman, Vol. 1: The Unity Saga – Phantom Earth (DC)

The fallout from THE Man of Steel mini-series has Clark Kent looking at the world through new eyes…with new ideas about what Superman could and should do for the city of Metropolis and the planet Earth. His first job? Getting the planet out of the Phantom Zone! The world quakes and shakes as it begins to succumb to the effects of the entire planet being moved into the lifeless realm known as the Phantom Zone. As Superman works with the Justice League, an old enemy trapped in the same prison returns to stop the Man of Steel and escape. Collects SUPERMAN #1-6.

Started and Completed Reading: June 5, 2019
Superman: Action Comics, Vol. 1: Invisible Mafia by Brian Michael Bendis (DC)

In costume, Superman is the world’s greatest hero. In plain clothes, he’s Clark Kent, one of the Daily Planet‘s best investigative reporters. But on the streets of Metropolis, there’s a new threat rising that neither of them can see…until it’s too late.

A new power called the Red Cloud has taken over the city’s underworld, and it’s like nothing Superman has ever faced before. As he chases down the story, his mind is preoccupied by the absence of his wife Lois Lane and their son Jonathan–leaving the Man of Tomorrow vulnerable to the mysterious new villain of today!

Even with all his power, can the Man of Steel stop what’s coming for his family and his city?

Collects Action Comics #1001-1006–the perfect start to an all-new era of Superman!

The premise seems interesting. What cost does immorality ask for?

Soon to be a movie with Charlize Theron as Andy…

April 11, 2019 – Started Reading
June 5, 2019 – Finished Reading

The Old Guard, Book One: Opening Fire by Greg Rucka (Image Comics)

Old soldiers never die…and some of them don’t even fade away. Cursed with immortality, Andromache of Scythia and her comrades-in-arms ply their trade for those who can findβ€”and affordβ€”their services. But in the 21st century, being immortal is a difficult secret to keep, and when you live long enough, you learn that there are many fates far worse than death.

Collects THE OLD GUARD #1-5