Books We'd Want on a Desert Island

Descripción
Stranded on a desert island, acting out our own little Robinsonade, what books would we want by our side? Something comforting? Something uplifting? Something useful? Our List of the Month this September is devoted to the Books We'd Want on a Desert Island. Each participant may vote on five titles. Given the subjective nature of the list, please do not downvote titles.
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50,035 miembros
449 reseñas
½ 4.5
27 Members
scampus, anglemark, JohnGorski, Karlstar, kleo, PuddinTame, lizzy50usa, helena2109, FAMeulstee, willowcove, CarltonC, remikit, Crypto-Willobie, EMS_24, Eowyn1, aadyer, vwinsloe, al.vick, Michael.Rimmer, Karen74Leigh, elahrairah, Charon07, kevin.mcgee, SusanNock, MichelleAbbott, Wyrd1, lfmcmillan
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elahrairah: i imagine that being on a desert island might occasionally be stressful or upsetting and so it would be important to have a large and familiar and comforting volume to lose myself in.
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31,509 miembros
170 reseñas
½ 4.6
19 Members
JohnGorski, haydninvienna, mstrust, CarltonC, remikit, Crypto-Willobie, sturlington, susanbooks, thalassa_thalassa, Hartsellang, MichaelLynnSr, JAlison.Stirling, tealadytoo, closer, Boand, Yuki-Onna, Carrieida, Charon07, slimikin
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Hartsellang: Always something more to discover in this collection. Each play, each sonnet, all have such depth. Enjoy them again and again and discover something new each time.
closer: I love his works & I try to read a sonnet or play every month
Boand: No explanation necessary!
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1,751 miembros
10 reseñas
4
12 Members
JohnGorski, dara85, lizzy50usa, remikit, EMS_24, Tess_W, LLoLaguayasaminaj, beehappy, closer, Louanne, mombot, MichelleAbbott
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closer: I read and study my Bible every day, but I would change this version to the Jewish Publication Society's TANAKH translation 2nd edition of The Jewish Study Bible.
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5,321 miembros
34 reseñas
½ 4.6
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10 Members
stillramona, hipdeep, cpg, charl08, masterdeski, ManWithAnAgenda, sqr3cls3, SealedArchive, CeciliaClark, MichelleAbbott
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CeciliaClark: If I were stranded on an island, I would want to know how to make things that would keep me alive and make being stranded, an adventure not a terror.
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19,736 miembros
365 reseñas
½ 4.3
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38,498 miembros
717 reseñas
4.2
8 Members
se71, charl08, Karlstar, macygma, remikit, vwinsloe, CeciliaClark, Wyrd1
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CeciliaClark: This book is for my entertainment. I enjoy Douglas Adams' way of looking at the world and since there are no Terry Pratchetts in the choices, Mr Adams is my next best.There are many books on this list which I would like to read again and many books not on the list I would take if I could however of this list Douglas Adams book makes me smile.
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3,838 miembros
44 reseñas
½ 4.5
7 Members
EerierIdyllMeme, LolaWalser, abbottthomas, baystateRA, CarltonC, EMS_24, susanbooks
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EerierIdyllMeme: Apparently they say that someone has hit middle age when they no longer believe they will one day read Proust. Maybe I would actually read it if I were trapped on a desert island.
LolaWalser: Inexhaustible.
abbottthomas: Like LolaWalser said…..
baystateRA: I picked mostly big novels that would stand up to lots of rereading, with more nuances and themes coming to light each time. I ALMOST got to the end of In Search of Lost Time several decades ago, but stopped. I still don't know why!
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79 miembros
½ 4.3
7 Members
anglemark, paradoxosalpha, EerierIdyllMeme, LolaWalser, Hartsellang, helenar238, Wyrd1
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LolaWalser: This, but not this version; I'd definitely want with me the Powys-Mathers one (based on the French translation by J.C. Mardrus), lavishly expanded with Powys-Mathers' own faux "Arabian" poetry (at least as good as FitzGeraldian Khayyam).
Hartsellang: The diversity of its frame story. Ever leading the thoughts here and there. Dreamy. Agreed that other versions are more expansive.
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3,805 miembros
60 reseñas
4.9
7 Members
charl08, PuddinTame, ferness, Agnesium, KeithChaffee, SusanNock, Wyrd1
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KeithChaffee: classic entertainment that will never grow stale
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595 miembros
3 reseñas
4.2
7 Members
thewordygecko, helena2109, goldenlobo, baystateRA, susanbooks, mombot, SusanNock
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baystateRA: I picked mostly big novels that would stand up to lots of rereading, with more nuances and themes coming to light each time. I think there's no question this one would fit the bill.
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16,333 miembros
435 reseñas
½ 4.3
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28,436 miembros
448 reseñas
½ 4.3
6 Members
pitjrw, BonnieJune54, CharlesTheB, elahrairah, helenar238, mombot
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elahrairah: i've only read the first volume, and found it an intense experience. perhaps on a desert island i would be able to enjoy the second and third volume at my leisure.
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20,521 miembros
602 reseñas
4.2
5 Members
CDVicarage, perennialreader, tina1969, tealadytoo, Boand
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Boand: The most evocative and wonderful mystery I know.
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21,544 miembros
187 reseñas
4.1
5 Members
EerierIdyllMeme, CarltonC, aadyer, MichaelLynnSr, cipeciop
Explicaciones
EerierIdyllMeme: Tom Stoppard, asked this question, said he would want this with English and Italian on facing pages, so in addition to having something to read you'd be able to learn a new language. I really liked this answer.
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165 miembros
1 reseña
4.9
5 Members
kleo, JAlison.Stirling, elahrairah, DoomLuz, kevin.mcgee
Explicaciones
elahrairah: this collection is bursting with ideas and dreams, for when the problems of the world-as-is are overwhelming...
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5 miembros
1 reseña
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3,608 miembros
94 reseñas
4.2
5 Members
yoyogod, abbottthomas, haydninvienna, MareF, tealadytoo
Explicaciones
abbottthomas: It came down to Shakespeare or Wodehouse for my fifth book. What would you do?
haydninvienna: What @abbottthomas said, but then I picked both anyway.
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685 miembros
10 reseñas
½ 4.4
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294 miembros
1 reseña
3.8
5 Members
PitcherBooks, mstrust, masterdeski, Karen74Leigh, CeciliaClark
Explicaciones
CeciliaClark: I would prefer not to die of plant poison in my first week of being stranded, so this book seemed a worthy addition.
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77,836 miembros
1,428 reseñas
½ 4.4
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24,666 miembros
472 reseñas
4.2
3 Members
JHemlock, ManWithAnAgenda, elahrairah
Explicaciones
elahrairah: the odyssey, but with rabbits. a book about facing the challenges of the world.
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51,442 miembros
693 reseñas
3.9
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17,808 miembros
1,232 reseñas
½ 4.3
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3,654 miembros
83 reseñas
4
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3,277 miembros
33 reseñas
½ 3.3
3 Members
charl08, abbottthomas, masterdeski
Explicaciones
abbottthomas: This is the only ‘survival’ manual on my shelves so had to come even though it offers advice on escaping kidnappers from a moving a car and dropping out of a burning building.
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41,798 miembros
674 reseñas
½ 4.3
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24,526 miembros
321 reseñas
½ 3.6
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16,276 miembros
298 reseñas
4.1
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27,076 miembros
752 reseñas
4.2
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34,584 miembros
269 reseñas
3.9
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663 miembros
21 reseñas
½ 3.5
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45 miembros
3
3 Members
BonnieJune54, SealedArchive, CeciliaClark
Explicaciones
CeciliaClark: This book epitomises why they kicked me out of the D&D club for being too realistic about my character needs. Choosing this one is about sustainable living, safety, security, and eventually, comfort.
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3,818 miembros
83 reseñas
4.1
3 Members
CDVicarage, BonnieJune54, JenMDB
Explicaciones
BonnieJune54: I get both imaginary friends and some practical advice.
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4,281 miembros
35 reseñas
4
3 Members
sturlington, MichaelLynnSr, closer
Explicaciones
closer: Greek myths are a joy to read and think about especially if I'm on a desert island, life could always be worse.
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23,907 miembros
375 reseñas
4
3 Members
abbottthomas, FAMeulstee, elahrairah
Explicaciones
abbottthomas: Rather like Proust, on my desert island I should get through it at last.
elahrairah: the odyssey, but in dublin. another great work that i have only read the first third of and fully intend to get round to the second and third thirds one of these days...
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737 miembros
6 reseñas
½ 4.4
3 Members
Tess_W, MichaelLynnSr, closer
Explicaciones
closer: I must read a Dickens novel now and then. Keeps me sane.
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7,763 miembros
134 reseñas
½ 4.3
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91 miembros
1 reseña
4.2
3 Members
Hartsellang, SealedArchive, CeciliaClark
Explicaciones
CeciliaClark: I have the build a boat book, sustainable project book, and this one because I like the idea of self reliance and know full well that I do not know enough about how to achieve this.
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16,120 miembros
295 reseñas
3.9
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8,663 miembros
90 reseñas
½ 3.5
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7,676 miembros
404 reseñas
4.1
3 Members
amysisson, baystateRA, vwinsloe
Explicaciones
baystateRA: I was picking big novels that would stand up to lots of rereading, with more nuances and themes coming to light each time, but when I saw that someone else had picked The Sparrow, I thought, yes, me too!
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248 miembros
15 reseñas
½ 4.6
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8,186 miembros
587 reseñas
4
2 Members
baystateRA, JenMDB
Explicaciones
baystateRA: I picked mostly big novels that would stand up to lots of rereading, with more nuances and themes coming to light each time. It would be hard to leave behind the sequel to Life After Life but I would have my memory of it. Maybe I could reread it once real quick before getting shipwrecked.
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17,265 miembros
423 reseñas
½ 4.3
2 Members
joyblue, ManWithAnAgenda
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joyblue: I've enjoyed reading (and rereading) this book for 51 years and counting. It never fails to delight and entertain. I read it as a child, read it to my own children, read it over the phone to a friend after her brain surgery (when she couldn't read on her own because it was too taxing), and reread it regularly when I need a happy boost.
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2,254 miembros
10 reseñas
4.2
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21 miembros
5
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38,082 miembros
621 reseñas
4.1
2 Members
JohnGorski, nojod
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nojod: This book made me feel so many different emotions for the characters portrayed. I would want to be able to live through those different emotions again and again if I was on a Desert Island away from everything human.
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3,796 miembros
40 reseñas
4.1
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1,145 miembros
14 reseñas
½ 4.5
2 Members
namfos, MichaelLynnSr
Explicaciones
namfos: Expansive, well-told story of humankinds tragedies and triumphs.
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813 miembros
21 reseñas
½ 4.3
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430 miembros
17 reseñas
3.8
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11,579 miembros
272 reseñas
4.2
2 Members
Karlstar, JHemlock
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6,519 miembros
84 reseñas
½ 4.3
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244 miembros
10 reseñas
4.1
2 Members
kleo, cipeciop
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876 miembros
4 reseñas
4.2
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9,306 miembros
205 reseñas
4.1
2 Members
PitcherBooks, haydninvienna
Explicaciones
haydninvienna: The first book I knowingly bought an extra copy of because I didn't want to be without it.
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miembro 1
2 Members
closer, Yuki-Onna
Explicaciones
closer: I've read Christie for so long, can't imagine not having one of her stories around to read.
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13,743 miembros
111 reseñas
4
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5,416 miembros
146 reseñas
½ 4.3
2 Members
CarltonC, TBR313
Explicaciones
CarltonC: I think that I have read all of the wonderful Lord Peter Wimsey series except this, which for some reason I have “saved”. Now would be the time!
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96 miembros
1 reseña
½ 4.3
2 Members
anglemark, aadyer
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14,209 miembros
148 reseñas
4.1
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7,348 miembros
162 reseñas
3.8
2 Members
charl08, CDVicarage
Explicaciones
charl08: It's so good at describing ice cold temperatures, it would be great for an island with no A/C.
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132 miembros
2 reseñas
½ 4.6
2 Members
beehappy, KeithChaffee
Explicaciones
beehappy: If I couldn't watch TV, I would want to read about it.
KeithChaffee: every episode gets a 2-page spread, so every time I turn the page, I'll have a full episode of memories to recall
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81 miembros
8 reseñas
3.8
2 Members
MareF, joyblue
Explicaciones
joyblue: The story is warm and tender; sometimes sad, but more often sweet and/or hopeful; mystical; occasionally truly funny (often, but not exclusively, due to a strange old woman who is the town seamstress).
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838 miembros
8 reseñas
4.1
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29,233 miembros
322 reseñas
½ 4.4
Member
jcumani
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25,198 miembros
429 reseñas
½ 4.3
Member
Charon07
Explicaciones
Charon07: I’d never forgive myself in the afterlife if I died without having read it.
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19,415 miembros
310 reseñas
4.2
Member
cleed
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17,301 miembros
573 reseñas
3.8
Member
beehappy
Explicaciones
beehappy: Demonstrates how being mentally tough can help you survive and thrive after a tragedy. Never give up!
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15,770 miembros
378 reseñas
4
Member
Aquila
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10,155 miembros
670 reseñas
½ 3.4
Member
amysisson
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7,495 miembros
147 reseñas
4
77
7,367 miembros
132 reseñas
3.8
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5,945 miembros
96 reseñas
3.9
Member
Yuki-Onna
Explicaciones
Yuki-Onna: My favourite Murakami. It strangely soothes me, & no matter how often I read it, I always get something new out of it.
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4,629 miembros
92 reseñas
4
80
2,828 miembros
57 reseñas
4.2
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2,671 miembros
32 reseñas
4
Member
AndreaLP
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1,963 miembros
17 reseñas
3.9
83
918 miembros
13 reseñas
4
Member
KeithChaffee
Explicaciones
KeithChaffee: a look at the complexities of translating, built around the author's numerous attempts to translate a short French poem; the challenge of writing my own versions will keep my mind occupied
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685 miembros
45 reseñas
4
Member
terran
Explicaciones
terran: This is a wonderfully written book about a down-and-out small town on the north shore of Lake Superior where theater owner, Virgil Wander, lives among other quirky inhabitants.
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562 miembros
1 reseña
4.8
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318 miembros
6 reseñas
½ 4.6
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310 miembros
10 reseñas
4.1
88
255 miembros
4 reseñas
4.1
Member
yoyogod
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174 miembros
2 reseñas
½ 4.5
90
82 miembros
½ 3.3
Member
chocorua
Explicaciones
chocorua: I've never read the bible in in its full length and since I'd likely have some time, it would be a welcomed pursuit. Also, having been raised in the Catholic faith and given this book as youngster in catechism, I'd likely find it comforting and additionally, due to interest in the philosophy of religion, I would enjoy comparing and contrasting with The Gnostic Bible (also in my choice of books).
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73 miembros
1 reseña
½ 4.5
Member
helenar238
Explicaciones
helenar238: I can use that desert island time to psychoanalyze myself
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41 miembros
4
Member
lottpoet
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11 miembros
Member
anglemark
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2 miembros
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dhm
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58,426 miembros
909 reseñas
4.2
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27,612 miembros
378 reseñas
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17,282 miembros
169 reseñas
½ 3.7
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13,204 miembros
242 reseñas
4.2
Member
vwinsloe
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11,956 miembros
225 reseñas
4.1
Member
slimikin
Explicaciones
slimikin: (Original German version, which I can't figure out how to add to this list on its own)
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7,107 miembros
67 reseñas
½ 3.3
Member
kleo