Monthly Archives: July 2015

The President’s Shadow, author, Brad Meltzer; narrator, Scott Brick

It is hard to write a review about a book you really did not enjoy very much. It had redeeming features because it had many action scenes and mysteries to solve, but it was brutally repetitive, too long, had excessive … Continue reading

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Every 15 Minutes, author, Lisa Scottoline; narrator, George Newbern

The book was read well by George Newbern in a voice that did not take over the story, but simply led the reader on in a straightforward fashion. Scottoline fans will love the tension that builds and the several premature … Continue reading

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My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry, Fredrik Backman

Grandmother is in her late 70’s, and her health is failing. She is stoic, unusual and very rambunctious, but she is also ornery, contrary and fun to be with for her almost 8 year old grandchild. She can only be … Continue reading

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The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel, by Nina George (Author), Steve West (Reader), Emma Bering (Reader), Cassandra Campbell (Reader), translated by Simon Pare

When we meet Jean Perdu, we find a very unhappy, introverted bookseller who manages to solve the problems of others but fails to find solutions for his own. He neither talks much to his neighbors nor has many friends. He … Continue reading

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The Green Road, Anne Enright, author; Lloyd James, Alana Kerr, Gerard Doyle, narrators

I felt that this book was beautifully written and read. It takes place in Ireland, and the narrators mastered the brogue perfectly, using warm and expressive tones, bringing each character to life. The author captured their speaking style and dialogue … Continue reading

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Go Set A Watchman, Harper Lee, author, Reese Witherspoon, narrator

Atticus Finch, Jean Louise who was better known as Scout, and Henry (Hank), return in “Go Set A Watchman”. Although promoted as a sequel, it was actually written prior to “To Kill A Mockingbird”. Still, the story does begin several … Continue reading

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The Last Bookaneer, Matthew Pearl, author; narrator, Simon Vance

A bookaneer is someone who steals the works of authors to make them readily available to the reading public, thereby insuring that they are not rationed by cost or availability or by the haphazard selections made by publishers, booksellers and … Continue reading

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The English Spy, author, Daniel Silva, narrator, George Guidall

This is a tale of espionage involving Israel, Great Britain and the United States. The author does not seem to be a fan of the current political atmosphere under Barack Obama, and he comments on the way Israel is being … Continue reading

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A God In Ruins, Kate Atkinson, narrated by Alex Jennings

The book opens with the quote, “A man is a god in ruins.” The story then proceeds to illustrate Teddy Todd’s life from his childhood to his death. It is a poignant tale about an easy-going, non-confrontational man who always … Continue reading

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The Wright Brothers, David McCullough, narrated by David McCullough.

The book is read by the author, clearly, with perfect pronunciation, but sometimes his voice is drones on in a monotone. Since the book is really interesting, I suggest the print version over the audio. The story of the Wright … Continue reading

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