Monthly Archives: January 2016

And After Many Days: A Novel , Jowhor Ile

When the novel begins, the reader is placed in the year 1995, in Port Harcourt, a city named for a man who never even lived there. It is a major port and the capital city of Rivers State, Nigeria. Port … Continue reading

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The Brass Verdict-Michael Connelly, author; Peter Giles, narrator

The Brass Verdict-Michael Connelly, author; Peter Giles, narrator I am becoming a Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller devotee. This book in the series opens with a courtroom case. Mickey Haller is the public defender for Barnett Woodson who has been … Continue reading

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My Name Is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout, author, Kimberly Farr, narrator

When the book begins, Lucy tells the reader that once, in the 1980’s, she had been in the hospital for nine weeks from an appendix operation gone wrong. Her story revolves around this confinement; and this is her story. Lucy … Continue reading

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Tom Clancy Commander in Chief, Mark Greaney, author, Scott Brick, narrator

Three things are happening behind the scenes in this realistic modern day novel of suspense and foreign intrigue. The Russian President, Valeri Volodin, threatened with extinction because of his country’s precarious financial position and loss of power and stature in … Continue reading

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A Strangeness In My Mind, Orhan Pamuk, author, John Lee, narrator, Ekin Oklap, translator

This tale revolves around three families: Mevlut’s father Mustafa’s, Mustafa’s older brother Hasan’s, and Rayiha’s father, Crooked Neck  Abdurrahman’s. Although this story is written from their many different points of view, and it follows the lives and schemes of these … Continue reading

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Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff

The opening lines of this novel capture the reader immediately. The short staccato sentences rush at the reader who races after them, so beautiful is the prose. The story examines personalities and relationships, marriages and what goes into them, and … Continue reading

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Song of Shadows, Michael Connelly, author, Jeff Harding, narrator

A small town in Maine, Boreas, recently acquired some new residents on their beachfront. The Parkers and the Winters are new neighbors. Ruth Winters is a single mom with a young daughter, Amanda. They both used to live with Ruth’s … Continue reading

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