Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Summer Before the War, Helen Simonson

I enjoyed this book immensely. The prose alone was worth the read. The story will tug at your heart strings as it takes you down memory lane into the world of England with its proper manners, pomp and circumstance in … Continue reading

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Liar: A Memoir-by Rob Roberge‏

From early childhood, it was obvious that Rob Roberge was suffering from some kind of mental illness. He had difficulty sleeping, problems in school, and a genetic background which favored that predilection. From childhood, in his own home, he found … Continue reading

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About Grace, Anthony Doerr, author; George Newbern, narrator

David Winkler has the gift of second sight. His dreams predict the future. Can he alter that future by changing part of the event when it occurs? Often, his dreams predict tragedy, but also they predict kismet as when he … Continue reading

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1924: The Year That Made Hitler, Peter Ross Range

For me, this book is about the making of a monster. The monster is Adolf Hitler who was born in 1889 and died in 1945. Through a confluence of lucky events, followers and benefactors, he somehow escaped assassination attempts, treason … Continue reading

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A Wild Swan: And Other Tales by Michael Cunningham; Lili Taylor and Billy Hough, narrators

This brief, clever and creative re-imagining of childhood fairytales for adults is entertaining. I found some interesting, some humorous, some philosophical and some, truthfully, a bit pointless. Still, it was an interesting respite from the hassles of everyday life, and … Continue reading

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My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante; Hillary Huber, narrator; translated by Ann Goldstein

If you are a reader who becomes attached to the characters of the books you read, this is a winner for you because it is part one in a series of four books about the evolution of a friendship between … Continue reading

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The High Mountains of Portugal, Yann Martel, author; Mark Bramhall, narrator

This is not an easy book to read. It feels almost as if it is set in a world of make-believe, and perhaps it is. When it begins, we meet a young man, Tomás, who walks backwards to deal with … Continue reading

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