Monthly Archives: July 2016

Lily and the Octopus, Steven Rowley, author; Michael Urie, narrator

Ted Flask is 34 years old. He is a writer. Lily is 12 years old which is 84 in dog years. She is a dachshund. She is Ted’s dog. Ted was not sure he could ever have a fully committed … Continue reading

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Girl In Translation, Jean Kwok, author; Grace Wey, narrator.

Ah-Kim (Kimberly) Chang left China with her mother and came to America when she was 11 years old. Assisted by her ma’s elder sister, Aunt Paula, they moved into an apartment and went to work in a clothing factory, both … Continue reading

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Before the Fall, Noah Hawley, author, Robert Petkoff, narrator

The book begins with a very traumatic event. A private plane crashes into the ocean with only two survivors. One is a middle aged artist, Scott Burroughs, who paints disasters like the one that he has just been involved in, … Continue reading

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Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel of Egypt, Yasmine El Rashidi

The place is Egypt; the time is the summer of 1984. A young child is narrating the story and describing the conditions in Egypt and the schools. It is brutally hot. For the next three decades, we watch her as … Continue reading

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Everyone Brave is Forgiven, Chris Cleave, author; Luke Thompson, narrator.

I enjoyed this book on several levels. I learned a lot about the English experience during WWII and about the racism that existed there that I had never known before. Through the interaction of several characters that play a major … Continue reading

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The Girls, Emma Cline, author, read by Cady McClain

The narrator, McClain, interpreted the characters very well, using tone and emphasis that was particular to each, making them easily recognizable. It was almost possible to see them in my mind’s eye and to feel the evil that came off … Continue reading

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Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, Sebastian Junger, author and narrator

I must admit that I thought this book was going to be about our men and women in the armed forces who have suffered from PTSD, and about other causes of that particular disability that has inhibited the normal function … Continue reading

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Lost Lake, (#1), Sarah Addison Allen

This book will take you away into a world of possibilities, second chances and hope after traumatic events, loss and sadness. It will leave you smiling even though the plot is obvious and the ending is all but expected. The … Continue reading

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End of Watch, Stephen King, author; Will Patton, narrator

This book is quintessential King. He marries the bizarre with the ordinary, revenge with retribution, horror with wonder, credibility with implausibility, reality with fantasy, nightmares with dreams, wickedness with goodness, and all the while he keeps you on the edge … Continue reading

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Waking Kate, Sarah Addison Allen (Lost Lake #.05) (e-short story)

This is an e- short story tie in to the book “Lost Lake”. I think of it as a prequel. It bears the same name as a chapter in the book called Waking Kate. In the prequel, Kate Pheris is … Continue reading

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