Monthly Archives: May 2017

The Stars Are Fire, Anita Shreve, author; Suzanne Elise Freeman, narrator

In the late 1940’s, women were subservient to men. They were housewives or secretaries, nothing more, but they had their own dreams and could educate themselves if they chose. Often they settled for “husband, house, a mortgage, a baby,” as … Continue reading

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Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone, Phaedra Patrick, author; James Langton, narrator

I really enjoyed this book. It is a sweet, tender story about an up-tight, rather taciturn, 44 year old middle aged man, Benedict Stone, and his 16 year old niece Gemma Stone. Although uninvited, she arrives on his doorstep and … Continue reading

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Anything is Possible, Elizabeth Strout, author; Kimberly Farr, narrator

In this novel, the author has continued the saga of “Lucy Barton”, the title and character in her book of the same name, but it is now decades later. Lucy was raised in Amgash, Illinois, a small town with neighbors that seemed … Continue reading

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Trajectory, Richard Russo, author; “Horseman” read by Amanda Carlin, “Voice” read by Arthur Morey, “Intervention” read by Fred Sanders, “Milton and Marcus” read by Mark Bramhall

In this book of short stories, Russo has chosen characters who are faced with a life choice of going forward or remaining in the past, of having hope or of sinking into the lap of despair. Stories that could have … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Flowers: A Soldier’s Story of a Forgotten War, Matti Friedman, author

This book is the story of an unknown part of the Israeli/Lebanese conflict. Young men were sent to a remote place called Pumpkin Hill, in order to protect the border between Lebanon and Israel; the conflict cost many lives on … Continue reading

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The Music Room, Stephen king, author; Maggie Siff, narrator

This is a short story. It is around the time of the Great Depression. People are starving and suffering. The Enderbys, a childless couple, have devised a diabolical way to make it through these difficult times. In their home there … Continue reading

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Gwendy’s Button Box, Stephen King, Maggie Siff, narrator

When Gwendy, (combo of Wendy and Gwendolyn) is 12 years old, she is taunted at school about her weight and called “Goodyear” by a nasty boy at school. She decides to slim down and exercises running up and down suicide … Continue reading

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