Monthly Archives: June 2018

Praise Song for the Butterflies, A Novel: Beverly L. McFadden, author

This novel takes place in a country called Ukemby. Americans once ruled this fictional African country, but with the election of a new African ruler, the Americans left, and the new ruler brought back the old ways, one of which … Continue reading

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Florida, Lauren Groff author and reader

Generally, I always read a book or listen to a book, to its conclusion. Sometimes the reader can even make a book I don’t love, one I will listen to anyway, hoping for some redeeming feature, but this one, read … Continue reading

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Bring Me Back, B. A. Paris, author; Cathleen McCarron, Kevin Hely, Readers

Finn McQuaid is a very successful young man, in his late twenties, when he meets Layla, an 18 year old young woman who has run away from home. It is New Year’s Eve in London, in the year 2004, when … Continue reading

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The Alice Network, Kate Quinn, author; Saskia Maarleveld, narrator

The novel tells two parallel stories. One begins in 1915, and is about a real network of agents who worked for Alice Dubois, whose real name was Louise de Bettignies. She really did run a spy network from France, for the British, during … Continue reading

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The Death of Mrs. Westaway, Ruth Ware, Author; Imogen Church, Narrator

The Death of Mrs. Westaway, Ruth Ware, Author; Imogen Church, Narrator A young woman named Harriet Westaway works on a pier in London, reading the Tarot cards to gullible people. She is 21 and lives alone. Three years ago, her … Continue reading

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Calypso, David Sedaris, author and narrator

As a rule, when authors read their own books, I am not a fan, however, since Sedaris presents his stories on stage regularly, he is an expert at the reading of his book. His presentation is spot on, with just … Continue reading

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Feel Free, Zadie Smith, author; Nikki Amuka-Bird, narrator

To be honest, I wanted to stop listening to this book on many occasions because, at times, it was over my head. However, the spectacular quality of the narrator’s reading voice and accent coupled with the magnificent prose of the … Continue reading

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