Monthly Archives: July 2018

The Lido, A Novel, by Libby Page, narrator, Clare Corbett

Rosemary and Kate became dear friends in this very human tale about very ordinary people. Separated in age by 6 decades, they still had common interests. Both were lonely and both had become loners. Both were swimmers, one for most … Continue reading

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Clock Dance, by Anne Tyler, narrated by Kimberly Farr

The fateful day in 1967, when Alice Drake, in a state of angry frustration, decides to leave her husband Melvin, and her two children Willa and Elaine, 11 and 6 respectively, making them latchkey kids, temporarily, is a turning point … Continue reading

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Tom Clancy Line of Sight, Mike Madden, author; Scott Brick, narrator

Like most Clancy books, this one is exciting, but it is also very confusing and too detailed with extraneous information. There are so many tangential themes and so many unfamiliar sounding names and places that the listener will struggle with, … Continue reading

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The Last Goodnight, Howard Blum, author, Tristan Morris, narrator

Between two wars, history and biography merge into what seems to be Betty Pack’s playpen. Born into wealth, Elizabeth Thorpe, was also the daughter of an Admiral. She was a square peg in a round hole, born out of step … Continue reading

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The Summer Wives, Beatriz Williams, author; Kristin Kalbli, narrator

In 1930, on Winthrop Island, off the coast of CT, Bianco Madeiro and Hugh Fisher fall in love and have a secret affair. Both are in their teens. Both swear their eternal love for each other, but there is a … Continue reading

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The Mars Room, Rachel Kushner, author and narrator

Although the author does a good job of reading the book, the subject matter could not hold my interest. The main character was a lap dancer. She is now being transferred to a new prison. She is serving two concurrent … Continue reading

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Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders, author: Narrators, *too many narrators to list.

It would take a hard-hearted person not to be moved by the story of the emotional collapse of Mary Lincoln and the terrible outward grief shown by President Abraham Lincoln when their young, very well loved 11 year old son … Continue reading

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Saudi America: The Truth about Fracking and How It’s Changing the World, by Bethany McLean

In an effort to reduce its dependence on foreign energy sources, the United States oil and gas industry invested in research and technology. Aubrey McClendon began his career investing in the natural gas industry as somewhat of a superstar, but … Continue reading

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Faithful Place, Tana French, author; Tim Gerard Reynolds, narrator

The novel takes place in Dublin, Ireland, on a fictional street called Faithful Place. It is a dying street with the odd empty lot and abandoned house. The Mackeys and the Dalys live on the street. Frank’s family is very … Continue reading

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Map of Salt and Stars, Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar, author; Lara Sawalha, narrator

This book is written with such a fine hand that it is like reading poetry rather than a novel. However, because it is long and repetitive, with parallel narratives, it often became almost too lyrical, making listening to it sometimes … Continue reading

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