Monthly Archives: October 2019

The Night Fire, Michael Connelly, author; Titus Welliver, Christine Lakin, narrators

Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch have teamed up once again. In this series, because the main character is really Renee, a female, the narrative seems to have gotten a little trite. The dialog is sometimes too conversational about meaningless things. … Continue reading

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The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna, Juliet Grames, author; Lisa Flanagan, narrator

I did not finish this book. It is rare for me to give up on a book, however, when I began dreading the return to it, I decided it was time. After almost half, I gave up. Although the narrator … Continue reading

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Celestial Bodies, Jokha Alharthi (Author), Marilyn Booth – translator(Author), Laurence Bouvard (Narrator),

In a world that is dominated by the needs of men, a world where women are totally subservient and duty bound to serve them, what will happen when modernity interferes with that way of life? This book examines the changes … Continue reading

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The Tenth Muse, Catherine Chung, author; Cassanda Campbell, narrator

This book is a fairly good representation of the books today that are being presented as literature when really they are treatises on liberal policies. Authors are chosen because of diversity and books are chosen for the progressive issues they … Continue reading

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The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood, author; Derek Jacobi, Mae Whitman, Ann Dowd, Bryce Dallas Howard, Tantoo Cardinal, and Margaret Atwood, narrators

This sequel to The Handmaiden’s Tale fell short of my expectations. Of course, in the three and a half decades since the first installment was published, my perspective on literature may have changed as a result of experience, but the … Continue reading

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The Butterfly Girl, Rene Denfeld, author; Alyssa Bresnahan, narrator

Two children, who were living in an orphanage in a farm town in Oregon, suddenly went missing and were never found. The Child Finder, Naomi Cottle, was one of those children. When she escaped, at age 9, she had left … Continue reading

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The Secret Life of Violet Grant, Beatriz Williams, author; Kathleen McInerny, narrator

Vivian Schuyler, a young Manhattan socialite, is a working girl, albeit against the wishes of her family. Although she wants to be more than a gopher at the magazine where she works, she will have to work her way up … Continue reading

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The Jump Artist, Austin Ratner

The Jump Artist, Austin Ratner This is the story of Phillip Halsmann, a Latvian Jew who, in 1929, was condemned falsely for the murder of his father while on a hiking trip in the Tyrolean Alps, in Western Austria. Convicted … Continue reading

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The World That We Knew, Alice Hoffman, author; Judith Light, narrator

Although one might think that because the book concerns itself largely with magical realism, that it is a book that is light and airy, one would be very wrong. In this beautifully crafted and creative allegory, using the stuff of … Continue reading

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Button Man: A Novel, Andrew Gross, author; Edoardo Ballerini, narrator

Morris Rabishevsky was just twelve years old when he decided he did not like school and wanted to learn a trade. He got a job, changed his name to Raab, and rose quickly in the garment industry, always watching and … Continue reading

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