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The Island of Sea Women-A Novel, Lisa See, author; Jennifer Lim, narrator

This is a very well researched piece of historic fiction that takes place from 1944 and continues until 2008. It also is a very dark, difficult read because of the sudden unexpected interjection of brutal violence fairly often in the … Continue reading

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The Yellow Bird Sings, Jennifer Rosner, author; Anna Koval, narrator

This is a poignant tale about a mother running for her life, during the Holocaust. Her parents have been taken away by the Nazis. Her husband has been murdered by them. Róza is fleeing her home in Poland with her … Continue reading

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Mrs Everything, A Novel: Jennifer Weiner, author, Ari Graynor, Beth Malone, narrators

The title of the book is a double entendre, since Misses and Mrs. are homophones. The use of one or the other of the words, changes the meaning of the title. “Misses Everything” drives home the trial and error aspect … Continue reading

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Nothing to see here, Kevin Wilson, author; Marin Ireland, narrator

When Lillian Breaker goes off to school, she is thrilled to be free of her mother. She has dreams of a different future, a brighter future that surely must await her. Arriving at her school as a scholarship student, she … Continue reading

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Nobody Will Tell You This But Me, Bess Kalb, author and narrator

This is a very fast read. It will take the reader through a range of emotions from laughter to tears. It is a lovely book that pays homage to a grandmother’s relationship with her grandchild. It is Barbara and Bessie’s … Continue reading

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The Glass Hotel, Jill St., Emily St. John Mandel, author, Dylan Moore, narrator

The first words of import in the book are, “begin at the end”. It is December 2018. Someone is falling over the side of a ship. Then, suddenly, the narrative reveals an incident when that person was 13 and living in … Continue reading

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On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong, author and narrator

Often, when an author reads his/her own book, the reading lacks something which a professional brings to the narration. This author reads too softly and emotively for my taste, and it tends to make the reader lose track of where … Continue reading

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The List of Things That Will Not Change, Rebecca Stead

The book is designed for middle grade students. It introduces sexuality, divorce, same sex marriage, the meaning of love, anger management, and coming of age with all the problems and joys associated with it. Children deal with illness, bullying, unacceptable … Continue reading

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The Paris Diversion, Chris Pavone, author’ Mozhan Marno, narrator

There are so many tangents and characters introduced into this narrative, like a suicide bomber, his driver, terrorism, clandestine spying, a CIA agent, corruption, economic  investors, stock manipulation, CEO’s, big business, VIP’s, an engineered financial debacle, and more, that the … Continue reading

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The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton, author; James Cameron Stewart, narrator

The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton, author; James Cameron Stewart, narrator This is one of the most cleverly written, imaginative stories that I have ever read. I had difficulty keeping up with the number of characters and … Continue reading

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