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Melinda

Melinda UT Member Since 2009

So hooked by audio that I have to read books aloud. *If my reviews help, please let me know.

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  • "Intriguing--Captivating--Altering"

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    "The first thing you must know about me is that is I am colossally fat. I eat what I want, and furthermore, I eat whenever I want...and I do feel very shy and sort of encassed in something, as if I were a cello, or an expensive gun..." so the character Arthur writes about himself in an unflinching confessional letter to a former love whom he has not seen for decades..when he was merely "plump." The self-described grossly obese Arthur is given a distinguished and compassionate voice by narrator Keith Szarabajka, in a remarkable performance that brings real heart and soul to this wretched lonely human being.

    On the opposite end of the physical scale is Kel: tall, blonde, high school heartthrob that leaves his letter jacket on the shoulders of his girlfriend, then drives off in his BFF's BMW. But, Kel crosses the tracks and goes to a run down home, to a mother he disdains for her weaknesses; she is passed out on a sofa wearing a holey T-shirt that reads: It's 5:00 Somewhere! His father walked out when he was 4--he is so sure that his father is the source of his own tall good looks, his extraordinary athleticism, and all that is good in himself; while Mom represents imaginary illnesses, excuses, failures, and all he deems repellent. Also in this wonderful cast is Yolanda, the tiny pregnant Latino cleaning girl, whose sequined-sneakered feet dangle over the sofa when she breaks to watch her favorite soap on TV, and who yells at the honking cars during a huffing Artur's first arduous walk in years, "Hey! I'm pregnant here!"

    Heft is a superb character-driven novel that had me in tears more than once. From Arthur's apprehensive yet straighforward introduction, to Kel's self-aware confessions of sorrow and regret, and the streetsmart directness of sassy Yolanda--- Moore has written a bittersweet intersection masterpiece that will etch itself in your heart. With such a significant novel...it is hard to conform to M. Twain's advice: "when you catch an adjective, kill it!" With apologies to Twain...Heft is elegant, beautiful, unforgettable, wise, tender, hopeful, humble, and what it is to be HUMAN; one of my all time top picks. I hope you enjoy this one.

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    Heft

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    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
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    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Deborah says: "Mesmerizing Performance"
  • "Brilliant Meandering--what was in t..."

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    In Haruki Murakami's own words:
    "It's all pointless--assuming you try to find a point to it." Kafka on the Shore
    "It's not that meaning cannot be explained. But there are certain meanings that are lost forever the moment they are explained in words." 1Q84

    I read this book last year, my first HM read, which I jumped into with no knowledge of the author, and having read no reviews of the book at all. Since then I have read several of Murakami books, and not because I am an enthusiastic fan at all--I actually found myself a little disturbed by Kafka on the Shore. I was bothered by the wierd sexuality, the blurry boundaries and constructs, the pointless ramblings, the silliness I thought bordered on insult to the reader. I read interviews Murakami had done, I read about his background, I read very dissected critiques by scholars of Murakami books, and still held on to a bit of repulsion towards Murakami's books. But...I kept reading his books! I was drawn to them; they haunted me, they stayed with me, persistently colored my mind.

    When 1Q84 was released, I bought it impulsively,then wondered why. I realized that Murakami writes for the reader; I understood that what brought me back time and time again to HM was the fact that somewhere in me, I knew that in HM's books I was in the presence of genius. I could read/listen to HM and drift through a dream, like closing my eyes and floating on a raft in the pool, I didn't need to make sense of the journey--I just enjoyed it.

    I relate this only to try to explain the experience I had with Kafka on the Shore, It was in many ways magical and lasting. I'm not sure I loved it, but it captured me. I could compare it to the other books of his but I will not because it has been done--I will leave you with my experience and say that Murakami, like any author, is not for everyone--just like Beethoven or Mozart are not for everyone--but their genius cannot be argued. I am looking forward to listening to 1Q84--just picking the right time to be consummed. If you are compelled to find meaning in every event, to right each word with your own understanding, read again the top 2 quotes by Murakami...you may "find" something that isn't even really there at all.

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    Kafka on the Shore

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    Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

    Melinda says: "Brilliant Meandering--what was in those brownies.."
  • "Oh-ooo Say, Can We See?"

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    Can't say what drew me to this odd title--I knew that Ben Fountain received the PEN/Hemingway Award for the collection of short stories, Brief Encounters With Che Guevara--but I hadn't read the reviews or the publisher's summary. I didn't know that some critics are calling Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk this era's Catch 22, (oh! did we love Yossarian!) and THE best novel about the Irag war. I just saw this title on a list of suggested Beach Reads; "Beach" and "Read", two of my favorite words, and I was in. Turns out this was an unexpected treasure, the perfect approach, and an experience I won't be forgetting soon. So, I don't want to go into details and ruin your experience other than to say....WOW; I loved this book!

    I thought it was almost perfection, from the very concept, to the brilliant depiction of Billy's youthful naivety and his contrasting soldier's wisdom, to the sentence structure, and every perfectly placed word. It was laugh-out-loud funny, then at once sobering, like laughing at someone that just biffed it on the stairs, then realizing the tumble resulted in a compound fracture. There are a lot of cliche's as far as characterizations go, and Texans probably won't like this one, but the powerful message contained in this short read goes far beyond little criticisms--indeed to the very core of what we as Americans value. The detailed description of the football team's equipment (in it's context) was as powerful and perfect as anything written, and could alone justify getting this book.

    A short listen, at just 6 1/2 hours, but what an experience--what an impact. I'm just sorry that what I am sure will be the highlight of my summer reading is over before summer even begins.

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    Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: A Novel

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    A ferocious firefight with Iraqi insurgents at "the battle of Al-Ansakar Canal" - three minutes and forty-three seconds of intense warfare caught on tape by an embedded Fox News crew - has transformed the eight surviving men of Bravo Squad into America's most sought-after heroes. For the past two weeks, the Bush administration has sent them on a media-intensive nationwide Victory Tour to reinvigorate public support for the war. Now, on this chilly and rainy Thanksgiving, the Bravos are guests of America's Team, the Dallas Cowboys....

    Melinda says: "Oh-ooo Say, Can We See?"
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  • 600 Hours of Edward

    "A Very Good Book with a Very Difficult Hero"

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    I cannot say exactly what made this book so special. The author uses a narrative tool that has been used fairly frequently recently and uses it very well. The main character's developmental problems are often trivialized as nothing more than idiocynracies or quirks in other books. This book treats the psychological problems of Edward quite seriously. And yet he uses them to slowly let you meet then understand Edward and the people who inhabit his life, those that are real and those that live in Edward's favorite TV show.

    The lessons Edward learns as he slowly and belatedly grows up, the hurts he suffers, the irrational habits he cannot help, the relationships he struggles with, the slights he feel that always result in complaint letters, all of them help you understand a very complicated man. The author understands his character and uses these tools to help you understand him as well.

    The narrator does a great job, although I would swear that Sam Elliott steps in and does the voice of Edward's father.

    I really recommend this book. It is complex, layered, detailed and yet really, quite simple.

  • Beautiful Disaster

    "Awkward"

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    Much of the subtext of this book was foreign to me. My college experience was nothing like this. I am not familiar with illegal fight clubs, know very little about professional poker and the thought of getting a tattoo makes me queasy. But at its heart, this is the story of two immature kids, both raised in very dysfunctional families who become obsessed with each other and their final act, designed to give the book a HEA ending, ultimately seals their fate.
    If this was nonfiction, even if the book ended exactly the same, everyone would know that the fate of the two protagonist would not, could not, end up well.

    I believe that two people can fall in love at a very young age and remain in love the rest of their lives. But not these two. The mini-explosions throughout the book tell the reader that this relationship can't end well.

    If the book were really well written, it could go part way towards making it an enjoyable book. But it isn't particularly well written. And the contrast between the sophistication we are told these two possess - her ability to walk into a Vegas casino and take on a table of hardened professional poker players then stare down a crime boss without blinking an eye and his ability to somehow calmly and methodically overcome all of his fight opponents, even those that are bigger and badder - and the immaturity they continually exhibit are impossible to reconcile. How much simpler it would have been if she told him why he scared her so much rather than sneak away from him and then hide out while he made a fool of himself. And how could you believe someone who was so controlled in the fight ring, would regularly trash his apartment, and throw temper tantrums in public. It is as if there were 4 main characters instead of two and the author kept confusing them with each other.

    I did enjoy the narration. I will listen to more books by this narrator.

    I read a lot of positive reviews of this book. I realized it was a little YA for my usual taste. And I admit part of my dislike of the book came from my inability to relate to the characters and their point in life. But the reviews gave me hope. I hoped the characters would have been far more consistently developed and that even if young, since they were old enough to star in a romantic yet troubled love story, they would at least be somewhat mature. I hoped the conflict and tragedy would be genuine and not contrived.

    I was disappointed.

  • The Secret of Everything: A Novel

    "Easy, Sweet Read"

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    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It is the first book I read by this author and I had no idea what to expect.

    This was at its core a story about coming home. And not just for the main character. The author spends the book showing us that you have to come home to learn the truth about yourself and that when you are home, miracles occur. Perhaps not plausible, but one can dream.

    I liked the way the recipes were woven into the story and the way the author used food and dogs to express emotions, spirituality, love and the magic of life.

    It was a little sappy. But I have to admit that I was happy that Tessa seemed to fall as much in love with Vince's oldest daughter as she did with Vince himself.

    The narration was great. I recommend the book. I highly enjoyed it and will read other books by this author.

  • Overseas

    "Incredibly Dull and Waaaay too much Saccharine"

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    First I have to admit I did not finish this book. It is potentially possible that on the last few pages the author came up with a more well thought out explanation for time travel, made the characters more realistically shocked, and at least initially skeptical about the whole idea of time travel, and while she was at it gave the two main characters a personality. But I doubt it.

    Instead, the hero was so heroic that regardless of how attractive and rich he was, he was so dull and priggish that no one would ever consider running the risk of going back in time to World War I France just to save his ass. Just because a man was born into the upper class of Britain at the end of the 19th century, died tragically young in a violent, bloody war and wrote poetry about it, doesn't mean he can't have a sense of humor, be completely unable to flirt, be so overprotective it bordered, no crossed the line, into obsession and generally had as much personality as his buried remains would have had, if he had actually died in the battle that transported him forward 90 years.

    And the main character was evidently brilliant. Enough that she landed a plumb job at a cutthroat New York investment bank. But she wasn't smart enough to figure out that she was being set up by a woman she knew disliked her and who had the morals of a snake, or to even ask why this titan of industry searched her out in her cubicle and was immediately smitten with her. Or to ask why she was being hidden in the Connecticut country side. (Did anyone else wonder how hard it would be to trace them to the cottage in Connecticut, if he commuted back and forth to the city daily in an easy to spot Maserati?) They weren't exactly incognito.

    I thought the narrator did a good job. But she could not save this drivel.



Elle in the Great NorthWest

Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 02-29-12 Member Since 2011

I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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  • "Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit..."

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    Ive read all of Picoults books. Some are better than others. This one is better than average. Sort of My Sisters Keeper meets Dances With Wolves.

    I dislike reviews that are, really, a synopsis of the plot but as the first reviewer I feel obligated to give a Non Spoiler brief of the story. Man with family becomes engrossed with wolves. Leaves family to fend for itself and devotes his early adulthood to research.
    Wife resents, divorces wolf man. Older gay son splits for 6 years and younger daughter resents this move, gets bratty, acts out. Dad has auto accident with daughter in car and has TBI. Son has authority to make life decisions about pulling dads plug. Daughter resents.

    As is typical for Picoult, each chapter is written from a different point of view, and the narrators vary in their ability. The dad, Luke, tells a good story. I didn't care for mom, Georgie, particularly. Cara and Edward, the children are pretty good.

    I wasn't bothered by the change in voice from chapter to chapter as I know that's Picoults style though others may find it difficult to deal with.

    It wasn't wonderful, but it was a thoughtfully written book about family situations none of us ever want to be a part of. Worth the credit but may appeal to women more than men.

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    In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good"

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    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
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  • The Hundred-Foot Journey: A Novel (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard C. Morais Narrated by Neil Shah

    The Hundred-Foot Journey: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard C. Morais
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (123)

    Born above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumière, a small village in the French Alps.

    R. L. Royce says: "YIkes, I don't speak French"
  • What Alice Forgot (






UNABRIDGED) by Liane Moriarty Narrated by Tamara Lovatt-Smith

    What Alice Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1397)
    Performance
    (1248)
    Story
    (1244)

    What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

    Yvonne says: "Loved..."
  • The Kite Runner (






UNABRIDGED) by Khaled Hosseini Narrated by Khaled Hosseini

    The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6503)
    Performance
    (1829)
    Story
    (1849)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
  • Take Me With You (






UNABRIDGED) by Catherine Ryan Hyde Narrated by Jeff Cummings

    Take Me With You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Catherine Ryan Hyde
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    August Shroeder, a burned-out teacher, has been sober since his 19-year-old son died. Every year he’s spent the summer on the road, but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything. The plan had been to travel there with his son, but now August is making the trip with Philip’s ashes instead. An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go. What none of them could have known was how transformative both the trip - and the bonds that develop between them- would prove....

    rick says: "A Great Story"
  • The Mammy (






UNABRIDGED) by Brendan O'Carroll Narrated by Brendan O'Carroll

    The Mammy

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Brendan O'Carroll
    • Narrated By Brendan O'Carroll
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    (0)
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    (0)
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    The Mammy is Agnes Browne - a widow struggling to raise seven children in a North Dublin neighborhood in the 1960s. Popular Irish comedian Brendan O'Carroll chronicles the comic misadventures of this large and lively family with raw humour and great affection. Forced to be mother, father, and referee to her battling clan, the ever-resourceful Agnes Browne occasionally finds a spare moment to trade gossip and quips with her best pal Marion Monks (alias 'The Kaiser') and even finds herself pursued by the amorous Frenchman who runs the local pizza parlor.

  • The Christmas Turkey (






UNABRIDGED) by Keith Jahans Narrated by Keith Jahans

    The Christmas Turkey

    • UNABRIDGED (7 mins)
    • By Keith Jahans
    • Narrated By Keith Jahans
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    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    A quest to find a suitable turkey for Christmas dinner brings unexpected results.

  • Hannah (






UNABRIDGED) by Betty Neels Narrated by Anne Cater

    Hannah

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Betty Neels
    • Narrated By Anne Cater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    Tiny Paul van Eysink was a very special case to Nurse Hannah Lang, and she had become very fond of his young parents, Corinna and Paul. When they invited her to go back with them to Holland until the baby was completely recovered, Hannah was only too happy to oblige. The problem was Corinna's unbending uncle, Doctor Valentijn van Bertes! He could find no fault with Hannah's nursing skills - but she was only too aware that she meant little to him as a person. Why should she? He had a very lovely fiancée in Nerissa…

  • The Queen's Screech (






UNABRIDGED) by Jack Lindsey Narrated by Keith Jahans

    The Queen's Screech

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Jack Lindsey
    • Narrated By Keith Jahans
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    (0)
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    (0)
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    A fabled contest to find the best speaker.

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  • The Chisellers (






UNABRIDGED) by Brendan O'Carroll Narrated by Brendan O'Carroll

    The Chisellers

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Brendan O'Carroll
    • Narrated By Brendan O'Carroll
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    Agnes, the lovable and determined heroine, returns with her seven children - whom she affectionately calls 'the chisellers' - all struggling to make their way in the world with varying degrees of success. To make matters more difficult, as Agnes struggles along the bumpy road of parenting, she learns that the family is about to be forced out of their tenement home in the name of urban renewal. Pierre, Agnes' persistent suitor, is thankfully on hand to console her.

  • Blood Trail (






UNABRIDGED) by C. J. Box Narrated by David Chandler

    Blood Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (0)
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    (0)
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    It’s elk season in the Rockies, but this year one hunter is stalking a different kind of prey. When the call comes in on the radio, Joe Pickett can hardly believe his ears: game wardens have found a hunter dead at a camp in the mountains - strung up, gutted, skinned, and beheaded, as if he were the elk he’d been pursuing. Governor Rulon is forced to end hunting season early for the first time in state history - outraging hunters and potentially crippling the state’s income from the loss of hunting license revenue.

  • The Atlas of Us (






UNABRIDGED) by Tracy Buchanan Narrated by Melody Grove, Maggie Mash

    The Atlas of Us

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Tracy Buchanan
    • Narrated By Melody Grove, Maggie Mash
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    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    Louise Fenton flies to a devastated Thailand to search for her mother, missing following the Boxing Day tsunami. The only trace she can find is her mother's distinctive bag. Inside it is a beautifully crafted atlas belonging to a writer named Claire Shreve. But what is the connection between Claire and Louise's missing mum, and can the atlas help Louise find her?

  • What Milo Saw (






UNABRIDGED) by Virginia Macgregor Narrated by Steve Hodson

    What Milo Saw

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Virginia Macgregor
    • Narrated By Steve Hodson
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    A BIG story about a small boy who sees the world a little differently. Nine-year-old Milo Moon has retinitis pigmentosa: His eyes are slowly failing and he will eventually go blind. But for now he sees the world through a pin hole and notices things other people don't. When Milo's beloved gran succumbs to dementia and moves into a nursing home, Milo soon realises there's something very wrong at the home.