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Eileen

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  • That Old Cape Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    That Old Cape Magic is a novel of deep introspection and every family feeling imaginable, with a middle-aged man confronting his parents and their failed marriage, his own troubled one, his daughter's new life and, finally, what it was he thought he wanted and what in fact he has.

    Fred Pike says: "Instantly-recognizable Richard Russo book"
    "Nothing to write home to Mother about"
    Overall

    I had to listen to this whole thing for a bookclub and frequently wanted to ask, "Are we there yet?". It was labored and self-conscious with a bizarre seasoning of slap-stick. Huh??

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6865)
    Performance
    (4836)
    Story
    (4825)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "could not put down fast enought - wasted credit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who doesn't read very many books, fiction or nonfiction, that deal with history


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    a mystery


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Orlagh Cassidy and Bahni Turpin ?

    yes, not a problem with narration


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Kitchen House?

    I would cut every cliched character but in this case that would mean no book.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this after listening to "The Help" but ensemble casting cannot make up for lack of believable characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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