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Heather Conklin

Providence, RI United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Unnatural Habits

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (338)
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    (295)
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    (295)

    1929: Girls are going missing in Melbourne. Little, pretty golden-haired girls. And not just pretty. Three of them are pregnant, poor girls from the harsh confines of the Magdalene Laundry. People are getting nervous. Polly Kettle, a pushy, self-important Girl Reporter with ambition and no sense of self-preservation, decides to investigate - and promptly goes missing herself. It's time for Phryne and Dot to put a stop to this and find Polly Kettle before something quite irreparable happens to all of them. It's all piracy and dark cellars, convents and plots, murder and mystery...and Phryne finally finds out if it's true that blondes have more fun.

    Kate says: "Nothing Unnatural about Phryne"
    "Excellent combination of story and narration"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was twisty and, as usual, Greenwood ties up all the ends neatly at the close.


    What does Stephanie Daniel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Stephanie Daniel's narration brought a great, acerbic tone to the story. From now on, her voice is what these books will sound like in my head.


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  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    Overall
    (1288)
    Performance
    (1123)
    Story
    (1136)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    John says: "Not Moore at his funniest, but Moore completely"
    "Delightful in all respects!"
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    What did you love best about Sacre Bleu?

    Both Euan Morton's performance of the book and the sense of getting to know the personalities of many famous artists. I had to keep reminding myself that maybe Renoir wasn't really that into "fighting dog" paintings. I also really enjoyed the balance between reverence and irreverence for the artists and their work. And the baguette boy. I need to find out somehow if that is a real thing.


    What other book might you compare Sacre Bleu to and why?

    Others by Christopher Moore would be the closest in style. His use of language and ribald humor is definitely present here. I usually finish one of his books with a new favorite curse for daily use.


    Which character – as performed by Euan Morton – was your favorite?

    Henri Toulouse-Lautrec.


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  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2832)
    Performance
    (1534)
    Story
    (1540)

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
    "So many wonderful things!"
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    Where does At Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At Home is one of the audiobooks I have enjoyed the most.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My favorite thing about this book - as with others by Bill Bryson - is the somewhat randomness of it. He dives into such fascinating detail on such a wide range of topics. Every chapter is full of surprising things. Some of them are subjects I would have said I had no interest in knowing more about (mites, the history of venereal disease, the bathing habits of Victorians) but they fit together so well and Bryson tells their stories in such a way that they are completely engrossing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The section on staircase theory and statistics stands out as particularly unexpected and wonderful. That may sound a little insane but maybe I just hit that part of the book at the right moment in my evening commute.


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