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Newman

Needham, MA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Rules of Civility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1739)
    Performance
    (1383)
    Story
    (1367)

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    Emily - Audible says: "Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats"
    "Not what I had hoped for"
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    In the first few minutes I had reasons to eagerly anticipate this book. Sadly, it never lived up to my expectations. What was apparent to me is that the author lacked the grasp of what the 1930s were truly like, and, after the first anachronism ("para-legals" in 1938? They were still just "secretaries"--not even "assistants," as many are called now), I lost faith in the story as well as the Main Character, who told the story. Very much needed: fully fleshed out and believable characters throughout. Listing the "Rules" at the end? Silly. Even sillier that it was actually read aloud.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Veil of Roses

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Laura Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Tamila Soroush wanted it all. But in the Islamic Republic of Iran, dreams are a dangerous thing for a girl. Tami abandons them…until her twenty-seventh birthday, when her parents give her a one-way ticket to America, hoping she will “go and wake up her luck.” If they have their way, Tami will never return to Iran…which means she has three months to find a husband in America.

    Newman says: "Rooting for freedom"
    "Rooting for freedom"
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    This is a lovely story that was extremely well narrated. It is so well performed that I found myself completely inhabiting the soul of the protagnist, even as I wanted to shake sense into her. Each of the other characters was also made incredibly real. A highly recommended book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paula McLain
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1860)
    Performance
    (1278)
    Story
    (1279)

    Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

    Pris says: "Delighted in Del Mar"
    "Hadley's story"
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    In this historical fiction, Paula McLain gives wonderful voice to Hadley, Hemingway's first wife and the driving force behind his early success. It is wonderfully evocative and I suggest a follow up of listening to A Moveable Feast, the latest edition, which is the least edited and most true to his actual writing, containing many passages, in mulitple forms, that were edited out of the posthumously published original. One thing you will also notice: what a wonderful job McLain does in capturing the essence of the character of Hadley in her book--because Hemmingway's writing mirrors it exactly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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