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  • Gold: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Chris Cleave
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    Building on the tradition of Little Bee, Chris Cleave again writes with elegance, humor, and passion about friendship, marriage, parenthood, tragedy, and redemption. Gold is the story of Zoe and Kate, world-class athletes who have been friends and rivals since their first day of Elite training. They've loved, fought, betrayed, forgiven, consoled, gloried, and grown up together. Now on the eve of London 2012, their last Olympics, both women will be tested to their physical and emotional limits.

    Patricia says: "Very Good--but not great--"
    "What Matters Most?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Gold the most enjoyable?

    It was interesting to read this novel about 3 Olympic athletes (and their coach) during the 2012 summer Olympics, but it would be good and relevant any time. The overall theme of the book is "what matters most in life, your career ambitions (and money/fame) or the people in your life that you love?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gold?

    To avoid spoilers -- wording it this way: A crucial decision made by the husband of one of the main characters, near the end of the novel, during an important race she was participating in.


    What about Emilia Fox’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did a good job of making the different characters actually sound different.


    If you could take any character from Gold out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Kate


    Any additional comments?

    The one child in Gold has a fixation with Star Wars. I thought there was too much Star Wars discussion during the times the novel was told from the child's viewpoint.

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  • The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (3621)
    Performance
    (1772)
    Story
    (1782)

    Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Brilliantly executed"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I've read all of Micahel Connelly's books and enjoyed them. Connelly's characters Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller work together on a trial in "The Reversal," and although the premise sounded interesting to me, I was very disappointed. The book's focus is on the mystery surrounding the crimes supposedly committed by the defendent Haller is prosecuting and Bosch is investigating. Despite the focus of this book being on the mystery, with little character development, the book ends abruptly without solving the mystery. I wondered if Connelly is planning a sequel or if he didn't know how he wanted to solve the mystery.

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