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Catherina

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  • The Child in Time

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    The Child in Time opens with a harrowing event. Stephen Lewis, a successful author of children's books, takes his three-year-old daughter on a routine Saturday morning trip to the supermarket. While waiting in line, his attention is distracted and his daughter is kidnapped. Just like that. From there, Lewis spirals into bereavement that has effects on his relationship with his wife, his psyche and time itself.

    Catherina says: "five out of five both for story and narration"
    "five out of five both for story and narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I neglected work and meals to finish this book, even though I didn't want it to finish. It deals with loss, sorrow, failure, but also with love and joy - with death and birth in ways that are deeply moving and entirely unsentimental. And the narration is superb. the wrong kind of narration can ruin even a very good book for me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Child in Time?


    A nightmare journey through a winter wood, carrying a gruesome burden.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It has to be the scene that closes the book, though saying more will give too much away


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me want to weep with sorrow as well as joy


    Any additional comments?

    I found its setting hard to place in terms of a time frame. The characters don't seem to have access to cell phones, emails, etc., and yet it does feel as if the Britain it writes about is some time in the not too distant future. There are elements of magic and mystery in the story, but enough realism to keep one grounded.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jennifer Haigh
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (104)

    It is the spring of 2002, and a perfect storm has hit Boston. Across the city's archdiocese, trusted priests have been accused of the worst possible betrayal of the souls in their care. In Faith, Jennifer Haigh explores the fallout for one devout family, the McGanns. Estranged for years from her difficult and demanding relatives, Sheila McGann has remained close to her older brother, Art, the popular, dynamic pastor of a large suburban parish. When Art finds himself at the center of the maelstrom, Sheila returns to Boston, ready to fight for him and his reputation.

    Monica says: "Stick with it, especially if you've been Catholic"
    "layered and finely nuancedHaig gets better and bet"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Faith to be better than the print version?

    The characters come alive in the narration


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Faith?

    When the priest whispers "help me" to the young drug addicted mother he has been helping


    What about Therese Plummer’s performance did you like?

    In this case less is really more - there was just enough of the irish brogue in her voice to envoke a lingering irishness in the characters, and she does not fall into the trap of trying to assume a "male" voice for male characters


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several - one would be hard to single out


    Any additional comments?

    I have now read all four titles in the Audible catalogue by Jennifer Haig, and greatly enjoyed all of them, but the last two have been the best

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