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barbara

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  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1136)
    Performance
    (987)
    Story
    (978)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "Transported...."
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    Would you listen to The Beautiful Mystery again? Why?

    I have listened to it now 3 times. As with all Louise Penny novels, I am transported to a faraway place while losing myself in a beautiful story centered on colorful characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The background of Gregorian chants, the monastery and the beauty of the forest while being engrossed in the interplay of characters


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

    He is the perfect narrator for her books. His voice is soothing and brings an authenticity to the characters and storyline. I read all of her books but really love the audio editions due to his voice quality.


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

    Yes. Both my friends and I who listened to it were totally unprepared for the ending and are eagerly awaiting another of her novels


    Any additional comments?

    In every Louise Penny novel, I find such profound life lessons embedded into the dialogue. . Louise Penny has such a gift and with each recording I am transported into her little village with the characters I feel I know. Oh, how i wish I could visit and live in such a place.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Not the Last Goodbye: On Life, Death, Healing, and Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By David Servan-Schreiber, Ursula Gauthier
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Nineteen years after his original diagnosis, having taken up a worldwide mission toward hope and alternatives for those with cancer, David Servan-Schreiber submits to an emergency MRI that confirms his greatest fear: the brain cancer has returned. Here he shares his coming to terms with the news and, with courage and candor, examines his life from the point of view of one who understands that his illness is terminal.

    barbara says: "Profound"
    "Profound"
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    Performance
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    Would you listen to Not the Last Goodbye again? Why?

    I have listened to this several times. His Anti-Cancer audio was in many ways life -changing for me and this follow-up has reminded me of the our need for determination and gratitude in the face of illness.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author's willingness to share his innermost feelings and remind us of the importance of gratitude


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

    I felt as if I actually said goodbye to the author. I have recommended the audio to countless friends


    Any additional comments?

    A must follow-up from the Anti-Cancer book he did earlier

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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