I love Ann Patchett's work. She writes beautifully while making it seem effortless. I always worry about the interpretation of books in audio form, though. This is a wonderful story, artfully narrated.
After 20 years of working with Sabine as his magician's assistant, Parsifal (and before him, his lover, Phan) dies. Before he dies, Parsifal marries Sabine, leaving her with his estate and his secrets (and they aren't just magic tricks). Sabine discovers Parsifal's family--one she didn't know he had. Layer by layer, Sabine discovers why Parsifal left them and created a new life for himself. She acts as the agent of healing--for Parsifal's family and for herself.
The story is deep, touching and well-written. I finished it 2 weeks ago and am still thinking about it.
This book came as a surprise to me. I didn't realize that it would be a mystery, for some reason. But it's more than a mystery--it's a fun character story where we get to know the main character after she's dead. Molly Marx was an interesting woman--creative, loving, and, perhaps a little naive. I wish I'd known her before she was gone. Fun story.
I love Clarissa Pinkola Estes, so I was delighted to see that Audible was carrying her material. "Women Who Run With the Wolves" ignited my creativity and self-esteem. This recording, not so much. I was distracted by the accent Estes "puts on" some of the time, trying to make herself sound more earthy. The teaching stories, though, are wonderful for older women such as myself. "Warming the Stone Child" and "Theatre of the Imagination" are better, but this was good.
I love Connie Willis. Her writing is well-honed and witty. She does her homework when she writes about time-travel. And nobody has done time travel this well since Jack Finney. We were spellbound listening to this book on a couple of long trips. The narrator is one of the best I've heard and the story is so gripping that I don't know how I'm going to last until the next book comes out. We can hardly wait!
I love well-written historical novels and I've always been fascinated by the life of nuns. This book was a gripping look into the world of an Italian convent--the politics, the spiritual lives, the practicalities. It was well done and the narration was absolutely perfect. Well worth the time.
I've enjoyed other books by Meg Wolitzer very much. I tried to like this one, but it just dragged. Maybe I have a hard time identifying with female characters who stay home and don't have jobs, but everything was so "interior" that I couldn't make myself care--or finish the book.
Kallos has written the story of a family in the mid-west whose lives were shaped by the disappearance of their mother in a tornado. The characters are fleshed out fully and it's interesting to watch their interaction with each other and others they encounter. A pleasure to read.
Merrill Markoe makes me laugh. Even just talking about mundane things--she can make me guffaw. The human story is well written and funny, as well, but hearing the thoughts of the dogs is worth the price of the book. I loved it.
I'll never know why they record science fiction novels using narrators with deep voices. I tried to listen to this off and on but could only make out about a third of the words. I'll read the book, instead.
The first chapter of this book reads like a conversation I'd have with my friends about getting older and how much we really prefer it to being young. The main character in this book is refreshing in her appreciation of this stage of her life. My friends and I have found that, as we get older, we've also gotten more honest about what we think about things. This book was full of that kind of honesty. It's funny, fast moving, full of love and joy. It's also sarcastic in a way that only older women can exude. It's a whole lot of fun.
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