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  • Blackberry Winter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Sarah Jio
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (146)

    Seattle, 1933: Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, good night and reluctantly leaves for work. She hates the night shift, but it’s the only way she can earn enough to keep destitution at bay. In the morning - even though it’s the second of May - a heavy snow is falling. Vera rushes to wake Daniel, but his bed is empty. His teddy bear lies outside in the snow. Seattle, present day: On the second of May, reporter Claire Aldridge awakens to another late-season snowstorm. Assigned to cover this "blackberry winter" and its predecessor decades earlier, Claire learns of Daniel’s unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth.

    Anne says: "Pretty good story buried under turgid narration"
    "Interesting plot, sappy execution"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I don't think this particular audiobook was time well spent - although I connected with the characters and was mildly interesting in the dual plot (one happening in the 30s, one present day), I found the plot dragged and the writing was cliched and a little sappy. Although the title speaks of Winter, my feeling is this a pleasant beach read at best....if you have the patience.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7110)
    Performance
    (5052)
    Story
    (5041)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Engaging historical drama"
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    If you could sum up The Kitchen House in three words, what would they be?

    The Kitchen House is rich in description, authentic in emotion, and satisfying in plot. This aptly written family drama efficiently recreates the life of slaves as part of a family - not just their own, but of the owner's family as well. The reader will enjoy following Lavinia's journey from a lost orphan and slave to the lady of the house and will share her hopes and disappointments. Her journey is juxtaposed by Belle's, an unrecognized member of the white family which she serves, who struggles to escape the bonds of family and fear of the unknown. Although the missed connections and coincidental plot twists can lead to some frustration for our heroine (and the reader), overall this book provided a complete and engaging family saga set against the backdrop of slavery as a way of life. Both romantic and tragic, the excellent audio performance by two narrators will sweep you into the Kitchen House to experience homey comforts, sugared moments, and bittersweet insights.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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