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aLAN

Franklin, NC, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Sisterland: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Curtis Sittenfeld
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (299)

    From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar "senses" - innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them. Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. Vi has pursued an eccentric career as a psychic medium, while Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two young children. But when a minor earthquake hits in the middle of the night, the normal life Kate has always wished for begins to shift.

    Erica says: "Too many minor details and not enough story."
    "Boring and mundane"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Curtis Sittenfeld and/or Rebecca Lowman?

    Probably not.


    What was most disappointing about Curtis Sittenfeld’s story?

    What story? Twin sisters lead divergent lives. Daisy/Kate's life seems humdrum. It revolves around her children (she's always nursing the baby or running errands) and Violet holds herself out as a run of the mill psychic. Predictable and boring dialog. The characters have no depth.


    What about Rebecca Lowman’s performance did you like?

    She gave a credible performance.


    Did Sisterland inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to look for a different book.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2265)
    Performance
    (2040)
    Story
    (2029)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "Quirky, fun, contemporary"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore in three words, what would they be?

    Quirky, fun, contemporary


    What did you like best about this story?

    A comic mixture of secret societies, interesting and odd characters, fun twists and turns.


    Any additional comments?

    Simply delightful. If you like eccentric characters, lots of giggles, and unpredictable plots, you will enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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