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Carol

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  • Prime Cut

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    Known as “the Julia Child of mystery writers,” Diane Mott Davidson cooks up gourmet culinary mysteries sure to please the most discriminating palates. Mystery connoisseurs relish her elaborate plots and fast-paced action amid scenic Colorado settings. The luscious recipes included at the end are icing on the cake. Caterer-turned sleuth Goldy Schulz has an unbelievably chaotic life, but she is uncommonly determined.

    Carol says: "My first Diane Davidson book"
    "My first Diane Davidson book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Prime Cut the most enjoyable?

    This is the first book I have read in this series which was recommended by a friend and I just jumped in and read Prime Cut. I was immediately captivated by the narrator, Barbara Rosenblat - I think she does a great job! Also, it was fun to listen to Goldy preparing her catering dishes - made me want to put the book down and go try oneof these dishes! I like the idea of including the recipes at the end.


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

    She has a warm, comfortable voice; it feels like I'm listening to a friend tell this story. I found listening to this book, which is light but enjoyable reading, to be the perfect break in my day when I need some time for myself, but don't want to get into a more serious book that I am reading.


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

    Listening to Barbara Rosenblat's narration of the cooking made my mouth water! The description of the food was wonderful.


    Any additional comments?

    This was great light reading; I am going to go to the first book in the series and go from there!

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  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8102)
    Performance
    (7426)
    Story
    (7433)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "The Goldfinch Narration"
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    Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best book I have listened to on Audible due to the incredible narration by David Pittu and Donna Tartt's gift of storytelling.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Goldfinch?

    The scenes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art were among my favorites in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot say enough good things about the narrative by David Pittu - he really made this complex Audible recording a great experience. The whole time I was listening I was amazed at his ability to make each of these colorful characters and situations so real for me - I am so glad I didn't read this - it would seem so bland compared to this recording.

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