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JL

Quiltmaker and librarian who loves writing and frozen chocolate covered bananas.

San Francisco, CA USA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Dark Enquiry: A Lady Julia Grey Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Deanna Raybourn
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (192)

    Partners now in marriage and in trade, Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane have finally returned from abroad to set up housekeeping in London. But merging their respective collections of gadgets, pets, and servants leaves little room for the harried newlyweds themselves, let alone Brisbane's private enquiry business. Among the more unlikely clients: Julia's very proper brother, Lord Bellmont, who swears Brisbane to secrecy about his case.

    A User says: "Yes! Lady Julia is back and I'm loving it!"
    "The Love Story Continues"
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    What did you love best about The Dark Enquiry?

    The end of the book where Julia is recovering and Nicholas comes to her is the sweetest and most endearing part of the entire series.


    Any additional comments?

    I was not thrilled with the beginning of the book where Julia blows up bits of their workspace. She comes across as a moron and I didn't like that

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Chinese Chef

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nicole Mones
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers, James Chen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (351)

    When recently widowed Maggie McElroy is called to China to settle a claim against her late husbands estate, she is blindsided by the discovery that he may have led a double life. Since work is all that will keep her sane, her magazine editor assigns her to profile Sam, a half-Chinese American who is the last in a line of gifted chefs tracing back to the imperial palace. As she watches Sam gear up for Chinas Olympic culinary competition by planning the banquet of a lifetime, she begins to see past the cuisines artistry to glimpse its coherent expression of Chinese civilization.

    Dr. says: "Totally Satisfying - highly recommended"
    "Book Review: The Last Chinese Chef"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I love the descriptions of how traditional Chinese cooking separates flavors and textures in dishes, for example. I also thought the idea of meals as community (served family style) was profound. As I worked my way through the book, I began to see links between the stated theories and principles of Chinese cooking *as it is described in the book* and quiltmaking. There is a beauty and meaning to the way Chinese cooking is described, which I do not feel when I enter an American Chinese restaurant.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    The beginning of every chapter has excerpts from a book called the Last Chinese Chef. I don't know if this a real book, but the passages are evocative and towards the latter part of the book, especially the last chapters, I found my mind forming connections between what the narrator was saying and the Design Series I work on with Sandy. Throughout the book, the characters talk about links between the food and history, literature and poetry. I find this very beautiful.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I think this might be one of my favorite books. I know I want to listen to it again.I wasn't sure about listening to this book. I don't know who recommended it initially or why I added it. I know I downloaded it, because I didn't know what else to download.I am not am not much of a fan of the premise, but find the food aspect fascinating. I love the descriptions of how traditional Chinese cooking separates flavors and textures in dishes, for example. I also thought the idea of meals as community (served family style) was profound. As I worked my way through the book, I began to see links between the stated theories and principles of Chinese cooking *as it is described in the book* and quiltmaking. There is a beauty and meaning to the way Chinese cooking is described, which I do not feel when I enter an American Chinese restaurant.The beginning of every chapter has excerpts from a book called the Last Chinese Chef. I don't know if this a real book, but the passages are evocative and towards the latter part of the book, especially the last chapters, I found my mind forming connections between what the narrator was saying and the Design Series I work on with Sandy. Throughout the book, the characters talk about links between the food and history, literature and poetry. I find this very beautiful.Maggie's situation is very sad, but seems to be about money and since she has downsized, I have a hard time feeling sorry for her with regard to the suit in China. I do feel sorry for her loss of her husband and think the grief she feels is fairly well described. I( don't think the name is a good one for the character. It doesn't seem to fit the story or her life story.After finishing the whole book, I see the sort of crudeness of the beginning chapters in the description of the suit and China and think that Nicole Mones smooths out the writing in such a way that the reader is soothed as the story goes on.This is a book where I might want to see the words on the page. This book also makes me want to add a section on Aesthetic to the Design series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of Pleasures

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Berg
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Betta Nolan moves to a small town after the death of her husband to try to begin life anew. Though still dealing with her sorrow, Betta nonetheless is determined to find pleasure in her simple daily routines. Among those who help her in both expected and unexpected ways are the ten-year-old boy next door, three wild women friends from her college days with whom she reconnects, a young man who is struggling to find his place in the world, and a handsome widower who is ready for love.

    JL says: "Book Review: The Year of Pleasures"
    "Book Review: The Year of Pleasures"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wasn't really planning to read this book, but I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the way Betta tentatively made new friends and opened her heart and life to new and old friends.


    If you’ve listened to books by Elizabeth Berg before, how does this one compare?

    I have not listened to other books by her.


    Do you think The Year of Pleasures needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think it would be interesting to read about the store and have the customers take up part of the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Vintage Affair: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Isabel Wolff
    • Narrated By Violet Mathieson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (85)

    Her friends are stunned when Phoebe Swift abruptly leaves a plum job at the prestigious Sotheby’s auction house to open her own vintage clothing shop in London—but to Phoebe, it’s the fulfillment of a dream. In the sunlight-flooded interior of Village Vintage, surrounded by Yves Saint Laurent silk scarves, Vivienne Westwood bustle skirts, cupcake dresses, and satin gowns, Phoebe hopes to make her store the hot new place to shop.

    Laura says: "A Sweet, Leisurely Stroll, but Ultimately Dull"
    "Book Review: A Vintage Affair"
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    Any additional comments?

    Beautifully written, good pacing and a lovely story line. I think this book ended just as it should have. All the main story lines were tied up, but there was still a promise of Phoebe having a future. I didn't feel like I NEEDED a sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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