I was reluctant to read another Holocaust book. I felt I was "saturated" with this topic, but decided to get it anyway because of the great reviews. I was not disappointed. The Lost Wife is a masterfully written novel and I felt so absorbed in it I could not listen to anything else for a week after finishing it. The author has this incredible ability to paint with words and conduct emotion in such a way, I felt like I was actually there, in Prague, in Terezin, and in Auschwitz. I recognized that "hollow shell" existence that many survivors had after liberation from seeing this in my own grandparents and my mother. They could never be the same after living through this horror. Despite wanting to cry a lot during many passages, I find this literary creation to be top notch. Great narration, too!
I am deeply disappointed. I am a fan of Philippa Gregory and love her style of writing. However, the "King's Curse" is void of engaging characters and brings nothing new to those of us who read Gregory's previous books. To me, it seems like the Tudor theme is simply being "milked" to sell more. I am 5 hours into it, and feeling terribly bored. I think I'll be asking a refund for this one.
I had been searching for new books narrated by John Lee - he is one of my favorite narrators - and found Marshalsea. I knew nothing about history of debtors prisons in England, so this book was educational as well as entertaining. The characters are well developed and believable. The author illuminates the complexity of human attachments and emotions, delivering a thoughtful description of inner "grayness" of souls. No one is perfect, every one is flawed in one way or another. I loved the book. It has a satisfying ending and the historical information is well researched.
I seldom read crime novels, but I am really glad I got the Apple Tree Yard.I found it to be a real masterpiece - the descriptions of feelings and thoughts are so compelling, so true. This book is so much more than a crime novel - it is like a slice of life, an in depth look into what drives us to do what we do, to make the choices we make. I really hope to be able to listen to more works by Louse Doughty. Juliet Stevenson's narration is excellent as always.
The Beautiful American was simply wonderful - a great story, well developed characters, masterful narration. I felt like the book had so many themes relevant to all: universal human imperfection, true love and friendship, war and betrayal, kindness and brutality. The story feels authentic, honest, believable, with a very satisfying ending. This one stands out. I was thoroughly engaged, and will be looking for more by Jeanne Mackin.
Mediocre bodice ripper/crime novel with great narration by Jill Tanner. After this, I am not interested in other books by Jennifer Donnelly.
This book is full of minute details I did not care about. I did not care about the characters, ether, and stopped listening after about 6 hours of boredom. I don't understand all the praise. All this is "filler"! Who cares about you buying pink matching robe and slippers! Who cares your husband left the lights on! Complete crap and will be promptly forgotten.
It was all down hill for me after Astrid confessed about killing her own baby. I did not understand how Veronika could be so accepting of infanticide and had not questioned this at all. After this point, I stopped liking the book, and became very uneasy. I kept thinking Astrid probably sped up her husband's death, or she was going to kill herself, or will kill Veronika with her bloody poisonous mushrooms. There was not enough "beef" in the book to justify this infanticide committed out of Astrid's own hatred. The rest of the book was sugary sweet and melodramatic. However, Linda Olsson's other audiobook - Memory of Love - is wonderful and highly recommended.
The quality of this recording is plainly poor. A different narration(or an ongoing conversation) is heard in the background for almost all of the first half of this book. It is very distracting and I almost stopped listening. The male narrator sounds like an old man, even when acting as the young artist Nicola. I really did not even like anyone in this book until introduction of the blind Eleonore. Terry Donnelly saved the day and I give this book 3 stars for performance, just because Terry is so great. Overall, a wasted credit.
At first, I had trouble "getting into" this book - a lot of foreign names to sort through. However, I kept listening and got completely engrossed in it. For sure, this is one of the greatest work of literature of our times, and I don't declare it lightly. What an amazing portrait of humanity with all its flaws, a slice of life painted with masterful strokes. The destinies of main characters - a widow, two taylors, and a college student intersect for a year.They become an unusual family of sorts, enjoying companionship, friendship and mutual support.
The book has a very sad ending. It is probably more true and realistic then the "good" endings I like to enjoy at the end of stories. Do not miss this novel, it is a true gem.
An absolutely wonderful and touching story! Daughters of the Witching Hill brought tears to my eyes...Terry Donnelly is great as always - she is one of my favorite narrators. It was fascinating for me to understand this piece of 17th century's English history and culture. I am amazed how these poor unfortunates were able make a living using divination, begging and fear. Not a good living, but a temporary reprieve from hunger and cruelty of the surrounding world. Robbed of comforting catholic rituals and left with no protection against the powerful, women of the Pendle Hill had to fill the void in their souls and bellies by something - so called witchcraft. Said and uplifting at the same time, "Daughters of the Witching Hill" is well worth your time.
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