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Jan Conroy

South Bay Reader

Los Gatos, CA USA | Listener Since 2007

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  • Let the Great World Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Richard Poe, Gerard Doyle, Carol Monda, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1208)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (548)

    A Pushcart Prize-winning author and contributor to the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, and GQ, Colum McCann is renowned for his carefully constructed character studies. No exception, Let the Great World Spin follows the fortunes of a menagerie of New Yorkers through a day in 1974 - the day of Philippe Petit's death defying tightrope walk between the newly built Twin Towers.

    Robert says: "An essential addition to your Audible library."
    "A wonderful look at the Big Apple"
    Overall

    I selected this book for my long-running ladies book club and we really enjoyed it. The writing is lovely and we all enjoyed how different aspects of the city were vividly portrayed by McCann's oh, so complex characters. I highly recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Loving Frank

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nancy Horan
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (260)

    I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current. So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them.

    Eva Gannon says: "Fascinating"
    "Personalized the life of the well known architect"
    Overall

    DO Not Google FLW! It will spoil the ending!

    Other than having seen some of his work, I knew nothing about FLW. This story is interesting both to learn more about this giant in American architecture, but even more so to get a true picture of an educated woman's struggle in the early 1900's to be with the man she loves while remaining a mother to her children, not alienating her friends and somehow patching relations with her long-suffering sister. No easy task.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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