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Michelle Lodge

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Georgia | Member Since 2011

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  • The Cutting Season: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Attica Locke
    • Narrated By Quincy Tyler Bernstine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (221)

    Caren Gray manages Belle Vie, a sprawling antebellum plantation that sits between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where the past and the present coexist uneasily. The estate's owners have turned the place into an eerie tourist attraction, complete with full-dress re-enactments and carefully restored slave quarters. Outside the gates, a corporation with ambitious plans has been busy snapping up land from struggling families who have been growing sugar cane for generations, and now replacing local employees with illegal laborers. Tensions mount when the body of a female migrant worker is found in a shallow grave on the edge of the property.

    C. Telfair says: "Mystery + Atmosphere = A Definite Winner!"
    "Great Listen"
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    If you could sum up The Cutting Season in three words, what would they be?

    Authenic, gripping, well performed.


    Any additional comments?

    The story begins a little slow, but the listener is well rewarded for sticking with the story. One of the best audio books that I have listened to this year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2439)
    Performance
    (1536)
    Story
    (1530)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "Great story"
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    What did you love best about The House at Riverton?

    Loved everything about this story. One of the best listens of the year.


    What other book might you compare The House at Riverton to and why?

    It is in some ways identical to the television show, "Downton Abbey."


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    Overall
    (1356)
    Performance
    (1221)
    Story
    (1214)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Great Listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Good House the most enjoyable?

    The main character was amazingly funny, and so real. The story catches the reader from the beginning, and stays that way through out the story. I especially enjoyed the reader. She brought the story to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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