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Christine

Kingfisher, OK, USA

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  • Second Glance

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (896)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (328)

    An intricate tale of love, haunting memories, and renewal, Second Glance begins in current-day Vermont, where an old man puts a piece of land up for sale and unintentionally raises protest from the local Abenaki Indian tribe, who insist it's a burial ground. When odd, supernatural events plague the town of Comtosook, a ghost hunter is hired by the developer to help convince the residents that there's nothing spiritual about the property.

    Ella says: "Not up to par"
    "Best Picoult Yet"
    Overall

    Jodi Picoult always delights with densely constructed plots that pack a final ending punch, but Second Glance was as finely layered as an onion. No matter how many intertwining layers of storyline the listener peels away, more await beneath until the final surprise. The reader was not one of my favorites, but I did not find him as distracting as did some of the other reviewers here, and whatever flaws he might have were easily compensated for by this wonderful story.

    The only reason why I still prefer Picoult's work in written form is that you miss the opportunity once the final plot is revealed to flip back through and revisit key pieces of the intricate story from the perspective of your newfound knowledge of how it all really fits together. But that drawback could also be a plus, because it means a total relisten will be just that much more interesting.

    If you're teetering on the edge of buying this one, you won't regret taking the plunge.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Duet

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kimberley Freeman
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (246)

    From the London pop scene, to the opera stages of Europe; from a tiny Greek island, to a stifling manor house full of secrets and deceptions; from the sun-drenched Queensland coast, to the silent outback; Angela and Ellie are two women both looking for something. One in search of her identity and her memory; the other in search of the love that she had and lost; theirs is a duet whose last note will not be sung until the heart-stopping climax, when a shadow from the past returns to claim them both.

    A User says: "Gosh that was a great story!"
    "Awesome Narrator Makes Good Book Better"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book, but I think writers who compared it to Shifting Fog or Forgotten Garden were influenced more by Caroline Lee's wonderful narration than the quality of the writing. This is a book I would certainly recommend, but I don't think the writing can match the lyrical style with which Kate Morton spins her intoxicatingly suspenseful tales. You'll enjoy it more if you let it stand on its own merits, rather than expecting to find another unforgettable Kate Morton novel.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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