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  • The Burgess Boys: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (503)

    Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan - the Burgess sibling who stayed behind - urgently calls them home.

    Susianna says: "Some Secrets Shouldn't be Kept"
    "Lives up to critics' reviews and my expectations"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I recommended it to my book club. The characters could be people I know. The novel deals with contemporary problems and attitudes--unemployed and impressionable youth, immigration, unresolved family issues, arrogant and arriviste urban dwellers.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Burgess Boys?

    The surprising resolution of the court case. Also Jim's fall from grace due to hubris.


    What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She portrayed the Maine accent very well, and that of the immigrants. She made Jim's wife, Helen, even more aggravating.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I sympathized with the plight of the Somali immigrants, the loneliness experienced when there is disruption in supportive "family" connections.


    Any additional comments?

    I was angered by Jim's disdain for his brother and sister. Of course the boys were the focus of the novel, but I wish the character of the sister had been developed more fully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1628)
    Performance
    (1419)
    Story
    (1434)

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    mj says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "Fiction--but fine writing & a learning experience"
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    What did you love best about Flight Behavior?

    As the main character learns about the butterflies, she discovers herself.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I was raised in the north so I'd like to have seen a more realistic approach to dressing for the weather, tromping around in cold and snow.


    What does Barbara Kingsolver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kingsolver has such a sense of place. She knows the lives, the social problems and the strengths of the people of Appalachia. Since she herself reads the work, she does the local accents so well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Taking wing


    Any additional comments?

    I agree with critics who have called the work a bit preachy on environmental/ecology/education issues, but it is still a wonderful read, and I cared about the main characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (833)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (614)

    Set in the context of Victorian social and medical debate, this novel is about rebellion, posing fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. This revised edition draws on recent theoretical work on gender and class.

    Sally says: "Delightful"
    "Reads like a Jane Austen novel--with trains."
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    Where does North and South rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd rank this novel in the top ten. I'll be looking for other books by the author.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I admired Margaret although her reticence and scruples made her slow to express her feelings.


    Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I recall, but her voice and delivery suited the text, and the characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A sensitive and intelligent woman lives the changes brought about by England's move into the industrial age.


    Any additional comments?

    I just "cheated" by reading an online biography of Gaskell. I'm astounded that I had never heard of this prolific Victorian writer--admired by Dickens and by critics then and now. Her descriptions are beautiful, and her characters "real." She wrote "Cranford" which was made into a BBC series with Judy Dench.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brooklyn: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Colm Tóibín
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (111)

    It is Enniscorthy in the southeast of Ireland in the early 1950s. Eilis Lacey is one among many of her generation who cannot find work at home. Thus when a job is offered in America, it is clear to everyone that she must go. Eilis heads for unfamiliar Brooklyn to a crowded boarding house. Slowly, the pain of parting is buried beneath the rhythms of her new life - until she begins to realize that she has found a sort of happiness.

    A. Cohen says: "Maturing in Brooklyn"
    "Low key but lovely Irish immigrant story"
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    What does Kirsten Potter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    My son recommended I get this as an audio book in order to enjoy the Irish accents. We had each spent time in Ireland.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a page turner, but you care about the interior dialogue of a character who makes life changing decisions--not necessarily because she wants to, but simply because she must. .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Moonstone

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (291)

    No, the "Moonstone" isn't a celestial relic, it's a gigantic yellow diamond of unearthly beauty that was given to Rachel Verinder as a present on her 18th birthday - and stolen that very night! Betteredge, one of the most beloved butlers in English literature, is the focus of this seminal detective novel, which examines how one family's life is turned upside-down by the theft. And find out why the answers to all of life's problems can be found in the pages of Robinson Crusoe.

    Catherine says: "One of the best readings ever"
    "A classic somewhat obscured by the narration."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I know it's a classic but unfortunately I found the authentic British accent of the narrator rather heavy, interfering with my enjoyment of the reading. Usually I do not object to accents--loved Life of Pi and am a fan of Downton Abbey, but this reading obscured the text.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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