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Ginette

Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada | Member Since 2009

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  • Lost in the Forest

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sue Miller
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Eva, a divorced and happily remarried mother of three, runs a small bookstore in a town north of San Francisco. When her second husband, John, is killed in a car accident, her family's fragile peace is once again overtaken by loss.

    Beth says: "Captivating & Entertaining"
    "Great portrait of contemporary life in America"
    Overall

    Another great book by Sue Miller. I had read the paper version of this book a few years ago and by mistake I read it again in audio format.. but it was just as enjoyable the second time. Everything is not black or white in Sue Miller's view. This book eloquently portrays the trials and tribulations of modern family life where couples seldom last forever and how this affects the children when parents split or if a parent dies. This novel relates how the middle child in this family is affected by the loss of her stepfather and how she is running towards disaster as another man undertakes to do her sentimental education so to speak. The tone in Sue Miller is never moralizing and always the author examines situations in the most subtile way that makes you think and reflect at what is going on. Very interesting and thought provoking book - no clichés and no fairy tale!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Female of the Species

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    World-famous anthropologist Gray Kaiser has almost everything. She is brilliance, self-sufficient, and beautiful. But at 59, one thing is still missing from her life. She has never been in love. Her assistant Errol McEchern has loved her for many years, but she doesn't know.

    Ginette says: "unusual subject.. yet interesting"
    "unusual subject.. yet interesting"
    Overall

    While this is totally different from Lionel Shriver's other books that I have read (We need to talk about Kevin, The Post-Birthday World), it is indeed an interesting read. It's a great story about undying friendship - Errol's unrequited love for Gray. But it's also a woman's life story, that of a respected woman, a scholar, who devoted her entire life to her career and never strayed off course except much later in life when she falls for a younger man. It's sad to see how for the love of this man, Gray will cast aside everything which was important for her in her life.. sad to see an aging person stoop so low but Lionel Shriver is decidedly a keen observer of human nature. The proof lies in the diversity of her characters and stories. Of course she writes very well, can spin a tale and the interest of the reader never wavers!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lake Shore Limited

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sue Miller
    • Narrated By Sue Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Four unforgettable characters beckon you into this spellbinding new novel from Sue Miller. First among them is Wilhelmina Billy Gertz, small as a child, fiercely independent, powerfully committed to her work as a playwright. The story itself centers on The Lake Shore Limited, a play Billy has written about an imagined terrorist bombing of that train as it pulls into Union Station in Chicago, and about a man waiting to hear the fate of his estranged wife.

    Susan D says: "Far better than a previous reviewer thought"
    "Sue Miller did it again!"
    Overall

    I just finished listening to this novel by Sue Miller. I had read some disappointing reviews and was a little hesitant at starting it but I wasn't disappointed. Sue Miller does a great job at reading the novel herself as is often the case for her novels with Audible. I am a fan of Sue Miller and find that every novel that I have read from her so far captures my interest and there is always a new twist on things. This one reads like a mise en abyme where the the central character Billie is a playwright who authored a play inspired by 9-11. Her characters who share a voice in the different chapters include the main actor in the play, Billie herself, her life prior to 9-11 and the lover she lost in that tragedy as well as the family she had then. I highly recommend it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Senator's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sue Miller
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (20)

    Meri is newly married, pregnant, and standing on the cusp of her life as a wife and mother, recognizing with some terror the gap between reality and expectation. Delia Naughton, wife of the two-term liberal senator Tom Naughton, is Meri's new neighbor in the adjacent New England town house. Delia's husband's chronic infidelity has been an open secret in Washington circles, but despite the complexity of their relationship, the bond between them remains strong.

    glamazon says: "Daring and Inspiring"
    "Sue Miller captivates again!"
    Overall

    I think I have read almost every book Sue Miller has written and she has done it again. Found a way to spin yet another story that is totally different from the others. Her knowledge of the feminine human heart is incredible and she portrays well the intricacies of relationships between men and women. I particularly liked the way she illustrated - diary style - a lifetime relationship between Tom, the senator, and his wife Delia seen through the eyes of Meri, their young neighbor and how Delia herself got to learn about a similar relationship to hers and Tom, that of Anne Apthorp through letters found after Anne's death. Couples' lives are much more than what you see from the surface. Great narration also on this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of My Father

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Sue Miller
    • Narrated By Sue Miller
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In the fall of 1988, Sue Miller found herself caring for her father as he slipped into the grasp of Alzheimer's disease. She was, she claims, perhaps the least constitutionally suited of all her siblings to be in the role in which she suddenly found herself, and grapples with the haunting memories of those final months and the larger narrative of her father's life.

    Carolyn says: "Excellent book-beautifully written"
    "not a novel but an autobiographical essay"
    Overall

    I am a great fan of Sue Miller and was surprised this wasn't a novel but an autobiographical essay. This is the story of her father, a scholar, who's a victim of Alzheimer's disease. She chronicles the onset of the disease, how she and her siblings noticed her father's deterioriration and how they all coped with it. Sue Miller is the narrator in this case and it adds to the quality of the reading. Very moving and insightful, at times funny but most often very moving. A great book to help understand this terrible disease and to help you cope if you have it in your family. Addresses guilt issues, feelings of loss, etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Indignation

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    It is 1951 in America, the second year of the Korean War. Marcus Messner of Newark, New Jersey, is beginning his sophomore year at the pastoral, conservative Winesburg College in Ohio. Why is he here? Because his father, a hard-working neighborhood butcher, seems to have gone mad.

    JOHN says: "Brilliant"
    "interesting albeit a bit lecturing!"
    Overall

    Interesting book, yet I was glad when it was finished (only 5 hours). I didn't much like the voice of the narrator - it was indignant in fact! (Dick something)- too expressive! and sententious! I usually love Philip Roth's writing but this was different but not necessarily in a bad way!Some parts were too long and too lecturing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Too Much Happiness: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Alice Munro
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr, Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (47)

    In the long title story, we accompany Sophia Kovalevsky - a late-19th-century Russian émigré and mathematician - on a winter journey that takes her from the Riviera, where she visits her lover, to Paris, Germany, and Denmark, where she has a fateful meeting with a local doctor, and finally to Sweden, where she teaches at the only university in Europe willing to employ a female mathematician.

    Ginette says: "Alice Munro is a must!!"
    "Alice Munro is a must!!"
    Overall

    I just loved all of the short stories featured in this book. Every single one of them was entrancing, interesting and plunged the reader in a different universe each time! I listen to audio books while I walk in the forest or in my neighborhood and Alice Munro kept me company for weeks on end!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Post-Birthday World

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby Sirois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Children's book illustrator Irina McGovern enjoys a quiet and settled life in London with her partner, fellow American expatriate Lawrence Trainer, a smart, loyal, disciplined intellectual at a prestigious think tank. To their small circle of friends, their relationship is rock solid, until the night Irina unaccountably finds herself dying to kiss another man: their old friend from South London, the stylish, extravagant, passionate top-ranking snooker player Ramsey Acton.

    Susan D says: "A terrific examinination of relationships"
    "best book I've read in years!"
    Overall

    I just love Lionel Shriver. A few years ago I had read We need to talk about Kevin. This latest book didn't disappoint me in the least. I thought the concept highly original - the parallel stories about Irina's life had she succombed to the temptation and her life if she had been faithful to her chosen life, her husband. The book was funny, I found myself laughing out loud; it was analytical, very realistic and true to life I felt. It was sexy yet it wasn't superficial - a reflexion on married life, love, etc. A great book. Un coup de coeur as they say in French! I highly recommend it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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