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kathy

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  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2825)
    Performance
    (2480)
    Story
    (2501)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "better than reviews"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Casual Vacancy the most enjoyable?

    I had seen JK Rowling interview on The Daily Show, where I was reminded of her years spent living in a housing project like The Fields.


    What other book might you compare The Casual Vacancy to and why?

    her characters seem a throwback to Jane Austen's. I suppose I was reminded of Persuasion, only without the happy ending. I cried at the end, just like JK Rowling said that I should.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2427)
    Performance
    (2184)
    Story
    (2170)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "Unexpectedly Delightful."
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    What did you love best about Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore?

    After slogging through several non-fiction books dealing with war, torture, and the like, I was relieved to find this light-hearted book that combines a mystery/puzzler sort of book that combines history, computers, friendship and, of course, books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore?

    The solving of the puzzle, of course.


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

    A credible job doing the numerous voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this book over three days, including stretches on the treadmill and during lunch at my desk.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder at the Lanterne Rouge: An Aimee Leduc Investigation, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Cara Black
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Aimée Leduc is happy her long-time business partner René has found a girlfriend. Really, she is. It’s not her fault if she can’t suppress her doubts about the relationship; René is moving way too fast, and Aimée’s instincts tell her Meizi, this supposed love of René’s life, isn’t trustworthy. And her misgivings may not be far off the mark: Meizi disappears during a Chinatown dinner to take a phone call and never comes back to the restaurant. Minutes later, the body of a young man, a science prodigy and volunteer at the nearby Musée, is found shrink-wrapped in an alleyway....

    kathy says: "Best Installment So Far!"
    "Best Installment So Far!"
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    What did you love best about Murder at the Lanterne Rouge?

    The subplot about the 14th century glass-making guilds was fascinating. I appreciate the background research that the author puts into her work.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The mystery mother finally speaks! Cannot wait to see if she pops up in the next book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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