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  • The Barbarian Nurseries

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Héctor Tobar
    • Narrated By Frankie J. Alvarez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (124)

    With The Barbarian Nurseries, Héctor Tobar gives our most misunderstood metropolis its great contemporary novel, taking us beyond the glimmer of Hollywood and deeper than camera-ready crime stories to reveal Southern California life as it really is, across its vast, sunshiny sprawl of classes, languages, dreams, and ambitions.

    David says: "A modern classic for 21st century Los Angeles"
    "Riveting Book--fantastic story!"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Barbarian Nurseries?

    I loved the moments when Maureen, Scott and Araceli can see the mistakes they have made and instead of becoming more intractable and entrenched in their personal narrative, grow in understanding.


    What about Frankie J. Alvarez’s performance did you like?

    He has a fresh voice that is not overwrought or overly dramatic. Sometimes the narrator can take away from the book by being too obviously. Frankie let the story be the star, while portraying the thoughts and insights of each of the characters.


    If you could take any character from The Barbarian Nurseries out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Maureen. She was like a million women I know and wouldn't necessarily warm to. I find her self-containment and love for perfection exhausting and thought she was the most interesting character.


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  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3997)
    Performance
    (3410)
    Story
    (3404)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "Amazing novel about the power of denial"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to any friend who reads. It's a gripping tale of the investigation and trial of the suspected murderer of Ben Rifkin, DA Andy Barber's own son, 14 year old Jacob Barber is the prime suspect. The novel talks about Andy's removal from the case, the isolation of his family, the trial, and the aftermath. Much of the last few chapters roll over the reader like waves. But the genius of the nuanced, intricately written account is not about the trial scenes, but rather more about what happens to a family, to parental love and knowing, to the relationship between two parents who have raised a young man that they thought was one type of kid, and is shockingly revealed to potentially be someone they never really understood or knew.Andy Barber can't conceive of a world in which his son has committed murder and as a lawyer, easily dismisses any evidence to the contrary. His wife, Laurie, slowly descends into a world in which she can imagine such a thing taking place. Whether or not Jacob did kill Ben, the changes in the family dynamic and relationships is a glacial melt. You can't see it on the outside, but inside it is becoming weaker and weaker until it finally collapses.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Andy Barber was my favorite character. He was to unendingly practical and so completely blind to his son's faults, it's astonishing as well as incredibly frustrating. He looks so closely, he can't "see" what he's looking at.


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  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6842)
    Performance
    (4814)
    Story
    (4803)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Gripping Book --couldn't stop listening!"
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    Where does The Kitchen House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorite audiobooks ever. It's a gripping story about an Irish orphan who ends up in indentured servitude at a plantation down South.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kitchen House?

    Kitchen House presents an unvarnished tale of life in the antebellum south. While placed in carefully researched history, the well-drawn characters seem to come to life.The author so cleverly evokes the story's time and place, that you almost feel present as the tale unfolds. The story itself compels you to keep reading and not want the story to end. It is impossible not to be permanently touched by this novel. I could not put this book down! Encore!


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