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Kathleen

Glorieta, NM, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Flora and Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Maureen Lee
    • Narrated By Nerys Hughes
    Overall
    (8)
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    (5)
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    (7)

    It's 1944 and Flora Knox is enjoying a beautiful spring morning in the Swiss mountains, waiting on a railway station platform for a train. As Flora watches, a cattle train draws closer to the station, pulling a fleet of slatted trucks behind. But the trucks don't contain animals. From within come the sounds of humans, groaning, pleading, on a desperate journey across the Swiss countryside.

    Kathleen says: "Maureen Lee does it again"
    "Maureen Lee does it again"
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    The best description I can give of this book, as with all Maureen Lee's books is that I am sad when I finish them. I get so caught up in the characters, that they become friends, and I hate to let them go. Ms. Hughes also does an excellent job with the narration. This book does not disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Pink Line

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Dina Silver
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden, Cristina Panfilio
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (153)

    Can the love of a lifetime be forever changed by one pink line? With heart, humor, and compassion, Dina Silver’s debut novel of love, loss, and family is certain to stir anyone who relishes a good laugh, can stand a good cry, and, above all, believes in the redemptive power of love. This unique, modern story gives listeners a dual perspective. Sydney, a sweet-tempered, strong-natured college senior, is young, in love with an exceptional man, and unexpectedly pregnant. Faced with a child she never planned for, she is forced to relay this news to her neurotic mother, relinquish her youth, and risk losing the love of her life. Then there’s Grace, her daughter, who believes she is a product of this great love, but grows to realize her existence is not what she assumed and is left with profound and puzzling questions about who she really is.

    Jessica says: "Sweet Surprise...Love this book"
    "Very Clever Story"
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    I really enjoyed this book, I thought the author was very clever in weaving the story lines together. It was also interesting to hear the story from two different points of view, the mother who decided to keep her child, and a child who later finds out that her "real" father is not her biological father. The dialogue was very real and made me laugh out loud many times. The narrators both did a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shoemaker's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Annabella Sciorra, Adriana Trigiani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (174)

    The majestic beauty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the 20th century is the setting of the first meeting of Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy. When Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished and sent to hide in America. Soon Enza's family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to go to America. Unbeknownst to each other, they both build fledgling lives in America. Ciro masters shoemaking and Enza takes a factory job until fate intervenes and reunites them. But it is too late....

    MEMcL says: "Why the change in narrator?"
    "Love her books!"
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    What other book might you compare The Shoemaker's Wife to and why?

    I thought this was the final book in the Valentine series, but it is not, it is a stand alone book.


    What does Annabella Sciorra and Adriana Trigiani bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    When I read the other reviews I learned that the narrator changed half way through the book. I agree with the person who said this was not a good change. By the time you hit that part of the book, it did not make sense to change narrators. While I love how Ms. Trigiani writes, I did not like her narration. She tried to put too much feeling into parts of it.


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    I love this author. I have read all her adult books and the character development is very good and the story line is excellent. My grandparents immigrated from Ireland, and it was intersting to listen to the discussion of the trip across the ocean and the experience at Ellis Island.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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