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Paul

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  • 316 titles in library
  • 68 purchased in 2015
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  • The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Davina Porter
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (116)

    Susanna Clarke returns with an enchanting collection brimming with all the ingredients of good fairy tales: petulant princesses; vengeful owls; ladies who pass their time by embroidering terrible fates; endless paths in the deep, dark woods; and houses that never appear the same way twice.

    M. Morgan says: "21st century 19th century lit"
    "Charming, Magical, Literate"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed the author's novel "Jonathan Strange." These stories have many of the same charming features, but with more of an emphasis on women's magic, and Jonathan Strange meets his match at one point. There's nothing quite like this author's style and imagination; it is unique.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (7357)
    Performance
    (6157)
    Story
    (6184)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Charles says: "Dark Places Indeed..."
    "Great audio perfo, interesting plot, good writing."
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    This novel is not for everyone. You have to be drawn to "dark places."

    One of my favorite types of narration is first person. If done well, with a character who has an interesting psychology, it is fantastic. If done poorly it is horrible. In this story the author did a good job telling the tale from the point of view of the narrator.

    Occasionally there is a flash back to someone else's point of view. But we always return to the central narrator, the survivor of a multiple murder scene

    In addition to having suspenseful twisty plot, the psychology of the central characters is probed very insightfully

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Veronica

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mary Gaitskill
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    As a teenager on the streets of San Francisco, Alison is discovered by a photographer and swept into the world of fashion-modeling in Paris and Rome. When her career crashes and a love affair ends disastrously, she moves to New York City to build a new life. There she meets Veronica: an older wisecracking eccentric with her own ideas about style, a proofreader who comes to work with a personal "office kit" and a plaque that reads "Still Anal After All These Years".

    Paul says: "I Want to Listen to This Again"
    "I Want to Listen to This Again"
    Overall

    This is a beautifully written book with a circular structure. Things are revealed gradually. No words are wasted or random. Some sentences are exquisitely beautiful. It evokes emotions and sometimes painful confrontations with the truth of oneself. It is not a beach read. Not that it is a difficult book. But it has meat to it. It's not cotton candy for the mind. Worth rereading a couple of times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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