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Maureen

East Haddam , CT, USA

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  • Alias Grace

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (86)

    In the astonishing work by the author of the best sellers The Robber Bride and The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood takes listeners back in time and into the life and mind of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the 19th century.

    Michelle says: "Incredible!"
    "Spellbinding"
    Overall

    Margaret Atwood is always great and this book is characteristic of her sensuously detailed style. Complex and ambiguous, but not confusing, "Alias Grace" intrigues until its disappointing, too neat, ending. Where is Atwood's ambiguity when it counts the most? The narrator was fantastic, giving each character a different voice. I was expecialy delighted with her rendition of Grace's subtle Irish brogue. The only other disappointment was that this book is abridged. Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (2610)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (359)

    Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

    France says: "Secret Life of Bees"
    "Enchanting"
    Overall

    I was a bit leery of getting a New York Times bestseller--afraid of commercial rather than literary fiction--but this novel is both--well written + great plot. The narrator is quite talented and rarely strays from the character she is portraying; the story is engaging and nicely uplifting without being sappy. Definitely a good audio pick!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Drowning Ruth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Christina Schwarz
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (161)

    Deftly written and emotionally powerful, Drowning Ruth is a stunning portrait of the ties that bind sisters together and the forces that tear them apart, of the dangers of keeping secrets and the explosive repercussions when they are exposed. A mesmerizing and achingly beautiful debut.

    Steven says: "Drowning Ruth"
    "Intriguing"
    Overall

    I bought this books based on the listeners' favorable reviews and was not disappointed. The author's strengths are characterization and the slow revelation of complications to the plot. I kept drawing different conclusions before the truth was revealed near the end--and although none of my conclusions were correct, I did not feel tricked by the author, not did the ending seemed contrived. At first, I did not like the narrator's voice, but it grew on me and in retrospect, I believe it was an appropriate choice. I was pleasantly surprised that the ending was not a neat, unrealistically happy one. Highly recommend--it will keep you engaged.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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