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  • Lake of Sorrows: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Erin Hart
    • Narrated By Jennifer McMahon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (66)

    American forensic pathologist Nora Gavin has been called to an archaeological site in the bleak midlands west of Dublin to assist at an excavation where a well-preserved Iron Age body has been found buried in a peat bog. How many hundreds or thousands of years ago was the man killed? Was his a ritual death, some kind of human sacrifice? These academic questions are intriguing, but of much more urgent interest is the second body found nearby, of a man wearing a wristwatch, hardly an Iron Age accessory.

    Kathy says: "Wonderful!!"
    "Disappointing near the end."
    Overall

    For the most part, I enjoyed this book. However, near the end, Nora becomes rather unbeliveably stupid.
    Note: this may be a spoiler - She wonders how the mute woman could communicate what she had seen. This happens shortly after we find that same woman had catagorized and filed all her father's years of research. Gee, she must be able to read and write. I really hate it when the protagonist, a highly educated woman in this case, is portrayed as ignorant. I was so put out, that I almost didn't finish the book. I'm all for characters who try to solve mysteries on their own, but most of the time, they are smart enough to report extreme incidents to the police. Nora doesn't. This spoiled the book for me.

    I was very impressed by the narrator who did an excellent job on this book. I would happily listen to her again.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3008)
    Performance
    (1192)
    Story
    (1192)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "delightful"
    Overall

    This was a very delightful book. The format is one you don't find very often and I thought it well written. Although the story dealt with the German occupation in WWII, it did not get bogged down in brutal details, but showed the better side of humanity for the most part. The ending, which you can see coming almost from the beginning, was somewhat of a disappointment. (Maybe because I read a lot of mystery and like to have the ending be a surprise.)
    The narration was excellent! If you want a light, enjoyable listen, this book is for you.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tananarive Due
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (532)

    Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood won the American Book Award and is praised as Stephen King's equal by Publishers Weekly. In The Good House, Due sets a story of ancient powers and modern retribution in a small Pacific Northwest town. When a young woman returns to her grandmother's empty mansion, she is pitted against demonic forces that have poisoned her family for generations.

    Rebecca says: "FABULOUS!"
    "mispronunciations"
    Overall

    I am not quite halfway through the book and am enjoying it very much. The narrator does a very good job with one exception. Local place names are consistently mispronounced. Longview happens to be my hometown so I am aware of the errors that others might not notice. Granted, Skamakowa is not the easiest name to figure out (ska-mock'-away) but I feel it is important for readers to do their research before reading. I have run across this same type of error in the past and find it distracts from the story. All that said, I will continue to listen and if the second half is as good as the first, I will also continue to enjoy this book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Fractured Mind: My Life with Multiple Personality Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert B. Oxnam
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (25)

    At the peak of his professional career, after having led the Asia Society for nearly a decade, Oxnam was haunted by periodic blackouts and episodic rages. After his family and friends intervened, Oxnam received help from a psychiatrist, Dr. Jeffery Smith, and entered a rehab center. It wasn't until 1990, during a session with Dr. Smith, that the first of Oxnam's 11 alternate personalities, an angry young boy named Tommy, suddenly emerged.

    Omar says: "A solid look at a rare disorder"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    I found this story to be fascinating. There is so much we don't know about the human mind. Unlike a previous reviewer,I thought the reader was perfect for this book, and I did not feel that Christianity was put down. The author found his spiritual support from other sources. I am not a "multiple" but was able to empathize with much of Mr. Oxnam's process of integration. Psychotherapy is hard work and he has stuck with it for many years. Kudos to Dr. Smith. I would definitely recommend this book to any who are interested in human nature and how we function.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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