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  • Plain Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Christina Moore, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1189)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (430)

    The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life.

    Susan says: "Plain good!"
    "Plainly enjoyable"
    Overall

    Plain Truth is a lush, enjoyable book to listen to. I felt as if I truly were in Amish farm country the whole time. The characters are fully and believably drawn and the narrarators bring them to life in a vivid and interesting manor.

    I found only two negative points--and I wouldn't want anyone to not choose this book because of them. Still, the trial scenes were often repetitive, providing information we already knew, and the "stunning conclusion" seemed fairly obvious to me from mid-book on. Neither of these points were distracting enough to make me regret the selection, however.

    It was a good, long listen. Plain yet lush. I feel as if I've spent the week on an Amish farm visiting new people who have become good friends, and have had a wonderful time learning new customs and mulling over a laundry basket of fresh ideas.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Undomestic Goddess

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (775)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (282)

    Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She's made a mistake so huge, it'll wreck any chance of a partnership.

    Lori O'Lin says: "a dream.."
    "Takes quite a while to get to the good stuff..."
    Overall

    The first half was fairly obnoxious. I don't really know why I kept listening--but I'm glad I did, actually. The 2nd half, once Samantha began to get a little bit of control in her life, became quite enjoyable. If you can muddle through the long beginning, this book is certainly worth a listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2876)
    Performance
    (782)
    Story
    (787)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "This is a modern Hamlet"
    Overall

    Yes, the story is beautiful, but for everyone who is confused or distraught by the ending, this is a modern retelling of Shakespeare's Hamlet--a tragedy. If you know that, the ending should be no surprise. And the book follows the original play in a lovely, eerie, sweet retelling. I was 1/3 of the way into it before the whole Hamlet connection dawned on me. But sure enough, Edgar's uncle is Claude and his mom is Trudy. And that's so just the beginning. But the plot and characters really are beautifully interwoven; the background of the dog breeding farm is gorgeous.
    If you don't know Hamlet, just know that it's going to be a tragedy. If you do know the original play, then you're in for a true delight. The parallels and connections are fun and sometimes breathtaking. Enjoy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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