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  • Blue Nights

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (115)

    From one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter. Richly textured with bits of her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion examines her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness, and growing old.

    Doggy Bird says: "Extremely moving memoir, well-narrated"
    "Disappointing."
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    What disappointed you about Blue Nights?

    The extreme emphasis on celebrity name-dropping, place name-dropping, and privilege. It seems the real story is short and sad, and that the stage-setting and background was about the wealthy environment Quintana had grown up in. It felt shallow.


    Has Blue Nights turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will review my choices more carefully.


    Have you listened to any of Kimberly Farr???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NA


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I came to this book with high expectations because I enjoyed A Year of Magical Thinking. I have read and enjoyed almost everything else that Joan Didion has written, and will try to not let this experience influence future choices.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1318)
    Performance
    (1160)
    Story
    (1149)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "Disappointing!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A first-time Louise Penny reader might enjoy this book, but because I have loved the character depth and the community and the very real human interactions and relationships, I found this lacking.

    The plot was thin, the characters uninteresting, and the ending betrayed the relationship Penny has developed and nurtured between Armand Gamache and Jean-Pierre.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Louise Penny again?

    Of course! One disappointment from eight is nothing.


    Have you listened to any of Ralph Cosham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Ralph Cosham is a master in capturing these novels.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I hope to see a return to Three Pines, but recognize she may have run her course with that quirky town and its mix of complex characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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