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Bruce Singleton

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  • Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (893)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (245)

    When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt; they only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers - with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another.

    A User says: "What a waste"
    "Niffenegger writes such delicious prose"
    Overall

    Some books we read for suspense; others, for the warm and fuzzy satisfaction of finding a story and suspending reality with it for a while. Her Fearful Symmetry never says it takes its title from the William Blake poem, "Tyger,Tyger" wherein he poses the question, "What immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?" Like the tiger, we know better than to trust Audrey with our hearts, but the deliciousness of her words beckons, seduces, and satisfies. I do not care that the plot is sometimes predictable because I can still feel the resonance of the language with which she describes her world. Bianca Amato's brilliant voice characterization made the transformation complete. If you choose to read with your eyes, rather than your ears, remember to have the little voice in your head pronounce "cemetary" so that it sounds like "symmetry," and the richness of the read will be greatly enhanced.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Experiment

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John Darnton
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    For thirty years, a colony with its own laws, values, and living systems has been growing. Covertly supplied with cutting-edge medical technology, its leaders have carefully monitored their human trials and concealed the inhabitants from the outside world. Now one of those inhabitants has escaped...

    A User says: "A very good book"
    "Did the movie"
    Overall

    When I saw the previews for the new movie. "The Island," I thought it was based on this book. Enough said or I'll ruin a good read. (By the way, the movie is not based on this book. It might be better if it were.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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