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  • Summer Crossing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
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    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    In late 2004, a trove of Truman Capote's abandoned papers went up for auction at Sotheby's. Included in the lot was the handwritten manuscript of Summer Crossing, a novel Capote began writing in 1943, and continued to tinker with on and off for a decade. Since the time of his death in 1984, Capote scholars and biographers had long believed this manuscript lost, never to be recovered. They were wrong.

    Marjorie says: "Summer doldrums"
    "Early Capote"
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    A coming of age story for a rich New York girl. Excellent descriptions. Short and sad. Published after Truman Capote's death.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Thor Knai
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    Overall
    (562)
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    (409)
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    (397)

    Captured on closed-circuit television: A man walks into an Oslo bank, puts a gun to a cashier’s head, and tells her to count to 25. When he doesn’t get his money fast enough, he pulls the trigger. The young woman dies—and two million Norwegian kroner disappear without a trace.

    Richard says: "What a difference a narrator makes"
    "Another Good Harry Hole Thriller"
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    This is Jo Nesbo's fourth book in a series involving detective Harry Hole, but the first of his books that was made into an audio book. The narrator was extremely hard to understand. I am glad that he did not narrate the first book of this series or I would not have continued with it. Harry Hole gets himself into some crazy situations but still manages to solve the crime and keep from getting killed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Edge of the Earth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Christina Schwarz
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton
    Overall
    (15)
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    (12)
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    (12)

    In 1898, a woman forsakes the comfort of home and family for a love that takes her to a remote lighthouse on the wild coast of California. What she finds at the edge of the earth, hidden between the sea and the fog, will change her life irrevocably. Trudy, who can argue Kant over dinner and play a respectable portion of Mozart's Serenade in G major, has been raised to marry her childhood friend and assume a life of bourgeois comfort in Milwaukee. She knows she should be pleased, but she's restless instead, yearning for something she lacks even the vocabulary to articulate.

    Donna says: "Surprise Ending"
    "Surprise Ending"
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    An abrupt, surprising ending to a book that started out slowly. The character development was terrific and the author was able to give sufficient descriptive information about the surroundings and the people without going overboard with the adjectives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Painted Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Cathy Marie Buchanan
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Julia Whelan, Danny Cambell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
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    (214)
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    (210)

    Paris, 1878: Following the death of their father from overwork, the three van Goethem sisters find their lives upended. Without their father’s wages, and with what little their mother earns as a laundress disappearing down the absinthe bottle, eviction from their single boarding room seems imminent. With few options for work available for a girl, bookish 14-year-old Marie and her younger sister Charlotte are dispatched to the Paris Opera, where for a scant seven francs a week, the girls will be trained to enter its famous ballet. Their older sister, stubborn and insolent 17-year-old Antoinette, finds herself launched into the orbit of Émile Zola....

    Tango says: "Great concept does not realize its full potential"
    "Sad Lives"
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    What a horrible time in history for women. Painful to read this historical fiction about the lives of the dancers and opera performers during the time Degas was painting them. This author easily transported me into the lives of three sisters struggling to succeed during the late1800's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Redbreast

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
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    Overall
    (1092)
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    (851)
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    (855)

    It is 1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century. In 1999, Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities....

    David says: "Bravura writing"
    "Continues to Excite"
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    As with all the other books in this Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo, this book was enthralling. Exciting from start to finish. Always hard to figure out who the bad guy will be. Love the Harry Hole character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Grace Blewer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
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    (36)
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    (35)

    Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is the story of Emily Shepard, a homeless teen living in an igloo made of ice and trash bags filled with frozen leaves. Half a year earlier, a nuclear plant in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom had experienced a cataclysmic meltdown, and both of Emily's parents were killed. Devastatingly, her father was in charge of the plant, and the meltdown may have been his fault. Was he drunk when it happened?

    Cecilia says: "Overall a good book, but poorly narrated"
    "Man writes as teenage girl."
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    How can an "older" man write like a teenage girl? Chris Bohjalian did a fantastic job of doing just that. I picked out this book because I have read many other books by Chris Bohjalian and have liked every one of them. This one was quite different from his other books and I wasn't sure I would like it in the beginning when it was in the voice of a teenage girl, with teen language. The character development was superb and heart-wrenching. Interesting that Bohjalian's daughter is the narrator for this audio-book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gioconda

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lucille Turner
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
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    (3)
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    (3)

    A novel of Leonardo da Vinci - visionary painter of the Mona Lisa, the smiling, enigmatic Gioconda. We know him as the Renaissance genius: inventor, scientist, artist. They knew him as Leonardo from Vinci: heretic, butcher, lunatic. A solitary child, Leonardo's only intimate is Lisa Gherardini, the girl who spies on him in his workshop. Spurned by his tutor, he is sent by his despairing father to Florence as an apprentice.

    Donna says: "The Original Renaissance Man"
    "The Original Renaissance Man"
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    An historical-fiction of the original Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci. Enjoyable novel with lots of interesting facts about "the genius" and events occurring during his lifetime. Leo's imagined involvement with Lisa Gioconda and his painting of the Mona Lisa was thought provoking; sending me to Google what else I could find out about Gioconda.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    (1707)
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    (742)
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    Barcelona, 1945: Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his 11th birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

    Katherine says: "Great With One Exception"
    "Intrigue, History and Love"
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    An interesting combination of history, intriguing mystery and multiple love stories surrounding a boys curiosity about a book he discovers. Lots of characters and events to remember. Enjoyable, but I haven't decided if I want to read any more of the series - Cemetery of Forgotten Books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Poe

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lynn Cullen
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    Inspired by literature's most haunting love triangle, award-winning author Lynn Cullen delivers a pitch-perfect rendering of Edgar Allan Poe, his mistress's tantalizing confession, and his wife's frightening obsession . . . in this "intelligent, sexy, and utterly addictive" (M. J. Rose) new masterpiece of historical fiction.

    Linda Lou says: "HATED IT!"
    "Mr. Poe"
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    Although this historical fiction book is titled, Mrs. Poe, it is really more about Mr. Poe, and his involvement with Mrs. Osgood, another poet. Somewhat tedious at time but still an interesting look at the period.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3498)
    Performance
    (1216)
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    (1220)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Inane"
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    After 12 chapters, I couldn't listen to any more of the inane conversations and details.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Testimony: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Anita Shreve
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff, Eve Bianco, Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (67)

    At a New England boarding school, a sex scandal is about to break. Even more shocking than the sexual acts themselves is the fact that they were caught on videotape. A Pandora's box of revelations, the tape triggers a chorus of voices - those of the men, women, teenagers, and parents involved in the scandal - that details the ways in which lives can be derailed or destroyed in one foolish moment.

    Julie Clarke says: "Good Story, Dizzy Narration"
    "Could Happen Anywhere"
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    A story that could happen in real life in any community, school or university with the same painful results. Sad, quick read with a predictable ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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