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Emily

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  • Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    • Narrated By Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (94)

    Using a travel guide format, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee acts as tour guide extraordinaire, describing and critiquing every aspect of this territory she knows so well: its people (young and old, male and female), familiar phrases ("purl this, darn that"), strange beliefs, currency (skein trading), etiquette, holidays (any sale day at the local yarn shop), and customs. She notes important dates in knitting history and celebrates unsung knitting heroes.

    Emily says: "a fun read"
    "a fun read"
    Overall

    This is an enjoyable and humorous book, but not an earth-shattering one. Stephanie's writing and narration are very approachable and comforting, making this an ideal book to knit along to. However, if you are a knitter, you won't likely be surprised by any of her jokes or conclusions. While I thought she relied a little too heavily and frequently on the humor behind the inevitable frenzy of a knitter at a half-price yarn sale, I was still genuinely able to enjoy the audiobook as a great companion to some great knitting on a rainy day.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Lace Reader

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Brunonia Barry
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (119)

    Towner Whitney, the self-confessed unreliable narrator of The Lace Reader, hails from a family of Salem women who can read the future in the patterns in lace, and who have guarded a history of secrets going back generations. But the disappearance of two women brings Towner home to Salem and the truth about the death of her twin sister to light.

    A User says: "Difficult but good"
    "enjoyable"
    Overall

    A compelling story with a good, surprising ending. The type of book that leaves you mulling it over in your head long after the narrative has ended.

    As a crafter, I chose this book because of its apparent topic of lace making. However, I found that the story doesn't particularly pertain to or revolve around the handcrafting, but rather uses the tradition and history of handmade lace as a rich background from which to draw parallels and metaphors. It's artfully done.

    The narrator of the audio version does a great job with the voices, including older women, cops, and adolescents. My one complaint: she doesn't pause enough between sentences or paragraphs, so it's a little difficult to find a good stopping point.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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