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Hilary A Harston

North Andover, MA United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 4 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 152 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • How It All Began

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Penelope Lively
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (197)

    When Charlotte Rainsford, a retired schoolteacher, is accosted by a petty thief on a London street, the consequences ripple across the lives of acquaintances and strangers alike. A marriage unravels after an illicit love affair is revealed through an errant cell phone message; a posh yet financially strapped interior designer meets a business partner who might prove too good to be true.

    Molly-o says: "Wonderful and beautifully written"
    "Easy listeneing"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - I already recommended it as an interesting "slice of life" story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How It All Began?

    The parakeet's on Hampstead Heath - being described as "immigrants, like me" by the reading student.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I can't imagine having that much time!


    Any additional comments?

    Not deep and meaningful, but intriguing and very pleasant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Restless

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Rosamund Pike
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1101)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (271)

    It is the summer of 1976 in Oxfordshire, England, and someone is trying to kill Sally Gilmartin. The only person she can trust is her daughter, Ruth, a young single mother struggling with her own demons. Now Sally must tell her daughter the truth: She is actually Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigré recruited for the British Secret Service in 1939.

    Susianna says: "Favorite Book of 2007"
    "Great story but the ending didn't quite satisfy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A great story, beautifully read. The switching between the two plot lines worked very well. Engrossing. Somehow the ending wasn't quite dramatic enough. But I'd definitely look for other works by this author or this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9372)
    Performance
    (8586)
    Story
    (8598)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "It's a long listen, but worth every minute!"
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    Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. Long, involving plot with many well-drawn characters, each given a distinct and appropriate voice by the narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Boris is so wonderfully self-confident at every age.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Maybe the scenes at Hobie's house with Pippa.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Life and art are inseparable.


    Any additional comments?

    Say goodbye to your family and friends before you dive into this book because you won't be able to put it down. It moves from location to location, keeping you hooked every step of the journey that the painting takes. I have read that the author wanted to write a book set in The Netherlands. That section of the story was, I have to say, my least favorite. Mostly, it's set in New York, and in such detail that I feel like I've been there on vacation.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23443)
    Performance
    (10052)
    Story
    (10125)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Gripping all the way"
    Overall

    This fascinating mystery had me glued to my Ipod. The author painted a wonderful picture of Sweden in my mind (do they really drink so much coffee?!?) And the narrator did an excellent job. The parallel plots wove together to make an involved and satisfying story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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