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  • The Irresistible Henry House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lisa Grunwald
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (134)

    It is the middle of the 20th century, and in a home economics program at a prominent university, real babies are being used to teach mothering skills to young women. For a young man raised in these unlikely circumstances, finding real love and learning to trust will prove to be the work of a lifetime. In this captivating novel, bestselling author Lisa Grunwald gives us the sweeping tale of an irresistible hero and the many women who love him.

    A User says: "Well worth your time and credit"
    "Baby Voices with Grown-Up Gender Politics"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the first few chapters of this book, and I admired Oliver Wyman's narration, which gave a documentary-like feel to the story. But I started to lose heart when young Henry and young Mary Jane started to talk: maybe there's not much a narrator can do with little kid voices. But I just don't buy the weird love triangle that Grunwald set up; it felt like a plot device. The children felt too much like stereotypical grown-ups: detached boy, lovesick girl. In a novel about the ways that theories of children get in the way of how we experience children, I found this to be particularly disturbing, and I lost my trust in the author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Truth and Consequences: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Alison Lurie
    • Narrated By Jamie Heinlein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (2)

    Truth and Consequences is a comedy about love and its disguises, and about identity and change, about the small disasters and sudden attractions that can turn even the most stable relationship upside down. Alison Lurie's latest novel suggests that a minor illness can cause major trouble. But it can also, with luck, determination, and the right sort of help, free both caregivers and caregetters to become more interesting, braver, and more passionate than they were before.

    Juli says: "Monotonous reading"
    "Monotonous reading"
    Overall

    I want to enjoy the novel more, but the narration is ruining it for me. I may actually stop listening and go check this book out of the library so I can read the rest without having it delivered to me in Jamie Heinlein's relentless monotone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Garden: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (679)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (414)

    Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard: the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father fails ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters

    Alysa says: "Gut wrenching....but well done."
    "Foreshadowing with a Capital F"
    Overall

    I wanted to enjoy this book, but it I was frustrated by the wooden characterization and the slow pace. More frustrating was the fact that the story seems to hinge on certain realizations that I could see coming almost from the first chapter.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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