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OJAI, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

  • 3 reviews
  • 21 ratings
  • 587 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015

  • Sweet Tooth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Winner of such prestigious honors as the Booker Prize and Whitbread Award, Ian McEwan is justifiably regarded as a modern master. Set in 1972, Sweet Tooth follows Cambridge student Serena Frome, whose intelligence and beauty land her a job with England's intelligence agency, MI5. In an attempt to monitor writers' politics, MI5 tasks Serena with infiltrating the literary circle of author Tom Healy. But soon matters of trust and identity subvert the operation.

    Susianna says: "Perfect Book for your Literary Sweet Tooth"
    "Stunningly fantastic!"

    Every moment of this book is an entirely pleasurable, satisfying and intelligent listen. It was such a quenching experience that it's hard to identify a comparison. From fascinating, complex characters to cold war spy intrigue to sexy swinging London, written in unrelenting gorgeous prose. This isn't a just good story, it's an AMAZING work of literature — and you, dear reader, are implicated in this tale!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • True Believers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated By Vanessa Hart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Karen Hollander is a celebrated attorney who recently removed herself from consideration for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Her reasons have their roots in 1968 - an episode she’s managed to keep secret for more than 40 years. Now, with the imminent publication of her memoir, she’s about to let the world in on that shocking secret - as soon as she can track down the answers to a few crucial last questions. A resonant coming-of-age story and a thrilling political mystery, True Believers is Kurt Andersen’s most ambitious novel to date, introducing a brilliant, funny, and irresistible new heroine to contemporary fiction.

    connie says: "very listenable political mystery/ romance"
    "Sensational, satisfying, and intelligent!!!"

    I read this book after finishing Ian McEwan's Sweet Tooth thinking nothing could equal the satisfaction of that intelligent and brilliant book about stories themselves. But True Believers met the match! Both books are rich with complex ideas to grapple with and the readers provide an even deeper level of satisfaction as they seem to perfectly inhabit the protagonist's voice. Being a 57-year-old, I remember the tensions and intrigues of the past with both fear and sentimentality, so these books had particular resonance and significance. Both books deliver all the pleasures of Ian Fleming's 007 while True Believers in particular offers deep reflections on the psyche of a generation. This is not just a GREAT book, but offers a valuable image to explain the American consciousness.

    Sweet Tooth and True Believers make a great double-billing with their similarity of content, although different in subject. A follow-up read of Sotomayor's "My Beloved World," makes for a trifecta!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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.

    Shelli Bell says: "What a waste"
    "Extraordinary and compelling story!"

    I can't remember the last time I read a story that I wished wouldn't end and that was SO pleasurable to "read." Perhaps it's been since The Time Travel's Wife. Not only is the story fascinating, but Bianca Amato exquisitely delivers Niffenegger's writing. The tale is a bit gothic, but wonderfully so, offering intriguing and psychologically curious characters. The tale is a simultaneity of the fantastic wrapped in the domestic. An odd and wonderful mix. It's been two days since I finished the book and still feel haunted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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