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Loree Harrell

The Mirror Project, The Environs, Woodstain and Ink, jewelry from all of the above... and I run a hotel in my spare time.

The beautiful Columbia Gorge, Oregon | Member Since 2010

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  • The Day the Falls Stood Still: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Cathy Marie Buchanan
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    1915. The dawn of the hydroelectric power era in Niagara Falls. Seventeen-year-old Bess Heath has led a sheltered existence as the youngest daughter of the director of the Niagara Power Company. After graduation day at her boarding school, she is impatient to return to her picturesque family home near Niagara Falls. But when she arrives, nothing is as she had left it.

    Loree Harrell says: "Loved this book (and even learned something new!)"
    "Loved this book (and even learned something new!)"
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    Thoroughly enjoyed this book - the writing was graceful and narration excellent. I'm not generally a fan of historical fiction, but delighted to make this exception - the ordinary view of an extraordinary life and time was much appreciated, and even spurred a bit of historical and geographical research.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1505)
    Performance
    (1215)
    Story
    (1207)

    Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest. But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls.

    Cheryl says: "Hold on to your seat!!!"
    "Write faster!"
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    Having slogged through two mediocre (I'm being kind) and one okay book recently, it was a breath of pristine autumn air to be in McKinty's lush and highly competent storytelling again. I had listened to the three Sean McDuffy books in a row, and was so thoroughly delighted that I was attempting to ration his other books. I'm over that - I'll be enjoying a McKinty marathon for the next couple weeks, and then I'll be coming back for reruns.

    Excellent story, excellent writing, and Gerard Doyle is a superb narrator. My only puzzle is how Dermott McCann had dinner with President Obama in this book after being pretty thoroughly deaded at the hand of Sean McDuffy in the 80s. However, my suspicion is that's a McKinty wink and nod to see if we're paying attention, or just to mess with us. He is good enough for me to be absolutely certain it's fully intentional.

    Can't recommend the four McKinty's I've read highly enough. Off to "Dead I Well May Be"...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1831)
    Performance
    (1631)
    Story
    (1641)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sara says: "Love, Strength & Survival"
    "Absolutely Impeccable"
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    I did not expect to love this book, but it trampled all over that expectation. Excellent story beautifully written, and while George is already my favorite male narrator, Suzanne is now my favorite female narrator.

    Beautiful job of illustrating the horrors of that time on a personal and individual scale, and showing the strength we have as humans to continue living through that which is utterly impossible.

    Recommend with my whole heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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