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  • 4 reviews
  • 74 ratings
  • 645 titles in library
  • 41 purchased in 2015

  • Rules of Civility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    Emily - Audible says: "Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats"
    "Hated to Reach the End"
    If you could sum up Rules of Civility in three words, what would they be?

    Beautifully crafted novel

    What other book might you compare Rules of Civility to and why?

    Perhaps reminicient of

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening scene gallery walk-through set the story's tone to perfection.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Late in the book conversation with Katie's boss.

    Any additional comments?

    The author provides constant surprises--yet after consideration--absolutely appropriate conversations and outcomes.Do not read this book too quickly! Force yourself to read a chapter, appreciate the vocabulary, characters and actions before you continue. I wish I had received this advice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Dials: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Page

    In the first gray of a mid-September morning, Thomas Pitt, mainstay of Her Majesty's Special Branch, is summoned to Connaught Square mansion where the body of a junior diplomat lies huddled in a wheelbarrow. Nearby stands the tenant of the house, the beautiful and notorious Egyptian woman Ayesha Zakhari, who falls under the shadow of suspicion.

    MRC says: "Good -- as usual"
    "Good -- as usual"

    But did not care for the abrupt ending. I would have preferred a chapters or two closing but that -- given the series nature of the Pitt stories detract overmuch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "an hitorical novel lived"
    What did you love best about Edge of Eternity?

    At the age of 71, I recall most of the historical moments and found myself welling up with tears as I relived the emotional periods: the assassinations,the basttles fought, the elections, the days Berlin wall went up & came down, and Obama assumed office.

    What other book might you compare Edge of Eternity to and why?

    Follett's series has carried me along

    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    George Jakes, I admired his characther throughout, sexist though he was--he changed as he matured.

    If you could rename Edge of Eternity, what would you call it?

    --title prefect:)

    Any additional comments?

    Thought I disagree with his one-sided view of the Vietnam conflict and its outcome, and though the times are necissarily compressed and his characters somewhat predictable, Ken Follett has created an historical fiction of depth & breadth worth reading.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Identical

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Identical, based loosely on the myth of Castor and Pollux, is the story of identical twins, Paul and Cass Giannis, and the complex relationships between their family and their former neighbors, the Kronons. The audiobook focuses principally on events in 2008, when Paul is a candidate for Mayor of Kindle County, and Cass is released from the penitentiary, 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Athena Kronon.

    Jacqueline says: "Courtroom Drama Takes a Back Seat"
    Would you try another book from Scott Turow and/or Henry Leyva?

    Not sure

    Would you be willing to try another book from Scott Turow? Why or why not?

    Not sure. Since his first ONE L, I've been a big Scott Turow fan but if this book would have been written by anyone else, I would have stopped listening somewhere about Chapter 5

    Did Henry Leyva do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Improbability and far too many story lines. A potboiler for sure.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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