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N. Thompson

Athens GA | Member Since 2010

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  • 156 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015
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  • Under the Wide and Starry Sky: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Nancy Horan
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (134)

    From Nancy Horan, New York Times best-selling author of Loving Frank, comes her much-anticipated second novel, which tells the improbable love story of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife, Fanny.

    N. Thompson says: "Nancy Horan - another good one!"
    "Nancy Horan - another good one!"
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    Where does Under the Wide and Starry Sky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10%


    What other book might you compare Under the Wide and Starry Sky to and why?

    It was similar to Loving Frank because Horan brought a real person to life. It reads like a novel, but it is very interesting to read about the history of Robert Louis Stevenson (in this book) and Frank Lloyd Wright in Loving Frank. Of course, I think Horan says that it is a somewhat factionalized account... They are both excellent listens!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5618)
    Performance
    (3342)
    Story
    (3388)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    Robert says: "Six stars if I could"
    "In the style of "People of the Book""
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    Would you listen to The Forgotten Garden again? Why?

    Yes, good story that weaves its way toward satisfying answers near the end. Good character development. The story made me eager to understand more about the characters, and their lives unfolded as I listened.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a little like the style of Geraldine Brooks' "People of the Book" because it told the story of three women from three different times in history. Their lives were woven together, even though they were from different periods.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    Her performance kept my attention on the story instead of on her performance. She did an excellent job of story-telling.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was a good solid read --- I enjoyed it. Our book club read it and we had a good discussion. The discussion was not as lively as it was with our very best "reads," but we all enjoyed it and were glad we had read it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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