I would recommend that they read the print book and skip this audio version.
His reading is flat, labored and sometimes halting, without any emotion. And he hisses the final "s" on plurals and possessives. Very unpleasant to listen to.
I would like to learn more about her life after her release from prison and before she began publishing, but those years are private and should be kept that way if Ms. Perry doesn't want to talk about her life.
This book contains only the information that came out at the time of the trial and during the imprisonment of the two girls. Neither of them contributed in any way to the book. As far as I could tell, no one involved was interviewed.
The novella The Last Page is a charming, light mystery set in a library and revolving around the death of an unlikeable head librarian. The young heroine, Julia, will appeal to cozy readers as a smart, likable sleuth who is dogged and crafty in ferreting out the truth, and both librarians and readers who consider the library a second home will get a kick out of the story and characters. The two short stories included by the authors to round out the recording are much darker in tone and more representative of the writers' usual styles. I would recommend letting a day or two pass after finishing The Last Page before moving on to the short stories.
I loved this book when I read it in print and I loved it when I listened to Diane Perone Gelman's pitch-perfect narration.
Libby Fischer Hellman does a superb job of bringing the past to life and making it relevant to the present. As the Vietnam War era fades from memory, the young people who protested the war may seem almost quaint in their naivete and wrongheaded in their methods, but their longing for a better world still resonates in our ever more violent time. Hellman uses the structure of a compelling thriller to dramatize the collision of past and present as old crimes and sins threaten the innocent adult daughter of two antiwar militants. Her characters are vivid and believable and the constantly building tension is engrossing, as long-hidden secrets are revealed and those who want to keep the past buried resort to murder to save themselves.
The opening scenes immediately drew into the frightening experience of waking in a strange place with no memory and no identity. Sheila Lowe does an excellent job of portraying Jen's emotions in intimate detail.
The author sustains emotional intensity and suspense from beginning to end. I could identify with Jen's confusion and fear, even though I've never shared her experience.
McKenna gives the reading the emotional intensity and resonance the story deserves.
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