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Syllable

My book club says I cheat because 95+% of the books I read are on audio, but considering I spend about 2 hours a day commuting, I think it's a great use of time :)

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  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To Elgie Branch, a Microsoft wunderkind, she's his hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled wife. To fellow mothers at the school gate, she's a menace. To design experts, she's a revolutionary architect. And to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend, and quite simply, mum. Then Bernadette disappears. And Bee must take a trip to the end of the earth to find her. Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a compulsively readable, irresistibly written, deeply touching novel.

    valerie says: "If you like the genre, this is first rate"
    "My favourite of 2013 to date"
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    Story
    What did you love best about Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

    Bernadette - such an amazing character. And Bee! She's so mature for 15. The soap-opera quality of the gossip the gnats exchange was delightful as well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

    When Bee defends Bernadette against Audrey, and she decides that she'll never listens to The Beatles again.


    What does Kathleen Wilhoite bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The music at the Christmas concert Bee attends. She has a beautiful voice. She also brought Bee to life - especially after Bernadette has gone missing and she becomes a total cheeky adolescent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm pretty stingy with my credits, but this was a worthwhile spend :)

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  • The Red House

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    After his mother's death, Richard, a newly remarried hospital consultant, decides to build bridges with his estranged sister, inviting Angela and her family for a week in a rented house on the Welsh border. Four adults and four children, a single family and all of them strangers. Seven days of shared meals, log fires, card games and wet walks. But in the quiet and stillness of the valley, ghosts begin to rise up. The parents Richard thought he had. The parents Angela thought she had. Past and present lovers.

    Syllable says: "Not what I expected"
    "Not what I expected"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Inform readers in advance that sex seems to be a central theme.


    Would you recommend The Red House to your friends? Why or why not?

    To certain friends. The story is good, the writing superb, but not all my friends would like it.


    Which character – as performed by Nathaniel Parker – was your favorite?

    Benji. I liked his character in the story, and the narrator was brilliant with all the characters. It was great to be able to distinguish them :)


    Was The Red House worth the listening time?

    Yes - it wasn't too long, and the story is good.


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