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Trudi M. Mckenna

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Newington, CT | Member Since 2010

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  • The Art Forger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By B. A. Shapiro
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (578)

    Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

    Cynthia says: "The Art Forger"
    "An Interwoven mystery"
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    What did you love best about The Art Forger?

    The various dimensions of the story and the many pieces of the puzzle from different time periods.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art Forger?

    The resolution to the puzzle and the surprise of the relationship twister in the end.


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

    She has a great command of the various languages and characters.


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

    No, but it held my attention and kept me wanting more in the end.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • On Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (117)

    Set on both sides of the Atlantic, Zadie Smith's third novel is a brilliant analysis of family life, the institution of marriage, intersections of the personal and political, and an honest look at people's deceptions. It is also, as you might expect, very funny indeed.

    Sarah says: "two thumbs up"
    "Dynamic family portrayal"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of On Beauty to be better than the print version?

    N/A


    What other book might you compare On Beauty to and why?

    I can't think of any that compare.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many interesting scenes that demonstrated the tenacity of family and the inevitable demise of being related.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    And you think your family is dysfunctional!


    Any additional comments?

    The story was well developed and compelling, but the ending left you wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3143)
    Performance
    (1320)
    Story
    (1320)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Wonderful, powerful story"
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    Would you listen to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society again? Why?

    Yes, it was a beautiful story of survival and heartache.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were very real and well performed by the talented cast.


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

    It was much more of a performance than just reading the story. This is my first time listening to a story with multiple narrators. I usually enjoy the one narrator taking on the various characters but this was even more enjoyable.


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

    There were many times that I was moved to tears by the storyline. It helped me to put life into perspective and realize how many precious things we take for granted.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this charming story but caution that there will be emotional portions throughout.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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