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bette

Beverly, WV, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • New England White: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen L. Carter
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    In the New England university town of Elm Harbor, a murder begins to crack the veneer that has hidden the racial complications of the town's past, the secrets of a prominent family, and the most hidden bastions of African-American political influence. At the center is Lemaster Carlyle, the university president, and his wife, Julia Carlyle, a deputy dean at the divinity school - African Americans living in "the heart of whiteness".

    Joanna says: "perfect marraige of writing and narration"
    "Everything you could want in an Audiobook"
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    Would you listen to New England White again? Why?

    I actually have already listened to it twice. I would wait a while and then listen again. Entertaining, smart, looked forward every day to listening while I exercised and eventually started to listen whenever I got the chance. The second listen was as good as the first.


    What other book might you compare New England White to and why?

    Emperor of Ocean Park. Maybe Scott Turow's books.


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

    Realism.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (1865)
    Performance
    (1073)
    Story
    (1075)

    In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

    Carol says: "Wonderful"
    "So unexpected!"
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    Story

    I bought this during the $4.00 sale just to take advantage of the sale. I have been chuckling and smiling since I turned it on. I wish there were a magic charm that would show me many more books just like this, with a reader just as talented. It may say it is science fiction, but that is such a minor part of the whole that you can't even take that seriously. I am so fortunate as to have accidentally stumbled on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fragile Beasts: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Tawni O'Dell
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer, Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    When their hard-drinking but loving father dies in a car accident, teenage brothers Kyle and Klint Hayes face a bleak prospect: leaving their Pennsylvania hometown for an uncertain life in Arizona with the mother who ran out on them years ago. But in a strange twist of fate, their town's matriarch, an eccentric, wealthy old woman whose family once owned the county coal mines, hears the boys' story and takes them in.

    bette says: "Tawni O'Dell Fan"
    "Tawni O'Dell Fan"
    Overall

    I never know whether to trust reviewers or not, but you can trust that this is an excellent book to listen to in audio form. I am very unhappy that it is over and wish I could find something to enjoy as much as I have this book. All of her books except "Sister" have been page turners. She is a real story teller; don't expect "Crime and Punishment" but she is a good technical writer and never talks down. Her characters have realistic, not-contrived dialogue.You can't go wrong!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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