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kaethe

EAST SANDWICH, MA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Blue Bistro

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elin Hilderbrand
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    Adrienne Dealey has spent the past six years working for hotels in exotic resort towns. This summer she has decided to make Nantucket home. Left flat broke by her ex-boyfriend, she is desperate to earn some fast money. When the desirable Thatcher Smith, owner of Nantucket's hottest restaurant, is the only one to offer her a job, she wonders if she can get by with no restaurant experience. Thatcher gives Adrienne a crash course in the business...and they share an instant attraction.

    Megan says: "A Blue Depression"
    "A true picture of Nantucket Island in season"
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    What did you love best about The Blue Bistro?

    As a Cape Codder I can say that this book captured Nantucket life during the season and showed us the quiet side post season too. My favorite of Hilderbrand's books and I have read them all. The characters are real and likable. The humor is subtle and accurate as we see the crazy summer life at a popular restaurant frequented by people who have more money than they can count. Having worked in a Cape restaurant in my youth, I found this portrayal most accurate.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blue Bistro?

    The ending...perfect....Nantucket in September when the characters can be themselves without the pressures of 'job' frenetically keeping them occupied. The main characters are credible and people you'd like to meet over a glass of wine.


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

    She is able to capture the irony in Adrienne's voice as she experiences restaurant life at the height of season on Nantucket. The softness of Thatcher's voice comes across too. Seeing the story through her eyes brings it to life even more than if you read the book. I have read it and listened, so I know....The tone of Adrienne's father's voice brings the "doctor' into the story in a way that quickly explains the closeness of Adrienne's childhood with her dad.


    If you could rename The Blue Bistro, what would you call it?

    No suggestion. I like the title. The story revolves around life at the busy restaurant during its last season.


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  • The Inheritance of Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kiran Desai
    • Narrated By Meera Simhan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (137)

    In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga lives an embittered old judge. He only wants to retire in peace, but then his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The judge's chatty cook watches over her, but his thoughts are mostly with his son, Biju, who is hop-scotching from one New York restaurant job to another. A novel of depth and emotion, Desai's second, long-awaited novel fulfills the grand promise established by her first.

    Bob says: "Gorgeous prose but grim"
    "The Lost World of Old India"
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    If you could sum up The Inheritance of Loss in three words, what would they be?

    intense, enlightening, sympathetic


    What other book might you compare The Inheritance of Loss to and why?

    Cutting for Stone, altho frankly Cutting for Stone is a better story in my opinion. However, it brings the basic American into a world we would not otherwise know and surely never understand. Both books provide an 'education' of another culture and thus an understanding of some past events in those cultures.


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