When American airspace was closed on 9/11, many planes already in the air were directed to an unlikely location: Gander, Newfoundland. This remote Canadian town is the backdrop for renowned lesbian romance writer Georgia Beers' riveting story 96 Hours. Stage and screen actress Romy Nordlinger richly voices the emotional turmoil of Erica Ryan and Abby Haynes, very different women who wind up stranded in Gander against the backdrop of terrorist-inflicted tragedy. Inevitably, the two form a deep bond - one that may or may not last past this traumatic, history-making 96 hours.
Erica Ryan is flying home from London after a disastrous business trip. Free spirit Abby Hayes is flying into New York City to visit her mother before jetting off again. Both end up in Gander, Canada, when their flight is diverted because of 9/11. For ninety-six hours they share a rollercoaster of emotions and find themselves drawn to one another. Will their nascent connection survive everyday life when they return home?
Georgia Beers is the author of eight lesbian romances and has won the Lambda Literary Award and the Golden Grown Literacy Award.
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The story was a deeply woven intricate study of a harrowing time - personal relationships and the beauty of relationships. I loved it from beginning to end.
Sensitive and beautifully narrated she's also great with the accents. I really liked her for being so able to be immersed in the characters and their stories. Beautiful. I found myself very moved and wasn't sure if it was the book itself or the narration but it must be a mixture of both.
I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."
A lesbian romance set against the backdrop of the 9/11 attack on the twin towers? It sounds like an oxymoron but Georgia Beers knows what she’s doing.
I have never been so scared and on edge at the beginning of a of a book.
Over the course of the book, the characters, an uptight scientist, and a wandering free-spirit, are stuck in an airport in Newfoundland, Canada, grounded by the attacks on the Twin Towers. They're not allowed to even get their checked luggage, sleeping on cots, the whole airport like a refugee camp.
What else is there to do but fall in love?
Romy Nordlinger does a fantastic job of bringing across the moods of the characters, blithe one minute, stressed the next.
Woven around a very typical lesbian romance novel the author relates the story of the people of Gander, Newfoundland in the aftermath of 9/11. During the 24/7 coverage at the time one of the great stories that was either unknown or overlooked was the way that the natives of the small Canadian town opened their hearts, their homes and their town; to the planes diverted there when US air space was closed. To see more about those events and the 96 hours in question check out YouTube's "A yellow Ribbon, Gander."
The romance was the stock girl meets girl, they find a reluctant growing attraction, they fight it; then finally act on it. The good feelings are lost; they part, both are upset. Then by an act of fate they're brought back together, their hearts soar the music plays and they walk off into the sunset together. Ms. Beers is a good writer and despite the predictability of the plot you're drawn in.
I highly recommend this book if for no other reason than the background story about Gander, and I thank my daughter for introducing me to this author.
The story is good enough to warrant a read, but I felt the narration of the story left something to be desired. I think I have been spoiled by a couple really amazing narrators that I have heard lately (Abby Craden, Mia Chiaromonte) and perhaps my expectations are now too high! I just found the narrator's voice somewhat grating at times. Not a total deal breaker though... Personally, I liked Beers' other audiobook "Too Close To Touch" better for both the story and narration. Overall, I would rate this audiobook a 3.5, but since I can't do half stars, I am being generous and rounding up to 4 stars.
"An interesting take on 9/11"
This piece took an interesting look at the tragic events of 9/11 and brought the focus onto the fact that so many people were stranded while American airspace was closed down.
One of the things that really detracted me away from the story was the narration. It wasn't too bad, and a good attempt was made with the different accents, but there were a couple of words that were mispronounced, and that had me cringing. Plus the sound quality at times wasn't at all good. I'm not sure if that was from the download streaming, or if it was a engineering problem, whatever the cause it did detract from the story somewhat.
I was also disappointed that the only the USA was mentioned as losing people in the tragic events of that day, when in reality other countries also lost people in the Twin Towers. I understand that this was a direct assault on American soil, but a brief mention to the fact that other nationalities also lost their lives that day would have been more accurate. I'm not saying this to dismiss what America suffered that day, but I do tend to like things to reflect accurately the diversity of what happened. It's a personal thing, something I got from my parents; and if I offend anybody with that statement please understand it is not deliberate, but is just a reflection of things that don't sit right with me when facts are overlooked. Especially as the opportunity to mention it in passing (and that's all it needed to be) was there with the inclusion on a British man in the main story-line.
However that aside, this was a nice look into how people tend to bond, offer up their homes and support in times of adversity. For that alone it is a work worth recommending. It is all to easy to sometimes forget that as a society was can become too insular, this reminds us that communities and individuals can look past that and show compassion and kindness under very trying circumstances. And the author brought that into sharp relief, as well as letting us care about what happened to the people involved.
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