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Illumination Night Audiobook

Illumination Night

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Publisher's Summary

Beginning on the night of the Grand Illumination, a festival of lanterns held each summer on Martha's Vineyard, this novel is a modern chronicle of a marriage and a bittersweet exploration of an extraordinary passion. Illumination Night follows the lives of a young blond giant who is as beautiful as he is frightening; an old woman at the end of her life whose last mission is to save her granddaughter's soul; a family torn apart by a wife's fears and a husband's unrealized desires; and the high school girl who comes to Martha's Vineyard against her will, who steals husbands and cars, and who will bring everyone together in a web of yearning, sin, and ultimate redemption. Both riveting and reflective, this is a story that brings to light the talent that has made Alice Hoffman an acclaimed bestselling author.

©2002 Alice Hoffman (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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    robert 09-20-15
    robert 09-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "i love Alice Hoffman"

    Her books are all so magical while still staying realistic. This is just a good listen, not my favoriteof hers, but really good.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Sunshine NY 10-07-15
    Mary Sunshine NY 10-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Horrible..."

    Seven hours and forty eight minutes of my life that I will never get back... I only finished it because I paid for it, but should have just deleted it and taken it as a loss.

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    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 10-06-15
    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 10-06-15 Member Since 2013

    marlin515

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    "Not the best I've listened to"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, pretty dreary cast of characters.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A couple characters that weren't so depressed or depressing would help.


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

    Just reading through all the way deserves a medal. She did a fine job.


    Any additional comments?

    Sounds like they need a good shrink in this town with so many mentally troubled people.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Church Indiana, USA 09-30-15
    C. Church Indiana, USA 09-30-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Awful"

    It was ridiculous from start to finish. I only completed it because I had paid for it. I was relieved when it was over!

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    Tobi Sandy, UT, USA 09-20-15
    Tobi Sandy, UT, USA 09-20-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Didn't like the characters but...."

    I didn't like the characters. I felt there was so little love and never without heartache to follow. It may be gritty life but it isn't my life or life experiences. That being said the story did grip me and I couldn't stop listening.

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    Emily 11-06-15
    Emily 11-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "It was interesting... I think"

    If you are looking to get into the minds of people with various social dysfunctions, then this is the book for you. The story itself seems somewhat secondary and circumstantial. The narrator did a good job on most of it, but I couldn't get past how much she made the teenage girl sound like a 5-year-old. Anyway it did keep me interested enough to finish, and it wasn't hard to get through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara San Jose, CA, United States 10-03-15
    Barbara San Jose, CA, United States 10-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "a forgetable book"

    The characters weren't believable to me. I did like the story line about the retired policeman and his relationship with the giant. I really didn't like the teenager trying to breakup a marriage, and the wife just going along with it. The old woman wasn't fleshed out, none of the characters were fleshed out.

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    SaNa 04-03-16
    SaNa 04-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good read"

    Held my interest. Like the way the characters were expressed. Made it appears as though there was more than one reader. Story line was slow, but wirth it

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    KAT M K 03-14-16
    KAT M K 03-14-16
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    "Just couldn't get into it"

    Struggled to finish. Actually just quit listening to it. Couldn't get into it. Didn't really care for the narration. Sorry, it just limped along for me.

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    brenda 02-17-16
    brenda 02-17-16
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    "Slow and tedious"

    The narrator's voice drips with affectation. The different character voices were forced. Listen to Davina Porter and you will immediately see that this is just not up to standards for audible recordings.

    The plot line is too slow to build but the two chapters are very good.

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