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The Mirror | [Marlys Millhiser]

The Mirror

On the eve of her wedding in 1978, Shay Garrett peers into the antique mirror in her family's longtime home, the famous Victorian Gingerbread House on Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado and falls unconscious only to wake in the body of her own grandmother Brandy on the eve of her wedding in 1900. The virginal Brandy, in turn, awakes in Shay's body in 1978 to discover herself pregnant.
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Publisher's Summary

On the eve of her wedding in 1978, Shay Garrett peers into the antique mirror in her family's longtime home, the famous Victorian Gingerbread House on Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado and falls unconscious only to wake in the body of her own grandmother Brandy on the eve of her wedding in 1900. The virginal Brandy, in turn, awakes in Shay's body in 1978 to discover herself pregnant. What follows is a fascinating look at how two women - and their families - cope with this strange and even humorous situation. A classic tale of two women lost in time...

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    K Cornwinkle San Francisco, CA USA 11-30-11
    K Cornwinkle San Francisco, CA USA 11-30-11 Member Since 2008

    Say something about Yusef. Uh...he was a great horn player?

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    "Fun time travel"

    Low expectations when it started but I the interesting premise made it a good read. What was nice is that it felt like historical fiction of the good but not terrifically highbrow kind. Something perhaps locally published that you might find in the gift shop of say, the Boulder History Museum . The food for thought was the well presented case that life 80 years earlier while harder was perhaps better in some ways -simpler, more personal accountability and less bland.
    Maybe a bit too much fainting but I suppose it comes with the genre.
    Lynda the narrator. I liked her voice and dramatization but this sounded like it was recorded in her den with occasional mildly distracting background noises.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Safety Harbor, FL, United States 11-18-12
    Gail Safety Harbor, FL, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Superficial - Wish It Had More Depth"

    I was hooked on 'time-travel' after reading the Outlander series and hoping for something with just a hint of those books. While this book was okay, I found myself wishing it would go into more depth. I felt the characters were flat & wooden and the events in their lives were quickly glossed over without any fleshing-out. As by a reviewer before me, the book seemed to have been recorded in someone's home. There were distracting background noises (conversations, water running, possible a TV, etc). This was the first of many, many books where I've encountered this. If you're looking for a romantic time-travel type book, try the Outlander series and also Ferney by James Long (which isn't quite time travel, but similar).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Boise, ID, United States 02-05-14
    Greg Boise, ID, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Save your credits and read the book."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Having a different reader. I hated the way it was performed, the reader was simply awful.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Having someone else read the book. I don't have anything positive to say about the performance. I am not a negative person & I try to find good in everything, however I have nothing good to say about this performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book many years ago and I loved it. I have since lost my copy and when I saw Audible had it available I was very excited. My excitement immediately turned to disappointment and anger that I wasted a credit. I normally listen to a sample before purchasing , however I let my excitement at finding the title take over and purchased without listening. I don't normally take the time to write negative reviews , but this is so bad I felt like it was my civic duty to warn others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie United States 06-09-13
    Julie United States 06-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A beloved book, not so great recording"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I remember reading this book when it was first printed, and since it is not available in electronic format I was looking forward to the Audible version of an old favorite. Alas, there is a lot of background noises that makes me wonder where it was recorded, and many errors in the narrative. Still, I will most likely listen to it again, because I enjoy the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    thatssocute KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 02-26-13
    thatssocute KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "lost another credit :("

    I was told this was a good book. I didn't like it. Still trying to get through it. Not a good time travel book at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda United States 08-09-12
    Linda United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Probably not. The performance leaves a bit to be desired. Lynda Evans, although she may be a good screen actress, is not a very good narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brandy Harriet McCabe is my favorite character. I love her sense of morality.


    Did Lynda Evans do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really. And her inflections, pauses and timing were not always appropriate.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I've read this book many times and it's one of my favorites.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Schwarzkopf 03-19-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent"
    Where does The Mirror rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Way up there


    Did Lynda Evans do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The performance seemed a bit flat. Good job between men and women, but not so much between Shea and Brandy. The female voices were a little confusing at times.


    Any additional comments?

    A cracking good story. This time travel story fully explores characters, while offering an insight into history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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