After disgracing themselves at a high society New Year's Eve party in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are cut off financially by his father, a former army colonel who is already ashamed of his son’s inability to serve in the war. Ellis and his best friend, Hank, decide that the only way to regain the colonel's favor is to succeed where the colonel very publicly failed - by hunting down the famous Loch Ness monster.
Low brow romance novel. Where did the sophisticated writing go? Suggestion: Don't waste your credit!
England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.
What would have made The Secret Keeper better?
Although I hate to criticize authors, I noticed that I kept wondering if the author would please come to the point... many times! I appreciate all of the research done for this book, and it was an interesting story, but
W A Y T O O L O N G.
Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the 20th century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts', suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage.
When you feel the need for something light...... true, I did find myself thinking, Am I really listening to this, but it was just what I needed at the time. Let it roll over you....... and then move on to more serious listening.
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As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, 1861 presents a gripping and original account of how the Civil War began. 1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents' faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal.
This book does give (lots) of background info to the start of the war....... But the narrator needs a lesson on pronunciation...... Some of the words made me cringe..
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When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt; they only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers - with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another.
but it just turned out WEIRD!
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On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret.
This was the worst! The story is trite, the writing is third rate and the narrator's voice is annoying. I'm really forcing myself to finish this book. Don't waist your credit...
At an inn in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, seven former schoolmates gather for a wedding. Nora, the owner of the inn, has recently had to reinvent her life following the death of her husband. Avery, who still hears echoes from a horrific event at Kidd Academy 26 years ago, has made a life for himself in Toronto with his wife and two sons.
This didn't live up to expectations. Shreve is capable of much better. The characters aren't well developed, and the story within a story doesn't work well. Don't waste your book credit.
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After 18 years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the aging Dr. Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England.
This left me cold. I should have followed another's advice and listened to the unabridged version of this classic. I fear in cutting out so much of Dickens' work, the story line and flow suffered.
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Dupont University: the Olympian halls of learning housing the cream of America's youth, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition....Or so it appears to beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from North Carolina, who has come here on full scholarship. But Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that for the upper-crust coeds of Dupont, sex, Cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.
I've only heard 4 hours so far, and I'm sure that at least one hour is the word f**k or some derivitive! The sex is already legendary,but the gross scatalogical humor...Can this really be current campus life? I'm keeping at it so that I'll know what to expect when my 12 year old daughter goes off to college.
All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. But the carefree lifestyle and gorgeous weather belie an impending cataclysm, and only one man is worried. The young engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples. His predecessor has disappeared.
I never really got into this book, and I think it was because of the narrator. From the beginning, I had a negative reaction to his voice. This has never happened to me before, and I have listened to many books. Also, while the research was thorough, the plot and characters were thin...
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