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Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off audiobook cover art

a fun read

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-15-08

This is an enjoyable and humorous book, but not an earth-shattering one. Stephanie's writing and narration are very approachable and comforting, making this an ideal book to knit along to. However, if you are a knitter, you won't likely be surprised by any of her jokes or conclusions. While I thought she relied a little too heavily and frequently on the humor behind the inevitable frenzy of a knitter at a half-price yarn sale, I was still genuinely able to enjoy the audiobook as a great companion to some great knitting on a rainy day.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

The Lace Reader audiobook cover art


5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-08

A compelling story with a good, surprising ending. The type of book that leaves you mulling it over in your head long after the narrative has ended.

As a crafter, I chose this book because of its apparent topic of lace making. However, I found that the story doesn't particularly pertain to or revolve around the handcrafting, but rather uses the tradition and history of handmade lace as a rich background from which to draw parallels and metaphors. It's artfully done.

The narrator of the audio version does a great job with the voices, including older women, cops, and adolescents. My one complaint: she doesn't pause enough between sentences or paragraphs, so it's a little difficult to find a good stopping point.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful