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  • The Glass Ocean

  • A Novel
  • By: Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Karen White
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson, Saskia Maarleveld, Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

This is a captivating historical mystery, infused with romance, that links the lives of three women across a century - two deep in the past, one in the present - to the doomed passenger liner, RMS Lusitania.... Her finances are in dire straits, and best-selling author Sarah Blake is struggling to find a big idea for her next book. Desperate, she breaks the one promise she made to her mother and opens an old chest that belonged to her great-grandfather, who died when the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-boat in 1915. What she discovers there could change history.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Glass Ocean- a tale of two times

  • By Anonymous User on 09-19-18

I enjoyed this book, at least most of it.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-18

My biggest issue with this book is the fact that it keeps coming back to the near-present when it doesn't need to. The chapters which revolve around "Sarah" are set in 2013, and they are all tedious filler. The book would be improved if "Sarah" were completely removed. Fortunately, most of the chapters set in 1915 are quite enjoyable. They revolve around two separate women, Caroline and Tess, who cross paths on the doomed ship, RMS Lusitania. The "Tess" chapters are especially well-written and well-performed. The chapters set in 1915 have a good mixture of romance, mystery, and suspense. It's just a shame that the book insists on constantly leaving 1915 in order to go back to 2013.

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  • Carnegie's Maid

  • A Novel
  • By: Marie Benedict
  • Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

Clara Kelley is not who they think she is. She's not the experienced Irish maid who was hired to work in one of Pittsburgh's grandest households. She's a poor farmer's daughter with nowhere to go and nothing in her pockets. But the other woman with the same name has vanished, and pretending to be her just might get Clara some money to send back home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging story

  • By L.W. on 01-19-18

A charming tale marred by hypocrisy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-18

I found the main character to be very hypocritical, given that she always judges Andrew Carnegie very harshly for engaging in sometimes callous actions to expand his business empire, despite the fact that she herself is guilty of committing identity fraud on a daily basis in order to improve her own financial position. Nonetheless, the story is very well written, and works as a tribute to the legions of poor immigrants that arrived in America during the 19th century, who were instrumental in transforming America into the economic superpower that it became. The narrator did her job excellently as well.