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  • Anatomy of a Miracle

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Miles
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

Rendered paraplegic after a traumatic event four years ago, Cameron Harris has been living his new existence alongside his sister, Tanya, in their battered Biloxi, Mississippi, neighborhood where only half the houses made it through Katrina. One stiflingly hot August afternoon, as Cameron sits waiting for Tanya during their daily run to the Biz-E-Bee convenience store, he suddenly and inexplicably rises up and out of his wheelchair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astoundingly good

  • By Anonymous User on 08-08-18

Contemporary themes, pristine writing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-18

There is so much to praise it is hard to know where to start. Miles' characters are so very well created that it allows much of the plot to be understood from diverse and compelling perspectives. This novel presents several themes relevant to current daily news, but never seemed bogged down or lost my interest. Cameron, the soldier and recipient of the miracle, his sister, and the myriad people either directly effected by the miracle and those who insert themselves into the situation for personal reasons all incur ramifications that were unanticipated and unintended. I love love love this book, even more than Want Not, which is also spectacular. Miles is a totally unique author.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • News of the World

  • A Novel
  • By: Paulette Jiles
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,176

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful story....but not True Grit

  • By DenGig on 04-14-17

fascinating, touching

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-16

Truly well researched and touching, without sentimentality. This book is unique, and opens up a world I have never been to before, although I have read a lot of historical fiction. I knew a bit about Texas history but did not really understand how complex and interesting it was before this book. The relationship between Kidd and Johanna is genuine and wholesome, Kidd is a decent man in the way men frequently are but are so rarely portrayed, and Johanna is a girl devoid of the societal constraints European ways but on girls. I loved this book!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Cruelest Month

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 3
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,371
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,166

Welcome to Three Pines, where the cruelest month is about to deliver on its threat. It's spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees, and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth. But not everything is meant to return to life.... When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil - until one of their party dies of fright. Was this a natural death, or was the victim somehow helped along?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This one made be the best of the series so far !

  • By Brian on 09-02-16

Surprisingly deep

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-16

Lots of literary references, and allusions to spirituality that seem very genuine. The wholesome, intellectual setting of Three Pines is pretty irresistible. I love French food and wine...I guess I'll have to try Scotch now! These novels are evocative of place in the way James Lee Burke conjures LA and TX. And maybe unlike Burke, they are mostly soothing to listen to. If you have ever worked a homicide case, you will certainly have to put aside your training and experience and listen to the investigative parts of the book simply to understand what Penny is creating with that text. That is easy with some practice.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fair and Tender Ladies

  • By: Lee Smith
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

Author of many novels and short stories, best-selling writer Lee Smith has received numerous awards for her works, including two O. Henry Awards. Fair and Tender Ladies is an epistolary novel that traces the life of Ivy Rowe, born in the isolated Virginia mountain community of Sugar Fork.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • roots

  • By Vivian on 12-10-06

Holy Shi*

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-16

This was unbelievable. So so amazing. The narrator actually aged her voice as the years passed in the book. Smith does the most incredible job of allowing her character to grow and expand, exploring a full and intense life span. I don't usually gush but this was profoundly enjoyable and deep.

  • Barkskins

  • A Novel
  • By: Annie Proulx
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 25 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 926

In the late 18th century, Rene Sel, an illiterate woodsman, makes his way from Northern France to New France to seek a living. Bound to a feudal lord, a seigneur, for three years in exchange for land, he suffers extraordinary hardship, always in awe of the forest he is charged with cleaning. Rene marries an Indian healer with children already, and they have more, mixing the blood of two cultures. Proulx tells the stories of the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of two lineages, the Sels and the Duquets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awe-Inspiring, Far-Reaching Epic

  • By W Perry Hall on 06-30-16

Amazing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-16

This book feels as viscerally true as Grapes of Wrath or The Good Earth....but it is more deep, complex, and whole than anything else I have ever read. The word saga seems inadequate because it doesn't allow recognition of the history and present day condition of our world the book is built around. Truly it is so much to think about, but these themes are missing from almost all of modern consciousness. Annie Proux seems to see the future barreling toward us, as evidenced by the past. I loved this book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful