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  • Midwinter Break

  • By: Bernard MacLaverty
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

An intense exploration of love and uncertainty when a long-married couple, Gerry and Stella, take a midwinter break in Amsterdam to refresh the senses, do some sightseeing and generally take stock of their lives. Their relationship seems easy, familiar - but over its course we discover the deep uncertainties between them. Gerry, once an architect, is forgetful and set in his ways. Stella is tired of his lifestyle and angry at his constant undermining of her religious faith.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dreary tale about sad people

  • By Robin on 10-27-17

Dreary tale about sad people

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

The narration was excellent but I had little empathy with either of the two main characters, an alcoholic retired architect who put up with his miserable wife who wanted to ditch her husband to become a religious recluse.

  • Love the One You're With

  • By: Emily Giffin
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Ellen's relationship to Andy doesn't just seem perfect on the surface, it really is perfect. She loves his family, and everything about him, including that he brings out the best in her. That is, until Ellen unexpectedly runs into Leo. The one who got away. The one who brought out the worst in her. The one she can't forget. This is the story about why we choose to love the ones we love, and why we just can't forget the ones who aren't right for us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Got Sucked In...

  • By leslie on 01-07-11

Ultimately disappointing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-10

Quite interesting story but ultimately disappointing as the heroine opts for the virtuous but stultifying life which is sweetened by an unrealistic and unconvincing element of freedom

  • Kafka on the Shore

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
  • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,347

Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Meandering--what was in those brownies..

  • By Mel on 05-09-12

Outstanding

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-07

Brilliant novel in the magical realist style, enjoyed it greatly

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The September Girls

  • By: Maureen Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

In Liverpool, on a stormy September night in 1920, two women from very different backgrounds give birth to daughters in the same house. Enemies at first, they later become friends when separate troubles unite them. But friendship between their daughters, Cara and Sybil, is a different matter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping story

  • By Robin on 07-08-06

Gripping story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-06

Gripping story, thought provoking, historically accurate, highly recommended

12 of 13 people found this review helpful