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Illumination Night Audiobook

Illumination Night

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Publisher's Summary

Beginning on the night of the Grand Illumination, a festival of lanterns held each summer on Martha's Vineyard, this novel is a modern chronicle of a marriage and a bittersweet exploration of an extraordinary passion. Illumination Night follows the lives of a young blond giant who is as beautiful as he is frightening; an old woman at the end of her life whose last mission is to save her granddaughter's soul; a family torn apart by a wife's fears and a husband's unrealized desires; and the high school girl who comes to Martha's Vineyard against her will, who steals husbands and cars, and who will bring everyone together in a web of yearning, sin, and ultimate redemption. Both riveting and reflective, this is a story that brings to light the talent that has made Alice Hoffman an acclaimed bestselling author.

©2002 Alice Hoffman (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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    Mary Sunshine NY 10-07-15
    Mary Sunshine NY 10-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Horrible..."

    Seven hours and forty eight minutes of my life that I will never get back... I only finished it because I paid for it, but should have just deleted it and taken it as a loss.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 10-06-15
    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 10-06-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Not the best I've listened to"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, pretty dreary cast of characters.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A couple characters that weren't so depressed or depressing would help.


    What does Suzanne Toren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Just reading through all the way deserves a medal. She did a fine job.


    Any additional comments?

    Sounds like they need a good shrink in this town with so many mentally troubled people.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Indiana, USA 09-30-15
    Jim Indiana, USA 09-30-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Awful"

    It was ridiculous from start to finish. I only completed it because I had paid for it. I was relieved when it was over!

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    robert 09-20-15
    robert 09-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "i love Alice Hoffman"

    Her books are all so magical while still staying realistic. This is just a good listen, not my favoriteof hers, but really good.

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    Tobi Sandy, UT, USA 09-20-15
    Tobi Sandy, UT, USA 09-20-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Didn't like the characters but...."

    I didn't like the characters. I felt there was so little love and never without heartache to follow. It may be gritty life but it isn't my life or life experiences. That being said the story did grip me and I couldn't stop listening.

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    Rita Rae St. Paul, MN, US 11-14-16
    Rita Rae St. Paul, MN, US 11-14-16 Member Since 2013
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    "People each finding their unique path to peace."

    This story depicts every age group amusingly accurately. Each character is believable, lovable, and gently flawed. Well worth your time.

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    Emily 11-06-15
    Emily 11-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "It was interesting... I think"

    If you are looking to get into the minds of people with various social dysfunctions, then this is the book for you. The story itself seems somewhat secondary and circumstantial. The narrator did a good job on most of it, but I couldn't get past how much she made the teenage girl sound like a 5-year-old. Anyway it did keep me interested enough to finish, and it wasn't hard to get through.

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    Laurie 11-02-15
    Laurie 11-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A keeper"

    Do not hesitate to listen to this book if you like beautiful prose and meaningful literature.

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    asdfasdfasdf Martinez, CA USA 11-01-15
    asdfasdfasdf Martinez, CA USA 11-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Irritating"

    I am not liking that this author is writing the whole book in present tense. I am making it past tense by stopping listening.

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    Barbara San Jose, CA, United States 10-03-15
    Barbara San Jose, CA, United States 10-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "a forgetable book"

    The characters weren't believable to me. I did like the story line about the retired policeman and his relationship with the giant. I really didn't like the teenager trying to breakup a marriage, and the wife just going along with it. The old woman wasn't fleshed out, none of the characters were fleshed out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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