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The Taste of Air Audiobook

The Taste of Air

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Publisher's Summary

A simple phone call disrupts Nell Williams's well-ordered life. Her mother, Mary, is in a hospital in Vermont. But her mother is supposed to be safely tucked away in an assisted-living facility in Massachusetts, so Nell can't fathom why she would be so far from home.

After notifying her sister, Bridget, Nell hops on a plane and rushes to her mother's side. There, she discovers that her mother has been living a second life. Mary has another home and a set of complex relationships with people her daughters have never met.

When Nell and Bridget delve deeper into their mother's lakeside hideaway, they uncover a vault of family secrets and the gateway to change for all three women.

©2016 Gail Cleare (P)2017 Gail Cleare

What the Critics Say

"In The Taste of Air, Cleare deftly explores the consequence of our choices, even those made with the best of intentions. A family saga bridging decades and filled with shocking revelations, hope and love, you won't be able put this book down." (Kate Moretti, author of New York Times best-seller Thought I Knew You)

"In this terrific novel, when two women learn their mother wasn't who they thought she was it leads them to question their own lives and choices. Deftly written, with lush descriptions of the New England setting, this is a book to choose as a companion for curling up on a sofa on a dark winter day or for laying on the beach in the summer. The Taste of Air is character-driven fiction at its best." (Ann Warner, author of The Babbling Brook Naked Poker Club series)

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    April H. Kansas 05-08-17
    April H. Kansas 05-08-17 Member Since 2010
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    The Taste of Air
    : Gail Cleare

    I was intrigued by the title and description of this book. After listening I am not disappointed. The setting is well described making the listener feel they are there. The characters are mostly family, each going through their own drama when they get an unexpected phone call telling them their mother was in ICU in a hospital out of state. Many twists and turns and many secrets to be reveled. This book kept me listening to find out what would happen next.




    The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Maryne Young was an excellent choice for this project.



    "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 05-15-17
    Jan 05-15-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow!!!"

    This book was incredible. The secrets that went to the grave and the ones discovered were perfectly fitting of the times. Both the author and narrator were new to me, and I think both are extremely talented. I loved how the narrator was able to put so much emotion into the various character voices. This book is full of heartaches, happiness and discovery. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, narrator, and or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia 05-22-17
    Cynthia 05-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A Nice Easy Listen"

    This was a good book with an interesting story and characters who were fairly well developed. The narration was good though she seemed to struggle with some words and phrases and the sound quality fluctuated throughout the entire book.

    The story itself was an interesting exploration of family dynamics, secrets, love, and loss. I didn't find the twists surprising but it didn't detract from the enjoyment of the book. I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in an easy, entertaining read.


    This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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    Darc 05-15-17
    Darc 05-15-17
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    "Family secrets!"

    Nell Williams receives a phone call informing her that her mother, Mary, has been admitted into the hospital in Vermont, which seems very odd as she was supposed to be in an assisted-living facility in Massachusetts. Nell arrives in Vermont to find that her mother has been living a secret life for over 40 years. It turns out that she is not the only family member to have secrets. The timeline between past and present for Nell, her sister Bridget, and their mother are interweaved, slowly revealing parts of the past bit by bit. The Taste of Air is about love, longing, family, friendship and impossible choices. This is definitely a compelling audio listen.
    “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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    Dee LA 05-08-17
    Dee LA 05-08-17

    I download over 100 books a year. I don't even know how to go about my day without listening to a title. It's my happy place!

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    "Family drama with a twist. A must listen."
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    I loved this listen right away. You are introduced to the dynamics of the Riley family in the first chapter and then it's off to the races from there.

    Nell, Bridgett and Mary (the mother) are the central characters and at it's core, it's their history and life stories being told. I liked the tone of the book and the author gave us a variety of parent/child dynamics to ponder.

    The narrator was the perfect choice. She was nurturing and strong and soft and real. There were some audio glitches where her voice changed mid-sentence but that did not deter from the listen.

    This was a great book to ponder the "what if's" and "why not's". With a solid thumbs up to the state of Vermont, this listen is totally worth it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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