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Audiobook Review : Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Title : Commonwealth Author : Ann Patchett Narrators : Hope Davis Genre : Contemporary Publisher : Blackstone Audio Listening Length : 10 hours 33 minutes Rating : 4/5 Narrator Rating : 4.5/5 Deputy District Attorney Bert Cousins gate-crashes Franny Keating’s christening party in Torrance, California,, with an inappropriate gift – a bottle of gin. Also, […]

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Book Review : Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Title : Big Little Lies Author : Liane Moriarty Pages : 512 Genre : Contemporary Publisher : Berkley Rating : 4/5 Big Little Lies is about Jane, Madeline and Celeste and their lives. All three have children going to Pirriwee Public School, and that is how they meet and become friends. Each of them has […]

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Audiobook Review : A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman

Title : A Man Called Ove Author : Frederik Backman Narrators : George Newbern Genre : Contemporary Publisher : Dreamscape Media Listening Length : 9 hours 9 minutes Rating : 4/5 Narrator Rating : 5/5 Ove (pronounced Oova) Lindahl is a 59 year old Swedish widower who has recently been laid off from work. He […]

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Audiobook Review : Love May Fail by Matthew Quick

Title : Love May Fail Author : Matthew Quick Narrators : Cris Dukehart, Jim Meskimen, Lorna Raver, Timothy Fannon, Tonya Campos Genre : Contemporary Publisher : Harper Audio Listening Length : 12 hours 5 minutes Rating : 4/5 Narrator Rating : 5/5 Portia Kane is fed up with her false life. She leaves her wealthy, […]

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Audiobook Review : Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty

Title : Three Wishes Author : Liane Moriarty Narrator : Heather Wilds Genre : Contemporary Publisher : Tantor Audio Listening Length : 11 hours 31 minutes Rating : 2/5 From the Goodreads blurb: Australian triplets Lyn, Cat, and Gemma Kettle are about to turn thirty-three and one is pregnant, one has just had her life […]

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Audiobook Review : The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

Title : The Woman Upstairs Author : Claire Messud Narrator : Cassandra Campbell Genre : Contemporary Publisher : Random House Audio Listening Length : 11 hours Rating : 3/5 The book blurb seemed to indicate that “The Woman Upstairs” would be about a lonely spinster and her life as influenced by one charismatic family. Well, […]

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Best Audiobooks of 2014

As I said earlier, this was the year of the audiobook for me. I got started in 2013, and really got going in 2014. I have to thank the local library for all this, because that’s where I get all my audiobooks for now. It is extremely convenient, and great for when you want to […]

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Audiobook Review : Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Title : Landline Author : Rainbow Rowell Narrator : Rebecca Lowman Genre : Romance Publisher : Macmillan Audio Listening Length : 9 hours 3 minutes Rating : 4/5 I’d only ever heard of Rowell by way of her YA book “Eleanor & Park”, and I’m not very enthused about YA literature in general. But after […]

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Book Review : The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet

Title : The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet Author : Bernie Su, Kate Rorick Genre : Romance Publisher : Touchstone Pages: 400 Publish Date : June 24, 2014 Source : Netgalley / Publisher ARC Rating : 2.5/5 I am a certified fan of Pride and Prejudice. I have read the book too many times to […]

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Book Review : Flying Shoes by Lisa Howorth

Title : Flying Shoes Author : Lisa Howorth Genre : Contemporary Publisher : Bloomsbury Pages: 336 Publish Date : June 17, 2014 Source : Netgalley / Publisher ARC Rating : 3/5 Mary Byrd Thornton has received an unsettling phone call from a reporter seeking details about her little brother’s unsolved murder. The police are apparently […]

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