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Audiobook Review : The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

Title : The Breadwinner Author : Deborah Ellis Narrators : Rita Wolf Genre : Contemporary Publisher : Listening Library Listening Length : 2 hours 59 minutes Rating : 4.5/5 Narrator Rating : 4/5 Parvana lives with her parents and siblings in Taliban-ruled Kabul. Parvana’s learned father ekes out a living as a reader-writer in their […]

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Audiobook Review : Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Title : Eleanor and Park Author : Rainbow Rowell Narrators : Rebecca Lowman, Sunil Malhotra Genre : Romance Publisher : Listening Library Listening Length : 8 hours 56 minutes Rating : 3.5/5 Narrator Rating : 4.5/5 I don’t think I’m the target audience for this book (YA, I’d assume) because this book’s tale is a […]

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Audiobook Review : The Remains Of The Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Title : The Remains of The Day Author : Kazuo Ishiguro Narrator : Simon Prebble Genre : Contemporary Publisher : Tantor Audio Listening Length : 8 hours 13 minutes Rating : 5/5 Narrator Rating : 5/5 This is one of those books that you come across every once in a while, harried and unsatisfied by […]

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Audiobook Review : The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Title : The Paying Guests Author : Sarah Waters Narrator : Juliet Stevenson Genre : Historical Publisher : Penguin Audio Listening Length : 21 hours 28 minutes Rating : 4.5/5 It is the 1920s and Frances Wray and her mother live in genteel poverty in their South London home. Their financial situation has forced them […]

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Audiobook Review : The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

Title : The Chaperone Author : Laura Moriarty Narrator : Elizabeth McGovern Genre : Historical Publisher : Blackstone Audio Listening Length : 13 hours 18 minutes Rating : 4.5/5 I must confess that this book caught my attention because I thought the author was Liane Moriarty. I realized my mistake soon enough but by then […]

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Audiobook Review : Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

Title : Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand Author : Helen Simonson Narrator : Peter Altschuler Genre : Romance Publisher : Random House Audio Listening Length : 13 hours 8 minutes Rating : 4.5/5 I came upon this very interesting audiobook on my library’s website. I thought it interesting because this is a romance, a mature romance […]

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Book Review : Trouble Has a New Name

Title : Trouble Has a New Name Author : Adite Banerjie Genre : Romance Publisher : Harlequin Pages: 192 Publish Date : July 15th, 2014 Source : Author Rating : 3/5 This is author Banerjie’s second romance novel after “The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal”. And in this novel, she has model Rayna Dutt meet arrogant […]

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Miss America Nina Davuluri at Macy’s

  Ms. America, Nina Davaluri, the first Ms. America of Indian descent, was in Houston recently and made an appearance at Macys.   The desi hordes turned up of course, moi included :-). Well, she really is very pretty, poised and well-spoken as she looks on television, and appears to have a good, strong head […]

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Book Review : Dark Eden by Chris Beckett

Title : Dark Eden Author : Chris Beckett Genre : Sci-fi Publisher : Broadway Books (Crown Publishing) Pages: 448 Publish Date : April 1st, 2014 Source : Netgalley / Publisher ARC Rating : 4/5 Dark Eden reminded me of Shaman. But while Shaman was of evolution on earth, Dark Eden is about the evolution of […]

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Audiobook Review : Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

Title : Cold Sassy Tree Author : Olive Ann Burns Narrator : Tom Parker Publisher : Blackstone Audio Listening Length: 12 hours and 54 minutes Source : Library Rating : 5/5 This novel is situated in the fictional town of Cold Sassy, Georgia. It is told from the view-point of 14 year old Willis Tweedy. […]

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