The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff –5 out of 5 stars for me! —read by Jennifer Wydra and Kyla Garcia —Great readers —About a circus during the Nazi takeover of Germany —A few incidences of cruelty described —Excellent writing —Excellent story Read a full review on Goodreads here!
July 8, 2017 Still Alice by Lisa Genova —read by the author, who reads it well —very well written –not an actual true story but researched thoroughly —teaches the heartache of Alzheimers in a very interesting novel form Read full review at Goodreads!
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick —read by James Langton —delightful —great reader Read full review at Goodreads!
The Shack by William P. Young —read by Roger Mueller —his reading was a little too sweet considering the first part is about a daughter’s brutal murder —I’ll probably offend many by saying I didn’t like it —very religious which I think is great —I just don’t think he’s a very good writer —in his […]
Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies: The Real West by David Fisher —read by Tom Wopat —loved it! —SO interesting —goodreads.com didn’t give it very favorable reviews however Read a full review at Goodreads!
The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett —read by Alan Bennett and Maggie Smith —Loved it! —He is another of my favorite authors —Can’t beat Maggie Smith’s acting —True story Read a full review at Goodreads!
The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald -read by William Dufrisu -excellent reader -the book is very literary. Not for everyone. Not much action. -makes you wonder how people can live so selfishly Read a full review at Goodreads!
Stars Over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner —read by Ann Marie Lee —she read too slowly and I had to put the speed up to 1.25 —I have liked all the other Meissner books I’ve listened to but not this one —interesting info on the making of “Gone With the Wind”, but the story itself […]
At our yearly family reunion in July, we have a tea party for the granddaughters. Out of 18 grandkids, there are only four girls. They deserve some time without the boys. This year, at the suggestion of a creative daughter-in-law, our tea party will include a book review of Princess Academy by Shannon Hale. Hopefully […]
The Virgin Queen’s Daughter by Ella March Chase -very good reader. Well written. Gives a nice review of Queen Elizabeth I. -Father: “What would Father Richard say?” Nell: “He would say, ‘Our task on earth is to love God and love one another and try not to squabble over details. God will sort things out […]
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