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7 04, 2014

Review: The Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley

By | April 7th, 2014|Categories: Audiobooks, Contemporary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

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the splendour fallsReviewed by Colleen Turner

Over the past few years Susanna Kearsley has become one of my all-time favorite authors. She has this remarkable way of melding and twisting the past and present together, creating these unforgettable, well developed characters and settings and spicing it all up with a sweet dose of romance. My love for her stories is so strong that I went out and bought every book of hers I could find after reading the very first one. Whether it’s this high expectation or the story itself I am not sure, but The Splendour Falls fell somewhat flat for me.

It’s important to note that I received an audiobook version of The Splendour Falls, which could be part of the problem. The narrator’s voice was beautiful and the way she read through the descriptions of Chinon, France really helped immerse

14 03, 2010

Review: The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

By | March 14th, 2010|Categories: Audiobooks, Contemporary, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

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the last song book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Bestselling author Nicholas Sparks has spun a beautiful tale of first love, familial bonds, and faith in God in his 16th novel, The Last Song. Sparks originally wrote the story in screenplay format before transforming it into the novel I had the pleasure of listening to in audio format.

Narrated by Pepper Bingley and Scott Sowers, The Last Song is about rebellious Ronnie Miller’s summer with her estranged father in the small beach town of Wilmington, North Carolina. Unlike her brother Jonah, Ronnie is not as willing to forgive Steve for divorcing her mother three years earlier. After Ronnie is framed for a crime, Steve gives her the one thing she needs more than anything: trust. As their

26 12, 2009

Review: Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan

By | December 26th, 2009|Categories: Audiobooks, Contemporary, Foreign Language Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Short Stories|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

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coverReviewed by Lauren K.

Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan is a harrowing and heartbreaking must read for anyone curious about or outraged by the often unspoken atrocities that are so common in Africa. This novel grips the reader and pulls at all kinds of emotions from the start. Akpan is an excellent storyteller who puts the reader right into the thick of his story lines and into the homes of the characters.This intimate look allows for the readers to not only see what the characters are seeing but also allows for them to feel the intense emotions that are unfolding.

Say You’re One of Them was the first audio book I have ever listened to and I

6 12, 2009

Review: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

By | December 6th, 2009|Categories: Audiobooks, Contemporary, Literary, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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1997f66fa8b84e8b21534073cb3d23ecReviewed by Vera (Luxury Reading)

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold hardly needs an introduction; I’ve heard raves about this novel ever since it first appeared in stores. Given its popularity, it’s no surprise that we’ll be seeing the words come to life when The Lovely Bones, the movie, is released on December 11th (I know I will be seeing it on opening day).

The book, or audio book in my case, opens with the death of the narrator, Susie Salmon. Walking home from school, 14-year old Susie is brutally murdered by her neighbor who artfully covers his tracks. Susie watches from heaven as her parents are told about an elbow found by a local dog, a hat, but no body. As she adjusts to or learns to tolerate her new surroundings, Susie’s family is stricken by grief