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A review of The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

How important is the narrator to an audiobook? Many listeners have their favorites amongst narrators but often the narrator is a neutral presence. Not so Mark Bramhall who is a veteran audio book reader and one who makes an impression as he is the perfect reader for The Orchardist, a first novel by Amanda Coplin. The poetic and descriptive language is very suited to reading aloud and his somewhat slow and deliberative style suits this book perfectly. The Orchardist  ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
April 15, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty is a solid historical novel and the audiobook, downloadable through Overdrive or available on compact disc through Linkcat, is read by Elizabeth McGovern, the actress who plays Cora on the very popular PBS series Downton Abbey. She is a polished and accomplished reader and her interpretation add to the interesting story of the life of Cora Carlisle, who we meet when she is in her late thirties and is beginning a stint as a chaperone for fifteen Louise ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
January 9, 2013 | 3 comments
A review of The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to be a Better Husband by David Finch

Raising a family, holding down a demanding job, and sustaining a marriage are all big tasks, but as David Finch finds out, accomplishing all of these things as a person with Asperger's disease (a mild form of autism) makes them much more of a challenge. After several years of marriage some of David's habits were becoming increasingly difficult for his speech therapist wife Kristin and it was not surprising to either of them that when they completed an online Asperger's check list, David scored ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
December 26, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans is a novel that is hard to slot into a category. Might it be considered  historical fiction? A mystery? A love story? Or even a tragedy? Readers of this well written book will not care about this, but will be quickly drawn in to the story and the description of life on a remote island where the lighthouse keeper lives alone with his family. Tom Sherborne has survived years of fighting on the Western front in World War I and has returned to Australia to ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
December 13, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Gold by Chris Cleave

Chris Cleave is a very versatile author, with three very different novels: Incendiary about a terrorist attack in London, Little Bee which is set mostly in Nigeria, and now his latest book ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
October 2, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Creole Belle by James lee Burke

James Lee Burke is in top form in his latest book, Creole Belle, the nineteenth in his consistently well-written and entertaining series.  As this installment opens Dave Robicheaux, a deputy sheriff in New Iberia, and his long time friend and former New Orleans Police Department partner, Clete Purcell are still recovering from the traumatic events of the last book The Glass Rainbow. Dave is still in the hospital and on morphine when the book opens. He thinks he was ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
August 29, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Although she no longer has her TV show, Oprah Winfrey is still a book lover. She has started a new digital (2.0) book club to replace the one she had on the TV show and Wild by Cheryl Strayed was her first choice. It is easy to see why Oprah was drawn to this book. Strayed took an unusual and  brave step for a 26-year-old woman setting out alone to hike 1100 miles  on ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
August 8, 2012 | 0 comments
Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon

Looking for a fun and light summertime read?  You might try Wife 22, which could be called a middle-ager's version of Bridget Jones's Diary.  Instead in this contemporary novel there is no handwritten diary but there is heavy use of social media, such as email, Google, and Facebook. Alice Buckle has been married ...read more

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July 16, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Defending Jacob by William Landay

William Landay's new book Defending Jacob begins when a young boy in a sheltered and affluent community is found murdered (stabbed and left in a park). Andy Barber, an established and respected Assistant District Attorney, immediately steps up to  find the killer and then prosecute the murderer. Surprisingly it seems that his own son Jacob is the prime suspect and Jacob is eventually charged with the gruesome crime. Could Jacob really be a sociopathic ...read more

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April 19, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzier

In Hilma Wolitzer's latest novel, An Available Man, Edward Schuyler is that most desirable of single men; a widower who was a happily married family man, is in his early 60's and still employed as a science teacher. All of these attributes bring him to the attention of single women in his age group. Edward is however still mourning the loss of his wife Bee and does not feel available. There is no doubt that he is still grieving. In the opening chapter he is ironing his dead wife's ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
April 3, 2012 | 0 comments