**spoiler alert** Daphne Mitchell, a successful general practitioner in a concierge medical practice is married to an even more successful oncologist.**spoiler alert** Daphne Mitchell, a successful general practitioner in a concierge medical practice is married to an even more successful oncologist. They've been together since childhood, although they really only got together in medical school. They've been together for a decade, married for 5. He arrives home late on his birthday and announces he's involved with someone else. This devastates Daphne for whom the announcement came out of the blue. Her friends and family want her to start divorce proceedings immediately and encourage her to date or at least have an affair and start putting eligible men in her way. But life throws a curve ball in the mix when her husband's younger girlfriend is grievously injured in a car accident and her husband turns to his wife to help him deal. Ultimately, Owen wants Daphne back, but is that because the girlfriend is dead or because he realized that he loved his wife? We only see her POV so we don't really trust anything he says. Ultimately after bemoaning that she wants her husband back, she decides that she's better off without him and that's it. I had a few problems. The narrator, Nan McNamara, had no vocal range for male voices. I always thought it was a woman speaking and if there wasn't enough context behind the dialogue, I was often confused about who was in the scene. I also felt that with friends like these, who need enemies? Does no one take marriage vows seriously? Infidelity is not the worst mistake someone can make in a marriage. Shouldn't you try counseling first? Shouldn't you try to make it work? Do both partners engaging in infidelity (which she does not do) make it right? I would look for better friends. There is a difference between someone providing their opinion and going out of their way to make sure you know they think you should split up with your husband. It wasn't like he had a history of serial infidelity or was a wife beater on the side. She seemed to come to the conclusion that her marriage had been a sham for years (they were only married for 5) very suddenly. I don't think anyone really came out ahead. ...more
This is getting 5 stars because conceptually, it's brilliant. Think Steampunk but not. The library at Alexandria never fell. It changed everything. ThThis is getting 5 stars because conceptually, it's brilliant. Think Steampunk but not. The library at Alexandria never fell. It changed everything. The Library is the fount of all knowledge and Librarians control everything. Books are currency like no other. There are other libraries. Daughter libraries, but they are offshoots of the Great Library. The Gutenberg Press was never invented. Or rather it was, but it was suppressed in favor of alchemy. Blanks where writing appears but the book is worthless. Obscurists are the rarest of talents, those who can make alchemy happen. They live their lives in the Iron Tower.
Jess is from a family of Black Market book smugglers. He is a strong believer the library and when his father gets him a placement in the next class of potential librarians he understands the catch. It is all toward helping the illegal family business of smuggling actual books. Owning actual books is a death sentence. Being a library postulate is different than he expected. For one thing, there is danger around every turn, but he grew up with danger. He didn't expect some of the danger to come from the Library itself. After growing up worshiping what the library stood for, what if it doesn't stand for that after all?
The book is well narrated by Julian Elfer and I can't wait for book 2. I loved how Caine handled various relationships and prejudices and love. Postulates can come from all over the world and they do and just because you share a common interest doesn't mean you see the world in the same way. Jess is not in lockstep with many of his class but each of them has a strong sense of right and wrong and while we are rooting for Jess, book one is all about grey areas. Definitely a step above anything else that Caine has done. ...more
I am not sure what I expected from this mystery but I am not certain I got it. I think I would have enjoyed it more had I read it rather than listenedI am not sure what I expected from this mystery but I am not certain I got it. I think I would have enjoyed it more had I read it rather than listened to it. Although it is narrated well overall with lots of tonal range, I had trouble understanding some of the words through the accents. I also had difficulty gauging the age of the different characters which ordinarily wouldn't be important but in this case age was rather critical to some of the key denouements of the story. Father Tom Christmas is attending the annual Robert Burns supper at the local inn when the proprietor goes missing and is found dead. He was not particularly old and the autopsy reveals poison. There are a lot of red herrings, some of which are very interesting. But the mystery of Will's death turns out not to be all that central to the story. It's important but there are bigger mysteries afoot and they get a little lost even though I think they are much more important than Will's death. The main characters are very interesting and I would definitely read another book in this series but I think I would read it not listen....more
Although I only gave this book three stars, I also enjoyed it much more than I expected to. Lucy Stone is the unlikely intermediary between her old neAlthough I only gave this book three stars, I also enjoyed it much more than I expected to. Lucy Stone is the unlikely intermediary between her old neighbors and her new neighbors in a bake sale to the death. When one of Lucy's least favorite new neighbors ends up dead Lucy has to figure out what is really happening in her neighborhood before dieting becomes the safe word of the day. The story was entertaining and Lucy and her family were much more likable than I remember from the last Lucy Stone. It was very readable. Only three stars because it wasn't particularly memorable. But I definitely enjoyed reading it....more
Vaclav and Lena were inseparable as young children. Both were Russian immigrants who were struggling to assimilate. But Vaclav had parents. Lena had nVaclav and Lena were inseparable as young children. Both were Russian immigrants who were struggling to assimilate. But Vaclav had parents. Lena had no one. One day, when she was nine, she didn't go to school. When Vaclav's mother goes to check on her she realizes that she cannot sit back and allow Lena to grow up in benign neglect because it is no longer benign. Lena disappears and Vaclav is crushed. Fast forward 8 years. Vaclav has not forgotten Lena but has no idea where she is. But Lena still remembers Vaclav's phone number and she calls him on her 17th birthday. They start seeing each other in secret but secrets have a way of outing themselves and Lena is hiding much more than she knows. The story is narrated well but it made the flaws more apparent. We get very little from Lena's POV but the story is really about Lena not Vaclav and not Vaclav and Lena and as a result it is slightly dissatisfying because we only know Lena as an appendage of Vaclav. Kirby Heywood, who narrates 85% of the book, does a terrific job but the story doesn't entirely hold together....more
Matthew King thought he had a good marriage. But as his wife lays dying in the hospital he learns that perhaps it wasn't as good as it appeared and heMatthew King thought he had a good marriage. But as his wife lays dying in the hospital he learns that perhaps it wasn't as good as it appeared and he has to deal with that while dealing with his two daughters, 10 and 17. He had been the absent parent, the fun one, but not the one who raised them in any meaningful way. Now, he has to figure out what being a father means at the same time he has to decide what being a husband meant. As they say goodbye to this once vibrant woman, they determine the course of the next stage of their lives. Jonathan Davis reads the story well but I never connected with any of the characters. I think the movie, which I haven't seen except for trailers, was very faithful to much of the book. ...more
**spoiler alert** This story tried to be too many things at once. Annie Applebaum had the marriage, the suburbs, the house, the daughter, now she's a**spoiler alert** This story tried to be too many things at once. Annie Applebaum had the marriage, the suburbs, the house, the daughter, now she's a divorced artist and columnist in her 60s bemoaning the ageism that swamps her. She joins JDate and begins dating the Viagra generation where she promptly falls in love with a suave older man who give her the sexual satisfaction she never got from her marriage but has the emotional maturity of a toddler. However, he gives her great column material and she starts to gain national recognition. Meanwhile, a man who has been a good friend and who admires her greatly and loves her, would like to make it more but she turns him down. She throws herself into her art and as she approaches her 70s finally finds her inner self. While I celebrate that message, I was disappointed in Annie's continued addiction to the emotional abuse she was getting from her suave and lying lover. And disappointed that she didn't want the man who wanted to give her everything including the world and space to paint and write and explore her nature. Ably read by Barbara Rosenblatt, I thought this could have been so much more, but maybe I'm just not old enough yet....more
This was a fascinating and entertaining look at why and how we develop habits. Using case studies, actual events, and advertising campaigns, we learnThis was a fascinating and entertaining look at why and how we develop habits. Using case studies, actual events, and advertising campaigns, we learn how we manipulate ourselves into doing things. The first 3/4 of the book is centered on life and has a lot of applicability in real life. Habits are not just doing something for 30 days. That isn't what makes a habit alone. You have to want to develop the habit and change from one thing to another. The last quarter of the book is devoted to business and while that is interesting, it isn't quite as appealing. The narrator is also entertaining. He speaks like a radio announcer, crisp diction and lots of enthusiasm. It is definitely worth a listen if not a read. ...more
Eve Dallas takes on a wild serial killer spree duo in her latest outing. The vicious murder would be just another killing if it weren't for the carvedEve Dallas takes on a wild serial killer spree duo in her latest outing. The vicious murder would be just another killing if it weren't for the carved heart with initials on the body. Almost too small to catch. But there have been others. Not in NY, not yet anyway. A Sheriff from down South comes to her precinct telling her he has evidence that a case of his is linked and that provides her the evidence she needs to get the ball rolling. This is more of a police procedural than these books often are and it was interesting for that reason, watching Eve and her team pull on each thread and figure out where it moved the knot. The cast of secondary characters was strong, as usual, but even the Sheriff was a welcome addition. Robb also moves the timestream along with Eve's people moving up in rank and skill. She's built a fascinating world and while every book doesn't hit it out of the park, they are all good reading....more