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Alison

Alison Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom Member Since 2011
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  • "Enjoyable"

    Overall

    I did enjoy this but nothing like as much as the recording of Chocolat I bought first. I rate the content as 3 stars but give it 4 because of Juliet Stevenson's amazing reading. The story simply isn't as magical, as evocative or as charming as Chocolat - but that would be a hard act to follow! On the other hand it gives other characters a centre stage and the ending, if trite, is neat.

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    The Lollipop Shoes

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joanne Harris
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    Seeking refuge and anonymity in the cobbled streets of Montmartre, Yanne and her daughters, Rosette and Annie, live peacefully, if not happily, above their little chocolate shop. Nothing unusual marks them out; no red sachets hang by the door. The wind has stopped - at least for a while. Then into their lives blows Zozie de l'Alba, the lady with the lollipop shoes, and everything begins to change....

    Alison says: "Enjoyable"
  • "Just listen - it will captivate you"

    Overall

    Let it just keep going, because the start is a little slow. It's long - and it will be worth every minute of your time.



    Beautiful writing, and such expert narration.



    Sad and sobering though some of the story is, it's not written in a way that cynically tries to milk the pathos. In fact, most of the sad incidents are dealt with in such a matter-of-fact way, it helps you to deal with it, too. It is also a very funny book, with sly, sideways humour and sometimes some pure slapstick comic passages.



    I really did love this boo and was very sad to leave it.

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    A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys - best friends - are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    B. Dayne says: "A moving masterpiece."
  • "Perfectly pitched satire - along wi..."

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    If you like your humour satirical, bone-dry and pitch-black, you will probably like this acidic novel whose premise is the state of 21st century American life, and society.

    The plot is quite meandering and although the main characters are middle-class, professional Americans, you do feel the ferrous under-tow of sub-culture, of people falling through the gaps in society - or deliberately slipping away from the 'norms'.

    It is also a story of love, murder, family, damage and friendship. I found it very edgy and so it is not a relaxing read, but it did fascinate me.

    The key characters are Jewish New York state Americans and a lot of the pleasure in the book is to be had from these often very funny cast-members. The thread about the main character's Nixon obsession was very enjoyable too.

    Very well written prose and the narration is good. The reader has a gruff voice and yet managed to convey the characters with often very tiny changes to his tone.

    Content is fairly adult (sexually) and quite graphic (medically/physically), not that it bothered me, but you might not have it on during the school run.

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    May We Be Forgiven

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By A. M. Homes
    • Narrated By Nathan Osgood
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    Harold Silver, a Richard Nixon Scholar, has spent a lifetime watching his younger, taller, and more successful brother, George. But Harry knows that George has a murderous temper, and when he finally loses control the result is an act of violence which hurls the two brothers into entirely new lives. A savage and dizzyingly inventive vision that penetrates the dark heart of contemporary America to tell a darkly comic tale of 21st-century domestic life and how one deeply fractured family might begin to put itself back together.

    L Scott says: "Brilliant"
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  • Norwegian Wood

    "Coming of age?"

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    I was just flat out bored with this book a lot of the time and sometimes even unnerved. Only smal parts were interesting to me. I skipped great parts after half the book was over, especially because I didn't care about the characters (oh, they were all so very special....) and the story wasn't very likely either. Maybe coming of age stories are just not for me so melodramatic about little things..... And at the same times real tragedies are read (maybe it was not only the book, but the reader as well) like unimportant .....

  • Life of Pi

    "??????????????"

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    This book leaves me with a lot of questions and not about the plot. Why is this such a great bestseller, why is this to be said philosophical, why do so many people read such a book, why was this made in a movie????
    During listening to this book I was bored a lot of the time, I was angry about stupid assumptions, I was interested on some occations, I was glad the end got closer and closer....
    In the beginning the description of the young Pi are to long for me and the parts about religion are not very insidefull to me (taking on three religions at the same time, does not make it a world religion but stripping every religion from its meaning, or is: there is one or some gods, a real believe) besides some comments made me really doubt that the author really knows as much about animals as he wanted to make us believe (a cobra stolen from the zoo by a snake charmer is facing a live of serving?? What about they suffering from getting their teeth broken out).....
    There are very distgusting parts (e.g. the zebra gets eaten alive for a whole night and day....)
    The story is unlikly but that doesn't bother me. In the end (last 30 minutes) the story gets a really good turn (don't want to put it differntly, because it would spoil it for other readers) and makes the other part on the lifboat really symbolic, but the ten hours of description were to much.....

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

    "Slow start, but worth keeping on"

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    At the beginning I didn't like the story too much. It seemed to me the start was a little slow.... I often fell asleep while listening (but my eight month old daughter woke me often during the night so that might not be the books fault... Or it was just like it was for Harold, the beginning of the walk was exhausting). The way it was read made even harder for me at first, slow and a little too quiet for my taste. I started the book several times but finally a friend recommended it to me again and I decided I have to keep on a little longer than the first hour. I am so glad I did. The story was great: the characters had a believable and interesting development, it was realistic and well observed. The present story as well as the story of the past got more and more interesting and I realky liked the characters in the end. Highly recommend if you are interested in character development and the dynamics of relationships!

  • The Lovely Bones

    "Interesting topic and idea but"

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    I found it a bit boring after a while. Some Reviews say that is the reader but I just think the author didn't make enough from the idea. But it describes the Things that Might Happen to a family After One Child is killed. It Could have been a very moving Book, but I couldn't get warm with the Persons, because on the One Hand the Girl describes that she has emotions but the Text doesn't bring them to me, means It is written without feelings, Might be that is what the author wanted but it made it liveless to me. Or the Reader is the One killing the emotions? I am Not sure.....

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  • "Wonderfully moving and unusual story"

    5 of 5 helpful votes

    The reviews convinced me to try this story...and they did not let me down. A well told and beautifully narrated human story about everyday life regrets and the occasionally exceptional. Highly recommended.

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    The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
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    When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof, or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking - to save someone else's life.

    mr says: "Makes for a tired dog"

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    George Harvey Bone has an obsession with the pretty small-time actress Netta. He also drinks heavily and suffers from "dark" moods, where he enters a trance-like state and can't remember what has happened. Throw Netta's often-cruel treatment of him into the mix, and drama beckons.

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    Having inspired a classic film and Broadway play, The Caine Mutiny is Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life-and mutiny-on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater. It was immediately embraced upon its original publication as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of the Second World War. In the intervening half century, this gripping story has become a perennial favorite, selling millions throughout the world, and claiming the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

    G says: "a great story about life in the WWII US Navy"
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    Yara says: "A new point of view from Remy, but so much more!"
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    Sara says: "Relished every minute"
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    When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof, or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking - to save someone else's life.

    mr says: "Makes for a tired dog"
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    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    Jackie says: "A Thousand Splendid Suns"
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    The Kite Runner

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    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
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    Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him.

    Laura says: "Touching and gripping."
  • 4.3 (271 ratings)
    Middlemarch (






UNABRIDGED) by George Eliot Narrated by Juliet Stevenson
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    Middlemarch

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    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon's mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

    Caroline says: "All consuming"
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    A Prayer for Owen Meany (






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    A Prayer for Owen Meany

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    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys - best friends - are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    B. Dayne says: "A moving masterpiece."
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    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Barbara says: "Ideal choice for listening"
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    Sweet Tooth

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    Graeme says: "McEwan Takes Us Back To The Seventies"
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    Streetwise George and his big, childlike friend Lennie are drifters, searching for work in the fields and valleys of California. They have nothing except the clothes on their back, and a hope that one day they'll find a place of their own and live the American dream. But dreams come at a price. Gentle giant Lennie doesn't know his own strength, and when they find work at a ranch he gets into trouble with the boss's daughter-in-law. Trouble so bad that even his protector George may not be able to save him....

    Toni says: "Evocative"
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    The Help

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    Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

    Sara says: "Relished every minute"
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  • The Casual Vacancy (






UNABRIDGED) by J. K. Rowling Narrated by Tom Hollander
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    The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
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    When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    Ben says: "Stick with it"
  • Middlemarch (






UNABRIDGED) by George Eliot Narrated by Juliet Stevenson
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    Middlemarch

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    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon's mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

    Caroline says: "All consuming"
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UNABRIDGED) by Tatiana de Rosnay Narrated by Simon Vance
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    The Other Story

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    • By Tatiana de Rosnay
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    Vacationing at a luxurious Tuscan island resort, Nicolas Duhamel is hopeful that the ghosts of his past have finally been put to rest...He's now a best-selling author, but when he was 24 years old, he stumbled upon a troubling secret about his family - a secret that was carefully concealed. In shock, Nicholas embarked on a journey to uncover the truth that took him from the Basque coast to St. Petersburg - but the answers wouldn't come easily.

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    A Place of Greater Safety

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    A tour-de-force of historical imagination, this is the story of three young men at the dawn of the French Revolution. Georges-Jacques Danton: zealous, energetic, debt-ridden. Maximilien Robespierre: small, diligent, and terrified of violence. And Camille Desmoulins: a genius of rhetoric, charming, handsome, but erratic and untrustworthy. As these key figures of the French Revolution taste the addictive delights of power, they must also come to face the horror that follows.

    Ben says: "A fascinating, cold and brutal slice of history"
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    The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

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    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
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    When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof, or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking - to save someone else's life.

    mr says: "Makes for a tired dog"
  • The Sound of One Hand Clapping (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard Flanagan Narrated by Humphrey Bower
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    The Sound of One Hand Clapping

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    • By Richard Flanagan
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
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    In 1954, in a construction camp for a hydroelectric dam in the remote Tasmanian highlands, Bojan Buloh had brought his family to start a new life away from Slovenia, the privations of war, and refugee settlements. One night, Bojan's wife walked off into a blizzard, never to return - leaving Bojan to drink too much to quiet his ghosts, and to care for his three-year-old daughter, Sonja, alone. Thirty-five years later, Sonja returns to Tasmania and a father haunted by memories of the European war and other, more recent horrors.

    Anthony says: "Migration, racism, identity & violence in Tasmania"
  • 1Q84 (






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    1Q84

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    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
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    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Helen says: "Story sneaks up on you, so don't give up too soon"
  • The Grapes of Wrath (






UNABRIDGED) by John Steinbeck Narrated by John Chancer
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    The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By John Chancer
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    Shocking and controversial when it was first published, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece. Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel west in search of the promised land.

    Crocker says: "A audiobook masterpiece"
  • Follow Me Home (






UNABRIDGED) by Cassandra R. Fowlie Narrated by Cassandra R. Fowlie
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    Follow Me Home

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By Cassandra R. Fowlie
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    There has been an accident. A girl sits inside a car, her behavior seemingly indifferent to the chaos outside. Karle has been there for hours. Her eyes will not focus on what is happening outside. Instead she remembers the hours before she came to be there. She and her mother had been in the airport waiting for her brother Benjamin to come home. Karle's brother was a soldier who had just come home for shore leave. They had always been close.

  • Bliss, Psychology, and Her First Ball (






UNABRIDGED) by Katherine Mansfield Narrated by Elizabeth Ryder
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    Bliss, Psychology, and Her First Ball

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    • By Katherine Mansfield
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Ryder
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    Three delightfully intriguing short stories from the pen of Katherine Mansfield (born Wellington, New Zealand, 1888 - died Fontainebleau, France, 1923). In "Bliss" the listener is introduced to 30-year-old Mrs Bertha Young. She has everything.... The nameless He and She in "Psychology": He is 31; she is 30. She has invited him to tea. Their discourse turns to the future of the psychological novel.... Exactly when the ball began 18-year old Leila would have found it hard to say. This, "Her First Ball", is an enthralling experience but, at the same time, quite terrifying.

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UNABRIDGED) by Jennifer Handford Narrated by Tanya Eby, Christopher Lane
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    Mary Morrissey is living the life of her dreams. She has a loving husband, Tom, two daughters, and twin boys. But beneath the shiny veneer, Mary hasn't taken a calm breath in 10 years. She lives in a constant state of panic, afraid the secret she's kept hidden for so long will be revealed, shattering her perfect life. When addictively charismatic ex-boyfriend Landon James reappears during his high-profile Senate campaign, Mary's fears become even more real.

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    Vacationing at a luxurious Tuscan island resort, Nicolas Duhamel is hopeful that the ghosts of his past have finally been put to rest...He's now a best-selling author, but when he was 24 years old, he stumbled upon a troubling secret about his family - a secret that was carefully concealed. In shock, Nicholas embarked on a journey to uncover the truth that took him from the Basque coast to St. Petersburg - but the answers wouldn't come easily.

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    An enthralling literary mystery that connects some of the world's most famous authors-from Norman Mailer and Truman Capote to B. Traven and J. D. Salinger-to a sinister collector in Chicago. Adam Langer, the narrator of this deft and wide-ranging novel by the author of the same name, tells the intertwining tales of two writers navigating a plot neither one of them could have ever imagined. There may be no other escape than to write their way out of it.

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    A naïve parole officer in her first month on the job. An extremely good-looking convicted murderer. What could go wrong? These are some of Krissie's tips for fellow parole officers: Don't smuggle heroin into prison. Don't drink vodka to relieve stress. Don't French-kiss a colleague to make your boyfriend jealous. If only she'd taken her own advice... When she starts the job, Krissie is happy and in love. Then she meets convicted murderer Jeremy, and begins to believe he may be innocent.

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    When we experience something, usually the sharper end of the memory captures the images of that experience. It is the subconscious that tells us what images to adopt. Later on, if we delve deeper into these retained images, we may be able to re-live the experience, especially when there are regrets in the first place. They re-tell us the essence of that experience, which is the most touching and important part of it, and will stay with us in our mind for an substantial amount of time.

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    When Simon, a young gay English teacher, goes to work in southern Portugal, he doesn't expect to find a country in the aftermath of a peaceful revolution, nor to have an affair with Elaine, a female colleague. As both the revolution and the love affair turn sour, Simon learns the truth of the words of his friend, Luis: That revolution is an experiment you make with your own body. Charles Lambert was born in 1953 in England but, apart from brief spells in Ireland, Portugal and London, has lived and worked in Italy since 1976.