Astonishing historical fiction
Summit: A Novel
"A complex web of history, politics and mountaineering lore, inhabited by extraordinary but credible people, Summit will enthrall and delight its readers. This is the story of a Nazi push to steal a march on the British by attempting an unauthorized solo push to the summit of Everest just before the Second WW, and of modern diplomatic and clandestine efforts to manage the consequences of that attempt. Usually, it is a sad mistake for authors to record their own audiobooks, but Farthing's performance is magnificent -- fluent, well-paced and, thankfully well-pronounced (ever the short extracts in German). In all, a book I am very happy to admit to the furniture of my mind."
Another great one from Louise Penny!
A Great Reckoning: A Novel
"First, I have to say that if you are considering listening to this book and haven't yet listened to the other 11 in the series, go back and start at book one! Sure, they can stand alone - (Well, mostly. I don't think you could really do that with A Brutal Telling and Bury Your Dead.) - but trust me, starting from the beginning is more than worth it! This is the 12th book in this wonderful series, and Penny delivers once again! A twisted mystery, a great cast of characters, and recurring plot lines that keep you coming back. This one has it all! Robert Bathurst gives a great voice to this novel - you really couldn't ask for more!"
Difficult Subject Beautifully Covered
With Love from the Inside
"What a very difficult topic to cover well. I was immediately enveloped by the struggle of all of these characters, and my heart just swelled for them. This is one of those books that helps you re-evaluate your core beliefs about tough subjects. It may not sway you one way or another, but it definitely calls for self-reflection. A story of forgiveness (for one's self and others), perseverance, self-reflection, and above everything else love."