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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Enjoyable

Plot was good and the reader did well on many of the voices. The MC was just a little too "valley girl" for me, often came off as whiny and immature. That may have been the point, but it was a bit annoying at times. Otherwise, a well-written story.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-18

Great story - wonderful narration

What made the experience of listening to High Desert the most enjoyable?

The narrator did an excellent job of distinguishing characters' voices as well as expressing feeling where needed.

What did you like best about this story?

The wide range of emotions, and relative unpredictability of plot

Which scene was your favorite?

Can't pick just one.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I was willing to savor it, stop and come back, but was always eager for my next chance to listen.

Any additional comments?

Katherine V Forrest is a great writer, and this narrator really did her work justice. Very enjoyable all around, and highly recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-27-15

Good Story - Excellent Narrator

What did you love best about The Full Legacy?

A couple of interesting twists at the end kept this story from being formulaic or predictable.

What other book might you compare The Full Legacy to and why?

None come to mind, but that's not a bad thing

What does Elizabeth Shelley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her accent makes me understand the characters better. Some British idioms just come across better when pronounced by a Brit.

Who was the most memorable character of The Full Legacy and why?

Turner - mysterious, beautiful...what's not to like about that? The author did a good job of making the listener question her trustworthiness without ever completely disliking her

Any additional comments?

My first read from this author but would like to read more. Also my first listen to Elizabeth Shelley but highly recommend her.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-15

Fine Writing, Beautifully Read

Where does Blackmail, My Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best. A well-written story and wonderful narration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Blackmail, My Love?

Don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't read, so I'll just say the butch who spoke at the funeral moved me to tears.

Which scene was your favorite?

Hard to pick just one but I liked Lucille talking with Jo about sex

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but not because I wasn't enjoying it. Sometimes I needed to absorb a bit or recover from a very emotional scene before I was ready to go on.

Any additional comments?

I like historical fiction anyway, but would absolutely recommend this book. It might be especially instructive for younger readers, to get a view of what it was like "in the life" in the McCarthy era. Katie Gilmartin can really turn a phrase and beautifully captures the tone of classic1950's detective stories. Eva Kaminsky did a fantastic job of bringing the story to life.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-28-15

Barely got through it

What would have made Music of the Soul better?

Different narrator - at least for the main character's voice. She would have been fine as the sweet girlfriend but just didn't work for me at all as a hardened rock star bad girl. Also, the plot was just too predictable, dragging in parts and all heavy with too many cliches and unrealistic "cutesy" remarks by tough girl rock star.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something else in this genre - but not by this author.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Pamela Lorence?

Frankly wouldn't want to waste someone's talent on this lousy story.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Might be ok for young adult fiction - but would hope the young adults might have higher expectations in terms of the plot.

Any additional comments?

Don't mean to be unkind, but just want to spare anyone else wasting their time on this one.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-14

Great Historical Novel

Would you consider the audio edition of Beyond the Pale to be better than the print version?

I love print books too, but in this case, yes. The reader/author included much authentic-sounding dialect in Russian, Yiddish, etc, that I enjoyed hearing her pronounce, rather than just having to guess at it myself, which tends to slow me down and break the rhythm of my reading. Listening to it gave me a much better sense of her characters, as well as of the languages.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beyond the Pale?

The Triangle Shirtwaist fire, beyond question. Beyond my poor ability to describe, but absolutely unforgettable. I also enjoyed the tender moments between the two main characters, especially when they were in the camp.

What does Elana Dykewomon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Besides the pronunciation issue as I mentioned above, I felt the author/reader was truly invested in the story. There was a deep sense of historical perspective. I probably would have felt that if I had read the book as well but in listening to it, at times I got the sense of her barely contained outrage at various social/political/economic injustices.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really, although I listened to most of it on a long drive, so I had fairly lengthy sessions between breaks. With a book like this, I like a little time off to process the characters' experiences. But not too much!

Any additional comments?

Not typical of many book of this genre (lesbian fiction) in that it goes much deeper into the times and places than most. The romance aspect is very understated, as it would have been in those times, but still deeply felt. I graded the story down one star simply because there were a few times I would find myself ready for something else to happen (for the plot to move on) - but then it usually would. So not a book for those looking for some quick thrills, but if you're ready to spend some time and thought on an interesting story, this is the book for you. It still crosses my mind, months later.

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