• by Maryanne O'Hara
  • Narrated by Madeleine Lambert
  • 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Cascade, Massachusetts, 1935. Desdemona Hart Spaulding, a promising young artist, abandoned her dreams of working in New York City to rescue her father. Two months later he is dead and Dez is stuck in a marriage to reliable but child-hungry Asa Spaulding. Dez also stands to lose her father’s legacy, the Cascade Shakespeare Theater, as the Massachusetts Water Authority decides whether to flood Cascade to create a reservoir. Amid this turmoil arrives Jacob Solomon, a fellow artist for whom Dez feels an immediate and strong attraction.
As their relationship reaches a pivotal moment, a man is found dead and the town accuses Jacob, a Jewish outsider. But the tide turns when Dez’s idea for a series of painted postcards is picked up by The American Sunday Standard and she abruptly finds herself back on the path to independence. New York City and a life with Jacob both beckon, but what will she have to give up along the way?


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Read It - Don't Listen to It

Over the three years that I've been a constant Audible listener, I've learned well that a narrator can either enhance or detract from my enjoyment of a book. In the case of Cascade, Madeleine Lambert nearly ruined what I think was probably a pretty good novel. As at least one reviewer noted, her rendering of the male voices was clumsy and very distracting; moreover, Ms Lambert read the entire novel in the same tone and cadence. For example, the lines, "The man she wanted thought the worst of her" and "It was fall but unseasonably warm" carried the exact same intensity, and a love scene that could have been quite sensual if read by a difference narrator (Maggi-Meg Reed comes to mind, but there are many other very talented female readers) falls flat. I haven't heard Madeline Lambert read before. Did she have a cold while she was narrating Cascade, or does she always sound like this?
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- Swallowtail

Good story - poor recording

It was a good story, but I think I would have enjoyed it more in a book. I do most of my reading by audiobooks, but this reader did not do well with male voices. I can frequently lose myself in audiobooks, but each time she tried to do a male voice, it was jarring. It could have been edited to work around trying to mimic a male voice and been a much better recording.
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- Glenda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-21-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.