So, my audio selections have been quite interesting and eclectic these days. Let me share what I've been listening to while driving around throughout the days- One thing that all of these novels have in common is GREAT NARRATION. The narrator can make or break an audio book and I've been known to stop listening just because I didn't like the narrator, not the story.
This is the story of Dex and Em. They meet on the day of their graduation from University and we then revisit with them on the same day for the next few decades. It's a story of love and friendship, growing up and growing apart and together again. Dex is a character you want to dislike, but somehow he worms his way into your heart. Em is the underdog woman you root to finally find herself and become who she was meant to be. I truly enjoyed this author's style of writing- the story was sometimes comedy and sometimes tragedy, but always true to life. Additionally, I felt a real kinship to the characters as the story begins in the 80's and I felt like I was aging right along with them.
Have I mentioned my love for Philippa Gregory and her Tudor series? This story takes place before the Tudors and explains how they came to be in power. Margaret Beaufort is the central character in this historical fictional account of how her son, believed to be the true heir to the throne of England, fights his way there. He, being the father of Henry VIII. Always rich in description and intrigue-Philippa never disappoints.
I have to admit, I did not know very much about Frank Lloyd Wright apart from knowing about some of the buildings he had designed. I knew nothing of his personal life and his eccentric lifestyle. Although this is a fictional account of Frank's life with the Four Women he's involved with over his lifetime, it's based on true accounts. The real fiction coming from the perspective of one of Frank's apprentices, who's telling the story.
Although it did drag a bit sometimes- The Women is quite a fascinating story and holds up to the idea that you can like a person's work and just not like the person. Although I liked this book, I found this version of Frank Lloyd Wright very unlikeable.
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This story starts out with 13 year old, Petra who along with her best friend, Sharon share a love for all things David Cassidy. Twenty-five years later, while dealing with the death of her mother and the end of her marriage, Petra finds out she had actually won a contest to meet David Cassidy and her mother hid it from her. In a twist, the original magazine editor who sponsored the contest, finds out and arranges for Petra and Sharon to meet their former teen idol today.
Being a child during this time period and owning every David Cassidy record ever produced, I so am connecting to Petra and her 13 year old self as she deals with growing up and learning to deal with boys, friendships, etc...I'm hopeful for the how this books ends up. So far, so good.
Hopefully, I've given you some audio books for thought, should you be in the mood to listen, if not, content wise these are all great reads, so pick up a copy and read them.
If you're still in the mood to listen, check out my other blog, where Beth and I compare and contrast the Nook vs Kindle. You can also find us on iTunes, key words- Deb and Beth.