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The Anatomy Lesson by Philip Roth, read by Malcolm Hillgartner

The Anatomy Lesson is the third in Philip Roth’s Nathan Zuckerman novels. If you look back through this blog you’ll see it’s not long ago I reviewed another book by Philip Roth, narrated by Malcom Hillgartner. It was a considerable … Continue reading

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The Unseen World by Liz Moore, read by Lisa Flanagan

Alzheimer’s is a heartbreaking disease and I found myself crying at points during The Unseen World. It reminded me of how my grandmother struggled to care for her husband in his late years with Alzheimer’s. My husband also has a grandparent with … Continue reading

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The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (read by the author)

In The Argonauts Maggie Nelson presents her well considered, sometimes complex thoughts and experiences of love, gender, sex, pregnancy, parenthood and family in contexts outside of the traditional. Perhaps the most important takeaway from the book is the lesson that … Continue reading

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Strange, Seductive and Powerfully Sensual: Deborah Levy’s “Hot Milk”

Oh my gosh what an exciting novel Hot Milk is. I was a bit worried by the title that I was about to read some sort of weird MILF erotica. Just to be clear, it isn’t MILF erotica (or any … Continue reading

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What Belongs to You, by Garth Greenwell, read by Piter Marek

Garth Greenwell’s quiet but urgent style is superb and this, his debut, is stunning in every respect. His novel is a profound dissection of a character caught between desire and morality. A young American man is working as a teacher in Bulgaria. There he meets and … Continue reading

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The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood, read by Alisa Piper

What have you done Charlotte Wood? You have made Golding’s Lord of the Flies for this century and you have made it so very thrilling and real. Verla wakes from a drugged sleep. She doesn’t know where she is, nor why she’s … Continue reading

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The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth, read by Malcolm Hillgartner

Philip Roth is one of the finest writers in the United States and Blackstone Audio’s pairing of this book with Malcolm Hillgartner’s narration is an excellent match. An older Nathan Zuckerman recalls a visit to his idol and mentor E. I. Lonoff, … Continue reading

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Horror by George Eliot? Yes Really!

Clive Chafer sets an ominous, foreboding tone for George Eliot’s unusual horror story. The Lifted Veil is a big break from the George Eliot I’m used to – the George Eliot of Middlemarch and The Mill on the Floss. We’re introduced to Latimer, a dying man … Continue reading

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The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel, read by Mark Bramhall

I nabbed The High Mountains of Portugal on release day and began reading it immediately. I’d been looking forward to another Yann Martel story. I’ve loved Self, The Life of Pi and Beatrice and Virgil and wondered where Martel will go next. When I reached the … Continue reading

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Radical: My Journey out of Islamist Extremism (by Maajid Nawaz, read by David Linski)

“Most Muslims are not Islamists.” This critical distinction between Islam and Islamism is the focus of Radical, Maajid Nawaz’s powerful memoir. He explains a simple but incredibly important concept: Islamism is a political ideology masquerading as religion. As a recruiter for an … Continue reading

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