Category Archives: 5 stars

The Gravity of Love by Sara Stridsberg

Translated from the Swedish by Deborah Bragan-Turner, read by Kristin Milward I didn’t expect this to be so darkly beautiful but The Gravity of Love by Sara Stridsberg gets 5 stars (6 if I could!) from me. It’s a truly … Continue reading

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The Party Wall by Catherine Leroux

Translated from the French by Lazer Lederhendler, narrated by Brianna Morgan The first thing that stands out about this novel is the format. In fact, it might take a few chapters before you are convinced it is indeed a novel … Continue reading

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Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors

Translated from the Danish by Misha Hoekstra, read by Kate Rawson Sonja is the first in her family to have gone to university. She moved from her small rural hometown to the bustle of Copenhagen where she translates popular Swedish … 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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Missing Person (by Patrick Modiano, read by Bronson Pinchot)

Written in a smoky, noir style with an existentialist flavour, Missing Person is a standout audiobook of 2015. The Missing Person is Guy Roland, a man with amnesia. Eight years ago he came to private detective C. M. Hutte for help in find out … Continue reading

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A Girl is a Half Formed Thing, by Eimear McBride (narrated by the author)

I’ve never read anything like this book. Starting this novel is like diving into unexpectedly cold water – it snaps you wide awake: For you. You’ll soon. You’ll give her name. In the stitches of her skin she’ll wear your … Continue reading

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The Story of My Teeth, by Valeria Luiselli

Translated by Christina MacSweeney, narrated by Armando Durán and Thom Rivera. “…the world of the mind is based on a compromise with logic.” (Vladimir Nabokov, Pnin) Absurd and thoroughly enchanting, the story and Luiselli’s writing are magical. It’s rare I feel bereft on … Continue reading

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The Green Road, by Anne Enright (read by Alana Kerr, Lloyd Jones and Gerard Doyle)

To say this book is a tragicomic Irish family saga boxes it all a bit too neatly and doesn’t remotely do justice to the book or the author. Rosaleen, the Madigan matriarch, asks her four children to come home for … Continue reading

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