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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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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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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 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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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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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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The Story of the Lost Child, by Elena Ferrante

Translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein, narrated by Hillary Huber. “I’m a scribble on a scribble, completely unsuitable for one of your books…one doesn’t tell the story of an erasure.” Lila has disappeared and has destroyed as much evidence of … 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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Travelling Heavy: A Memoir in Between Journeys by Ruth Behar (read by Sally Martin)

Travelling Heavy is Ruth Behar’s memoir of her life as an anthropologist from a Yiddish-Sephardic-Cuban-American family. That in itself makes Behar’s story a curiosity. I’d like to credit Sally Martin for her fantastic narration of this audiobook. There are words from so many … Continue reading

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