Monday, September 23, 2019

0 Audiobook Review: A Keeper by Graham Norton


A Keeper: A Novel
by Graham Norton
Audiobook
Published August 13th 2019 by Simon Schuster Audio
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
9781508295792

Summary

When Elizabeth Keane returns to Ireland after her mother’s death, she’s focused only on saying goodbye to that dark and dismal part of her life. Her childhood home is packed solid with useless junk, her mother’s presence already fading. But within this mess, she discovers a small stash of letters—and ultimately, the truth.

Forty years earlier, a young woman stumbles from a remote stone house, the night quiet except for the constant wind that encircles her as she hurries deeper into the darkness away from the cliffs and the sea. She has no sense of where she is going, only that she must keep on.

My Thoughts

Graham Norton emerged onto the literary scene a few years ago with his first mystery novel Holding, which I enjoyed immensely. I too listened to it on audio. Norton has a pleasant voice full of personality that makes for a wonderful narrator for his novels. After I finished Holding, I eagerly waited for his second novel A Keeper.

Once again, Norton explores another small town in Ireland that holds its secrets dear. The chapters are broken up into "Now" and "Before." Before: chronicling Elizabeth Keane as she returns to Ireland after her mother's death to sort her affairs. While looking through memorabilia, Elizabeth discovers letters revealing a part of her mother's past that lay hidden her whole life. Elizabeth embarks on a journey to discover the secrets of her mother's dark past. Then: chronicles a young women's journey to find love and the terror that follows.

Graham Norton knows how to write a novel with unexpected twists and turns. His characters are as complex as his story. He once again delivers a fascinating story about the ins and outs of families and the length they'll go to to protect the ones they love. A Keeper is a thrilling story that will keep you glued to the pages or, in my case, earbuds.

*I received this audiobook from the publisher for review purposes. It in no way influenced my opinions.


Monday, September 9, 2019

0 Audiobook Roundup

This brand-new audio collection from the iconic Pulitzer and Nobel Prize–winning author is a listener’s delight. The two dozen short stories presented here have never been published on audio; these new recordings of classic stories will remind listeners of Ernest Hemingway’s incomparable mastery of the short story form.

John Beford Lloyd was the perfect choice to narrate this short story collection. Fans of Heminway will love it!








Discover the unforgettable and inspiring true story of Brian Banks—a young man who was wrongfully convicted as a teenager and imprisoned for more than five years, only to emerge with his spirit unbroken and determined to achieve his dream of playing in the NFL.

This is a powerful memoir about a man who was failed by the judicial system--from his lawyers to the broken prison system system. Everybody needs to listen to/read this book. It will change the way you look at the world.







From the author of The Other Boleyn Girl—a book about the devastating consequences of the slave trade in 19th century England.

I really like Gegory's Tudor novels, but I just couldn't get into A Respectable Trade. The narration was good. I have no complaints there. I just couldn't get into this story. I had a hard time connecting to the characters. Still, fans of Gregory might want to give this a go. Hopefully, they'll have a different experience than I did.
 

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