From Eileen Effrat
author: Pears, Iain
William John Stone, a wealthy London industrialist, falls to his death from his London townhouse window. Is it an accident, murder, or suicide? The search to uncover the truth behind his mysterious and untimely death follows Stone’s colorful life from 1909 London back to 1890 Paris and 1867 Venice. His life was played out against a backdrop of high stake international finance, espionage, and international arms dealing.
This book has a very intricate plot, great settings, and well developed characters. Don’t let the 800 pages scare you off. I could not put this book down.
From Ellen Druda
author: Richards, Keith
Life [sound recording]
While Keith may just think it’s “a life” like any other musician’s, clearly his experiences have been way over the top. His candid recollections about drugs and other bad behavior while being a huge celebrity, his brushes with death, and his narrow escapes from legal entrapments make this memoir seem
almost fictional in the telling. The audiobook version is told in three different voices (Johnny Depp & Joe Hurley, and Keith himself) and seem to switch for no logical reason, making jarring transitions. While I longed for more Rolling Stones backstory and gossip and less details about the different kinds of smack available to a rocker, Richards comes across as a likeable and decent guy.
From Charlene Muhr
author: Wharton, Edith
The house of mirth [sound recording]
I recently listened to the audio book The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, read by Barbara Caruso. Caruso mesmerizes the listener with her reading of this classic novel. Wharton’s novel was first published in 1905, and it was her first important work of fiction. The novel deals with the social classes in the late nineteenth century. Lily Bart is twenty-nine, unmarried, and obsessed with wealth and luxury. She is dependent on her aunt for her meager allowance and the only way to secure her place among the upper class is to marry a wealthy man. Lily has passed up some marriage proposals, always feeling she could do better. She even turns away from her true love, Lawrence Selden, because he couldn’t provide her with the life she desired. Lily’s obsessions, gambling addiction, and bad relationships, cause her to fall from her aunt’s good graces and be rejected by her friends. Her world as she knows it collapses and she is faced with only one tragic choice.
From Edward, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Campbell, Ross
“Shadoweyes” by Ross Campbell is a graphic novel that takes place in a dark city named Dranac during the year 200X. The city is covered with disease, crime and garbage. Hobos litter the streets. The story is about a teenager named Scout Montana who becomes a strange super strong creature and becomes an inspiring vigilante known as Shadoweyes. And through her acts of justice she slowly becomes a hero. Her life comes to a halt, as it became harder and harder to change back to human form. She becomes separated from society and things aren’t as easy as before.
This graphic novel is brilliantly illustrated, but the plot can be hard to believe some times. For instance, she gains her powers from getting hit with a brick. The characters are a bit sketchy too. They are thrown at you, one after another with hardly any information to help the reader know what is going on. Other than that, the novel is decent, however I wouldn’t recommend it to people who want a good story, but to people who want something new.