Listen Up

I haven’t had much time for armchair reading during my kitchen renovation since multiple events have required me to move all of the kitchen paraphernalia from room to room.  I have many tales to tell about it all but I will refrain for now!

An upside to heaving China and mixers hither and yon has been listening to lots of good books on Audible.  It’s been a while since I’ve shared a reading list so here’s my latest listening list.

I’ll start with my favorite…

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You know by now what a fan I am of historical fiction and this novel is currently at the top of my list!  Count Alexander Rostov is called before a Bolshevik tribunal in 1922 and sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol Hotel for the crime of being and “unrepentant aristocrat.”

Upon his return to the Hotel he is unceremoniously moved out of his opulent rooms and ushered to an attic room which ends up opening many doors both emotional and physical.  Beautiful scene after scene and a sparkling cast of characters, this novel was magical!

In fact I liked it so much that I moved right on the author’s debut novel…

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It’s 1937 in a Greenwich Village jazz bar where Katey Kontent and her boarding house roomate have a chance meeting with a handsome banker sitting nearby.  Tinker Grey leads the two through a messy maze of events that take them from secretarial pool to New York high society.  Their year long journey is full of twists and turns and I enjoyed every minute!

I decided to revisit an old friend…

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I still love it!  The narrator, Sam Dastor, does an amazing job with multiple accents and switches seamlessly from character to character.

You know I’m going to include some WW2 in the list…

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Gentile architect Lucien Bernard, living in Nazi-occupied Paris, is an unlikely candidate for devising secret hiding places for Jews but when he is approached by a wealthy industrialist he is unable to resist the challenge.  The hiding places themselves are incredible but the transformation of Bernard as the suffering of the Jews becomes personal to him is the real story here.

Ok, I did listen to more than one WW2 tale!  The second one is set in Poland…

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Karolina’s Twins was inspired by true events of a Holocaust survivor’s drive to locate two sisters who were lost during the war.  In our story elderly Lena Woodward finds a lawyer/investigator team of husband and wife to assist in her search.  Simultaneously her son is suing for control of her estate on the grounds that she is mentally incompetent.  A tale about love and survival, the heartwarming ending was a pleasant surprise.

After that I needed something totally fluffy and this delightful debut novel was spot on…

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A bored Queen Elizabeth decides to search out a bit of fun by running away from Buckingham Palace.  Mrs. Queen Takes the Train is a whirlwind jaunt that brings the Queen to life and gives us a glimpse of life behind the palace walls.  It is absolutely nothing but pure fun!

Here’s hoping that the kitchen hoopla is winding down to a close before Audible runs out of titles to get me through!

I hope your holiday preparations are coming along…

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