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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Magic Hour (audio version)- Six Sentence Bookish Thoughts #75



What Magic Hour is about:
Having retreated to her western Washington hometown after a scandal left her career in ruins, child psychiatrist Dr. Julia Cates is determined to free the extraordinary little girl she calls Alice from a prison of unimaginable fear and isolation. To reach her, Julia must discover the truth about Alice’s past—although doing so requires help from Julia’s estranged sister, a local police officer. The shocking facts of Alice’s life test the limits of Julia’s faith and strength, even as she struggles to make a home for Alice—and for herself. 


I've really embraced audio books and 2013 looks like it will be a fantastic year of listening to books. I'm so glad that I started with Magic Hour. I found it hard to tear myself away from the car when I would get to my destination because I was so engrossed in the story.  I needed to know who "Girl" was and how she came to be living out in the forest. For the most part I enjoyed the narrator, but I did find myself annoyed every once in a while when I thought she could have put more feeling behind some of her words.

Recommend? Yes, but just know that at times I felt that Suzanne's narration was lacking in energy.

Narrator: Suzanne Toren

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Six Sentence Bookish Thoughts #75
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24 comments:

  1. This past week I got 4 audio books from the library - 3 of them had narrators I couldn't deal with -- maybe I was just in a bad mood but they irked me...LOL That's why I love the library - no $$ lost when I pick a loser.

    Finally found a decent one.

    (I am curious about this book)

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  2. I've become a big fan of audiobooks in the past year or so. The story sounds good but I agree that it's disappointing when a narrator leaves you wanting more energy.

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  3. I agree - good narrators are essential!

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  4. I like audio books too. I like to listen to them when I'm sewing or traveling.

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  5. This was my favorite book by Hannah...or one of them. Although I read it. I am not convinced that audio books are for me, especially now that I'm not commuting anywhere regularly.

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  6. I'm focusing on more audiobooks too this year. I totally understand about the narrator. I felt the same way about the last audiobook I listened to.

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  7. I'm so happy you've become an audiobook fan! They really do allow us to fit more books into our lives. I haven't read Kristin Hannah in a long time, but this does sound like a good one.

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  8. Can you believe I've never read Hannah's work? I need to remedy that this year!

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  9. For some reason I just can't embrace audio books as much as reading it myself. Sorry the narrator wasn't better. How are you, anyway? Been missing you and thinking about you. {{hugs}}

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  10. Sounds like an interesting book. Narrators can make or break the story, but sounds like she did pretty good if you found it hard to break away.

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  11. Sounds like a good one for me to listen to on my morning and evening commute to and from the office.

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  12. You are on fire listening to audiobooks! I have yet to finish one for 2013, but am close on two.

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  13. I'mgetting to be quite a fan of audio, too. But the narrator can make such a difference.

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  14. I love books that you can't pull yourself away from! I hate the narration was off, but glad the story overall was a win! I am adding this to my TBR!

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  15. One of these days I will try Kristin Hannah. I am pretty sure I will love her books when I do finally get to them.

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  16. I enjoy Hannah's books. I haven't read this one yet so maybe I'll look into getting it in audio. Like you I'm really enjoying audiobooks now. You can knit while listening!

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  17. Sadly, since Gage needs me to be attentive in the car these days I don't listen to very many audiobooks :( I miss them.

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  18. If I didn't listen to audiobooks, some months (cough-like January-cough) would be barren of completed novels. Since starting my blog (6.5 years ago), I have evolved from 1 audio - 2 books to 2+ audios - 1 book. I used to only listen while walking/exercising, but now it's pretty much any time I can, I do.

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  19. Not one audio book for me yet ... I miss them. Glad you enjoyed this one even if the narrator didn't quite tick all the boxes, I swear Winter Garden is brilliantly narrated :)

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  20. This sounds like a really great read! I feel like I say this a lot but this is ANOTHER author that I've been wanting to try for quite some time. I'm going to go ahead and add this one to the TBR list!

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  21. I never listen to audio books, mainly because I've had too many bad experiences with annoying narrators. I know I really shouldn't let that keep me from listening, but I'm so picky when it comes to narrators and my mind wanders a lot while reading. I have heard that Jeremy Northam narrates audio books, and since I could listen to him read the dictionary, I'll have to check those out, LOL!

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