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text 2019-11-18 20:11
Reading progress update: I've listened 967 out of 967 minutes.
The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters,Simon Vance

This was an excellent audiobook, brilliantly narrated by Simon Vance. And Iove that Sarah Waters in the end doesn´t present all the answers wrapped up in a neat bow. Although,

 

now that I have reread this book, I don´t doubt for one moment that Dr. Faraday has killed off Caroline. But what about all the other things that has happened? Is "the little stranger" Dr. Faraday himself? 

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text 2019-11-15 10:12
Reading progress update: I've listened 859 out of 967 minutes.
The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters,Simon Vance

Seriously ...

 

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review 2019-11-14 18:53
Good book to be released in 2020
House on Endless Waters - Emuna Elon

Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley

When Yoel Blum breaks a promise to his dead mother by traveling to Amsterdam to celebrate the Dutch translation of one of his books, he does not know what path he has started to trod on.

Blum was born during the Second War when the Nazis occupied the Netherlands. His family lived in the Netherlands. His discovery of a family secret leads to an extended stay in the country as well as discovery aspects of himself that he though long dead. The story is told through Blum’s writing of a novel as well as his own mediations and experiences.

The best part of the book are the sections where Blum interacts with Amsterdam and his family. The book that he is writing is, the story of his family, is less engrossing. In part, this is because the family secret is easy to figure out. But the beauty of the writing in describing Blum’s internal conflict – not only with his newly discovered past but also with his present life.

The work is also a mediation of the effects of the Holocaust on those generation of adults who were hidden as children who faced not only the dangers of survival but also the trauma of being left by and then reunited with family. Elon also ties into the effect on the families of the present. It is this reason why Blum’s relationship with his family feels far more interesting than the plot set in WWII Amsterdam. Though to give Elon credit she does highlight the more common Dutch story than the one that everyone knows about Anne Frank.

Elon also writes Amsterdam extremely well. The descriptions of Blum walking though the city are beautifully written.

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text 2019-11-13 17:18
Reading progress update: I've listened 700 out of 967 minutes.
The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters,Simon Vance

I definitely have to bump up my star rating for this book.

 

Being stuck inside the head of this condescending creep Dr. Faraday is quite sickening. And it makes me want to get my trusted frying pan out of my cupboard.

 

This just shows how fabulous Simon Vance´s narration is. His narration truly adds something special to this story.

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text 2019-11-07 14:10
Reading progress update: I've listened 382 out of 967 minutes.
The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters,Simon Vance

I´m really enjoying Simon Vance´s narration. I cannot remember feeling the subtle dread and doom of this story the first time I read it and he has the perfect voice for Dr. Faraday:

 

He absolutely nails the pathetic, self-righteous do-gooder that Dr. Faraday is.

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