Month: December 2018

“The Lathe of Heaven” by Ursula K. Le Guin

“The Lathe of Heaven” by Ursula K. Le Guin

Narrated by George Guidall

I have always thought that I should try this author but just never picked up one of her books. Then, a couple of weeks ago, this one popped up on the Audible Daily Deal and I saw the narrator is George Guidall and I just couldn’t resist. You all know how much I enjoy George Guidall’s voice. George Orr has become a drug addict in the process of trying to avoid sleep. Why does he avoid sleep? Because when he dreams the outside world changes. He ends up in the care of Dr. Haber, a psychiatrist who claims that he can teach George how not to dream using an experimental machine he is developing. George gradually begins to think that Dr. Haber may have an ulterior motive in treating him and this leads to a disturbing series of events.

I don’t often dip into science fiction but I’m so glad I picked this one, and now I know what all the fuss is about with this author. This story is very unique and fascinating. The book was originally published in 1971 and if I had read it at a younger age I think I would have found it inconceivable, but reading it now, with all the technological advances since the 70’s, it doesn’t seem all that far-fetched. Dr. Haber was of great interest to me because of the way he starts out as being the benign “Sure, I can help you” kind of doctor from whom you don’t really expect much. He’s assigned to George, doesn’t see very many patients, and at the beginning seemed to see George as more of a bother than anything else. But then he begins to realize just what George can do and his transformation, while not unexpected, was nevertheless startling. George also goes through an amazing transformation as the story progresses. The story touches on some very intriguing topics, such as, where does a person’s value lie? What happens when an individual’s power goes unchecked? And, is there any such thing as a perfect society?

I also really enjoyed the pacing of the story. It was not rushed but moved along at a steady rate. Finally, of course, George Guidall again does an excellent job with the narration. He really knows how to present a dramatic story without forcing the drama. He doesn’t over-characterize with his voice but uses subtle changes to differentiate the characters. As you’ve probably guessed I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and I definitely would recommend this one.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

Happy Listening!

Links:   Amazon   |   Goodreads   |   Author’s website

“The Dream Daughter” by Diane Chamberlain

“The Dream Daughter” by Diane Chamberlain

How far would you go to save the life of your unborn child? One young mother is about to find out. It’s 1970 and Carly has recently lost her husband to the Vietnam War. Shortly before she had found out she’s is pregnant with their first child. A few months later, her doctor tells her that her unborn child has a heart defect that will be fatal once the child is born and there is nothing that can be done. Her physicist brother-in-law thinks he has a solution, but it’s a drastic one, and will take all of Carly’s courage to give her daughter a chance at life.

This story left me breathless and in tears at several points. The intensity of the drama surrounding the birth of Carly’s daughter is quite moving. The author has written the story in a way that really makes the reader feel like they are right there living the story with the character. And the characters are ordinary people who find themselves thrown into extraordinary circumstances. Their ability to stand strong throughout is inspiring and uplifting. In particular, I really liked how the author wrote the teenage girl to be so true to what every teenage girl I’ve ever met is like. The story line is unique and full of surprises. I think a wide variety of readers will really love this book.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

Happy Reading!

Links:   Amazon   |   Goodreads   |   Author’s website

November Round-Up

So we’ve been having winter for about a month now up here. Temperatures have barely crossed above freezing in the last couple of weeks. I was find it amusing when people in states further south talk about being cold. I was watching a YouTube video today of a girl talking about the great sweatshirt she bought and how great it is now that it’s getting colder in California. Ok, I grew up in California and they ain’t never felt cold over there. We had sweatshirt weather here for about 3 days in September and then got out the heavy coats (perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration, but not by much).

Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I’m going to talk about books. Have I actually even looked at a book during the last month? Let’s find out.

TBR – I added 6 books in November and read 5. TBR now stands at 189. To be completely honest, I also requested another 4 (or maybe 5) books from NetGalley in November but those requests have not been granted yet.

Goodreads Challenge – Failing miserably this year. I am 9 books behind schedule and have no hope of getting caught up.

NetGalley Score – This number went up by 1 to 87%. (Finally, some improvement)

John Connolly Challenge – I finished book 10. Six more to go!

Coming Up – I’ve got reviews coming of “The Dream Daughter” by Diane ChamberlainThe Dream Daughter and “The Cutting Edge” by Jeffrey Deaver. The Cutting EdgeI’ve just gotten started reading the British Crime Classic “The Belting Inheritance” by Julian Symons.The Belting Inheritance I will be listening to “The Lathe of Heaven” by Ursula K. LeGuin.The Lathe of Heaven That’s as much planning as my overworked brain can handle for today so you’ll just have to stay tuned and see what shows up here.

I hope everybody has a great holiday season and I will check in again as we roll over into 2019.

Happy Reading!