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No one captures Old New York society like Edith Wharton, and no one could perform this satirical audiobook better than Carrington MacDuffie. With a gift for tone and a wide array of character voices, MacDuffie brings us a complex story of family, status, and social flaws that seems, in many ways, wholly contemporary. The audiobook takes place in 1920s America, yet MacDuffie... Read More
Carrington MacDuffie impressively presents this lackluster story, reminiscent of an English manor house mystery--except this is set in North Carolina. Listeners meet troubled 30-something Cameron Clewe and retired librarian Jane Hunter. Jane is hired to catalog Clewe's massive book collection, which is heavy on mysteries. Colorful descriptions of eccentric characters and... Read More
Lillian Waters is a country and western star whose glow has faded-- but hasn't burned out. Carrington MacDuffie offers an excellent performance of this audiobook, lending "Water Lil" an appropriate rough-around-the-edges aura that suits her hardscrabble past. The audiobook is easy to embrace. It's a classic rags-to-riches, root-for-the-underdog, rise-from-the-ashes tale with a... Read More
Carrington MacDuffie narrates this biography of the award-winning poet and ecologist W.S. Merwin. She speaks clearly and simply, complementing the poet's love of nature and suiting the book's target audience of young children. In addition to being a renowned poet (he was a two-time U.S. poet laureate), Merwin was concerned with preserving the natural world. The story skims... Read More
Carrington MacDuffie gives an inspired narration of this sweeping Jewish-American family saga spanning the twentieth century. In the early 1930s, Belle, who is from a conservative family, marries Eastern European immigrant Isaac Kaplow. First-rate narration and descriptive writing combine to immerse the listener in the lives of Belle, Isaac, and their children, Sophy and Vivie,... Read More
An ensemble of nine move through the past and present with each giving their point of view in a single chapter. When August returns after 14 years to bury his mother's ashes in the small island town of Saiorse, he sets in motion the unearthing of all the town's secrets, including the truth behind his friend's murder. The abundance of one-chapter narrations makes the numerous... Read More
Carrington MacDuffie's performance is compelling in this novel focusing on the secrets we keep and the shadows that haunt us. A childhood lost to the Holocaust has tormented Paul for most of his adult life. Eventually, it leads to his divorce from Eve after years of serial philandering. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, however, Paul feels the need to return to Germany. He asks... Read More
This engaging audiobook occupies a comfortable niche between gossip and sociology, after the fashion of Truman Capote's own famously unfinished novel, ANSWERED PRAYERS. That book forms the nexus for this group biography of the elegant society women whose secrets Capote so wantonly revealed there. Narrator Carrington MacDuffie effectively holds together the varied strains of a... Read More
Narrator Carrington MacDuffie doesn't miss a beat presenting the quirky town of Arnold Falls (named after Benedict Arnold), in the Hudson Valley, New York. Its lovably eccentric residents and the author's charming writing are enhanced by MacDuffie's sublime delivery. Listeners meet Jeebie Walker, a gay 40-something New York City transplant, and his wide circle of friends.... Read More
Narrator Carrington McDuffie communicates the revolutionary spirit and intellectual depth behind spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson's most recent audiobook. With McDuffie's mature voice and thoughtful pacing, her sound has the stature needed to deliver this work, which blends the author's lyrical writing with ideas and sensibilities that seem to have come from the ancients.... Read More
Narrator Carrington MacDuffie offers a savory performance of a novel that reimagines Hillary Clinton's personal and political life had she never married. MacDuffie deploys considerable skill as the story focuses on young Hillary's whirlwind romance with Bill, offering an easygoing pace that allows listeners to relish the delectable sensuality. But when Bill proves less than... Read More
Hirshman's nuanced exploration of the legal, cultural, and political aspects of sexual abuse and harassment in the U.S. finds a lively and wise guide in narrator Carrington MacDuffie. She speaks precisely in a slightly husky voice that draws in listeners. Her tone and emphasis bring home Hirshman's points even though MacDuffie isn't emotionalizing her narration. Hirshman... Read More
Carrington MacDuffie's narration of this audiobook is first-class. Carys, a rare-book authenticator, seeks to uncover clues hidden in the ancient journal of a monk that may lead to the location of King Arthur's grave. Add to this an appearance by said monk, and listeners know they are joining a fast-paced adventure. MacDuffie's pacing allows the interweaving plots to unfold... Read More
With critical authors and talented narrators, this anthology explores the philosophical underpinnings of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, work. The purpose is to more fully understand his ideas in the context of his time and to examine how they might be comprehended and applied to the present. No singular narrator steals the show, but, rather, each is well paired with the essays that... Read More
Carrington MacDuffie narrates this work of creative nonfiction. As the author researched the history of a quilt that had traveled from South Carolina to Rhode Island, she managed to trace the American slavery system south to north, and back again. Due to lack of documentation, May had to imagine lives for the enslaved people she found through the quilt, while the lives of their... Read More
Carrington MacDuffie brings her vocal skills and narrative art to this remarkable collection of Robinson's essays—originally speeches given at various colleges and universities. MacDuffie's elegant intonation comes through in these challenging and thought-provoking works. Her clear delivery gives shape to the complex arguments and rewards the listener as the Pulitzer... Read More
Narrator Carrington MacDuffie sustains the emotional roller coaster ride in this mystery featuring defense attorney Barbara Holloway. MacDuffie is charged with delivering both male and female voices that run the emotional gamut from concern and horror to excitement and joy. She uses Wilhelm's keen character development to its full advantage to portray the many characters,... Read More
Carrington MacDuffie offers a warm, engaging narration of this work. To become a successful doctor, Susan La Flesche had to overcome multiple prejudices. She was an American Indian (Omaha), a woman, and, ultimately, a working mother. But she persevered and became the nation's first medical-school-trained Native American physician in the late nineteenth century. For decades she... Read More
Narrator Carrington MacDuffie portrays 12-year-old Cammie, a tomboy, with a youthful voice. Her story takes place during the summer of 1959 at the prison where her father works. MacDuffie perfectly captures the grief and anger Cammie feels after her mother's death. To fill the emptiness, she decides that Eloda, a prisoner who works as her family's housekeeper, will be her... Read More
Each of the 17 authors anthologized here took on a different Hopper painting from which to create a compelling, noir-laced story. A delightful range of works emerges, from the ironically funny tale of the ganja-smoking retired minister to the revenge story in which an abusive stalker falls into the perfect setup and the magic realism of a Basque family whose members need the... Read More
Narrator Carrington MacDuffie elevates this production to a fun and motivating listen. Melody Warnick decides she is going to fall in love with her new town, Blacksburg, Virginia, after a transient lifestyle. She conducts experiments to make herself feel more connected, but the strategies all feel a bit obvious: shop locally, join a community supported agriculture group,... Read More
Narrator Carrington MacDuffie takes just the right professional tone with this, sadly, rather dull in-depth examination of the twentieth century's premier art patron, Peggy Guggenheim. Guggenheim had a sharp eye, some charisma, and spunk. She brought great public attention to avant-garde artists of her time such as Jackson Pollock and Man Ray through her famous gallery, which... Read More
Narrator Carrington MacDuffie narrates the Bright and Fletcher mysteries for a reason--she can act, she does a great job with accents, and she gives each character just the right voice. Criminal lawyer Darren Fletcher and his romantic and legal partner, Izzy Bright, are hired to find the killer of a retired Supreme Court justice's nephew, who was found skewered by a large sword... Read More
So what caused the extinction of the dinosaurs? As Lisa Randall tells us, narrator Carrington MacDuffie provides a straightforward narration, which is all this book requires. Such is the case with most fact-based nonfiction audiobooks. The author posits that the gravitational influences of dark matter had a role in pushing a large rocky body, probably a comet, into a collision... Read More
Working in close quarters for the helicopter firefighting squad of Mount Hood Aviation, mechanic Denise and pilot Vern create heat of their own. Narrator Carrington MacDuffie fluidly conveys technical information about helicopters and their repair in a way that manages to engage listeners. She reads at a brisk clip, yet the story never seems rushed. And she's especially skilled... Read More
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