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This latest Barbara Holloway mystery is about an open-and-shut case against Travis Morgan, who walked into his father's house and shot the man at his desk, his father’s bookkeeper, in front of two witnesses. However, Travis swears he’s innocent, and Barbara, a criminal attorney, believes him. Carrington MacDuffie gives a terrific performance, especially in portraying Barbara.... Read More
After a serious brain injury in Afghanistan, war correspondent Hannah Manning is staying with her sister's family in Ontario to recuperate. Because bright lights bring on blackouts, she sometimes retreats to an old root cellar, where she smells death and hears an old-fashioned sounding woman speaking with an unusual lilt. Is she hallucinating or in a time warp? Narrator... Read More
In this poignant story about second chances, Cassie Carmichael comes back to South Dakota to ready her family’s run-down ranch for sale after the death of her father. Instead, she finds herself giving sanctuary to animals and people who need rescuing and, in the process, finds herself. Narrator Carrington MacDuffie keeps listeners wrapped up in the story and its characters. She... Read More
From childhood through young adulthood, Ida and Jackson—“I” and “J”—have been together, first as virtual siblings, then as lovers. They’ve been through the deaths of their parents, in addition to the common wounds of growing up. However, even with all of the attendant drama, this novel lacks a compelling central narrative. Carrington MacDuffie does an admirable job of... Read More
Poet Lucia Perillo demonstrates a talent for the short story in this debut collection of 14 stories, set in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. Her poetic background is demonstrated in her lyrical prose. The stories’ settings are spartan trailer parks and low-rent homes; the characters are working-class females who face the world on their own terms, stuck in their lives and... Read More
Despite his intimate connection to the “Beat Generation,” there was far more to Jack Kerouac. Johnson reveals the many sides of Kerouac in a way that allows even those who’ve never even heard of the man to appreciate his many talents. With Carrington MacDuffie at the mic, this biography soars. Johnson’s work is filled with insights into how Kerouac grew and morphed into the... Read More
Since the late 1950s, the brash and beautiful Honey West has had a healthy cult following in novels, comics, and television. Now the alluring detective has been adapted to audio, and she’s found the perfect narrator. Carrington MacDuffie brings all the vocal sass, humor, and smarts needed to break a tough case wide open. In this first episode Honey goes undercover in Hollywood,... Read More
Donna Johnson grew up in the 1960s as part of a traveling Pentecostal revival group led by Brother David Terrell, a young, zealous preacher who was married with a daughter but involved in a long (and surely sinful) affair with Johnson’s mother. Carrington MacDuffie is at her finest in Holy Roller preacher mode, praying, shouting, casting out demons, speaking in tongues, and... Read More
Narrator Carrington MacDuffie captures the escalating tension between Abigail and Cade, who are thrown together in a California beach town after the death of Eliza Carpenter, who was Abigail’s mentor and Cade’s aunt. MacDuffie’s accent and range of inflections successfully evoke Abigail, a former city dweller, as well as many of the town’s residents. However, in the portrayal... Read More
Carrington MacDuffie's performance and this story start out in the same fashion—a little slow and stiff—but both warm up apace. Former NYPD detective Tony Mauricio, retired after being badly injured on the job, is new to Silver Bay, Oregon. He quickly befriends a local family composed of Marnie, a widowed shop-owner; Stef, her artist daughter; and Van, her granddaughter, a... Read More
Kate and Mary Romero live in present-day El Paso, but their father, a minister, has isolated them from modern temptations, including the Internet. When he dies unexpectedly, the teenagers are left alone to cope with the outside world; take care of their mother, who is in a persistent vegetative state; and decide on their futures. Narrator Carrington MacDuffie's expressive... Read More
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As the title suggests, David Margolick's intriguing chronicle gives dimension to two women, one black and one white. Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Massery were the teenagers whose 1957 photo came to symbolize the emotionally charged Civil Rights struggle for school integration. Narrator Carrington MacDuffie demonstrates her award-winning style in a performance that is as clear... Read More
Entry into this audio is a bit bewildering as Julie Otsuka’s novel uses a first-person-plural point of view to meld the collective stories of Japanese mail-order brides at the turn of the twentieth century. Narrator Samantha Quan quickly dispels the confusion as she delivers the story with a rhythmic cadence. Each “we” introduces the listener to a new chorus of emotions and... Read More
One would not expect soldiers of the realm to slaughter nuns in monastery after monastery. When the soldiers attack St. Christopher’s Abbey, Highlander Scott Robert MacGregor comes to the rescue. He soon finds out that one of the abbey’s inhabitants is no ordinary nun. Carrington MacDuffie turns this classic bodice-ripper into a delightful romp through the British Isles,... Read More
Set in Canada and structured as a series of recorded therapy sessions, NEVER KNOWING questions the meaning of family and blood relations. Carrington MacDuffie’s narration sounds less like a reading of a novel and more like a story told by an older woman remembering her youth. Sara Gallagher discovers that her biological father is a famous serial killer and must confront his... Read More
In Wilhelm’s twelfth Barbara Holloway novel, the Eugene, Oregon, defense attorney whose previous trial maneuvers have galvanized listeners tries for a low profile. She’s just helping out her neighbors by working to prevent a deportation. But, despite her best efforts, the compelling case overtakes her, bringing her to the jungles of Belize. Carrington MacDuffie effortlessly... Read More
"I wished I had died before I ever loved anyone but her," Ernest Hemingway wrote of his first wife, Hadley Richardson. This remarkable audiobook imaginatively recreates Hemingway’s world as seen through Hadley’s eyes. Narrator Carrington MacDuffie portrays this ardent yet grounded woman well, capturing her departure from ordinary life as she falls headlong in love with “Nesto.”... Read More
Tallman’s series features Sarah Woolson, a nineteenth-century San Francisco attorney who defends the downtrodden and oppressed when no one else will take their cases. In this fourth installment, the primary story concerns several inexplicable murders for which Sarah’s clients, Chinese immigrants, are being blamed. Carrington MacDuffie’s portrayal of Sarah is commanding yet... Read More
This second book in the Century Quartet reunites four children from four cities—Harvey from New York City, Mistral from Paris, Sheng from Shanghai, and Elettra from Rome—in New York on their quest to find the Star of Stone. Carrington MacDuffie gives the four children distinctive, youthful voices with subtle accents that reflect their native lands. Her timing is perfect for... Read More
An early childhood memory of an ice cave leads the writer into short stories from her everyday life. Unable to give depth to her characters or even describe them, she relies on clichés and descriptions of her emotional states. Reading with a more lighthearted spirit than the author, Carrington MacDuffie adds the missing spark to the production. She employs her engaging... Read More
Though a bit dated and certainly not one of Le Guin’s most impressive works, this book is performed quite well, with Stephen Hoye and Carrington MacDuffie switching off as dual narrators. As two humanoid races prepared for a harsh winter in an unforgiving environment, they must overcome their prejudice toward each other in order to protect themselves from another race that has... Read More
In this sprawling family saga, author Daniel Klein explores the impact of cause and effect as he traces the history of the deVries, of Massachusetts. The threads of seemingly unconnected lives and events are woven into a story as complex as it is captivating. In particular, the plot involves Wendell deVries, a small-town movie projectionist, his daughter, and his granddaughter.... Read More
When four 12-year-olds—one from Shanghai, one from New York, one from Paris, and one the hotelier's daughter—unexpectedly find themselves sharing a hotel room in Rome, adventure is bound to ensue. On this December 29, as the friends set off in a blacked-out city, an unusual man gives them custody of his briefcase a short time before his death. The contents of the briefcase lead... Read More
Appropriately, characters throughout this story collection all experience some sort of fall: One falls out of love after discovering his wife's secret past; another falls out of favor with his grandchildren for his traditionalist ways; a third fears a fall from his academic goals. No matter the changes within them, each story is interesting and well narrated. Set largely in a... Read More
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