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"The Chrysalis," a painting by the fictional seventeenth-century Dutch painter Johannes Miereveld, unites the multiple story lines of Terrell's debut novel. The painting commemorates Miereveld's love for Amalia, the beautiful daughter of a government official. In this performance Carrington MacDuffie grabs listeners by the ears and doesn't let go. MacDuffie navigates the... Read More
Kate Jacobs's novel about the communal aspects of knitting celebrates the craft, which is finding renewed life in a new generation. Georgia Walker is a single mother who runs yarn shop in uptown New York City. Several of her customers come together to bond in a weekly night of knitting, noshing, and conversation. Walker’s 12-year-old daughter, Dakota, a budding culinary... Read More
Women tend to get short shrift in the Bible. Their mention is only " brief and elliptical?" according to Professor Vanessa Ochs. Many women appear as provocateurs, seductresses, and agitators, such as Jezebel. But Ochs shows that there are also characters and stories that can serve modern women as role models and sources of inspiration. Ochs makes a deep exploration of values... Read More
Jewelry designer Laurel Swann receives a package containing a Fabergé egg from her estranged father. An assortment of villains wants the egg as well, and Laurel must rely on her father's nemesis, Cruz Rowan, to keep her safe. Action alternates with romantic dialogue as Laurel, predictably, falls for Cruz. Carington MacDuffie handles this as well as possible, softening her... Read More
Bestselling suspense authors Jonathan and Faye Kellerman team up for a pair of mysteries whose theme is capital cities. MY SISTER'S KEEPER moves between Berkeley and Sacramento, California, and involves the murder of a progressive state representative. The story focuses primarily on female figures, so Carrington MacDuffie does the reading. The other story, MUSIC CITY BREAKDOWN,... Read More
On assignment in France, Alex Simons, a fashion writer for a British weekly who organizes her clothes so that she never wears different designers at the same time, ends up front-page news on the tabloids after a couturier runway collision. Then when cornered by paparazzi, she meets Nick Snow. Sparks fly as Alex and Nick make their way in the fashion world. Carrington MacDuffie... Read More
The lives being lived cheek by jowl in a luxury Park Avenue apartment building make for a delicious comedy of manners in these artful linked stories. Carrington MacDuffie does an enchanting Angelina Samoza, the Nicaraguan socialite with only slightly crossed eyes who has a slew of Guatamalan illegals living in her maid’s room. MacDuffie’s perfect Italian accent, quite distinct... Read More
Reporter Susan Michaels has fallen on hard times and is working the UFO/alien abduction beat in Seattle when she adopts a cat that draws her into the world of shape-shifters, dark hunters, vampires, and ancient feuds. It doesn't take long for her to throw herself into the middle of it all. As is typical of the genre, romance and steamy sex are in abundance. Carrington MacDuffie... Read More
Anna Fields and Carrington MacDuffie capture the rapport, love, frustrations, and gentle teasing between mother and daughter as they read this memoir by Perri Klass and her mother, Sheila Solomon Klass. The two women share their very different perspectives on each other, housework, child-rearing, and money, even as they travel the world and reflect on life with Sheila’s late... Read More
Carrington MacDuffie's name on any audiobook guarantees a skilled, sophisticated performance, and Adler's novel is a prime example of MacDuffie's expertise. She glides from one character to the next, providing distinct yet believable accents and voices for each. The novel itself, a glossy whodunit set against a variety of lavish backdrops, is a frothy and entertaining treat.... Read More
Multiple narrators bring a variety of delivery, vocal tone, and accents to seven short stories set in southern Appalachian locales. The narration is clear, often slightly accented, with easily distinguishable characters. Soft, sometimes melancholy, jazz music serves as breaks between stories. The last story, about a mystery writer and a fan, has two narrators and is... Read More
Holly Barker, ex-M.P. and more recently small town police chief, moves up with recruitment by the CIA. Her training moves fast; in fact, she's put into the field to help catch an ex-Agency rogue terrorist before her Virginia course is complete. Carrington MacDuffie is a good storyteller, and she easily steps into Barker's persona, capturing her intuitive style and her appealing... Read More
This title, by the author of SEX AND THE CITY, is another in the genre of "women who have it all and must struggle to keep it." The plot follows the lives of three successful women, each tops in her respective field of business, fashion, or show business but forced to make significant changes in her life. Carrington MacDuffie offers a crisp, practiced performance. Her use of... Read More
In this third installment of adventures of "women of a certain age," Thayer takes us on a tour of a year, from Christmas to Christmas. Shirley's Spa is growing in popularity, and the five friends continue their sharing, support, and humor. Carrington MacDuffie manages to give each of the five women a clear voice, using accent, tone, and energy to create unique personalities.... Read More
As this novel opens, narrator Lamour Harrington is at a crossroads. Her personal life, it seems, lies dormant while her professional life as a landscape architect is all about growth. Now is the time for her to close that gap and move forward from childhood memories and recent personal loss. Carrington MacDuffie offers a capable reading of an audiobook lush with description.... Read More
Carrington MacDuffie continues to demonstrate why she is one of the finest audiobook readers. The title is a typical Holly Barker novel, filled with action and adventure. This time around, Barker becomes a member of an elite antiterrorist intelligence unit searching for Teddy Fay, an elusive former CIA technology guru who appears to be killing foreign officials. MacDuffie's... Read More
Fresh from journalism school, perky Emma Gant arrives in South Florida in 1959 to become a byline writer for the MIAMI STAR. With a career and a married, older boyfriend, this gal is ahead of her time. Narrator Carrington MacDuffie skillfully paints a picture of Emma: young but self-assured, inexperienced but not afraid to step out in a man's world, beautiful but self-conscious... Read More
This heartwarming story will make you feel that you’ve made new friends and found a new neighborhood to visit. Carrington MacDuffie’s charming and sweet Southern drawl adds to the hominess and appeal of each character. MacDuffie has a delightful voice and the ability to personify both the kind and loving Elizabeth, the cranky but lovable characters of Attalee and MeeMaw, as... Read More
In this fictional biography of Marie Antoinette, written as a diary, we learn of the life and loves of the last queen of France. Erickson, who has also written nonfiction about Marie Antoinette, depicts the turbulent time of the French Revolution through the eyes of privilege. Carrington MacDuffie reads the diary entries with energy and enthusiasm. MacDuffie gives an... Read More
Claire Cook's histrionic story features divorcée Sarah Hurlihy, a preschool teacher whose love life becomes the center of attention for her meddling family after her sister places a provocative personal ad on her behalf. Hurlihy must deal with a diverse group of suitors while also trying to control her widower father and his demanding girlfriends. Carrington MacDuffie is an... Read More
Carly May has been hired by the aunt of an ambitious New Mexico politician to research the family history, but someone doesn't want that history written. Helping her sort out the genes and the scandals is Dan, a former Taos resident with a murky background. Incidents designed to discourage or even kill the pair alternate with cozy romantic dialogue. Carrington MacDuffie gives... Read More
This collection features novellas edited by Ed McBain, each with an unconventional perspective on death. Jeffery Deaver's FOREVER, featuring cop/statistician Talbot Simms, is a wonderful, albeit long, mystery. The attitude and tone Robert Fass gives Simms is masterful. Sharon McCrumb's THE RESURRECTION MAN is a penetrating examination of 1850s' Southern life, when medical... Read More
The adored daughter of a biracial couple, abused girlfriend of a drug-crazed rock star, and revered wife of Grammy-winning guitar icon Carlos Santana, Deborah Santana has walked many paths in her life. In this memoir, she writes with poise and integrity about her journey. Carrington Macduffie reads with sensitive grace, revealing the awakening heart of an impressive woman.... Read More
Gourmets and gourmands, in fact, anyone who eats, will enjoy these delectably read snippets from authors as varied as Herodotus, M.F.K. Fisher, and Cab Calloway. There are paeans to lobster, an article on bug eating, an Irving Berlin ditty on the automat, the requirements for a fifteenth-century Lenten feast for several hundred, a chapter on food and sex, and much, much more.... Read More
The revolutionary language in the title and program notes belies the engaging insights and calming wisdom in this excellent audio. THE FAST COMPANY contributor, career expert, and former media executive provides intuitive and intellectually sound ideas on how women can thrive in today’s toughest organizations. Be an adult woman in your leadership role, she says, rather than... Read More
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