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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
This detailed account of Sonia Sotomayor's journey to the highest judicial appointment in the land is judiciously narrated in a style that also mirrors the candor of this hardworking Puerto Rican judge from the Bronx. Narrator Carrington MacDuffie employs assertive fervor in her tone, especially when describing Sotomayor's personality. She's the life of the party in one... Read More
Narrator Carrington MacDuffie navigates the humor and high-stakes intrigue of this first Highland Heirs romance. Edmund MacGregor would do anything to save his adopted homeland from English rule, even kidnap the fiancée of the Chancellor of Scotland. Edmund’s resentment and determination are clear from the first volatile scene of this story, and the growing bond between him and... Read More
Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell would feel comfortable unleashing her inner demons only in a format like this: Her longtime friend and colleague Malka Marom—who met Mitchell for the first time in 1966—conducts a course of interviews over several years, serving more as Mitchell’s confidante than interlocutor. At times, the women come off like a chatty coffee klatch, freely... Read More
This full-cast recording is the perfect production for Alice Hoffman’s linked stories of life on a two-hundred-year-old Cape Cod farm. The stories farthest removed from us in time are the most magical in genre, though in almost all, blood red pears, red shoes, and/or a white blackbird make an appearance. Hoffman leans heavily on repetition of these tropes and on certain... Read More
Shepherding children in the new digital world is complex and challenging. Hofmann provides a range of ideas, approaches, and protocols to help parents and children find what’s right, safe, and smart. Carrington MacDuffie narrates this book well, using tone and emphasis to convey Hofmann’s purpose: to elicit family conversations, not deliver commandments. MacDuffie captures the... Read More
The implosion of Lance Armstrong’s career was swift and complete, and author Juliet Macur watched it all unfold from the front row. Her marvelous journalism gets a performance-enhancing boost from narrator Carrington MacDuffie, whose straightforward delivery is a perfect fit. Macur, a reporter with the New York Times, not only had access to Armstrong himself during her research... Read More
Carrington MacDuffie’s rich voice is a perfect match for Quindlen’s exquisite story about 60-year-old Rebecca Winter, a once famous photographer who moves to a remote country cottage, hoping to find herself. MacDuffie captures Rebecca’s melancholy at leaving her decadent New York City lifestyle behind, her strength as she discovers how being alone can heal, and her dry humor as... Read More
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