Closing the Deal, by Marie Harte
Audio Book / April 28, 2019

At 3 hours and 45 minutes this audio book is a quick listen.  It is the story of Derrick and Sydney and although too quick to get into a lot of depth, I really enjoyed it. There are sex scenes, somewhat graphic, so if that’s not your thing you should skip this.  On another note, I thought the voice actress Emma Wilder did a good job reading the parts, sometimes this can make or break an audio book . The author has more in the series and I will move on to the next one with pleasure.

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library, by Sue Halpern
Audio Book , Women's Fiction / April 5, 2018

I admit it, I couldn’t resist. Summer Hours at the Robbers Library just had to be read, or rather listened to, as I downloaded the audio cd to help me get through some miles on my treadmill. Cute and simple on the surface, only to reveal deeper issues as the story progresses, it is the story of Sunny, a teenage girl who is doing community service at the local library where she meets Kit, a quiet librarian who just wants to be left alone. Add in a few other eccentric characters and the listener is transported into a very believable small town that is inhabited by a cast of layered characters that reflect some complex, emotional issues. Readers of a “A Man Called Ove” or “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend” will like this too.

Fast Girl by Suzy Favor Hamilton
Audio Book / October 28, 2017

“Money, adoration, and sex were what made me happy.” This is a quote from the author while she was deep in the depths of undiagnosed manic depression and bipolar disorder. I listened to an audiobook version of the non-fiction book Fast Girl, and I thought is was eye opening and brutally honest. It covers her time as a runner, wife, mother, and Las Vegas escort. I have had two experiences with mental illness: postpartum depression many years ago and a current diagnosis of anxiety. Maybe that’s why I was drawn to this book. I applaud Suzy and her husband Mark – an amazing man, and her many other supporters. I wish you all good health and long life together. Thank you for sharing your story.

RoomHate by Penelope Ward
Audio Book , Fiction / July 8, 2017

I like to listen to audiobooks as I use my elliptical. It is a great way to pass the time when you are tired of reruns on TV. RoomHate by Penelope Ward was my latest choice. My library has an app called Hoopla that allows audio lending and that’s where I found this. I had no idea what it was about, but the narrator’s voice passed the initial “listen test” so I gave it a chance. (Yes, I have stopped audiobooks if I can’t stand the voice of the narrator.)  The story is about Amelia and Justin, two childhood friends who parted ways only to be thrown together as adults when they jointly inherit a house. The dialogue is cute, the flashbacks to Amelia and Justin as children are wonderful, and there is a baby! I mean who doesn’t like a baby? Apparently Justin, as this is one of the conflicts between the two main characters. Amelia is a mother to Bea, and Justin isn’t sure he wants to be a parent (although he does actually like Bea.) I enjoyed listening to this but I think that’s because I wasn’t expecting more than an entertainment. I will plan on looking for more by this author because my elliptical awaits!