Sunday, 31 January 2010

Audiobook Fiction

Finished January 30
Songs without Words by Ann Packer, read by Cassandra Campbell
This audiobook is told in the voices of three women, Sarabeth, her good friend Liz, and Liz's daughter Lauren. Liz and Sarabeth have been friends since they were children. First neighbours, then friends, then "almost sisters" when Sarabeth lived with Liz's family her senior year, after the suicide of Sarabeth's mother and her father's move to a new city.
Liz has married and had two kids, deciding to be a stay-at-home mom. Sarabeth has a creative artsy life, working as a home stager and making unique lampshades.
Lauren is caught up in the despair some adolescents encounter, feeling bad about herself and how others see her. As her feeling become apparent to the others in her world, Liz and Sarabeth's relationship also becomes rocky, and they both reexamine their lives.
About friendship, families, the ways we think of ourselves, this book looks at the roles we take and how others see us. A strong and engaging story with good characters.

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