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Book Review: Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

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Title: Hag-Seed
Author: Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 9780804141291 (hardcover)/ 9780735286580 (audio)
Length: 301 pages / 8 hours 11 minutes 52 seconds (unabridged)
Narrator: R.H. Thomson
Publisher: Hogarth (hardcover)/ Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group (audio)

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Audio Book Review: Love, Sex and Other Foreign Policy Goals by Jesse Armstrong

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Title: Love, Sex and Other Foreign Policy Goals
Author: Jesse Armstrong
Narrator: Chris Addison
Length: 9.5 Hours on 8 CDs (unabridged)
Publisher: HighBridge
ISBN: 978-1-6816-

Synopsis:

It’s 1994, and war rages on in Yugoslavia—Sarajevo is under siege, and Bosnia’s different ethnic groups are battling for control of the newly independent country.
Hundreds of miles away, in a posh dining room in west London, Andrew is in a similarly precarious situation: the fine balancing act of breathing, blinking, and sipping champagne at the same time. Penny, who may be the love of his life, is about to make the Great Announcement to her parents: that she, Andrew, and a handful of other young idealists are headed to Bosnia to stop the war by performing peace plays from the back of their van.
But more important than peace—does Penny like Andrew, too? Or does she like Simon, who Andrew concedes is “essentially me, only better”? Will this trip across Europe finally bring them together, or will Andrew die in a minefield? And just how long will it take the gang to figure out that Andrew does not, in fact, speak Serbo-Croat?
From one of England’s most lauded comedy writers, Love, Sex, and Other Foreign Policy Goals is a satiric, absurd, and laugh-out-loud romp about tenderhearted, misguided dilettantes traveling through war-torn Europe, with nothing but a half-written script to protect them.

About the Author:

From an Oscar-nominated screenwriter, a laugh-out-loud Waugh-like satiric novel about a band of British dilettantes who try to halt the Bosnian war by performing “peace plays” from the back of their van in Sarajevo.

Jesse Armstrong is a cocreator and writer of the BAFTA Award-winning Peep Show, as well as Fresh Meat and Babylon.  He also cowrote The Thick of It and the Oscar-nominated In the Loop.  Love, Sex and Other Foreign Policy Goals is his first novel.

My Review:

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Audio Book Review: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

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Title: Sense and Sensibility (Unabridged)
Author: Jane Austen
Narrator: Rosalyn Landor
Length: 12 hours and 30 minutes (10 Discs)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
ISBN: 9781682628577

Synopsis:

The Dashwood sisters experience love and heartbreak while adjusting to a lower income lifestyle.

Set in Southwest England in the late 1800s, Sense and Sensibility follows the lives of the Dashwood sisters Elinor and Marianne. When inheritance money from their father does not fall their way, the sisters and their mother must move in with distant relatives. Settling in at Barton Park, the Dashwood sisters discover a new life, filled with new acquaintances and different suitors. From these new encounters, their lives are forever changed through a series of love, romance, and heartbreaks. Ultimately the sisters must choose between sense and sensibility while uncovering secrets about their potential suitors and the wealth-inspired motives the society holds.

My Review:

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Book Review: The Coin by Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra

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Description:

France, 1993.

Gabriela Martinez has a problem to solve: she strongly suspects that her mentor and friend wants her as his mistress, her husband is increasingly neglecting her, and her latest illustration has been ruined. But while going to her favorite thinking spot in La Marbriére, the mountain overlooking her home in the Côte d’Azur, Gabriela makes a wrong turn and finds herself lost. There, in a clearing cocooned in emerald forest and towering cliffs, she finds a beautiful French coin, half-buried in dirt. Little does Gabriela realize the danger of that discovery, nor does she suspect the devastating consequences placing the coin on her favorite bracelet will have on her life.

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