May 2, 2015

REVIEW: JOY COMES IN THE MORNING by Jonathan Rosen



Interesting? Yes. Exciting? No.

This novel is a window into the personal life and self-reflection of reform rabbi Deborah Green. Her complex personality does create a compelling story for those interested in psychology, sociology, spirituality, and religion.  Deborah's inner-battles are at times neurotic as she tries to build the necessary bridge's between her personal and spiritual life. She is somewhat haunted by conflict and compassion. The author's intellect is obvious as this is an academic reflection of religion and  the inner-turmoil it creates especially for academics and/or intellectuals. 

I listened to the unabridged audio version, although the narrator was very good and quite competent with the languages and dialect, her voice seemed a little too old and raspy. 

JOY COMES IN THE MORNING on Amazon!



April 30, 2015

REVIEW: THE STRANGER by Harlan Coben, narrated by George Newbern


Fathom an act of deceit committed by an insecure wife, a lie so personal it should matter to no one except the woman and her husband. Nevertheless, two years after the incident it shatters the cozy life they've created and it doesn't stop with them.

Despite an often annoying amount of petty details, THE STRANGER is engrossing and engaging. The premise exposes another possible concern about individual privacy on the web when a quasi group of self-professed vigilantes naively set a chain of seemingly unrelated events into motion. The results of their stupidity are deadly.

Harlan Coben manages the layers of complexity and the various subplots well. In this story his skill as an award-winning author shines through as he keeps the entanglement from becoming chaotic. His art results in an addictive suspenseful tale.

George Newbern does a very good job of narrating. I think this book would be just as good perhaps even better on the written page.

THE STRANGER on Amazon