Mini-Review Madness: The Audiobook Edition Part 2

Two more audiobooks for you today. These really have nothing in common but good narration.

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The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh


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Victoria grew up in the California foster care system (side note: I worked at the Youth Law Center in San Francisco one summer and was thus instantly drawn in). Her only brief period of happiness growing up was with Elizabeth, who taught her the Victorian language of flowers. Newly emancipated, Victoria must make her own way in the city with the only thing she’s ever known: flowers.

This is a book that definitely deserves a full review of its own. I adored this beautiful book and Tara Sands’ narration was wonderful. The flawed characters were constant surprises. I’d look for this one on one of my Best of 2011 lists next week.


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The King’s Speech
Mark Logue and
Peter Conradi



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When the future King of England enters public life largely free of the speech impediment he has suffered from his whole life, it is his speech therapist, Lionel Logue, he has to thank.

It was the narrator, Simon Vance, (and Tantor Audio’s tweeting about it) that made me pick up this one. It is not the movie, and I enjoyed learning more about King George VI and Lionel Logue.  It goes beyond the scope of the movie – describing their entire lives – and leaves out the dramatization.


2 thoughts on “Mini-Review Madness: The Audiobook Edition Part 2

  1. zibilee December 26, 2011 / 1:26 pm

    Oh my gosh, I finished The Language of Flowers this week, and it was my favorite book of the year! So haunting and powerful, and full of portent and grace. I want to go back and read it again!


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