Luciano, a street urchin living in Renaissance Italy, is taken in by the doge’s chef, Maestro Ferrero, and trained to be an apprentice. While serving under the chef, Luciano learns that the doge and other powerful men in Italy are searching for a book rumored to contain alchemy formulas and potions for love and immortality. He begins to wonder if there is more to the chef’s recipes than just culinary delight. The engaging tale is like a blend between Like Water for Chocolate and the DaVinci Code.
Sandy Shortt of Leitrim, Ireland becomes obsessed with missing things as a child, when a girl from her class disappears and is never found. She becomes fixated on missing socks, toys and other items as a child and continues the obsession as an adult by starting a missing persons’ agency. The story moves from being a mystery to a fantasy when Sandy disappears and ends up in the place where all of the missing things and people have gone. The reader, Sile Nic Fheorais, has a clear and easy to understand voice with an Irish accent that brings the setting to life.
Set during the Siege of Leningrad in WWII, City of Thieves is narrated through Lev, a young man caught looting a dead German soldier and his friendship with Kolya, a deserter of the Red Army. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are sent on an impossible mission to find two dozen eggs in Leningrad for the wedding of a colonel’s daughter. This journey of Lev and Kolya’s is one of humor, adventure, and tragedy as it keeps the reader guessing as to what Lev and Kolya will go through next in their mission to not only find two dozen eggs but save their lives as well.
This is a western story of childhood, love of land and family, and what is truly meaningful in life and the difficulty of finding the truth.
Read by T. Ryder Smith who really makes the story come alive.
Bloodroot is a flower whose blood-red sap possesses the power to heal and to poison, and this book tells a story of incendiary romance that consumes everyone in its path. Myra Lamb is a wild young girl who grows up on Bloodroot Mountain in the Smokey Mtns of Tennessee. Her grandmother Byrdie, passes down “the touch” that bewitches animals and people alike. Doug is the neighbor boy who longs for Myra yet is destined never to have her.
Against a backdrop of beautiful but unforgiving country, a dark mystery unfolds of one family across generations. In this audiobook all the characters are read by people whose voices bring to life the characters they portray.
In this charming novel, retired civil servant, Mr. Ali, decides to open a marriage bureau to remedy his boredom. The accounts of his matchmaking for affluent clients in contemporary India are entertaining and humorous. He becomes so successful that he requires an assistant, Aruna, a poor hindu girl, who encounters a handsome young doctor that comes to the agency for a list of potential wives. Fans of Alexander McCall Smith’s Mma Ramotswe will likely find Mr. Ali to be a similarly engaging main character.