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  • The Farm

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Joanne Ramos
  • Narrated by: Fran de Leon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Nestled in New York’s Hudson Valley is a luxury retreat boasting every amenity: organic meals, personal fitness trainers, daily massages - and all of it for free. In fact, you’re paid big money to stay here - more than you’ve ever dreamed of. The catch? For nine months, you cannot leave the grounds, your movements are monitored, and you are cut off from your former life while you dedicate yourself to the task of producing the perfect baby. For someone else.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Mitch R on 2019-07-14

Food for thought

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-06-29

Is this life that will imitate art? The Farm is a thought provoking novel that brings about different emotions as well. The idea of commodifying surrogacy and who gets to profit and make the decisions is not a far fetched thought. The women who become surrogates can be seem as empowered because they are taking control of their bodies but at the same time they are being controlled.

I did enjoy the different character perspectives. I would have liked to have a bit more clarity of the timeline of events; it was difficult to know the time because the book goes from character to character.

I look forward to see what her second book will tackle.

  • One Day in December

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Josie Silver
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Tomlinson, Charlie Anson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

Laurie is sure love at first sight doesn't exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there's a moment of pure magic...and then her bus drives away. Certain they're fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn't find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they "reunite" at a Christmas party, when her best friend, Sarah, giddily introduces her new boyfriend: the man from the bus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good

  • By Kaitlynn Jensen on 2018-12-24

Engaging and enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-29

Well written story and each character was well developed from the perspective of the main characters. The story showed that in real life there isn’t always a straight line to finding true love. As you grow and get older thing relationships become complicated.

I appreciated the fact that they had both a male and female narrator which gave the story a lot more believability.