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Blackbird House

Written by: Alice Hoffman
Narrated by: John Lee,Xe Sands,Amy Rubinate,Richard Powers,Bernadette Dunne,Tavia Gilbert,Cassandra Campbell,Hillary Huber
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Publisher's Summary

Hoffman follows her celebrated bestseller The Probable Future with an evocative work that traces the lives of the various occupants of an old Massachusetts house over a span of two hundred years.

In a rare and gorgeous departure, beloved novelist Alice Hoffman weaves a web of tales, all set in Blackbird House. This small farm on the outer reaches of Cape Cod is a place that is as bewitching and alive as the characters we meet: Violet, a brilliant girl who is in love with books and with a man destined to betray her; Lysander Wynn, attacked by a halibut as big as a horse, certain that his life is ruined until a boarder wearing red boots arrives to change everything; Maya Cooper, who does not understand the true meaning of the love between her mother and father until it is nearly too late. From the time of the British occupation of Massachusetts to our own modern world, family after family's lives are inexorably changed, not only by the people they love but by the lives they lead inside Blackbird House.

These interconnected narratives are as intelligent as they are haunting, as luminous as they are unusual. Inside Blackbird House more than a dozen men and women learn how love transforms us and how it is the one lasting element in our lives. The past both dissipates and remains contained inside the rooms of Blackbird House, where there are terrible secrets, inspired beauty, and, above all else, a spirit of coming home.

Narrated by John Lee, Se Sands, Amy Rubinate, Paul Michael Garcia, Bernadette Dunne, Tavia Gilbert, Cassandra Campbell, Hillary Huber, Kirsten Potter, Carrington McDuffie, Kate Reading, and Laura Hicks.

©2004 Alice Hoffman (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Very interesting!

I quite enjoyed this novel as it was different from regular novels. Each chapter was told by a different narrator and were well told. I found that it ended quite suddenly though. Otherwise, a good listen!

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Did not know what to expect

This was my first Alice Hoffman read & I didn’t know what to expect. With the varying reviews, I decided to try it as it was relatively shorter than what I usually read. The stories were INSANELY CRAZY and I loved them all. I wish it just kept on going and going.. now onto more of her novels, loving how the authors brain works thus far!

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Disappointed

I love Alice H books, but this one is a disappointment including so many narrators.

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Bleak, disturbing and depressing

I have loved so many of Alice Hoffman’s novels, but after listening to several of these related stories, I cannot continue. The stories are bleak, disturbing and depressing.

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how does she do it?

I can't believe that I waited this long to listen to such a masterful storyteller; how does she weave all the tales together?

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Is there a part 2?!

I really enjoyed this book but I want to hear more back story and about each family living here and any overlaps. I’m left wanting more which isn’t a bad thing I guess

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Not Interesting Enough To Bother With

I was very bored trying to get through this, which was so disappointing after reading Practical Magic which I loved. I got about three quarters of the way through and I just couldn't do it anymore. Many little short stories that don't have a point, always glorifying the "woman of strong character" who is the center of each and every one of the stories. She who is smarter, tougher and knows wise woman ways. Gets old fast.

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Enjoyable Read

I really enjoyed this book from #Audible 1 Makes me want to investigate the stories behind my own home.

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