Friday, May 24, 2024

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Rochelle O'Gorman

Rochelle Marie O'Gorman has been a professional writer for her entire ​adult life. After learning, very quickly, that news reporting was not for her, she began work as a film critic. O'Gorman has also reviewed television, theater, and print books, as well as writing general feature stories, before turning to audiobooks full time. The first syndicated audiobook reviewer in the United States, her reviews can be read in various newspapers around the country and she was awarded an Audie by the Audio Publishers Association for her work in spreading the word about audiobooks. She currently works reviewing audiobooks and writing essays. O'Gorman lives in the hayloft of an old barn with her lovely teenage daughter and a foul tempered parrot.

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Amplifications: Starting over

"I spent approximately 265 days in the hospital last year because someone misread both my symptoms and a CAT scan, then rushed me in for unnecessary surgery ... In all honesty, I’m surprised I’m alive."

Audiobooks: Flights of fancy

Come for the evocative essays about nature, stay for the deep dive into Old Hollywood and a spy caper.

Audiobooks: The North, the South, and the ether in between

This week brings us an esteemed Southern author, an acid-tongued online card sharp, and Teddy Roosevelt in Gilded Age New York City.

Audiobooks: A Wrinkle in Time

This week, a classic gets a much-needed overhaul, an offbeat novel addresses sexuality and mental illness, and a quick-moving tale offers secrets, double-crosses, and lots of travel.

AUDIOBOOKS: New American stories

A young Pakistani growing up in America, a Russian whose life is ruined here, and a Rwandan runner who seeks refuge on our shores, all in this week's audiobook reviews.

AUDIOBOOKS: Hedy Lamarr, brainiac inventor

How "the most beautiful woman in the world" helps cell phones run, plus former NBC Bureau Chief Martin Fletcher's debut, and Paul La Farge's latest.

AUDIOBOOKS: Three surprises to end the year

The scandalous love life of a famous chef, lost gems from Daphne du Maurier, and the tale of a newly adventurous spinster can all be found in this week's reviews.

AUDIOBOOKS: Extraordinary women

This week we listen to a lengthy collection of short stories and a couple of memoirs by extraordinary women.

AUDIOBOOKS: Second chances

Reaching back in time, we find three audiobooks that deserve a second chance.

AUDIOBOOKS: Shakespeare, time travel, and essays

This week we have a lovely collection from a local actor, a fun and funny time travel adventure, and a collection of essays.

AUDIOBOOKS: Drama, memoir and humor

Stepping back in time to the Victorian era, we have a fantastic audio drama this week, a memoir that is fun and inviting, and a sharply humorous novel tackling a serious social issue.

AUDIOBOOKS: Armchair traveling and a weird novel

We are doing some armchair traveling this week, beginning in the vineyards of Champagne and on to the meadowlands and orchards of America before turning our attention to a weird novel by a famous actor.

AUDIOBOOKS: A saga, climate change and adoption

This week we have the most mature installment of Mildred Taylor’s saga of the Logan family, a futuristic exploration of life after climate change, and a look at the early days of adoption in this country.

AUDIOBOOKS: A thriller, a spy caper and a novel

This week we have a thriller, a wry spy caper and a novel about neighborhood drama.

AUDIOBOOKS: Essays, a dystopian novel, and an English period piece

This week we have a collection of moving essays, a thoughtful dystopian novel, and a period piece set in England.

AUDIOBOOKS: Magical realism and deep thoughts

This week we have an audio original, a Holocaust novel involving magical realism, and deep thoughts about our environmental crisis.
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