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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (330 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. M. Tohline Narrator: John Greenman Publisher: Iambik Audio Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN:
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The Great Lenore is the tale of a ravishing young Brit whose falsely-reported death provides her with an opportunity to begin a new life. Before she can disappear for good, however, she longs to know the reaction of her two-timing husband and his aristocratic family. To find out, Lenore enlists Richard - an outsider in the money-and-booze-sodden landscape of Nantucket high society - to be her eyes and ears. As events unfold, Richard discovers the entanglements of Lenore's relationships are more intricate than he ever expected - more intricate even than the secrets within Lenore's miniature punt boat.

This elegant debut paints an idyllic island surrounded by reflective seas and encased in a world where souls collide, mysteries thicken, and dreams unravel. With lively, modern prose reminiscent of The Jazz Age, Tohline orchestrates a playful literary riff on affluence, love, grief, and duplicity. In the author's words, [It] is about dreams, and about the things we sacrifice to chase them.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 J.A. | 2/16/2014

    " For a debut, this is not a bad book, but there are those elements that smack of new writing, and it was those that kept me at bay from the rest of novel. But Atticus Books does a fantastic job in their production - the cover art is beautiful and the interior very smooth and elegant - and Tohline has some fine moments of lyricism and poetry throughout too, I only wish they were in more places and stayed to settle with the reader a bit longer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emma | 1/27/2014

    " I almost decided to give this 3 stars, but I just didn't enjoy it enough. It wasn't terrible, it was just a little empty. I didn't particularly like any of the characters. They're all pretty flat in spite of their unfortunate situations, and I thought Lenore was incredibly dull. I was very intrigued by the idea behind this book, but it just doesn't achieve all that it could. It didn't really make me feel anything. On to the writing. The review at the front of the book describes it as "lyrical without being pretentious". I have to disagree. A lot of this book reads like a young author who wants you to know that he is well-read. "The sun is also rising, outside of my window..." Really? What's with the pointless name dropping? I've read that book too, and it doesn't make me impressive. I also really don't like the "Somewhere, a clock ticked. Somewhere, time disappeared" thing. It adds nothing, and it really makes no sense. Yeah, this book is pretentious. However, I think that Tohline has a lot of potential. I wish I could better articulate what it is that he DID get right with this book, because there are things about it that just feel good. I realize that this is Tohline's first novel, but I've decided not to rate it that way. It just feels like cutting him slack would be doing him a disservice. My rating would be much higher if I were taking that into account. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista Buccellato | 1/13/2014

    " Loved this book. A super quick read, but beautifully written and quite a story. It almost felt like a cross between watching a movie and reading a book to me. Wish I could explain that further... But it was very enjoyable. Very Gatsby-esque, especially the last page, which is very nearly a paraphrase of "and so we beat on..." etc. Highly recommend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jayne | 1/9/2014

    " Just finished the Great Lenore. I'm not sure what made her great. Everyone was in love with her, she collected men like some collect stamps. A quick but flat read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 11/18/2013

    " Liked this book very much! Great storyline, great characters ... And best of all: the author surprised me a at the end of the book. Didn't expect that ending at all. Good job, nice read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/28/2013

    " This riff on "The Great Gatsby," isn't exactly Fitzgerald. It is, however, a hilarious tweak of the very rich that is my top beach-book pick for summer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doreen | 5/15/2013

    " I liked the story, but it was so slow and it's a short book. It might have worked better for me as a short story. I kept thinking get to the point. The ending was the best part. I get what the author was doing, but it is no Gatsby. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry | 3/9/2013

    " Wonderful book...beautifully written. Couldn't put it down. I definitely recommend this to every reader. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trina Borenstein | 2/27/2013

    " Author is very good with dialogue, and the ending was not what I expected. Action and plot were rather contrived. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosey Taylor | 1/28/2013

    " Not a bad little story of the rich, their relationships, and emotions. The author throws in some mystery and some bad boy deeds to weave a stormy tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/27/2013

    " This book was recommended to me by someone on this site. I must say, this was a great recommendation! The first sentence had me hooked! I couldn't put this book down. This may be considered a beach read because it is a very quick, easy read. Let me know what you think of the book! "

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