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Goodnight June

By: Sarah Jio
Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of Blackberry Winter imagines the inspiration for Goodnight Moon.

Goodnight Moon is an adored childhood classic, but its real origins are lost to history. In Goodnight June, Sarah Jio offers a suspenseful and heartfelt take on how the "great green room" might have come to be.

June Andersen is professionally successful, but her personal life is marred by unhappiness. Unexpectedly, she is called to settle her great-aunt Ruby's estate and determine the fate of Bluebird Books, the children's bookstore Ruby founded in the 1940s. Amid the store's papers, June stumbles upon letters between her great-aunt and the late Margaret Wise Brown - and steps into the pages of American literature.

©2014 Sarah Jio (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Sweet Story!!

Goodnight June was a nice, light novel that I enjoyed in between some more serious books recently.

Mixed in to the story are letters (fictional) between June's aunt and Margaret Wise Brown, the author of Goodnight Moon, the beloved children's book. That gave the story an interesting twist, and the book it's title. I also liked the narrator--she does an excellent job!

Overall, I enjoyed, and recommend for a sweet, easy listen.

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A mix of emotions

I began the story hating the main character June. she was fairly unlikable but as the story progresses she changes. some aspects, I found a little odd or predictable. Some aspects of story made me tear up or be surprised. Sarah Jio usually delivers a great story. The narrator was way too old-sounding for most of the voices and not very much like a 30 year old. I found it bothersome. She did a pretty good job reading with proper inflection but just didn't sound like any 30-something I know.

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Enjoyable story but...

I always enjoy Sarah Jio's stories. However, I am baffled as to why this narrator was chosen. While she has a lovely, elegant voice, it did not fit the age of the main character and often other characters. I had a hard time picturing a woman in her thirties to the point that I nearly stopped listening. Had I not been familiar with Sarah Jio I would have quit for sure.

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Good story horrendous narrative

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend to a friend. Good story, easy reading and enjoyable subject. I enjoy Sara Jio as her writings are usually light and I can sit in my reading corner or take my daily walks and listen. Sara Jio transitions smoothly from the main characters to the letter being discovered.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the letter format of the Aunt and her friend in NY.

Would you be willing to try another one of Katherine Kellgren’s performances?

No. The voice did not match the characters in the story and it sounded as if she were reading a boring classic. The main character sounded as if she were 75 rather than 35 and the narrator totally ruined the story for me and I finally went out and bought a copy of the book.

Was Goodnight June worth the listening time?

No since I had to buy the book to complete the book. I have listened to many books and have never had to buy a book to finish it as the narrator was so out of sync with the characters and the book.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the story and the author and look forward to Sara's next book but I have finally put a narrator on a list to make sure I don't get another book with her as narrator.

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Good night June

This was a wonderful book. It brought back such good memories of my mom reading to me. I loved it.

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Enchanting!

This book draws you in, makes you beleive again ! You support and cheer for them along the way, not to mention the food references sound delicious!

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Good read

This was such a good book! Anyone who loves books would love this one! I recommend it

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Don’t let the narrator ruin it!

The storyline of this book will keep you listening, even if it’s not the most compelling. Towards the end, things feel a little forced and contrived. Maybe it was finished in a rush? In any case, don’t let the narrator put you off. She speaks too fast and is a little shrill, but slowing down the speed helps a lot! Do that at the beginning and it won’t feel so…anxious.

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This was an enjoyable, sweet story. But....

Love the writing and the storyline, but the narrator was all wrong for the book. She sounded more of the age of 75 versus 35.

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Great audiobook!

Great story overall, characters are realistic and attaching. I was a little less enthusiastic about the reader, whose voice was, in my personal opinion a little too old for the main character. I didn't let that bother me though and went through the whole audio with great pleasure.