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August 14, 2014 / Leslie

Review – Audiobook: Life Drawing by Robin Black

A Rapid Review

Life DrawingLife Drawing by Robin Black

Publisher: Random House Audio | July, 2014
Format: Audio Download | 10 hours | Rating: 5 stars
Audio Listening Level: Intermediate

In Life Drawing, her gorgeously written first novel, Robin Black unfolds a fierce, honest, and moving portrait of a woman, and of a couple’s life—the betrayals and intimacies, the needs and regrets, the secrets that sustain love and the ones that threaten to destroy it.

Augusta and Owen have moved to a secluded house in the country, far from friends and family. They are trying to rebuild their relationship which had fractured after an admission of infidelity. They also feel the solitude will rekindle their creative abilities: Gus is an artist and Owen a writer. But it doesn’t work out as planned, and tragically, Owen is dead.

The story is told in the first person as Gus reflects back on her relationship with Owen and the events of the past few years leading up to Owen’s death. The characters, while not always likable, are complex, well-defined and often relatable. It’s an emotional journey, and as I became drawn into their lives I wanted them to fix their relationship, at times forgetting that, from the opening paragraph, we already know the ending.

Audio production:
The narration was performed by Cassandra Campbell, with a captivating range of emotion and voice. I enjoy her work so much that I was drawn to this book simply because she was reading it. And in the process I discovered a new author and a beautifully written novel.

Audio Sample:

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Source: Review copy provided by Random House Audio.
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  1. Suko / Aug 14 2014 1:13 pm

    This sounds quite riveting, Leslie. It is a new-to-me audiobook. I’m glad you enjoyed it.


  2. BermudaOnion / Aug 14 2014 3:07 pm

    I listened to that clip and can see why you found the book so engrossing.


  3. Sheila (Book Journey) / Aug 15 2014 4:45 pm

    I was at an author event this past Tuesday and Author Christina Baker Kline was asked to recommend a couple books to us. This one, was one of them.


    • Leslie / Aug 15 2014 4:48 pm

      If you’re thinking of reading it, I recommend the audio.


  4. diane / Aug 15 2014 7:30 pm

    Now how did I miss this RH download read by C. Campbell?? ugh….I never want to appear too greedy with so many good ones.


    • Leslie / Aug 15 2014 9:07 pm

      I think you’d like it. The audio was wonderful.


  5. stacybuckeye / Aug 15 2014 10:35 pm

    Must give this one a try. I’ll see if my library has the audio.



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