The Fifth Avenue Story Society
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Date: February 2020
Duration: 12 hours 40 minutes
An invitation to join The Fifth Avenue Story Society gives five New York strangers a chance to rewrite their own stories.
Executive assistant Lexa is eager for a much-deserved promotion, but her boss is determined to keep her underemployed.
Literature professor Jett is dealing with a broken heart, as well as a nagging suspicion his literary idol, Gordon Phipps Roth, might be a fraud.
Uber driver Chuck just wants a second chance with his kids.
Aging widower Ed is eager to write the true story of his incredible marriage.
Coral, queen of the cosmetics industry, has broken her engagement and is on the verge of losing her great grandmother’s multimillion-dollar empire.
When all five New Yorkers receive an anonymous, mysterious invitation to the Fifth Avenue Story Society, they suspect they’re victims of a practical joke. No one knows who sent the invitations or why. No one has heard of the literary society. And no one is prepared to reveal their deepest secrets to a roomful of strangers.
Yet curiosity and loneliness bring them back week after week to the old library. And it’s there they discover the stories of their hearts, and the kind of friendship and love that heals their souls.
'Narrator Lisa Larsen captures the wonder of five strangers in New York City who receive mysterious invitations to the Fifth Avenue Story Society, held in an upscale library. Coral's elegant diction masks a painful broken engagement. Lexa's bold tones reflect her corporate ambitions. Ed is both a courtly retiree and a grieving widower. Chuck sports a noticeable New York accent and casual speaking style even as he rages over his custody battle. And Jett, about to publish his dissertation, sounds adrift as he questions his divorce from Lexa. Larsen switches seamlessly among characters with a calm, thoughtful narration. Christian themes emerge as each character's past unfolds. Overall, Larsen matches Hauck's charming conceit with a poised delivery.' --Audiofile Magazine