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Marci

Marci portland, OR, United States Member Since 2006
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  • "Every Character is Great"

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    I loved every character in this book. The lead character, Sully, is super well developed, you get a great sense of him as you learn about his history. The other characters in this story are what really make it great. Amy the young reporter, all the characters in the funeral home, the son, all the people getting phone calls, and I especially loved the librarian. Albom writes about people really well. I wish I could meet some of these people, I would for sure want to be friends with Amy and the librarian.

    In this book, Albom adds a fun, mysterious, story that brings all these super flawed characters together in a very believable and sweet way and makes you really care what happens to them. The story flowed really well, and there were some "whoa, I didn't see that coming" moments that made it a fun ride.

    I was pleasantly surprised by the narration. If you are a "narrator-geek" like I am, he reminds me a little of the narrator Fisher Stevens. Albom does a nice job and it adds a personal touch to have him reading his own story.

    Why not five stars? While the characters were perfect, the story didn't drive forward as well as it could have. Some of the wrap-ups in the end seemed a tiny bit contrived to me. If I could give it 4 1/2 stars I would. It's a light, fun, great read (listen) that makes you feel good about, well, everything.

    I recommend.

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    The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel

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    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
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    The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief - and a page-turner that will touch your soul - Albom's masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected.

    Marci says: "Every Character is Great"
  • "Love this book for exactly what it is"

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    Set your expectations and settle in for a great, light, funny, endearing story. This is the third book in the Bridget Jones series, and, well, that's exactly what it is.
    Bridget Jones is back, now in her early 50's, single, with two children. She's still struggling with her weight, her career, and how she perceives that the rest of the world clicks along smoothly while she struggles with staying organized, being a good mom, and navigating the modern dating scene.
    This story is really funny, I laughed out loud dozens of times. The Jones character is endearing, I would want to be friends with her, she's very, very likable. I found myself really rooting for Jones and wanting to audibly "boooooo" characters that she met that weren't nice to her or didn't appreciate her quirkiness.
    Are there flaws? Absolutely. A lot of the same tricks, themes, phrases, and cheap laughs from the first two books are back, so there isn't much originality. The climax of the book towards the end is badly written and entirely unbelievable. Also, the beginning of the book starts out in the middle of the story, then goes back in time a few months to catch you up and move forward--that transition was very clunky and I was confused for a few minutes before I figured it out. But this isn't the sequel to The Great Gatsby, it's Bridget Jones. If you loved the other Bridget Jones, and your expectations are that it's just as silly and flawed as those, then you'll love this one too.

    The narrator was good, I really liked her voice for men, and her gasps and groans through Jones' follies added a lot to the story.


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    Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Helen Fielding
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    Bridget Jones, the iconic character who sold 15 million books worldwide, inspired a major motion picture franchise, and became beloved as a Chardonnay-swilling everywoman, is back in this hotly anticipated third installment.

    Marci says: "Love this book for exactly what it is"
  • "Just a treasure"

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    This book being released in audio format is a gift. Having it read by Meryl Streep makes it a priceless gift. The constant and specific 80's references are so much fun. The setting in DC and the political references give such an intimate peek into lives and moments, it feels like you are eavesdropping instead of simply listening to a book. These combine to make the book feel like a purposeful classic instead of feeling dated.

    Streep's narration is beyond perfect. She takes the whole experience to the next level. Her occasional self-effacing lilt and her chuckle add to that personal feeling, like she's a little embarrassed that she got caught telling such a tale. Narrators are usually best when they can become invisible, not true in this case. Streep adds to the story in a way that only she could, that only a master could.

    I'll listen to this again. I really enjoyed it and want to catch any little moments I might have missed the first time

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    Heartburn

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nora Ephron
    • Narrated By Meryl Streep
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    Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.

    Doggy Bird says: "Delicious listening experience!"
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  • Lost Lake

    "Pure Sarah Addison Allen"

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    Sarah Addison Allen at her best. Fans will be pleased for this is her at her best, though she never disappoints.

    Lost Lake is about a family vacation camp on the decline. When it looks like this could be the camp's last summer, it's time for finished business. Relationships are repaired or rekindled and the magic comes out. As in all of Allen's novels you can see the how the basic story is going to go from the first chapter. Some would say they are predictable. But, every story doesn't need to be a mystery. Like Titanic - we knew how the story ended and still enjoyed the movie. The journey to lost lake is pleasurable enough to call it a page turner. But beware - just when you think you know how it's going to go - Allen throws you a wrench and you don't know where the story is going to go. Allen's novels also have plenty of whimsy and some practical magic. I love the magic and this one is magically delicious.

    Janet Metzger added to the book without making it her own. Visiting Lost Lake is like a glass of wine in from of a roaring fire with a good friend.

  • Keep Quiet

    "I Can't Keep Quiet Because it's Sooo Good!!!"

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    I quite enjoyed Lisa Scottoline's Keep Quiet. Not a complex story but, one that easily allows the reader quickly jump into and immerse themselves for a interesting ride.

    A modern day family's life will forever be changed when one of them make a poor split second decision. Once the decision has been made it's interesting to watch the ripples of effect and the far reaching impact. I personally did not find this the slightest bit predictable. I would have never seen the end at any point along the way. It's well thought out and very true to life.

    Ron Livingston's performance was so wonderful that it was transparent. A narrator that can allow the reader to be so into the story that they don't even consider that, is doing it perfectly.

    This novel was great company that left me contemplating it's story long after the last word.

  • The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel

    "Heaven Calling..............."

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    A clean mystery about good God fearing people, Mitch Albom’s latest book was interesting and thought provoking. I am not one to guess the outcome of books and I did not in this one either. The author kept the story moving, tamed the cast of characters and allowed the reader to insert themselves in such an interesting situation. This book added to quite the discussion at our house. My favorite parts though were the little Alexander Graham Bell snippets intertwined within the story. What a basket of juicy little historical facts!!

    Mitch Albom does not have a believable voice for fiction. He comes across as a motivational speaker not a fictional story teller. Mix that with a Heaven topic and the first few chapters I had keep convincing myself over and over that I did actually have a fictional book and not something that was soon going to turn into a sermon. It doesn't. It actually turns intoa good mystery.

    I got to mention the sound effects. This book uses them A LOT. The first few chapters the sound effects verge on annoying. Then they stop or you can see a ringing phone or doorbell coming. Towards the end of the book I was listening in the middle of the night when someone knocked on the door (in the book) and jumped a foot off the bed. Totally scared me to death.

  • Heart of Palm

    "Won My Heart ~ Fabulous!!"

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    When there is just enough (money, luck, talent, etc., etc,etc,) to get by, one tends not to take chances or stray very far from what’s familiar. For once the fence has been crossed, if it goes wrong – there are just not enough resources to make it go away. The Bravo family is generations of depleted resources, abject poverty, and a whole lotta dysfunction. Lifetimes of being from the wrong side of town might just turn out to be being in the perfect location at the perfect time with the growth of the Florida intercostal waterways.


    Heart of Palm is a strong complex novel in that there are a number of developed plots and subplots with lots of twists and turns full of emotional scenes and unexpected drama at every turn. The characters are as flawed as you and I, possessing transparent hearts and a wonderful southern sense of humor.


    Laura Lee Smith’s debut novel is impressively flawless and heartfelt. Her descriptive writing will have you hearing the owls and cicadas, smelling the grease and feeling sweaty and sticky with every turn of the page. You can tell the author is Floridian for the leisurely pace of this book just adds to its ambiance.

Taryn

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    This was an amazing book. As a nurse I found the medical parts fascinating and the story was engrossing. The characters were well written and so REAL. The only negative on this book was the length. I did feel that it was a bit too long and could have had better editing, overall, however, it was absolutely one of the best books I have listened to in a long time!

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    Cutting for Stone: A Novel

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    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"

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    The prophecy brought them together. But the Wolf has risen, and now their greatest battle begins. The four members of Warriors Riding have learned to wage war in the supernatural, to send their spirits inside people’s souls, to battle demonic forces, and to bring deep healing to those around them. But their leader Reece is struggling with the loss of his sight.

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    sandy says: "Sorry the series is over"
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    In Keys to the Kingdom, Alison Armstrong takes you on a journey of discovery into the workings of men, women, and relationships. Much of the information acquired during Alison's 15-year study of men is brought to life by the novel's charming and genuine characters. This heartfelt story communicates the type of wisdom taught in Alison's Celebrating Men, Satisfying Women workshops.

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    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Ford K. Thigpen says: "LOVED this book!"
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    Orphan Train: A Novel

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    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
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    The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

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    Linda says: "Marvelous Book & Expressive Reader"
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    The Husband's Secret

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    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

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    From the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thrillers: The first in a nail-biting new series featuring Kick Lannigan, a young woman whose complicated past has given her a very special skill set. Famously kidnapped at age six, Kick captured America’s hearts when she was rescued five years later. Now, twenty-one, she finds herself unexpectedly entangled in a missing child case that will put her talents to the test.

    Michele B says: "I honestly could not stop listening to this."
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    The Hundred-Foot Journey: A Novel

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    Born above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumière, a small village in the French Alps.

    Marci says: "Great details & writing in a flawed story"
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    What Alice Forgot

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    What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

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    Doctor Sleep: A Novel

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    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
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    Me Before You: A Novel

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    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
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    Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage

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    The new novel - a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan - from the internationally acclaimed author, his first since IQ84. Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.

    Darwin8u says: "Just below the Surface"
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    House on Olive Street

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    In this touching work, four women—all writers—come together after a painful loss. Recently deceased Gabby Marshall leaves behind a letter asking her friends to complete her unfinished manuscript. Taking vacations from their own lives, the ladies settle at Gabby’s home and get to work.

    Andrea says: "Good story/liked the characters"
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    Edge of Civilization

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    Earl Hollsopple lived on the edge of civilization in a deserted shack for nearly 40 years. His life was one beautiful night of stargazing after another, until a helicopter flies overhead, and exposes his meager world. It is a sign; it is time for him to return to civilization.

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    The Great Divorce: C. S. Lewis Signature Classic

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    C.S. Lewis's dazzling allegory about heaven and hell - and the chasm fixed between them - is one of his most brilliantly imaginative tales, as he takes issue with the ideas in William Blake's ‘The Marriage of Heaven and Hell'. In a dream, the narrator boards a bus on a drizzly afternoon and embarks on an incredible voyage through Heaven and Hell. He meets a host of supernatural beings far removed from his expectations.

  • My Lynch's Holiday (






UNABRIDGED) by Catherine O'Flynn Narrated by Joe Simpson

    My Lynch's Holiday

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Catherine O'Flynn
    • Narrated By Joe Simpson
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    Eamonn Lynch stares at the letter announcing the imminent arrival of his father, Dermot. His first thought is: I’ll make an excuse, I’ll put him off. But it is too late. Dermot is already here, in southern Spain, and soon he’ll discover that Eamonn lives in an unfinished building site; that Laura’s left him; and that it’ll be just the pair of them for two long, hot weeks. Eamonn doesn’t seem to know what to make of his father’s arrival.

  • Renselse [Purification] (






UNABRIDGED) by Sofi Oksanen Narrated by Karin Rørbech

    Renselse [Purification]

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sofi Oksanen
    • Narrated By Karin Rørbech
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    Den unge finske forfatter Sofi Oksanen debuterer på dansk med romanen RENSELSE, som vandt Nordisk Råds Litteraturpris 2010. Fra hjertet af Europa, og et lille, renskuret estisk køkken, fortæller Sofi Oksanen en stor og uafrystelig historie om, hvor langt mennesker vil gå for at overleve - og for kærligheden, selv hvis den ikke er gengældt. RENSELSE er en slægtsfortælling om to kvinder, en ung og en gammel, som begge bærer på frygtelige hemmeligheder.

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  • Rich Girl Problems (






UNABRIDGED) by Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker Narrated by Shari Peele, Karen Pittman

    Rich Girl Problems

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker
    • Narrated By Shari Peele, Karen Pittman
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    Step into the world of cable TV's hit reality show and meet new bride and new mother Milan, who finally has everything she's ever dreamed of. Problem is her perfect life doesn't work for TV. What will she do when the producer threatens to fire her? Editor-in-chief Chaunci isn't feeling the fame and the last thing she needs is to share the spotlight with her worst enemy, newcomer Journee. Socialite Journee expected her eighty-two-year-old husband to only live four days past their wedding night, but it's been four years.

  • Mit år med Freya [My Year with Freya] (






UNABRIDGED) by Saira Shah Narrated by Liselotte Krogager

    Mit år med Freya [My Year with Freya]

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Saira Shah
    • Narrated By Liselotte Krogager
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    Varm og vedkommende bog om at leve sine drømme ud og om at lære at leve med de kort, skæbnen har tildelt en. Men også om den rigdom, det uperfekte liv byder en, hvis man tør gribe det.Anna drømmer om at flytte til Provence med sin mand Tobias og det barn, de venter sig. Den lyserøde drøm brister imidlertid brat, da datteren Freya viser sig at være født alvorligt handicappet.

  • The Boots My Mother Gave Me (






UNABRIDGED) by Brooklyn James Narrated by Brooklyn James

    The Boots My Mother Gave Me

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    • By Brooklyn James
    • Narrated By Brooklyn James
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    The Boots My Mother Gave Me explores the dynamics of abuse and dysfunction, the courage to overcome, the strength in sisterhood, and the ongoing conflict and unconditional love between mothers and daughters. Climb into Charlene the Chevelle for a fast-paced story about a girl who is tough enough to survive and tender enough to learn to trust in love.

  • Unchosen: The Chosen Series, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Alisa Mullen Narrated by Claire White

    Unchosen: The Chosen Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Alisa Mullen
    • Narrated By Claire White
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    Lizzie O'Malley is back with a purpose in life. Still flighty and unpredictable, she knows that loving and losing Teagan Gallagher has changed her life forever. As she navigates her new life in Boston as a full time working mother, she promises herself she will never fall in love again. But can she keep that promise after meeting Nick Sawyer, the gorgeous Texan who has fallen for her?

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  • Den utrolige historie om fakiren der sad fast i et IKEA-skab: [The Incredible Story of the Fakier Who Got Stuck in an IKEA Cabinet] (






UNABRIDGED) by Romain Puértolas Narrated by Lars Thiesgaard

    Den utrolige historie om fakiren der sad fast i et IKEA-skab: [The Incredible Story of the Fakier Who Got Stuck in an IKEA Cabinet]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Romain Puértolas
    • Narrated By Lars Thiesgaard
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    Den indiske fakir Ahatashatru Lavash Patel har et mål. Han vil i Ikea. I Ikea har de en sømseng på tilbud. Ahatashatru Lavash Patel er rejst langt for den sømseng, helt til Paris. Med sig har han en 100 euro-seddel. Pengesedlen sidder i en elastiksnor, så han kan genbruge den. Ahatashatru Lavash Patel er nemlig lidt af en hustler, der har lært at svindle sig gennem livet. Men i IKEAs cafeteria møder han noget, som er ægte - kærligheden i form kvinden Marie.

  • White Sugar, Brown Sugar (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael A. Pyle Narrated by Michael A. Pyle

    White Sugar, Brown Sugar

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michael A. Pyle
    • Narrated By Michael A. Pyle
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    White Sugar, Brown Sugar is a novel set in Daytona Beach, Florida. An upper middle-class white boy from the peninsula, or beach-side, of the Inland Waterway, and a black boy of lesser means, who lives west of the railroad tracks, where Blacks (who were called Negroes and other names at the time) were required to live, become good friends, in spite of the racial separation in effect in the '60s in the south.

  • The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances (






UNABRIDGED) by Ellen Cooney Narrated by Susie Berneis

    The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ellen Cooney
    • Narrated By Susie Berneis
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    Evie is stuck at The Inn, managed by the stern and mysterious Mrs. Auberchon, although she's supposed to join a training program at The Sanctuary. That's what she signed up for - never mind that she lied and doesn't know the first thing about animals. Once up on the mountain with staffers, volunteers, and her dog students, Evie takes notes on the new things she’s learning. Alpha. Forgiveness. Play. Rehabilitation.