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  • Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (76)
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    Pearl Tull is nearing the end of her life but not of her memory. It was a Sunday night in 1944 when her husband left the little row house on Baltimore’s Calvert Street, abandoning Pearl to raise their three children alone....

    Babette says: "Listen to it More Than Once"
    "Not sure if it's the narration or the writer, but."
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    ...but seriously? The way the voices are read, the characters seem so dim-witted, and well, stupid. I normally enjoy 'depressing' stories of flawed families, but I am finding myself frustrated with this one. This is my 1st Anne Tyler book. I agree with other reviewers that it is difficult to like anyone. I wonder if I was reading it in print if I would enjoy it more, but the slow, confused way some of the characters talk.... argh! I had to force myself to finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Backseat Saints

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (293)

    Rose Mae Lolley is a fierce and dirty girl, long-suppressed under flowery skirts and bow-trimmed ballet flats. As "Mrs. Ro Grandee" she's trapped in a marriage that's thick with love and sick with abuse. Her true self has been bound in the chains of marital bliss in rural Texas, letting "Ro" make eggs, iron shirts, and take her punches.

    J. E. JONES says: "Loved this audio!"
    "Tantalizing"
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    Joshilyn Jackson rocks. Suspense, romance, and real characters. I like how she describes the characters thoughts & feelings in such detail- I like to feel like I know the characters. Really enjoyed this listen- I found myself trying to find more 'chores' to do so I could listen. Hated to see it end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1382)
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    (1192)
    Story
    (1168)

    A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

    Melinda says: "This One Ought To Butter Your Biscuit"
    "Great listen"
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    What does Joshilyn Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Everything! She knew exactly what the characters were 'thinking' and how they would sound, so they were portrayed exactly as she intended.


    Any additional comments?

    Joshilyn Jackson's books bring you into the story... I found I was wondering 'what was going on' when I wasn't listening. I don't want them to end. The stories are intriguing and the plot twists are perfect. This book doesn't disappoint.

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