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Debra

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Wise Men: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stuart Nadler
    • Narrated By Bernard Setaro Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Almost overnight, Arthur Wise has become one of the wealthiest and most powerful attorneys in America. His first big purchase is a simple beach house in a place called Bluepoint, a town on the far edge of the flexed arm of Cape Cod. It's in Bluepoint, during the summer of 1952, that Arthur's teenage son, Hilly, makes friends with Lem Dawson, a black man whose job it is to take care of the house but whose responsibilities quickly grow.

    Debra says: "Highly recommended"
    "Highly recommended"
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    Would you listen to Wise Men again? Why?

    Absolutely; I was sorry when it ended. It moved me and made me think.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hilly, the narrator. I admired his integrity, morality and intelligence.


    What about Bernard Setaro Clark’s performance did you like?

    He was quite expressive, and I found him easy to listen to, and I really enjoyed the experience.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A difficult father and his admirable son


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book to lovers of serious--not beach reading--fiction. It reminds me of The Help in that it observes race relations and the struggles of African Americans from the 1950's to the present. I found it very moving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Called to Rise

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Laura McBride
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Kirby Heyborne, Madeleine Maby, and others
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In the predawn hours, a woman's marriage crumbles with a single confession. Across town, an immigrant family struggles to fit in and get by in the land of opportunity. Three thousand miles away, a soldier wakes up in Walter Reed hospital with the vague feeling that he’s done something awful. In a single moment, these disparate lives intersect. Faced with seemingly insurmountable loss, each person must decide whether to give in to despair, or to find the courage and resilience to rise.

    cindy says: "I Think I Fell Asleep"
    "I couldn't stop listening."
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    Any additional comments?

    This book moved me to tears and made me think. Four different characters face personal crises and learn to adjust to the new realities of their lives. Then all their stories converge. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blessings

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Elise Juska
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    When John Blessing dies and leaves behind two small children, the loss reverberates across his extended family for years to come. His young widow, Lauren, finds solace in her large clan of in-laws, while his brother's wife Kate pursues motherhood even at the expense of her marriage. John's teenage nephew Stephen finds himself involved in an act of petty theft that takes a surprising turn, and nephew Alex, a gifted student, travels to Spain and considers the world beyond his family's Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood.

    Debra says: "Lovely Family Saga"
    "Lovely Family Saga"
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    Any additional comments?

    A moving story about the highs and lows of a close-knit Irish family in Philadelphia over the course of many years. Well written and read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The One & Only: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Sofia Willingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (235)

    Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas - a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.

    K G says: "The narrator mispronounced "Giffin""
    "I love Giffin's books, but NOT THIS ONE."
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    Any additional comments?

    I eagerly awaited the release of this book but am sad to say it was disappointing. The story is somewhat creepy, and the book goes into great depth about college football and Texas, neither of which interest me all that much.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Daughters for a Time

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Jennifer Handford
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    Feelings of abandonment filled Helen at a too-young age when her mother died and her father walked out. Left in the care of her sister, Claire, she moved on, but never truly healed. Now thirty-five, married, and starting her own family, she must confront her inability to bear children by accepting the idea of adopting. But just when Helen experiences holding her new baby for the first time, she is blindsided with the worst possible news: Claire has cancer. Helen’s wounds are again torn open as she balances the delight of parenthood with the grief of her ailing sister.A poignant and probing exploration of life and loss, Daughters for a Time is a tale of unconditional love, the destructive and healing powers of family, and the search for solid ground between pain and joy.

    Debbie Kerwin says: "Narration could be better."
    "Very moving tearjerker"
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    What did you love best about Daughters for a Time?

    A very moving story about the love between parents and children and between sisters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it dealt with serious issues contemporary families face, such as infertility, cancer, and divorce, and didn't have an unrealistic happy ending.


    Which character – as performed by Tanya Eby – was your favorite?

    Helen, the protagonist


    If you could rename Daughters for a Time, what would you call it?

    I love the title; wouldn't want to rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep tissues handy, especially if you've had a close family member who has or has had cancer. If you like tearjerkers, you'll like this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Triburbia

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Karl Taro Greenfeld
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    A group of fathers meets each morning at a local Tribeca coffee shop after walking their children to school. The sound engineer looks uncomfortably like the guy on the sex offender posters around the neighborhood; the memoirist is on the verge of being outed for fabricating his experiences; and the chef puts his quest for the perfect quail-egg frittata before his children's well-being.

    Lisbeth says: "What the &@)(?!?"
    "I want my credit back--NO ENDING WHATSOEVER!!"
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    Did Triburbia inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, it inspired me to write a negative review because the book lacked any sense of an ending.


    Any additional comments?

    I completely agree with the prior reviewer. I was enjoying this well written and insightful collection of stories, waiting for them to be somehow linked together at the ending, but that never happened. When I heard "Audible hopes you have enjoyed this production," I went right to my computer, thinking I had neglected to download Part 2, and eager to hear the rest of the book. But there is no Part 2. I am an avid reader and have certainly read books in which the ending is unclear or mysterious, but never a book that literally ends in the middle. Very strange and frankly, kind of annoying.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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