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  • The Orchard: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Theresa Weir
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    The Orchard is the story of a street-smart city girl who must adapt to a new life on an apple farm after she falls in love with Adrian Curtis, the golden boy of a prominent local family whose lives and orchards seem to be cursed. Married after only three months, young Theresa finds life with Adrian on the farm far more difficult and dangerous than she expected. Rejected by her husband's family as an outsider, she slowly learns for herself about the isolated world of farming, pesticides, and environmental destruction....

    Amazon Customer says: "Not your usual girl meets boy story"
    "Not your usual girl meets boy story"
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    I don't generally listen to a lot of nonfiction. However, I enjoyed this real life story that had somewhat of a fiction feel. The story of how these two people meet and the direction their lives take is unexpected and doesn't end with everything tied up in a neat little bow. The story draws you in and you want to see how it all ends. Not to give too much away, but while there are definitely some heartbreaking moments I felt this was ultimately an uplifting story.

    I enjoyed the information on what it takes to run an orchard and you'll never look at an apple the same way after this story.

    If you want to listen to a story of a real life relationship including the good and the bad then this story is worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joy for Beginners

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erica Bauermeister
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    At an intimate, festive dinner party in Seattle, six women gather to celebrate their friend Kate's recovery from cancer. Wineglass in hand, Kate strikes a bargain with them. To celebrate her new lease on life, she'll do the one thing that's always terrified her: white-water rafting. But if she goes, all of them will also do something they always swore they'd never do-and Kate is going to choose their adventures.

    Lynn says: "Good friends"
    "Great listen"
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    This was a great listen, well worth a credit. I had read Erica Bauermeister's previous book about a cooking class and enjoyed it so was looking forward to listening to this. It did not disappoint. I enjoyed how each chapter focused on one character and their challenge and how they met it. It made me think about what we might be missing out on life because we might be afraid to try something new.

    The story struck the right tone between not too heavy and not too light. I had a few driveway moments where I sat in the car for a few minutes longer after arriving home to hear what happened next.

    The narration was generally good, but the male characters, the few that there were, all kind of sounded the same.

    All in all a fun, engaging story that also makes you think a little bit about what joy you might be missing out on.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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