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Stephanie

Paintsville, KY, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • On Agate Hill: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Smith
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes, Danielle Ferland, Katie Firth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    Orphaned when her father dies in the Civil War, Molly Petree is taken in by Uncle Junius on his Agate Hill plantation. But the terminally ill Junius is manipulated into marriage by his housekeeper, Selena, who inherits Agate Hill upon his death. Neglected and abused under Selena's watch, Molly escapes to a better life with help from her father's closest battlefield companion. But as she grows into a refined, educated woman, Molly remains haunted by tragedy.

    Mary says: "engrossing"
    "A sad, but beautiful journey"
    Overall

    This was a powerful, beautiful, heartbreaking, happy, rich and full journey. Molly's story is one that will touch the heart and soul of anyone who reads/hears it and will have you cheering for her from start to finish. Lee Smith is a master and this is most certainly in her top 5!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Garden Spells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (603)

    The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers.

    Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

    Together again in the house they grew up in, the Waverley sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy - if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom - or with each other.

    Joihelene says: "I so want to give it 5 stars...!!!!"
    "Fun, enchanting"
    Overall

    I loved this audiobook so much, I will be buying the print version to have for when I have more sedentary time in my life. The characters are fun, familiar, real. The setting enchanting. There is a believable magic in the air, the garden, the soil, the personalities. Wonderful, fun!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being A Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nora Ephron
    • Narrated By Nora Ephron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (238)

    With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck, a candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself.

    Kestrel says: "Don't make me get out of the car..."
    "I feel bad about wasting my money"
    Overall

    This is not a fun or funny book about aging or even about being a woman. It is about a sarcastic, unappreciative, whiner. I expected to laugh. I expected to feel some connection with the author as a woman. I was sadly disappointed and did not laugh at anything because this was nothing more than her story about her boring life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    Overall
    (4899)
    Performance
    (1530)
    Story
    (1542)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "If I could give more stars, I would..."
    Overall

    This is absolutely my favorite audio book! I am not dealing with any issues at this point in my life and am not recovering from a catastrophy, but I enjoyed this book thoroughly as we are all on (or should be) a spiritual journey. This book was so fun, informative, entertaining, exciting, sad... It had it all and in such form that I truly hated to come to the end. So much so, in fact, that I've bought the print version and will make this my beach read. I am impressed with Elizabeth Gilbert so much, that I will read (or listen to) all her work. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oral History

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lee Smith
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Oral History, the lyrical saga of a Virginia mountain family, follows four generations of Cantrells over more than a century. Researching an assignment for an Oral History course, Jennifer drives to the town where her mother and father grew up. Raised by a stepmother, the young college student wonders why her father never talks of her real mother and is intrigued by the mystery of her heritage. One by one, the Cantrells tell of lives filled with vitality, colored by the land and family history.

    Linda says: "What a treat!"
    "Not my favorite Lee Smith title..."
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book, but it is definitely not my favorite of Lee Smith's wonderful books. If you are not familiar with her work, please do not start out with this book. Some of the narrators were off and all wrong for the characters I felt.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fair and Tender Ladies

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lee Smith
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (95)

    Author of many novels and short stories, best-selling writer Lee Smith has received numerous awards for her works, including two O. Henry Awards. Fair and Tender Ladies is an epistolary novel that traces the life of Ivy Rowe, born in the isolated Virginia mountain community of Sugar Fork.

    Vivian says: "roots"
    "Loved every minute"
    Overall

    This is the best book I've never read. I loved every minute and was sad to come to the end. The narrator was wonderful and the story (letters) is beautifully written. I am now a forever fan of Lee Smith and will search out audio books narrated by Kate Forbes. I listened to this book while walking in the mornings and evenings and was so captivated that I found myself walking longer, further and more often than ever to hear more. I finished the 13+ hour audio in one week. I give this book my highest recommendation.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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