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L. Hontz

yarnlover

Churubusco,IN USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 6 reviews
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  • 92 titles in library
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  • Against the Tide

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Camden
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    As a child, Lydia Pallas became all too familiar with uncertainty when it came to the future. Now, she's finally carved out a perfect life for herself - a life of stability and order with no changes, surprises, or chaos of any kind. She adores her apartment overlooking the bustling Boston Harbor, and her skill with languages has landed her a secure position as a translator for the U.S. Navy. However, it is her talent for translation that brings her into contact with Alexander Banebridge, or "Bane", a man who equally attracts and aggravates her.

    Robin says: "Are You Kidding Me?"
    "All around good read!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Against the Tide the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the main character and her courage to continue on through all of the tough times in her life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Against the Tide?

    When she was fired from her job as a translator. It rocked her world so profoundly.


    What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I am a big Barbara Rosenblat fan and have been for years. I have found many good books by searching for her name as the audio reader instead of the author! She lends such truth to the stories. She is a truly engaging storyteller.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I very much enjoyed it - it was good company for many knitting evenings!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Calling Me Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julie Kibler
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin, Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (215)

    Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a big favor to ask her hairdresser, Dorrie. She wants the black single mother to drop everything and drive her from Texas to a funeral in Ohio - tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious about Isabelle’s past, agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives. Isabelle confesses that, as a teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper - in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences just might help Dorrie find her own way.

    Alexandria Milton says: "I really wanted to like it"
    "Recommending to my book club! I will read again!"
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    If you could sum up Calling Me Home in three words, what would they be?

    Poignant, well-written, engaging


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Calling Me Home?

    *Spoiler alert* When Miss Isabelle arrives at the funeral home & for whom she is there to see.


    What about Bahni Turpin and Lorna Raver ’s performance did you like?

    Everything!!! They are great performers!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The story was so well-written, the characters so full & vibrant, that I could see them, feel their pain, their joys, and their sorrow - all characteristics of a GOOD book!


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a pleasant surprise. I had no recommendations for it & just listened on a guess that it would suit me - I'm so glad I did!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Casting Off

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nicole Dickson
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    On a tiny island off the west coast of Ireland, the fishermen's handmade sweaters tell a story. Each one is unique - feelings stitched into rows, memories into patterns...It is here that Rebecca Moray comes to research a book on Irish knitting. With her daughter, Rowan, in tow, she hopes to lose herself into the history of the island and to forget her own haunting past. Before long, the warm embrace of the townsfolk wraps Rebecca and Rowan in a world of friendship, laughter, and love...

    L. Hontz says: "Deeper than it looks"
    "Deeper than it looks"
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    If you could sum up Casting Off in three words, what would they be?

    Thoughtful, interesting, & a good story


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the way the author mixes the thoughts of the two main characters with the present day situations - you feel like you are in their heads & seeing what is tormenting them. I have read this book before & I always root for the main characters to find peace!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Becky finds all of the sweaters in Shaun's house.


    If you could take any character from Casting Off out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Shaun!


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not just for knitters. Lovers of Ireland, family, & community will enjoy it too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4755)
    Performance
    (1641)
    Story
    (1650)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Second time around even better!"
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    Where does The Thirteenth Tale rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have been enjoying this book but can't listen for too long because it is a little creepy - in a good way!


    What other book might you compare The Thirteenth Tale to and why?

    It has the same feel as "The Time-Traveler's Wife." The stories are not at all alike but they are so engrossing that it is hard to stop listening. They are both very unique and full of detail which holds my interest greatly!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the main character finds out that she is a twin.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The second time around I am finding that I must not have listened very well before! It is so full of extremes that you don't have time to stop gasping before the next moment claims you. I have cringed and gasped but not cried or laughed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prodigal Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (814)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (380)

    Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives in southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region. Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches them from an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off-guard by Eddie Bondo, a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and her solitary life.

    Lily says: "Amazing!"
    "One of my all time favorites"
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    What did you love best about Prodigal Summer?

    I love how the three characters are connected in the story but not in the story line.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story of nature and humans - how we are all connected and all important.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Kingsolver’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my favorite and I have listened to it many times - especially in the summer!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I love when the old man and old lady come together. I am so touched too by the widow adopting the two children and saving the farm - so touching!


    Any additional comments?

    This is my favorite of her books - I have read or tried to read all of her books - and I love it every time I listen. I also learned a lot about coyotes and bugs!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Solstice

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Rosamunde Pilcher
    • Narrated By Lisa Burgett
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (121)

    Elfrida Phipps tries to exorcise the pain of the past and find peace, taking refuge in a rambling Scottish house called Corrydale. Almost like a magnet, Corrydale attracts various waifs and strays, each of them escaping difficult personal pasts. As the holidays approach and the weather turns foul, it seems a perfect recipe for disaster.

    Sara says: "Atmospheric winter tale"
    "An Annual Treat"
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    If you could sum up Winter Solstice in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting characters, wonderful detail, set in countries that I would love to visit!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Winter Solstice?

    Too many to list - I love the attention to detail and the feeling that I am there with the characters.


    What about Lisa Burgett’s performance did you like?

    Each character stands out from the others - she has a different voice for each character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I have listened to this book so many times over the years - I love to listen to it during winter breaks from work. It is too long to listen in one sitting but is good company for many days.


    Any additional comments?

    Lynne Redgrave has read a lot of Rosamunde Pilcher's books. They are so much fun - such good company - you want to meet the characters in person.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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