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Pam Wolle

Make mine a Draft

Battle Ground WA | Listener Since 2003

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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
    (104)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    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"
    "Authentic Southern Tale"
    Overall

    If you want to know some of the unique nuances of Southern Culture, you can trust Lee Smith to deliver. So many details are captured and woven perfectly into a truly beliveable story. Mollys ability to survive and perservere makes me more appreciative of my own life. I love reading a good southern novel that can take me back to the South I know. The soft musical ending helps to ease you out of that time and back into the present. I would love to meet Lee Smith and spend an afternoon on the porch with a pitcher of "Sweet Tea" and sharing stories.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Whistling Season

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ivan Doig
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (269)

    When a widowed rancher hires a housekeeper to help with his three young sons, he finds her to be cheerful and competent. Yet she is concealing a colorful and infamous past. Filled with humor and hardship, this novel sings with what the author calls "a poetry of the vernacular". A finalist for the National Book award, Ivan Doig, who has published 11 books, has been hailed as the "West's preeminent literary novelist" by the Denver Post.

    Rick Just says: "Wordplay"
    "I so enjoyed this!"
    Overall

    It was easy to get lost in this story. So well done by Mr. Doig. As a native Idahoan, my knowledge of Montana, Idaho and Washington, gave me even more of an experience of going home. Listen carefully and you will experience it as it is, for yourself.
    A very talented author who captures the simplicity of the time, and intricacy of the characters.
    One of the few Authors I would love to meet.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Whistling Season Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Ivan Doig
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    When a widowed rancher hires a housekeeper to help with his three young sons, he finds her to be cheerful and competent. Yet she is concealing a colorful and infamous past. Filled with humor and hardship, this novel sings with what the author calls "a poetry of the vernacular". A finalist for the National Book award, Ivan Doig, who has published 11 books, has been hailed as the "West's preeminent literary novelist" by the Denver Post.

    Pam Wolle says: "Experience the simplicity"
    "Experience the simplicity"
    Overall

    Ivan Doig captures the essence of rural life when things were less complicated. I so enjoyed the development of each of the characters. By the end of the book, I could have drawn the school house and could have recognized each person had I met them on the street.
    This is my third Ivan Doig title, and I enjoy falling into another time with each new story. A more grownup version of Little House on the Prairie with more complex storylines. I can't wait to start my next Ivan Doig Novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daughters of Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bingham
    • Narrated By Kim Hicks
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (11)

    Daughters of Eden focuses on the lives and fortunes of four very different young women at the outbreak of the Second World War. Marjorie, left at a boarding school by her emigrating mother; plain Poppy, pushed into marriage with a mean-spirited aristocrat; Kate, despised by her father, but determined to prove herself; and man-mad Lily, who turns out to be the bravest of them all. That all of them are chosen to work undercover for the espionage unit at Eden Park is a surprise, not least to them.

    AmyX says: "An amazing book everyone should read."
    "Lovely Narrator"
    Overall

    This book had promise, but in all the story lines fizzled out. I could imagine a different author taking the outline and really adding the impact it lacked. The narrator was very talented with multiple voices.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beachcomber

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Josephine Cox
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In the summer of 1952, two strangers arrive in the pretty seaside hamlet of West Bay. Tom Arnold lost his wife and children when the car he was driving was run off a seaside road above the cliffs. He was the only survivor. Now he needs to be alone to deal with the pain. Kathy Wilson is trying to escape family problems and find peace of mind. In this delightful place, they both hope to rebuild their lives, yet someone is trying to wreck their search for happiness.

    Pam Wolle says: "Not as promised."
    "Not as promised."
    Overall

    The description of the book was the best thing about a story that had great potential. Weak characters, with a predictable plot line, like the previous reviewer, this story is aimed more to the beginning Harlequin reader. The narrator provided a excellent interpetation of the elegance of English with a beautiful British Accent. I finished this because I feel every book I purchase deserves to be read, but it was a struggle to finish.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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