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J. Walsworth

jwalsworth

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  • Knitting

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anne Bartlett
    • Narrated By Beverley Dunn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    It's been 10 months since Jack died, and Sandra, a tightly wound academic, copes with her grief by immersing herself in the history of textiles. When she and Martha, a gifted knitter, meet over an unconscious body on the footpath, the unlikely threads of their lives tangle into each other. Sandra invites Martha to join her in a professional collaboration, but what begins as a working relationship becomes something deeply personal.

    yoderfamily01 says: "Not good"
    "An enjoyable listen"
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    This is an enjoyable listen, with a meaningful, layered story I enjoyed listening to, while knitting :) The character development is okay, but I'd have preferred more insight into the women early in the story line. The two main characters, Sandra and Martha, begin with one seemingly strong and sympathetic and the other talented but seemingly flawed. By the final scene, the descriptions have switched between the characters, but still with too little real insight into Sandra as a person.

    My primary hesitation comes as a knitter. The knitting details do not always ring true, despite the acknowledgments section at the end where the author professes to be a knitter. I'd also love to know if the "feather" stitch is in fact "feather and fan" and more definitive information about the other stitches mentioned - none of which are referred to with an American name - and not even one that comes up when googled. Why the tease?

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  • Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Anne Lamott
    • Narrated By Anne Lamott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (169)

    Anne Lamott is known for her perceptive and funny writings about spirituality. Listeners of all ages have followed her faith journey through decades of trial and error (sometimes more error than Annie wanted), and in her new book, she has coalesced all she knows about prayer to three essentials: Help, Thanks, and Wow. It is these three prayers - asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating all that we have and all that is good, and feeling awe at the beauty of the world around us - that can get us through the day and can show us the way forward.

    Holly Helscher says: "Thanks and Wow"
    "Great as always"
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    Anne is not at all for what passes as "Christian" in the media today. She is, thank God, the real thing and has such a gift for communicating her faith and practice to the world. There is no hype or inflated ego or need for exclusion here. If you believe in the Jesus of the gospels you will find affirmation and truth in her writing.

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