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John

Tifton, GA, United States

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  • Fair and Tender Ladies

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lee Smith
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    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"
    "All-time Favorite!"
    Overall

    I guess I'm a bit biased, because this is my favorite book, but it was just as good when I listened to it as when I read it. Again and again! Smith has a way of cutting through the cr*p and getting to the heart of how the character feels.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Tomato Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jayne Pupek
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Eleven-year-old Ellie Sanders is forced to grow up quickly when her pregnant mother develops health problems and her father's attentions become diverted by a teenage produce peddler. To escape, Ellie creates a secret world of her own, where life still seems normal.

    John says: "Enjoyable heartbreak"
    "Enjoyable heartbreak"
    Overall

    I seem to be the king of picking depressing books, but although this one was pretty depressing, I enjoyed it. Rather than roll my eyes at the characters, I wanted to get in there and strangle someone! The situations were so bizarre they actually made sense. It was gut-wrenching, all the same.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Reader

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bernhard Schlink
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (196)

    When he falls ill on his way home from school, 15-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover--then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.

    Ella says: "Dysfunctional"
    "Interesting, but not earth shattering"
    Overall

    Interesting book, descriptive. I wanted to listen to it before seeing the movie, but now that I've read it, I have no desire to view it! I just felt flat when it was finished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2868)
    Performance
    (775)
    Story
    (779)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "Still Not Sure"
    Overall

    I haven't really made up my mind as to how I feel about this book. It really dragged in some parts, but was interesting enough to keep going on. I guess I expected too much of the characters, and I kept waiting for them to develop more, but they never did (to me, anyway). There were too many loose ends for me to enjoy it thoroughly, but I'm glad I listened to it. But it's a one-time listen, in my opinion.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Virgin Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Tracy Chevalier
    • Narrated By Janine Carter, Gigi Marceau Clarke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Meet Ella Turner and Isabelle du Moulin, two women born centuries apart, yet bound by a fateful family legacy. When Ella and her husband move to a small town in France, Ella hopes to brush up on her French, qualify to practice as a midwife, and start a family, but a peculiar dream of the color blue propels her on a quest to uncover her family's French ancestry.

    Beth says: "excellent listening, mediocre story"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    I loved listening to this book. It would have been difficult to read it (for me) because of the french, but listening to it was like music. This is my favorite Chevalier book so far. I enjoy her descriptive story-telling, makes you feel like you're right there with the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Mercy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Jacob is an Anglo-Dutch trader and adventurer, with a small holding in the harsh north. Despite his distaste for dealing in "flesh," he takes a small slave girl in part payment for a bad debt from a plantation owner in Catholic Maryland. This is Florens, "with the hands of a slave and the feet of a Portuguese lady." Florens looks for love, first from Lina, an older servant woman at her new master's house, but later from a handsome blacksmith, an African, never enslaved.

    Pablo says: "Great book"
    "Dark listen, but good"
    Overall

    I like Toni Morrison, so I'm not bothered by the dark tone her books take, or the inferences. I listened to this particular book in one sitting, and it made me want to go back and listen to it again, just to make sure I got it right. Heart-wrenching. Her characters are very human, very flawed, and they touch the dark places in all of us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where the River Ends

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    He was a fishing guide and struggling artist from a south George trailer park. She was the beautiful only child of South Carolina's most powerful senator. Yet once Doss Michaels and Abigail Grace Coleman met by accident, they each felt they'd found their true soul mate.

    Jen says: "Perfect Ending."
    "Kept waiting for more"
    Overall

    I kept thinking there had to be more to this book. The descriptions of the river were picturesque, but the story was so predictable. Bleh. I can't believe I listened to the entire thing, but I was so sure it would get better. Reminded me of those Danielle Steele books I read as a teenager.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Painted Drum

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    When Faye Travers is called upon to appraise the estate of a family in her small New Hampshire town, she isn't surprised to discover a forgotten cache of valuable Native American artifacts. However, she stops dead in her tracks when she finds in the collection a rare drum, ornamented with symbols she doesn't recognize and dressed in red tassels and a beaded belt and skirt, especially since, without touching the instrument, she hears it sound.

    Kathy says: "Worth sticking with"
    "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
    Overall

    This was recommended to me through a group on ravelry.com. Knitters tend to know good audio books, and they were right on with this one. I was surprised and pleased when the story turned from modern day back to the origins of the drum. I felt the characters were very real, with all their flaws, and yet remarkable because of them. They came across as every day people - neighbors, acquaintances, friends. This is a great read (listen!)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sheer Abandon: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Penny Vincenzi
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Martha, Clio, and Jocasta meet by chance at Heathrow airport in 1985 as they are starting off on separate backpacking adventures, and they decide to spend the first few days of their trips together in Thailand. When they go their separate ways, they vow to get together in London the following year. One of them, however, harbors a terrible secret: on her return from her pre-college excursion, she abandoned her just-born daughter at Heathrow.

    Nadine says: "Fabulous!!"
    "Frustrating!"
    Overall

    Arrgghh! This book went on and on! I enjoyed some parts of it, but talk about beating a dead horse. We end up knowing more about Martha than we ever care to, and then - poof - well, I won't give it away. It started off well, then went on and on and on, then it ended. Just ended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Migrant

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sheridan Stanton
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    From one coast to the other, to the far side of the globe, three diverse characters follow paths that will mysteriously connect: Tina Lopez, endowed with a special gift from God; Ethan Kelly, a young Irish-American priest-in-training; and K.C. Littleton, who will prove that old adage, "Be careful what you wish for." All will discover a new appreciation for faith, forgiveness, and family.

    Kimberly says: "great story"
    "Kept Waiting for Something To Happen!"
    Overall

    I liked this book, and the characters, but I kept waiting for everything to come together. I admit - I can be obtuse, but it all seemed so vague. There were connections, but they all seemed so loose and out there. I enjoyed the characters, and the premise of the book, but it left me wondering what was missing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drums of Autumn

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7073)
    Performance
    (4704)
    Story
    (4697)

    Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

    Frances M says: "You listened, Audible!"
    "Always a Favorite"
    Overall

    I think you either love this series or hate it. I do love it, but let's face it, it feels like it goes on forever! Some people like all the history, but I still can't get it all straight. I think it's because you tend to start drifting off after the first few hours! But still one of my favorite book series of all times.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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