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Judy King

Writer-book addict with 20 years in central Mexico. Love Kindle Love Audible books Esp by and read by C. Pinkola Estes & Luis Urrea-WOW

Laredo, Texas, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Cold Sassy Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Olive Ann Burns
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
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    (145)
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    (144)

    The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around fast. If the preacher's wife's petticoat shows, the ladies will make the talk last a week. But on July 5, 1906, things take a scandalous turn. That is the day E. Rucker Blakeslee, proprietor of the general store and barely three weeks a widower, elopes with Miss Love Simpson, a woman half his age and, worse yet, a Yankee!

    D says: "EXCELLENT"
    "Disappointment after a fine presentation"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Well it would have been GREAT, if the ending had been included in the version I bought. I'm not sure how much I lost -- but at least the last half hour or so.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The look into the multigenerations of a southern family -- and their attitude toward the


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

    His warm voice makes the colloquial phrases and dry wit to life. Like books by Garrison Keillor, this just wouldn't have been the same reading it myself.


    Any additional comments?

    Sure wish I'd heard the end of both the first and second parts...both stopped short and mid-chapter and mid-sentence.

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  • Sonoma Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
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    (65)
    Story
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    New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini’s delightful Elm Creek Quilts series features strong women who face life head-on and chronicle their triumphs and tragedies in elaborate quilts. Here, listeners meet Rosa Diaz Barclay, a woman fighting for her family’s survival in Prohibition-era Southern California.

    Janine Campbell says: "What happened to the language?"
    "Good look at the time/place"
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    I found myself searching the internet when I finished reading this book -- I was that convinced that Rose/Rosa and Lars/Nils and John Barclay must be real people who lived through prohibition in California wine country.

    Ms Chiaverini did a wonderful job of research for this fascinating story. I'll read this again...
    And enjoy it again.

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  • The Fat Man: A Tale of North Pole Noir

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ken Harmon
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
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    (40)
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    (40)

    Fired from his longtime job as captain of the Coal Patrol, two-foot-three-inch, 1,300-year-old elf Gumdrop Coal is angry. He's one of Santa's original elves, inspired by the fat man's vision to bring joy to children on that one special day each year. But somewhere along the way, things went sour for Gumdrop. Maybe it was delivering one too many lumps of coal for the Naughty List. Maybe it's the conspiracy against Christmas that he's starting to sense down every chimney.

    PastorJim says: "Fantastic Holiday Listen"
    "A little goes a long way"
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    Mixed feelings, mixed review. This "Dark" story of Christmas certainly presents a moral fit for the season, and the concept is cute and clever and well thought out -- at first....but I tired quickly of the appearances of characters from every other holiday tale....from Ralphie of A Christmas Story fame, who needed to lend his BB gun -- to the eye that was shot out to the "not so tiny tim" to misfit toys who had come from the island looking for a home to bits and pieces of lyrics from many holiday songs -- Little Nell's stocking and you'd better not pout, and even appearances by the "kid with the blanket with the moral of the story...and that's about it from the peanut gallery."

    It wore thin after a while, especially with a dick tracy/dragnet theme, feeling overlaying the whole thing. I'm thinking maybe there was a bit of ADD going on...or maybe I needed a bit.

    So, I'd probably actually give it a 2.5 just for creativity

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