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San Bernardino, CA, USA

  • 2 reviews
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  • 52 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • No Time to Wave Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Mitchard
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard captured the heart of a nation with The Deep End of the Ocean, her celebrated debut novel about mother Beth Cappadora, a child kidnapped, a family in crisis. Now, in No Time to Wave Goodbye, the unforgettable Cappadoras are in peril once again, forced to confront an unimaginable evil.

    It has been twenty-two years since Beth Cappadora’s three-year-old son Ben was abducted. By some miracle, he returned nine years later, and the family began to pick up the pieces of their lives. But their peace has always been fragile: Ben returned from the deep end as another child and has never felt entirely at ease with the family he was born into. Now the Cappadora children are grown: Ben is married with a baby girl, Kerry is studying to be an opera singer, and Vincent has emerged from his troubled adolescence as a fledgling filmmaker.

    The subject of Vincent’s new documentary, “No Time to Wave Goodbye,” shakes Vincent’s unsuspecting family to the core; it focuses on five families caught in the tortuous web of never knowing the fate of their abducted children. Though Beth tries to stave off the torrent of buried emotions, she is left wondering if she and her family are fated to relive the past forever.

    The film earns tremendous acclaim, but just as the Cappadoras are about to celebrate the culmination of Vincent’s artistic success, what Beth fears the most occurs, and the Cappadoras are cast back into the past, revisiting the worst moment of their lives–with only hours to find the truth that can save a life. High in a rugged California mountain range, their rescue becomes a desperate struggle for survival.

    No Time to Wave Goodbye
    is Jacquelyn Mitchard at her best, a spellbinding novel about family loyalty, and love pushed to the limits of endurance.

    From the Hardcover edition.

    Marilynn says: "Iffy book from a wonderful author"
    "Iffy book from a wonderful author"

    I read most of "Deep End OF the Ocean" holding my breath. This was an astounding book, deep, and beautiful and frightning in its scope. I was very excited to find a follow up book by the same author. I took it with me on a 5 day cruise.
    J. Michard is a fantastic author, I have enjoyed most of her books. This book bored me for the first half. I plodded along trying to finish the first 4 hours, thinking it has to get better. Around the mid-mark there was a twist, I don't want to spoil it for you. This is when the author went over the top, and lost touch with reality. Many of the details were inconsistant, with information earlier in the book. I found it unrealistic, and candy sweet. So sweet it set my teeth on edge. I hated the narrators male voices, all gravely and difficult to listen to. I will make sure I don't get any more books narrated by her. But I will read Ms Michards next book, in print, from the library.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • South of Broad

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him

    Pamela says: "Authors Need to Review Pronunciations"
    "A master of prose"

    This is a lovely, lyrical book about growing up in a small town, as part of the "out" group in high school. Mr Conroy has a lyrical, poetic mastery of words. As I read he evokes those memories, those feelings of not belonging, and trying to deal with the love or lack of love within a family, and moving past life changing events.
    The story moves back and forth between the past and present. I found it easy to follow, and enjoyed understanding what happened to the characters as they matured. Some of it is a little unusual but the story is descriptive, and lovely. It is always interesting. I purchased it to keep it in my library and enjoy listening to it over and over.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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