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Bola

LAUREL, MD, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Calling Me Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julie Kibler
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin, Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (296)

    Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a big favor to ask her hairdresser, Dorrie. She wants the black single mother to drop everything and drive her from Texas to a funeral in Ohio - tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious about Isabelle’s past, agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives. Isabelle confesses that, as a teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper - in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences just might help Dorrie find her own way.

    Alexandria Milton says: "I really wanted to like it"
    "Beautiful story though gut wrenching"
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    Where does Calling Me Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On top list-I felt as if I was part of the story and also telling myself that meddling with people's affair those not yield good fruit


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character of the book - Isabelle is my favorite. For the strength and courage she had


    Have you listened to any of Bahni Turpin and Lorna Raver ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to Bahni Turpin in the help and kitchen house. They both did an excellent job!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did have an extreme reaction- I could not understand Isabella's mum. I suspected that .Pearl was not dead alone. It was a shame that Isabelle knew about Pearl after she died


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed every moment of the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Time Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Pilar Witherspoon, Jennifer Ikeda, Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (190)

    When Vivien Walker left her home in the Mississippi Delta, she swore never to go back, as generations of the women in her family had. But in the spring, nine years to the day since she'd left, that's exactly what happens - Vivien returns, fleeing from a broken marriage and her lost dreams for children. What she hopes to find is solace with "Bootsie", her dear grandmother who raised her, a Walker woman with a knack for making everything all right. But instead she finds that her grandmother has died and that her estranged mother is drifting further away from her memories.

    Margaret says: "The Sisterhood of Figuring Out Life"
    "Interesting and engaging"
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    Where does A Long Time Gone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks on top. Again Karen White did a fantastic job connecting the generations together. In addition, the story is very believable


    What other book might you compare A Long Time Gone to and why?

    I can't compare it to another becos it is unique by its self.

    The story of 3 generations and you see the mistakes that happened ones finding it wAy back to another generation.

    I find myself remembering certain part of the story as if I was there too :)

    .....may if Adelaide did not answer the phone during the storm....

    The what ifs


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Matilda was guessing up!


    If you could rename A Long Time Gone, what would you call it?

    No need to remain the book for me


    Any additional comments?

    Very relevant and touching story. Glad Vivian was able to get herself together
    The decisions we make or actions we take does not just affect us-

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard C. Morais
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1055)

    Born above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumière, a small village in the French Alps.

    R. L. Royce says: "YIkes, I don't speak French"
    "Beautiful story"
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    What did you love best about The Hundred-Foot Journey?

    I always love stories about family dynamics and very big on relationships. I love how the old chef Madam Mallory invested in Hassan.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hundred-Foot Journey?

    When Hassan got burnt and Madam Mallory came to her senses


    What about Neil Shah’s performance did you like?

    He did a fantastic job. His narration made the story come alive.


    If you could rename The Hundred-Foot Journey, what would you call it?

    Frankly- not sure


    Any additional comments?

    I gather we human being are very interesting -
    No matter where we come. It is important for us to value or place an important value on our fellow human beings.

    I really enjoyed the story and Hassan's journey. Very good book. Will see if justice was done to the movie :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love and War: Volume Two of the North and South Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (548)

    The Main and Hazard families clash on and off the Civil War’s battlefields as they grapple with the violent realities of a divided nation. America's master storyteller continues his reign with Love and War, a story steeped in passion and betrayal. With the Confederate and Union armies furiously fighting, the once-steadfast bond between the Main and Hazard families continues to be tested. From opposite sides of the conflict, they face heartache and triumph on the frontlines as they fight for the future of the nation and their loved ones.

    Hunter says: "The second is as good as the first!!!"
    "Fantastic"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Love and War to be better than the print version?

    The American civil war and its many component intrigues me. I have listened to many books about this era however John Jakes has done a splendid job in his books – North and South, Love and War. Apart from just enjoying the books, I also learned something about the North and South that I never knew.
    I love the story lines- mixing history with some make belief. You feel as if you were there. Both books (since they are connected) as a whole have left a deep impression in my heart about valuing relationships. I am glad a few characters in the book got what they deserved and also very sorry that one of the main characters died. I guess the story will not be realistic if this did not happen.
    I have already pre-ordered the last book – Heaven and Hell. I would like to see the three books made into a movie :)

    The narrator - Grover Gardner could not have done better - good job


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Love and War?

    When Orie died or when Charles found his son


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    I loved every part of his performance. Loved the way he could switch from one character to the other


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    movie - perhaps?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hothouse Flower

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lucinda Riley
    • Narrated By Beth Chalmers
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    As a child, Julia Forrester spent many idyllic hours in the hothouse of Wharton Park estate, where her grandfather tended the exotic flowers. So when a family tragedy strikes, Julia returns to the tranquility of Wharton Park and its hothouse. Recently inherited by charismatic Kit Crawford, the estate is undergoing renovation. This leads to the discovery of an old diary, prompting the pair to seek out Julia's grandmother to learn the truth behind a love affair that almost destroyed Wharton Park.

    ally says: "Too much like a soap opera"
    "What a story!!!"
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    If you could sum up Hothouse Flower in three words, what would they be?

    Family stories of long ago. Unfortunate circumstances.


    What other book might you compare Hothouse Flower to and why?

    I would compare it to Kate Morton’s The Shifting Fog or the distant hours or house at Riverton to mention a few


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

    Love her British accent and the way she changed her voice to represent each character


    If you could take any character from Hothouse Flower out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    First Bill for his loyalty, then Olivia – she need not suffer for that long


    Any additional comments?

    Beautiful story. I enjoyed every moment of it. It is interesting the journey life takes each and every one of us. I wish Harry did not marry Olivia because he truly did not love her. They never had a child – the main purpose for marrying. Poor Olivia – I think when life hands you lemon, you make lemonade out of it. Why live a miserable life because of someone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Colors

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    The Grey sisters had only each other when their mother died years ago. Their father provided for them physically on Water's Edge, the ranch that had been in their family for three generations, each of them however, longed for their father's love.

    Brenda says: "Well written, POORLY narrated... :("
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall

    Excellent read! I love Kristin Hannah’s book for one simple reason – the stories are always so real and something you can relate to always. It is interesting to know how prejudice can hinder our vision and reasoning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Garden: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (428)

    Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard: the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father fails ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters

    Alysa says: "Gut wrenching....but well done."
    "Excellent story and narration"
    Overall

    Love the story and there are lessons to learn! Women go through a lot and also have a lot to learn. Will definitely try others books from this author.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Summer of Light

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By W. Dale Cramer
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    After a series of bizarre events, ironworker Mick Brannigan finds himself knee-deep in laundry - and considering a retreat to his hopelessly littered kitchen. He soon learns important lessons from unlikely sources. W. Dale Cramer, multiple Christy Award-winning author of Bad Ground and Levi's Will, delivers a Romantic Times Top Pick tale of a reluctant Mr. Mom who discovers what matters most.

    California Rose says: "Wonderul!"
    "Maryland listener"
    Overall

    I truly enjoyed this book and had a good laugh too! I am glad that Mick was able to connect with his son and all the adventures he had with his 3 children whiles staying at home with them. Good read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27648)
    Performance
    (14237)
    Story
    (14291)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Wow"
    Overall

    Excellent and captivating account of that era. I enjoyed listening to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Delirious Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ray Blackston
    • Narrated By Andrew Peterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    To Neil Rucker, seven months, one week, and a day is too long to wait in between dates. But life as a Spanish teacher to missionaries in Ecuador affords little opportunity for romance.

    Connie says: "If I had a teen..."
    "A delirious Summer"
    Overall

    Excellent writing!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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