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Debbie

Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

Toney, Alabama | Member Since 2013

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  • Purgatory Ridge: A Cork O'Connor Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (235)

    William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of the popular Cork O’Connor mysteries. In Purgatory Ridge, Krueger crafts a riveting tale which has ex-sheriff O’Connor on the case after a heated town debate turns deadly. The local Anishinaabe Indian tribe is furious to discover that Karl Lindstrom’s lumber mill is after a grove of trees sacred to tribal lore. So when the mill gets bombed, killing a man, the tribe is blamed. But O’Connor has a different theory.

    Kitty says: "If you like Longmire..."
    "Another Great Mystery, #3, with Cork O'Connor"
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    This mystery, the third in the series,stays true to the story line of ex-sheriff, Cork O'Connor standing up against evil and injustice on Iron Lake. The history of the native Indians is interwoven, and as in the first two books, his wife Jo, is an attorney who represents the Indians. The locals want Cork to run for sheriff again . . . which isn't decided in book three. The story takes twists and turns, which are unexpected and keeps you listening. My husband and I have listened to the first three in the series together while taking road trips to visit our kids. We will be moving on the Number Four!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Any Other Name: Walt Longmire, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1183)
    Performance
    (1079)
    Story
    (1075)

    Sheriff Walt Longmire had already rounded up a sizable posse of devoted readers when the A&E television series Longmire sent the Wyoming lawman’s popularity skyrocketing. Now, in Any Other Name, Walt is sinking into high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Conally, asks him to take on a mercy case in an adjacent county. Detective Gerald Holman is dead and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend to take his own life.

    C. Telfair says: "Lost in Fog with Buffalo"
    "Big Fan of Longmire"
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    Narration and story line are top notch, descriptions of the wilderness, weather, all of it, put you right there. And Boy, Howdie, this one sure didn't turn out the way I expected . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tilted World: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin, Beth Ann Fennelly
    • Narrated By Brian D'Arcy James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    The year is 1927. As rains swell the Mississippi, the mighty river threatens to burst its banks and engulf everything in its path, including federal revenue agent Ted Ingersoll and his partner, Ham Johnson. Arriving in the tiny hamlet of Hobnob, Mississippi, to investigate the disappearance of two fellow agents who'd been on the trail of a local bootlegger, they are astonished to find a baby boy abandoned in the middle of a crime scene. Ingersoll, an orphan raised by nuns, is determined to find the infant a home, and his search leads him to Dixie Clay Holliver.

    Jen says: "Oh My Word, Oh My Word"
    "1927 Bootleggers, Revenuers, an Orphan & the Flood"
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    Wrapped up in the history of the downpours of 1926 and 1927 and eventual flood of the great Mississippi River, this historical fiction tale is one of the BEST books I've come across in a long, long time. As a young girl, Dixie Clay comes of age and falls in love with Jessie, a handsome man who visits their farm every year and buys her animal hides. Little did she know, he was a bootlegger. And as time goes on, she learns more about Jessie . . . Rich in detail of rural Mississippi, moonshiners, revenuers, crooked lawmen, and just plain folk caught up in the upheaval of the times, The Tilted World is a stunning novel of pain, sadness, despair, and ultimately of hope, determination and victory.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Irish Country Doctor: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (914)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (700)

    Barry Laverty, M.B., can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and dales of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree and little else in the way of worldly possessions, Barry jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assistant in a small rural practice.

    Sara says: "Fun Book"
    "A Bonnie Tale of a Little Irish Town in the 60s"
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    Well done story of a young doctor (Dr. Barry Laverty), still wet behind the ears, who joins the practice of hard boiled Dr.Fingal O'Reilly in the quaint little village of Ballybucklebo. The narration is first rate, and much preferred above reading a hard copy, as I would have missed the Irish brogue. The quirks and idiosyncrasies of the townspeople endeared me to them right away . . . awe, except for a few . . . and Dr. Fingal O'Reilly had just the CURE for those . . . I'm happy to have found a new series to listen to . . . set in the time of the Beatles in Northern Ireland . . .

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bird in Hand

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (20)

    It was an accident. It was dark, it was raining, Alison had only had two drinks. And the other car ran the stop sign. But Alison finds herself trapped under the crushing weight of grief and guilt, feeling increasingly estranged from her husband, Charlie, who has his own burdens. He's in a job he doesn't love so that Alison can stay at home with the kids (and why isn't she more grateful for that?); he has a house in the suburbs and a long commute to and from the city.

    Heather says: "Too slow and frustrating"
    "Wordy, Contemplative, Sad"
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    Hard to believe this is from the same author as Orphan Train . . . Although I listened to the entire audio book, I kept waiting for the "Aha" moment, which never came . . . the narration was excellent, which helped . . . the entire story unfolds like sessions in a marriage therapists office with each of the four individuals working through . . . or not . . . their childhoods, their marriages and their own feelings . . . what I really HATE is that no one ever takes any responsibility for their own choices and what those choices do to children. It is, it seems, all about "being okay with yourself". Having said that, this author IS a good writer, the issues that both these couples encounter are everything that happens to modern marriages. All the feelings, behaviors, sadness, betrayal are spot on. However, the lack of any resolution, any COMMITMENT to go beyond all the psycho babble is just a waste of a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thousand Pieces of Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ruthanne Lum McCunn
    • Narrated By Emily Zeller
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (78)

    Lalu Nathoy's father called his thirteen-year-old daughter his treasure, his "thousand pieces of gold," yet when famine strikes northern China in 1871, he is forced to sell her. Polly, as Lalu is later called, is sold to a brothel, sold again to a slave merchant bound for America, auctioned to a saloonkeeper, and offered as a prize in a poker game. This biographical novel is the extraordinary story of one woman's fight for independence and dignity in the American West.

    Susie says: "A Women's Studies Classic"
    "From China to San Francisco to Idaho TRUE GRIT"
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    Excellent historical fiction based on the life of a young Chinese woman sold into slavery by her own father. This story of Lalu Nathoy, later renamed Polly, who was sold to bandits, then sold to a madam, and sent to America is a true story. Poor decisions made by her father and broken promises never forgotten by Lalu, nevertheless did not break her spirit. And she continued to fight for her own freedom in a new and confusing land. She found love and security with Charlie Bemis at a time in American history that the Chinese people were not valued (late 1800s, early 1900s) or given the right to own property. And her gentle, healing care became known throughout the entire region as she was sought out by neighbors and townspeople when they were ill. I would love to visit central Idaho and the Salmon River where she and Charlie made their home. It's a National Historic Landmark now where Polly Bemis is honored as a pioneer among American women.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rose Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1839)
    Performance
    (1600)
    Story
    (1629)

    Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

    Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

    Angel Claire says: "Amazing story."
    "Intriguing and Enchanting Voyage to the 1700s"
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    Going back three centuries to 1715, Eva Ward finds herself in on the Cornish Coast of England and a world of smugglers and treason. As Eva moves back and forth between current times and 1715, we learn amazing tidbits that tie together the two eras and the families that resides at Trelowarth mansion, then and now. As Eva studies the history of the 1700s, she learns that one of the two handsome brothers die fighting in the rebellion . . . can she change history? The Rose Garden is a romantic story, though not over the top . . . and exceptionally clean . . . and the interwoven tales of the families in current day and of three centuries ago are equally magical and intriguing. Great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3203)
    Performance
    (2857)
    Story
    (2843)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Too Long, Too Nasty . . . Could've Been GREAT"
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    The overall premise of Speaks the Nightbird and the underlying story is a good one, but it was ruined for me by 1) the obsessive need for adding unnecessary deviant sexual content AND 2) it was way too long. It could have been told in less time and been a better story. I am a big fan of historical fiction. This one ran off the tracks with distracting side stories. The mystery of what was happening in the town and tale of the witch being held in the jail for execution could have been and should have been told much more tastefully. The narration was first rate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hold Tight

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1639)
    Performance
    (787)
    Story
    (780)

    Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their 16-year-old son, Adam, has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate, Spencer Hill they can't help but worry. They install a sophisticated spy program on Adam's computer, and within days they are jolted by a message from an unknown correspondent addressed to their son: "Just stay quiet and all safe."

    Meanwhile, Betsy Hill is struck by a photo that appears to have been taken on the night of her son's death...and he wasn't alone.

    Ed says: "Will hold your interest till the end"
    "Parents' Nightmare . . . Couldn't Stop Listening"
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    Overprotective Parent. Guilty. Sure as heck glad that I didn't read or listen to this book when we were raising our kids . . . BUT this is an excellent thriller, with twists and turns that were unexpected . . . truth is, I couldn't STOP listening. Narration was top notch. And it turns out things are never what they seem . . .Harlan Coben does it again . . . don't miss this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Unforgivable Secret: Amish Secrets, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By J.E.B. Spredemann
    • Narrated By Lisa Larsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    Hannah has a good life. A beautiful home, a loving husband, and a wonderful Amish community are only a few of her daily blessings. But she has carried a heavy burden for years: a secret that no one must know. When tragedy strikes, her secret threatens to be revealed, jeopardizing everything she's ever loved. Will Hannah be able to face her greatest fear and find God's purpose for her life?

    Cindi says: "Forgiveness, is it possible?"
    "Truth, Forgiveness, Blessings . . . Faith"
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    I've long had admiration for the Amish, who after I had grown up, settled in our area in Kentucky, gaining the respect of their neighbors. We often stop and buy baskets and other handmade goods from them when we travel back home, and marvel at their craftsmanship. We have always thought of them as brothers and sisters in Christ. This book touched my heart in ways unimaginable. I have often wondered how these humble, hard working people can exist untouched, and unblemished alongside their "English" neighbors, in a world that is so corrupt and full of temptation. As we have driven past their simple houses, with no electric lines going to or from their homes, and no cars parked in their drive ways, I've contemplated it. For you can see their black buggies at Wal-mart sometimes, they must venture out into the "English" world . . . to be in it but not "of" it. Just as all Christians must . . . but the rest of us, at least we THINK we have put on a little armor . . . This book, An Unforgivable Secret, gives us all a deeper look into Amish life . . . and for me, a greater hope that His mercy penetrates deep into all who would call themselves His servants.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hornswoggled

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Donis Casey
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    It's the spring of 1913, and love is in bloom for Alice Tucker. Alice's new beau, Walter Kelley, is handsome and wealthy. Everyone in Boynton, Oklahoma, likes him, except Alice's mother, Alafair. She sees that Walter has a weakness for the ladies - and they for him. Moreover, Walter's late wife, Louise, was murdered. and the murderer has not been caught. Walter had an alibi, so the sheriff has cleared him of the crime, but Alafair is not so sure that he wasn't involved in some way.

    Sara says: "Alafair Does It Again--or does she?"
    "1913 Small Town Oklahoma . . . Murder Part 2"
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    Alafair Tucker can sniff our a murder . . . both literally and figuratively . . . I could listen all day long to the country sayings (as I'm a country gal myself) . . . and when Alice, one of Alafair's older daughter's falls for the young widowed barber, whose wife had just been murdered and thrown into the river . . . well, my mother's instincts were on high alert, just like Alafair's. This is a great story on many levels, a murder mystery, an historical tale of rural Oklahoma in the early 1900s, and a funny, touching story of small town and family. I find myself identifying with Afafair's emotions as a mother more and more as this series continues. Can't wait for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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