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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
    (321)
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    (272)
    Story
    (275)

    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!

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  • Progressive Dinner Deadly: A Myrtle Clover Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Spann Craig
    • Narrated By Lia Frederick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
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    (29)
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    Retired octogenarian schoolteacher Myrtle Clover is fit to be tied when her book club votes to change to a supper club. Who wants chips and dip when they can have Dickens and Twain? The first supper club is a progressive dinner... where Myrtle loses interest during the hors d'oeuvres. But when a body is discovered during the main course, the evening quickly gets interesting. Myrtle pits her sleuthing skills against her police chief son's to find the killer.... if the killer doesn't find her first.

    Ronna says: "Laugh out loud cozy mystery!!"
    "Clever, Cozy, Carolina Corpse & Covered Dish"
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    What a delightful listen! Ms. Myrtle, retired eighty-something English teacher, with a yard full of garden gnomes . . . and a son named, Red, who happens to be the police chief of the small southern town . . . Well, she's trying her BEST to direct her wayward book club toward some classics, such as Dickens or Mark Twain . . . when WHAT should those totally uncultured, imbeciles come up with??? Well, a progressive dinner! That's what! Ridiculous . . . but it's a small town and Ms. Myrtle is voted down . . . so she goes along, even though she's a TERRIBLE cook . . . Great southern charm . . . a town full of busy bodies, in everyone's business . . . but with plenty of secrets . . . and a skillet full of surprises!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jerusalem Maiden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Talia Carner
    • Narrated By Lise Bruneau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
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    (15)
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    In the waning days of the Ottoman Empire, a young Orthodox Jewish woman in the holy city of Jerusalem is expected to marry and produce many sons to help hasten the Messiah's arrival. While the feisty Esther Kaminsky understands her obligations, her artistic talent inspires her to secretly explore worlds outside her religion, to dream of studying in Paris - and to believe that God has a special destiny for her. When tragedy strikes her family, Esther views it as a warning from an angry God....

    Debbie says: "No dreaming, No painting, No thinking . . ."
    "No dreaming, No painting, No thinking . . ."
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    An Orthodox Jewish girl growing up at the turn of the century before WWI, in the holy city of Jerusalem, was expected to be married off in her early teens . . . to a man chosen by her father, unbeknownst to her. Esther, feisty and different than her siblings, and the apple of her father's eye . . . takes over the running of the house after the death of her mother . . . and she does all that she can to delay and discourage her father from choosing a husband for her. At school, she learns French and is introduced to art by her teacher, who becomes a life long friend. Esther finds that she is a talented artist, and yearns to paint . . . but as a Jew, it is forbidden. More and more as Esther grows and matures, she struggles against the desires of her heart . . . and the rituals of the Jewish faith, which seem to restrict her. Finally her father succeeds in marrying her off and Esther becomes a wife and mother. I found the book to be very interesting, sometimes so sad . . . and my heart ached for the confines of those in the Jewish faith . . . as I am Christian, and I am so very thankful for the freedom from "the law". Yet, the Jewish people, are God's Chosen people . . . and He has a plan for them. I was both happy and sad listening to Esther's time in Paris . . . wishing discernment for her . . . but in many ways, it was like a kid in a candy shop . . . wisdom did finally come . . . but with a horrible cost . . . and perhaps a loss of faith, or maybe a letting go of something that never was faith at all . . . I was pleased with the ending . . . and the choices that Esther made as a mature woman. The book is well worth the listen.

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  • Chosen to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Alan Nebelthau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
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    (151)
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    Detective Regan Pescoli investigated the "Star-Crossed Killer" case for months, only to become the next victim. Abducted and left to freeze in the wilds of Montana, Regan has little chance to survive. But her lover Nate isn't about to let her die. With help from Regan's partner Selena, Nate launches a desperate search - knowing full well the clock is ticking.

    Anne says: "great :)"
    "Nail-Biting Suspense, Cold, Calculated Murder"
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    Wow! This one starts out with chilling (literally and figuratively), calculating menace and continues on from there. Keeps you guessing who the murderer is . . . as another woman is hung in the cold forest to die . . . couldn't stop listening . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forget Me Not

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Fern Michaels
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
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    (70)
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    Illustrator Lucy Brighton loves her work. Her animal characters Izzy, Bizzy, and Lizzy have their own comic strip, card line, and children’s cartoon, and their popularity has given Lucy financial stability and freedom. Yet none of that quite erases the lingering ache of a cold, lonely childhood. Then Lucy receives a call to say that her mother and father have been killed in a car crash. While settling their affairs in Florida, Lucy begins to realize how little she really knew about their lives.

    Debbie says: "Light, Feel Good Story . . . Good Listen"
    "Light, Feel Good Story . . . Good Listen"
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    Every once in a while I need an audio book just like this one . . . it just "hits the spot". It's not particularly deep . . . it's not exactly realistic . . . but it's oh, sooooo good . . . it's escapism at it's best . . . wish there was a sequel. Forget Me Not is a joy to listen to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Place

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Augusta Trobaugh
    • Narrated By Tiffany Halla Colonna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
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    (4)
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    Dove, Molly, Little Ellis and Crystal are runaways with nowhere to turn and no one they can trust until they arrive at a secret sanctuary called Swan Place, where they are taken under wing by a remarkable group of women.

    DD says: "Outstanding characters with a delightful heroine."
    "Love, Faith, Family, Hard Times in the South"
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    I've found another wonderful southern author! The story of Dove and her family, their losses and triumphs, is one I will not soon forget. Losing her mama to illness, and left with her two younger siblings and her step-daddy, Dove, just a teenager is left to care for them all and go to school, as well. Dove's Aunt Bett (her mother's sister) steps in to help, offering a string of Bible verses as a reminder to Dove to stay on the "straight and narrow". Roy Ellis, Dove's step-daddy, a "mostly good man" loves his three kids, but he's grieving awful bad . . . and it's not long before he goes back to the honky tonk and finds himself a young bride. Crystal, just seventeen, loves Roy Ellis, and the family accepts her, even Aunt Bett. And then the unthinkable happens. Again. It's been a long, long time since a story has impacted me like this one. Don't miss it . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chalice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Nancy Bilyeau
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
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    (35)
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    In the next novel from Nancy Bilyeau after her acclaimed debut The Crown, novitiate Joanna Stafford plunges into an even more dangerous conspiracy as she comes up against some of the most powerful men of her era. In 1538, England is in the midst of bloody power struggles between crown and cross that threaten to tear the country apart. Joanna Stafford has seen what lies inside the king’s torture rooms and risks imprisonment again when she is caught up in a shadowy international plot targeting the king.

    motown says: "Ugh"
    "Interesting . . . But LONG"
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    The Chalice was a good listen, but could have been told much better if it were shorter. I stayed with it until the end. The narration is enjoyable, but the length found my mind wandering. I love historical fiction or I wouldn't have been able to hang in there with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Heartbeat Away: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Harry Kraus
    • Narrated By Renee Ertl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
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    (11)
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    (10)

    Dr. Tori Taylor rules the operating room with a cold precision that makes nurses cower and her colleagues take notes. But even with her success as a respected surgeon, Tori finds herself alone in her moment of desperation - dying on her own operating table. Tori needs a heart transplant, but what she receives is far more than just a donor organ. Lying loveless and friendless in the recovery room, Tori experiences flashes of terrifying events she never witnessed.

    Debbie says: "Many Layered Story of Faith and Healing"
    "Many Layered Story of Faith and Healing"
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    Rarely do I come across a book which combines medicine with faith. A Heartbeat Away is an excellent story of young surgeon, Dr. Tory Taylor's rise to fame as a top cancer surgeon, whose patients love her . . . and whose medical colleagues abhor. Dr. Taylor's treatment of the nurses and medical staff attending her patients has been demeaning, harsh and unprofessional. So much so that she has been placed on administrative leave. Following a virus that has ravaged her heart, Tory has to have a heart transplant, putting her on the receiving end of medical care. She is horrified that the nurses dread to care for her or even help her to the bathroom. Following her transplant, Tory begins a journey that will ultimately change her life . . . humbling, guiding, discovering . . . remembering . . . not only her own memories, but those of the person who gave her a new heart. This is an amazing story . . . mystery, faith, love and more. Can't wait to check out more of Harry Kraus' books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whistling Past the Graveyard

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Susan Crandall
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (795)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (703)

    In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old spitfire Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother's Mississippi home. Starla hasn't seen her momma since she was three - that's when Lulu left for Nashville to become a famous singer. If she can get to Nashville and find her momma, then all that she promised will come true: Lulu will be a star. Daddy will come to live in Nashville, too. And her family will be whole and perfect.

    Laurette says: "Feisty red-headed little girl takes on the south"
    "For the Child's Heart in All of Us"
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    Southern Historical Fiction at it's VERY best . . . Every kid wants their mother to love them, would travel to the ends of the earth to find them . . . would BELIEVE the best . . . because who ARE we, but some part of our own mothers? So when Starla heads out to Nashville in search of her momma, she is looking for a momma who left her when she was three, a momma she can't remember but for the deep longing in her own heart . . . And for Starla, like for many of us, it is all about the journey . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Apothecary's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Julie Klassen
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (112)

    After enjoying London's sophisticated society and the attentions of wealthy suitors, Lilly returns home to help her ailing dad. Determined to resurrect his apothecary business, Lilly labors tirelessly - praying her family's secrets and her rivals' schemes won't cloud her future.

    Cherri says: "A well told tale"
    "Herbs, Apothecaries, and Love in 1800s England"
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    Prior to modern medicine, antibiotics, and when apothecary's were as much or more trusted in the treatment of diseases as doctors, this historical tale takes the listener into the small village of Bedsley Priors, England during the 1800s. Although fiction, I learned a lot about the herbs, many of which are still used today in the treatment of serious illnesses, and the training that apothecaries underwent. Physicians regularly went into the apothecary shops to purchase medicines with which to treat their patients, many times relying on the expertise of the apothecary to distill and mix the herbs and plants. It was against the law for women to practice medicine or to prescribe treatment (as apothecaries did). Class discrimination, of course, ran rampant, then as it does now, and working through acceptable social behavior for women, as well as choosing a "proper" suitor, long kept Lilly, the apothecary's daughter from discovering where her true treasure lay . . . Her faith, ever present, continued to carry her forward, as well as her love for her family, and her journey found her rewarded in the end. Very satisfying listen . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Witness Above: Frank Pavlicek Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Andy Straka
    • Narrated By Eddie Frierson
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Thirteen years ago, Frank Pavlicek left the NYPD under less than ideal circumstances. Now, the divorced father of a teenage daughter, he works as a private investigator in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he indulges his passion for falconry - and tries to live outside the shadow of his past. Frank is hunting with his red-tailed hawk Armistead, when he finds it. A teenage boy's body - barely concealed behind a pile of brush. But what Frank finds in the dead boy's wallet is even more disturbing.

    Debbie says: "A Private Eye, Falcons, and Dead Boy"
    "A Private Eye, Falcons, and Dead Boy"
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    Interesting and different, A Witness Above, is the story of Frank Pavlicek, an ex-cop, turned private eye, who runs into the body of a teenage boy while out hunting with his red-tailed falcon in the hills of Virginia. Frank's bread and butter for the past thirteen years has been divorce and non-violent cases, NOT murder, since leaving the NYPD. But what he finds in the teenager's wallet changes all that. The Virginia accents are spot on, as well as many of the attitudes of whites versus blacks. I appreciated that the book wasn't full of expletives, yet was an excellent mystery. The faith and love expressed by the mother of the murdered boy and the way she reached out to Pavlicek was one of my favorite parts of the book. Great listen!

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