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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 2009

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  • Big Cherry Holler

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Adriana Trigiani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
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    (67)
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    It's been eight years since the town pharmacist and long-time spinster Ave Maria Mulligan married coal miner Jack MacChesney. With her newfound belief in love and its possibilities, Ave Maria makes a life for herself and her growing family, hoping that her fearless leap into commitment will make happiness stay. What she didn't count on was that fate, life, and the ghosts of the past would come to haunt her and, eventually, test the love she has for her husband.

    Jennifer Garcia says: "LOVE"
    "Growing Pains in Mountains of Virginia"
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    This is the second of the Big Stone Gap stories. Ava Maria and Jack have been married about ten years and have the sweetest little girl, Etta. Their marriage is facing "growing pains" . . . they've lost their precious four year old son, Joe to leukemia three years earlier, and grief does horrible things to people. When the coal mines close, Jack loses his sense of identity and Ava Maria doesn't help things by having no clue as to how men tick. In my opinion, neither Jack nor Ava Maria help the situation much . . . both retreating to their own corners and flirting with disaster . . . as humans sometimes do . . . I could have done with a little more depth and wisdom at that point . . . but all and all, I love the characters in this series. The narration is perfect, and by the author. I'm listening to next book already, Milk Glass Moon.

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  • The Yada Yada Prayer Group

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neta Jackson
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
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    Overall
    (70)
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    What do an ex-con, a former drug addict, a real estate broker, a college student, and a married mother of two have in common?Nothing, or so I thought. Who would have imagined that God would make a group as mismatched as ours the closest of friends? I almost didn't even go to the Chicago Women's Conference - after all, being thrown together with five hundred strangers wasn't exactly my "comfort zone."

    Terri says: "Wonderful Story"
    "Oh, My GOSH!!! Real Stuff!!! Real Jesus!!!"
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    This is one of the funniest, most honest looks at Christian life that I have EVER heard! I absolutely love it :) The closest thing I have ever encountered to the Yada Yada Prayer Group myself is worshiping in the military chapels for many years . . . where we all came, white, black,Hispanic, Philipinno, southerners, northerners, Asian, officers, enlisted . . . all of us needy . . . all of us broken . . . all of us sending our soldiers off to war . . . and all us us away from home . . . we were a crazy bunch . . . that loved each other. Got mad at each other . . . kept one another's kids . . . ran one another's errands . . . knew one another's faults . . . and our numbers got smaller and smaller, as our husbands left . . . and then families went back to the states . . . and we hung on to one another even harder . . . and hung on to our Jesus. The Yada Yada Prayer Group lets us see Christians as they really are . . . flawed people, in need of a savior . . . lets us hear the funny, serious, and sometimes scary thoughts all of us have sometimes. I cannot WAIT to listen to the next book in the series. Thank you, Neta Jackson!!!

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  • Bitter Winds: Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kay Bratt
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Even after a decade of pain, Ivy remains closely tethered to Lily - her blind twin sister - and haunted by her mother’s admission the night their home burned, almost taking Lily’s life: “I’m sorry. Take care of your sister.” Years later, as Lily begins to navigate the world on her own, the police mistakenly toss the blind girl in a cell, and Ivy realizes she must find her twin at all costs…even if that means risking her own freedom.

    Debbie says: "Innocence, Corruption, Poverty and Love in China"
    "Innocence, Corruption, Poverty and Love in China"
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    Book Three in the Scavenger's Daughters Series is just as good as the first two. Benfu and Calli have found their daughter which was stolen as a baby (Dahlia), who choses to keep the name given her at the orphanage . . . Li Jin. Together they have opened a shelter for unwanted children, continuing and expanding the work that her parents began many years before. Ivy and Lily, their adopted twins are teenagers now, but still just as deeply attached. Lily, the blind twin, is a brilliant violinist and determined to learn to navigate the world more independently. But when she asks her twin, Ivy to leave her alone in the park to play her violin for a few minutes, she is arrested for panhandling and thrown in jail. Then later into a mental hospital, accused of being a political enemy of the government. Listen to Bitter Winds . . . Let it sink in. . . and Thank God for the freedom to think, to speak, to live in a country that doesn't knowingly accuse the innocent, that doesn't conduct "re-education" courses, and house healthy people in mental asylums.

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  • Tangled Vines: Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kay Bratt
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (11)
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    The pain of China’s Cultural Revolution well behind them, Benfu and his treasured Calla Lily are content in their old age surrounded by their family of adopted daughters. Once abandoned, the girls are now cherished members of the Zheng family. Yet there remains an emptiness in their hearts: their only biological daughter, Dahlia, was abducted as a newborn 30 years before. When their daughter Linnea discovers an unexpected clue about what really happened to Dahlia, the elderly couple’s hopes are reignited.

    Debbie says: "Beautiful, Lost Girls of China . . . Part Two"
    "Beautiful, Lost Girls of China . . . Part Two"
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    The second in the Scavenger's Daughters series is just as good as the first . . . Benfu and Calla Lily are old now, but are still taking in baby girls that are abandoned, many of their adopted daughters now grown. Surrounded by the love of their many daughters, they still have never forgotten the first baby, their own little girl, Dahlia, stolen from them when she was a month old. Thirty years have passed, Is Dahlia still alive somewhere? There are so many layers to the story, going back to the Mao years in China. What happens when people buy into the evils of communism, dictatorship, class differences . . . and most of all what happens when people fail to LOVE . . . when there is no value for human life? All sorts of cruelty is unleashed. The story of a humble man, a scavenger (trash collector) and his wife in China and the girls they brought into their home to love . . . following the biggest LOSS of their own lives . . . is a story of healing . . . a story of struggling against the elements, against a corrupt system . . . and a story of recognizing true joy. . . a baby's smile . . . food for today . . . and enough love for one MORE little girl . . .

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  • The Scavenger's Daughters: Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kay Bratt
    • Narrated By Will Damron
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    Overall
    (35)
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    (31)
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    Coming of age during China’s Cultural Revolution, Benfu survived the cruel years, but he did not emerge unscathed. The Scavenger’s Daughters is the story of Benfu and his beloved wife Calli, chronicling their attempts to build a life in the turmoil and aftermath of Maoist China. At the heart of their struggle lies the pain of losing their only child. To fill the terrible hole in their lives, they take in abandoned girls - the unwanted "weeds" - as their own, lovingly caring for them as flowers in a garden.

    Debbie says: "China's Discarded Baby Girls ... Chosen and Loved"
    "China's Discarded Baby Girls ... Chosen and Loved"
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    This (fictional) tale of Chinese baby girls abandoned in various places, then picked up, cared for and loved by a gentle man and his wife who had lost their only child is one of the most moving, heartrending stories I've ever heard. Although fiction, the details of China's cultural revolution, during and after Mao's reign are factual. The Scavenger (trash collector) begins bringing home abandoned baby girls and he and his wife, name each one after flowers, raising them as their own. But never forgetting their own first little girl, Dahlia. Americans cannot fathom life in China. But The Scavenger's Daughters will give you a glimpse of it. It is rich in detail. You will begin to understand how things got the way they are in China, and you will shiver at the thought of it.

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  • The Homecoming: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dan Walsh
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
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    No sooner has Shawn Collins returned home from the fighting in Europe than he is called upon to serve his country in another way - as a speaker on the war bond tour. While other men might jump at the chance to travel around the country with attractive Hollywood starlets, Shawn just wants to stay home with his son, Patrick, and his aging father, and grieve the loss of his wife in private. When Shawn asks Katherine Townsend to be Patrick’s nanny while he’s on the road, he has no idea how this decision will impact his life.

    Debbie says: "WWII Story of Family and Faith"
    "WWII Story of Family and Faith"
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    Ever questioned God? Ever wondered why? Me, too. So does Captain Shawn Collins, a WWII fighter pilot, just back from Europe, having narrowly escaped death. Just when he is thanking God for miraculously saving his life, he learns that his wife has died, leaving him and his young son, Patrick alone. Dan Walsh is a wonderful author. You won't find any Bible thumping in his books, just a gentle calming faith, one that sustains you throughout the horrifying trials of life. Follow along, listen to Shawn Collins story, and find hope . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waking Up in Dixie: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Haywood Smith
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
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    (36)
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    (37)

    When Elizabeth Mooney escaped the shame of her "white trash" family to marry the crown prince of her small town, Howell Whittington, she never dreamed that 30 years later she'd end up trapped in a loveless marriage to the cruel banker who's foreclosing on all her friends. Then Howe has a stroke in church, and when he wakes up, he's transformed. He wants to be a real husband - which scares proper, repressed Elizabeth to death - and sets out to right past wrongs....

    Andra says: "Great story!"
    "Found Another Southern Jewel!!!"
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    Funny, nostalgic, excellent message, and SOUTHERN!!! What can beat that? This is my first Haywood Smith novel, but you can be sure I'll be looking for more . . . I love the honest way she just "puts it out there" . . . she's spot on with her descriptions of high school cliques, rich southern society, and the shame of growing up "on the other side of the tracks". I know quite a few "stiff, high society" folks that I'd like to slip this audio book to . . . it'd do them a world of good to have a bump on the head and wake up like Howell did :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking the Line: Victoria's Beginning

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By A'Mera Frieman
    • Narrated By Elise Randall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Set early in the time of America's burgeoning Civil Rights Movement, Breaking the Line: Victoria's Beginning follows the life of young Christian girl, Victoria Roberts. Victoria is born to Black parents, Tess and Clyde who despise that Victoria looks more White like her wealthy paternal grandfather, Paul Roberts. Rejected at an early age by her parents, Victoria is sent to Dallas to live with her childless aunts, Charlotte and Mary. Charlotte is a wealthy widow, and Mary is clairvoyant.

    Debbie says: "Battling the Darkness"
    "Battling the Darkness"
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    I was mesmerized by the story of sweet little Victoria, the baby born to black parents . . . a baby who looked more white than black . . . and was rejected by her parents . . . sent to be raised by two childless aunts. Victoria was raised to love Jesus and it was several years before she would face the wrath of her parents and the evil in their household . . . and even more years until she learned the history of how it began. This would have been a five star listen except that it didn't really end . . . and the next in the series is not on audible . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1367)
    Performance
    (779)
    Story
    (788)

    Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.

    Ann says: "Excellent story, terrific narrator."
    "Deep in the Heart of Dixie"
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    Mississippi in the 1960s, when southerners were divided by race, Silas and Larry, a colored boy and a white boy became friends . . . a secret friendship that both boys cherish. Children don't see color, they see love. Adults teach them how to hate and how to lie. The sins of the father reach out to try to destroy innocent children, long after fathers are dead in the grave . . . But truth always lies just beneath the surface, a faint whisper, waiting to be heard . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taken: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (569)

    When Nita Morales hires Elvis Cole to find her missing adult daughter, she isn’t afraid, even though she’s gotten a phone call asking for ransom. She knows it’s a fake, that her daughter is off with the guy Nita will call only “that boy,” and that they need money: "Even smart girls do stupid things when they think a boy loves them." But she is wrong....

    R. Conley says: "One of the best"
    "Wow!!! Great Thriller and Great Resolution!"
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    I've always liked Robert Crais and he did a great job with TAKEN. Every mother's worst nightmare is to have her child taken . . . whether the child is grown or not . . . all the twists and turns in tracking down the kidnappers and retrieving the college student who was taken will keep you alert and listening . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Home

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Greg Kincaid
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (55)
    Performance
    (53)
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    On Sunday, November 29, 2009, more than 12.5 million families fell in love with the television adaptation of the novel A Dog Named Christmas. Within forty-eight hours after the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie aired, the initial run of twenty thousand DVDs sold out. Two years later, when Christmas with Tucker, the prequel to the McCray family stories, was released, it was described by Dean Koontz as “a perfect Christmas read,” by A. J. Jacobs as “lovely and poignant,” and by Publishers Weekly as “cute, hopeful, and heartwarming.” Now, the much-anticipated third installment, A Christmas Home, will prove to be yet another holiday classic.

    Ronna says: "Must read for dog lovers!!"
    "Growing Up and Letting Go . . . Bittersweet"
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    This third book about the McCray family at Christmas time hit me hardest, I think, because as a mother, letting grown children go is really difficult . . . especially when they hurt or face obstacles. George is so level-headed when it comes to Todd making his own choices and mistakes. Mary Ann, like most mothers, has those invisible heart strings tied to Todd that keep her up at night and overwhelm her when she senses anything out of the ordinary with her son. Todd is mentally challenged, but he has a special gift with training dogs. When the town's animal shelter faces cutbacks due to the economy, no one knows what will happen to Todd's job there. Greg Kincaid's books are wonderful stories of not only dogs, but of families, community, and of people meeting the challenges of life together.

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