Toney, Alabama | Member Since 2009
By far the best Donna Van Liere book I've read, and I like all her books. But this one has a maturity and depth that is miles ahead of all the others. Set in the 1950s, when all women married young and "fit the pattern" that society set for them, Ivory refused to fit the mold. The people in the story are true to their southern roots, right down to their country sayings . . . which I see that one reader found to be off putting. Well, that's the way folks talk in the hills of Tennessee. The narration is perfect, the way of life is portrayed spot on and it put me in the mind of my own grandparents, and growing up in Kentucky. Growing a garden and working in tobacco fields, all a part of rural life, and going to a little country store, where everybody knows everybody else. The courage and stick-to-it-ness of Ivory in an age when women just didn't do such things will inspire you, and make your heart break, give you hope and ultimately make you examine your own "safe" choices.
I've seen the movie a couple of times . . . it doesn't do the book justice. This audio version of Deliverance is absolutely one of the best books I've ever listened to. The narration is perfect. The story of four "city" men going into the untamed hills of Georgia to canoe down uncharted parts of a river is not too far fetched, and neither are the tales of country wildmen hunting down and abusing the "intruders". If you don't listen to the book, you will miss the relationship that forms between the man and the river and the hills that surround it. The things that cannot be taught to a person, but must be experienced . . .
Wow . . . my first Stephen Cannell book, but not my last . . . excellent narration . . . great story line . . . and had me guessing until the end . . . listened on a road trip . . . had to finish it . . . couldn't wait . . .
It's been decades since I've even thought about Tom and Huck . . . and what better way to meet up with Huck Finn again that this great performance by Elijah Wood. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
The story, as well as the narration, in Tears of the Giraffe are excellent. It's been a while since I listened to the first book in the series, and as soon as I started this one, it was like meeting up with an old friend again. It's hard to explain how one can become completely engrossed in a culture and place that they've never been, but that's exactly what happens in this series. The quiet love and respect between Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni and Mma Ramotswe is so sweet. The "old" African ways, the heart of Mma Ramotswe toward her detective cases, and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni's love of engines in his garage. All I can say is that this series is so DIFFERENT, so refreshing, and such a blessing to the human spirit, that I can't wait to start the next one.
Young, smart and beautiful, Sonnet has the world by the tail. She has a great job, has a handsome boyfriend, and has just won a coveted fellowship to an overseas post. Her dad is a retired general who's running for US Senate. Her mother, Nina, sacrificed her own youth, not even telling the young West Point cadet that she was pregnant, until many years later. When Nina needs her daughter, Sonnet moves back home to Avalon to be close to her family, and it's here that she begins to question the choices she's made. The audio book is so much more than a light love story. It's an honest searching of a woman's soul, about peeling away the layers of veneer and getting to the heart of things. It's about politics and people who cannot ever get past being polite and working their own agenda. And it's about those brave enough to be true to themselves and to others, despite the emotional cost.
This historical fiction book by Sue Monk Kidd is right up there with "The Help", but it's different, more personal. While The Help was a story that I could envision as most any town in the south, this book is based on two real sisters who pioneered a movement. I had never heard of the Grimke sisters of Charleston, until I listened to this book. But oh, how my heart cheered and rejoiced that my beloved SOUTH bore two such brave and dedicated pioneers of both the rights of ALL races and of women. They were Christian women working within the church and according to biblical principles, not only to educate others, but also to actually FREE the slaves that their own family held. The precious friendship between Sarah and Handful, the slave that Sarah was given on her eleventh birthday, melted my heart. Although parts of that friendship were fictional, many parts were not, including the fact that Sarah taught Handful to read and write, which brought on harsh punishment for them both. If you have a conscience and a heart for cutting through to the core of right and wrong, in an age when prejudices ran deep, you will gain much from listening to this book. It's vibrant, it's politically incorrect for it's time . . . and if we could go to our own spirit tree, perhaps we would be brave enough to do what Sarah and Handful did and make the hard choices that would free ourselves and others TODAY.
Grady Memorial Hospital, slums of Atlanta, drugs and poor little rich girls gone bad . . . and the scum of the earth that use them, abuse them . . . If you've ever been in and around Atlanta, you will recognize these places and the faceless women that haunt the "red light district". Even their own families wash their hands of these girls. This audiobook is chilling, frightening and like another listener said, best anti-drug campaign ever. It's more though. It's tough love, healing from the worst of circumstances. The book has so many twists and turns; it's a great listen. Don't miss it.
Okay, this hit hard . . . our son is in the army, he's an NCO, just like Staff Sergeant Bellavia . . . he was in Iraq fighting this same nasty war during the height of the surge, watching his "brothers" die everyday . . . but he's not an infantryman, he's a mechanic . . . and he cleaned their body parts and blood from the vehicles and sent the recovered vehicles back out only to see them returned blown up again . . . he came back with survivors guilt . . . then his younger brother deployed to Iraq, his baby brother, the sensitive one in the family, he left his newborn son to go to a war he didn't understand . . . what he DID understand was the brotherhood, and they fought for each other, to keep one another alive, just like SSG Bellavia . . . our youngest son wasn't an infantryman either, he was a small arms repairman, but in the heat of war, soldiers do what needs to be done . . . like going out on the Tigris River to repair a water pump out in the open and being shot at . . .something that we didn't learn about until years later . . . These soldiers keep a trunk full of memories, like slow-motion movies, stuffed down inside them, that seldom surface. The fact that SSG Bellavia has chosen to share this very personal account of his time in Iraq, is a sacrifice. It is appreciated and valued by this army mom and wife of a retired Sergeant Major. There's no political correctness here, just raw truth. You can't go wrong listening to it. You didn't see or hear this on the news. This is the real deal. Thank you, SSG Bellavia.
I usually really like historical fiction, particularly WWI or WWII timeframe. I found this one very fragmented, confusing and hard to follow. I don't feel that it's appropriate for YA readers or listeners. I kept trying to get in to the actual story line and just couldn't get vested in it,
Wow, it's been a long time since I've listened to an audio book that gripped me like this one . . . it's not full of unnecessary gore, torture, sex and deviant behavior descriptions . . . although plenty of murder and great detective work. Evil abounds, lazy cops who want to cover their own butts, but then there's the few that take the high road and risk it all to get to the bottom of the crime. Multi-layered and totally engrossing, you can't go wrong with this one!
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