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Rowlett, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 2 reviews
  • 30 ratings
  • 515 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015

  • The Good Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Donna VanLiere
    • Narrated By Donna VanLiere
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Tennessee, 1950: a time and place that straddles the past and present. Ivorie Walker is considered an old maid by the town (though she’s only in her early 30s), and she takes that label with good humor and a grain of salt. Ever since her parents passed away, she has hidden her loneliness behind a fierce independence and a claim of not needing anyone. But when she realizes that someone has been stealing vegetables from her garden - a feral, dirty-faced boy who disappears into the hills - something about him haunts Ivorie.

    Linda says: "Do not give up on this book!"
    "Top of my favorites list"
    What did you love best about The Good Dream?

    Donna VanLiere is one of the very best voice actresses I've heard -- and she's the author! She brings an authenticity to this work, both in her writing and in her performance, that wrap you up so tightly, it's as if Morgan Hill is a real place and these folk are your kin. But the best thing about this story is the unconditional love that springs out of nowhere within the characters and stays with you, the listener/reader, long after the story has ended. I will return for another visit to The Good Dream -- something I rarely do. That's how GREAT this story is.

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  • The House Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Tara Conklin
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year is 2004: Lina Sparrow is an ambitious young lawyer working on a historic class-action lawsuit seeking reparations for the descendants of American slaves. The year is 1852: Josephine is a 17-year-old house slave who tends to the mistress of a Virginia tobacco farm - an aspiring artist named Lu Anne Bell. It is through her father, renowned artist Oscar Sparrow, that Lina discovers a controversy rocking the art world: Art historians now suspect that the revered paintings of Lu Anne Bell, an antebellum artist known for her humanizing portraits of the slaves who worked her Virginia tobacco farm, were actually the work of her house slave, Josephine.

    Jeanette Finan says: "Disappointing"
    "The more I listened, the more I HAD to listen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I did recommend it to my friends! I loved it, and couldn't wait until I could listen to the story again each day. As the story progresses, it grips you.

    What other book might you compare The House Girl to and why?

    It's a "slave" story, so it's comparable to lots of historical fiction stories featuring slaves. However, it has a different slant from others I've read, making it fresh and more thought provoking.

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

    I've enjoyed Bahni Turpin's narration ever since The Help came out, and her flexibility with dialects is good here, too.

    If you could take any character from The House Girl out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Josephine -- I would want a firsthand look at her art!

    Any additional comments?

    I truly loved this story and was amazed at the lackluster reviews I read on this site. I'm really glad I didn't read them before I bought the audiobook! This is one of my favorites of recent memory!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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