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Maureen

PORT SAINT LUCIE, FLORIDA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Big Stone Gap: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Adriana Trigiani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
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    Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the tiny town of Big Stone Gap is home to some of the most charming eccentrics in the state. Ave Maria Mulligan is the town's self-proclaimed spinster, a thirty-five year old pharmacist with a "mountain girl's body and a flat behind." She lives an amiable life with good friends and lots of hobbies until the fateful day in 1978 when she suddenly discovers that she's not who she always thought she was.

    Brad B says: "Laughs, Tears & a Place I'd Like to call Home"
    "Incredible Stone Gap!!!!"
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    What did you love best about Big Stone Gap?

    The ease by which your were drawn into Ave Maria's. life and predicaments. Her voice was commanding and soothing at the same time. Would compare it to comfort food that makes you feel soothed and satisfied.Her problems became real to the reader as well as to herself. I reread (listened) to these books as soon as I was done with them.


    What other book might you compare Big Stone Gap to and why?

    Queen of the Big Time. Another of Adrianna's books. I love books that go through generations of families. She brought America and the family's ties to Italy together in this one as well. Stressing family values no matter how much outside pressure is being placed on it's members. She is one of my favorite writers.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think when she decided to leave Joe Mack. She was filled with self righteous indignation, but her friend took a hard stand and made her truly take a look at who she was and what she had done herself. It was her Ah Hah moment.


    If you could rename Big Stone Gap, what would you call it?

    Ave Maria's Rite of Passage? Finding Yourself Amongst the Chaos?


    Any additional comments?

    Would love to hear her read Queen of the Big Time. I think the reader can make or break a book. She would definitely make this one. Hope she keeps writing LOVE her style and story lines.

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  • Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Dosa
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    Oscar the cat has a very special skill. An otherwise ordinary cat—he'd sooner give you his back or a sideways glance than curl up on your lap—Oscar has the uncanny ability to predict when people are about to die. Adopted by staff members at Steere House nursing home when he was a kitten, the three year-old cat has presided over the deaths of more than twenty-five nursing home residents thus far.

    Chelsea says: "Very -touching"
    "Well written,Enligthening love oscar's loyality!"
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    Where does Making Rounds with Oscar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5. Need more Oscars in nursing homes. Comforting for patience and their families.
    Takes himself and his percieved responsibilites seriously. He is like the quiet hand helping them make their final journey.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His determination not be pushed away from where he knew he was needed. Also, I have an elderly mom (90) it helped me to understand where she was at emotionally. I don't get as frustrated any more I just think Oscar! And I know she can't help what she does and says.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The most touching was when the jewish couple had their anniversary and the husband had to face the fact that the wife he loved was no longer able to connect with him. I think he went home and died of a broken heart. He was trying to hold on to the memory of her for so long. I think her reaction to him was quite a shock. One he never got over.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Would have loved to YES. My daughters and I all read it as a family book club book. We all enjoyed Oscar very much.


    Any additional comments?

    Are there anymore follow on books to Oscar or MiMi at Steere House?

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