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Abbie

Sheridan, WY, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Happy and Merry: Seven Heartwarming Holiday Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (28 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline, Francesca Serritella
    • Narrated By Lisa Scottoline, Francesca Serritella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Just in time for Christmas comes a collection of the very best holiday essays from the best-selling mother/daughter writing duo. Whether they're shopping for matching reindeer dog sweaters or having second helpings of egg nogg, Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella will keep you warm with their humor and heart. So give yourself some holiday cheer in the midst of all the shopping, cooking, wrapping, and baking madness.… You deserve to get a little Happy and Merry!

    Abbie says: "Essays Give New Meaning to Holidays"
    "Essays Give New Meaning to Holidays"
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    Would you listen to Happy and Merry again? Why?

    Yes, I recently lost my husband, and this and other books I've read in the past few weeks have helped me escape to other families' holidays.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The authors tell their own personal stories, and I like them both as characters.


    What about Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella ’s performance did you like?

    I liked the feeling that they were talking to me, not just reading me their stories.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't think any particular part of the book moved me, but my favorite essay was the one about the guilt meter and the overflowing toilet. When I read about others' unfortunate experiences, it gives me a whole new perspective on life because it makes me thankful such experiences haven't happened to me.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book to anyone who likes humorous, thought-provoking holiday essays. .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Christmas with Tucker

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Greg Kincaid
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (64)
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    (52)
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    In this heartwarming novel, Greg Kincaid, the best-selling author of A Dog Named Christmas, revisits the early life of one of that book’s protagonists and brings us a holiday tale of redemption, hope, and forgiveness. It’s 1962, and as Christmas approaches so does one of the worst snow and ice storms in Kansas history. Without utilities and emergency services, it is a dangerous time for the residents of Cherokee County. For the McCray family, it is even worse.

    Abbie says: "Boy Meets Dog; Boy Loses Dog; Boy Gets Dog"
    "Boy Meets Dog; Boy Loses Dog; Boy Gets Dog"
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    What made the experience of listening to Christmas with Tucker the most enjoyable?

    The narrator's way of giving characters distinct voices and making them come alive made this listening experience most enjoyable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Christmas with Tucker?

    The most memorable part of the book is when George and Tucker meet for the first time. George, a thirteen-year-old kid, is skeptical of Tucker, an Irish setter who has been tied up in his neighbor's yard, because he thinks the dog is vicious, but when his grandfather brings the dog home after the neighbor is arrested for some alcohol-related offense, Tucker proves George wrong.


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

    As I said before, this narrator gives each character his/her own voice and makes him/her come alive.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had no extreme reactions to this book, but it was definitely a worthwhile read.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book to anyone who likes a heartwarming coming of age story about a boy and his dog.

    2 of 2 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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    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.

    Susan says: "Inspirational"
    "A Touching Christmas Dog Story"
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    Would you listen to A Christmas Home again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to this again. I love the plot and characters, and the narrator does an excellent job of distinguishing characters' voices and making them come alive.


    What other book might you compare A Christmas Home to and why?

    There are two books to which I would compare this: A DOG'S JOURNEY and A DOG'S PURPOSE by Bruce Cameron. Although the stories in these books are told from the point of view of the dog, they're still comparable to A CHRISTMAS HOME because they are all about how dogs can change lives for the better.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was close to the end of the book when Tod announces to family and friends during a Christmas brunch that he has found a job in another city. He proves to his parents that despite his developmental disability, he can find a job and make his own way in the world.


    If you could rename A Christmas Home, what would you call it?

    I can't think of a better name for this book. Christmas is the name of Tod's dog who helps him realize his potential as a dog trainer. Most of the story takes place during the holiday season, and at the end of the book, Tod makes the ultimate sacrifice by leaving Christmas with his parents when he moves away to his new job, making his parents' farm a true Christmas home.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is about how dogs can help people with disabilities. For six years, I cared for my totally blind husband who was partially paralyzed as a result of two strokes. I considered getting him a service dog but didn't want the added responsibility of caring for an animal, too. Now that my husband is gone, I wish I had at least looked into it. I might have found someone like Todd to train the dog to do things for my husband that he couldn't do himself. It might have actually made my life easier and his life more fulfilling. I hope others who read this book will consider getting a service dog for themselves or for loved ones who need help.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3059)
    Performance
    (2727)
    Story
    (2732)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "An Unlikely Pilgrimage"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry to be better than the print version?

    Being visually impaired, I've never read the print version, but the audio edition is definitely high quality.


    What other book might you compare The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry to and why?

    I could compare this book to others I've read about people who walk across the United States for one reason or another, but most of those books are true stories. However, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is just as believable.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Broadbent – was your favorite?

    I liked the way this narrator portrayed Harold, Maureen, and Rex, but he did an excellent job of making all characters come alive, giving each his/her own distinct voice.


    If you could rename The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, what would you call it?

    I can't imagine a more suitable title for this book. It relates well to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I just lost my husband who was partially paralyzed as a result of two strokes. I had been caring for him at home for the past six years. Over a month ago, I had to move him to a nursing home because he was losing strength, and it was getting harder and harder to lift him. When I first started this book, I wondered for a fleeting moment if when his nurse called to tell me he was declining and it was time to think about end of life care, what if instead of using the paratransit service, I walked the one mile from my home to Sheridan Manor? It wouldn't have been much of a pilgrimage, but would it have saved him? This was highly unlikely, just as it wasn't likely that Harold walking the six hundred miles from Kingsbridge to Berwick-upon-Tweed wouldn't have saved Queenie, but hope springs eternal, right? I don't know why I chos to read this book at this time, but it gave me a new prespective on life and death. To learn more about this book and its author, please visit my blog.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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