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  • 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!"
    "Lives saved!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    In fact, I have already recommended this audiobook to friends, and I am recommending it to you now as well. In seeking a good book, I seek a good story, and Ms VanLiere has crafted a believable story. The listener actually cares about the characters and wants particular outcomes. At various points in the story, you may feel that you know how it will end, but you are never certain. The she provides additional information through the characters and you wonder if you know at all.

    What did you like best about this story?

    It was heartwarming without being sappy or pedestrian. The people are honorable in the ways they approach their lives and the dilemmas they face.

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

    It does my heart good to hear a book written with some southern dialect delivered authentically- without the fakey-sounding put-on accent. Hearing her performance lends validity to the inclusion of particular turns of phrase with which I grew up and hear so seldom!

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

    I laughed AND cried- repeatedly! Most of all, I could not turn it off! I so wanted to hear the next step of the journey all the way through.

    2 of 2 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

    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"
    "Profound writing and Spectacular Performance!"
    What did you love best about The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

    This brilliant story of a man, a marriage, a family- includes something with which every person can identify. It sheds light on our humanity and growth as individuals in ways I've never quite recognized in the same way through other fiction.

    Who was the most memorable character of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and why?

    Jim Broadbent inhabited the character of Harold Fry in such as way as to actually make the story more like a one-man play. I have not read the book in print, but I would not want to now- the performance was so perfect, I certainly could not have "heard" the book as well in my own mind, and will never read it without feeling the performance of this gifted reader!

    Any additional comments?

    Rachel Joyce writes with a light hand and an open heart. She brings tears of recognition to our eyes. She opens us to truths about our own lives in the same way that Harold Fry recognizes truths about himself and his own life. We often do not recognize those truths as events unfold, but later in life, looking back, we see that our lives have mattered in the only way that counts- in our effects upon others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs: Eastern and Western Box Set

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donald Stokes, Lillian Stokes, Lang Elliot, and others
    • Narrated By Donald Stokes, Lillian Stokes, Lang Elliot, and others

    An incredible 923 species from all of North America are included in this marvelous audio companion to the best-selling Stokes Field Guides.

    Bonnie says: "NEEDS TRACK TITLES!"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    a literary novel, I hope.

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

    This isn't really a story- just bird songs, but if you purchased the CD set, you would get all of the same sounds and information.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Well, I did get to listen to the birds...

    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend that you purchase the book on the CD boxed set. That's what I will have to do. Then, once it is imported into iTunes, I'll be able to identify each bird track and play only that one. Since this comes in a different format, it does not import to iTunes as tracks, but chapters...with no track titles. So, it would be a nightmare to try to find one bird individually. I had really hoped that this would be a good deal, but for my purpose, it's useless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • March

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Richard Easton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As the North reels under a series of unexpected defeats during the dark first year of the war, one man leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. Riveting and elegant as it is meticulously researched, March is an extraordinary novel woven out of the lore of American history.

    Paula says: "Great book, greatly narrated"
    "the Rest of the Story"
    If you could sum up March in three words, what would they be?

    Human, Engaging, Enlightening

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    March himself was my favorite character, as he was richly imagined, and he was given a full internal and external life and personality.

    Have you listened to any of Richard Easton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to Richard Easton's other performances, but will seek him out now that I have heard this one.

    If you could rename March, what would you call it?

    The Little Women had a Father!

    Any additional comments?

    Historical research by the author gives this story authenticity in great detail, as one with the social and political views of March might have lived in his time and place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girlchild: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Tupelo Hassman
    • Narrated By Tupelo Hassman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Rory Hendrix is the least likely of Girl Scouts. She hasn't got a troop or even a badge to call her own. But she's checked the Handbook out from the elementary school library so many times that her name fills all the lines on the card, and she pores over its surreal advice for tips to get off the Calle: that is, the Calle de las Flores, the Reno trailer park where she lives with her mother, Jo, the sweet-faced, hard-luck bartender at the Truck Stop.

    "Hard one to hear"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I could not finish this book. The story is so difficult to hear because of the repeated and increasingly graphic descriptions of her abuse. I know it's an important subject, but for me, this was just too hard to hear in this detail.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Tupelo Hassman again?


    Was Girlchild worth the listening time?

    Not for me, but I'm sure it would be for many others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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