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Debbie

Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

Toney, Alabama | Member Since 2013

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  • Death of a Gentle Lady: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (163)

    Gentle by name, gentle by nature. Everyone in the sleepy Scottish town of Lochdubh adores elderly Mrs. Gentle - everyone but Hamish Macbeth, that is. Hamish thinks the gentle lady is quite sly and vicious, and the citizens of Lochdubh think he is overly cranky. Perhaps it's time for him to get married, they say. But who has time for marriage when there's a murder to be solved? When Mrs. Gentle dies under mysterious circumstances, the town is shocked and outraged.

    W Barry McCue says: "This is just a great story"
    "Scottish Who Done It"
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    Thoroughly enjoyable, quirky tale of murder in Scotland . . . it was a fun listen and I got a tickle out of how Hamish got his revenge.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moving Day

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stone
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (241)

    Forty years’ accumulation of art, antiques, and family photographs are more than just objects for Stanley Peke - they are proof of a life fully lived. A life he could have easily lost long ago. When a con man steals his houseful of possessions in a sophisticated moving-day scam, Peke wanders helplessly through his empty New England home, inevitably reminded of another helpless time: decades in Peke’s past, a cold and threadbare Stanislaw Shmuel Pecoskowitz eked out a desperate existence in the war-torn Polish countryside, subsisting on scraps, dodging Nazi soldiers.

    Joe Crescenzi says: "What a fantastic story... a real treat!"
    "They've Stolen Everything . . . and Nothing"
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    Hidden deep within us all is the child, either wrapped up and protected, or scared and running . . . and inside Stanley Peke is the seven year old Jewish boy in the forests of Poland during WWII. He's 72 years old now. He's lived a good life, re-invented himself in America, become a successful businessman, Americanized his name. After 40 years in New England, it's time to sell his big home and downsize. Then on moving day, he is tricked and it is all stolen, taken, and a lifetime of memories is ripped away from him. Insurance will cover it. But that's not the point. His wife, Rose, wants him to let it go. He thinks and thinks about it. He walks around in the empty house. And something primal stirs deep within him . . . he cannot let it go. He has lost everything once before . . . not again. The emotional roller coaster that Jonathan Stone takes us on in Moving Day is one that is unexpected, deeply shaking and it will keep me thinking for a long time. How much we are shaped by our early years . . . How much we keep hidden deep within ourselves . . . even from those we love the most . . . How little we understand our own motivations . . . How the material things around us, the home we build with the ones we love . . . well, they are everything . . . and nothing . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Watershed Year

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Susan Schoenberger
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Lucy never confessed her love to her best friend Harlan before he passed away. Two months after his funeral, she is haunted by the power of things left unsaid. But then she receives the first of his e-mails arranged to be sent after his death. So begins the year that everything changes - Lucy's watershed year. In an e-mail, Harlan says something that consumes her: He's certain Lucy is destined for motherhood. In her grief, she suddenly rediscovers hope, journeying to Russia to adopt a four-year-old boy.

    Debbie says: "Russian Adoption, Love and Family"
    "Russian Adoption, Love and Family"
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    This is a great listen, a human story of facing cancer and the death of a loved one and the aftermath of picking up the pieces of life and the emptiness that comes after loss. This book about Lucy, a college professor, who teaches religion and has an odd interest in all the Catholic saints is funny, quirky, and deeply emotional. She nurses her best friend until he dies of cancer. Then grief stricken, she goes to Russia to adopt a little boy. The circumstances of adopting from a Russian orphanage are strange and scary . . . and I can truly relate to them, as adoption in Romania was the same . . . greasing the palms of the officials, and not knowing one day to the next if you would ever get out of the country with your child. You will grow to love Lucy, her parents and friends . . . and most of all little Matt. It is a clean story, full of heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Sin Eater

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    Overall
    (192)
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    (115)
    Story
    (110)

    Garnering three RITAs and a Christy Award, Francine Rivers is acclaimed for classics like Atonement Child. Set in the 1850s Smoky Mountains, this Gold Medallion-winner tells the gripping tale of a girl who's desperate to remove the guilt of her sister's death and anxious to absolve her departed grandmother of sins. While seeking the elusive Sin Eater, she uncovers a hideous secret and finds the truth.

    Mary says: "M K Hudson"
    "Appalachian/Scottish History"
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    The Last Sin Eater is one of the BEST audio books that I have ever listened to. I had never heard of a sin eater before. After listening, I had to research the custom of using sin eaters when a person died, and found that it was common in Europe during the 1800's and that early settlers to the Smoky Mountains probably carried the practice to the Appalachian Mountains for a time. As late as the early 1900's, the practice still existed in Bavaria. How amazing (and crazy) what people do to try to get rid of their sins and make their way into heaven . . . when Jesus Christ has already paid the price in full. Not only is this an incredible lesson in history, it's a wonderful generational story of family and faith. I can't recommend it enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Until Tuesday

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Narrated By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (807)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (642)

    A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalvan never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home, however, the pressures of his physical wounds, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. In constant physical pain, he soon found himself unable to climb a simple flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the VA hospital. He drank; he argued; he cut himself off from those he loved. Then Luis met Tuesday, a beautiful and sensitive golden retriever....

    Char says: "Very Good Book"
    "A Soldier's Best Friend"
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    A heartwarming story of a returning war veteran and his struggles to re-integrate into normal society after suffering traumatic brain injury and severe PTSD . . . I learned so much about service dogs, which until now I thought were only for sight or hearing impaired people. The story of Captain Montalvan and Tuesday is at times a hard one to listen to. But it is one of healing and progress. Being the mother of two Iraqi war veterans, it helps to hear from a first hand point of view what these brave young men have endured . . . and survived.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bridge to Haven

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
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    (338)
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    To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she' s paid to finally feel like she' s somebody. To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven.

    Candace says: "Francine Rivers is the best for a reason."
    "Broken People, Aching Souls, God of Grace and Love"
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    Born in 1936, left under a bridge, abandoned and found by Pastor Zeke, Abra began life alone. Then loved and treasured by Zeke, his wife Marianne, and their son Joshua, Abra feels safe . . . for five years. Widowed, grief stricken and weighed down by the demands of his church ministry, Pastor Zeke allows the Matthews family from his parish to adopt Abra. Brokenhearted, Abra doesn't trust anyone . . . let alone a God who would take Marianne, the only mother she had ever known away. At seventeen, Abra runs off with a good looking rich boy, mistaking his attentions for love, leading her on a five year search to "find herself". But as far and as hard as she could run, she couldn't outrun God. Bridge to Haven is a well written, honest look at broken people in need of a loving God. All of us Christians would do well to listen and learn . . . to love as Christ loves, to extend grace as Christ does, and to be His hands and feet in a world in much need of acceptance and care.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bloodletter's Daughter: A Novel of Old Bohemia

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Linda Lafferty
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (188)

    In 1606, the grand city of Prague hides an ugly secret: the emperor’s bastard son, Don Julius, is afflicted with a madness that pushes the prince to unspeakable depravity. Banished to a remote corner of Bohemia, Don Julius comes under the care of a bloodletter who works to purge the vicious humors coursing through the young royal’s veins. When the prince meets the bloodletter’s daughter Marketa, his madness sparks a frenzied - and dangerous - obsession.

    Think about this says: "Compels you to look up it's history"
    "Interesting Story of an Era and Place I Never Knew"
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    As soon as I finished this, I had to look up the details of Don Julius, the mad son of King Rudolph II and his relationship with Marketa . . . best done AFTER listening to The Bloodletter's Daughter. The 1600's was a fascinating time in history, when a great debate between Christianity and Science began, as well as one between Catholics and Protestants. While some listeners think the book long and wandering with unneeded content, I found the discussions of astrology, medicine, potions, changing thoughts on bleeding patients, and the great battle between the priest and the physician to be critical to the story and time period . . . and a great foundation for modern medicine and science. Without wavering on faith in God. In the beginning, I was put off by the acts in the bath houses, and very much so by Marketa's mother . . . but now I have researched, and I find that the bath houses were common during this period in history. I'm saddened that children could have been used in this way. The book is fiction, written very much like an old Grimm's fairy tale, mixing historical facts with some "magic" and taking some liberties . . . the legend of the white lady exist and are expertly woven into the book . . . It was a long listen, expertly woven and the end was worth the wait.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Victory Club

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robin Lee Hatcher
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
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    (10)
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    Christy and RITA Award-winner Robin Lee Hatcher pens the moving stories of four women working in Boise, Idaho during World War II. Margo King fears for her son fighting on the North African front and tries to hide her painful past. Dotty King searches for forgiveness from her mother and God after committing a single ardent mistake. Lucy Anderson struggles to resist temptation while her husband is away in England. And Penelope Maxfield longs for a new life free from her husband and children. Told from each woman’s perspective, this story chronicles the hardships and uncertain times they all try to overcome with the help of their faith.

    Andrew says: "A really good book"
    "WWII and Keeping the Faith on the Home Front"
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    The Victory Club is the story of four very different women (who are friends) in Boise, Idaho during WWII. The war has affected each of them in ways they didn't expect and tested their faith in God. I very much appreciate the open Christian dialog in this book AND that the trials that the women and the soldiers that they love encounter are not sugar coated or swept under the rug, but rather are dealt with honestly. It's a good, solid listen. It's a clean, wholesome book, and the scriptures included are a balm to my soul.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Back Road

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Rachel Abbott
    • Narrated By Sue Pitkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    In a quiet country village, secrets abound. When young Abbie Campbell is knocked over and left for dead on the back road of the village of Little Melham, waves of shock ripple through the small community, threatening to expose long-kept secrets. For Ellie Saunders, the truth about that night puts both her marriage and the safety of her children in jeopardy - she has to protect her family, no matter what the cost.

    Horror movie buff says: "Long, but great dialogue and drama"
    "Intriguing Mystery in Small English Town"
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    When I first started listening to The Back Road, I wasn't at all sure I was going to like it. It seemed as though the entire book was going to be a dark tale of abuse. But it wasn't that at all. The sisters, Ellie and Leo, who share the same father, but different mothers, and their different paths growing up is a big part of the story. The small town, where everybody knows their neighbor, (or thinks they do) is very interesting . . . and it kept me totally intrigued as the "skeletons" kept coming out of the closets. The book is a bit long, but after the first hour, I found myself fully engaged and vested in the characters. Some are prickly, some disgusting, some standoffish, some kind, some misunderstood, and some I wanted to wrap my arms around and hug. This is a well written, well thought out book, and I never would have guessed the ending. Well worth the wait!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whistling Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Caitlyn Hunter, Christy Tillery French, C. C. Tillery
    • Narrated By Carol Herman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
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    (16)
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    (16)

    In the waning years of the 19th century, Bessie Daniels grows up in the small town of Hot Springs in western North Carolina. Secure in the love of her father, resistant to her mother's desire that she be a proper Southern belle, Bessie is determined to forge her own way in life. Or, as her Cherokee great-grandmother Elisi puts it, to be a whistling woman. Life, however, has a few surprises in store for Bessie....

    Debbie says: "Stunning Southern Historical Fiction...Damn Bess!"
    "Stunning Southern Historical Fiction...Damn Bess!"
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    A mix of sorrow and joy, the Whistling Woman is a tale of growing up in North Carolina in a large family, with Cherokee roots, plenty of folk lore, fierce love and loyalty, and a daddy who is the constable. Bessie is the oldest and she butts heads plenty . . . she has a mind of her own . . . and that's just fine with her daddy . . . most of the time. I'm very familiar with the country sayings in the book, such as "fixin' to" . . . in Kentucky, where I grew up, we're always "fixin' to" do something, too . . . The narration is a delight. The entire story is honest, gritty, sweet, sad and rings absolutely true. Can't wait to listen to the sequel, Moonfixer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redbud Corner: Distant Shores, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By JoHannah Reardon
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Pan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Performance
    (3)
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    When a young Chinese girl comes to study at an American university in the quaint little town of Redbud Corner, she meets an intriguing, attractive man that challenges everything she has ever believed in. Will she listen to him? Or will she choose the handsome, successful man back home in China? Each of the novels in this series is a complete story.

    Debbie says: "Culture Shock and Jesus"
    "Culture Shock and Jesus"
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    The work ethic of the Chinese people has always intrigued me. I've seen it in my daughter's friends at her university, and this book has helped me understand it even more. Most Chinese students NEVER want to go back to their own country after living in the United States. When this young woman came to America to get her degree, she was dead set on returning to China and "joining the party". Yet she was unable to deny the love and care of the Christians she met and became good friends with. And then there was the young, handsome Chinese man who had become a Christian . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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