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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 2009

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  • Night Music

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    Overall
    (332)
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    (298)
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    (292)

    The Spanish House is a mixture of designs, Georgian, Gothic and Moorish, as if whoever started it had simply got bored. It has long been known as an architectural folly to locals, and is now nearly derelict to boot. When its reclusive owner dies intestate, the Spanish House is left to his city-dwelling niece. For Isabel, recently widowed, the house is a potential lifeline - the only hope she has of providing for her two children without having to sell her most treasured possession.

    Kelly says: "Jojo Moyes is my favorite."
    "Hauntingly Beautiful Story of Human, Flawed People"
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    I really liked this story of a widow with two children who inherited a huge Spanish house in the country. Isabella, the young widow, whose deep passion for her violin and music, perhaps is too high a priority, has to learn a totally new way of life. But what I appreciated and most loved about the story was the honesty in which it was written. People DO have to go through hardships and work through grief in order to value what is most important in their lives. This isn't a cheap or tawdry tale, although there are some in the small town who make some unfortunate and selfish choices. There are MORE that make better choices and are loyal and end up doing right by their neighbors. The novel is hauntingly beautiful and meets my criteria of having an ending worth the wait.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 44 Cranberry Point: Cedar Cove, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
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    (150)
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    "I love living in Cedar Cove, but things haven't been the same since a man died in our B and B. Turns out his name was Max Russell, and Bob had known him briefly in Vietnam. We still don't have any idea why he came here and - most important of all - who killed him. Because it now appears that he was poisoned. I sure hope somebody figures it out soon!"

    Debbie says: "Moving Right Along in Cedar Point"
    "Moving Right Along in Cedar Point"
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    I'm sticking with the series and still love the folks in Cedar Cove. Glad to say the murder gets solved, and not how you might expect . . . I sew and cook and listen . . . and ponder the goings on . . . Ready for book 5 . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paper Angels: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jimmy Wayne, Travis Thrasher
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (13)
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    (11)
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    (12)

    When his mom decided it was time for them to leave for good, Thomas knew they better get far away or he'd come and find them. It was Christmas Day, with Mom sweating in a tiny room over a tiny stove, and Dad watching college basketball and drinking with a vengeance. "Thomas, I want you to get your sister and go out to the car, okay?" Mom had promised them that they would be getting a special Christmas present today. Just the two kids. They couldn’t mention it to Dad. This is her present, Thomas thought....

    Debbie says: "Giving and FORGIVING . . . Great Christmas Story"
    "Giving and FORGIVING . . . Great Christmas Story"
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    Both simple and complex, Paper Angels is a story for all of us. I love Christmas books, and this one is right up there with the best. It isn't sappy or fake. It's full of humility, love, self examination, and forgiveness. As the grown child of an alcoholic father, I could relate in so many ways to Thomas and his sister. And having come full circle, with grandkids of my own, I have lived to see God's faithfulness, and His blessings to our family, despite many hardships. This is a wonderful book to listen to as a family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Light Behind the Window

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Lucinda Riley
    • Narrated By Gerri Halligan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
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    (112)
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    (112)

    THE PRESENT - After her mother’s death, Emilie de la Martiniéres finds herself the sole inheritor of a chateau in the south of France. There she discovers an old notebook which leads her along a journey to unravel the tragic love story of the mysterious Sophia. THE PAST (1943). Constance Carruthers, arrives in occupied Paris at the height of conflict. There she stumbles into the heart of a wealthy family and is drawn into a web of deception, the repercussions of which will affect generations to come.

    DHackney says: "Dual Time-Line: Modern & WW2"
    "From WWII to the Present, Remarkable Story"
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    Story of France and England during WWII, what Hitler did to the GERMAN people, who were beat down and defeated by life, and in the frame of mind to accept the lies being fed to them by a tyrannical leader. (Good lesson for all of us.) This book is a broad story of the war and how it impacted the French, English, and German people, but also a personal story of love, pain and perseverance spanning the generations. Listening to this story was humbling. The sacrifices made by citizens during WWII should NEVER be forgotten. One of the best books I have ever come across.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackberry Pie Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joanne Fluke
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
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    (196)
    Story
    (200)

    It's been a sleepy summer for the folks of Lake Eden, Minnesota. In fact, it's been a whole four months since anyone in the Swensen family has come across a dead body - a detail that just made the front page of the local paper. And that means Hannah Swensen can finally focus on her bakery. . .or can she? Life is never really quiet for Hannah. After all, her mother's wedding is a little over a month away and guess who Delores put in charge of the planning?

    Gale says: "A Book With No Ending"
    "Who Cut Off the End of the Book???"
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    This could have and WOULD HAVE been a four or five star book, but the end of it was NOT THERE.. I had to rewind it twice to make sure that I had not missed something. I actually LOVE this series, and was LOVING this book . . . then it ended. Now I am MAD!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2520)
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    (2287)
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    (2288)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Sci Fi Not Mystery and Suspence"
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    Story is good enough, but this one is out of my normal interest areas. I could pretty much tell that's where it was going. I listened to the whole thing, but won't be going for the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregory Boyle
    • Narrated By Gregory Boyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
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    (404)
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    (407)

    As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.

    Jeremy says: "Perhaps the best book I've read in years."
    "Real Life Parables for Today WWJD"
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    Every Christian, alright every PERSON, needs to listen to Father Boyle's Tattoos on the Heart. Because he has absolutely NAILED IT DOWN. One day at a time, one person at a time, he is loving people, accepting people, walking through the valley with people. Only by the grace of God, were you or I NOT born to a mother in the ghetto, into a gang ridden neighborhood. And are we BETTER than those who are born there??? NO, NO, NO . . . In so many ways we are poorer and more pitiful. We cannot see the forest for the trees. The story of the young father who would go home and watch his young children eat supper, DELIGHTING in them, after having worked all day long, not touching any food for himself, until his wife and children had been satisfied, touched me so deeply. If then, there was any food left, he would eat, if not, he didn't, having FILLED HIMSELF up with delight. A former gang member, this young man, had found himself and found that he was worthy of being loved. We try to complicate the gospel of Jesus Christ, sometimes just to try to get out of having to DO SOMETHING, I think. When we do that, we are robbing others and robbing ourselves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Quilter's Legacy: Elm Creek Quilts, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
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    (123)
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    (123)

    Best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini charms her many fans with her engaging Elm Creek Quilts novels. In The Quilter’s Legacy, Sylvia Bergstrom Compson resolves to find several heirloom quilts that have vanished. Traveling far and wide, she discovers fascinating truths about her mother, who died when Sylvia was only a child.

    Debbie says: "A Favorite in the Series"
    "A Favorite in the Series"
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    The historical aspect of this one (the fifth in the series) was very interesting to me. Sylvia's search for her mother's quilts and all that happened in that era and during Sylvia's childhood made me love and understand her even more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Carol Ervin
    • Narrated By Becca Ballenger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
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    (17)
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    (17)

    Untrue things are rumored of May Rose, but it's true she's too pretty for her own good. Her husband has disappeared, and now she's on her own in a rough town ruled by one of the lumber companies logging the last of West Virginia's virgin forest. The year is 1899, and a woman alone has few options.

    Lisa says: "You have to read this book!"
    "1899 W Virginia Logging Town & Humble Women"
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    Keeping one's honor in a rough and tumble logging town where women are a commodity to be used up and thrown aside is hard to do . . . but one cannot help but to admire young May Rose who comes to town after her husband runs off accused of killing a fellow logger. Her love of children and gentle spirit are admirable, but her determination and hard work to not only provide for herself, but young Wanda, her husband's child that she finds in the town, well, that's true character. This is very good historical fiction. Don't miss it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 311 Pelican Court: Cedar Cove, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (156)

    "One thing about Cedar Cove - people sure are interested in what other people are doing. Take me, for instance. Everybody in the town knows that my husband, Zach, and I recently got a divorce. Everybody also knows that Judge Olivia Lockhart decreed a pretty unusual custody arrangement...."

    Amazon Customer says: "I love this series"
    "Sweet Clean Soap Opera Continues . . ."
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    This third in the Cedar Cove Series is good easy listening. It's not an edge-of-your-seat thriller, but then again, it's not meant to be. It's a sit-at-the-kitchen-table and sip-your-coffee-slowly book. I can cook supper while listening, or sew and not miss much. The townsfolk grow on you. And you root for the ones you have grown to love. You get aggravated at the dumb choices they make and are happy when they get their heads back on straight. I don't like a strict "diet" of Cedar Cove, but I sure will keep coming back for more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glassblower: The Glassblower Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Petra Durst-Benning, Samuel Willcocks (translator)
    • Narrated By Kristin Watson Heintz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In the village of Lauscha in Germany, things have been done the same way for centuries. The men blow the glass, and the women decorate and pack it. But when Joost Steinmann passes away unexpectedly one September night, his three daughters must learn to fend for themselves. While feisty Johanna takes a practical approach to looking for work, Ruth follows her heart, aiming to catch the eye of a handsome young villager.

    Debbie says: "Like a Grimms Fairy Tale, But Better"
    "Like a Grimms Fairy Tale, But Better"
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    Oh, my! Germany in the 1800s . . . a beloved glassblower and his three sweet daughters . . . life was hard, but very, very good . . . and then he unexpectedly dies leaving the girls to fend for themselves. Three head strong girls, all different, all with an idea of what she wants, but no clue as to how to get there . . . fierce and clumsy, each in their pursuit of what they believe will make them happy. And just like siblings, they back bite one another, so critical of each other, until someone harms a sister, then there's hell to pay. The beautiful German countryside, the Christmas market of Nurnberg, the smell of fresh gingerbread in the city bakery . . . all this brought back memories for me . . . flooding my mind with cobblestone streets, stone churches, and tiny towns in Germany that still look today like they have for centuries. I am SO glad this book was translated from the German into English, and I hope that the other two in the trilogy will be, too. It swept me away into another time. And I was amused and delighted that the American retailer Woolworth was part of the story . . . because as a child, going downtown on the bus with my grandmother and visiting the big Woolworth store was so much fun for me!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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