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Debra Hale Shelton

I am a journalist who worked most of her career at The Associated Press in Chicago. I now live & work in Arkansas.

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  • Ladder of Years

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Kelly Lintz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    "Baltimore woman disappears during family vacation" declares the headline. Forty-year-old Delia Grinstead is last seen strolling down the Delaware shore, wearing nothing more than a bathing suit and carrying a beach tote with five hundred dollars tucked inside. To her husband and three almost-grown children, she has vanished without trace or reason. But for Delia, "walking away from it all" is not a premeditated act, but an impulse that will lead her into a new, exciting, and unimagined life.

    Debra Hale Shelton says: "Poor narrator, unlikely plot"
    "Poor narrator, unlikely plot"
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    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    the narrator. she made every old person sound senile.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not Anne Tyler, though I normally like her books. Just need a break.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voices except for the main character were awful. She strained to portray the friend whose husband died with a voice that sounded so fake. Her imitation of elderly voices sounded like something from a high school play.


    Was Ladder of Years worth the listening time?

    NO. Also way too long.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the only Anne Tyler book that I've hated to date. I normally love her books, whether I read or listen to them.

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