Beaverton, OR, United States
A Place To Call Home is an involved story arc about a huge family-I was tempted at times to make a list of who went with what family, but I finally gave up and simply flowed with the tale.
I really got a kick of Smiths 'Claire' character.... as a youngster-a snotty tomboy with mean big brothers, she thought she had to be brash to make herself seen. She reminded me of myself as a 10 year old-tall, lanky and awkward with an impossible kinky home perm my grandma had to give me every summer to keep my hair 'controlled' over vacation Calire is sweetly and realistically written by Deborah Smith and very much the center of the novel. Her casually adopted local bad boy, who protected her from the mean kids was also written with both realistic frailties and boldness.Their childish love and faithfulness to each other seemed very realistic. Deborah Smith has a way of showing a lot of humanity in her characters. They came to life for me. Especially the grannies. There was an era of grannies on that generation who ruled the house. Granny Elizabeth and Granny Alice were very familiar personalities to me.
Kymberly Dakin did a wonderful job keeping all the names and southern drawls straight and well as keeping the plethora of family members alive in my mind. I'd be happy to listen to another move narrated by her anytime.
This was a super fat summer listen-coming in at 14 hours I believe, it kept me entertained by the pool during scorching hot weather. I was listening to it on my iPad without headphones and another mom came to watch her child by the pool. I was politely putting my headphones on when she asked me if I would just leave the iPod on so she could listen along with me. We both became engrossed with the storyline over several days and, though I continued to play it in the evening for an hour or so, when I came back to to the pool, my neighbor would ask if we could listen again-Deborah Smith was a new author for both of us and very much enjoyed.
Not a lot of drama-but what there is is compelling. It's a very nice family story of growing up, lives changes and finding lost loves. This isn't literature - it isn't a bodice ripper - and it isn't overly peppered with sex and profanity for those who are offended easily..there is some but it's in context and not gratuitous.
Definitely a woman's book, with a lot of scenic southern back country, family intrigue and errors of judgment, changes in opinions as happens to real families. I hope Smiths other books are so realistically told. It was worth my credit and I'm downloading another Deborah Smith right now.
Its hard to beat Tess Gerritson when it comes to medical thrillers and impossible to beat George Guidell when it comes to dramatic storytelling.
This was a slightly yucky "doctors gone bad" story that hasn't aged very well. I remembered reading it in the early 90s and thinking 'this could never happen' . 20 years later it doesdn seem nearly as impossible. But it's still yucky when it comes to mutant births.
I still like Gerritsons work but am going to seek newer novels.
Not worth your credit
Mediocre "FBI agent falls for the bad girl, the bad girl is really good" type tale.
Tanya Eby is just average as a narrator..she doesn't do justice to the sex scenes that are written in a so-so manner.
I listened to the whole thing but didn't feel compelled to pay attention very closely.
It's going back. It was a Daily Deal so it's really no biggie...no credit waste.
I really appreciate Audibles Return Policy..Thanks Audible!
I found this interesting but not as compelling as the first book. There was FAR to much of the "Edwardisms" that we're clever in the first book and far less development of new characters.
It's a " have to hear" if you've heard and appreciated 600 hours, but I suggest holding expectations down. Luke Daniels got a bit campy with some if the narration I thought.
Still worth the credit just to hear the final outcome of Edwards story.
Im in awe of both the authors work and the narrating by Luke Daniels in this unique story of Edward, a middle aged man with Aspergers/OCD who is reliant on his authoritan father for support, being unable to work in a typical office environment.
Edward and his fathers interaction forms a great deal of the conflict in this story..as Edward tries to grow his father pushes him down. A very sad reflection on many parent/adult child relationships.
The novel shows a side of OCD that has become well know these days. Lancaster writes with a gentle knowledge of the situation and developes his characters beautifully. This is a sort of quiet novel, with achingly complex interpersonal relationships...unless the reader knows an OCD patient, Edward may seem awkwardly backwards, yet Lancaster draws him out with sympathy. I was especially touched at the "Dragnet" scenes, where Edward has substituted Jack Webb and the Dragnet characters for a father and family.
Once again, Luke Daniels shows his talent as one of the best of the modern audio book narrators. Kudos, Mr Daniels, for another wonderful narration.
The very sad ending pulls the entire story together but left me feeling equally sad for the characters.
Finally finished this YA Dystopian series. I was let down at the end but thats the nature of dystopian stories, isn't it?
Although this particular novel is the weakest in story arc of the 4 in the series, Luke Daniels, narrator supreme, does some of his finest work here.
I started the series particularly because I had decided to listen to more novels narrated by Daniels, who I think is one of the top male narrators working these days. I became engrossed in many ways because of Daniels wonderful ability with voicing and emotion. Each character has a strong voice..though when "Oberon, the dog's voice" out of Kevin Hearns "Iron Druid" series shows up attached to a teen aged kid it can be discerning.
Iron Druid is another long series that Daniels gives voice to. I have to admit I'm not nearly as intrigued with the series as I was at the beginning, but thats not any fault of Daniels.
This is the second time I have followed my instinct and listened to novels narrated by favorite voice actors-George Guidell is another one who could read me a menu and I'd listen!
Worth a credit if you've followed the series-no place to start though...this needs to be listened to from Book 1 in order for it to make any sense.
This second installment isn't as spellbinding as the first but is a have to listen if you've started the series.
Shusterman has a way of writing his characters that brings them to life. (Poor pun there and unintentional). For a YA dystopian story there is a great deal of sophisticated yet traditional teen angst in this book. The characters are the misfits of their towns, for the most part and are full of anger for the way they feel they have been treated.
Recommended if you're into the series.
I'm on a Luke Daniels narrating kick..I listened to and panned the first book in this series but really enjoyed the second one.
The author tightened up his plot and really developed likable characters with good development.
You have to read the first one to make sense on this one-too bad, but, just maybe, worth the 2 credits. Luke Daniels can do no wrong!
I love Guidalls narrations...lately I've been listening by narrator rather than author..if you can't stand a narrator, why bother with the listen,right?
However, even George Guidall wasn't able to turn this average spy story into a page turner.
Don't waste your money on this.
I purchased this on sale and am glad I didn't spend a credit on it. Whle I might not return it, I wasn't blown away.
I found the protagonist a bit fluffy and the probable bad guy sleazy.
Can't highly recommend..there are many much better novels out there.
Purchased this when I noticed it as recommended..I had caught an evening of MASH episodes and decided to listen to the book while I refinished furniture on my deck...
A fun listen with all the familiar characters..Reilly is still my favorite.
Ideal for MASH devotees-recommended
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