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julie

Corvallis, OR, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 5 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 175 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • The Color of Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Julianne MacLean
    • Narrated By Jennifer O'Donnell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (299)

    A deeply emotional tale about Sophie Duncan, a successful columnist whose world falls apart after her daughter's unexpected illness and her husband's shocking affair. When it seems nothing else could possibly go wrong, her car skids off an icy road and plunges into a frozen lake. There, in the cold, dark depths of the water a profound and extraordinary experience unlocks the surprising secrets from Sophie's past, and teaches her what it means to truly live...and love.

    Cindy says: "Probably one of the best books I've read"
    "Listened to in one day"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Color of Heaven again? Why?

    Yes, I was so surprised by this novel. Loved the story, loved the main character. I was worried it would be too sad, but it was quite lovely.


    What other book might you compare The Color of Heaven to and why?

    ?? Maybe the Knitting Circle.


    What about Jennifer O'Donnell’s performance did you like?

    She seemed to tell the story as though it happened to her.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I almost did....all in one day....Saturday Chores.


    Any additional comments?

    I was out of audible credits and found this on sale. So pleased.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paula McLain
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1884)
    Performance
    (1301)
    Story
    (1302)

    Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

    Pris says: "Delighted in Del Mar"
    "Wouldn't Purchase"
    Overall

    Not well read...irritating...yawn.
    I didn't read reviews...I was in a rush. Don't judge a book on it's cover.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26976)
    Performance
    (13604)
    Story
    (13651)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "This Should Never End"
    Overall

    I listen to audio books all the time. The Hope is the best ever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Character: A Family Journey from Chicago's Southside to the Ivy League and Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Craig Robinson
    • Narrated By Korey Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Craig Robinson, the brother of Michelle Obama, has enjoyed tremendous success in both the business and basketball arenas. He has been a vice president with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and a managing director and partner at Loop Capital Markets. In his first season coaching the Oregon State Beavers, he led the team to 18 victories, triple their previous season total. Here he shares valuable insights on what it takes to be a great leader in all aspects of life.

    julie says: "Enjoyed This Book"
    "Enjoyed This Book"
    Overall

    If I were a mom of a potential Pac-10 basketball player - and had influence - I'd send my kid to play for the Beavers. Craig Robinson is a great coach and his book explains that he comes by coaching somewhat naturally via his wonderful parents. I am bit biased, as I live in Corvallis, but this guy is the real deal.

    While, there is a a great deal about his sister and brother-in-law in the book, the book's interest comes not from his relationship with the first family but from his love for his whole family. The inspiration comes from his success attributed to his family and his own great dedication, determination and discipline along with a love for the game.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By Dave Barry
    • Narrated By Dave Barry
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    The year is 1960, and, as it is every year, the Christmas pageant at St. John's Episcopal Church is a very big deal. Doug is a shepherd this year, which is better than being a "Three King", because, for one thing, you get to carry a stick.

    Marie says: "Funny But Dated"
    "Fun Family Listen"
    Overall

    Our family listened to this book on the way to Portland, about a 1.5 hour trip. We loved it and hit repeat. Just as warning, there is a bit about boys announcing the girls on the bra list...but our 6 year old understood the teasing "boy" nature of this.

    Great characters, we all have a "Mike".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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