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A Long Time Gone Audiobook

A Long Time Gone

When Vivien Walker left her home in the Mississippi Delta, she swore never to go back, as generations of the women in her family had. But in the spring, nine years to the day since she'd left, that's exactly what happens - Vivien returns, fleeing from a broken marriage and her lost dreams for children. What she hopes to find is solace with "Bootsie", her dear grandmother who raised her, a Walker woman with a knack for making everything all right. But instead she finds that her grandmother has died and that her estranged mother is drifting further away from her memories.
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"We Walker women were born screaming into this world, the beginning of a lifelong quest to find what would quiet us. But whatever drove us away was never stronger than the pull of what brought us back...."

When Vivien Walker left her home in the Mississippi Delta, she swore never to go back, as generations of the women in her family had. But in the spring, nine years to the day since she' d left, that' s exactly what happens - Vivien returns, fleeing from a broken marriage and her lost dreams for children. What she hopes to find is solace with "Bootsie", her dear grandmother who raised her, a Walker woman with a knack for making everything all right. But instead she finds that her grandmother has died and that her estranged mother is drifting further away from her memories. Now Vivien is forced into the unexpected role of caretaker, challenging her personal quest to find the girl she herself once was. But for Vivien things change in ways she cannot imagine when a violent storm reveals the remains of a long-dead woman buried near the Walker home, not far from the cypress swamp that is soon to give up its ghosts. Vivien knows there is now only one way to rediscover herself - by uncovering the secrets of her family and breaking the cycle of loss that has haunted her them for generations.

©2014 Harley House Books, LLC (P)2014 Recorded Books

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    Margaret 07-06-14
    Margaret 07-06-14 Member Since 2015

    Tell me about a good book. No other gifts necessary.

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    "The Sisterhood of Figuring Out Life"

    This is a hidden gem. Another story of a woman seeking to know her mother and being able to forgive her shortcomings, this one is told from multiple generations and perspectives - all so relevant to the plot and main characters developments. The range of characters are endearing, enraging, and so memorable. I found this book to be a perfect summer read. The author created such a vivid place and mood that I slipped into the Mississippi delta and did not want to return home. I will be thinking about this book for some time to come, returning to it at times, and most definitely passing it on to all of my friends.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela 07-17-14
    Pamela 07-17-14
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    "Sweet as sweet potato pie!"
    If you could sum up A Long Time Gone in three words, what would they be?

    fun, engaging, historical


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All three main characters were so well described and represented that I felt I knew them.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    not that I remember


    If you could take any character from A Long Time Gone out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Bootsie, she was just a side liner, only represented as a baby and then as she related to the main characters. I would love to hear her experience.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a really enjoyable listen. It had a predictable romantic theme but even how that developed was good. I loved having the opportunity to feel like I was living in three different eras with the women.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    J. 11-10-15
    J. 11-10-15
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    "Just Plain Boring"
    Any additional comments?

    Sorry. I got 2 1/2 hours into this one and couldn't take anymore. Here's another that skips around in time so much you'd think the author had a time machine, which makes it totally a muddle to the reader. Two and half hours should be enough to get the jist of a story, other than a bunch of southern women who felt jilted in their childhoods. Bleh.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S. G. Schadowsky Arizona 07-03-15
    S. G. Schadowsky Arizona 07-03-15 Member Since 2013

    goodlife guide

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    "Generational Story of Mothers"

    A sweet story of the love and endurance of motherhood across generations. A twist of mystery adds to the lush backdrop of the Mississippi Delta. Good narration with true accents and multiple character narration! Makes for a smooth summer read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shelfish IL, United States 10-11-15
    Shelfish IL, United States 10-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Through the eyes of others"

    I liked this book. It was a fun, easy read. It flashed back a few generations and told the lives of the women and how each affected the next. I found it hard to stop listening to. I recommend it.

    Francine Rivers wrote a series, Her Mother's Hope and Her Daughter's Dream that is similar but so much more detailed. I highly recommend that also.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 10-21-14
    Linda 10-21-14 Member Since 2015
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    "The genetics of past, present and future."

    This is a bit of a hauntingly sad story that guides the reader in and out of generations and gives the reader/listener a peak at circumstances and events of days gone by while weaving answers to some of the questions that still linger in present day.It wasn't a block buster hang on to your seat kind of read, but it was entertaining.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bola LAUREL, MD, United States 09-15-14
    Bola LAUREL, MD, United States 09-15-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Interesting and engaging"
    Where does A Long Time Gone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks on top. Again Karen White did a fantastic job connecting the generations together. In addition, the story is very believable


    What other book might you compare A Long Time Gone to and why?

    I can't compare it to another becos it is unique by its self.

    The story of 3 generations and you see the mistakes that happened ones finding it wAy back to another generation.

    I find myself remembering certain part of the story as if I was there too :)

    .....may if Adelaide did not answer the phone during the storm....

    The what ifs


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Matilda was guessing up!


    If you could rename A Long Time Gone, what would you call it?

    No need to remain the book for me


    Any additional comments?

    Very relevant and touching story. Glad Vivian was able to get herself together
    The decisions we make or actions we take does not just affect us-

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy HARRISBURG, NC, United States 07-30-14
    Amy HARRISBURG, NC, United States 07-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Could not stop listening to"

    I loved this book - I could not stop listening to it. Then, while I was at work all I could think about was the story and hoping the work day would pass quickly so that I could begin listenting to again. I loved the storylines, how they intertwined and the intrigue/ mystery involved. I would recommend.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    deb 07-09-14
    deb 07-09-14
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    "Finally! A book I can't put down."
    Would you listen to A Long Time Gone again? Why?

    I don't usually do that.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The generational family issues, the best narrators, and a good mystery as well.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    EAA Rochester, NY United States 01-14-15
    EAA Rochester, NY United States 01-14-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Well crafted, fun read"
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    I like the way the story was pulled together. The writing style kept me interested as did the reader. Overall it was a good read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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