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Calling Me Home Audiobook

Calling Me Home: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a big favor to ask her hairdresser, Dorrie. She wants the black single mother to drop everything and drive her from Texas to a funeral in Ohio - tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious about Isabelle’s past, agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives.

Isabelle confesses that, as a teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper - in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences just might help Dorrie find her own way.

©2013 Julie Kibler (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc

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    CJ 02-28-15
    CJ 02-28-15 Member Since 2015

    Just trying to find my next great read

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    "It was an emotional read"
    What made the experience of listening to Calling Me Home the most enjoyable?

    The narrators did an amazing job.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was good. The middle of the book...I felt could have moved along faster. However, the last 5 hours of audio, I could not stop listening and my heart was breaking. The tears were coming down while I was doing errands and listening to the audio. Even though I figured out the ending, it was still gut-wrenching.

    What an amazing love story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stacy CHARLESTON, WV, United States 02-20-15
    Stacy CHARLESTON, WV, United States 02-20-15 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Heartwarming"

    It's sad, heartwarming, good but not great. Some parts I suffered through to reach the end and the final outcome. I would recommend it, but may not read it again myself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy 02-18-15
    Wendy 02-18-15
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    "A gem of a story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Though I guessed at the story's ending long before the end, it in no way spoiled a well-told, thoughtful and beautifully narrated story. As a debut novel, this is a true gem.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sheshewynn 01-22-15
    sheshewynn 01-22-15
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    "Beautiful Journey"

    Such a beautiful story....and the narrators were so engaging and heart felt. Loved this book....so sad it's over

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bobbie Chait 12-21-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Can't stop thinking about it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Riveting! So many emotions; laughther and tears. One of the BEST narrations ever. I was listening at every opportunity.


    What other book might you compare Calling Me Home to and why?

    The Help.


    What does Bahni Turpin and Lorna Raver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The emotional level. I truly felt like I was living in that decade. It felt so real and not just a story. The horror of the prejudice.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Bain 02-02-14
    Ruth Bain 02-02-14

    RueRue

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    "Dissenting opinion"
    What disappointed you about Calling Me Home?

    Unoriginal story, stereotyped characters, and really irritating narration by Lorna Raver


    What was most disappointing about Julie Kibler’s story?

    There was NOTHING original in this story. The author took elements of "The Help" and mixed in "Driving Miss Daisy". I am dumbfounded by all the glowing reviews


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I found her voice too slow and, when Izzy was narrating as her younger self, her voice should have changed to reflect this.


    12 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    MidwestGeek 12-12-14
    MidwestGeek 12-12-14

    Love a good mystery, but don't care much for pure thrillers.

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    "Terribly disappointing, both story and narration."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It's rated 4.4 currently, so it's clear this book appeals to many people. I don't understand why. Maybe some young adults would be more sympathetic, but I think more likely, they would just roll their eyes.


    What was most disappointing about Julie Kibler’s story?

    First of all, the story was out of the 40's and 50's. Had it been written then, maybe it would have been novel. By now, it's old hat. I don't think it spoils anything to say that the story of a young, introverted, white girl falling for a perfect black boy has been done before and better.Secondly, it dragged on interminably, flashbacks by the white woman, present time by the black woman, who somehow was enchanted with the old lady's life. I listened for 2.5 hours before asking myself why I was wasting my time. I read a few spoilers on GR to see if the plot developed as I anticipated, and I was right. I wasn't going to get anything more out of this book, so I quit.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bahni Turpin and Lorna Raver ’s performances?

    I might be willing to give them another try, but Lorna Raver's portrayal of Isabelle drove me nuts. Bahni Turpin was ok.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    As a morality tale, it's ok, but do we need another superficial rendition of this theme?


    Any additional comments?

    I don't understand the high ratings that this has received. I know lots of people foreswear writing negative reviews--look at the most liked review by Alexandria Milton. It is fair but negative.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Topeka, KS, United States 02-27-13
    Donna Topeka, KS, United States 02-27-13
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    "Great listen."
    Would you listen to Calling Me Home again? Why?

    Yes, it was a suspenseful tale of heartache and loss.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Calling Me Home?

    The comparisons of Dorrie's and Isable's lives even when they were so different.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Milana Leshinsky York , PA USA 12-19-14
    Milana Leshinsky York , PA USA 12-19-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Couldn't put it down for days!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES! The story keeps you hooked after about the first hour or so, then you just can't stop listening. I choked up a few times and realized it wasn't just the story, but the performers were phenomenal! I love how the events keep alternating between 1940s and present day, and how the parallels are drawn 70 years apart. The story made me think deeper about the racial issue and made me wonder WHY.


    Have you listened to any of Bahni Turpin and Lorna Raver ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you could take any character from Calling Me Home out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Robert. I loved his cool, but passionate character.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael PASADENA, CA, United States 07-25-13
    Michael PASADENA, CA, United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Wonderful book - great writing - excellent ending"

    This is a well written book. The performance by the readers was excellent. This was a challenge because each reader had to read some dialog by the other character and come close to matching the voice so it is not jarring when the next chapter starts read by the other character. The ending was excellent.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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