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Calling Me Home Audiobook
Calling Me Home
Written by: 
Julie Kibler
Narrated by: 
Bahni Turpin, Lorna Raver
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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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    L. Beyerle Hainesport, New Jersey, US 04-06-15
    L. Beyerle Hainesport, New Jersey, US 04-06-15 Member Since 2013

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    "So sad, but unfortunately true in our history!"

    I did enjoy this book. It is so sad the things that happened to these characters, but so believable true. The events in this story document some of the darks parts of our American history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christine 02-28-15
    Christine 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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    Ruth Bain 02-02-14
    Ruth Bain 02-02-14

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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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    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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    Victoria 05-18-14
    Victoria 05-18-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing Book!"

    I purchased this book because I so enjoyed Bahni Turpin's narration in The Help. I am so glad that I did! I absolutely loved the book. It's an incredible story of one woman's past and another's present. The story and the narration are wonderful. I only wish Ms. Kibler had other works on Audible. I'd buy them in a heartbeat.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 01-19-14
    Anne 01-19-14
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    "Sad, funny, thoughthful read"

    I really enjoyed this book. The characters had depth and breadth and personalities that are complex and interesting. The readers did a really good job with all of the characters so that I could follow without difficulty. The transitions were seamless and their voices were distinctive and "real" enough that you forgot they were "characters." The story is very sad, but told with rich humor and much "humanity." These are real people.

    Highly recommend.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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