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Calling Me Home: A Novel | [Julie Kibler]

Calling Me Home: A Novel

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.
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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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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Boulder, Colorado, United States 07-02-13
    Janet Boulder, Colorado, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, Great listen."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Calling Me Home to be better than the print version?

    Loved this book, almost had me in tears. Great listen and great naration.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Orr Lakeside, CA United States 06-09-13
    Pamela Orr Lakeside, CA United States 06-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "What a great listen!"
    If you could sum up Calling Me Home in three words, what would they be?

    Great story telling


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I felt like I was with them on this trip. My interest remained intense the whole way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christina R. Randolph RAF Alconbury, United Kingdom 06-07-13
    Christina R. Randolph RAF Alconbury, United Kingdom 06-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "In love!"
    Where does Calling Me Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have EVER listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Too hard to pick between Dorie and Miss Isabelle. They are so amazing and I was instantly in love with both of them.


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

    I bought this book just because it was narrated by Bahni Turpin because I loved her in The Help. Lorna Raver had the perfect voice to play Miss Isabelle. This is the first book I have heard her narrate and I couldn't imagine a better duo.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire last 2 hours of the book was spent in tears. I listen to my audio books while driving - through bluetooth - back and forth to work on the beltway outside of DC. This drive is very stressful. However, once Dorie and Miss Isabelle got to Cincinnati, I couldn't stop listening. I couldn't stop crying. I wasn't in my car, I was in the car with them. Even though I was drawn in from the very beginning of this book, once Robert showed up in his uniform, I was transported back to 1941.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this book. Worth every penny....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria 05-18-14
    Victoria 05-18-14 Member Since 2009
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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 6 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.

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    L. Hontz Churubusco,IN USA 05-27-14
    L. Hontz Churubusco,IN USA 05-27-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Recommending to my book club! I will read again!"
    If you could sum up Calling Me Home in three words, what would they be?

    Poignant, well-written, engaging


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

    *Spoiler alert* When Miss Isabelle arrives at the funeral home & for whom she is there to see.


    What about Bahni Turpin and Lorna Raver ’s performance did you like?

    Everything!!! They are great performers!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The story was so well-written, the characters so full & vibrant, that I could see them, feel their pain, their joys, and their sorrow - all characteristics of a GOOD book!


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a pleasant surprise. I had no recommendations for it & just listened on a guess that it would suit me - I'm so glad I did!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bec TX 12-28-13
    Bec TX 12-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Must Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved this book. Long after I finished it I thought about this book often. The story is just excellent. This book makes you laugh and cry.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything, but especially the friendship that developed between Isabelle and Dorrie.


    Which character – as performed by Bahni Turpin and Lorna Raver – was your favorite?

    I loved them both, but I found myself wanting to hear the parts with Isabelle's story the most.


    Who was the most memorable character of Calling Me Home and why?

    Isabelle was the most memorable. Her story is one that everyone can relate to one way or another.


    Any additional comments?

    My sister and I both listened to this book and we both were so affected by it. It was truly a great book. I'll listen again.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca ODENTON, MD, United States 10-07-13
    Rebecca ODENTON, MD, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Heartbreakingly Amazing"
    What did you love best about Calling Me Home?

    This is the best book I've listened to in a LONG time. I bawled my eyes out, the sign of a good book to me! I enjoyed the readers, and absolutely LOVED the story. Amazing.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 06-20-15
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    "Loved this book!"

    A marvelous story of love, loss, and richness of life in spite of living in a world of hatred and prejudice. This book has it all! I thoroughly enjoyed it!!

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