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Calling Me Home Audiobook

Calling Me Home: A Novel

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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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    "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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    Loved every single thing about it from the characters to the heartfelt narration and story telling.

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    It's been a very long time since I cried reading or listening to a book. This one got to me many times. An amazing, lovely story. So relevant even in the 21st century. We've come a long way, but still have so much farther to go.

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    jessica 09-16-16
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    I thought the story was very slow in the beginning. I didn't listen for a few days, then went back to it and I am so glad I didn't give up. Such a good love story. Tells you the history of the blacks and whites and how they lived and were treated and segregated. Shows you nothing can get in the way of love, including the color of your skin. The ending though, oh my goodness, so good! I was listening with my mouth wide open because I couldn't believe it! Goodness! It's a great read/listen.

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    I never expected this book to be all that it was. Everything about it was amazing!

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    I know something about the issues in this story, so I continually wanted to beat the young protagonist over the head for her stupidity. Still I was glad there was no cliche ending.

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    I almost didn't buy this book because the book blurb was only mildly interesting. But from the first page, I could not stop listening. I was spellbound. I don't want to give anything away so I am not going to comment on the plot. The story is wonderful, the writing excellent the reading so believable I felt they were sitting beside me sharing the story. Highly recommend.

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    This was the most enthralling story! and the narration was on point. Wonderful! I am anxious to read more of Ms. Kibler.

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    Mima Stull San Jose, CA, US 08-27-16
    Mima Stull San Jose, CA, US 08-27-16 Member Since 2015

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    This book captured my full attention during the first chapter. I couldn't wait to hear the whole story, yet I was sad that it ended. I loved that it was read by two different people, from two very different perspectives. The author pulled you into her world. Seriously one of the ten best books I've ever read,

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    I am so disappointed in this story. The characters were flat and stereotypical. The narrators were probably good, but I couldn't get past the ridiculous dialogue.

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