We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
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.
Regular Price:$20.72
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (536 )
5 star
 (289)
4 star
 (171)
3 star
 (46)
2 star
 (20)
1 star
 (10)
Overall
4.3 (477 )
5 star
 (263)
4 star
 (144)
3 star
 (45)
2 star
 (14)
1 star
 (11)
Story
4.5 (474 )
5 star
 (303)
4 star
 (120)
3 star
 (34)
2 star
 (10)
1 star
 (7)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Alexandria New York 12-13-13
    Alexandria New York 12-13-13 Member Since 2012

    Alexandria

    HELPFUL VOTES
    63
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    131
    49
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    12
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I really wanted to like it"

    I really wanted to like this book for two reasons: 1. Bahni Turpin, 2. The reader reviews were so overwhelmingly positive that it seemed I couldn't possibly go wrong picking this book as my next listen. Wrong I went.

    This is a book which reinforces stereotypes, simplifies complexities, and doesn't attempt to ask or raise a single question. The characters and plot are so absurd that it can't even count as entertaining. This book was not worth of such amazing narrations from these two fine women.

    The story is simplistic, the characters are flat. The narration of Isabelle is done in the past tense, while Dorrie's is in the present. Near the end, their stories clumsily converge.

    Isabelle is viewed by everyone in her life as perfect. Dorrie listens to her sad and depressing story for days on the way to a funeral, never once criticizing Miss Isabelle for a single thing. In fact, she holds her on a pedestal as the utmost example of a human being. This contrasts with the actual portrayal of Isabelle, which proves her to be an irritating, selfish, and implausibly naive girl and then woman.

    Dorrie's story, on the other hand, seems random and at odds with the major plot (Isabelle's story). It is also disturbingly reflective of negative stereotypes. Mostly, it seemed that Dorrie was only put into the story in order to praise Miss Isabelle and try to convince the reader of her goodness, and to revise her own life after having Miss Isabelle's bright white light shown upon her. Ick.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 03-07-13
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 03-07-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    230
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    264
    258
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    21
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Beuatiful, heartbreaking story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Calling Me Home to be better than the print version?

    Quite likely. The choice in Lorna Raver and Banhi Turpin as narrators was a good one... voices nearly pitch-perfect, though Lorna Raver's voice could get a little over-dramatic, and Bahni Turpin uncharacteristically read a couple passages with less inflection that called for. These instances were rare, and it was an enjoyable read


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

    When Dorie found out who broke into her office and why... the anger came right through.

    And the heartbreak of Isabel losing Robert


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

    Both Dorie and Isabel. They obviously took center stage, and some of the other characters weren't as flushed out... but they were great!


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

    Both, in parts... the scene with the hotel night manager made me laugh out loud


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, depicting the complex race relations that are still ongoing today. Tackling it both from a white and African-American perspective - peeling back the layers of prejudice on both sides - was well done.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Donna Topeka, KS, United States 02-27-13
    Donna Topeka, KS, United States 02-27-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    RueRue 02-02-14
    RueRue 02-02-14

    RueRue

    HELPFUL VOTES
    264
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    221
    214
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    15
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.


    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kelli Birmingham, AL, United States 01-04-15
    Kelli Birmingham, AL, United States 01-04-15 Member Since 2015

    Listen on dog walks, commutes and around the house. Welcome virtually any genre but southern fiction holds a special place in my heart.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    79
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    230
    45
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    10
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good Debut"

    Julie Kibler's debut novel tackles many themes common to Southern fiction: race relations; interracial marriage; family secrets; and unexpected friendship. The story is split between a present-day road trip from Arlington, Texas, to Cincinnati for 30-something Dorrie and almost-90 Isabelle, and a flashback to Isabelle's coming of age in the 1930s. Of particular interest is an explanation of the "sundown" law in Isabelle's small Kentucky town which prohibited blacks in town after dark. Interestingly, these laws were in no way limited to just the South but were found as far west as California in the 1930s. I like the way this book compared and contrasted race relations between Isabelle's "then" and Dorrie and Isabelle's "now," but - at the same time - there was something lacking for me and I never felt fully engaged. Despite this sentiment, I believe Julie Kibler is a fine writer and I look forward to reading her future books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Judy United States 10-14-13
    Judy United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "WOW ........A memorable book"
    Where does Calling Me Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top. This is an awesome book.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this is the best audible book and performance of the 100+ books in our audible library.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    katharine COLUMBIA, SC, United States 09-29-13
    katharine COLUMBIA, SC, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wow"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, my daughter recommended it to me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both of the main ladies


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

    the love they both were seeking


    If you could rename Calling Me Home, what would you call it?

    A Different time and Place


    Any additional comments?

    Great book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bj 09-14-13
    Bj 09-14-13 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    60
    32
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A really, really good story....highly recommended."

    This story did not disappoint me. It was great.....I thought it started a bit slow....but it wasn't long before I didn't want to stop listening....! The character voices though at times became confusing as to who you were listening to which is why I gave it 4 stars ....but it didn't take much to figure out who was who....this story needs to be a movie ! Highly recommended listening/reading!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Janet 09-11-13
    Janet 09-11-13 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    87
    48
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wonderful Story, wonderful Narrator"

    This book is going to be added to one of my all time favorite books. I loved everything about this book. It was very moving and had me in tears at the end of the book. I would highly recommend this book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 09-10-13
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 09-10-13 Member Since 2015

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    138
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    510
    182
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    8
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "quality historical fiction"

    Calling me Home is the touching story of an elderly white woman as she journeys into her past, growing up in 1930s Kentucky and falling in love with a young black man. As she recalls these memories some 70 years later, the reader is reminded of the continuing struggles for civil rights, not only in the early 20th century, but today as well.

    The story is told through the perspectives of two women--Miss Isabelle, the aging white woman, and Dorrie, the middle-aged black woman who aids Miss Isabelle on her journey. In the audio version two different narrators are used to voice these women.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 68 results PREVIOUS127NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.