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House on Olive Street | [Robyn Carr]

House on Olive Street

In this touching work, four women—all writers—come together after a painful loss. Recently deceased Gabby Marshall leaves behind a letter asking her friends to complete her unfinished manuscript. Taking vacations from their own lives, the ladies settle at Gabby’s home and get to work.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Robyn Carr is beloved for her charming, romantic fiction. In this touching work, four women—all writers—come together after a painful loss. Recently deceased Gabby Marshall leaves behind a letter asking her friends to complete her unfinished manuscript. Taking vacations from their own lives, the ladies settle at Gabby’s home and get to work.

©1999 Robyn Carr (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

“Carr offers a well-written, warm-hearted story and a genuinely fun read.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Andrea Pennsylvania 04-08-13
    Andrea Pennsylvania 04-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story/liked the characters"

    I am familiar with Robyn Carr's Virgin River Series. You would never realize that this book was by the same author as it isn't a romance. It is a great read because the different female characters had interesting lives. I feel that the author gave a lot of insight into their development and you will find yourself thinking how you know someone like them, or feel that you can identify with some of their situations. It was a wonderful story of how these women all came to be in each other's lives. I also liked the book publishing thread that was woven into the plot.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lajuan Idabel, OK, United States 01-02-11
    Lajuan Idabel, OK, United States 01-02-11 Member Since 2007
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    "New street for Carr"

    This is such a good story. Very different from anything I have read from this author. I appreciate the attention to detail in this book. I just loved it. Good to know another facet of Ms. Carr. Appreciated the narration. Thank you Ms. Carr & Audible.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gina Elmhurst, Il, United States 11-26-10
    Gina Elmhurst, Il, United States 11-26-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Wrong Genre"

    This is such a good book that it needs to be in regular fiction, not in romance. Robyn Carr is a good author, her Virgin River series is comprised of books with interesting characters, plots and places, but her dialog from the male characters is so flawed that I am constantly reminded that they are "romance novels"

    The main characters of this book are women, fully developed characters. Read it you will love it.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Maureen Basin View, Australia 01-28-13
    Maureen Basin View, Australia 01-28-13 Member Since 2007
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    "A hidden Robyn Carr Gem"
    Where does House on Olive Street rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unfolding secrets and struggles of the individual friends and how they all supported each other through the days after the unexpected death of their friend.


    What does Christina Moore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The emotions shared between the friends.


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

    Sable's visit to her little boy's grave.


    Any additional comments?

    After being a fan of the Virgin River books, this book was an unexpected departure from that genre and such a lovely surprise.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kellee las vegas, NV, United States 03-24-14
    kellee las vegas, NV, United States 03-24-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Worth the read. Terrible narration."

    The book was quite lovely. It was inspirational and reflective. Not a must read, but a "worth the read." However, the narration was awful. If she would have just stuck to one or two characters that would have been great, but the way she tried to do so many different characters was just too much. She failed miserably. Again, the book is a good "chick book" though. :-) I would recommend it. Just don't expect much from the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis S. Mike Bristol, CT USA 04-25-13
    Phyllis S. Mike Bristol, CT USA 04-25-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Loved the story - not so much the narrator."

    Robyn Carr doesn't deal with torture and really grotesque murder. I love her characters but I felt this narrator did a horrible job with the male voices. She made them totally without feeling and I didn't appreciate it. This won't deter me from future Robyn Carr stories. I only discovered her a few months ago and I read all of the Virgin River stories. They're light and they offer the perfect escape that I long for with these books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    betty west sunbury, PA, United States 12-01-12
    betty west sunbury, PA, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2009

    West Sunbury, Pa.

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    "Wonderful Story"

    I love books by Robyn Carr. This is a stand alone story, and I laughed and I cried. The only problem with the book is the amount of off color words, and the swearing. I had to keep turning it down when my grandkids came into the room. Since I told you about the language, I recommend this book highly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Campbell-Maxwell 08-26-14 Member Since 2013

    I love to read and now I can do it while I drive. What could be better? I prefer historical fiction based on real characters but my taste

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    "Loved this book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of House on Olive Street to be better than the print version?

    Having not read the print edition, I cannot compare but I found the reading a bit stilted with overlong pauses compared to other audiobooks I have "read".


    Any additional comments?

    The character development was exquisite. Given the age difference of the characters, the author made each unique with a depth and personality that pulled the story lines together. I wanted this book to go on and on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Orlando, FL 08-03-14
    Sandy Orlando, FL 08-03-14 Member Since 2012

    We are RV'ers traveling the USA. I love Romance, Mysteries, and Thriller Novels. Good listening while on the road.

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    "Narrator ruined this whole book"

    I couldn't get into the story at all since the Narrator's voice was so "old" sounding. Way too raspy and not in a good way. As you listen to a book, you try to visualize what the characters look like and I couldn't get close as this raspy old voice ruined it for all the women young and old. Trying to visualize the Men in this was even worse. She made them sound like they were all 90 years old and dumb. I Love Robyn Carr books, especially the Virgin River Series, but this one I can't finish. I guess I might have to read it if I want to finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jo WODONGA, Australia 03-06-14
    jo WODONGA, Australia 03-06-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Tissues Required"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was not a story requiring a happy ending to be moving, the empathy displayed by Robyn Carr for the various senarios through which her characters journey are accurate to the journeys I hear working on a crisis line as a counselor. Well done for the sadness, the accuracy, the joy and the grief. As I said to a couple of fellow Audible mates, 1/2 a box of tissues required!


    What other book might you compare House on Olive Street to and why?

    this was a break away from the style of Robyn Carr books that I've been addicted to, and I admit to being somewhat dubious as to whether I'd enjoy the experience - why did I worry, as per normal she does not disappoint!


    What about Christina Moore’s performance did you like?

    Just a joy to listen to Cristina Moore, this is the first book I've heard her narrate and I'd love to thank her for making the listener feel the emotions of the characters without feeling "For God's sake settle down" as can happen when overplayed.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and as I live with insomnia, there are times when I can do this, but I needed to savour this book, it was so fantastic I used it as my self-care for after each shift - such a wonderous escape into a realm of real women working together as only friends committed to a cause can do.


    Any additional comments?

    As above - give it a go, you will be as rapt as we have been of this I'm sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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