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Life Is Short but Wide Audiobook

Life Is Short but Wide

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Publisher's Summary

Beloved writer J. California Cooper has won a legion of loyal fans and much critical acclaim for her powerful storytelling gifts. In language both spare and direct yet wondrously lyrical, Life is Short but Wide is an irresistible story of family that proves no matter who you are or what you do, you are never too old to chase your dreams.

Like the small towns J. California Cooper has so vividly portrayed in her previous novels and story collections, Wideland, Oklahoma, is home to ordinary Americans struggling to raise families, eke out a living, and fulfill their dreams. In the early 20th century, Irene and Val fall in love in Wideland. While carving out a home for themselves, they also allow neighbors Bertha and Joseph to build a house and live on their land. The next generation brings two girls for Irene and Val, and a daughter for Bertha and Joseph. As the families cope with the hardships that come with changing times and fortunes, and people are born and pass away, the characters learn the importance of living one's life boldly and squeezing out every possible moment of joy.

Cooper brilliantly captures the cadences of the South and draws a picture of American life at once down-to-earth and heartwarming in this-as her wise narrator will tell you-"strange, sad, kind'a beautiful, life story." It is a story about love that leads to the ultimate realization that whoever you are, and whatever you do, life is short, but it is also wide.

©2009 Doubleday; (P)2009 Random House

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    Marlene Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-01-09
    Marlene Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-01-09
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    "Never Disappointed!"

    J.California Cooper has never disappointed me and "Life Is Short and Wide" is no exception. This story touched me and spoke to life's twist a turns, as well as, the unexpected changes and how these changes affect the lives of those you love beyond the length of your life. Highly recommened.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-20-09 Listener Since 2009
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    "Author that never disappoint"

    I love reading or listening to book written by J. California Cooper. The author is one of my favorites. I am never disappointed when I read a book written by this author. The author really digs deep and develope a great novel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    milton morrow, GA, United States 12-19-11
    milton morrow, GA, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A Whole Lotta Soul!"
    Would you listen to Life Is Short but Wide again? Why?

    Yes. This was the second listen. I drove family members from Atlanta to Savannah (and back) and played it for them. They Loved it; they actually cheered out loud!


    What other book might you compare Life Is Short but Wide to and why?

    Their Eyes Were Watching God


    Which character – as performed by Adenrele Ojo – was your favorite?

    Tot was too much!


    If you could rename Life Is Short but Wide, what would you call it?

    Wouldn't change a thing


    Any additional comments?

    J. California Cooper is a treasure!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mildred reeves wilburn 09-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "GREAT STORY!!!"

    Great story!!
    Typical J California Cooper!
    I laughed,cried,cringed and smiled.
    Felt liked i was looking thru the windows of THIS family's life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Lee 09-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "awesome read"

    phenomenal book. definitely will recommend to family and friends. kept me wanting more, couldn't stop listening to it,day and night. thank you

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    Amazon Customer WILLINGBORO, NJ, United States 11-04-15
    Amazon Customer WILLINGBORO, NJ, United States 11-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great for a long car ride..."

    I've been a lover of J. California Cooper's work for over 20 years. Her short stories are wonderfully entertaining. The ease with which they flow is a true testament to the author's storytelling abilities.

    This novel seemed to be a long, drawn out version of her signature short-story style. For some characters, the author skipped years, even decades, without comprehensive explanation. Three-quarters of the way through, I was begging for the novel's end! I forced myself to keep listening out of respect for the author and literature in-general.

    The narrator hit her stride about 30-60 minutes into the story. She was initially irritating, seemingly trying to force a "countrified" accent. But when she hit her stride, she nailed it; both her diction and tonal inflections became on point! The narration then flowed mellifluously!

    Curiously, at the very end, the author introduced the ideology of Jehovah's Witnesses. It made the ending a bit disjointed.

    I'd recommend listening to this novel if one is taking a long car ride.

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    Kdoll 02-09-15
    Kdoll 02-09-15
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    "Young love is good but old love is great!"
    If you could sum up Life Is Short but Wide in three words, what would they be?

    Friendship, laughter and love


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life Is Short but Wide?

    Sometimes you don't need to mind your own business.


    What about Adenrele Ojo’s performance did you like?

    Ojo's performance is excellent.


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

    This book will make you laugh, it will make you sad, and it will make you glad.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Simmons lawrenceville, GA, United States 10-07-11
    Kimberly Simmons lawrenceville, GA, United States 10-07-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent!!!"

    it could be the stage in my life, but even as a young teen, books by J.California Cooper have touched me in some kind of way, from her titles to her characters. This book is not an exception to this. Yes it seemed to be all over the place, but as you listen to the stories and how they meet in the Y format you get an understanding of generational curses and desires of the heart. This reminds me of "Some Kind of Happiness"

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    ColorOrange Ford, VA, United States 03-26-11
    ColorOrange Ford, VA, United States 03-26-11
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    "Listen and Enjoy"

    A bit of sadness and happiness. It's all about life. Many times I hated to stop listening. Ms. Ojo narrated the story so well.

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    sabrina conyers, GA, United States 01-25-11
    sabrina conyers, GA, United States 01-25-11 Member Since 2015
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    "i love j.california cooper"

    Wow, i simply loved it, it was witty, smart and clever. i laughed out loud, i cried, i was angry all in the same hour. i loved how she linked the families together, through the generations. always reaching back and then forward with each other. as each travel through this thing we call LIFE.. wow. loved it.

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