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Passing Strangers | [Angela Hunt]

Passing Strangers

A train roars over the rails, carrying passengers on a trip that will change their lives. Among the many people aboard the 97 Silver Meteor are Andie Crystal, a lonely young woman hiding from her youth as a reality TV star; Matthew Scofield, a widower trying to manage his responsibilities to his two young children; and Janette Turlington, a middle-aged mother running from a situation that has destroyed the peace in her home and marriage.
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Publisher's Summary

A train roars over the rails, carrying passengers on a trip that will change their lives. Among the many people aboard the 97 Silver Meteor are Andie Crystal, a lonely young woman hiding from her youth as a reality TV star; Matthew Scofield, a widower trying to manage his responsibilities to his two young children; and Janette Turlington, a middle-aged mother running from a situation that has destroyed the peace in her home and marriage.

These three form a makeshift family on an Amtrak tour through the Southern seaboard, a journey that just might heal their wounded hearts and restore them to the people to whom they matter most....

©2014 Angela E. Hunt (P)2014 Angela E. Hunt

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    Debora Wilder 06-17-15
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    "This is a very thought provoking novel."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! It is


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Passing Strangers?

    When Janette got home from the hospital and found Andi and Matthew there with the kids.


    Which character – as performed by Lia Frederick – was your favorite?

    Matthew's daughter.


    If you could take any character from Passing Strangers out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Janette, I can really relate to the problems that she was dealing with.


    Any additional comments?

    Each of the main characters grew throughout the story and there was a lot of insight shared in this story about how people should treat family members. It did a great job of getting me to think about my own relationships with my family members. This included a number of different family relationships; mother/grown child, grown siblings, spouses, father/young children.

    I absolutely loved the narrator for this audio book. Her voice is very smooth and easy to listen to. The accents and voice changes that she used for the dialog of different characters was fabulous. It added an extra dimension to the listening experience for this story. I will be looking for more books that she has narrated.

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    Victoria 10-11-14
    Victoria 10-11-14

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    "Excellent"
    What made the experience of listening to Passing Strangers the most enjoyable?

    The story was very captivating. It never lagged or was boring. The reader did a very good job and each character was fully portrayed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was a Christian book, but not preachy. Each main character had a problem that was finally resolved. Only one main character was a Christian in the book, but it left you with hope for the others.


    What about Lia Frederick’s performance did you like?

    She was able to portray each person with a difference so you didn't feel like it was just being read to you. You felt like you could hear each person speak


    If you could rename Passing Strangers, what would you call it?

    Finding Friends


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend. My first book with audible. Made the whole experience worthwhile. Listened to the whole book in one sitting.

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    Meagan @ Blooming with Books 09-15-14

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    "Sometimes we need to look through a strangers eyes"
    Would you listen to Passing Strangers again? Why?

    Yes, it was an enjoyable story about three strangers who meet while going through times of personal struggle. This coming together helps each work through the issues that are weighing each person down.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Passing Strangers?

    I really like the epilogue where one sees the permanence of these chance friendships and how each person has grown thanks to them.


    Have you listened to any of Lia Frederick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I've heard Lia Frederick and it was well performed and I would have no objection to hearing her in the future.


    If you could rename Passing Strangers, what would you call it?

    Chance Meetings


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    Sharee 09-01-14
    Sharee 09-01-14
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    "A wonderful story"
    Where does Passing Strangers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely in the top 10


    What other book might you compare Passing Strangers to and why?

    Francine Rivers Her Mother's Hope or Lisa Wingate The Prayer Box
    Both are books that are deeply touching to women and provide a godly perspective on handling real life problems.


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

    Excellent voice animation...bringing the characters to life.


    Who was the most memorable character of Passing Strangers and why?

    By far, Janette was my favorite character and her story was heart wrenching. In a quote from her story, Janette’s friend says, “Look at this. His long, slender finger tapped the folded newspaper on the bench. You see this paper? You couldn’t see anything on that white surface without dark ink, could you? A sheet of clean newsprint might be pretty, but it wouldn’t show you a thing. Even so, the Father uses the valley of shadow to teach you about His sufficiency and goodness. Don’t despair, child, while you’re walking through it.” (pg. 277)


    Any additional comments?

    Angela Hunt never fails to provide a delightful story and Passing Strangers is no exception. In a great twist of authorship, she tells of the lives of three different people. As the three meet on a ten-day train trip, they not only encounter each other, they find friendship, healing and the courage to do what they need to do.
    In the first story, Andie Crystal is forced to take a vacation from work by her boss. A complete workaholic, Andie is content to keep busy and live alone. She’s known a life of publicity and fame and wants nothing to do with that world again. When she is contacted by her attorney and told her mother is ill, Andie wrestles with old ghosts and the unforgiveness that has allowed her to reinvent herself. Old wounds and losses surface and demand attention. Andie must decide if she will give them the attention that is long overdue. If she acknowledges the ghosts of the past, she might lose everything she has worked so hard to obtain and protect.
    In the second story, Matthew Scofield, widower and father of two, boards the train to spend time with his children and visit his mother. After the loss of his beloved wife only a year ago, Matthew has immersed himself in his law career while neglecting his duties as a father. When the last babysitter has had enough and quits, Matthew knows he has got to work on a new plan in caring for his children. Being a driven and diligent man, he knows the value of hard work and wants to succeed at being a lawyer. With the right amount of money and prestige, he can offer his children all of the things he never had but that requires extra long hours at work and he can’t do that with two children and no mother. When he arrives at his mother’s house unannounced he has perfected his plea for his mother’s help but is flabbergasted when she doesn’t react the way he anticipated. Matthew comes face to face with his inadequacies as a father, his career goals and the loss of his wife.
    In the third story, we meet Janette Turlington. She has boarded the train to run away from her life. With a black eye barely concealed, she tries to ignore the life she’s left behind and gather the courage to start over. But her heart is torn between the pain of her home life and the unknowns of the future. She is able to help others with advice but she has none to offer herself. Her faith gives her hope but she’s worn down by life and overwhelmed beyond measure. When she meets a strange new friend, he provides the wisdom she has been longing for.
    By far, Janette was my favorite character and her story was heart wrenching. In a quote from her story, Janette’s friend says, “Look at this. His long, slender finger tapped the folded newspaper on the bench. You see this paper? You couldn’t see anything on that white surface without dark ink, could you? A sheet of clean newsprint might be pretty, but it wouldn’t show you a thing. Even so, the Father uses the valley of shadow to teach you about His sufficiency and goodness. Don’t despair, child, while you’re walking through it.” (pg. 277)
    Passing Strangers is a fantastic read with not only a great story but thought provoking messages as well. Angela Hunt is a wonderful author and I can honestly say I’ve never been disappointed in her books. I can say that Passing Strangers is a notch above the rest. Definitely a must read!
    I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

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    Rocky Mountain High 08-30-14
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    "A Great Listening Experience"
    Where does Passing Strangers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's the first, so it's at the top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I could listen instead of straining my tired eyes.


    Which character – as performed by Lia Frederick – was your favorite?

    Either Andie or Matthew's mother.


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

    No, but I enjoyed it.


    Any additional comments?

    I received this audiobook from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.

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