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Roses Audiobook

Roses: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Spanning the 20th century, the story of Roses takes place in a small East Texas town against the backdrop of the powerful timber and cotton industries, industries controlled by the scions of the town's founding families.

Cotton tycoon Mary Toliver and timber magnate Percy Warwick should have married but unwisely did not, and now must deal with the deceit, secrets, and tragedies of their choice and the loss of what might have been - not just for themselves but for their children, and children's children.

With expert, unabashed, big-canvas storytelling, Roses covers a hundred years, three generations of Texans, and the explosive combination of passion for work and longing for love.

©2010 Leila Meacham; (P)2010 Random House

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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 07-22-10
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 07-22-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Stinkweed"

    Gosh, where to begin. First, due to all the hype, I was expecting a sweeping saga - (think a Southern "Thorn Birds"). Not even close. Instead this read like a third rate Harlequin novel, complete with heaving bosoms and dreadful dialog. The black characters were stereotyped card board cut outs - "Lawdy, Miss Maary - I sees dem folks a coming..." and, well, you get the picture. But the real stinker was the narration. At times her "Southern" accent was more Hillbilly twang; with all the great narrators out there, SOMEBODY could do a better job with this book. And to think this cost 2 credits! Not even worth one.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Thornburg 03-02-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Stereotype characters"

    Very predictable plot, and only two characters were fleshed out, all others were stereotypes. Not worth 2 credits.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle hooper 04-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Narration"

    All of the characters' voices were good, but when the narrator spoke, she sounded robotic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eddy 01-21-15
    Eddy 01-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "really able to get into the story. more please"

    I read this because my grandma in Indiana was reading it. I'm 29, inL.A. and really enjoyed it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    love2read ENCINO, CA, United States 05-15-11
    love2read ENCINO, CA, United States 05-15-11 Member Since 2010
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    "LOVED THE BOOK"

    ENJOYED LISTENING DIDNOT WANT IT END NARRATOR WAS CLEAR AND MADE IT VERY ENJOYABLE RECOMMEND IT HIGHLY

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Bayfield, Colorado United States 04-28-10
    Patricia Bayfield, Colorado United States 04-28-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Story"

    At first, I thought this was just going to be a take-off from Gone With the Wind. But it turned out to be a good story. Good narration.

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    Michele Fresno, CA, United States 05-18-10
    Michele Fresno, CA, United States 05-18-10 Member Since 2013
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    "These Roses Have Aphids"

    This book is awful. Maybe Coleen Marlo is a good narrator and she got an awful product to narrate, but her southern drawl of men and the women, is grating...but then so is the dialogue. Unless you want a predictable droning story of Texas cotton and rich folk, avoid this book. This is one I'll delete from my iPod without finishing.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Sovine 01-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "OK! We get it! Mary's pretty!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Over the top fairy tale lovers. I made it through about 10 chapters -- all spent describing the virtues, mostly beauty, of the heroine. Enough!! If unrealistic and flawless characters are your thing, this is the book for you.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Wasp Factory


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All scenes are the same -- describing MAry Tolliver's superiority to everyone else.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    gale Byron Center, MI, United States 11-07-14
    gale Byron Center, MI, United States 11-07-14
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    "Painfully Slow"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story may have held my interest better if it had been about half of the length.


    Has Roses turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I do prefer non-fiction, However, "Gone With The Wind" is an all time favorite. This book simply fell way short of expectations.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't care for a female reader attempting a male voice, or male attempting a female voice. Just forget about the attempts at accents and gender.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was very disappointed in both the slow moving story line and the audio reading of this book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David HATTIESBURG, MS, United States 02-12-14
    David HATTIESBURG, MS, United States 02-12-14
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    "Narration turned me off of book"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I had such a hard time getting past the terrible "Texas" accent that I couldn't enjoy the story of the book. Also, the sound was low and difficult to hear even though I had my device at full volume.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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