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Small Blessings Audiobook

Small Blessings

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Publisher's Summary

Tom Putnam, an English professor at a Virginia women’s college, has resigned himself to a quiet and half-fulfilled life. For more than ten years, his wife Marjory has been a shut-in, a fragile and frigid woman whose neuroses have left her fully dependent on Tom and his formidable mother-in-law, Agnes Tattle. Tom considers his unhappy condition self-inflicted, since Marjory's condition was exacerbated by her discovery of Tom's brief and misguided affair with a visiting poetess. But when Tom and Marjory meet Rose Callahan, the campus bookstore's charming new hire, and Marjory invites Rose to dinner, her first social interaction in a decade, Tom wonders if it's a sign that change is on the horizon. And when Tom returns home that evening to a letter from the poetess telling him that he'd fathered her son, Henry, and that Henry, now ten, will arrive by train in a few days, it's clear change is coming whether Tom's ready or not. Martha Woodroof's Small Blessings is funny, heart-warming and poignant, with a charmingly imperfect cast of cinema-ready characters. Readers will fall in love with the novel's wonderfully optimistic heart that reminds us that sometimes, when it feels like life is veering irrevocably off track, the track changes in ways we never could have imagined.

©2014 Martha Woodroof (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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    Cassandra D Northern Arizona 09-26-16
    Cassandra D Northern Arizona 09-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Our Book Club Choice"

    I struggled to finish this, a romance novel narrated with annoying southern accents. The unsurprising ending was a relief.

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    Jessica 08-25-16
    Jessica 08-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Quotes don't count"

    Writing a novel where the characters think and speak in famous quotes (Shakespearean or otherwise) does not bode well with this listener. Even Lorelei King's amazing performance couldn't save the awkward conversations. Moreover, a story in which virtually every character is self aware is tiresome...especially when their internal dialogue is repeated over again. Spare me. Even the characters that weren't present were self monitoring! Ugh! This was simply awful. Please don't waste your money or time.

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    Ruth Bain 02-04-15
    Ruth Bain 02-04-15

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    "Happy Endings"

    A nice story, a romance with literary aspirations. A few too many plot elements to resolve as conveniently as they do in this story, but it's nice to have an uncomplicated happy ending on occasion. Wonderful narration !

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    Linda 10-11-14
    Linda 10-11-14
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    "Top listen of the year!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Small Blessings to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print edition, so cannot offer any opinion.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't pick just one, they were all so wonderful, so human, so quirky in their humanness.


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    Her ability to give voice to each character was wonderful. She made me "see" them as people in a way few narrators have done.


    Any additional comments?

    A perfectly lovely book, a wonderful story, filled with humor, sadness, humanity. I loved this book.

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    Kathi 09-03-14
    Kathi 09-03-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Sweet and Predictable"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Small Blessings to be better than the print version?

    Did not read


    What other book might you compare Small Blessings to and why?

    The quintessential Boy gets Girl novel.


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

    Love her! She does a nice job on characters and always enjoy her as the Girl Bounty Hunter.


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

    No - it was as expected.


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    maureen lynch 09-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "First book I could not finish"
    What disappointed you about Small Blessings?

    Unbelievable plot .....adolescent contrived...


    What could Martha Woodroof have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Rewrite it


    How could the performance have been better?

    Her voice was to animated.....


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Small Blessings?

    To many to count ...it was all so unrealistic .... Written as a fairy tale


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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