Devoted fans of Leila Meacham will devour this long, juicy audiobook. Tumbleweeds is the story of three young friends - the saint, the sinner, and the angel - growing up together in the sort of small Texas Panhandle town that lives and dies by its Friday night football games. A fateful event casts a long shadow over these three intertwined lives and leaves the listener desperate to see how it all plays out.
©2012 Leila Meacham (P)2012 Hachette Audio
Reminded me of a southern version of "The Thornbirds". I really enjoyed listening to this book. I ordered it immediately after I finished listening to another great generational saga, "Roses", by the same author. I want more! Meacham does a fine job of character development and has a true talent for telling heartfelt stories. I am still thinking about the characters, long after I finished listening. The only negative; finding more audiobooks that will keep my attention, as these two have. Well done Lelia Meacham!
Absolutely not. I really want to like this book. I'm only halfway through listening to it, but felt the need to warn other listeners. It sounds like Forest Gump is reading it. She makes all the characters sound the same. Why no one caught this when it was recording is beyond me. It's getting on my last nerve.
Maybe to read, but definitely not to listen to.
Rebecca Lowman, Julia Whelan, Emma Galvin, Neil Caplan, Grover Gardner, Jeff Woodman. Not sure if it's the narrator or whoever directed it, but someone dropped the ball on this production.
It inspired me to warn other listeners.
I'll let you know if the narration gets better. I feel the need to finish listening since it's expensive.
I haven't read the print version of Tumbleweeds. I did read the print version of Ms. Meachams book, Roses. Great books are great whether heard or read.
The characters were well developed and sounded like people I knew in high school. Being from Texas and familiar with the weather and the Texas landscape made it seem more like it was about people and places I knew. I am always disappointed when a great book is finished. I feel like the characters are my friends and I miss them!
This is the first, but it was excellent. I hope to hear more of her performances in the future.
I look forward to other books by Leila Meacham and hopefully narrated by Angele Masters
Having a male reader. Two boys were the main characters and the woman's voice made it hard to visualize
I grew up and attended high school and college in Texas, so it was a kind of trip down memory lane. The love for high school football in the lone star state is "as common as tumbleweeds," if I may borrow a line from T.D. Hall.
Whew, that's a tough one. I loved John, but if I had to pick one, I'd have to say Kathy. Her character possessed softness, strength, and grit when necessary.
I'd have to agree with a couple of the other reviewers; many of the characters tended to sound the same. I was able, however, to follow the story. The writing makes it clear enough. Ms. Masters has a pleasing voice, so the similarities really didn't interfere with my enjoyment of the story. Sorry...that was much more than three words.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and am so sorry that it's over. SO GOOD! I'll miss my three new friends.
Good story. I really enjoyed thebook! One of the few that I didnt guess the ending until it was happening! Not AS good as Roses but if you liked it, you will like this one too. I love southern fiction so this was great for me!
Great Character Development!
Kathy, because she was a strong and intelligent woman, who overcame adversity!
Some of her voices were good, but some just didn't fit with the character.
It made me cry when the accident happened with the young man.
Narration was not as good as "Roses" by the same author.
Wow, this is another wonderful story by Ms. Meacham. The Rose was wonderful and I think this is even better. I hated to see the story come to and end.
The characters are well developed and people that could be living in my town.
The interaction of the characters with their dog. And the meaning of the dog to the story.
The part where the boys killed the other boy while trying to harm the goat made me cry.
I am not a writer myself so I appreciate those that do.
Did not read the print version.
The idea of how selfish people are. T.D. Abandons the girl that changed her life for him.
Kathy taking charge of her life when she transformed the restaurant.
Mable because she gave a home to kids that had no family.
Unrequited love. Destruction by friends of friends. Small minded community. Stiff language.
Something entertaining that will capture the imagination and make me laugh.
All characters sounded the same. Accent. Lack of emotion.
I really wanted to like this book. I kept reading with the hope it would have a redeeming value. Didn't happen.
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