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Tumbleweeds: A Novel | [Leila Meacham]

Tumbleweeds: A Novel

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.
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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

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    Susan Poway, CA, United States 06-24-12
    Susan Poway, CA, United States 06-24-12
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    "Twists, turns and a good long listen!"

    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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Trista Houston, TX, United States 06-23-12
    Trista Houston, TX, United States 06-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Forest Gump"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you recommend Tumbleweeds to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe to read, but definitely not to listen to.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Angele Masters?

    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.


    Did Tumbleweeds inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to warn other listeners.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll let you know if the narration gets better. I feel the need to finish listening since it's expensive.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sandi ABILENE, TX, United States 10-31-12
    Sandi ABILENE, TX, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2007
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    "One of my all time favorites!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tumbleweeds to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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!


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

    This is the first, but it was excellent. I hope to hear more of her performances in the future.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Most definately!


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to other books by Leila Meacham and hopefully narrated by Angele Masters

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    denise Brookfield, WI, United States 10-08-12
    denise Brookfield, WI, United States 10-08-12
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    How could the performance have been better?

    Having a male reader. Two boys were the main characters and the woman's voice made it hard to visualize


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Spring Hill, FL, United States 06-29-12
    Beth Spring Hill, FL, United States 06-29-12
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    "Sad that it's over!"
    What made the experience of listening to Tumbleweeds the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What three words best describe Angele Masters’s voice?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and am so sorry that it's over. SO GOOD! I'll miss my three new friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adam & Amber Atlanta, GA, United States 05-26-13
    Adam & Amber Atlanta, GA, United States 05-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good Book!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vanessa Kay LINDALE, TX, United States 11-13-12
    Vanessa Kay LINDALE, TX, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable read... I didn't want to stop listening!"
    If you could sum up Tumbleweeds in three words, what would they be?

    Great Character Development!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kathy, because she was a strong and intelligent woman, who overcame adversity!


    What about Angele Masters’s performance did you like?

    Some of her voices were good, but some just didn't fit with the character.


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

    It made me cry when the accident happened with the young man.


    Any additional comments?

    Narration was not as good as "Roses" by the same author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Holloway Shenandoah Junction, WV, US 09-03-12
    Susan Holloway Shenandoah Junction, WV, US 09-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Leila Meacham tells another good story."
    Would you listen to Tumbleweeds again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are well developed and people that could be living in my town.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The interaction of the characters with their dog. And the meaning of the dog to the story.


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

    The part where the boys killed the other boy while trying to harm the goat made me cry.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not a writer myself so I appreciate those that do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diallo Salisbury, MD, United States 08-26-12
    Diallo Salisbury, MD, United States 08-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Sad, twisted love story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tumbleweeds to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tumbleweeds?

    The idea of how selfish people are. T.D. Abandons the girl that changed her life for him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Kathy taking charge of her life when she transformed the restaurant.


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

    Mable because she gave a home to kids that had no family.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Austin, tX, United States 08-04-12
    Susan Austin, tX, United States 08-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "read if you want to be depressed"
    What disappointed you about Tumbleweeds?

    Unrequited love. Destruction by friends of friends. Small minded community. Stiff language.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something entertaining that will capture the imagination and make me laugh.


    What didn’t you like about Angele Masters’s performance?

    All characters sounded the same. Accent. Lack of emotion.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I really wanted to like this book. I kept reading with the hope it would have a redeeming value. Didn't happen.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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