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The Color of Heaven | [Julianne MacLean]

The Color of Heaven

A deeply emotional tale about Sophie Duncan, a successful columnist whose world falls apart after her daughter's unexpected illness and her husband's shocking affair. When it seems nothing else could possibly go wrong, her car skids off an icy road and plunges into a frozen lake. There, in the cold, dark depths of the water a profound and extraordinary experience unlocks the surprising secrets from Sophie's past, and teaches her what it means to truly live...and love.
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Publisher's Summary

A deeply emotional tale about Sophie Duncan, a successful columnist whose world falls apart after her daughter's unexpected illness and her husband's shocking affair. When it seems nothing else could possibly go wrong, her car skids off an icy road and plunges into a frozen lake. There, in the cold, dark depths of the water a profound and extraordinary experience unlocks the surprising secrets from Sophie's past, and teaches her what it means to truly live...and love.

Full of surprising twists and turns and a near-death experience that will leave you breathless, this story is not to be missed.

©2011 Julianne MacLean (P)2013 Julianne MacLean

What the Critics Say

"A gripping, emotional tale you'll want to read in one sitting." (New York Times best-selling author, Julia London)

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    James Brooklyn, NY 01-16-14
    James Brooklyn, NY 01-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Heartbreaking and Hopeful"
    What made the experience of listening to The Color of Heaven the most enjoyable?

    Jennifer O'Donnell's narration with her subtle inflections and emotive exposition. The dialog was nuanced and she knew how to get out of the way of the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Color of Heaven?

    The plunge into the frozen lake scene. I found myself holding my breath I was so immersed in the story and what the protagonist was going through.


    What about Jennifer O'Donnell’s performance did you like?

    Her characters are well voiced and she really captured the emotional tone. I found myself near tears several times.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    More please!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Ballwin, MO, United States 02-22-14
    Anne Ballwin, MO, United States 02-22-14 Member Since 2009
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    "From tedious to simply stupid ... on a whisper"

    I don't know where to start to explain why this is so bad. Maybe a list...

    1. OMG, the narration! Ms. O'Donnell made me shout at my IPod. Seriously! She breaks into whispering at key scenes. It's maddening. I listen when I'm doing other things - driving, cooking, gardening, etc. - and her voice would get softer and softer and softer until the words would begin to run together like a low frequency vibration, rather than actual speech. So I'd stop what I was doing, wipe my hands if working, turn up the volume and go back to work. Then someone "else" would speak in a normal tone and I'm frantically reaching for the volume to back it down to avoid permanent hearing loss. It was maddening. (I've since apologized to my IPod.)

    I suppose that might have been OK if she'd at least had a nice variety of voices. She didn't. Sara sounded like Cora who sounded like Jen who sounded like Sara. Michael sounded like Matt who sounded like Peter who sounded like ... well you get the idea. She could begin with slight differences, but the voices all quickly returned to her "baseline" man and her "baseline" woman.

    2. The story started strong and the scenes during Megan's illness (when I could hear the whispering!) were very moving. Sara's year following Megan's death seemed correctly imagined. But when the whole frozen lake thing began, I felt thoroughly manipulated. This plot device was simply cheap. Instead of working through the challenges and mysteries her main character faced in the real world, the author did the "Poof! Magic will fix it!" miracle solution.

    3. Even if you accept the "miracle" part, her story line was full of the unbelievable and I started to get a hint of what was coming when Sara's perfect, amazing, 10-year fairy-tale, he's-my-best-friend, flawless marriage to perfect Michael went completely to hell and it was ALL HIS FAULT!

    4. The Cora/Peter/Matt subplot was much too long and much too contrived to be believable ... in a novel that had enough "unbelievable" to qualify as science fiction.

    There's more, but this awful novel doesn't deserve any more of my time - and NONE of yours.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Dalton, GA, United States 01-25-14
    Cindy Dalton, GA, United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Probably one of the best books I've read"
    Where does The Color of Heaven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. Not my normal cup of tea and I did get a little frustrated at first with the storytelling monologue type of reading. But the story did pull me in and I couldn't put it down. Even though I couldn't stop crying and wanted to stop listening I had to know how it ended.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending. It did have a happy ending.


    What about Jennifer O'Donnell’s performance did you like?

    She did a great job. The book was mainly from the writers point of view so other voices were limited. But when there were dialogs with other characters she did good with the voices.


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

    I cried through about 70% of this one. It absolutely broke my heart. Just the tragedy that everyone in the story goes through makes you wonder how that much could happen to so many intertwined lives.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was so sad. I felt so sorry for the main character. The amount of hardship she had to face and then when it switched over to her mothers story and the tragedy she went though as well.....

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    julie Corvallis, OR, United States 01-26-14
    julie Corvallis, OR, United States 01-26-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Listened to in one day"
    Would you listen to The Color of Heaven again? Why?

    Yes, I was so surprised by this novel. Loved the story, loved the main character. I was worried it would be too sad, but it was quite lovely.


    What other book might you compare The Color of Heaven to and why?

    ?? Maybe the Knitting Circle.


    What about Jennifer O'Donnell’s performance did you like?

    She seemed to tell the story as though it happened to her.


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

    I almost did....all in one day....Saturday Chores.


    Any additional comments?

    I was out of audible credits and found this on sale. So pleased.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    joan HAMPTON, VA, United States 01-30-14
    joan HAMPTON, VA, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2012

    I love a good story.

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    "A Story Well Told"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The unveiling of the events was strategic and clever. At the end all of the pieces fell into place and left me feeling warm and optimistic.


    What about Jennifer O'Donnell’s performance did you like?

    At first the pace seems to be too slow. As the story continues you realize that if the reading was faster if would change the tone and mood of the novel.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer La Mesa, CA, United States 10-03-13
    Amazon Customer La Mesa, CA, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Good story, horrible narrator"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator spoke in a breathy whisper that was difficult to listen to. In addition, when she read male characters, she spoke in a normal tone of voice, thus causing the volume to shoot up. Since I listen to books in my car over bluetooth, I leaned forward straining to hear things then had to rear back in my seat to keep from being deafened.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Matt. I felt that he was authentic.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    See above. She was difficult to comprehend most of the time.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. The story is interesting, but I can't really see it as a movie.


    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 04-06-14
    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 04-06-14 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Is it real or is it Memorex?"

    May have dated myself with the Headline :) but loved the story and how it made you examine the things you take for granted.

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    Shannon Dayton, TX, United States 03-31-14
    Shannon Dayton, TX, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was a good heartwarming story that makes you feel all kinds of emotions.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Color of Heaven?

    When Matt comes back.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jennifer O'Donnell’s performances?

    Her voice was hard from me to get used to. It almost seemed over performed and I also had to turn it up extra loud for some parts because she spoke too softly. It would all depend on how badly I wanted to hear the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a sweet, sad, happy and well rounded story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kim BOISE, Indonesia 03-30-14
    kim BOISE, Indonesia 03-30-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Slow and Depressing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I found this story slow.There wasn't any twists that made it satisfying.


    Do you think The Color of Heaven needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Possibly. The main character needs some happiness.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 03-30-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 03-30-14 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Reminiscence"

    I'm glad this story moved along quickly or I would have lost interest. Sophie, the main character, really goes through a great deal and while a bit sappy for me it is a good tale of survival. I liked the story within the story, it was a nice way of giving some background and depth to the characters, however, I could have done without Sophie's mother describing her private love life in detail to her own daughter. It was just not relative to the story. All in all, a good premise and a fast read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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