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The Color of Heaven Audiobook

The Color of Heaven

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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)

What Members Say

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    OkieDoke56 08-11-16
    OkieDoke56 08-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Read this Book (But don't listen to it)"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the ebook, but not the audio. The narration was really not well done. I didn't enjoy the book until I stopped listening to it and began reading it.


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

    To answer that would be giving away too much of the story. Parts of the storyline are predictable and parts of it are surprising.


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

    No, no...just no.


    Did The Color of Heaven inspire you to do anything?

    It reminded me that after grief comes recovery. I look forward to that part in my own future.


    Any additional comments?

    Some books, especially fiction, are enhanced by narration. The narrator can bring the characters to life and actually make the experience so much more than it would have been without that part of it. However, my experience with this audio version was so bad that I almost gave up on the book. However, thankfully I'd purchased the digital book at the same time as the Audible version. I very much enjoyed the book once I began actually reading it instead of listening to it.

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    pg 02-04-16
    pg 02-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Predictable and slow"
    What would have made The Color of Heaven better?


    Any additional comments?

    The dialogue was not what you would call cleaver or intriguing. It's more of a woman in a thought process that every 20 something goes through when debating which man to fall in love with. I am struggling getting to the end.

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    Rachel Reaugh Victoria, BC 01-24-16
    Rachel Reaugh Victoria, BC 01-24-16 Member Since 2015

    I am an accomplished, professional screenwriter. I love listening to: fiction in all genres!

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    "Enjoyable Read, but ending was disappointing"
    What did you like best about The Color of Heaven? What did you like least?

    I found this book to be enjoyable from beginning to end. However, my one problem was the ending. It felt too rushed and fairy tale. As a screenwriter and novelist, I know miracles happen. But, this last bit of the story thew me off track and I wished it stayed more grounded, moved slower and allowed me to absorb the new characters added without feeling rushed and let down. It was such an enjoyable read, but the ending was a let down after having come so far on the journey with the author.

    I will keep reading "The Colour of Heaven" series …and hope that the next one has a better paced ending. Thank you for writing your books Julianne. I am still a new fan.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have had the beats for the novel to have been more even. This way the story would not have felt so rushed at the end, especially after introducing new characters. I would have enjoyed to known more about Sofi's new husband and had the ending not feel like a rush to complete. The ending did not seem to jive with the entire novel. It was as it it went on a detour and never returned.


    What three words best describe Jennifer O'Donnell’s performance?

    Well paced;
    Soothing; and,
    Enjoyable.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    The romance aspect was lacking for me. I am surprised it was a romance. For me a romance builds and if there is an ending and another romance building, again, then there needs to be time for that. There were far too many things going on in this book for me to see it as a strictly romance.' It covered too many genres. Keep romances simple and digestible.


    Any additional comments?

    I was overall pleased by the story and performance and will keep reading. It was just the first book, after all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brigitte 01-08-16
    Brigitte 01-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredible!"

    I have never cried and smiled so much when reading/listening to a book. I simply could not stop listening to this story.

    Julianne MacLean is one of the most talented writers that I have ever read.

    Jennifer O'Donnell was absolutely incredible. I felt ever emotion and situation.

    I will be reading and listening to many books by both author and narrator.

    Five stars is not enough for this book.

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    DStiefer 12-07-15
    DStiefer 12-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Surprisingly good"
    What did you love best about The Color of Heaven?

    I was intrigued by the synopsis and the sample. I was very happy to find that the book did not disappoint. Well written and very nicely performed.


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

    I was crying with the loss and smiling with the simple joy of this book.


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

    Yes It was and Yes I did.


    Any additional comments?

    Heartening tale of love loss and life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Midwest Reader 12-02-15
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    "not entertainment
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    I could not finish it.
    Too depressing.
    Who wants to read about a child with cancer?
    No thanks, not my thing

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    jenny 12-01-15
    jenny 12-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Heart warming"

    Very heart warming. A love story with tragedy and sadness. It shows heaven can be real and death is not the end. I couldn't stop listening till it was finished. Loved it.


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    Sue Amarillo, TX, United States 10-29-15
    Sue Amarillo, TX, United States 10-29-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Boring"

    Got through 3 hours, but just cannot get into the book. The narrator is very boring.

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    Terri Burns Flat, Oklahoma United States 10-14-15
    Terri Burns Flat, Oklahoma United States 10-14-15
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    "Loved it from start to finish!"

    The story had me predicting the outcome from the get go although I was not correct a lot of the time! I enjoyed the story and the narrator. I can't wait to read/ listen to more of her books!

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    Cindy 08-05-15
    Cindy 08-05-15
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    "Cried & Cringed"
    Where does The Color of Heaven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    You definitely need some tissues for this book. There were a few parts of the book that made me cringe. I am usually an exclusive Christian books reader and the title misled me. I think the in depth and too detailed mother daughter talk turned me away from enjoying the book more.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was ok. Satisfactory enough.


    What does Jennifer O'Donnell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jennifer O'Donnell was EXCELLENT. Very talented.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes. A few times. I literally cried.


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