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  • Ellen Foster | Kaye Gibbons

    Ellen Foster

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kaye Gibbons
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    "When I was little I would think of ways to kill my daddy. I would figure out this or that way and run it down through my head until it got easy." So begins the tale of Ellen Foster, the brave and engaging heroine of Kaye Gibbons's first novel, which won the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Wise, funny, affectionate and true, Ellen Foster is, as Walker Percy called it, "The real thing. Which is to say, a lovely, sometimes heart/wrenching novel...."

    Jack says: "Weird Story"
  • Ellen Foster | Kaye Gibbons

    Ellen Foster

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kaye Gibbons
    • Narrated By Kaye Gibbons
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    "When I was little I would think of ways to kill my daddy. I would figure out this or that way and run it down through my head until it got easy." So begins the tale of Ellen Foster, the brave and engaging heroine of Kaye Gibbons' award-winning first novel. Wise, funny, affectionate and true, Ellen Foster is, as Walker Percy called it, "The real thing. Which is to say, a lovely, sometimes heartwrenching novel."

    Annie says: "Ellen Foster"
  • Charms for the Easy Life | Kaye Gibbons

    Charms for the Easy Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Kaye Gibbons
    • Narrated By Kate Fleming
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    A family without men, the Birches live gloriously offbeat lives in the lush, green backwoods of North Carolina. Radiant, headstrong Sophia and her shy, brilliant daughter, Margaret, possess powerful charms to ward off loneliness, despair, and the human misery that often beats a path to their door. And they are protected by the eccentric wisdom and muscular love of the remarkable matriarch Charlie Kate, a solid, uncompromising, self-taught healer who treats everything from boils to broken bones to broken hearts.

    mariah lindsey says: "poignant, sweet and beautiful"
  • A Virtuous Woman | Kaye Gibbons

    A Virtuous Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Kaye Gibbons
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister, Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When Blinking Jack Stokes met Ruby Pitt Woodrow, she was 20 and he was 40. She was the carefully raised daughter of Carolina gentry and he was a skinny tenant farmer who had never owned anything in his life. She was newly widowed after a disastrous marriage to a brutal drifter. He had never asked a woman to do more than help him hitch a mule. They didn't fall in love so much as they simply found each other and held on for dear life.

    Valerie says: "Disappointment"
  • A Virtuous Woman | Kaye Gibbons

    A Virtuous Woman

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kaye Gibbons
    • Narrated By Kaye Gibbons, Terry Beaver
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    (75)
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    When Blinking Jack Stokes met Ruby Pitt Woodrow, she was twenty and he was forty. She was a carefully raised daughter of Carolina gentry and he was a skinny tenant farmer who had never owned anything in his life. She was newly widowed after a disastrous marriage to a brutal drifter. He had never asked a woman to do more than help him hitch a mule. They didn't fall in love so much as they simply found each other and held on for dear life.

    Paula Beck says: "Simply Delightful"
  • On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon | Kaye Gibbons

    On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kaye Gibbons
    • Narrated By Polly Holliday
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    (9)
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    Like America in the mid-nineteenth century, Emma Garnet Tate is a woman at war with herself. Born to privilege on a James River plantation, she grows up increasingly aware that her family's prosperity is inextricably linked to the institution of slavery. On the eve of the Civil War, she secedes from her father's control to marry a distinguished Boston surgeon. But when the war destroys their happy home, Emma Garnet begins the journey of her own reconstruction.

    Lenne says: "One of my favorite audiobooks of all time!"
  • The Life All Around Me by Ellen Foster | Kaye Gibbons

    The Life All Around Me by Ellen Foster

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Kaye Gibbons
    • Narrated By Kaye Gibbons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    This sequel to Gibbons' beloved classic Ellen Foster stands on its own as an unforgettable portrait of a redoubtable adolescent making herself up out of whole cloth. Now 15, Ellen is settled into a permanent home with a new mother. Strengthened by adversity and blessed with enough intelligence to design a salvation for herself, she still feels ill at ease in the world.

    Amazon Customer says: "Avoid author-read books"
  • Charms for the Easy Life | Kaye Gibbons

    Charms for the Easy Life

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kaye Gibbons
    • Narrated By Kaye Gibbons
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    Meet three extraordinary women: Charlie Kate, a renowned folk healer; Sophia, her spirited daughter; and Margaret, her inquisitive granddaughter. For them, home is the best house in the worst part of town - a sanctuary where life is both celebrated and mourned...and a place where a strong, uncompromising love can hold off the misery that lines up outside the door.

    KT says: "The author's reading makes up for the abridgment"
  • Divining Women | Kaye Gibbons

    Divining Women

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kaye Gibbons
    • Narrated By Kaye Gibbons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Autumn, 1918: Rumors of peace are spreading across America, but spreading even faster are the first cases of Spanish influenza, whispering of the epidemic to come. Maureen Ross, well past a safe childbearing age, is experiencing a difficult pregnancy. Her husband, Troop (cold and careless of her condition) is an emotional cripple who has battered her spirit throughout their marriage. As Maureen's time grows near, she becomes convinced she will die in childbirth.

    Nancy says: "Didn't enjoy the narration."
  • Sights Unseen | Kaye Gibbons

    Sights Unseen

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kaye Gibbons
    • Narrated By Kate Fleming
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    To the people of Bend of the River Road, Maggie Barnes is "the Barnes woman with all the problems." To her family, she is the unpredictable wife, elusive mother, and adored daughter-in-law, and to her maid, Pearl, she is the mistress who must be cared for like a child. Between the suicidal lows and delirious highs, young Hattie Barnes struggles to find a place in her mother's heart. She observes her mother's vain attempts at normalcy, and then watches as she is driven off to the hospital psychiatric ward.

  • Sights Unseen | Kaye Gibbons

    Sights Unseen

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Kaye Gibbons
    • Narrated By Kaye Gibbons
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    Kaye Gibbons' award-winning novels of Southern family life have won rave reviews coast to coast. Now, she tells the "story of family dislocation and crisis in restrained prose of unflinching clarity, with a honing eye for the small domestic details that conjure a time, place, and emotional atmosphere," according to Publishers Weekly.

  • Thalia Book Club: The Life All Around Me by Ellen Foster with Author Kaye Gibbons | Kaye Gibbons

    Thalia Book Club: The Life All Around Me by Ellen Foster with Author Kaye Gibbons

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Kaye Gibbons
    • Narrated By Elissa Schappell, Andrea Marcovicci
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    Kaye Gibbons talks about her long awaited sequel to the beloved favorite Ellen Foster. Interviewed by Elissa Schappell. Selections read by Andrea Marcovicci.

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