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  • From Here to Home

  • Too Much, Texas, Book 1
  • By: Marie Bostwick
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

Mary Dell Templeton prefers the quiet charms of Too Much to the bright lights of Dallas any day. She's relieved to be moving back to her hometown - and bringing her cable TV show, Quintessential Quilting, with her. There are just a couple of wrinkles in her plan. Her son, Howard, who is her talented cohost and color consultant, and who happens to have Down syndrome, wants to stay in Dallas and become more independent. Meanwhile, Mary Dell's new boss hopes to attract a different demographic - by bringing in a younger cohost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real as Texas

  • By kjnlor on 02-02-17

From here to Cornville

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-19

I always love the characters and plot setups that are done with such insight. I wish for once, just once, on one plot line that it didn’t all work out so perfectly “ matchy, matchy “...too saccharine...

  • Tulip Fever

  • By: Deborah Moggach
  • Narrated by: Rula Lenska
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 224

Seventeenth-century Amsterdam is a city in the grip of tulip mania, basking in the wealth it has generated. Sophia’s husband Cornelis, an ageing merchant, is among those grown rich from this exotic new flower. To celebrate, he commissions a talented young artist to paint him with his young bride. But as the portrait grows, so does the passion between Sophia and the painter; and as ambitions, desires and dreams breed an intricate deception, their reckless gamble propels their lives towards a thrilling and tragic conclusion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting book

  • By Kevin Crumpton on 01-31-17

Fantastic Reading

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-18

Story is fascinating! Real treat is the vocal actor that brings the nuances of the characters to life. Brilliant performance!

  • The Sugar Camp Quilt

  • By: Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

Jennifer Chiaverini's New York Times best-selling Elm Creek Quilt novels, with their irresistible blend of storytelling magic and quilting lore, have captured the hearts of countless fans. In this moving novel about morality, freedom, and the power of human courage, Chiaverini whisks listeners back to antebellum America.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Story with Too Much

  • By Hadley_R on 05-03-05

Interesting Subject Poorly Written.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Period and subject matter so interesting as to deserve re-write. Plot flaws, hammy characters.

  • The Rainbow Comes and Goes

  • A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss
  • By: Anderson Cooper
  • Narrated by: Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,806

Though Anderson Cooper has always considered himself close to his mother, his intensely busy career as a journalist for CNN and CBS affords him little time to spend with her. After she suffers a brief but serious illness at the age of ninety-one, they resolve to change their relationship by beginning a yearlong conversation unlike any they have ever had before. The result is a correspondence of surprising honesty and depth in which they discuss their lives, the things that matter to them, and what they still want to learn about each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow .... Inspiring

  • By donna spencer on 04-08-16

Fascinating!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-16

I so enjoyed and appreciated Gloria's willingness to step out from behind being a storied American Icon, and allow her vulnerability and humanity to be understood. I think in our Western culture, we assume that those who are wealthy, born to privilege, beautiful and successful to boot...that these people can't feel as deeply, love as strongly or hurt as much as "regular folk." That is clearly not true.

I was struck by the frightening story of the Battle of her custody....and the guilt it brought to her. There was no man there, just women fighting and being unkind to each other. No wonder she always longed for a daughter to get that relationship right. No wonder she always longed for White Knight in men to "save her". How ironic that was snatched from her grasp again and again and again.

Her youngest son, her baby, ends up being the sort of decent noble relative who honors and respects her enough to be kind and protective. To be Family.

  • Out Came the Sun

  • Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide in My Family
  • By: Mariel Hemingway
  • Narrated by: Mariel Hemingway
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 341

A moving, compelling memoir about growing up and escaping the tragic legacy of mental illness, suicide, addiction, and depression in one of America's most famous families: the Hemingways.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tragically picturesque and makes no apologies

  • By Nicole May on 04-21-15

Great Listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-16

Would you listen to Out Came the Sun again? Why?

Yes, this personal story has so much insight into mental illness in families everywhere

What was one of the most memorable moments of Out Came the Sun?

The childhood blanket being tossed out the car window during a family road trip and tension between parents. The child suffered the loss of the blanket due to it being used as a weapon between adults. (My blanket was pink; the author's was blue. But the loss was so identifiable !!!)

What about Mariel Hemingway’s performance did you like?

Very natural in her telling, as though we were sitting together. No vanity.

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

NOOOOOOO!!! Took 3 sessions and I worked with a craft as I listened to have something to do with my hands. NOT a good delivery for a lecture format at a college campus.

Any additional comments?

I was glad I heard this story at home, alone, in a meditative, self reflective space. If I'd been on a plane, in public or in a place where I had to concentrate on interactions with others, this would not have been a good choice, and I might have become annoyed or impatient.