Chasing Down a Dream

A Blessings Novel, Book 8
Narrated by: Lynnette Freeman
Series: Blessings, Book 8
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (121 ratings)

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NAACP nominee and USA Today best-selling author Beverly Jenkins continues her beloved Blessings series with a heartwarming novel about what really makes a family.

There's never a dull day in Henry Adams, Kansas.

Tamar July has never had a great relationship with certain members of her family. In fact, she'd characterize it as a "hate/hate relationship." But when her cousin calls her with the news that she's dying and wants Tamar to plan the funeral, she's shocked but is willing to drop everything for her.

After a horrendous storm, Gemma finds a young boy and his little sister walking on the side of the road. She takes them in, and quickly falls in love with the orphaned siblings. But when Gemma contacts Social Services to try to become their foster mother, she's told a white woman cannot foster African-American children.

In the midst of these trials, Jack and Rocky are trying to plan their wedding. The entire town comes together to lend a helping hand.

Though the residents of Henry Adams face seemingly insurmountable obstacles, each of them will discover that family comes in many forms, especially during the most trying of times.

©2017 Beverly Jenkins (P)2017 Recorded Books
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Didn't like the reader

I'm use to the others readers Taylor or Stanton. She missed pronounce some of the names and she gave them less class is the only way I can put it. I love the story but not the reader .is that why it was so cheap

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New narrator not a good fit

I have listened to or read all the other 7 books in this series (I only read the books that were not recorded).I love the story line and the characters of the Blessings series.

I cannot listen another minute to this narrator. All the male voices are terrible, and they all sound the same. The voices lack 'character'! Even Jack, who was raised in Boston and comes from Southern California, sounds like he has lived in the deep south all of his life. She mispronounces some of the character's names. Her voice is like running fingernails over a chalkboard.

After an hour of listening to this book, I checked to see if the final book of the series was narrated by the same new narrator. It is. I am returning the audiobook and purchasing the Kindle version of this and the final book to finish the series.

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Change of narrator for series.

Would you consider the audio edition of Chasing Down a Dream to be better than the print version?

I love this series, but was sad at the change of narrator from the earlier books. Another sweet blessings story with great characters.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator can't do male voices. It really took away from the story itself because they sounded so fake.

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Story is awesome- The Narrator not so much

The Blessing Novels are always good!! I enjoy reading the books and catching up with the people in town. It's like visiting family who live out of town.
The Narrator was not good. Her voice for the men was really deep, unbelievable, and a distracting. The women voices were not much better.

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Disappointed!!

I won't spoil it for anyone, but I am, was an avid fan of the Blessing Series, I have everyone, but this one's shocking end made me want to cry!! Why did you have to disrupt the flow, took all the joy out of everything, doubt if I'll ever purchase another as a matter of fact, I'm returning this one, it destroyed the beauty of all the others for me! And the different narrator was off putting! Her various voices didn't match the characters I'd grown to know thru the dynamic performance of Ms. Taylor. Often I had to backup and turn up the volume, some were barely audible! It was difficult to listen to.

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Wonderful!

Wow! Another great story about Henry Adams and the unforgettable residents. I can't wait until the next book is released.

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Another Beverly Jenkins winner

The storylines, dialogue and character profiles are rich as usual. This installment in the Blessings series has twists galore! Won't spoil it here but know my reactions reminded me of my grandmother's to what many called the "stories" on television. I admit it, I'm emotionally involved. The writing provides wonderful depictions of what folks do at their human worst and what most of us hope we would do at our best. As the author reminded us in this installment, "be kind over being right," is the goal. Best of all is that she filled in some details about the characters from the historical novels. Thanks Ms. Jenkins!

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HORRIBLE narrator!

I did not like the narrator AT ALL! Made it tough to listen! did not do a good job on voices. Everyone sounds like old slaves!

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Chasing Down a Dream

A winner! I'm so disappointed with the ending. I was surprised when Bernadine and Mal's relationship changed. I feel like I missed something while reading this book, consequently I'll reread the story.

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Did not like the narrator

Would you be willing to try another one of Lynnette Freeman’s performances?

No

Any additional comments?

Yes read do the book with a different narrator
I had to by the book and read it couldn't handle her reading past the first chapter 😥

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