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Calling Me Home Audiobook

Calling Me Home: A Novel

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Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a big favor to ask her hairdresser, Dorrie. She wants the black single mother to drop everything and drive her from Texas to a funeral in Ohio - tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious about Isabelle’s past, agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives.

Isabelle confesses that, as a teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper - in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences just might help Dorrie find her own way.

©2013 Julie Kibler (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc

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    Linnea Leger 08-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I didn't expect to like it this much"

    This title had been sitting in my library for a few weeks before I got to it. Obviously the description had interested me at some point but I wasn't super excited about it when I started and this is far from the fantasy and YA novels and series that I typically enjoy most. However, between the story, the writing, and the narrators I became invested in this book quickly and I really enjoyed from start to finish. I became truly invested in Miss Isabelle's life story told in flashbacks to her childhood, and the ending of the book threw me for a loop. I had tears in my eyes multiple times throughout the story and I'm pretty sure I gasped out loud at one point. Both of the narrators did a phenomenal job, and I think their performance really made the story so grabbing for me.

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    Kerry Ann Zawacki 08-10-17
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    "One of my favorite reads of all time."

    I thoroughly enjoy listening to this audiobook. I really enjoyed the narration. And I enjoyed the story even more than that

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    Susan R. Mccarthy 08-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Engaging"

    Loved this story, characters came alive! an amazing love story for the ages. Easy read.

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    mary h cuyahoga falls , ohio 08-03-17
    mary h cuyahoga falls , ohio 08-03-17 Member Since 2015

    I am a happily married lady who loves Audiable, I love to listen to all different linds of books during my free time .

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    "Calling Me Home"

    This is one of the best novels I have ever listened to in a long time. The voices for all of the characters was amazing and I found myself not able to put it down. I found myself rooting for Ms Isabell and Robert,but the ending reaches in and touches your heart. I highly recommend this book.

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    Beverly Johnson-McCree 07-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A love story of forbidden alliances."

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I was not predictable but heart-warming and intriguing. I didn't know what was coming from one minute to the next. A good read!!

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    ripple effect 07-06-17
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    "Wow!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, definitely!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Every bit. The narrators, the story, the pace, it was just wonderful.


    What does Bahni Turpin and Lorna Raver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They make it come alive!


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

    Many but won't give them away.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep up the good work! It was so wonderful!

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    Katie Suitor Sacramento CA 06-21-17
    Katie Suitor Sacramento CA 06-21-17 Member Since 2014

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    "sweet story!"

    loved it...really sweet story...
    the voices bothered me at first, but then got used to it

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    A. Fehr Illinois, USA 06-21-17
    A. Fehr Illinois, USA 06-21-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Must Read!"

    I never write reviews, but felt drawn to with this book. It is wonderfully written and draws you in. It's an emotional ride and still gives me all the feels even a year after reading it. I highly recommend taking the time to read/listen to this novel.

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    Aurora United States 06-17-17
    Aurora United States 06-17-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Touching and Well-Written"

    I bought the audiobook only after reading what it was about and I am glad that I had not read the reviews because the negative ones were very strongly negative and that would have discouraged me. The novel is a moving story about love and loss. A very familiar theme especially in stories about lovers separated by the prejudice of others--whether it be because race, religion, social class, and/or sexual orientation. The comparison some made with another title that Bahni Turpin narrated is not a convincing one; other than the fact that Bahni Turpin's voice is heard on both audiobooks, the two novels have little in common. For those who enjoy asking and knowing why certain things are the way they are, this novel will be quite entertaining. This novel is as much about family secrets that are revealed upon someone's death as it is surviving family "scandals", forgiveness, and forbidden love. It deals with cruelty as much as it does love and race. It's as much about motherly love as it was about romantic love. I must repeat what other reviewers have said-- this is an example incredibly well-written first novel. It didn't have to occur in Kentucky. The friendship didn't have to be between an elderly white woman and an African American woman because the point of the story would've remained the same. You take away from this novel as much as your heart and brain will allow.

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    Barbara L. Goss 06-13-17
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    "Predictable but Beautiful"

    Not long into the story you can see where this is going.Still the narrators are soon good that you want to make this trip with them, want to hear stories told, and afterwards want to thank them for sharing such intimate portraits of their lives. This book is for everyone who enjoys storytelling .

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