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Publisher's Summary

A young girl and her family accompany their housepainter father on a trip to collect his wages from a slow-paying customer and encounter surprising consequences. Winner of Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest 2007, Honorable Mention.

©2015 Marianne Sciucco (P)2016 Marianne Sciucco

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  • Slim
  • Lexington, Virginia
  • 04-06-16

enjoyed

I enjoyed this book. To me I feel like the lady that owe the family was lying because she didn't want to pay them. It sucks that the girl bullies the other girl. And call her names because of the clothes she wears. Not everyone has money to afford Current clothes. The lady and her daughter act all stuck up judging that family. Its ashame that its still people out here that's like that. Only reason she paid them was because of their daughter from the doll. And its interesting that this book was a based on true story.

"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com".

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Left me wanting more

Would you listen to Collection again? Why?

I did listen to this twice already which was easy since its very short. I did really enjoy it and wanted to listen to the descriptions better the second time around - which I enjoy almost as much as a plot line

What other book might you compare Collection to and why?

My own diary as a kid. So many similarities!

Which scene was your favorite?

It basically was just one scene so all of it.

If you could rename Collection, what would you call it?

I rather like the name Collection. I wouldn't change it.

Any additional comments?

I would definitely buy the rest of the Collection. I loved the writing and story line and voice of the narrator."This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A Wonderful Short Story by Talented Author

COLLECTION was a neat little short story. I liked the perspective of the oldest of five children. The irony of the story was great. The mother goes to the woman's house to collect payment for her husband's work and the children go in to use the restroom. It turns out that Daisy, the oldest goes to school with the woman's daughter, who's sort of a bully.

With this being book 1, I hope MARIANNE SCIUCCO is going to make this into a series. I think it would be great. That or a collection of short stories.

EVELYN EIBHLIN's narration was fantastic. Her voice fit this story perfectly. Her performance was flawless.

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great narration of a fully present set of characters

Sciucco paints Daisy's world with deft, well-chosen details, and I was drawn in to the drama of the short story's central conflict.

Eibhlin reads the story beautifully, effortlessly switching between the child and adult voices, always tightly connected to the emotional import of the scenes she's narrating.

I look forward to more from both this author and this narrator!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good family listen

Where does Collection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have not listened to many short stories before and think I may enjoy listening more than reading them.

What did you like best about this story?

Between the narrator and the story, it was easy to get involved in the story and feel like we were there observing.

What about Evelyn Eibhlin’s performance did you like?

I think the narrator's tone and inflection really added to the story. It was easy to get lost in the story.

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

Yes but it ended too soon. My kids said they would rate it 5 stars but I wanted there to be a little more of a wrap up.

Any additional comments?

The story outlines a family visit to another family's home. The families have different financial situations. The story led to lots of good talking points for our family. Hearing that the stories are based loosely on true stories made me have more questions.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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So good, I wanted more

I really loved this short story. Although it ended well, I wanted more of this family.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyed

This story brought back memories of the way children are treated at school, and most of the time their behavior stems from what goes on at home. This still happens today. Story and narration were both very good. I look forward to another Daisy Hunter story.

I was given this audio book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Daisy!

A short story that draws you right in with fleshed out characters, well-described setting, and a fantastic plot. Narration was superb!

I'm looking forward to more Daisy Hunter stories!!!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Heartfelt

A story of 2 different classes of people and what happens when one confronts the other.

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  • DK
  • 08-07-16

Very Brief Snapshot Into Americana

This nice, brief story revolves around a house painter and his family trying to collect wages due. The customer and family is amazed at the audacity of the painter's wife.

This is true to life story that a lot of us "older folks" remember or have heard from our parents or grandparents.

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  • Sara Niña
  • 05-05-16

Ended too soon

This story is told in a true storytelling fashion, very anecdotal. It is narrated by Evelyn Eibhlin and the story is told from the perspective of a young lady, who suffers a mortifying experience involving her poverty stricken family. Whilst I could not relate to their dire financial situation, I certainly am no stranger to social embarrassment: from those visits to the doctor's clinic, where we would all crowd into a small room with not enough chairs....All the way down to those parents' evenings, when my mother would bring me and my older siblings in, for good measure, and we'd all be forced to squeeze ourselves into a child's chair. Not an easy feat. There were times when I'd have stood, had it not been for the implications that I was intimidating a teacher. That, and I can't stand for too long. This story allowed me to reminisce about my past, only good stories inspire me to think of those good, carefree times.

Also, the narrator's voice was very fitting: the right blend of hopeful and regretful. A weird mix, but enough to keep it light and interesting.

NB: I received this audiobook via Audiobook Blast.