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Dakota Blues Audiobook

Dakota Blues

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While visiting her Midwestern hometown after many years, workaholic Karen Grace risks a few extra days away from the office, to get reacquainted with her extended family and childhood friends. She visits the crumbling homesteads of her prairie ancestors, and rediscovers their immigrant dreams and sacrifices. When her tyrannical boss fires her, she's 1,500 miles from home, just one more middle-aged worker out of a job in a tough economy. To make matters worse, her husband just left her for his pregnant girlfriend.

At a crossroads, Karen must find the courage to change. Needing time to think, she agrees to take an elderly neighbor on one last road trip, but on a deserted highway in Wyoming, Karen is forced to make a lethal and life-changing decision.

I wrote Dakota Blues because I'm fascinated by the idea that the second half of our lives could be more powerful than we've ever imagined, but there's a problem: Our culture teaches us that our youth is the good half, and once that's over, forget it. In Dakota Blues, I try to show a woman who breaks free at midlife and struggles to win her freedom.

©2012 Lynne M. Spreen (P)2014 Lynne M. Spreen

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    Me & My Girls 09-10-14 Member Since 2017

    Thanks and respect to the women that served and paid a high price. You are still gorgeous Shi; your scars make you even more beautiful.

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    "Should Be Blahs"

    A tired trite story that tosses cliches around like confetti. The female relatives of the protagonists are uninteresting stereotypes instead of people. To add to this the narrator speaks in singsong cadences that sound as if her previous experiences as a narrator was as kindergarten teacher. Avoid this one.

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    Camilla 05-28-17
    Camilla 05-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A touching story of the challenges of lifechanges"

    I liked this book about Karen, who when life changes a lot, learn to know herself again and also get new friends. The narration was good too.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bec Australia 10-31-14
    bec Australia 10-31-14

    I review books and audiobooks, mostly mystery, police procedurals, That's about it!

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    "Life after middle age"

    My Review

    This is the story of a middle aged woman who has been thrust headlong into the strange and unfamiliar world of the discarded. Karen has been rejected by both her husband and her employer and in consequence, her ego has suffered a massive blow. She had thought herself well loved by her husband and also had believed she was irreplaceable at work. She was neither.
    The author, Lynne Spreens, had reached midlife before finding the freedom to pursue her own lifelong dream of being a writer, this book though, her debut novel, is not about a middle aged dream chaser but, as Lynne herself puts it:
    "older people who think they have the world figured out, but then something happens and they're forced to refashion a life out of the rubble that remains"

    Karen had taken a few days leave to attend the funeral of her mother, and it is here in her hometown that she learns she has lost her job. Already made vulnerable by the loss of her mother, Karen had been attempting to come to terms with the loss of her old life as she new it - her own home, a loving husband and an important and all consuming job.
    Not as important in the eyes of others as she once thought herself to be, Karen has huge life adjustments before her. It seemed to me that maybe Karen had developed a somewhat condescending attitude to her Midwestern family and friends, that she had pegged them as simple folk lacking the will to "improve" themselves. Yet, in a twist of fate, circumstances had forced her to lay herself bare, no high powered job or city lifestyle to hide behind she became about as vulnerable as a woman could be. Here she was though, surrounded by those she had left far behind in more ways than one, gradually rediscovering how truly strong these women are, Karen rediscovers her own true strengths.
    This book has some enjoyable characters, Freida, the old lady determined to get her own way, made the road trip a little more interesting. The story, however, had some issues for me, I don't know why it was necessary to include a certain episode of, let's say involving scary men, I'm not sure what the odd couple added, if anything, and I don't know why Friedas' daughter had to be such an unlikeable and unreasonable idiot. I think the story was good enough on its own, didn't need the dramatising.

    Narrator
    I have read that there is to be a sequel and I look forward to it, Caroline Miller is easy to listen to, has a nice, easy pace and is able to change character easily and distinctly.

    This audiobook was gifted to me in return for this, my honest opinion

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    med c 08-23-14
    med c 08-23-14
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    "Great audiobook"
    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook will surely touch women who have faced strife and have come out the other side changed and renewed, or those who are wanting to do so. The characters are real and flawed. The situations are current and believable. The author brought the listeners into a part of the world I didn't know and made me feel like I do know it. Dakota Blues is a lot like real life in that everything doesn't always get resolved in a neat package even if we want it to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy 07-25-17
    Tammy 07-25-17

    I am an avid reader and listener of all types of books. I am always willing to try any book or audiobook.

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    "fantastic book for women"

    I was gifted this Audio ARC for a honest and unbiased review from the author/narrator.

    This is one of those stories that will not appeal to everyone although I believe 90% of women will enjoy it. It's about learning to let go, coming to terms with your life and finding your own happiness.This story feels "real" and has some really good parts but at the same time there were periods where the story dragged for abit. It's a mid-life coming of age story. Many of the issues Karen deals with in the story are ordinary things many of us have dealt with or will have to deal with at some point in our lives. When Karen's comfortable life suddenly turns upside down on several areas in her life.
    Caroline Miller did a really good job with the narration. This is the first time I have listened to a book she has narrated. Very easy to listen to for long periods of time. She was able to bring the characters and story life. extremely enjoyable.

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    Amber 06-27-17
    Amber 06-27-17
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    "Good Book"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book about a middle aged woman who's life goes through many changes, seemingly at the same time, which makes her to learn about herself all over again. The narrator did a great job.<br/><br/>I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 06-20-17
    Lori 06-20-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Dakota Blues"
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    This is one of those stories that will not appeal to everyone. It's about learning to let go, coming to terms with your life and finding your own happiness. While it is an overall interesting and entertaining story it's not a fast paced exciting action packed tale. It is a story that feels "real" and has some really good parts but at the same time there were periods where the story dragged for me.<br/> <br/>It's a mid-life coming of age story. Many of the issues Karen deals with in the story are ordinary things many of us have dealt with or will have to deal with at some point in our lives. It's a story of personal discovery for Karen after the death of her mother, the connection/history we all have to a place, it's people, the memories, the things we've forgotten vs. the path our lives have taken.<br/><br/>When Karen's comfortable familiar life is suddenly turned upside down on several fronts and she is basically cast aside she has the chance to re-evaluate what she wants and the direction she wants her life to go. <br/><br/> Really enjoyed Karen's relationship with Frieda. We all need a Frieda at some point in our lives. The older people in our lives have a wisdom gained through a lifetime of experiences to share, if you just listen.<br/><br/> Loved F**k It list, I think I have one those just didn't call it that. It's more of a I'm too old for this sh*t list. <br/><br/>Caroline Miller did a really good job with the narration. This is the first time I have listened to a book she has narrated. Pleasant voice. Very easy to listen to for long periods of time. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Good character voices. She was able to bring the characters and story life. Very enjoyable<br/><br/> I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.<br/>

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    mrmeeka 06-09-17
    mrmeeka 06-09-17
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    "Dakota Blues"

    The story of a 50's year old woman who has put her all into her career discovers that, that doesn't always matter and definitely is not the best choice to make in like.

    Karen goes back home for her mother's funeral only to be terminated from her job for taking time off. Her husband has left her for his younger pregnant girlfriend. With nothing to loose she begins her travel from South Dakota to California via Colorado with her mother's 90 year old neighbor. She learns the importance of being who she wants to be not how the world thinks you should be.

    While it is a work of fiction it is an eye opening story about how people in the 40's and 50's perceived in our world force.

    Caroline Miller did a great job. She has a great tone for audio books and makes it easy to differentiate between characters.

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    Michelle 05-26-17
    Michelle 05-26-17
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    "A WONDERFUL ADVENTURE!"

    I love how the main character who is a workaholic is changed on a visit home due to her mothers' passing. I love how you can go home again and learn all that you've forgot. Sometimes you just need to slow down and enjoy life. This books is so much fun and truly a road trip with in a book.

    "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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    JJLarson 05-22-17
    JJLarson 05-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Dakota Blues"

    This story was very thought provoking. Karen has just turned 50, lost her mother, is in the process of losing her marriage, and then loses her job. An elderly neighbor wants to go on one last road trip before she dies and practically begs Karen to drive her in her old RV. Karen has a hard time deciding where to go in her life. It was nice to see her journey. It made me think of my own life and the decisions I make everyday. What really is important in our lives? At the end of the day, it is most important to love yourself and create happy memories.
    Caroline Miller has brought this story alive with her narration.
    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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