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Finding the Grain

Narrated by: Amber Benson
Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
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Kentucky was only ever going to be a summer job. Come fall, Blue Riley would be back in North Carolina, in college. But one job led to another, one town led to another, and one woman led to another. Now, after twenty years Blue faces the hardest question of all - is it time to go home?

©2014 Wynn Malone (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • Delennish
  • Atlanta, GA United States
  • 01-29-15

The Passage of Time feels undefined.

First person narration across years presents a challenge to authors that this one just doesn't quite meet. The book spans more than 25 years in Blue's life, but the writing fails to show the changes in the characters in an authentic way. We are told rather than shown the passage of time. The narrator seems to feel this or adds to the problem. She doesn't mature the voices from 20 to 45+. When Grace reappears, she speaks and sounds as if no time has passed. When it was over, I felt as if Blue had gone on an odyssey of a few years instead of 25.

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Too Glum for my fancy

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I really liked the part where she stayed with Mary and Preacher and decided to stop running from her feelings. The least interesting part is Blue's pining for Grace.

Any additional comments?

It's a well written book and I see why it would appeal to a lot of readers but I didn't appreciate it. It's too glum for my fancy.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Poorly written and directed

I finished this book only because I was out of credits to purchase something good. Wynn Malone’s style of writing is juvenile and inane, there was little character development and no regard to the listener trying to keep up with the change of day/year/location; the abruptness in transitions was unsettling to me as a listener.

There was little tension or sense of struggle for the protagonist; proving its nothing more than a romance novel.

And, please, study your subject before writing about it! It takes years to become a master woodworker, not three. By not having a true understanding of the depth of talent it takes to make a living as a furniture builder Malone has cheapened the trade as well as patronized their protagonist.

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it was eye opening.

it started slow but sped up then slowed down again. the story was good it seems like blu always came back to grace so many times she had her mind on her a lot. now most would run away and find piece with someone else. it was ok ending, but my thoughts are different from most.

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Don’t stop listening!!

This book starts off VERY slow. I almost stopped listening. I am so glad I didn’t!!! Great story and an AMAZING narration. I absolutely loved it. ❤️

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A book that filled my heart with sadness, longing, hope and joy.

This book is set in the South during a time when lesbian and gay were labels used to describe those who were "different", a time I lived through. I identified with so many aspects of the main character, Blue Riley: born in a small town near Birmingham, a tomboy who lost her parents when she was a young girl, taken in by her daddy's sister. Her aunt Julie was a lesbian, so she understood when Blue became interested in girls in high school. At one point, Blue asked Julie if she had ever wished she had been born a man, so she could love and be loved by a woman and have their love accepted as "normal" just as her straight friends' lovers were. I had this same wish when I was Blue's age. So as I read the story of Blue Riley, who fell in love at first sight with Grace Lancaster, a college sorority girl, I was thrilled to imagine that maybe they would find happiness together. But then Grace bowed to the pressure of society and her socialite mother, leaving Blue after a brief love affair for a summer in Europe and return to her straight life. Stunned by Grace's rejection, Blue ran--and ran--and ran, as she experienced grief at the loss of her love, then rebellion as she ran from that loss. Finally accepting herself for who she was, she faced the rest of her life with courage and endurance, waiting for Grace to come back to her. A great book, one that captured my heart and left me wishing I could go back in time and follow my heart as Blue followed hers.

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Six Years of Listening...

I have been listening to audible for seven years and I will give anything a listen. This is now of the hundreds of books I have listened to, my favorite! I absolutely loved it! Thank you, to all involved.

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I...I...I Loved It!

This story is so well written and read. Each character is well rounded. It’s a heartwarming and wrenching at times tale. I feel like these are people that I actually know. I am glad to have experienced this book.

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  • Lira D.
  • El Paso, TX United States
  • 08-30-18

Such a great read/listen!

Loved this story and how it was weaved together! The pace was perfect. I never got bored or felt like the author was feeding us details just for filler. It was so good. Blue was a great character and storyteller. I liked how it followed her through different chapters in her life, dropping us in, sometimes in the middle of that chapter, sort of like we were old friends being retold a story we'd heard before. I was most moved by the chapters with Preacher and Mary. And the narrator was phenomenal! Especially when the story would get overall emotional- her voice cracking and changing, on the verge of tears- so convincing. She was so good! highly recommended overall package. I enjoyed it so much I teared up at the end because it was over and I was sad to see the story end. So I immediately restarted the story.

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Long but worth it!

At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to stick with it but after a while I just couldn’t quit listening. The characters are awesome and I know some of these people in my real life and can identify with them on several levels. This book brings a great range of emotions we all can relate to. I highly recommend it.

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  • Oscar
  • 01-11-15

A touch too much melodrama in the narration

Really, this book centers around the main character. If you like her and stay with her through-out the journey, you will find if great. The writing is fine. It doesn't get in the way with cliches or clunky metaphors. It does it's job nicely and unobtrusively.

The narration is overdone at times. It's the first time that I've heard a narrator appear to cry when reading a sad part of the story, and I found that...unnecessary.

The book spans the story of the main character, a free spirited lesbian, from her early college years right though to her 40/50's. Now, the first half of the book describes a haunted, hurt, 'running away from herself and others' character. I really liked this character. I thought she was warm and humane and non-judgmental. The second half of the book sees the character try to 'get her life on track' as she sees it and you know, settle down, get a meaningful relationship, career etc and here is where the book and I parted ways. I flat out didn't like the woman she became as she began to fight for what she wanted. Towards the end, I found myself truly hoping she wouldn't get what she was fighting for (trying not to give spoilers) as I wanted to see her get her comeuppance!


However, this doesn't mean the book was bad. I just didn't like the character. If you like the character, you'll get along fine with this book.

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  • Jd
  • 04-30-18

Fantastic

You don’t have to be a lesbian to enjoy this journey. Beautifully crafted. A gentle love story

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  • SeeTurtle
  • 01-10-15

Very well written!

This has been the best book I have read in a long time. It actually made me cry.
Fantastic story, amazing ending *****

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