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Jericho

By: Ann McMan
Narrated by: Christine Williams
Series: Jericho, Book 1
Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4.5 out of 5 stars (538 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Librarian Syd Murphy flees the carnage of a failed marriage by accepting an 18-month position in Jericho - a small town in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. Her plans to hide out and heal her wounds fall by the wayside as she gets drawn into the daily lives of the quirky locals. She becomes fast friends with Maddie Stevenson, the enigmatic physician who has returned to the backcountry community to take over her late father's medical practice. Together they learn that life and love can have as many twists and turns as a country road.

©2011 Ann McMan (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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As Good As Advertised

The setting for this book is the area where I was born and not far from where I now live. That was my original reason for risking a credit on 21 hour book. It is usually difficult to sustain interest in a book that long because there is often a lot of filler material in a book that long. There is some of that in this one but I'm glad I gave this selection a chance.
The twenty one hours went by much quicker than I thought they would because this is an excellent audiobook. This in spite of the fact that it took the two of them longer to make a move on each other than it has any couple thus far in the 21st century. The verbal sparring and repartee engaged in by Maddie and Syd as well as between David and Maddie is both witty and funny. I'm not sure how old the author is but the sexual banter between the two of them has all the wit and verve of a Three's Company episode. An excellent touch here is so much of the activities and dialogue of the people in a small mountain town that the author gets right. Far too often authors or narrators unfamiliar with the area try to shortcut getting right by assuming all southern towns, as well as all southern accents are the same. Well they're wrong; no matter how much they might believe Carroll O'Conner in 'The Heat of the Night' and Andy Griffith talk the same; they don't. Roma Jean Fremont the girl who continually falls down around Doctor Maddie Stevenson isn't fall down funny but is a nice little humorous aside.
This is one of the better audiobooks I've listened to for awhile; great story.

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Great chemistry between characters w/LOL moments

Good story with lots of colorful characters and interesting plot lines. Really liked the chemistry between Mattie and Syd. While I know the story continues into the book Aftermath, I almost wish McMan had decided to expand on and flush out several of the storylines more completely. Ultimately I think this could have been split things up into 2+ books. Might have read smoother in the last 1/3 of the book where there was a lot going on and things being brushed over. That said, I still highly recommend this book as a great listen. Found myself relating to many things. 👍👍

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Awesome

This story is awesome you will laugh the characters are great and the storyline is exciting and refreshing.One of the best audiobooks I have listen to in long time.

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Wonderful

I do believe this is my 3rd time listening to this book...and I have no doubt I will listen to it many more times. Absolutely one of my favorites. ..you can feel the love and the humor is the best! Do not pass this one up!

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Excellent book

Wonderful book. Captivating characters, drama, and brilliantly, subtle wit. Christine Williams does a great job narrating. Definitely recommend!

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Great read

Don't miss this one! Jericho is a delightful story of love that dares to speak its name in the heart of Dixie.

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wonderful!!

one of the best things I have ever listened to! Great characters, great story, wonderful prose!

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Smart, complicated and not one to put down

Story so believable. Characters very well developed. The author makes sure you can see and smell this place. Narrator also A+. There is a gay thread to the story but that isn’t the strength of it. It is about a place and the people who live and live there

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Julianne

It was an amazing experience being able to listen to this audible, being transported to the lovely Jericho, with the nice locals and witnessing our protagonists going through a beautiful journey into falling in love, already on the way to buy some more from this autor.

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A MUST READ

I've read so many books from so many great authors. Or rather, audiobooks. But, hands down This turned out to be my favorite Lesbian book. Ever! Wow. Wow. Wow. It's so long (28 hours so prepare yourself). The descriptions of Jericho and each characters is so detailed that you literally feel you've known the town forever and have grown up with these characters. And it's like 20 hours later into the book that FINALLY Syd and Maddie get together. Good God they take forever, but, it's so written in a perfect way that Ann McMan has you on the edge of your seat. I love how Syd takes a while to figure out that she's a lesbian and loves Maddie. Not an overnight story. And when they do finally get together, it's very detailed and they take their time to grow the relationship. And Ann McMan gives us the time to savor each characters growth. You just sit back and enjoy. The other characters are as funny and everyone at some point or another has you laughing out loud. What a beautiful story. Hands down, Ann McMan, I hope this becomes a long series! And Christine Williams does a great job!

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  • seer
  • 02-16-15

pent up frustration, anxiety much!!!

If you could sum up Jericho in three words, what would they be?

funny, heart stopping, anxiety

What other book might you compare Jericho to, and why?

i cant seem to find any other book to compare this one to for some reason.

Which character – as performed by Christine Williams – was your favourite?

I loved Maddie. She is so funny, determined and loving. i love the way how she stuck to not making a move on a straight woman as she didn't want to scare Sid off. Even when Sid finally made a move she was determined not to rush anything.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

drive a woman crazy

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must say this book had me cursing morning noon and night. I was on edge waiting to see when the hell one of them would make a move.

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  • issymac
  • 02-19-15

Wonderful banter!

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

I have listened to too many audio books to rank that. I have 87 in my audio library and was disappointed with only a couple!

What does Christine Williams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

In my opinion, the narrator of any book is as important as the story. If you don't have a good narrator it will not bring the characters to life.

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Jericho was the first book by Ann McMan that I had purchased. I bought it on the recommendation of Audible and listened to the short sample. I was not disappointed! I really enjoyed listening to this book. I liked the characters Maddie and Syd, and I loved the banter they shared. The author has a wonderful sense of humour! When I had finished this audio book I went on to Amazon to see if she had any other work. I was thrilled to see there was a sequel, ‘Aftermath’ which I immediately purchased. Again, I was not disappointed! I look forward to the 3rd book in the ‘Jericho’ series, ‘Patriarch’ I believe is out later this year!

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  • Liezel
  • 02-25-15

A real treat and MUST have!

What did you like most about Jericho?

I can truly say I loved it all but most of all, the journey of Syd and Maddie and their path they found to each other, the friendships formed and on a personal note, for me the acceptance that came for Syd from her family. If that isn't enough of an emotional journey (and frustrating at times - in a good way), the friendships, humour (laugh out loud so don't be surprised if people start looking at you funny :-P) and other characters like David, Michael and all the other residents of Jericho will absolutely make you stay tuned until the end......you will want more!!!! The narrator is also excellent and really brings the story to life.

What other book might you compare Jericho to, and why?

Snow Falls, from Gerri Hill. Similar journey to Syd and Maddie. A journey of meeting your should and life partner, the questions it raised about what you thought you knew about yourself and the joys of what happens next...

Have you listened to any of Christine Williams’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, Aftermath, which is the follow up from Jericho and another MUST HAVE! As always she reads very well, really takes you on a journey through the book. The emotion that comes across in her voice when excitement, joy and sadness happens, really makes the characters come alive and pulls you in to the story. I have also just started listening to Hoosier Daddy and already cant stop listening.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

ABSOLUTELY! The humour is fantastic, you cant help but laugh out loud. Due to the book being so well written and narrated, you cant help but shed a tear every now and then and off course share in the joys of all the good stuff happening as well.

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Overall Jericho was a fantastic book to listen to. The characters and their development is really wonderful. The journey of Syd and Maddie, absolutely beautiful and their lives entwined with all the characters in Jericho is a real treat. I don't want to give the plot away but all and all at the end I had to have more and went to buy Aftermath, the follow up to Jericho, immediately after.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-19

absolutely loved it!!!

great story, great characters. couldn't get enough of it. Just about to listen again, and this will be the first time I listen to the same book twice.... it's that good!

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  • S. Lewis
  • 03-10-19

Arch, Preachy, ghastly

Oh good grief, what a nauseating book. Saccharine characters delivering clogging, witless banter in a fog of lesbian innuendo. I’ve never met such wet gay people. Or, indeed, straight people. Add an over-described, over-cliched American small town setting and you have pretty much my idea of hell. Exchanged it after 4 interminable chapters.

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  • Niki Lorna
  • 02-21-19

nice listen

nice story... with heart warming characters. nothing overly exciting but a pleasent listen whilst commuting to work. it took a while to get used to maddies voice.. and at times david sounded like the target lady from snl .. but over all recommended

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  • Mrs G Lee
  • 01-08-19

loved every minute .

I started the story and could not put it down, great story loved it . can't wait to listen to next one. have just purchased the next two in series, worth every penny.

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  • J C
  • 05-01-18

Fabulous audiobook! Narration spot on!

This was so good to listen to. A very well crafted story with great characters, great dialogue and a fabulous storyline. There was such a mixture of events - no sooner had one event evolved, then another, and it was hard at times to see if the favoured outcome would ever happen. For an audio version of a well loved book to work well you really have to have an excellent narration and frankly it is hard to see how the narration of Jericho could be improved upon. Great narration by Christine Williams who really brought this excellent novel to life, and her choice of voices for the different characters is great. Brilliant!

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  • MISS E C LLEWELLYN
  • 03-26-17

great story, great narrator!

loved this title. really great story. so muxh mpre than just a lesbian love story. brilliant narrator.would highly recommend

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  • Kim
  • 03-24-16

Rolls Eyes..

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

Right at the top, I enjoyed the tiny references to Xena that only a fan would find..like "Don't go all Xena on me" and 'I have many skills'. It was hard for me not to put the characters from the TV show into a modern day setting. The banter between Maddie and Syd starts out charming and ends up a little annoying. There's far to many ..'Oh my gods' and eye rolling and raised eyebrows. The character's are perfect..too perfect, Maddie is accomplished in EVERYTING and I mean EVERYTHING. Six foot of poised beautiful brunette perfection and Syd, short blond and very cute. For those fond of Xena, like I am, the descriptions of the two women are unmistakable to me.The relationship between the two characters becomes a little unreal..I don't think Maddie's pain from her past relationship or death of her father isn't defined enough.Do 'perfect' lesbians like this exist...

Who was your favorite character and why?

Maddie..no Syd..no Maddie..oh I don't know, I can't pick.

What does Christine Williams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Her voice..I don't know what I fell in love with first..Maddie, Syd or the Narrators voice.

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

When they finally get it together

Any additional comments?

I was ill with a virus when I listened to this book..nailed it over 4 days, I could listen to that voice for hours..and did.

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  • Gemma
  • 09-06-17

okay story, didn't suit me

I liked this at first, but found it too long. Lost interest around chapter 20 and moved on to a different book.