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Publisher's Summary

Eddie Olczak, devoted husband and father, a man of unshakable faith, derives intense pleasure from the life he's built with his wife, Krystyna, their 2 daughters, and the Catholic church where he both works and worships. So when a tragic accident takes Krystyna's life, Eddie is sure his heart is broken forever. Friends and family rally around the Olczaks in their time of grief. But one woman cannot fully express her sorrow. Her name is Sister Regina, and as time passes, she comes to realize that her relationship with Eddie transcends their shared love of Krystyna and the girls. Thrilled, but frightened, Eddie and Regina look within their hearts to make some difficult choices.
Copyright ©1997 by LaVyrle Spencer; Copyright (P)1997 Dove Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award: Best Audio of 1997, Celebrity Reading.

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Audio Quality is horrible

I can't believe that Audible inventories a recording of SUCH POOR QUALITY to be completely impossible to listen to. I know that this is not recorded by Audible but there should be a warning that the audio quality is very low.It sounds like they got Amy Irving (who is not a good reader) on the phone to record this.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Karyn
  • Westport, CT, USA
  • 05-13-07

Tragic but worth it.

This story starts out with a terrible tragedy. Spencer must have lost someone she was close to in order to have described great mourning in such detail. In a paper book, you can skim over parts that are hard to handle, but in audio, you are stuck with every grueling and painful detail. However it's a beautiful book, a great romance, and an interesting description of life within the religious order. In my opinion, it's better than books with the tragedy at the end.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jane
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 12-11-13

Terrible sound production.

Something was wrong with the sound equipment. I couldn’t understand many of the words. I think the narrator was good, but I couldn’t hear her. I had to stop listening. I assume it was a good story.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathi
  • Clinton, UT, USA
  • 04-15-10

My ears still hurt!

Soooo disappointed that this audio book is recorded so poorly it sounds like the narrator is in an echo chamber. When I finally gave up after 20 minutes, my ears literally hurt! Seems to me we should be able to count on a certain level of listening ease. I beg you not to waste your money on this one. (The story is a great one - I've read the book. This recording, however,....unbearable.)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Judy
  • Fort Worth, TX, USA
  • 02-12-04

Highly recommended!

This was the most sad, then the most beautiful love story I have read or listened to in a long time; probably ever listened to or read! I recommend this highly if you like sad and beautiful love stories!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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One of my all time favorite stories

I first read this book years ago when it was newly written. I loved it then. It's a beautiful story of love and loss. I have read it a few times through the years, and I cry and smile each time. The characters are so well written, and I feel like I know and love Sister Regina and Eddie by the end of the story.

My only complaint is the recording of the story is poor. I don't love the way Amy Irving reads the story, and the sound is crackly and difficult to hear. Even with these difficulties, I loved listening to this old favorite.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Story, Terrible Audio Quality, Poor Reader

I was happy to see this story here in unabridged format but I had to think hard before I bought it. I bought it in spite of it being so poorly done. I am surprised that audible offered it for sale. It certainly doesn't reflect well on them. But I can't complain too much because I bought it with my eyes open.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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You cannot hear a thing!

What would have made Then Came Heaven better?

The sound on this is horrible - DO NOT WASTE A CREDIT!

What could LaVyrle Spencer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Make the sound better

Would you be willing to try another one of Amy Irving’s performances?

If the sound was improved

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I do not know - you couldn't make out what they are saying...

Any additional comments?

I should be able to return this for a credit!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Becky
  • CHAPPELL, NE, United States
  • 07-09-12

Poor Quality

Would you listen to Then Came Heaven again? Why?

Probably not

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration was of poor quality. Very hard to understand. Narrator did not portray each character as in other books that I have listened to.

Any additional comments?

I read this book a long time ago and that is why I choose it. Loved the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Peggy
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • 06-06-03

Great fun!

This is a special book that's sad, warm, funny, and sweet all rolled into one. It pulls you into the story and you start to feel for the family and want them to be happy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful