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Publisher's Summary

Award winner and national best-selling author Gwynne Forster has written Beyond Desire and When Twilight Comes. In Blues from Down Deep, Forster tells the story of Regina Pearson, a woman searching for the family she has never known. Unfortunately, her quest does not bring her the love and acceptance she expects. But just as the disappointment seems unbearable, Regina meets a man who is willing to show her what family is all about.
©2003 Gwendolyn Johnson Acsadi; (P)2004 Recorded Books,LLC

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  • Dee
  • Chula Vista, CA, United States
  • 06-16-09

Did not want it to end!

I really really loved this book. I listened to it on a 7 hour drive and was thoroughly entertained. I was so in to the characters and found parts very heart warming. I enjoy books about family issues. I see this book had mixed reviews, but I enjoyed it very much. I wish that the author would write a sequel. I recommend this book. I will now look for another book by Ms. Forster. I like her style.

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Blues from Down Under - Great Book

What made the experience of listening to Blues from Down Deep the most enjoyable?

The main character gets to know her family. Building a relationship with each.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Grandfather - in his own way he wanted to see his family become closer and accept each other.

Which scene was your favorite?

The Grandfather getting to know his son-in-law and his future grandaughter's husband.

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

The Grandfather was funny

Any additional comments?

Great read/listen. Enjoyed the story line.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The Best I have listened to so far! Don't pass up!

Would you listen to Blues from Down Deep again? Why?

It reminded me of Black cultural views in the South. Skin color appears to be so important.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Blues from Down Deep?

I would have to say it was when Juliette was in the hospital and everyone was saying she had had an abortion. Rumors spread like wild fire. Family was the main instigators.

What does Sharon Washington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Excitement, the story made me feel like I was back at home in the Mississippi Delta.

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

When I read a synopsis of the story, I really wanted to hear the entire storyline. I lived in Hawaii and the author hit the nail right on the head when describing how Polynesian men treat their women. They do not view any work outside the home as relevant. Some are quite sexist.

Any additional comments?

This was a Great read, I love Gwynne Forster, can't wait to listen to another one of her books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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On & on

The narrator's ok, on occasion forgetting to change her voice in changing character, not the romance novel I thought it would be. It was a drawn-out family reunion.

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Family dysfuction

What did you love best about Blues from Down Deep?

This is my second audio by Gwynne Forster. She is an excellent writer and has a gift for understandable English. The many characters are extinct and memorable. Dysfunction can be recognized in families; but there are always a few who are loyal and attached without reserve. This story is about family, many of which can be close, distant by blood or via marriage. Feelings of love, resentment and envy are presented in the story, and is a product of writer who can reach, touch, and give many elements of "a Family"

Have you listened to any of Sharon Washington’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

well articulated and a positive representation of all the characters.

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  • Johneshia
  • New Castle, DE, United States
  • 03-11-13

Too much going on...

This book was complicated... it was also a bit boring. It didn't grab you and make you want more...It was just a listen I wanted to hurry up and finish. I did like the way the story ended.

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  • Lansdowne, PA, United States
  • 12-17-09

Too Much Going On

I love Gwynne Forster's books but this story had too much going on and it took awhile for me to really be able to get into it. I don't know if it was the narrator's voice or what. By the time I got to the end, I was so disappointed. Don't waste your time listening to this. You'll do better going to the library and reading the book; that way you can at least give it back.