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    • The Children's Crusade

    • A Novel
    • By: Ann Packer
    • Narrated by: Cotter Smith, Frederick Weller, Thomas Sadoski, and others
    • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 324
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 290
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 288

    Bill Blair finds the land by accident - three wooded acres in a rustic community south of San Francisco. The year is 1954, long before anyone will call this area Silicon Valley. Struck by a vision of the family he has yet to create, Bill buys the property on a whim. In Penny Greenway he finds a suitable wife, a woman whose yearning attitude toward life seems compelling and answerable, and they marry and have four children. Yet Penny is a mercurial housewife at a time when women chafed at the conventions imposed on them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Slow poignant storytelling

    • By Beth Anne on 07-20-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Swim Back to Me

    • By: Ann Packer
    • Narrated by: Fred Sanders, Cassandra Campbell, Rebecca Lowman, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 20

    A wife struggles to make sense of her husband’s sudden disappearance. A mother mourns her teenage son through the music collection he left behind. A woman shepherds her estranged parents through her brother’s wedding and reflects on the year her family collapsed. A young man comes to grips with the joy - and vulnerability - of fatherhood. And, in the masterly opening novella, two teenagers from very different families forge a sustaining friendship, only to discover the disruptive and unsettling power of sex.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Boring

    • By RueRue on 07-29-15

    Regular price: $24.50

    • The Dive from Clausen's Pier

    • By: Ann Packer
    • Narrated by: Scarlett Johansson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 177
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 55

    The Dive from Clausen's Pier reminds us how fragile our lives are and how quickly they can be divided into before and after. It begins with a disaster that could happen in anybody's life, and leaves us asking what we know about our deepest allegiances.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it!

    • By Sierra on 07-01-15

    Regular price: $19.93

    • The Dive from Clausen's Pier

    • By: Ann Packer
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 49

    Carrie Bell has lived in Wisconsin all her life. She's had the same best friend, the same good relationship with her mother, the same boyfriend - Mike, now her fiancé - for as long as anyone can remember. It's with real surprise she finds that, at age 23, her life has begun to feel suffocating. She longs for a change, an upheaval, a chance to begin again.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Must read!

    • By Lavenia on 12-14-15

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Songs Without Words

    • By: Ann Packer
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 11

    Liz and Sarabeth were childhood neighbors, brought as close as sisters by the suicide of Sarabeth's mother when the girls were just 16. In the decades that followed - through Liz's marriage and Sarabeth's attempts to make a happy life for herself - their relationship remained a source of continuity and strength. But when Liz's adolescent daughter enters dangerous waters that threaten to engulf the family, the fault lines in the women's friendship are revealed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Depression dissected

    • By Dianne on 10-01-07

    Regular price: $31.93