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By Joe Anna O'Brien on 05-19-12
Where does Just Down the Road rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?
Up at the top! Jodi takes you right into Harmony it is like being there instead on just listening to a story.
What did you like best about this story?
I get so invested in the characters. They are normal and have faults you feel like you have met them and they are now your friends.
Which character ??? as performed by Julia Gibson ??? was your favorite?
I love all of them but I have a real soft spot for the Funeral Director. He looks at himself so practically and he is so sensible then he surprises himself. He makes me laugh and makes me cry. I love his heart and the compassion he has for other people even the dead ones.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
I think that a movie would be impossible. They would not be able to portray the depth of the community or the characters in a movie.
Any additional comments?
Can't wait for the next one! I love this series!
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By Skipper on 02-26-14
Heartwarming but too diffuse
Audio narration by Julia Gibson (good!) I didn't read the book, so beware of misspelled names. I haven't read the whole series, selecting only this book because I liked the sound of the plot. Lately I've been trolling for books with children playing strong and credible secondary roles. In this case, a 4-year-old played a strong secondary character, featuring in many scenes. However, he wasn't all that credible, speaking and behaving more like an 8-year-old. (But okay.)
This is heartwarming and slightly suspenseful, with a cast of strong supporting characters set in contemporary small-town Texas. It could be just my cup of tea, but for one thing. The main romance between Tinch and Addison -- and their adoption of the little orphaned boy Jamie -- was too frequently interrupted by other relationships. I couldn't sink my teeth deeply enough into any of the characters:
Tyler Wright, the 45-year-old mortician, and Kate, his affianced army major. Their pregnant young housekeeper, Autumn. Tyler, worrying about Kate. Nicely done. I liked the scene when Tyler took old Jeremiah for a ride through his apple orchard. Poignant. Beautiful.
Reagan Truman, age 21, adopted by old Jeremiah, and Noah McCallan, rodeo star.
Brandon Biggs, aka Biggs (firefighter?) and his tall nurse, Esther.
Beau Yates and Willow. Beau and his friend Border Biggs. Beau and his music. Beau and stuttering and girl crazy.
Every third chapter or so, we would return to the supposed main couple, Tinch Turner and Dr. Addison Spencer, eventually adding little Jamie to the mix. I wanted more time with Tinch, at his ranch. Wanted to see him healing his wounded horses and bonding with Jamie. Falling in love with Addison...
Suspense? Yes, with bad guys, murder, drugs, and millions of dollars.
Women's Fiction? I guess so. But also romance, with three couples making a go of it in the end, and two babies. There are kisses and some love scenes, but it's pretty tame -- fades to black.