Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Color of Hope Julianne MacLean Audio Version - Review

The Color of Hope: Color of Heaven Series, Book 3

Written by Julianne MacLean
Narrated by Jennifer O'Donnell
Length 7 hours and 1 minute
Series Color of Heaven Series, Book 3
Format Unabridged

Lisa and I wanted to try something a bit different this week. We both love to listen to audio books. Lisa listened while she sews and I listen on my daily 90 minute commute to work. We were pleasantly surprised that we were both listening to Julianne MacLean's The Color of Hope.

Susan's Book Review:
I enjoyed listening to The Color of Hope.

Julianne MacLean's story of twin sisters separated at birth is an emotional and captivating tale which will capture the readers or listeners attention from the first chapter. The sisters led very different lives and had different experiences. Each sister learned from the other as the story unfolded. The last two hours of the book were excellent. I listened to each word and waited to see what was going to happen. I was surprised at the ending--pleasantly surprised. Thought the author was heading down a different path. I recommend this audio to all who are looking for an excellent read or listen!

Susan's Audio Review:
I enjoyed Jennifer O'Donnell's narration was excellent. Her voice evoked passion and anger at times while expressing frustration and sadness at other times.

Much thanks to Julianne MacLean for offering the audio to members of her newsletter. Looking forward to the next book and audio in the series!

Lisa's Book Review:
Quote, "I realized in that moment that some decisions, even those that are
enormous and far reaching, are simply made by the heart."

I am a long time fan of Julianne MacLean stories, though before this series I associated her more with historical romance. The Color of Hope is a contemporary novel and her newest addition to The Color of Heaven Series. This terrific series has held up very well, with each new book. The stories are connected, but also can be read as stand alone reads.

The Color of Hope is a wonderful story. A story about people and life. It is the kind of story that will give you things to think about in your own life. Not lessons really, and it won't make you feel like a failure or a mess. This story reminds us to count our blessings. To remember that every life has struggles, challenges as well as soaring happiness. Much of the feel of the stories is from the heart, from deep inside people.

Lisa's Audio Review:
Jennifer has a voice perfect for audio books. She can make it clear who is speaking without trying to imitate a man or different women or whatever. I like all that about her. Her voice is slightly gravelly. I really think she does a terrific job with the narration. 

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  1. I enjoy listening to audio books while I draw. This sounds like a great series. I especially like Sue and Lisa's comments on the reader, which is such a key aspect to enjoying an audio book. Thank you for doing an audio book review!

  2. Thank you Karen for commenting today! I agree That the narrator is an important piece in enjoying an audio book! Am having fun listening as I drive to work. :)


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