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Tucker's Way Audiobook

Tucker's Way: The Tucker Series, Book 1

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After enduring a childhood of horrific abuse and crushing poverty, Tucker seeks refuge in her rural Tennessee home. The three grandchildren she is raising are her only connection to the outside, and her demeanor is purposefully rough. But her world is turned upside down when a new neighbor, Ella, moves into the old McDaniel place next door.

Ella seeks solace on the same country road after overcoming cancer. Although she is Tucker's peer agewise, she was raised in a world of privilege and opportunity. Still, Ella shares a tragic part of Tucker's experience - she also suffered abuse. Hers was at the hands of her husband, a prominent judge in the community and Tucker's sworn enemy.

When Tucker finds herself at risk of losing custody of her beloved youngest grandchild and worse, the child's mother is murdered, she draws support and strength from her new friendship with Ella. These two women from disparate backgrounds form a fierce bond, and they weather life's storms together with faith, love, and determination.

©2014 David Johnson (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Amy A. Dye
    17/07/15
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    "Best novel I have read in a long time; anxious to listen to sequels!!!!"

    Great story. Fantastic narrator. Well developed characters. Being familiar with family codependent dynamics it is rich in every way. Once you start listening/reading you will not want to put it down. PLEASE OFFER SEQUELS WITH WHISPERSYNC!!! Thank you.

    38 of 43 people found this review helpful
  • Lori Michele Kelley
    United States
    10/11/15
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    "Okay"

    While the book isn't particularly well written, it was a story that drew me in and made me keep reading to find out what happened to the characters. There were many times I rolled my eyes at how it was a bit like an after-school special- though seriously- some of the scenes were NOT appropriate at all for that age group! It deals with child molestation and murder- in uncomfortable detail. That said, in spite of the predictability of it, it had an all too human aspect of there being characters that couldn't be characterized as good or bad, but complex, real, abrasive, but true, honest, and often principled. I liked that bit. I have to admit, I regret buying the second book prior to reading the first, but it was a bargain, so maybe I will read the next one. I would not recommend the book, as I think the same themes are dealt with in other books with more subtlety, and without the sappy unrealistic scenes that undermine the trauma of everything that was going on in that family.

    66 of 76 people found this review helpful
  • David
    San Juan, CA, United States
    04/06/16
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    "vivid main characters, somewhat slow"

    Tucker is a one off, and the story of her relationship with the other main character, the ex wife of Tucker's life enemy seems real and endearing. However, the plot is a bit melodramatic and some of the dialogue is stiff; But you won't run across another character soon who has the unique individual power, authentically portrayed here, of Tucker, and I suggest that it is worth getting through the few stiff parts in order to meet her, and live a bit in her world.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dixie
    SPRINGFIELD, OR, United States
    27/07/15
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    "Spellbinding!"

    Seldom have I read such a well written book. Everything in this story is intertwined together to form a tale of down to earth characters with all the best and worst of mankind. Both the horrors and shortcomings of humanity and the love and loyalty are here. The author drew such vivid characters that listening to this book created visions in my mind of a movie.

    33 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    Carlsbad, CA, United States
    09/09/15
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    "Just when you think it's over..."

    Tuckers way had some difficult parts about child abuse and domestic violence. However, also great friendship and morality issues came up. well worth the read and just when you think it's over there are more surprises!

    30 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Wayne
    Matthews, NC
    08/04/16
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    "A really powerful and inspiring novel!!"

    Tucker's Way is so much better than I expected. It is Book 1 in the Tucker series. Tucker is a grandmother living in poverty in rural Tennessee with her three grandchildren during the 1970's. The narration is pitch perfect.

    Audible allows readers to return audiobooks they do not like. I doubt than anyone will ever return Tucker's Way. My advice: just get this book!!

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Jodi
    NW Idaho, United States
    13/10/15
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    "Painfully and Triumphantly REAL."
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book will help a person see through the eyes of those who've been abused. It was at times uncomfortable, and often painfully true. But to see the growth that takes place in the characters when understanding and love enter the scene through a binding friendship is to understand life, and those who live(d) with abuse.


    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Diana
    United States
    14/09/16
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    "Great Book - Interesting Characters"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book and the other books in the series to friends who enjoy down home interesting people and the lives they leed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the lives of the characters held so much interest to me and touched my heart.


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

    No I haven't. She was great. I'd definitely listen to other books she narrates.


    Who was the most memorable character of Tucker's Way and why?

    Oh, that's difficult to say, but I'd have to say either Tucker or Ella. April also was an unusual character.


    Any additional comments?

    Found this book by accident on Audible. So glad I did. It deserves to be read by more people!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sonyamk
    Florida
    12/06/16
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    "Almost turned it off, so happy I didn't!"
    Who was the most memorable character of Tucker's Way and why?


    Any additional comments?

    When I first started listening to this book I just hated Tucker. A women that chews tobacco and is hateful to her dog is no character I want to read about, or so I thought. I meant to return the book but never got around to it. On the way to the store I realized that I had not successfully downloaded the book I wanted to read and the only thing on my Ipod was this book. Something was better than nothing at all so I, begrudgingly, turned the book back on.

    Like everyone else by the second chapter you are hooked! I loved this book so much. It was well written, the story flowed between the characters flawlessly and it was engrossing to say the least.

    I had no idea this was a series, having just found that little fact out, this review will be short and to the point, I am dying to get to the next book! Read it, you'll love it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andrea Hern
    REDDING, CA, US
    27/05/16
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    "Took me in and never let me go"
    What made the experience of listening to Tucker's Way the most enjoyable?

    It was such an honest book with solid characters and a story that will stay with you for a lifetime. The reader was fantastic and if I could say one thing...this is the type of book that should be listened to and not read! There is a small handful of books that I insist on that point and this is one of them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both Tucker and Ella.


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

    Everything!!!!! I will look her up to see what other books she has narrated.


    If you could rename Tucker's Way, what would you call it?

    They who overcome.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book and then pass it on to everyone!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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