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Lonely Magnolia Audiobook

Lonely Magnolia

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Publisher's Summary

A shy, lonely computer genius tries to find love in the digital age. He would never be the same! The story of Pygmalion for the 21st century!

©2017 John I. Jones (P)2017 John I. Jones

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    Norma Miles 02/12/2017
    Norma Miles 02/12/2017
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    "The woman I've been waiting for."

    A really delightful and poignant story about an exceptionally talented software computer company developer who, in his latter years, wants to retire. Not used to the dating game, he goes on line with a site called Southern Singles, to hopefully find a wife with whom to share the rest of his life. There, he meets Sadie Collins, Lonely Magnolia.
    Beautifully written with an unexpected twist, and with Tom Zainea providing a perfectly executed narration, this is a little gem of a novella, most enjoyable even for those not inclined to ever read romances. This is certainly not of the usual type.
    My thanks to the rights holder who freely gifted me a copy of Lonely Magnolia, via Audiobook Boom and this brief review is also freely given by my own choice.
    Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emily 29/11/2017
    Emily 29/11/2017
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    "Imaginative"

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    This was a modern retelling of the story of Pygmalion, adapted for the use of dating sites and technology. I really liked it. It was cleverly imagined, well written and really hits the nail on the head about today’s use of technology.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DubaiReader Rowlands Castle, United Kingdom 26/11/2017
    DubaiReader Rowlands Castle, United Kingdom 26/11/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting Novella."

    I remember, many years ago, watching a TV programme called Tales of the Unexpected. It had a different tale every week and they all had clever twists at the end. This novella by John Isaac Jones, could easily have been included in that show and it left me thinking, but with a smile on my face.

    It started out with the back-story of Karl Wainwright, and at first I thought it might be a biography of a computer genius. However, once Karl started searching for a second wife after the death of his first, I became more involved and was rooting for him in his project. Unfortunately this is so short (just over an hour in audio), that to try to relate any more of the narrative would give too much away.

    I was listening to an audiobook, narrated by Tom Zainea, who did an excellent job.
    4.5 stars.

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  • ZOE R
    11/12/17
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    "Lonely Magnolia"

    A very interesting short story, with some unexpected twists at the end. Well written, interesting story,

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ti
    27/12/17
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    "short but interesting"

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

    This was a short but interesting take on how disconnected and isolated society has become with the Internet and social media replacing basic human interaction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marcus
    SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States
    30/11/17
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    "It's a good story, but I was expecting more"

    What does a retired software guru do in lonely retirement? Return to software to find his souldmate of course!

    This is my third listen from John Isaac Jones since the amazing "Going Home". I've come to expect a bit of a twist to everything, so while this story was enjoyable for what it was, I was a bit disappointed to find that it literally was, just what it was. There was no surprise or twist at the end.

    Aside from that, it is a fairly enjoyable ironic tale, perhaps more along the lines of "Tembo Makaburi". I did feel a few characters acted a bit irrationally toward the end, but it is a short tale, so it's possible I just had the wrong "read" of them.

    Tom Zainea did an excellent job narrating!

    This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Raven H. Price
    Leesburg, Georgia
    16/12/17
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    "Irony is strong!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! I thoroughly enjoyed the book it held my attention from start to finish.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lonely Magnolia?

    The anticipated meeting with Sadie.


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

    No, but I loved his voice and way of narrating.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending wasn't expected, but it made me aware of how things play out in life. Karma is very much alive and kicking.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was given to me to listen and give an unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    America
    16/12/17
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    "Heartbreaking"

    Oh my goodness, this was not what I was expecting.

    It's well written and the lead characters are fascinating and the idea behind the story is really interesting and thought provoking. The outcome was not what I was expecting and it was surprisingly emotionally engaging.

    The narrator did a good job with a challenging story to narrate. The chat sessions cannot have been easy.

    I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

    If you found this review helpful would you please take a moment to click yes below.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BuildItLikeBeal
    09/12/17
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    "A short story with a twist!"

    This is a short story about a man who recently retired from a successful career in the tech industry and decides he's ready to find love again. Turning to an internet dating service, he begins the dance of online courtship until the time to meet his new found love arrives and he travels to meet her.

    I thought the story was good and the character was well written as all the characters in Mr. Jones' stories are. But, I found the conclusion to be unsatisfactory and while it had a nice twist, I didn't feel what I had invested in the character matched the ending and left me wondering if I had missed something. I'm still looking for an overlying juxtaposition that makes the ending seem natural, but I can't find one. I also didn't really find the compelling moral that all Mr Jones' stories end with, which I really like. This one just seemed flat and, meh.

    I was given this audio book for free in exchange for this unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catrina P
    08/12/17
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    "Lonely Magnolia "

    The twist that I didn't see coming...

    Online dating was something Dr. Wingate had never considered in the past but he was willing to give it a try. Is it possible to find your perfect mate online?

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kingsley
    Henely Brook, Australia
    08/12/17
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    "Online Dating and Computer Savvy Billionaires"

    John Isaac Jones gives another interesting short story. It tells the story of a Bill Gates type character - a computer genius, who created the software that runs most of the worlds computers and became rich doing it - eventually retiring and wanting to settle down with a lady. After struggling to find anyone in real life, he turns to online dating to find the perfect woman. And it appears he has.

    But appearances can be deceiving.

    Tom Zainea narrates well. Clear, well paced and easy to follow. He does good work, I was very happy with his performance.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kimberly Smith
    Oklahoma City
    05/12/17
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    "I didn’t see it coming!"

    Although I have thoroughly enjoyed every story I have listened to by John I. Jones, this one is my favorite! I absolutely loved it! I loved the ending because it was so unexpected. Usually, I relate to Mr. Jones’ stories because they bring about a sense of nostalgia; this story, however, is quite the opposite and is more relatable to today’s technological age. It’s a great story that is very well told. The excellent narration just made it that much better! Definitely worth the listen. I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bill Beaulac
    NEK Vermont
    04/12/17
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    "Another pertinent, but sad story on humanity"

    This is another short story bu John Isaac Jones which touches on several aspects of our humanity we can all fall victim to if we are not aware of the depravity of some of those among us. Struggles with loneliness, aging, boredom, and depression are a few of the things that leave us vulnerable to being deceived. Technology has opened a world of information to us, brought the world right into our homes. Unfortunately, it comes with a cost; one of which is it leaves your door open to those that would intentionally do harm. One should not be naive when entering the world-wide-web; especially not if earnestly in search of happiness and companionship,

    Sadly, the story of the main character is a reality in today's cyber world. It is easy for people to hide behind their keyboard and pretend to be someone they are not and lead an vulnerable person down a dead end road. Having dealt in the high-tech arena for over 30-years, I could quickly determine pretty much where the story was headed, so although there was no twist to the ending, it was a bit of an extreme case. The one slight glitch in the story itself is it seemed a bit unlikely a computer genius, as the main character was described as being, would fall into such a trap. That being said, substitute an average person into the story and you have an all too frequent scenario which occurs. Let this story serve as a warning to anyone looking to enter into any type of online relationship . . . there are many out there that are ready to live a phony life online, often at the expense of others.

    Once again, the narration in these stories is superb and only serves to enhance the listen. I would recommend this title to those that enjoy short, tight, real life based stories, A review copy of this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. If you found this review helpful, please take a moment to click yes below.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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