• Finding the Grain

  • By: Wynn Malone
  • Narrated by: Amber Benson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (531 ratings)

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Finding the Grain

By: Wynn Malone
Narrated by: Amber Benson
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Publisher's Summary

Kentucky was only ever going to be a summer job. Come fall, Blue Riley would be back in North Carolina, in college. But one job led to another, one town led to another, and one woman led to another. Now, after twenty years Blue faces the hardest question of all - is it time to go home?

©2014 Wynn Malone (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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The Passage of Time feels undefined.

First person narration across years presents a challenge to authors that this one just doesn't quite meet. The book spans more than 25 years in Blue's life, but the writing fails to show the changes in the characters in an authentic way. We are told rather than shown the passage of time. The narrator seems to feel this or adds to the problem. She doesn't mature the voices from 20 to 45+. When Grace reappears, she speaks and sounds as if no time has passed. When it was over, I felt as if Blue had gone on an odyssey of a few years instead of 25.

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Too Glum for my fancy

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I really liked the part where she stayed with Mary and Preacher and decided to stop running from her feelings. The least interesting part is Blue's pining for Grace.

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It's a well written book and I see why it would appeal to a lot of readers but I didn't appreciate it. It's too glum for my fancy.

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  • DB
  • 04-20-15

Don't know if the grain was ever found -

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Anyone interested in a torturous never-ending story that has all the time in the world to listen to it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Wynn Malone again?

NO, I would not. This was a ridiculous book to listen to about a drifter with no backbone or sense whatsoever.

Would you be willing to try another one of Amber Benson’s performances?

I guess she did the best she could with what she had to read. Good grief.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really - the entire book was way too long with a bunch of non-sense people - there were several parts of the book that could be completely wiped out just by using in a sentence
(10 years later). What's bad is I even read the reviews and decided to give this a shot.
My mistake.

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The characters were too overly DRAMATIC. It really makes you want to yell at the main character to just GROW THE HELL UP. - But no, we are forced to hear about her crap for 13 hours or more. Had she have seen a counselor when she was young - we could have avoided listening to all this dribble.

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This is a SMART book

If you’re looking for the usual love story with a dash of drama and tons of sex, move along. This is a story of a woman’s life of love and pain. A story that is painfully real.
Aside from the narrator randomly dropping accents, it was 5 star all the way.

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Depression

If you like that lonely never settled feeling this is for you. 12 hours of sadness and only one hour of sorta happiness. The ending it just well ended.

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why did I wait so long to get this book?

maybe it was the length of the audio book that made me put off listening to it for so long... or maybe I was afraid the southern accents wouldn't sound good to me? I really liked the book a lot! the NARRATION WAS INCREDIBLE! she was so good at so many voices/accents. take time and enjoy this one :)

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Loved the story

Wonderful story of life and love, beautifully written, very easy to follow. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a beautiful memoir style read.

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  • 07-08-22

Movie

This would make a great movie! Took a bit to settle into the accents, but once that happened it was a wonderful listening experience.

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Thank You

I don’t write reviews on these books often, but I felt I had to. When I first started this book I had had it in my library for ages. I initially downloaded it since it was an included title of quite a good length within my genre of choice, but I just ignored it thinking it was probably just one more generic book. When I started it I had just intended to use it to cleanse my palette, got an alert saying it would be removed from the included books in 48 hours and was just like whatever I don’t care probably wouldn’t finish it anyway. A while into it i was enthralled, I had no idea why I just felt compelled to keep listening. I only got two hours sleep before waking up to get ready for work because I had to force myself away from it to get that much. The story was as a void pulling me I cried a lot at some point. I feel privileged to have listened to this book, I really do. I want to thank the Author and Narrator for this experience thank you.

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You can run but not hide

This is one woman's amazing life journey. How her encounters and experiences have shaped her choices in life. It is a very colorful and emotional story. My heart ached for Blue especially after every encounter with Grace her one true love. Grace is always trying to please others and follow the rules while denying her true self. I found it very moving and beautifully written. The narrator Amber Benson did a super job with the Alabama accent as well as making all the characters unique.

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  • Oscar
  • 01-11-15

A touch too much melodrama in the narration

Really, this book centers around the main character. If you like her and stay with her through-out the journey, you will find if great. The writing is fine. It doesn't get in the way with cliches or clunky metaphors. It does it's job nicely and unobtrusively.

The narration is overdone at times. It's the first time that I've heard a narrator appear to cry when reading a sad part of the story, and I found that...unnecessary.

The book spans the story of the main character, a free spirited lesbian, from her early college years right though to her 40/50's. Now, the first half of the book describes a haunted, hurt, 'running away from herself and others' character. I really liked this character. I thought she was warm and humane and non-judgmental. The second half of the book sees the character try to 'get her life on track' as she sees it and you know, settle down, get a meaningful relationship, career etc and here is where the book and I parted ways. I flat out didn't like the woman she became as she began to fight for what she wanted. Towards the end, I found myself truly hoping she wouldn't get what she was fighting for (trying not to give spoilers) as I wanted to see her get her comeuppance!


However, this doesn't mean the book was bad. I just didn't like the character. If you like the character, you'll get along fine with this book.

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  • Mr. Anthony D. Bateman
  • 10-07-21

epic

romance novels are usually half as long and cover a short period of time, the beauty of this book is covering a lifetime with all the stories in between , there is only one love and mostly it's messy to get there to keep it or lose it, 2nd chances are rare grab it. our heroine is saddened by loss and wanders trying to remind herself, Wyn Malone captures the soriety girls conflict and her incomplete life, and Amber Benson narrates with humour passion and defines the characters in accent/emotion. it's sad but money really can't buy love we all struggle with it. Great book I will read again often.

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  • Daisy
  • 09-15-21

Wonderful epic story

I love this book. I love the decades it took to tell. There are heartbreaking moments and I cried, but seeing someone come back from years of running and finally finding their place was worth every tear drop. The narration of the audiobook was wonderful and at times I believe the lump in Amber Benson’s throat must have been real. I would recommend this to everyone.

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  • FC51
  • 08-04-21

An epic lesbian love story

Spanning the decades, Wynn Malone's excellent novel tells the story of a love that is lost, the hurt this causes and the bravery needed to find it again. The wide ranging cast of characters are brought skilfully to life by Amber Benson who, to my British ears at least, convincingly utilises an impressive number of regional US accents to achieve a well narrated audiobook.

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  • Jd
  • 04-30-18

Fantastic

You don’t have to be a lesbian to enjoy this journey. Beautifully crafted. A gentle love story

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  • JP
  • 07-18-22

An epic journey

I don’t know why I didn’t listen to “Finding the Grain” sooner! It’s a wonderful book that encompasses so many emotions over its 20 year span. This is an epic romance novel, brilliantly narrated. Loved it!

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  • jwinter
  • 09-08-21

Brilliant story

This was a great listen. Well written and beautifully performed. This one is a story I’d happily revisit.

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  • Erin MS
  • 08-22-21

A story you can really get into.

The narrator is the perfect voice for making this story come to life. The plot is compelling and unpredictable. The characters are relatable and it's so easy to root for them.

My only objection is the last few sentences of the ending. I wanted a little more.

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  • SeeTurtle
  • 01-10-15

Very well written!

This has been the best book I have read in a long time. It actually made me cry.
Fantastic story, amazing ending *****

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  • Grace
  • 04-16-22

Wonderfully written and narrated

So well written, both heartbreaking and heartwarming. I wish Wynn would write more than one book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-18-22

Talented writer, narrator and production team

Amber Benson brought to life the characters of this beautifully written book. I was first acquainted with Ms Benson’s work on the Buffy vampire slayer series. Wow! I enjoyed every description of feeling and situation of every character. Absolutely marvellous. Thank you.

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  • Jelly Bean
  • 08-19-19

A wonderful book

Heartbreaking and so well written. Once you start reading it you have to continue. The narrator was excellent. A story that stays with you.