• Saving Gracie

  • By: Terry Lee
  • Narrated by: Michelle Babb
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Kathryn Broussard has managed her life with dignity and an I-know-you-have-feelings-but-I'm-coming-through-anyway attitude. She exudes confidence and control over the land much as a reigning queen rules her court. Her main focus - Grace, her daughter. Although grown, Grace depends on her mother's razor-sharp decision-making ability for everything. All is well in the land of dysfunctional mother-daughterhood until the unthinkable happens. Kathryn dies.

With her mother now gone, Grace is forced to manage her own life for the first time. And Kathryn must find a way to maintain control of her daughter, even though unusual circumstances from the "other side" present a fair share of obstacles to overcome.

A mother's love, however dysfunctional, is a force to be reckoned with.

©2012 Terry Lee (P)2014 World Castle Publishing, LLC

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Fun book

Would you consider the audio edition of Saving Gracie to be better than the print version?

I did not read the print version. Good audio helps picture the characters in your mind, and this audio did this.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Saving Gracie?

I really liked the character Ruby and the performer makes her come to life. You can just picture her standing in front of you and popping that gum!

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

The voices. She added the characterization so vividly that it is easy to picture each person. Her voice is very entertaining to listen to. She puts humor into the reading. The voice inflections were great.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I don't like to listen straight through and this book was good to turn off and contemplate the events. This slowed down the book so there was full enjoyment.

Any additional comments?

Very light book and fun to listen to.

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Letting Go is Never Easy

Would you listen to Saving Gracie again? Why?

Perhaps...I'm sure there would be additional insights the second time around. Interaction between parent and child is a universal theme.

What did you like best about this story?

I think it was the realization that there's a lot of Grace and Catherine in me; and, I'm sure, in a lot of women. Being an "always right" Mom or a "never sure of myself" daughter is all too common.

Which scene was your favorite?

Don't know if I had a favorite scene, but I really liked Ruby...she was a trip!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nothing extreme, although it was easy to feel the intense emotion Grace felt when her mother was dying. It's difficult to face the death of a parent who you depend on for just about everything and yet resent for making you feel like a perpetual child. And as Catherine began to see that Grace was indeed capable of caring for herself and her family on her own, you could almost feel the transition from worrying Mom to freed spirit.

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I really enjoyed the reading by Michelle Babb. She speaks with clarity and sensitivity and makes the book "come alive". The characters become real as you listen...

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Entertaining! Funny! Difficult to stop listening

If you could sum up Saving Gracie in three words, what would they be?

The only thing that comes to mind is: a-must-read. I generally only read mysteries, but took a chance on this and it was really, very good. I just couldn't stop listening.

What did you like best about this story?

The theme, of course, and how the two separate story lines intertwined so gracefully (no pun intended).

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

This is the first audiobook I've heard Michelle Babb narrate and it was fantastic. She has such a wide range of voices to differentiate each character. It was amazing.

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

When Quinlan was listening to Gracie speaking to her on the beach. That was a very touching moment in the story.

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Touching, emotional but very good read

Would you listen to Saving Gracie again? Why?

No, there aren't many books I care to listen to more than once.

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

I've listened to several Michelle Babb narrations and I'm never disappointed. She puts a lot into her performances and every character has their own voice. She is great at giving life to the characters so I can actually visualize them.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, once I got involved in it I wanted to listen to find out how everything worked out.

Any additional comments?

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

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MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Saving Gracie to be better than the print version?

Always is, but only listened

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ruby!! Ruby is funny!

Which character – as performed by Michelle Babb – was your favorite?

Ruby and Grace

If you could rename Saving Gracie, what would you call it?

no rename

Any additional comments?

** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

In liked this story very much, and it was narrated quite well, Michelle always does a good job...What I didn't like was how they made Gracie look like an incapable twit at times.. If you can be a good om to a special needs child, you are very capable...Gracie's moms lack of trust in how capable her daughter was, was quite controlling...even though she loved her daughter very much! I like how Both Gracie and Katherine learn how to let go...and I was very proud of both of them in the end...I did cry a bit, because this is a touching story...and it is well worth your time and a credit!!!

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Story Long to be Remembered

What did you love best about Saving Gracie?

There are several things. The way it made me think about how I raised my daughter. The look at the Ms Lee version of the here-after.

What other book might you compare Saving Gracie to and why?

I would compare this is "Heaven Can Wait". A story about a man who was killed before his time and while finding him another body learning a lot about life.

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

Yes, I have listened to Michelle's other performances. This was even better than the last. Michelle really brought this book to life for me. I think I enjoyed it more listening to her than I would have reading it. Where there were songs she sang which made it seem more life like. Her depiction of the individual characters was excellent from the hard nosed Yankee, Ruby to Maggie's British accent.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES!!! Every time I had to stop, the story stayed on my mind.

Any additional comments?

I do know that this story will stick with me for a long time. We all struggle as parents to protect our children and we always want them to have the best and not to fail. But where does that parental desire become the undoing of our children. When we do so much for our children that they do not learn to do for them selves. This story is a good look into that scenario. As a mother, it made me question did I do the right thing as parent. I have to say I look at my daughter, see the amazing woman she has become, and hope that I did they right things by her. Read the book, even better listen to it. I will amazed if it doesn't pull at your heartstrings as it did mine.

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Odd book

Would you listen to Saving Gracie again? Why?

No, I usually don't listen to any book twice.

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

I didn't care for the narration of this book. Difficult to follow due to inappropriate spacing with sentences.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

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Saving Gracie was a great read !

Would you consider the audio edition of Saving Gracie to be better than the print version?

Yes, The narrator did a great job on hitting all of the emtions. She made you feel like you were right there in the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Saving Gracie?

When Gracie realized she could go on without her mom. She would miss her but she had to push on with her life.

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

She nailed every emotion. She kept you going.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, I had an extreme reaction .I did both I cried and laughed

Any additional comments?

I would suggest the audiable book to my friends and family.

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Nice Read !!!!

Narration was fabulous.

I’d 100% listen to another book about these characters. Great read , enjoyed!!!

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Moms and Heaven and Sisters oh my!

What happens when you are taken to Heaven? One mom won't let dying keep her from helping her daughter. A lot of swears in this book, which deterred me from finishing, but the story kept me plugged in. I loved the characters in this book and I related to Gracie very well, so much that I journaled three pages about it! Great job on the book and the performance.

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  • Sara Niña
  • 05-30-16

So Adorable...I can't find a fault with this audio book.

The story follows a young woman, Gracie, who has a lot on her shoulders, life is tough. Now, throw a control freak of a mother into the mix and you get quite a huge burden of stress.

This is what Gracie has been dealing with for all her life, it has resulted in low self-esteem and great vulnerability. But this she only discovers when she is faced with the death of her mother: Kathryn (Queenland as she becomes known in the 'next world'. And this is where the story really starts: with Gracie taking control of her own life. But of course, a control freak of a mother cannot resist the temptation to remain in control of Gracie's life, even if her being dead is quite the hindrance. So Queenland pursues Mission: Saving Gracie. Surprisingly, there are few disasters but there definitely are valuable moments of self discovery.

I have weirdly become quite fascinated with books which explore the 'beyond death' culture. It's always so interesting to read (or listen, in this case) about a writer's thoughts on the subject. In this book, Terry Lee describes a pleasant environment with friendly (but sometimes annoying) dead people. I must say of all the dead people, Ruby had to be my favourite. Michelle Babb, the narrator of the audiobook version, executed the character so humorously. I think this character was enough to make this book so adorable.

In equal measure, I liked Gracie's journey to finally be able to stand on her own two feet, to adapt the 'mother' role for her children, to step out of her comfort zone and help another helpless person. As well as, her strength in coping with a distant husband. It was appreciated to find that my feelings regarding her husband were so very wrong. Be warned though, there are some teary moments- obviously with the passing of her mother's death but other moments when we realise how Kathryn became so controlling.

The narrator, Michelle Babb, was wonderful with this book. The characters were performed excellently, and she certainly nailed the Ruby character. I have to say that this was one of the books where I can only recommend the audio book version, it is far more enjoyable. And with the flitting of character perspectives, between mother and daughter, it is definitely more helpful in making sense of what is going on.

I received the audio book for review.

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  • KarenThornton
  • 08-10-21

She can’t let go, even in heaven

This was an unusual story that takes place in this world and the next. It is a feel good story like It’s a wonderful life.

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  • John Marsden
  • 03-20-21

Strange story

This is a very strange story with the interaction between Gracie and her domineering control freak of a mother both before and after her mothers death. Gracies mother returns from the other side following her passing from cancer and still wants to control Gracie. The book has quite a good ending and Michelle Babb does a great job of the narration as usual. I don't think I would want to listen to another book like this but did enjoy the experience this one gave me of a genre I'm not too sure of.
This book was kindly given to me by the narrator and I leave this voluntary review.

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  • mangankillarney
  • 01-25-21

Enjoyed

I did enjoyed listening to Michelle Babb, always makes the listening experience a joy . She brings the characters to life.

You find yourself hoping and cheering for Gracie. The story is has Grace developing strength from a very controlling mother .
A great story and listen to.

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  • Jan M
  • 11-15-20

Wow!!! Incredible Listen

Saving Gracie by Terry Lee was not what I was expecting. The storyline had a control freak mother and Gracie. I loved how Gracie developed a backbone in this listen. She evolved so much in this listen. Michelle Babb was fantastic at bringing the characters to life (especially the dead ones). I really enjoyed this listen.

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  • Julie
  • 06-14-20

Tugs at the heart strings

I nearly stopped listening because I so don't need to hear about someone dying and crying so soon after starting the book wasn't a good start (I should point out I cry at Disney film's). Glad I didn't because once it got over the initial few chapters it became more interesting and I enjoyed it. It was a very different book to what I normally listen to but I found I wanted to keep listening to see what happens to the characters. The story is told by two characters the daughter who is learning to live without her mother and find her purpose in life now that she isn't under her thumb and by the mother who is a ghost and wants to come back to save her daughter. Both sides turned out to be fascinating as each character faced there own challenges and changed because of it.
Grace has always had her mother on speed dial or telling her how things should be done but her world comes crashing down around her the diagnosis of the c word. Rather than make the most of the time they have left Grace hides from the world and when the end finally comes she isn't ready to copy with it. Grace 's husband and two children, including a deaf daughter try to help her through it but when the husband has to leave the country for business, Grace has to find a way to move on. She does this by helping out at a summer camp for deaf children, where she befriends a little girl who needs more help than she does. By doing this she changes her life for ever. Kathryn knows how much her daughter needs her and will use every trick in the book to be able to get back to her. But the after life has rules and with all of them broken, will the high council let her return to earth to help her daughter? Is Gracie the real one that needs saving?
I really like Michele Babb as the narrator, she has a way of making the characters come to life, even the dead ones