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The Second Journey:

The Road Back to Yourself
Joan Anderson
Read by Pam Ward

This sensitive, introspective memoir continues Joan Anderson’s previously chronicled search for a meaningful, authentic life. Overcommitted, coping with an aging parent and far-flung children, in search of integration and wholeness, she journeys to Iona, Scotland, where unexpected coincidences and insights abound, giving this pilgrimage the feel of an archetypal quest. Initially, narrator Pam Ward’s tone is strident and didactic, almost annoying. However, as the story unfolds, her tone eases and mirrors the transformation of the main character, who becomes more thoughtful as she attempts to find peace and equilibrium. Ward’s performance should find many appreciative listeners, especially among Anderson’s devoted readers. This is the kind of production that could be listened to every year, when one needs a reminder to slow down and enjoy the journey. M.H.N. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2008]

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The Second Journey: 2018-10-20T20:01:43-07:00

The Necklace:

Thirteen Women and the Experiment That Transformed Their Lives
Cheryl Jarvis
Read by Pam Ward

Thirteen California women buy and share a beautiful diamond necklace, and each is transformed by the experience. The account follows the necklace, which they name “Jewelia” (for Julia Child), as it adorns brides, travels the world, is worn during sex, changes lives, and is loaned out far beyond its original owners. Sounds like fiction? No, it’s a true story, enthusiastically read by Pam Ward. Her narration seems to evolve as the group of women bonds through their experiences with the necklace. From a gossipy delivery at the beginning, Ward morphs to a more empathetic tone as Jewelia becomes the centerpiece at fund-raisers and the subject of controversy. Ward’s mature-sounding voice is appropriate for the real-life middle-aged women who tell what Jewelia has meant to them. J.B.G. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2008]

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The Necklace: 2018-10-20T20:01:43-07:00