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3.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 5 3.40 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Deborah Reed Narrator: Tanya Eby Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781455831876
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Famed alt-country artist Annie Walsh has more than enough reason to sing her version of the blues, including a broken heart, a stalled career, and a troubled family. Annie seeks refuge from an upended love affair with her producer, Owen Pettybone, by sequestering herself at home with her old dog Detour, surrounded by a lush Florida tangelo grove. There, she spends her days furiously sanding down the house’s every veneer in a vain attempt at erasing the painful memory of the love she lost. Soon, however, this quiet, small town existence—far from recording studios, ardent fans, and affairs of the heart—comes crashing down around her. A violent murder connected to her brother Calder threatens to tear her family apart and forces Annie to shore up her loyalties and uproot profound disappointments from her distant past. The evidence stacks against Calder, compounded by his lifelong affliction with Tourette syndrome that causes some in the community to cast aspersions on the soundness of his mind.

As the circumstances converge to challenge lifetime ties and forge unexpected new bonds, this soulful, stirring novel shifts its narrative from an imperiled and ever-changing present, where each hour brings an unforeseen and unwelcome piece of news, to the poignant childhood days of first allegiances and life-altering loss. Like a fine and forlorn love ballad, the gifted, conflicted Annie lulls the reader into a journey through love and loss that mines the mysterious, and, at times, paradoxical rhythms of the human heart. As vibrant as Annie's treasured tangelo grove, Carry Yourself Back to Me cultivates an always tender, sometimes tart, portrait of one family’s regret and redemption. Inflected with melancholy and redeemed by melody, this deeply affecting novel is certain to strike a resonant chord with music fans and lovers of fine fiction everywhere.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Fett | 2/20/2014

    " was a little slow but I enjoyed it in the end. I can honestly say that about most books- if I finish them, they were worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elise Hamilton | 2/17/2014

    " A very good book. As one of the trade reviewers said, "She's a great storyteller." It's not exactly a mystery, though there is something that the protagonist wants us to know and is slowly revealing, so we're trying to figure it out as we read. Mostly it's the story of complexities of loving someone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pmcdnld2 | 1/16/2014

    " Anna is a successful musician but then her long time boyfriend leaves her for a younger woman, her career stalls and her brother(who suffers from Tourette's) is arrested for murder. Story alternates between the past and present-great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 1/9/2014

    " 2 1/2 stars. It was a fast read, but very predictable chick-lit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leann | 12/31/2013

    " I enjoyed the book, but it's not a story that I expect will stick with me. The author had a heavy hand with the foreshadowing, and I didn't really get how Owen evolved throughout the story; it seemed a bit unrealistic. Even with those faults, this was still an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Hanawald | 12/31/2013

    " At points this novel is truly lovely--the author examines the notion of matured romantic love critically. Her writing is often eloquent and lyrical, which is appropriate since the main character is a singer/songwriter. Other parts are pat or formulaic, but overall a very enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 11/30/2013

    " A nice lazy Saturday morning kind of book. I liked it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melody | 9/24/2013

    " Disappointly sappy and somewhat predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 8/13/2013

    " Just ok. Been there;read that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa Hardinge | 6/7/2013

    " I liked the story but I felt that there was something missing. It left me wanting more depth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candace | 1/14/2013

    " I really liked this book. I seem to be reading books set in Florida at the moment and am enjoying reading about the culture and geography of the state. I was intrigued by the relationships of the characters involved. I wanted to know these people and spend time with them! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/29/2012

    " This was a good story that had it's trite moments that I think sadly don't allow the book to truly soar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Willow | 10/2/2012

    " Good, short popcorn fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane C. | 6/12/2012

    " A very enjoyable summer read for women. Take it on vacation! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane Strachowski | 3/6/2012

    " Liked it, funny, fast, easy read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan Spohn | 3/3/2012

    " Good read - kept me up way past my bedtime! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian Palmer | 2/29/2012

    " A singer, recently divorced and still coming to terms with that impact on her life, lives in her old country home, intentionally isolate. But her isolation is disturbed when her brother is accused of murder, and she must stir and deal with the world again. Dramatic, romantic, slice of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittney Clupny | 2/1/2012

    " I was hesitant about reading this and I am so glad I did (in 1 day). It was so good. It does go back and forth with each chapter, but the storytelling and character development is great! I was so anxious to find out the mystery and the surprises were wow! Definitely recommend! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelsea | 12/20/2011

    " I felt the mystery side of the story was a bit of a let down but the emotion and the character development was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany | 9/28/2011

    " I really liked the characters and the storyline. The only thing that bugged me is that the author went back and forth between first person and third person with really no rhyme or reason. It would have been better if the main character was always speaking in first person. "

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About the Narrator

Tanya Eby is a narrator and novelist who has narrated more than fifty New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, earning two AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has a BA in English language and literature from Grand Valley State University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her children.