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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (512 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Janis Hallowell Narrator: Tyler Bunch, Kristin Kilian, Beth McDonald, Mia Pitasi Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2004 ISBN: 9781598871487
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A stirring debut novel about the relationship between divinity and madness. Can the commonplace be miraculous? Of course: what is a miracle, if not the ordinary transformed? Suddenly one day, Chester, a homeless man, sees the Holy Virgin in a shy, moody, Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 2/9/2014

    " A homeless man has a vision that a teen girl at a local restaurant is actually an incarnation of the Virgin Mary. He spreads his message, the media becomes involved - and then she begins to perform miracles. And then what? This novel shows the affects of these extraordinary events on the girl and the people around her. It's a very interesting concept, and Hallowell executes it well. The narration, which alternates between several main characters, has an ethereal quality that helps hide the literal "truth" and makes everything seem vaguely, but not quite, magical. In the midst of this mystical atmosphere, Hallowell tackles some interesting questions of faith, truth, and responsibility. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Goode | 2/2/2014

    " Picked this one up on clearance at an airport. Very worth the read. Quick and easy to digest but with a great story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kayla | 1/31/2014

    " I would actually give it a 3.5 if that was possible. It was a little out there, but still enjoyable. It was interesting to have four people telling the story simultaneously. I never became too emotionally involved with any of the characters though. Good for just some light summer reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 1/26/2014

    " Overall a pleasant read - Actually piqued my interest in reading a few more things touching on faith, which is not my usual MO. Shifting 1st person viewpoints would throw me periodically (despite the chapter title being the character) but only momentarily. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy Castelluccio | 1/25/2014

    " Very interesting read, took me a little while to get into it but kept my mind going... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonna | 1/23/2014

    " Definitely not the typical run-of-the-mill book, but one well-worth reading. Again, I don't know if it's my Catholic connection talking or not, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendra | 1/22/2014

    " It is amazing what total belief (in yourself or in others) can accomplish. And frightening as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/17/2014

    " I most enjoyed trying to separate fact from fiction. It's almost like a mystery novel. Is she really the Virgin? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Philips | 12/27/2013

    " It makes you want to reach in and shake her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 'Chele | 12/24/2013

    " People start believing Francesca is the next Blessed Virgin. She "appears" pregnant and to be healing people. People get what they believe. I really liked this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jahlene | 12/15/2013

    " I just liked how the author, Janis, made the situations. She just really leaves it up to the reader on how will you determine the happenings. Divinity or madness. Its all up to you to weight it. So its an okay book to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Briggs | 11/25/2013

    " Very interesting- a very different and odd perspective. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina Cuanalo | 11/4/2013

    " It took a long time and patience to get through this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristin Little | 9/10/2013

    " I guess I can't be too disappointed in this book, as I did get it out of the bargain bin, but it did not live up to the promise of the premise. It just all around fell short of expectations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 7/16/2013

    " Tho sometimes a little silly, I enjoyed this coming of age story and thought the overtones and situations were applicable (albeit in less dramatic ways) even in lives not so fantastically touched by a higher power. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lara | 5/6/2013

    " I really wanted to like this book, but I just didn't! To me, the most interesting possibilities in the book surrounded the priest and Francesca's mom. I wasn't feeling very sympathetic to Francesca and I just found myself annoyed reading this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 4/15/2013

    " Usual story...14 year old girl believes she is the Holy Virgin and so do many of those around her. Then they all take the appropriate meds and get over it. Entertaining enough for the commute. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 3/28/2013

    " A quick and good read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 10/6/2012

    " This was an interesting book. Its about a schizophrenic and the virgin mary what a great combination. Could have been better though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Clarke | 6/12/2012

    " Well written, very interesting idea and characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 5/3/2012

    " Heartbreaking and unexpected! I really enjoyed the story about the craziness of fame or rather infamy. The characters were interesting and their views give the story so many different layers. All in all, an interesting coming of age story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Akeiisa | 4/18/2012

    " An interesting story about adolescence, spirituality, and the struggle to belong "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 4/8/2012

    " Very interesting twist on a 2000 year old story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Juliet Glaser | 2/11/2012

    " uggg, I did not like this one at all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristyn | 1/21/2012

    " This reads more like a YA novel than anything else. The story is interesting, though it's not really my kind of book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cardee | 10/22/2011

    " A nice and potentially interesting plot, but one the writer didn't know how to adequately complicate to hold my attention. But some nice prose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 7/18/2011

    " I listened to the audio version of this book and really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 4/4/2011

    " I most enjoyed trying to separate fact from fiction. It's almost like a mystery novel. Is she really the Virgin? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jj | 12/29/2010

    " I just liked how the author, Janis, made the situations. She just really leaves it up to the reader on how will you determine the happenings. Divinity or madness. Its all up to you to weight it. So its an okay book to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 10/21/2010

    " Weird, funny, sad. . . what more can you ask for in a book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 9/24/2010

    " Fabulous! Hallowell manipulates the English language into a beautiful world of wonder. I was swept away by the magic of this story, I wish it wasn't over! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katharine | 9/7/2010

    " Top notch book delving into some difficult topics. Good plot with some unexpected twists. Highly recommended read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/22/2010

    " One of the cool things about this story is that you are frequently asking yourself, is this divinity or insanity? I think important questions such as these coming up in fiction may help us to acknowledge them more in real life. Maybe a good choice for a YA audience. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristyn | 6/2/2010

    " This reads more like a YA novel than anything else. The story is interesting, though it's not really my kind of book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiah | 5/27/2010

    " Thought provoking and sweet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 3/29/2010

    " Overall a pleasant read - Actually piqued my interest in reading a few more things touching on faith, which is not my usual MO. Shifting 1st person viewpoints would throw me periodically (despite the chapter title being the character) but only momentarily. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 9/16/2009

    " Heartbreaking and unexpected! I really enjoyed the story about the craziness of fame or rather infamy. The characters were interesting and their views give the story so many different layers. All in all, an interesting coming of age story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 9/3/2009

    " i just found this book unbearable! totally uninteresting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 'Chele | 6/27/2009

    " People start believing Francesca is the next Blessed Virgin. She "appears" pregnant and to be healing people. People get what they believe. I really liked this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 6/25/2009

    " I listened to the audio version of this book and really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 6/4/2009

    " This was an interesting book. Its about a schizophrenic and the virgin mary what a great combination. Could have been better though. "

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About the Narrator

Beth McDonald, a Juilliard graduate, has appeared across the country in regional theatre productions of plays by Shakespeare, Neil Simon, Sophocles, Arthur Miller, Moliere, A. R.Gurney, Euripides, and others. Her Broadway credits include the original cast of Angels in America, A Few Good Men, and Einstein and the Polar Bear. Her television work includes appearances on Law & Order, Third Watch, and The Courtroom as well as recurring roles on All My Children and As the World Turns. She has appeared in Mona Lisa Smile and several independent feature films. An Earphones Award-winner, Beth has read a number of audiobooks including Susan Faludi’s The Terror Dream, Sandra Brown’s Sunny Chandler’s Return, Tami Hoag’s Dark Horse, and Elisabeth Hyde’s The Abortionist’s Daughter.