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Elizabeth Kingswood

Seattle, WA | Member Since 2008

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  • Memory and Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charles de Lint
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (124)

    As the young student of the cruel, brilliant artist Vincent Rushkin, Isabelle Copley discovered that she could paint images so vividly real they brought her wildest fantasies to life. Now, 20 years later, Isabelle must come to terms with the shattering memories she has long denied and unlock the slumbering power of her brush. And, in a dark reckoning with her old master, she must find the courage to live out her dreams and bring the magic back to life.

    David E. Ballard says: "If this is your first de Lint"
    "Another gem from Charles DeLint"
    Overall

    I have never yet been disappointed with his work and this wonderful story is no exception.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (492)

    Precious Ramotswe has taken on two puzzling cases. First, she is approached by the lawyer Mma Sheba, who is the executor of a deceased farmer’s estate. Mma Sheba has a feeling that the young man who has stepped forward may be falsely impersonating the farmer’s nephew in order to claim his inheritance. Mma Ramotswe agrees to visit the farm and find out what she can about the self-professed nephew. Then the proprietor of the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon comes to Mma Ramotswe for advice.

    C. Telfair says: "Comfort, Comfort, Comfort"
    "Book 14 and still going strong"
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    Would you listen to The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon again? Why?

    The wonderful fun and adventure continues in yet another installment of the ladies at the #1 LDA. Like visiting with your best friends and hearing all the latest gossip, one can never get enough of these characters and the world they inhabit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Transmission: Receiving the Living Wisdom of Spiritual Teachers

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jack Kornfield
    • Narrated By Jack Kornfield
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    What is transmitted from a spiritual teacher to a student? The possibilities of love and freedom, of living in a joyful heart. Extraordinary spiritual teachers empower us, pointing us towards our own awakening. In their presence, we can feel the qualities of enlightenment rather than just hearing about them, and we are inspired to see in a new way. With Transmission, author and teacher Jack Kornfield shares eight sessions of in-depth teachings illuminating the student-teacher relationship.

    Ninotchka says: "Superb!"
    "Transmission Received"
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    What about Jack Kornfield’s performance did you like?

    Jack Kornfield is a great speaker who mixes inspiration with entertainment. His stories offer great insights and sneak peeks into the lives and thoughts of great teachers. A joy-filled listen.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8385)
    Performance
    (7938)
    Story
    (7967)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Another great listen from Brandon Sanderson"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I *heart* Brandon Sanderson's long, long, long epic stories. I will literally sit in the car once I've arrived someplace to keep listening, or take long walks and just keep walking. The massive worlds are filled with memorable characters and fun plot twists. I wish he would WRITE FASTER!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent of Venice: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (734)
    Performance
    (674)
    Story
    (676)

    Venice, a really long time ago: Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from Britain who also happens to be a favorite of the Doge: The rascal-Fool Pocket. This trio of cunning plotters have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising a spirited evening. Their invitation is, of course, bogus. These scoundrels have something far less amusing planned for the man who has consistently foiled their quest for power and wealth. But this Fool is no fool.…

    Sires says: "Shakespear, E.A. Poe, and Pocket the Fool"
    "Christopher Moore writes another winner"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Christopher Moore is just plain awesome, and this book is no exception. It is in the more fragrant vein of writing (lots of F bomb), as it is a continuation of Fool. The plot is fun. There's always the mysterious "creature" and lots of snort-coke-out-of-your-nose humor. Love, love, love.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Company of Rilke: Why a 20th-Century Visionary Poet Speaks So Eloquently to 21st-Century Readers

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephanie Dowrick
    • Narrated By Stephanie Dowrick
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Rainer Maria Rilke was a giant of twentieth-century writing who remains a rare visionary voice for our own time. This audio edition of Dr. Stephanie Dowrick's acclaimed book allows you literally to "hear" how and why Rilke's extraordinary words continue to captivate readers, not least through his profound understanding of the depth and beauty of human existence.

    Elizabeth Kingswood says: "If you love Rilke . . ."
    "If you love Rilke . . ."
    Overall
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    What did you love best about In the Company of Rilke?

    The author has a wonderful command of the poet's work and a great voice. You are swept away by both. I have a much better sense of Rilke after this.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 44 Scotland Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (693)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (440)

    The brilliant Alexander McCall Smith became an international sensation with his New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels. His award-winning wit, made famous through that series, is fully on display in 44 Scotland Street.

    J. Rogers says: "Smith's answer to Maupin"
    "His best series yet!"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to 44 Scotland Street again? Why?

    I love this series. The characters are fun and interesting. The plot twists enjoyable. I can almost imagine the author sitting in his writing room, giggling.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self and Relationship

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Whyte
    • Narrated By David Whyte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    According to Whyte, we humans are involved not just with one marriage with a significant other. We also have made secret vows to our work and unspoken vows to an inner, constantly developing self. Whyte's thesis is that to separate these marriages in order to balance them is to destroy the fabric of happiness itself; that in each of these marriages, will, effort, and hard work are overused, overrated, and in many ways self-defeating.

    Elizabeth says: "RARE SELF-HELP BOOK THAT ACTUALLY HELPS"
    "David Whyte writes yet another magical elixir"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Three Marriages the most enjoyable?

    I always enjoy Whyte's work, but this book speaks most eloquently to the trials and tribulations of being a creative soul in the world. As a writer finding my own voice, I always turn to him when I need to illuminate my own map. He does not tell me where to go per se, only that he (as well so many others) has been in that darkness on his own path and I should not despair. That, in fact, I am exactly where I need to be.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (267)

    In his latest innovative novel, the award-winning author evokes the dazzling Tang Dynasty of 8th-century China in a story of honor and power. Inspired by the glory and power of Tang dynasty China, Guy Gavriel Kay has created a masterpiece.It begins simply. Shen Tai, son of an illustrious general serving the Emperor of Kitai, has spent two years honoring the memory of his late father by burying the bones of the dead from both armies at the site of one of his father's last great battles.

    Mike says: "Impressive!"
    "Exquisitely Done"
    Overall

    I've always been a Guy Gavriel Kay fan, but this is by far his best work yet. And the narrator was perfect. This was one of those books I didn't want to end.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Black Order: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (302)

    High in Nepal, a monastery erupts with savagery and madness. Deep in a German mine, abomination wears the innocent face of a child. Hidden in the jungles of Africa, experiments rooted in a dark past have found fertile ground again.

    Barry says: "Absorbing and Intense"
    "Another great story from James"
    Overall

    I sat next to Mr. Rollins at a conference a few years ago and was surprised at his mild mannered shyness, considering the crazy adventures he captures on the page. This book is no exception. A great story and a great narrator!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Giants of the Frost

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kim Wilkins
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    An epic saga of love, fate and betrayal.

    Victoria has chosen career over love, but starts to question this decision when she finds herself working at a remote weather research station on a tiny island off the coast of Norway. In this world of midnight sunshine, the Old Gods still watch the affairs of humanity - one of them has become fixated on Victoria, certain that she is the reincarnation of a woman he fell in love with over a thousand years before.

    Oren Eini says: "Bad ending"
    "AMAZING!"
    Overall

    I picked this up on a whim and was so surprised at how great it was. The story and characters are fabulous. The writer has a wonderful, literary turn of phrase and captures the essence of the worlds very well. The narrator is incredibly good and keeps you completely engaged. A must for your library!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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