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Kate

Kenwood, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • We Were the Mulvaneys

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Scott Shina
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (102)

    Judd is the youngest of the four Mulvaney children - three boys and a girl - on their parents’ lush farm in upstate New York. In his childhood, Judd is swept along by the sheer energy of the Mulvaneys and their wealth of beloved family stories. But now, 30 years old, Judd looks back through his memories to tell the secrets that eventually ripped apart the fabric of his storybook family.

    Jason says: "Overlooked Masterpiece"
    "Engrossing story"
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    I enjoyed the story which I have read before.

    The only thing that was pretty annoying about it was that although the reader does a good job in many ways he seems to be totally unaware of how people speak in New York. He did the accents more like people from the deep South - maybe Texas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anthony Powell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

    James says: "A Modern (but Subtle) Masterpiece."
    "I'm loving this audiobook....."
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    After having read a few negative reviews calling it boring and claiming there is no plot I was a little wary. However I definitely do not hear a boring word in there. I'm truly looking forward to the next parts of the first movement and all the rest. I listen while I work as I am an artist and this one is so engrossing that the hours melt away. A good story helps me to be productive and keeps me at my bench even when things are difficult and I might otherwise walk away in frustration.

    Simon Vance is one of those masters who can convey every nuance. I'll be looking for more from him.

    For those who think it is boring and are dismayed at the lack of plot. I totally disagree but I guess we all have different reasons for listening.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26607)
    Performance
    (13252)
    Story
    (13294)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Loved it!!!"
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    I will definitely listen again in a while. It was totally absorbing. I found all the characters believable. I found the story to be an interesting look into another time and place. It was one of those books I was sorry to come to the end. The readers are superb!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angle of Repose

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (299)

    Wallace Stegner's uniquely American classic centers on Lyman Ward, a noted historian who relates a fictionalized biography of his pioneer grandparents at a time when he has become estranged from his own family. Through a combination of research, memory, and exaggeration, Ward voices ideas concerning the relationship between history and the present, art and life, parents and children, and husbands and wives.

    Laurene says: "A magnificent novel, beautifully read"
    "Great Story"
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    I have enjoyed everything except for the whiny tone of voice of Susan.

    I think the reader is actually quite good but I wonder if a female reader might have given Susan a stronger voice. How could such an adventurous, resourceful, intelligent and talented woman be so whiny. Much of what she says in the book could have been spoken in a less annoying tone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lake of Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kim Edwards
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    Kim Edwards now gives us the story of a woman's homecoming, a family secret, and the old house that holds the key to the true legacy of a family. At a crossroads in her life, Lucy Jarrett returns home from Japan, only to find herself haunted by her father's unresolved death a decade ago. Old longings stirred up by Keegan Fall, a local glass artist who was once her passionate first love, lead her into the unexpected. Late one night, as she paces the hallways of her family's rambling lakeside house, she discovers, locked in a window seat, a collection of objects that first appear to be useless curiosities, but soon reveal a deeper and more complex family past.

    glamazon says: "Much Ado about...what?"
    "The Lake of Dreams"
    Overall

    I am having a bit of trouble listening because the reader has a way of reading the most normal phrases like "She closed the Door" in an overly dramatic way and it really gets on my nerves. My suggestion to her is to try and watch for this as the rest of her reading is quite well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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