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Karen

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FORT MILL, SC, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • People of the Book

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1042)
    Performance
    (495)
    Story
    (488)

    This ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in 15th-century Spain.

    When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding - an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair - only begin to unlock its deep mysteries.

    Yvette says: "Amazing, fabulous, wonderful!!!"
    "Hooked on Brooks"
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    I got hooked on the author with this book and quickly dispatched with "March" and "Caleb's Crossing."
    I know a fair amount about Judaism but hadn't really heard much about the Haggadah beyond the basics...that it is read during the Seder.
    I loved this story! She did a great job getting across to the reader the importance of this sacred text and her mystery story was fantastic!
    I admit it's been a long while since I heard this book, so I can't really comment on the aussie narrator. She must not have bothered me too much, because I don't remember having an issue with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4221)
    Performance
    (3043)
    Story
    (3041)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "A Reluctant Journey to the Jungle"
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    Throughout this novel, I never really grasped what caused this woman to drop her own life and go to the jungle to see what happened to her friend and coworker. Sure, she seemed to love him a little bit, but it seemed sort of drastic to me, for her to put her own life completely on hold to travel to a remote and dangerous place, to a laboratory run by a mean and scary scientist, to get more details about his death. I think I would have told the company to send in some sort of expert. I felt like they really took advantage of her good nature to send her.

    But her journey is interesting to follow and the characters are definitely worth getting to know...whether you like them or not.

    The narrator...Hope Davis...made me want to find more books she's done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Hamilton
    • Narrated By Gabrielle Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (435)

    Before Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent twenty fierce, hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life. Above all she sought family, particularly the thrill and the magnificence of the one from her childhood that, in her adult years, eluded her. Hamilton’s ease and comfort in a kitchen were instilled in her at an early age when her parents hosted grand parties, often for more than one hundred friends and neighbors.

    loix says: "A sensory feast"
    "More Like "Scattershot Education""
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    Great book!
    Hamilton learned her chef-ing from sources hither and yon. She soaked up her information by osmosis, trial, and error. This book is about those trials and errors, triumphs and...maybe not tragedies, more like mishaps.
    Hamilton does a great job reading her own book, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17658)
    Performance
    (15702)
    Story
    (15654)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "We All Wonder, Don't We?"
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    There are some things in our history that we wonder about...if certain events hadn't happened, what would our world be like today?
    This book tackles that question in a very imaginative fashion.
    There was never a dull moment in this story. I loved every minute of it and tell others to get this book. However, I think it might have been a bit tougher to read than to listen to. I'm glad I was listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16501)
    Performance
    (14668)
    Story
    (14710)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Two Unlikeable People, Likeable Story"
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    When I started this book, I felt like I'd never care for the two main characters. One was snotty and pretentious, the other was just a loser. I felt like the writing and the readers were both over the top.
    THEN...the plot became clear.
    And I couldn't put it down. I carried the book around in my iphone while I dressed and drove to work (and wished I had longer than an 8-minute commute), I listened when I walked the dog, I fell asleep listening in bed at night.
    And now I hope there is a sequel. Because I miss the book. I still don't like the characters, but it's sort of a train wreck kind of thing...I can't turn away!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Assistant

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (354)

    When Parsifal, a handsome and charming magician, dies suddenly, his widow Sabine - who was also his faithful assistant for 20 years - learns that the family he claimed to have lost in a tragic accident is very much alive and well.

    glamazon says: "Patchett Has It"
    "Now You See It, Now You Don't"
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    At the beginning of the book, you think "This could be a great story of a magician's assistant taking over her magician's craft when he's gone."
    But then you find out it's not that at all.
    Even though it's not what you expect, it's an ok story. There are bits of tedium, I think, and I found myself waiting for something exciting to happen...which never does.
    If I had been reading this book, I probably still would have finished it. But it would have taken me less time and I might not have felt like it took too long. As it was, I listened to the entire story mostly because I kept hoping something big would happen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3101)
    Performance
    (2726)
    Story
    (2731)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Made My Feet Hurt!"
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    So she's messed up. And for some irrational reason, she decides to take on an extremely difficult challenge, in a field she's had NO experience in.
    Strayed's life is a mess and she decides to straighten herself out by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. I'd never heard of this trail, but have always had an interest in the Appalachian Trail, so I figured, "Why not?"
    I'm so glad I picked up this book. Strayed's story of triumphs and mishaps, priceless friendships and financial hardship, is just awe-inspiring. The narrator is excellent, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4001)
    Performance
    (3415)
    Story
    (3409)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "What would you do?"
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    This was a pretty good book. Not excellent in that can't-put-it-down sort of way. But pretty good. It causes the reader to wonder what they would do if they were confronted with a crime that appeared to be committed by their own child. The author does a good job showing the parent's agony, decisions (good and bad), and even includes a bit about the financial hardships experienced by people in this type of situation.
    The reader was pretty good. I had to do a little mental adjusting at first because I'd just finished another book read by the same person. It took a while for me to remember I wasn't listening to the same character, just the same narrator!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6366)
    Performance
    (5623)
    Story
    (5673)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "Slow to start and then RIVETING!"
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    It took a while for King to flesh out the characters. And of course to set up the scenario. But when all that background was finally in place, this novel just took off. I had a hard time putting it down and so listened to it for hours as I worked on a home improvement project. Often I had to stop just because the earbuds bothered me!
    I have to admit that, though I fancy myself to be widely read, I had not heard of this book. I'm so glad I never read the original version. I can't imagine that it would have been good as this new, unabridged edition.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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