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Karen

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FORT MILL, SC, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 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
    (6751)
    Performance
    (5790)
    Story
    (5812)

    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
  • The Paying Guests

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1146)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1032)

    It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

    Mel says: "Difference of Opinion"
    "Just. Get this one."
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    It's a great story with a few twists. The characters are alternately likeable and frustrating and the story is truly fascinating

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Anne Lamott
    • Narrated By Anne Lamott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    Anne Lamott writes about faith, family, and community in essays that are both wise and irreverent. It's an approach that has become her trademark. Now in Small Victories, Lamott offers a new message of hope that celebrates the triumph of light over the darkness in our lives. Our victories over hardship and pain may seem small, she writes, but they change us - our perceptions, our perspectives, and our lives.

    Craig L. Ervin says: "Best Book Anne has ever done."
    "Listen to this Over and Over"
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    Other than the fact that some of the stories she tells are repeated from other books, this literary treasure is one I keep on my Audible app all the time. I think I've listened to it a dozen times already.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Michael Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Perry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    Last seen sleeping off his wedding night in the back of a 1951 International Harvester pickup, Michael Perry is now living in a rickety Wisconsin farmhouse. Faced with 37 acres of fallen fences and overgrown fields, and informed by his pregnant wife that she intends to deliver their baby at home, Perry plumbs his unorthodox childhood - his city-bred parents took in more than 100 foster children while running a ramshackle dairy farm - for clues to how to proceed as a farmer, a husband, and a father.

    Karen says: "Wonderful Look at Hobby Farmer's Life"
    "Wonderful Look at Hobby Farmer's Life"
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    Michael Perry tells how he got involved with a few animals on a small farm in rural Wisconsin. The story is great, but even more wonderful is his mellifluous writing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre, Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2994)
    Performance
    (1321)
    Story
    (1333)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Lots of dull hours with a few riveting moments"
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    WHAT. A. LONG. BOOK. Author needs to learn the art of brevity. She could have told an equally compelling story without all the lengthy descriptions and minutiae

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7135)
    Performance
    (6256)
    Story
    (6272)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Sandra says: "Be prepared to love the characters."
    "I Tried, OH how I Tried to Like this Book"
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    I wanted to like this book. So many people, apparently, have. But after 2 hours I had to realize that I just didn't want to give any more of my life to it.
    It's oppressively dull. I do have to say the writing itself is rich and descriptive. I just wasn't feeling the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • People of the Book

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1118)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (552)

    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
    (4585)
    Performance
    (3351)
    Story
    (3352)

    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
    (718)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (487)

    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
    (19877)
    Performance
    (17688)
    Story
    (17653)

    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
    (27526)
    Performance
    (24362)
    Story
    (24429)

    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

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