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Kathleen

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  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1906)
    Performance
    (1656)
    Story
    (1673)

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    mj says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "Everything known about Monarch butterflies"
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    If you could sum up Flight Behavior in three words, what would they be?

    Unique, scientific, concerning


    Would you be willing to try another book from Barbara Kingsolver? Why or why not?

    I have read many books by Barbara Kingsolver and have thoroughly enjoyed most of them.
    I liked the basic story of Flight Behavior, particularly the characters, but I did find it a bit preachy and that, in some sections, the scientific information was heavy-handed. I would have to really look at the next book before I decided to read it or not.


    What does Barbara Kingsolver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her intonation and expression helped me understand the characters better. Because she had created these characters, she was able to give them more life and passion when she read the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The conversation between Dellarobia and her mother-in-law Hester towards the end of the book, where Hester finally opens up to Dellarobia, was the most moving for me as it gave Hester real humanity and explained why she had always been stand-offish.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story in general but it was obvious that Kingsolver was on her soap-box about climate change. The ending was not very satisfying as it left the me hanging as to what happened to the Turnbow family and was rather apocalytic.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • One of Our Thursdays is Missing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (343)

    Deftly blending such genres as mystery, science fiction, and classic literature, Jasper Fforde’s gleefully irreverent New York Times best-selling Thursday Next novels defy categorization. In this sixth installment, the threat of all-out Genre war looms over BookWorld. But with the real Thursday Next retired in the real world, the Council of Genres has no other choice than to tap the fictional Thursday to save the day. Her mission as emissary is to prevent the brewing war—but her task is made more difficult by a hidden foe manipulating events.

    Kevin says: "Not really a Thursday Next book"
    "Fun story but you need to know literature"
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    This was a fun story to listen to but anyone listening needs to know literature to catch all of the references and understand the character. What great imagination Jasper Fford has!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5471)
    Performance
    (2285)
    Story
    (2301)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Interesting characters"
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    The is a story that has so many plot lines going that it gets a bit too convoluted. The characters are interesting especially when it becomes clear who is who. The plot line becomes a bit too twisted for my liking, however. The ending didn't seem logical to me either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Water: A Shetland Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anne Cleeves
    • Narrated By Kenny Blyth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (111)

    When the body of a journalist is found, Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted from outside to head up the investigation. Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out of the loop, but his local knowledge is needed in this case, and he decides to help Willow. The dead journalist had left the islands years before to pursue his writing career. In his wake, he left a scandal involving a young girl. When Willow and Jimmy dig deeper, they realize that the journalist was chasing a story that many Shetlanders didn't want to come to the surface.

    Marjorie says: "What A Disappointment After Enjoying ..."
    "Unexpected twist"
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    I enjoyed this book because of the characters and the unexpected twist at the end. I'll read more of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On What Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (885)
    Performance
    (772)
    Story
    (773)

    Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

    Pam says: "Stands out"
    "Murder mystery or a Harlequin romance?"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not a particularly good use of my time. Some of the characters were interesting enough but the tendency of the author to wonder off into romantic fluff made it a waste of time.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I love murder mysteries but I think I will stick to authors whose writing style I enjoy more.


    What three words best describe Rebecca Gibel’s performance?

    I did like Rebecca Gibel's delivery of the text except when she was reading the parts of the ex-husband. He just sounded swarmy.


    Do you think On What Grounds needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely not.


    Any additional comments?

    For the most part this was a straightforward murder mystery but then it would drift off into a Harlequin romance style with men with abs of steel and women with heaving breasts. These parts totally ruined the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Depths

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated By Anne Dover
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    A hot summer on the Northumberland Coast, and Julie Armstrong arrives home from a night out to find her son murdered. Luke has been strangled, laid out in a bath of water, and covered with wild flowers. This stylised murder scene has Inspector Vera Stanhope and her team intrigued. But then a second body, that of beautiful young teacher Lily Marsh, is discovered in yet another watery, flower bestrewn grave.

    ACT1 says: "Rivetting"
    "New Favorite British Detective Series"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Hidden Depths to be better than the print version?

    I loved Anne Dover's reading of this novel. She gave such life and understanding to the Vera Stanhope character that I felt it was Vera herself telling the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vera Stanhope was someone who I felt I would like to sit down and have a cup of tea with but I also knew that she would be holding something back as we talked. She was intriguing to get to know as the novel went on.


    Have you listened to any of Anne Dover’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have liked to listen to it all in one sitting but I didn't have that much time so I listened to it for several days in a row. I looked forward to hearing more of the story every day that I could listen to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to hearing more of the Vera Stanhope series. I found out that these stories are a TV series in Britain. Unfortunately they are not available on Netflix or PBS.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4369)
    Performance
    (2416)
    Story
    (2461)

    Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

    Martha says: "Great Story!"
    "Greek Mythology meets the future"
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    Where does The Lightning Thief rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook was very good but it isn't the best I have listened to. The narration was well done and the story line is interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Percy is a very typical 12 year old boy with ADD. Anyone who has dealt with kids that age will recognize all the sign of an Attention Deficit child but the fact that there is another reason for Percy's behavior is what is intriguing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Lotus Hotel was a place that most of us think we will like to spend time but it fact it is a trap that takes away free will. The description made it very real to me and I kept thinking of the old Eagles' song "Hotel California".


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Greek Mythology meets the Future


    Any additional comments?

    If you like the Harry Potter series, you will probably like this one too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaking from Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (510)

    Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, whether they’re found among the potions in her laboratory or between the pages of her insufferable sisters’ diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the 500th anniversary of St. Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked.

    Donald says: "the best Flavia yet!!"
    "Had to stop listening"
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    What did you like best about Speaking from Among the Bones? What did you like least?

    The story line seemed okay but I had to stop listening to the story because Jayne Entwistle's voice drove me crazy.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Alan Bradley? Why or why not?

    I might try another another Alan Bradley book but only if someone else is narrating it. I might go to the public library and see if they have a print copy of the book/series so I can read the story without having to listen to the high whiny voice of Jayne Entwistle.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If Entwistle had spoken like a normal young girl instead of adopting such a high whiny voice, it might have been tolerable. I know many young girls and none of them talk like that. If they did, their parents would tell them to stop whining and say what they want in a proper tone of voice.


    Could you see Speaking from Among the Bones being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I couldn't say because I didn't get that far into the book because of the performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I was looking forward to this book because of an interview with Alan Bradley on CBC with Shelagh Rogers. I thought that the book sounded interesting because of the characters and the plot but I was very disappointed in the performance.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Antonia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (454)

    Through Jim Burden's endearing, smitten voice, we revisit the remarkable vicissitudes of immigrant life in the Nebraska heartland, with all its insistent bonds. Guiding the way are some of literature's most beguiling characters: the Russian brothers plagued by memories of a fateful sleigh ride, Antonia's desperately homesick father and self-indulgent mother, and the coy Lena Lingard. Holding the pastoral society's heart, of course, is the bewitching, free-spirited Antonia.

    Tammy says: "Enthralling!!"
    "Still Relevant"
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    What made the experience of listening to My Antonia the most enjoyable?

    The narrator made this book come alive for me. I could imagine the landscape and the characters because of Cather's description but also because of the way Jeff Cummings read the story. Somehow Cummings' voice seemed like part of the environment and kept me listening for hours.


    What other book might you compare My Antonia to and why?

    W.O. Mitchell's "Who Has Seen the Wind?" has many of the same qualities - the young boy who is learning about the hard life on the prairie and who can observe others who are struggling through hard times. Both Jim and Brian have families who give them security and ground them. Both authors love the prairie landscape as well.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Cummings’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I am aware of.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I found I wanted a break to savour some of the images and characters but I looked forward with anticipation to the next time I could listen the rest of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I chose this book because of listening to Michael Enright on CBC's Sunday Edition where he described of the effects that this book had on him. As I enjoy listening to Mr. Enright who makes me think and challenges me, I wanted to hear this book so that I could understand what made him so excited. I am glad that I did.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Your Life Book Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Will Schwalbe
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (406)

    >"What are you reading?" That's the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother, Mary Anne, as they sit in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 2007, Mary Anne returned from a humanitarian trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan suffering from what her doctors believed was a rare type of hepatitis. Months later she was diagnosed with a form of advanced pancreatic cancer, which is almost always fatal, often in six months or less. This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother.

    fred says: "Loved this book"
    "Inspirational Story of Facing the End of Life"
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    If you could sum up The End of Your Life Book Club in three words, what would they be?

    Inspirational, moving, entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that although the book club was the basis of the story, it was really about the relationship between a son and his dying mother. The honesty and candor with which Will Schwabe told the story made these two people and their experience very real. They became people that I wished I could meet. The courage that Mary Ann Schwabe showed in facing her illness and her impending death was inspirational. I also loved listening to which books they chose and what they found that inspired them about each of these books.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Harding’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any other story that Jeff Harding has recorded but I will definitely look for other stories that he has narrated.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me both laugh and cry. Like any relationship between two people this srory has both its funny moments and its sad, sentimental moments. It also inspired me to find out more about the organizations that she was involved with and to research her life more.


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad that I bought this book and that I had the opportunity to listen to this story. It reminded of some of my favorite books that I hadn't read for awhile and it allowed me to share in the time that this mother and son spent together.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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