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Kristi Richardson

An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.

Milwaukie, OR, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 216 reviews
  • 233 ratings
  • 813 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2015

  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "A welcome addition to the Dark Tower!"
    What did you love best about The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    I enjoyed touching base with the old characters again and meeting some new ones. King has that special touch of creating people we love and hate and it can be almost magical to listen to one of his stories.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is a story within a story of a story that Roland's mum read to him when he was young. That story of Tim, the boy who sets out to find out the mystery of his father's death and the quest to save his mother is one of the best King has ever written.

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

    I like Stephen King, I wish he would leave it to the pro's to read his stories. That said. he does a credible job and I enjoyed his reading better than other narrators who are professionals.

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

    I did, but it was too long to do it. I did listen to it in 3 days so that is pretty fast for a 10 plus hour book.

    Any additional comments?

    The story itself is about 9 and a half hours long with an additional chapter of the Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep, coming out sometime next year. King seems to read this one too. It sounds like a great book and has me anxious to hear the rest and see how little Danny Torrance survives with his special power.

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  • The Shunned House

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Neil Hellegers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For many years, the protagonist and his uncle, Dr. Elihu Whipple, have nurtured a dark fascination with an old, abandoned house on Benefit Street, in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Whipple has made extensive records tracking the mysterious, yet apparently coincidental sickness, madness and death of many who have lived in the house, for over 150 years.

    Bobby says: "HP Lovecraft is a MASTER of Horror!"
    ""Matter it seemed not to be, nor ether, nor ..."

    "Matter it seemed not to be, nor ether, nor anything else conceivable by mortal mind."

    This short story/book is classic H.P. Lovecraft. The narration by Neil Helligers was well done, although I would pronounce some words differently than he did.

    We all know of those houses in our childhoods that we avoided and crossed the street when passing them because we knew they were haunted. This is a story about such a house where the narrator and his uncle, Dr. Elihu Whipple decide to spend the night in it's cellar to see if they can root out the problem. Many people have died in this house or have simply gone mad. Was the house the cause?
    Was the property perhaps at fault? They hope to discover this on their overnight trip.

    Only one returns.

    This is a clever story that fills you with complete dread as you plunge in with the narrator to diagnose a haunted, cursed house in Providence, Rhode Island.

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  • Earth's Changing Climate

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Richard Wolfson

    Whatever your views on climate change, it's important to understand how the current scientific consensus on global warming evolved out of basic physical principles and a broad range of observations. This lucid series of 12 lectures is designed to do exactly that-reviewing the most up-to-date research and explaining the concepts, tools, data, and analysis that have led an overwhelming number of climate scientists to conclude that Earth is indeed warming and that we humans are in great part responsible.

    Richard says: "Needs Reference material"
    "Weather is day to day, climate is long term."

    I finally have more knowledge to fight back with climate change deniers thanks to Prof. Richard Wolfson.

    These 12 half hour courses are fairly easy to understand, (some of it I know I will forget) and show the various reasons scientists have concluded that man since the industrial revolution has been upsetting the balance of the ozone layer which helps maintain our climate.

    The 12 Lectures are:

    1 Is Earth Warming?

    2Butterflies, Glaciers, and Hurricanes

    3Ice Ages and Beyond

    4In the Greenhouse

    5A Tale of Three Planets

    6Global Recycling

    7The Human Factor

    8Computing the Future

    9Impacts of Climate Change

    10Energy and Climate

    11Energy—Resources and Alternatives

    12Sustainable Futures?

    What I liked about the classes and this professor (from Middlebury College) is that he stayed away from the politics of the issues and relied on the facts. He also said he believed that mankind could survive climate change because it was happening slowly enough that we would adapt. However, if we stopped relying on fossil fuels for our main source of energy we could stabilize the climate around 2100. At this point, that is the best we can do. The earth will not be the same as now but we should be able to survive in this warmer world.

    I recommend this course for anyone interested in the science of climate change and wanting to learn. The audible course does not have his charts or maps but with a little google searching you can find the majority at NASA or the EPA.

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  • Classic Love Poems

    • UNABRIDGED (22 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage

    For anyone who's in love - or hopes to be - what greater celebration could there be than to hear the world's greatest love poetry read lovingly by Richard Armitage? With 15 poems by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more, Classic Love Poems is a listening treat for Valentine's Day - or any day.

    vc says: "Wonderful recitation by Richard Armitage"
    "Come into the garden, Maud, I am here at the gate"

    Come into the garden Maud, I am here at the gate alone...

    Beautiful collection of everyone's favorite love poems read to you by Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield from the Hobbit movies).

    This collection is perfect for a romantic dinner or soaking in a bathtub to get you in the mood.

    •"How do I love thee?" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    •"Sonnet 116" by William Shakespeare
    •"Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe
    •"To Be One with Each Other" by George Eliot
    •"Maud" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
    •"To His Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell
    •"Bright Star" by John Keats
    •"Love's Philosophy" by Percy Bysshe Shelley
    •1 Corinthians 13:4-8
    •"Meeting at Night" by Robert Browning
    •"The Dream" by Edna St. Vincent Millay
    •"The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" by Christopher Marlowe
    •"I carry your heart" by e. e. cummings
    •"She Walks in Beauty" by Lord Byron
    •"Give All to Love" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Thank you audible for a wonderful Valentine's gift!

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  • The White Plague

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A warm day in Dublin, a crowded street corner. Suddenly, a car-bomb explodes, killing and injuring scores of innocent people.From the second-floor window of a building across the street, a visiting American watches, helpless, as his beloved wife and children are sacrificed in the heat and fire of someone else's cause.

    DJM says: "Good story once through"
    "The difference between sentiment and sentimental:"

    "The difference between sentiment and being sentimental is the following:
    Sentiment is when a driver swerves out of the way to avoid hitting a
    rabbit on the road. Being sentimental is when the same driver, when
    swerving away from the rabbit hits a pedestrian."

    Frank Herbert's The White Plague holds up remarkably well over the decades. I recently took a class in genetics and the plague the "Madman" creates seems completely plausible to me.

    The story starts out with John Roe O'Neill in Ireland doing research when his wife and twins are blown up in an IRA bombing. He is a genetic engineer and in his grief he splits personalities and becomes the "Madman" John O'Donnell. He creates a disease that will kill only women but make all the men carriers. He tries to keep it in Ireland(the bombers), Great Britain(the cause of the strife),and Libya (the training ground), but it becomes impossible to contain.

    The story shifts to the various scientists, governments and religious factions to see how they will all handle a world without women, or with women a scarcity, if they can find a cure in time.

    The only parts of the story I disliked was the young woman in the tank and even the women left are all treated as "breeders" or conniving bitches. The best female character in the story was a scientist who dies early on.

    Herbert's vision of life in a plague state is very plausible and frightening. The main theme of the book seems to be that we should fear knowledge and progress, as long as man is an imperfect beast.

    Scott Brick does a wonderful job with the accents in his narration.

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  • The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg

    Over the centuries, orchestral music has given us a category of works that stand apart as transcendent expressions of the human spirit. What are these "greatest of the greats"? Find out in these 32 richly detailed lectures that take you on a sumptuous grand tour of the symphonic pieces that continue to live at the center of our musical culture.These 30 masterworks form an essential foundation for any music collection and a focal point for understanding the orchestral medium and deepening your insight into the communicative power of music.

    Jacob says: "Really happy with the format"
    "If they cut off both hands, I will compose music.."

    If they cut off both hands, I will compose music anyway holding the pen in my teeth. Dimitri Shostakovich

    This lecture series by Robert Greenberg on the 30 Greatest Orchestral Works is an amazing journey through music and the history of music starting with Vivaldi and ending with Shostakovich.

    I learned a great deal about music and especially the composers and what they tried to accomplish through their music. I had no idea that at one time composers working for patrons were expected to come up with something new every month and didn't start writing their works down until people started asking them to play something again. Can you imagine how many great works were lost because they were not written down?

    The list of the classes are as follows:
    30 Greatest Orchestral Works
    1. Introduction
    2. Vivaldi’s-The Four Seasons
    3. Bach’s-Brandenburg Concerto
    4. Bach’s-Violin Concerto in E Major
    5. Haydn’s-Symphony 104
    6. Mozart’s -Piano Concerto 24 in C Minor
    7. Mozart’s-Symphony #104 Jupiter In C Major
    8. Beethoven-Symphony #3
    9. Beethoven-Piano Concerto #4
    10. Beethoven-Symphony #9
    11. Schubert-Symphony #9
    12. Mendelssohn—“Italian” Symphony
    13. Schumann—Symphony No. 3
    14. Brahm’s-Symphony No.4
    15. Brahm’s-Violin Concerto
    16. Tchaikovsky—Symphony No. 4
    17. Tchaikovsky—Violin Concerto
    18. Bedrich Smetana—Má Vlast
    19. Dvorák—Symphony No. 8
    20. Dvorák—Concerto for ’Cello
    21. Rimsky-Korsakov—Scheherazade
    22. Richard Strauss—Thus Spoke Zarathustra
    23. Mahler—Symphony No. 5
    24. Rachmaninoff—Symphony No. 2
    25. Debussy—La Mer
    26. Stravinsky—The Rite of Spring
    27. Saint-Saëns—Symphony No. 3
    28. Holst—The Planets
    29. Copland—Appalachian Spring
    30. Shostakovich—Symphony No. 5
    31. Shostakovich—Symphony No. 10
    32. The Ones that Got Away

    He ends the lectures talking about some composers like Bizet and Bartok whose estates refuse to allow the Great Courses to teach their works, which is a shame.

    I know now what to look for in a piece of music and some more composers I should look into. I can highly recommend the course and the lecturer.

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  • Roughing It

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1861, young Mark Twain found himself adrift as a tenderfoot in the Wild West. Roughing It is a hilarious record of his travels over a six-year period that comes to life with his inimitable mixture of reporting, social satire, and rollicking tall tales. Twain reflects on his scuffling years mining silver in Nevada, working at a Virginia City newspaper, being downandout in San Francisco, reporting for a newspaper from Hawaii, and more.

    Tad Davis says: "The wild humorist of the West"
    ""Mormon Bible...It is chloroform in print.""

    This was the first time I have read this book by Mark Twain and it certainly captures the spirit of the West in the 1860's. He also makes a side trip to Hawaii which is fun and interesting to know what Honolulu was like when still under a King.

    My favorite parts of the whole book was his take on Mormons and their religion. He writes an anecdote about Brigham Young having over a hundred children and some man gave one of them a whistle. If you are a parent you will thoroughly understand Mr. Young's agony on this event. Now his wives are pestering him so that their children get equal treatment and a whistle of their own. As a mother of six, I understood this as a real problem.

    Mark Twain's wit is sharp and his stories are hilarious in the way they are told. Grover Gardner does a fine narration on this volume.

    As with all of Mr. Twain's books there is some racial bigotry that you need to overlook. I think it's better to get the original view than a politically correct version.

    "All men have heard of the Mormon Bible, but few except the “elect” have seen it, or, at least, taken the trouble to read it. I brought away a copy from Salt Lake. The book is a curiosity to me, it is such a pretentious affair, and yet so “slow,” so sleepy; such an insipid mess of inspiration. It is chloroform in print."

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  • The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Everything we now know about the universe - from the behavior of quarks to the birth of galaxies - has come from people who've been willing to ponder the unanswerable. And with the advent of modern science, great minds have turned to testing and experimentation rather than mere thought as a way of grappling with some of the universe's most vexing dilemmas. So what is our latest picture of some of the most inexplicable features of the universe? What still remains to be uncovered and explored by today's scientists?

    Kristi Richardson says: ""The Universe is in us!""
    ""The Universe is in us!""

    This is a short course on the Universe by Neil de Grasse Tyson which I enjoyed but in some ways it wasn't as good as his television show on the same subjects. Listening isn't as fun as seeing and hearing!

    The 6 classes are as follows:
    1.History's Mysteries
    This class talks about some things that were mysteries but can be explained now with our current knowledge. Examples are the course of Mercury and the mysteries "ether" that scientists believed the Universe was made of.

    2.The Spooky Universe
    This class gives you examples of weird things that are ongoing within the Universe. The fact that in 1897 electrons were "discovered" but no one has still ever seen one. We learn about particle physics and thermonuclear fusion.

    3. Inexplicable Life
    This course was one of the best to me. Professor Tyson talks about how life began, and why aren't there different ways life evolved on the earth. Would it be possible life evolved on Mars and then came to Earth? He also talks about how arrogant humans are in searching for intelligent life in the Universe.

    4. Inexplicable Physics
    I never took Physics in High School so a lot of this was all new to me. He talks about string theory and what will happen if you go through a black hole!

    5. Inexplicable Space
    This one focuses on dark matter and dark energy. Strange stuff!

    6. Inexplicable Cosmology
    This class tells of quantum foam, the multiverse, antimatter, and tachyons. He also talks about the possibilities of how the earth and Universe will end. Is there anything else out there?

    This was enjoyable, not as in depth as I would have liked, but it's a great course for piquing your interest in further studies.

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  • Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor David Sadava

    We use DNA routinely - to cure diseases, solve crimes, and reunite families. Yet we've known about it for only 60 years. And what we're continuing to learn about it every day has the potential to transform our health, our nutrition, our society, and our future. But what, exactly is DNA, the self-replicating material present in nearly all living organisms?

    Chris says: "Very good book on genetics"
    "“ The DNA double helix, discovered in 1953, is..."

    “ The DNA double helix, discovered in 1953, is one of the great icons of science in our society, rivaling the atom in its pervasiveness in our culture. ”

    These 24 half hour lectures given by Professor David E. Sadava retired from Claremont McKenna College and City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, California were very engaging and eye opening to me. I never attended college so this year as part of my audible membership I have decided to buy several of the Great Courses programs they offer. This was the first of my new subscription and I can tell I am already getting my credits worth!

    Prof. Sadava explains DNA, genes and chromosomes so a layperson like me can understand them. He also helps us to understand how the knowledge of how they work will enrich life here on planet earth.

    24 Lectures

    1 Our Inheritance

    2 Mendel and Genes

    3 Genes and Chromosomes

    4 The Search for the Gene—DNA

    5 DNA Structure and Replication

    6 DNA Expression in Proteins

    7 Genes, Enzymes, and Metabolism

    8 From DNA to Protein

    9 Genomes

    10 Manipulating Genes—Recombinant DNA

    11 Isolating Genes and DNA

    12 Biotechnology—Genetic Engineering

    13 Biotechnology and the Environment

    14 Manipulating DNA by PCR and Other Methods

    15 DNA in Identification—Forensics

    16 DNA and Evolution

    17 DNA and Human Evolution

    18 Molecular Medicine—Genetic Screening

    19 Molecular Medicine—The Immune System

    20 Molecular Medicine—Cancer

    21 Molecular Medicine—Gene Therapy

    22 Molecular Medicine—Cloning and Stem Cells

    23 Genetics and Agriculture

    24 Biotechnology and Agriculture

    My favorite lectures were the medical ones where he explained the different ways genetics can help us either control diseases, eliminate diseases and cure disease. He also explained how many diseases are not caused by a single gene but by many so that it isn't as simple as replacing one gene and you are cured.

    The PKU screening test done on all infants is a form of molecular dna testing. If your child tests positive you can keep the harmful effects in check by limiting protein in their food of a certain amino acid that builds up and could cause mental retardation. This test has been going on for at least 50 years.

    Professor Sadava does warn of the careful testing that needs to be done before rushing a product to market. Let's say you create a wheat seed that grows faster and has additional fiber added into it's genetic structure. Sounds good, right? However, what if by doing this it creates an allergy in 50 per cent of the population to wheat? Then it's properties are no longer worthwhile or profitable. He used as an example a case of early gene therapy in a boy with cancer that they tried to change his cancer cells into healthy cells but instead of curing the boy the bodies white blood cells fought back and killed him because they could not recognize the new cells.

    This is a great series of lectures given by an energetic and informative man for anyone interested in science and medicine. I know I learned a lot from it.

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  • The Snow Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Hans Christian Andersen
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan

    This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.

    Sara says: "Strange & Fascinating"
    "Thanks Audible for my Christmas present!"

    Hans Christian Andersen was one of my favorite authors growing up. I loved his Ugly Duckling and Little Mermaid stories. The story of the Snow Queen is another top notch tale.

    We all know "Frozen" was based on this story, but only in the fact that there was a Snow Queen in it. This story is more like the old animated tale with Sandra Dee's voice as Gerda searching for her best boy friend Kai who after getting a shard of magic glass in his eye and heart runs off with the Snow Queen. Every day he is with the Queen he becomes deader to reality and the possibility of happiness. Can Gerda save him with her love?

    As Gerda makes her way towards the Snow Queens castle she has many adventures and makes more friends, my favorite is the Little Robber Girl who wants Gerda to live with her and be her friend but finally lets her go on her quest to save Kai.

    This is a lovely story and a wonderful read by Julia Whelan.

    Thanks, Audible!

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  • The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy, and ambition that set LBJ apart. It follows him from the Hill Country to New Deal Washington, from his boyhood through the years of the Depression to his debut as Congressman, his heartbreaking defeat in his first race for the Senate, and his attainment, nonetheless, at age 31, of the national power for which he hungered.

    David C. Daggett says: "The Best of all Biographies"
    "“If you can’t come into a room & tell right away.."

    “If you can’t come into a room and tell right away who is for you and who is against you, you have no business in politics.”

    I knew when I undertook this project of reading the four part biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson that I was in for a long haul. What I wasn't sure of? Whether it would be agony or ecstacy! I'm happy to report that it is the latter.

    Mr. Caro does not write a whitewashed version of LBJ's life but it's not a hatchet job either. He puts all the flaws and good that Mr. Johnson did from his birth until FDR's death.

    The good about Mr. Johnson was his identifying with the poor people in the state of Texas. He was born fairly poor and I believe that is why his drive to succeed was so strong. He loved his mother and had a love/hate relationship with his father. He was a workaholic and expected his people to do the same.

    The bad was pretty overwhelming. He was ruthless and would do anything to win, that meant spying on his friends and reporting back to the President. He gained control of all the money for the Democratic Party in one election and used it to help his friends and get rid of his enemies. He was a lousy husband in my opinion.

    I believe the time I took to read this first book is time well spent. I will take a break before reading the next one.

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