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Kathi

Loveland, CO, United States

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  • The Dog Who Came in from the Cold: A Corduroy Mansions Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (178)

    Literary agent Barbara Ragg has agreed to represent a man writing a book about his experiences hanging out with the Abominable Snowman. Terence Moongrove’s residence has become the target of New Age cosmologists. And pint-sized terrier Freddie de la Hay is being recruited by MI6 to infiltrate a Russian spy ring.

    Robert says: "Comfort food"
    "If you liked the last one you'll like this one"
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    What did you love best about The Dog Who Came in from the Cold?

    Picked up right where the other book left off without too much repetition about what happened in the last adventure.


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

    His fabulous accent!


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

    No, its easy light listening that I enjoy but don't feel compelled to stay up all night to read.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like the different Alexander McCall Smith series you will like this one too. I keep expecting them to run into Bertie.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Corduroy Mansions: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (237)

    In London’s Pimlico neighborhood lies a tenement described in architectural guides as “a building of no interest whatsoever.” But the residents of Corduroy Mansions—including a literary agent, a wine merchant, a thoroughly unpleasant member of Parliament, and a vegetarian dog—are a rather fascinating lot.

    connie says: "Oedipus Snark, MP"
    "Cute, funny and entertaining"
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    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Loved it!


    Any additional comments?

    Okay, I am a sucker for Scottland, humerous suspense and cute little dogs. I am prewired to love this book. This remineded me quite a bit of McCalls other series at 44 Scottland with Bertie and the like - which I also enjoyed. Visual descriptions like his other stories, good character development of quirky people you may know plus an adorable little dog...what's not to like? Perfect stories for a long commute.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lullaby

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (273)

    New York Times best-selling author of Fight Club, which was adapted into a major motion picture, Chuck Palahniuk offers a haunting tale. Winner of the Northwest Booksellers Association Award, Palahniuk is one of the rare literary geniuses who has been able to bridge the gap between a cult following and commercial success.

    Sean says: "Palahniuk's New Hit"
    "Odd but interestingly unique"
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    Any additional comments?

    Okay, so I'd have to say I wasn't crazy about this book when I first listened to it, but strangely it has stuck with me. The premiss of the story is unique - its not everyday that you read about a nursery rhyme that kills people. The characters are not your usual bunch of folks. It's not a typical story, its not very predictable, and it has some pretty weird visuals. I probably wouldn't listen to it again. However that being said I think it would be a fun book for book club.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Junot Diaz
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Staci Snell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2225)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (953)

    Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

    Kathleen says: "Fabulous listen"
    "Wow Wow Wao!!!"
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    What did you love best about The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao?

    Loved the story, loved the characters, loved the dialogue, loved the history, loved the descriptions. This was a fabulous book. I was totally enthralled begining to end.


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

    Yes, I drove around the block a couple of times just to get a little more listening in.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a not to be missed listen. Fabulous descriptions and character development. The historical, political aspect was interesting and completely weaved into the story. I don't speak Spanish but I got a good feel for what was being said within the context of the phrase. A wonderfully visual multigenerational story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15273)
    Performance
    (12603)
    Story
    (13242)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Typical romance with some porn thrown in"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better dialogue, a more creative story, characters that I liked


    What was most disappointing about E. L. James’s story?

    I didn't like the characters, they were predictable and boring. The same phrases were used over and over to the point that I cringed pretty much when Anna described anything.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

    Sure, she probably cringed too when she had to read the same phrases over and over again


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Not a big fan of either of the main characters.


    Any additional comments?

    It reminded me of a Harliquin Romance with some porn thrown in. Common girl meets handsome, wealthy stranger, finds out he has some pretty big issues and wants to fix him and will go to any length and comprimise herself in any way to change him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Classic Ghost Stories

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Saland Publishing
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Three classic Ghost stories originally recorded for radio in the 1930s and performed by Inner Sanctum.

    Kathi says: "Difficult to hear"
    "Difficult to hear"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, if they were a fan of old radio.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It needed some type of audio enhancement. It was often virtually impossible to understand the actors.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    It is a fun and reminisent listen. The sound effects set the mood and I even enjoyed the crackle due to the age of the recording. If you are a fan of early radio stories you will love these familiar stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Some Sing, Some Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ntozake Shange, Ifa Bayeza
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (201)

    Audible presents the multigenerational epic Some Sing, Some Cry. Created by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza, this audiobook takes listeners on a journey through Reconstruction, two world wars, the Harlem renaissance, and Vietnam to modern day America.Some Sing, Some Cry begins at the threshold of one family’s freedom. We meet Betty Mayfield, newly emancipated from Sweet Tamarind, a lush and haunted rice plantation off the Carolina coast.

    Barbara says: "Southern Soul"
    "Definetly an audio experience"
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    If you could sum up Some Sing, Some Cry in three words, what would they be?

    Beautiful, intriguing, different


    What other book might you compare Some Sing, Some Cry to and why?

    This Bitter Earth, a story about family struggles and family secrets


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book that you will defintely want to listen to -So much is added by the singing. I enjoyed the story and loved the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17864)
    Performance
    (13709)
    Story
    (13655)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Funny and entertaining"
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    What did you love best about Bossypants?

    Tina Fey is a fabulous story teller. I'm not always a fan of people reading their own work, but she has a relaxed and comfortable style. I laughed out loud listening.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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