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Kathryn

Pearblossom, CA, United States

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  • Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls
    Overall
    (1013)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (477)

    Jeannette Walls's memoir The Glass Castle was "nothing short of spectacular" (Entertainment Weekly). Now, in Half Broke Horses, she brings us the story of her grandmother, told in a first-person voice that is authentic, irresistible, and triumphant.

    Kathryn says: "A BETTER BOOK THAN "THE GLASS CASTLE""
    "A BETTER BOOK THAN "THE GLASS CASTLE""
    Overall

    This book was quite enjoyable, especially if you like memoirs or ranch life. It is a gritty and realistic story, with foreshadowing for "The Glass Castle." I wish I had been able to read this book first. The protagonist is self-sufficient, resilient and competent against all odds. It is a pleasure to read a book about a successful woman, without a political agenda taking it over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chocolate Wars: The 150-Year Rivalry Between the World's Greatest Chocolate Makers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Deborah Cadbury
    • Narrated By Deborah Cadbury
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    With a cast of characters that wouldnt be out of place in a Victorian novel, Chocolate Wars tells the story of the great chocolatier dynasties, through the prism of the Cadburys. Chocolate was consumed unrefined and unprocessed as a rather bitter, fatty drink for the wealthy elite until the late 19th century, when the Swiss discovered a way to blend it with milk and unleashed a product that would conquer every market in the world.

    Gil says: "History of chocolate and so much more"
    "Historically Valuable"
    Overall

    In intriguing tale of trial and error, and enterprenurial competition. Unfortunately it is read by the author. She is not a gifted reader. Very choppy and lacking plot, this book has potential as an historical reference. Otherwise, it is not engaging, nor compelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8333)
    Performance
    (5027)
    Story
    (5018)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "INTERESTING, BUT NOT EXCEPTIONAL"
    Overall

    An interesting tale that weaves together several families, from the time of the Russian revolution, to the end of WWI. Not on the same plane as Pillars of the Earth.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cow in the Parking Lot: A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Leonard Scheff, Susan Edmiston
    • Narrated By Bill Mendieta
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    Imagine you're circling a crowded parking lot. Just as you spot a space, another driver races ahead and takes it. In a world of road rage, domestic violence, and professionally angry TV and radio commentators, your likely response is anger, even fury. Now imagine that instead of another driver, a cow has lumbered into that parking space and settled down. Your anger dissolves into bemusement. What has changed? Not just the occupant of the space but your perspective on the situation.

    Van says: "Great advise for those troubled by anger"
    "NOT SUITABLE FOR AUDIO FORMAT"
    Overall

    Since this is a work book for group activities, I found it frustrating to try and visualize the exercises.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By John Elder Robison
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (156)

    Ever since he was small, John Robison had longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits, an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes, had earned him the label "social deviant". No guidance came from his mother or his father. It was no wonder he gravitated to machines, which could, at least, be counted on.

    Anne says: "Refreshing!"
    "An Interesting Saga"
    Overall

    Starting in young childhood, and concluding in fatherhood, this book has some engaging and interesting revelations. The farther I got into it, the more it seemed that the author's ego intruded on the content. By the end, I was fairly exhausted with being reminded of the "Aspergian" viewpoint. This became the dominant theme of the last quarter of the book. By then the reader is aware of the author's situation, and repeating it over and over, hobbled the forward motion of the story.

    Interesting for sure, but plodded in the last quarter.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Needle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Eric Lincoln
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2081)
    Performance
    (1147)
    Story
    (1150)

    One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Just OK by Follett Standards"
    "AN ENGAGING READ"
    Overall

    Suspenseful, authentic to period, excellent readers

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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