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Carolina Kat

Carolina Kat

Charlotte, NC | Member Since 2012

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  • O. Henry Short Stories, Vol. 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By O Henry, William Sydney Porter
    • Narrated By Bob Thomley
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    O. Henry's short stories are well known for their wit, wordplay, warm characterization and clever twist endings. Includes: "By Courier", "Jimmie Hayes and Muriel", "School and Schools", "Roads of Destiny", "A Blackjack Bargainer"," A Cosmopolite in a Café", "Christmas by Injunction", "Mammon and the Archer", "A Bird of Bagdad", "After 20 Years", "From The Cabby’s Seat", "Lost on Dress Parade", "Memoirs of a Yellow Dog", "Tobin’s Palm", "Transients in Arcadia", "The Trimmed Lamp", and more.

    Carolina Kat says: "O Henry is for the intelligent listener"
    "O Henry is for the intelligent listener"
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    If you could sum up O. Henry Short Stories, Vol. 2 in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, educational, witty.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author because he challenges his listener with classic phrasing and descriptions of humanity that elevate and entertain.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the waitress who couldn't tolerate men's eating habits finally realized what hunger was. The metaphor was marvelous.


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

    O Henry routinely makes me laugh. His tongue is so far inside his cheek you'd have to be deaf to miss it.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is marvelous. I have sought Bob Thomley in other works just to hear his soothing voice. Perfect choice for O. Henry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven Sent Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lauraine Snelling
    • Narrated By Kristin Kalbli
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (33)

    Dinah Taylor has an orderly life that is just how she likes it. A perfectly furnished luxury apartment, a satisfying career as a scientist and CEO of her own company, and an uncomplicated personal life. But all of that changes when she meets seven-year-old Jonah. The boy shows up one day, a scruffy dog by his side, in front of her office building. Dinah knows nothing about kids and even less about animals, but after she buys him breakfast, he shows up the next day - and the next.

    Carolina Kat says: "A Moral Book that does not preach"
    "A Moral Book that does not preach"
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    What made the experience of listening to Heaven Sent Rain the most enjoyable?

    I quickly liked the characters, believed them, and cared what happened to them. They did realistic things, and had believable feelings. While the story involves the welfare of the child, the author doesn't stoop to child endangerment, rather she used child endearment to involve the audience. I loved that.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The evolution of the characters - the plot was compelling.


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

    No. But I would listen to her again.


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

    I tried! But it was deliciously long.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first book by this author, but I am going to purchase another. What a find, a modern book that doesn't rely upon cheap tricks to involve the reader! I found myself thinking about this book for days after. I highly recommend it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog Named Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Greg Kincaid
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (466)

    Todd, the youngest of four children, has a developmental disability that keeps him at home on the farm with his mother and father. One special holiday season, Todd hears an ad on the radio from a shelter looking for temporary homes for their dogs during the holiday week. When Todd's parents at last give in to his pleas for this charitable cause, the family is faced with an entire shelter full of dogs needing homes.

    Gary L. Parks says: "If you love dogs, Christmas and Wisdom..."
    "Best Audible Book Yet! DON'T MISS IT"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. I've recommended it to everyone I know. What a wonderful uplifting story. I was afraid from the description that it would be heart wrenching, but instead it was heart-mending. A great Christmas story (I read it during the Christmas Season) this story is timeless, and I would recommend it any time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That the characters were real, identifiable people who inspire the listener's loyalty. I liked everyone in the story, but especially the son who stole my heart completely. I learned from them and that doesn't happen in books often enough.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Bramhall – was your favorite?

    Answered above.


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

    When Christmas came home.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it and thank me later.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Horse Dancer

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Julia Franklin
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (261)

    Sarah's grandfather was a horseman of rare talent - only the exceptional are allowed into France's elite riding academy, Le Cadre Noir. But life took an unexpected turn, and now from a council estate in east London, the Captain hopes to train his granddaughter towards a better life.

    Kaelin says: "Wow! Amazing story start to finish"
    "Wonderful book!"
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    If you could sum up The Horse Dancer in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful, heartwarming, beautiful


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Horse Dancer?

    When Susan escaped with Bouche after the street race. The descriptions were so suspenseful, I could feel myself panicking.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Franklin – was your favorite?

    Bouche (sorry - horse person here). At points I was disappointed with them all, probably the author's intention. Julia Franklin did an excellent job of varying tones and accents, gliding so seamlessly in conversations that it was difficult to remember that ONE person was doing all the talking.


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

    The true test of a leader is whether his followers will adhere to his cause from their own volition, enduring the most arduous hardships without being forced to do so, and remaining steadfast in the moments of greatest peril.
    ~Xenophon


    Any additional comments?

    A beautiful story, very suspenseful, and true to both human frailty and equine nature. I loved the historical references to Xenophon, truth is ageless:
    "A horse is a thing of beauty... none will tire of looking at him as long as he displays himself in his splendor."
    The same may be said of well-written books...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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