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Catarina

Stockholm, Sweden | Member Since 2007

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  • The Bean Trees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (141)

    Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away. But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head-on. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three-year-old American Indian girl named Turtle, and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity of putting down roots.

    Nancy says: "Barbara, can we have a "re-do?""
    "I felt invited to her journey from my armchair"
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    Where does The Bean Trees rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Bean Trees is a fantastic book covering a journey in life as well as over land in a car. An amazing read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the main character Taylor shares her feelings and thoughts, letting me both feel connected to her and to learn a new perspective.


    What about C. J. Critt’s performance did you like?

    Her accent and voice


    If you could rename The Bean Trees, what would you call it?

    Something about a journey and accepting what comes to you


    Any additional comments?

    Barbara Kingsolver writes uniquely, always close to nature and with a very open relationship, straight forward to people and to what it means being human.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5194)
    Performance
    (3174)
    Story
    (3175)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "Unique perspective, spiritual undertone"
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    This is at the same time an entertaining, gripping and spiritual story told from a dog's perspective. Follow how Enzo, the dog, and his master Denny (+ his family) are living through challenging times. Hear what Enzo is thinking and wishes he could communicate. A true love story to dogs (I'm not even a dog person!) and a wise, encouraging, tale about life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1213)
    Performance
    (1046)
    Story
    (1049)

    In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

    john says: "More man, less tech, might have made a better book"
    "An account of a life"
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    Yes I agree this book is kind of just lining up Steve Jobs' life from the beginning to the end, but it's ok - his life is really interesting! I very much enjoyed hearing the history of how various apple products were developed, about his leadership style, mood swings and the so called reality distortion field. Steve Jobs was a product genious, with an immense attention to detail. However, he was also someone who regularly kicked out staff he was unhappy with in a brutal manner and ignored his first daughter for many years. Simply an a-hole at times.
    The books raises questions - how will apple ever survive without him? How come he was so harsh towards people?
    Anyway a very interesting read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of too much liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy weight of empire. In charting the mistakes and joys of Freedom's intensely realized characters, as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time.

    Thom says: "Great Portrait of Liberal America Today"
    "So much description, so little story"
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    Time and patience is what you need to read this book. I would never have finished it if it wasn't an audiobook that kind of read itself... The character descriptions are pretty much amazing and go into immense detail. The story however isn't really moving forward. The book goes from one character to the other, and then back to the first and sure they do things and things happen, but the great underlying story is missing. But perhaps that is life, small things happen and there isn't that great big narrative? Glad to have read it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2942)
    Performance
    (2335)
    Story
    (2323)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice.

    Lulu says: "Very, Very Funny Book, Suffered from My Bad Timing"
    "Entertaining, witty language, kind of thin story"
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    Performance

    This book is soooo entertaining and the main character really cool with her attitude and special abilities. So when the book suddenly finished I was a bit dissappointed. It's like she builds up this brilliant structure, but the story itself never really takes off before it's over. I see she's written two more books, so hopefully it's all developing there. The language is great - very witty. Oh, and who doesn't want to date a spiritual entity after reading this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sunflower: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    Just a week before their marriage, Christine's fiance calls off the wedding, leaving her heartbroken. With hopes of helping her through a difficult time, Christine's best friend Jessica enrolls them both on a humanitarian mission in Peru, to work at an orphanage called El Girasol, The Sunflower.

    Sandra says: "Fabulous"
    "A lovely story, quite simplistic"
    Overall

    This is a short enjoyable book, perfect for a trip as it is about a trip. If you're planning or thinking about a trip, or already on one, you might find this very inspiring! It was also very inspiring to hear about the orphanage, made me want to go a visit. The story is not very nuanced, but rather simplistic. But again, quite enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prodigal Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (752)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (323)

    Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives in southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region. Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches them from an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off-guard by Eddie Bondo, a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and her solitary life.

    Lily says: "Amazing!"
    "Like a walk in the forest"
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    How is it possible that I haven't read Barbara Kingsolver before?! This book is beautifully read by the author and takes you to a small farming community, into families, into peoples' lives and most of all out in nature. Seldom have I read such beautiful portraits of women, described just like they are. And she doesn't take you where you necessarily want the story to go, annoying of course, but the story is bigger than that, and closer to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2944)
    Performance
    (1160)
    Story
    (1166)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "Interesting, entertaining and intriguing"
    Overall

    This is really an excellent listen - a really interesting story giving you insight into a family during a difficult time. It's not a negative book though, but rather quite hopeful. Loved the narration and how it is written from each character's perspective. Those of you who have experienced growing up with a sibling who gets a lot of attention (due to illness or disability for example) might appreciate the sibling perspective in this book, I certainly did.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Mrs Darcy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Aston
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a husband. Well, that's what her friends and relations say. But recently-widowed Octavia Darcy disagrees. She hasn't forgotten her impoverished girlhood. Now, when she unexpectedly finds herself an heiress, her ambition is to lead an independent life not to marry again.

    connie says: "decidedly decent diversion"
    "Excellent narration but quite an unthrilling story"
    Overall

    Wonderfully read and a real joy to listen to - but the story is honestly quite dull and predictable. It is a good listen when you have a million other things to do and it doesn't matter if you miss a sentence here or there. So if your life has been a bit shaky and chaotic, this is a great choice to regain stability.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Life with the Chimpanzees

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jane Goodall
    • Narrated By Jane Goodall
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    At 23, Jane Goodall made her first voyage to Africa and began her determined steps to achieve her goal of studying animals by living among them. In My Life with the Chimpanzees, she shares the remarkable journey which took her from her childhood in London to the realization of her dream in the wilds of Gombe, Tanzania.

    Janice says: "My 10-year old loved it!"
    "A life story told"
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    A quite straight forward account of Jane Goodall's life among the chimpanzees in Africa. However amazing her life was, the story isn't very interesting. She does however build a strong case for looking after the nature and that everyone can do something to make a difference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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