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Kathleen McDonald

Kathleen in FL

Member Since 2010

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  • A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Janny Scott
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (35)

    Barack Obama has written extensively about his father, but little is known about Stanley Ann Dunham, the fiercely independent woman who raised him, the person he credits for, as he says, "what is best in me." Here is the missing piece of the story.

    darswords says: "What a Woman!"
    "A Remarkable Woman"
    Overall

    Having traveled throughout Indonesia, while paying special attention to cultural aspects of the people (funeral celebrations and so forth) and buying my fair share of local handicrafts, I was thoroughly delighted with this book. I was so impressed with Janny Scott's investigative reporting on Ann Dunham's intellect, interests, travels and anthropology studies that I just bought a copy of Dunham's doctoral thesis, "Surviving Against the Odds". While she may not have been the perfect parent, Ms. Dunham instilled superior values in her two children who have excelled beyond the expectations of most parents for their offspring. The interviews with her children were particularly enlightening and enjoyable. I highly recommend this book. It ended far too soon for me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Grief Observed

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moments", A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis's honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. This work contains his concise, genuine reflections on that period.

    Sam says: "A Grief Observed (Unabridged)"
    "A Grief Observed"
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    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to this book over and over since my husband's death two months ago. I keep it on my phone to call up at any time, while driving or startled awake at 4 AM. It gives me peace whenever I am feeling overcome with grief, which is most of the time. So much of Lewis' raw emotion at the loss of his beloved wife is exactly what I may be feeling at a particular moment. Unlike many of his books for adults, Lewis is not cerebral in this long essay on grief. He is a husband who misses his wife terribly, is profoundly sad at her death and questions his long-held beliefs in a loving God.

    A Grief Observed has helped me stay sane. It helps me to get out of bed in the morning. It helps me to understand that I am not crazy. And it gives me hope that in time the pain of grief will lessen somewhat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barack Obama: The Story

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Maraniss
    • Narrated By David Maraniss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    In a groundbreaking work based on hundreds of interviews, including with President Obama, and a trove of letters, journals, and other documents, one of our pre-eminent journalists presents a richly textured account of Barack Obama and the forces that shaped him. This book begins in Kansas and Kenya, decades before Obama was born, and ends as he prepares for a political life. The listener gains a deeper insight into the first black president of the United States, revealing as never before the arc of his history.

    Darwin8u says: "Solid Work @ Debunking Fairy-Tales & Dark Fantasms"
    "What a book!"
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    The author's reading of the book added greatly to the enjoyment of it. His pronunciation of the names of individuals and the many places in the book is wonderful. He points out factual errors in Mr. Obama's memoir, "Dreams from my Father", but makes it clear that the purpose of the book is not to debunk that prior book. He very carefully explains why it is impossible that the president was born anywhere but in Hawaii. He talks very honestly about Obama, Sr. and his personality flaws and failings. He describes in great detail Obama's three years at a Catholic school in Jakarta, his time in high school in Hawaii as part of a weed club and the state champs basketball team, his two years at Occidental College, his two years at Columbia and his three years working in Chicago before law school. And then the book ends with a simple chronology of highlights of the years to come. There is nothing about Obama's various campaigns or his presidency.

    Recommended!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unless: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Carol Shields
    • Narrated By Joan Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    For all of her days, Reta Winters has enjoyed the useful monotony of happiness: a loving family, good friends, growing success as a writer of light fiction novels "for summertime". This placid existence cracks open one fearful day when her beloved oldest daughter, Norah, drops out of life to sit on a gritty street corner, silent but for the sign around her neck that reads "GOODNESS".

    glamazon says: "Production issues"
    "Very enjoyable"
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    This was a very gentle book with an underlying sadness over the choices of the oldest daughter. The unfailing love of her parents and sisters allows her to return in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Chris Matthews
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (177)

    In Chris Matthews’ extraordinary biography, we see this most beloved president in the company of friends. We see and feel him close-up, having fun and giving off that restlessness of his. We watch him navigate his life from privileged, rebellious youth to gutsy American president. We witness his bravery in war and selfless rescue of his PT boat crew. We watch JFK as a young politician learning to play hardball and watch him grow into the leader who averts a nuclear war.

    Dolf says: "Superb Research & Writing / Mediocre Narration"
    "Loved it."
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    While I thought everything that could be written about JFK was already in the library, I was really pleased by this book. I saw JFK when I was an 8th grader in Lancaster, Pa. during his tour of the state during the campaign and I have been his fan ever since.

    The honesty of this book was remarkable and it held my attention throughout. The narration was excellent. And I particularly enjoyed Matthew's narration of the prologue.

    I recommend this book with hesitation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett
    Overall
    (3053)
    Performance
    (2530)
    Story
    (2544)

    We are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay, available exclusively here at Audible, written and voiced by best-selling author – and fellow listener – Ann Patchett. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination.

    Lee says: "Was this our holiday present?"
    "Lovely story."
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    I was really impressed with Ann Patchett's story of her marriage to her doctor husband. There was honesty and high regard for each other. I recommend this brief recorded gift from Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Moonlight: Free Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (1633)
    Performance
    (1364)
    Story
    (1373)

    Barely a teenager, Kaylin Neya is a thief, a fugitive and an attempted assassin. She also has a smart mouth, sharp wits and mysterious markings on her skin. All of which make her perfect bait for a child prostitution sting in the city of Elantra - if she survives her first meeting with the Hawks!

    Jason says: "Great STUFF!!!"
    "Strange"
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    Although I tried, I didn't get this story at all. I cannot honestly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • March

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Richard Easton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (207)

    As the North reels under a series of unexpected defeats during the dark first year of the war, one man leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. Riveting and elegant as it is meticulously researched, March is an extraordinary novel woven out of the lore of American history.

    Paula says: "Great book, greatly narrated"
    "Geraldine Brooks does it right."
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    I thought of "Little Women" while listening to "March". As a student of the Civil War, I was very interested in the hero's experiences as he tried to help both Union soldiers and former slaves. I related to Mr. March's depression and frustration at his inability to do much good in the midst of so much suffering.

    The book was well written, well researched and well narrated.

    I recommend "March".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (6936)
    Performance
    (4899)
    Story
    (4888)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Outstanding."
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    I have long been a student of slavery and the Civil War. My personal library overflows with slave narratives and historical books on slavery, as well as historical fiction of that sad era in American history.

    Kathleen Grissom brings to life her story of a young indentured servant who is orphaned on a ship bringing her family from Ireland. The loving and intimate relationships between the seven year old child and the African slaves who care for her on the 1780's era Virginia plantation are wonderful. These are exactly the kind of deep friendships I have had with women of color throughout my life.

    The novel reminds us of the evils of slavery, particularly the vulnerable position of young women at the hands of white masters and overseers. The painful separations of parents and children are recounted here, as well as the belief among many slaveholders that their "property" was sub-human and without feelings.

    The narrators were right on target with both the Irish accent of the heroine, the speech of the slaves, and the accents of the Virginians in the big house. My family is from Virginia and I heard my grandfather as I listened to the narration. This book went far too quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Then Again

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Diane Keaton
    • Narrated By Diane Keaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (203)

    “Mom loved adages, quotes, slogans. There were always little reminders pasted on the kitchen wall. For example, the word THINK. I found THINK thumbtacked on a bulletin board in her darkroom. I saw it Scotch-taped on a pencil box she’d collaged. I even found a pamphlet titled THINK on her bedside table. Mom liked to THINK.” So begins Diane Keaton’s unforgettable memoir about her mother and herself. In it you will meet the woman known to tens of millions as Annie Hall, but you will also meet, and fall in love with, her mother, the loving, complicated, always thinking Dorothy Hall.

    carole says: "Wonderful. Sad. Hopeful."
    "A Very Engaging Book"
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    I never knew much about Diane Keaton but I have always enjoyed the way she didn't seem to take herself too seriously. Her performances in Father of the Bride and the sequel, and in First Wives Club, are examples of what I mean. I never saw Annie Hall but just rented it on iTunes. Looking forward to that.

    I enjoyed this book and the author's reading of it. Some of her inflections and laughs made ME laugh. Just terrific. What a genuine quirky woman! She didn't trash anyone. You won't make a mistake in listening to this book.

    My only criticisms are that it was just too short, ended too soon and left a few blanks. For example, I would have liked to know more about the Hall siblings in later life (even though their lives are certainly not the focus of the book and the siblings may have asked Diane to lay off!)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tananarive Due
    • Narrated By Patricia Floyd
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Tananarive Due, best-selling author and American Book Award winner, and her mother, Patricia Stephens Due, guide listeners through the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. Told in alternating chapters, their story is a triumphant memoir of their experiences with everyday people fighting for equality as members of grassroots organizations in the South. Filled with drama, heartache and rousing successes, Freedom in the Family will inspire and enlighten with its riveting account of one of America’s most progressive times.

    Kathleen McDonald says: "Took me back to the Civil Rights era."
    "Took me back to the Civil Rights era."
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    This book rang true on so many levels. As a northern civil rights activist in the 60's and now as a resident of Florida, I was drawn into this book completely.

    I loved the way alternate chapters told the stories of these two remarkable women.

    The narrator was excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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