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Karyn

Westport, CT, USA

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  • 11 reviews
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  • 35 titles in library
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  • Small Steps

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Louis Sachar
    • Narrated By Curtis McClarin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Two years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is home in Austin, Texas, trying to turn his life around. But it's hard when you have a record, and everyone expects the worst from you. The only person who believes in him is Ginny, his 10-year-old disabled neighbor. Together, they are learning to take small steps. And he seems to be on the right path, until X-Ray, a buddy from Camp Green Lake, comes up with a get-rich-quick scheme.

    Karyn says: "Wonderful, as always"
    "Wonderful, as always"
    Overall

    You can always count on Sacher for the best and most imaginative childrens books. This sequel to Holes (though maybe just a smidgen less wonderful) does not disappoint.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Then Came Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By LaVyrle Spencer
    • Narrated By Amy Irving
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Eddie Olczak, devoted husband and father, a man of unshakable faith, derives intense pleasure from the life he's built with his wife, Krystyna, their 2 daughters, and the Catholic church where he both works and worships. So when a tragic accident takes Krystyna's life, Eddie is sure his heart is broken forever. Friends and family rally around the Olczaks in their time of grief, but with Sister Regina, things are different.

    Jane says: "Terrible sound production."
    "Tragic but worth it."
    Overall

    This story starts out with a terrible tragedy. Spencer must have lost someone she was close to in order to have described great mourning in such detail. In a paper book, you can skim over parts that are hard to handle, but in audio, you are stuck with every grueling and painful detail. However it's a beautiful book, a great romance, and an interesting description of life within the religious order. In my opinion, it's better than books with the tragedy at the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Guided Meditation for Relaxation, Well-Being, and Healing

    • ORIGINAL (55 mins)
    • By Glenn Harrold
    • Narrated By Glenn Harrold
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    This superb, high quality hypnosis program by Glenn Harrold, the UK's best-selling self-help audio author, effortlessly guides the listener into a magical healing garden with a beautiful stream. The dreamy sound effects are so real you will believe you are actually there. Ideal for relaxation, well-being, and self healing.

    Andrea says: "Try this one!"
    "OK the first few times"
    Overall

    This was useful but very boring after the first two or three times. More so than other meditation audio.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Noughts and Crosses: Noughts and Crosses 1

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Malorie Blackman
    • Narrated By Nina Sosanya & Nigel Greaves
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Sephy is a Cross, a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Nought, a 'colourless' member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood. But that's as far as it can go. Until the first steps are taken towards more social equality and a limited number of Noughts are allowed into Crosses schools.

    Karyn says: "Compelling teen reading"
    "Compelling teen reading"
    Overall

    This was my daughter`s favorite book when she was 13. I enjoyed listening to it - the actors are talented and the story moves quickly, if occasionally predictably. Some of the themes are more suited for older teens, but my kids were fine with them. I recommend this for kids 12-15.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • That Camden Summer

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By LaVyrle Spencer
    • Narrated By David Dukes
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    A divorced woman, Roberta Jewett, returns to Camden, Maine, with her 3 daughters, to start a new life on her own. It's the summer of 1916 and Roberta faces the obstacles of rumors and innuendo, not to mention the lack of support from her mother and sister. In her efforts to rebuild both her life and a ramshackle house on the harbor, Roberta endures violence, betrayal, and her share of pain. But she also finds love, friendship, and acceptance from a most unlikely source.

    Gretchen says: "I loved this book ..."
    "Great characters, addictive reading"
    Overall

    I have read this book three times and listened to it once. Like most of her novels, it's as satisfying a romance as anything can get. This isn't a simplistic, formula type of story. I always refer to Spencer's books as "brain candy for the intelligent reader." Even my husband, who usually reads philosophy and history for fun, enjoyed listening in.

    1 of 1 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
    (753)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (324)

    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!"
    "Breathtaking"
    Overall

    This has to be one of the most beautiful, touching, inspiring books that has ever been written. It's hard to find books that make you think and feel without manipulating you or dragging you through somebody's terrible, painful tragedy. This is one of the rare few. Kingsolver is idealistic and yet clearheaded. The first half hour or so is a bit slow as you acclimate to the storylines, but then it's impossible to turn off. I loved these characters so much, and grew so attached to them (even the difficult ones), that I listened to the last few words with tears in my eyes. Kingsolver narrates earnestly, endearingly, doing justice to the local dialect.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Hoot

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Chad Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (120)

    Roy's family moves a lot, so he's used to the new-kid drill. Florida bullies are pretty much like bullies everywhere. But Roy finds himself oddly indebted to the hulking Dana Matherson. If Dana hadn't been sinking his thumbs into Roy's temples and mashing his face against the school-bus window, Roy might never have spotted the running boy. And the running boy is the first interesting thing Roy's seen in Florida.

    Native Texan says: "Clever and surprising!"
    "Fun book for the whole family"
    Overall

    This book is in the same genre as Louis Sachar's books - complex plots with twists and turns, and challenges that keep you rooting for the main character. It's not as imaginative as Sacher's books, unfortunately, but close enough that you won't feel too disappointed. It's got a good pace that is interesting right from the beginning and keeps up throughout the story. Definitely something that parents and kids can share on a long car trip.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Definitely Dead: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3153)
    Performance
    (1502)
    Story
    (1510)

    Wedding fever has come to Bon Temps, Louisiana! Unfortunately, buxom, blonde, beautiful, and telepathic cocktail waitress Sookie is not the bride-to-be, so she takes the opportunity to travel to New Orleans on family business. As heir to the estate of her newly dead cousin Hadley, Sookie unearths a big secret. Soon it becomes clear that more than a few people will do anything to stop Sookie from looking into Hadley's past.

    cmclien says: "More is revealed"
    "Not my style"
    Overall

    I'm sure this book would appeal to people who enjoy reading about fabulously beautiful rich and famous people with expensive clothes and sharp, witty, shallow dialogue. If you like realistic likeable people in realistic settings, you might not enjoy this. I didn't.

    4 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Austen's Charlotte: Her Fragment of a Last Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jane Austen, Julia Barrett
    • Narrated By Johanna Ward
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    In completing Jane Austen's last novel, Julia Barrett has emerged with a literary treasure, holding true to the characters and theme designed by Ms. Austen. Set in the developing seaside town of Sanditon, it portrays a young woman from the countryside who is exposed to the sophistication and cynicism of resort life. Her name is Charlotte. With disarming charm and wit, she observes for us the array of quirky characters who reside in the booming resort-to-be.

    Joseph R says: "An Enjoyable Completion of an Austen Fragment"
    "An insult to Austen"
    Overall

    Jane Austen's books are not for everyone, but for those who love them, they are incomparable. This book, while written in the style of the period, and even perhaps in Austen's style, was a huge, huge, huge bore. It was such a complete waste of my time, that I felt compelled to write this review to spare other Austen-lovers the same fate. After six hours of waiting for a likeable character to show up, or even some evidence of a PLOT instead of just a setting, I gave up and deleted the file from my library.

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Family Blessings

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By LaVyrle Spencer
    • Narrated By Barbara Rush
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    M says: "Depressing to listen to"
    "Satisfying romance"
    Overall

    This book begins with the tragic death of a well-loved young man, so it starts as a real tearjerker. I think that those who have lost a loved one will get a lot of comfort in their recognition of the grief that Spencer describes so well. But after that painful beginning, it's a very satisfying book with likeable characters and a believeable romance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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