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Kath

Danvers, MA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The School of Essential Ingredients

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Erica Bauermeister
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (57)

    Once a month on Monday night, eight students gather in Lillian's restaurant for a cooking class. Over time, the paths of the students mingle and intertwine, and the essence of Lillian's cooking expands beyond the restaurant and into the secret corners of their lives, with results that are often unexpected, and always delicious.

    Molly-o says: "Lovely, lovely book"
    "Not for me"
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    This was a book club choice. I listened for a couple of hours and found that I really did not care about the characters or the story as a whole.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1851)
    Performance
    (1635)
    Story
    (1628)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "Historical fiction - but a little far-fetched."
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    This book was a book club read in which most of the members liked the book.
    I found it a good in describing a period of time in the US in which poor, immigrant children were sent from NYC to the midwest. Many people are not aware that this happened. For the most part, I enjoyed that part of the story.
    The melding with the modern day, I found a little far-fetched.
    I also felt that the story was too Disney-esque in that most of the women in the story was portrayed negatively.

    The reading of the book, for the most part, was good. However, some of the accents were annoying.

    Finally, if you are considering this book for a young adult, you might want to read it first. There are a few scenes in the book that you might want to check out before you child reads it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lauren Graham
    • Narrated By Lauren Graham
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (162)

    From Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, comes a witty, charming, and hilariously relatable debut novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead - and keep it together - in New York City. It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing "important" work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club....

    Dina says: "Missing Lorelei"
    "How can you not love a book by Lauren Graham?"
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    Loved this book.
    My daughter and I are die hard Lauren Graham fans. We love her in every tv show, movie, or guest appearances. When I saw that she both wrote and read this book, I had to give it a try. It's a great story and the performance was awesome. I hated to see the book end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And One Last Thing...

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2547)
    Performance
    (1916)
    Story
    (1910)

    Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

    Amazon Customer says: "For me this was such a HOOT!!!"
    "Fast moving, entertaining story!"
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    This book was a fun read or the genre that I would call a beach book!
    Not terribly taxing mentally but something that you don't want to end.

    Briefly, the book is about a young woman, Lacey, whose husband, Mike, cheats on her with his bimbo secretary. Lacey ends up telling everyone on the company email list both what he did and that she is leaving him in an emailed newsletter that she wrote. After Lacey leaves, Mike moves his secretary into the family home.

    The only issue I had in the story is the blame that Lacey and everyone seems to put on her, rather than on the cheating scumbag. Seems like the entire town thinks that she should forgive him and stay married.

    I find that the reader can make or break a book, and Amanda Ronconi made the book. In fact, I will look for other books read by her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Seamstress

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, Marlene Bernstein Samuels
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (241)

    Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.

    Karen says: "Thankfully a happy ending to the nightmare"
    "Memorable Memoir of the Holocaust!"
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    This memoir begins with the author's childhood in Transylvania and describes the discrimination that Jews had to live with in their ordinary lives and takes you through her survival during the holocaust and then into her life afterward. It's a great story that is very well read. I was sorry to see it end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Thomas S. Kuhn
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (137)

    Named one of "The Hundred Most Influential Books Since the Second World War" by the Times Literary Supplement, and one of the "100 Best Nonfiction" books by the Modern Library, Thomas S. Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is a landmark of scientific thought. Written in 1962, Kuhn's book took an entirely different view of how scientists perceived and achieved changes in basic theoretical assumptions - what he termed "paradigm shifts".

    Matthew says: "Better than prior reviews led me to believe"
    "A classic for any scientist or science educator"
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    Reading this book was a requirement for a graduate course that I am taking. I read this book and then listened to it to reinforce what I had read.

    Thomas Kuhn has changed the way that scientists, historians of science, and philosophers of science look at the development of science. The traditional view of the progress of science has been as development-by-accumulation in which achievements, theories, facts, and methods are accumulated as scientific knowledge. This is the way that science is often explained in science textbooks.
    Kuhn believes this is not correct. Rather, that our society’s scientific knowledge has been built through a series of scientific revolutions. Beginning with theories that create paradigms that define the science and in which scientists work in "normal science" until an anomaly is found which causes a crisis and extraordinary scientists then create new theories which create new paradigms.

    It is difficult to listen to a book like this in audio.
    In this instance, the reader has a nice voice but can't possibly have any clue about what he was reading. This was a negative about listening to the book. Pauses, lilting of the voice, etc. in places that they should not be. I found myself thinking - how would I have read that sentence?

    Whenever possible, a book like this should be read by the author OR a someone who is very knowledgeable about the works of the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13828)
    Performance
    (12204)
    Story
    (12232)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "I don't get the hype over this book."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    For me this book was just OK. I found much of the story not very believable.
    I don't believe that someone would go through the detail to fake their own murder.
    I don't believe that anyone would remain in a relationship with someone who tried to have them convicted of murder.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn? Why or why not?

    I would be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn. I think the writing was well, I just didn't find the story believable.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Do you think Gone Girl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Alice Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (868)
    Performance
    (773)
    Story
    (771)

    What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

    Judy says: "Unforgettable! I loved this story!"
    "Great listen, couldn't stop listening."
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    If you could sum up What Alice Forgot in three words, what would they be?

    Makes you wonder!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Alice. I loved the person that she was with the forgotten memory. I think that she had become somebody that was so different and someone that her younger self did not like. However, things happen, life changes, we have new experiences and with that, I think that we all change.


    What about Tamara Lovatt-Smith’s performance did you like?

    Tamara Lovatt-Smith read this book perfectly. I will definitely check out some of her performances.


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

    Imagine waking up and not remembering anything that had happened over the last 10 years.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the way the author did not reveal many of the life defining experiences that had happened to Alice allowing the reader to experience the confusion that Alice also felt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By M. L. Stedman
    • Narrated By Noah Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (969)
    Performance
    (851)
    Story
    (836)

    In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.

    Sandra says: "Wonderful story.....terrible narrator."
    "Good story but reader's accent was difficult"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story itself was good and thought provoking. However, the reader had an Australian accent that made it difficult at times to understand. Once you get used to the accent, it becomes easier to listen to the book and I think the story is worth listening to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The conflict in the story really was thought provoking. What would you do in similar circumstances? Had you kept the child for a year, would you have returned the child to her birth mother? Was returning the girl the right thing to do? Were there long lasting affects to the characters because of the decisions made?


    What three words best describe Noah Taylor’s performance?

    Australian accent calm


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shanghai Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1288)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (538)

    Hoping to improve their social standing, May and Pearl's parents arrange for their daughters to "Gold Mountain men" who have come from Los Angeles to find brides. But when the sisters leave China and arrive at Angel's Island (the Ellis Island of the West, where they are detained, interrogated, and humiliated for months) they feel the harsh reality of leaving home. And when May discovers she's pregnant, the situation becomes even more desperate. The sisters make a pact that no one can ever know.

    Frances says: "Touching, sad, and enjoyable"
    "Great Historical Fiction Read"
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    I very much enjoyed the audio version of Shanghai Girls. The author did an excellent job of researching Chinese immigration to the US in the 1930's-1960's. I loved the mix of old Chinese customs, superstitions and ways mixed with the assimilation of becoming American.
    Though I found the voice of the narrator a little gruff, it was something that I got used too. I was honestly sad when the story ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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