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sheila kehoe

New York, NY, US | Member Since 2012

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  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Rob McQuay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (541)

    The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America - majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way - and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

    colleen says: "What a treat"
    "Bryson Best When He Stays on the Trail"
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    What did you love best about A Walk in the Woods?

    I loved the "buddy" adventure of these two opposites. Like The Odd Couple with threats of bears and hypothermia.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the character of Steve Katz. He invites a sequel.


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

    I haven't, but I enjoyed his reading.


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

    Nothing extreme. Just an engaging story that had many moments of laughter and a cliff-hanging aspect: Will these two make it to the end?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Hainey
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Michael Hainey had just turned six when his uncle knocked on his family's back door one morning with the tragic news: Bob Hainey, Michael's father, was found alone near his car on Chicago's North Side, dead, of an apparent heart attack. Thirty-five years old, a young assistant copy desk chief at the Chicago Sun-Times, Bob was a bright and shining star in the competitive, hard-living world of newspapers, one that involved booze-soaked nights that bled into dawn. And then suddenly he was gone.

    sheila kehoe says: "Son's Search for Father Brings on Self-knowledge"
    "Son's Search for Father Brings on Self-knowledge"
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    What made the experience of listening to After Visiting Friends the most enjoyable?

    The writing is amazing. This author looks at everything through a wonderful poetic prism.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The places his search took him -- both physically and mentally-- are an engaging journey.


    What about Dan John Miller’s performance did you like?

    He was able to capture both the male and female voices without sounding silly.


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

    Sometimes you've got to know where you came from to figure out where you're going...


    Any additional comments?

    I adored this book in a very personal way, having lost my own father in a different way -- though divorce -- at the same age of 6. In the 50's, broken homes were not like today. Dads became visitors and mysteries. It has given me inspiration to continue writing my own memoir that goes back two generations of mysterious fathers. Would I could do it with the skill that Michael Hainey has displayed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pregnant Widow

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Martin Amis
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    The year is 1970, and it's a long, hot summer. In a castle on a mountainside in Italy, half a dozen young lives are afloat on a sea of change, trapped inside the history of the sexual revolution. The girls are acting like boys, the boys are going on acting like boys, and Keith Nearing - 20 years old, a literature student all clogged up with the English novel - is struggling to twist feminism and women's ascendency toward his own ends.

    Robert Holland says: "Rich, caustic, hilarious"
    "Wanted to like this book more; Audible helped."
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    What did you like best about The Pregnant Widow? What did you like least?

    Martin Amis is a super-intelligent writer. He is not just telling a story, but also sharing ideas about how the world spins. The past story within the present story works well for this. The backstory draws the reader into this sexy and mysterious world where you wonder who's going to end up with whom. The downside is the story gets diverted by all the ideas that Amis wants to fit around it. The book is just too long for the story. I was reading it as a book group assignment and running out of time finishing it, so I downloaded the Audible and made it to the end. I was the only one in our group that did. They complained about the length as well as the characters which they found unlikeable. I actually liked the anti-hero aspect of the narrator, but I agree about the length. Having the story read by the male reader doing all the voices gave a sense of the narrator being just that -- a storyteller. It help make the book more like-able and humorous.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I really loved the setting of the past story. This castle with all its twists and turns fits the story very well; but the story has far too many twists and turns and divergences. It could have been shorter.


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    He was very amusing doing the female voices. It helped make the book more humorous and the narrator more like-able.


    Do you think The Pregnant Widow needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. We already have TMI. Although it would be interesting to hear the story told from the point of view of one of the women. I don't think Martin Amis could write it though. He has a very distinctly male voice.


    Any additional comments?

    It got me curious to read more of Martin Amis' shorter and earlier books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat's Table

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Ondaatje
    • Narrated By Michael Ondaatje
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (225)

    In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the “cat’s table” - as far from the Captain’s Table as can be - with a ragtag group of “insignificant” adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, bursting all over the place like freed mercury.

    Amanda says: "Superb - But Not For All Readers or All Situations"
    "Beautiful story, well read by the author."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cat's Table to be better than the print version?

    I would like to read the "hard copy", having listened to the Audible.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miss Lasqueti. She is a single woman with a mysterious past and a kind present. The detail of the vest with the pigeons creates a wonderful instant visual.


    What does Michael Ondaatje bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    For one, I know how to pronounce all the exotic names of the characters that I might not be able to on the page.


    If you could rename The Cat's Table, what would you call it?

    Not sure I could improve on the title.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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