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Kathy

Albuquerque, NM, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (7716)
    Performance
    (5926)
    Story
    (5946)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "A must read"
    Overall

    The Book Thief is a beautifully narrated and superbly told novel. It is impossible not to be drawn into the story and feel like you are living on the streets of Munich during World War II. My only complaint is that this book is listed in the Audible Kids category, where I believe it truly does not belong. Like To Kill a Mockingbird, the main characters are children, but the subject is mature. Few children under high school age will appreciate this book.

    31 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom's Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jeanette Windle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Jamil renounced a life of jihad when he encountered the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. But his new mission as an itinerant health worker in the hills of Afghanistan is met with skepticism and even violence. Returning to Kabul, relief worker Amy Mallory is shocked by the changes in her organization - changes with dire implications for the women and children under her care. And concern for her former assistant Jamil weighs heavily on her heart. Special Forces veteran Steve Wilson faces off against the riots and corruption of Afghanistan’s upcoming election.

    Kathy says: "Gripping and compassionate"
    "Gripping and compassionate"
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    Freedom's Stand was a book I read in just over a day. The subject of Afghanistan and the plight of women and children has long been a passion.

    The Christian element also interested me, as I know there are some who have accepted the message of Christ. Yet, I did not want a preachy book. Maudlin and sentimental Christian writing leaves me gagging. There was no fear with this book.

    Jamil, a health worker who had dreamed of being a doctor became a Christian, but tried to be careful in the way he spread his beliefs so as not to hurt others. He had been a suicide bomber whose mission did not succeed. Add his American friend Amy, also a Christian and a passionate but slightly naïve young woman to the mix and things get more interesting. She wants to bring education and gainful employment to the women of Afghanistan. Her efforts are continually thwarted by the way things work in a society which looks at women as property. Amy grows considerably during the story.

    An American contracted to provide security to various people meets Amy and becomes embroiled in her world. All three characters grow and the book comes to an intense and sad and happy conclusion. I don't want to give any spoilers, but some of the ending is really sad, yet also fits the story.

    I really enjoyed this book a lot, though I was taking a chance in my mind. I would suggest you read it if you have an interest in the middle east and its complex nature.

    The narrator did quite a good job with the book and I would definitely listen to another book done by her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1249)
    Performance
    (727)
    Story
    (731)

    Wanting to repay a wartime debt to the Malays, Jean Paget returns. There she hears a story which leads her to Australia.

    Barbara says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "One of Shute's Best"
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    This is one of Shute's very best. He is an overlooked writer, whose characters are usually unforgettable.
    Jean is an ordinary girl, who goes to work in Malay as a secretary before WWII. She is a girl of simple wants, who doesn't stand out as extremely noble or heroic. Yet when she and a number of other women and children are captured by the Japanese during the war, she shines. In her quiet way, she takes charge and becomes a person she would never has expected.
    The Japanese guard who ends up guarding the dwindling group as they wander through the jungles is really sort of lovable in a way, and is a great touch.
    When the women meet a group of Australian prisoners, the really interesting part begins. But the war ends, and Jean goes out to Australia to say thank you to her Ausie soldier,'s family, as she thinks he died trying to help her and the other women and children. Finding him alive brings the story to a new level.
    The story is told by Jean's solicitor (lawyer) who follows her story closely, and becomes like part of her family. It is told with attention to detail, but with little aggrandizement of the main characters.
    I love Shute's characters, because they are ordinary people who must rise to challenges they never thought to face. He writes with a gentle humor and a great understanding of people.
    Robin Bailey was a bit tough some times as the narrator. He did a lot of breathing, but the story is so wonderful that I got past it. He actually turned out to be not too bad. I'd really give him about a 3.7, but couldn't do that in the ratings. This is a book I've read twice and will likely read again. There is romance, but like all of Shute, it is understated.
    One learns a lot about Australia in the late 1940's, and it is fascinating. Shute was an Englishman who grew disgusted with his country's socialism post war, and moved his family to Australia in the early 1950's. His love for his adopted country is obvious.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Prayers: A Personal Selection

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By Michael Hoppe (performer)
    • Narrated By Michael York
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Prayers: A Personal Selection, read by Michael York and composed by Michael Hoppe, contains some of the most significant and most beloved prayers in Christianity. Our Lord's Prayer, the prayers of both Old Testament and New Testament saints, and some of the most famous Christian prayers are beautifully and warmly narrated by Michael York. These classic devotional prayers are sure to encourage and grow one to greater faith in Christ.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautiful Prayers, Beautifully Narrated"
    "Lovely and peaceful"
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    What made the experience of listening to Prayers: A Personal Selection the most enjoyable?

    The selection of prayers are varied; some from Scripture and some from Crhristian prayer books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There is no character; well, God, I guess!


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

    Michael York reads with gentleness and warmth. You can't get that from a book. Also, the music is so peaceful; it makes the prayerful state easier.


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

    You could not make a film.


    Any additional comments?

    My husband was also impressed, and asked me to put it on his device.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Everything Most Loved: Maisie Dobbs, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (326)

    The year is 1933. Maisie Dobbs is contacted by an Indian gentleman who has come to England in the hopes of finding out who killed his sister two months ago. Scotland Yard failed to make any arrest in the case, and there is reason to believe they failed to conduct a thorough investigation. The case becomes even more challenging when another Indian woman is murdered just hours before a scheduled interview. Meanwhile, unfinished business from a previous case becomes a distraction, as does a new development in Maisie's personal life.

    C. Telfair says: "Mixed Feelings about Maisie"
    "Wonderful and frustrating"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Leaving Everything Most Loved to be better than the print version?

    I've only listened to the audio, but Orla Casidy was wonderful!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked Maisie's search to find what she really wanted out of life, but found myself getting mad at her decisions sometimes.


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

    She is always exceptional.


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

    I Don't Know Where I'm Going.


    Any additional comments?

    I have loved this series. Winspear has made the period of the first World War through the early 1930's come alive. Her characters are wonderful. I don't always understand Maisie, but that's okay. I hope there is another book, because I don't want the series to end with this book and it's nonresolution of things. I think it was the most thought provoking of the books, but frustrating for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Actor and the Housewife

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Shannon Hale
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    When Becky, a housewife with screenwriting dreams, attracts the interest of Felix, a Hollywood star, the two quickly become friends. Though the sexual tension is obvious, Becky has no intention of cheating on her husband - but would Felix cheat on his wife? As their friendship blossoms, rumors and suspicion threaten to derail their platonic love.

    sts2000 says: "Thought Provoking"
    "Quirky, Wonderful and worth the listen"
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    Would you listen to The Actor and the Housewife again? Why?

    I'd listen again because I loved the story and the narrator did it way more than justice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Becky, but her husband Mike was a true prince of a guy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end. It was truly not what I expected, yet made complete sense.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was not expecting the scene which caused Becky so much grief. The book began as so funny, but turned more serious.


    Any additional comments?

    I've often wondered how a marriage withstands and thrives in spite of a close platonic friendship/love. Having had a few of those relationships, I found this book wonderful. The balancing act Becky lives, and her unshakable love for husband and children, and her steadfast clinging to the faith which she holds so firm are refreshing. I suppose many would find this book silly. It is, if you are accustomed to gritty novels where deceit and cheating are the norm. But, if you are a fan of Austen, and other writers where character is important, you'll enjoy this book. The narrator seemed to have fun reading it, which made it come alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    Overall
    (1664)
    Performance
    (1449)
    Story
    (1463)

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "Proof of Heaven worth a read"
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    Our pastor spoke about this book in one of his sermons, and suggested we read it, so we did. My husband and I listened to it separately, and he found it more interesting than I. I did enjoy it, but wish he had written more.

    It was instructive that Alexander was pretty much a skeptic, and that his life truly changed after his experience. Of most importance to us was his incredible recovery from an illness which should have been fatal. The fact that brain function was so minimal for such a long time, 7 days, and the memories Alexander had from that week are incredible! His appeal is to the skeptic and the person needed scientific proof. For me, that is not necessary, and so I guess I wanted more details about his time and what he learned.

    There is a realization Alexander has which is near the end of the book which is really awesome. If you want a book full of Scripture and specific discussions about how to better one's life here on earth, or a list of Christian only terms, it is not there. The author deepened his Christian faith as a result of his amazing week, but I think the desire was to reach many who are not of a particular belief. We are buying a copy for an agnostic brother for Christmas.

    This is worth the read, and the author does an excellent job. I would have given this a 4.4 if possible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (1029)
    Story
    (1040)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
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    Call the Midwife was a truly gripping book for me. I am interested in birth and so reading about how births were conducted 60 years ago was so fascinating.

    Yet, Jennifer Worth's story went far beyond that of the stories of the births she attended. It was the story of her maturing as a nurse and midwife, and of her strongly held notions about what was right and acceptable being challenged. She began her midwifery training at an Anglican convent in the dockland area of London's East End with not much more than disdain for people who were strongly motivated by love of God and called to service because of it. She grew to understand the women who mentored her, and to respect the ones whom she wrote off as just nasty or odd in the beginning. Seeing her dawning understanding of faith was lovely.


    She also learned so much from the families of the poor and down trodden of an area so different from what she knew before.

    Some of the stories she tells in this book are hilariously funny, and others are completely heartbreaking and painful to read. Worth certainly was a gifted storyteller, reminiscent of James Herriott. I hope the other books she wrote will be released on Audible soon.

    Nicola Barber is a competent narrator, and not one who will put me off a book, so I was okay at first. But, I was very surprised; she seemed to really enjoy doing this book, and the characters came alive through her excellent narration. I was very pleased!

    I don't think guys should be put of by a book about birthing babies, just as Herriott's books are more about the people than the animals. Give it a go.

    28 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • An Irish Country Wedding: Irish Country, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    Love is in the air in the colourful Ulster village of Ballybucklebo, where Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly has finally proposed to the darling of his youth, Kitty O’Hallorhan. There’s a wedding to be planned, but before O’Reilly can make it to the altar, he and his young colleague, Barry Laverty, M.B., must deal with the usual round of eccentric patients—and crises both large and small. Being a G.P. in a place like Ballybucklebo often means more than simply splinting broken bones and tending to aches and pains.

    Angelyn says: "Wonderful Story, Fabulous Narrator"
    "I really like this series!"
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    I have read all of the Irish Country series, and have enjoyed each one. No, they are not great literature, but each one makes you feel like you are right there in this little Northern Ireland town in the 1960's.

    As I have spent several weeks right in that area, and know how beautiful and delightful a place it is, I feel like I've gone back for a visit each time I read another installment. Taylor makes the characters believable and it is also interesting to see where medicine was at that time, compared to now. Sometimes I wish there were still more doctors who used common sense and could know their patients as the two doctors in these books did.

    John Keating is a fave of mine. I gave these 4 stars, but would really give them more of a 4.3 or so. I needed a chill out book last week, and this was perfect. Keating brings the characters to life, and that makes this and all the series more fun than just reading them conventionally.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Holy Rosary

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Eric Roland Martin
    • Narrated By Eric Roland Martin
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (28)

    All four sacred mysteries of the Rosary. The praying of the Rosary is dedicated to the Joyful (sometimes Joyous) Mysteries; the Sorrowful Mysteries; the Glorious Mysteries, and (as suggested by Pope John Paul II) the Luminous Mysteries.

    Alison says: "Excellent"
    "This version keeps me focused"
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    I have neveer been good at praying the rosary. This version keeps me focused, and my mind doesn't wander. Martin is very British, and that may bug some people. But, for me, his very matter of fact and rather commanding voice work. I use this most days.

    If you are looking for reflections with the rosary, then this is not for you. But I stop the player at the beginning of each decade and pray for what I am led to pray. The prayers at the end of each rosary are a slightly different translation, which I am growing to like.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Their Special-Care Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Fiona McArthur
    • Narrated By Tess Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (21)

    When an unknown woman is dragged from the wreckage of a train crash, her final words before losing consciousness are a plea for the life of the baby inside her. Dr. Stewart Kramer knows he must do all he can to save this baby - he believes it to be his late brother’s child. But as the baby’s mother recovers, Stewart finds himself crossing professional boundaries. He discovers that she has depths only he can appreciate. Very soon both mother and child have crept into his heart.

    SIMARA says: "The longest four hours ever..."
    "A Sweet Story When I Needed Distraction"
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    I wouldn't say this was an outstanding book, but it was very sweet. The author obviously knows something of a NICU, which made it more interesting. The mistaken identity used was interesting.

    The book was not very expensive, and it was a much needed light read during a very stressful time. Not all reading can be totally intense or even engrossing. This will fill a nice rainy afternoon. The narrator was very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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