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Kelly A. Durkee-Erwin

Waltham, MA | Member Since 2012

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  • 12 reviews
  • 47 ratings
  • 136 titles in library
  • 37 purchased in 2014
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  • Madam Secretary

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Madeleine Albright
    • Narrated By Madeleine Albright
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (24)
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    (24)

    For eight years, during Bill Clinton's two presidential terms, Madeleine Albright was an active participant in the most dramatic events of recent times, from the pursuit of peace in the Middle East to NATO's humanitarian intervention in Kosovo. Now, in an outspoken memoir, the highest-ranking woman in American history shares her remarkable story and provides an insider's view of world affairs during a period of unprecedented turbulence.

    Erica says: "Highly recommended"
    "Our shared history ALIVE through Alrbights life"
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    Madeleine Albright is a heroine to women everywhere. Her profession and education when it wasn't popular. For re-starting her life when her husband just quit her. For saying I'm not nearly done yet in her 40's and beginning her career in the diplomatic services. Then to hear how history unfolded from the inside - not just through the lens of sensationalized television. I know where I was when some of these events occurred and it enhanced my knowledge of current events in my lifetime! Thank you for sharing your story Madame Secretary!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Your First Listen

    • ORIGINAL (4 mins)
    Overall
    (22177)
    Performance
    (8863)
    Story
    (9070)

    Your Audible adventures begin right here.

    aareal says: "It was great"
    "Steve Martin Pure Drivel HILARIOUS"
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    This First Listen was HILARIOUS! I love Steve Martin and he just keeps getting better!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (814)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (728)

    It's 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams, they create the Escapist.

    Darwin8u says: "A World I DON'T Ever Want to Escape From."
    "Surprise Hit of the Year"
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    Our book club picked this out of a hat because no one could decide which of our list was a majority favorite - and we ALL loved it. It's a story about the comic book industry, being different in the 40's, life as a Jewish holocaust survivor (and the guilt) and it's just the perfect storm of great characters, great writing, angst, and hope with the best fun surprises thrown in. I hope my next Chabon book is this great because after this one I'm willing to read more of his work!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jerusalem: The Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Simon Sebag Montefiore
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (136)

    Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgement Day and the battlefield of today’s clash of civilizations. From King David to Barack Obama, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of three thousand years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence. This is how Jerusalem became Jerusalem, and the only city that exists twice - in heaven and on earth.

    Ethan M. says: "In-depth and gripping history of 3,000 years"
    "Amazing story from the Bible to Today"
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    I was shocked at how little I knew (with a Masters in History) on many aspects of the Worlds Most well known city. This is a long, in-depth detailing history of the most influential spot on the planet. Don't miss your opportunity to listen to this fine detailing of Jerusalem. There's murder, mayhem, intrigue, and beauty that will just keep you rooted to the book for all 8+ hours of listening and you won't even notice how long you've been listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • To the Nines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (1163)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (471)

    Stephanie Plum may not be the best bounty hunter in beautiful downtown Trenton, but she's pretty darn good at turning bad situations her way...and she always gets her man. Her cousin Vinnie (who's also her boss) has posted bail on Samuel Singh, an illegal immigrant. When the elusive Mr. Singh goes missing, Stephanie is on the case. In a race against time that takes her from the Jersey Turnpike to the Vegas Strip, Stephanie Plum is on the chase of her life.

    Maxine says: "hilarious"
    "Lorelei King is the BEST narrator"
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    I loved Debi Mazar reading the JE Plum books and I love Lorelei King just as much. You can hear the raised eyebrow on Morelli when he questions Stephanie. You can feel the Batman-ness of Ranger when he answers her page. Of course, I love #9 and am running off to listen to 10. (I didn't review 8 because I bought a paper copy of 8 - fantastic as well).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Up

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1070)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (564)

    All New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has to do is bring in semi-retired bail jumper Eddie DeChooch. For an old man he's still got a knack for slipping out of sight...and raising hell. How else can Stephanie explain the bullet-riddled corpse in Eddie's garden? Who else would have a clue as to why two of Stephanie's friends suddenly vanished? For answers Stephanie has the devil to pay: her mentor, Ranger. The deal? He'll give Stephanie all the help she needs...if she gives him everything he wants.

    Sharee Sorenson says: "Love Stephanie Plum"
    "Seven Up is my favorite of the series (so far!)"
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    I picked Seven Up up and could not put it down. The story kept bobbing and weaving until the very end. Shockingly surprising. JE manages those twists and turns better than anyone else. If I could only recommend one in the whole series - it would be seven.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Stephen L. Carter
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (81)

    Stephen L. Carter’s thrilling new novel takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. Two years later he is charged with overstepping his constitutional authority, both during and after the Civil War, and faces an impeachment trial.... Twenty-one-year-old Abigail Canner is a young black woman with a degree from Oberlin and a letter of employment from the law firm that has undertaken Lincoln’s defense....

    Doug says: "Worth It For Serious Readers"
    "Alternate History in a bad way"
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    This story had so much potential; and we picked it for our book club. It was just disappointing. The whole and on the 3rd day Lincoln recovered from the assassination attempt with no injuries; to the black single woman as a lwayer 60 years before any female was admitted to the bar; and Lincoln only speaking in metaphors in every private conversation was a little too far fetched for me. BUT the whole issue of criminal offenses during martial law and the suspension of habeus corpus - is a GREAT conversation. The whole intent of the framers conversation took up most of our book club discussion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Three to Get Deadly

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (921)
    Performance
    (794)
    Story
    (787)

    Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is back. The brassy babe in the powder blue Buick has been given the unpopular task of finding Mo Bedemier, Trenton's most beloved citizen, arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, gone no-show for his court appearance. Once again, the entire One for the Money crew is in action, searching for Mo, tripping down a trail littered with dead drug dealers, leading Stephanie to suspect Mo may be in over his head.

    Teresa Lang says: "Thee to Get Deadly"
    "Three is just great!"
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    I can't stop buying the JE Plum books. Three reintroduces you to your long-lost friends and welcomes them back home. I feel like I know my way from Mrs. Plums house to Cluck in a Bucket to the Mall and back down Hamilton. Keep up the good work!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hot Six

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Debi Mazar
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (287)

    Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is on the trail of her mentor and more than friend, the bounty hunter Ranger, who is the prime suspect in the murder of an international black-market arms dealer's son. Now he's the hunted and Stephanie's the hunter!

    One for the Money, Two for the Dough...download the first five installments of the Stephanie Plum series.

    Al says: "Not that bad"
    "Six abridged is not worth the purchase"
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    Debi Mazar is a PERFECT narrator for this story. Gets the accent and the inflections SPOT on. I can listen to her read anytime. I love Janet Evanovichs' books and had eye surgery so I got some audiobooks - don't purchase the abridged audiobooks. They don't do the stort justice. The nuances are missing and the hilarity is dulled. The cuts don't make enough sense. My eyes have finally healed and I can read print again - I bought the Unabridged version of Hot Six and laughed until I cried! Great story AS WRITTEN!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two for the Dough

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lori Petty
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (106)

    Stephanie Plum once again takes to the mean streets of Trenton, NJ, armed with attitude (not to mention stun guns, defense sprays, killer flashlights, and her untrustworthy .38) to find Kenny Mancuso, who recently left the army, inadvertently shot his best friend, and is on the run in violation of a bond.

    Susan says: "Fun Fun Fun"
    "Two keeps on rollin'"
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    One was pretty great and two keeps the momentum going. I love these characters and love the twists in two. How fun! Can't wait to read three!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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