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2kittiesmom

Raleigh, NC

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  • Candide

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Donal Donnelly
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    From the satirical pen of one of France's greatest cynics comes the story of Candide - young, innocent, guileless - who is cast upon the world after Baron Thunder-ten-trockh learns that his lusty daughter, Cunegonde, has tried to seduce the young man. The novel chronicles Candide's adventures with his blindly optimistic tutor, Dr. Pangloss, through any number of disastrous experiences, as they search for the answers to life's perennial questions.

    Tobin says: "Voltaire's Classic"
    "No stars is my real rating!"
    Overall

    Worst "classic" I ever read. I tried to rate it "no stars" but the program demands at least one. Those who think this is a satiric, intelligent or important book probably also love the cut and color of the emporer's new clothes. Would any of you like to buy a bridge?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Interrupted Aria: The First Baroque Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Beverle Graves Myers
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Blaisdell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Venice, 1731. Opera is the popular entertainment of the day, and the castrati are its reigning stars. Tito Amato, mutilated as a boy to preserve his enchanting soprano voice, returns to the city of his birth with his friend Felice, a castrato whose voice has failed. Disaster strikes Tito’s opera premier when the singer loses one beloved friend to poison and another to unjust accusation and arrest.

    Amazon Customer says: "What fun!"
    "Really? Singing, opera house, mystery?"
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    Nice cast of characters, pretty settings, I like opera, a good recipe for a successful book, but a little bit thin in the mystery department. An overall good read, though, enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Then Again

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Diane Keaton
    • Narrated By Diane Keaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (181)

    “Mom loved adages, quotes, slogans. There were always little reminders pasted on the kitchen wall. For example, the word THINK. I found THINK thumbtacked on a bulletin board in her darkroom. I saw it Scotch-taped on a pencil box she’d collaged. I even found a pamphlet titled THINK on her bedside table. Mom liked to THINK.” So begins Diane Keaton’s unforgettable memoir about her mother and herself. In it you will meet the woman known to tens of millions as Annie Hall, but you will also meet, and fall in love with, her mother, the loving, complicated, always thinking Dorothy Hall.

    ronald says: "Wonderful. Sad. Hopeful."
    "Oh no, not Again!"
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    This was a disappointing book for me in many ways. Unfortunately it was also fairly lacking in highlights or even low low points, making its most outstanding feature being like a featureless landscape, a one note sonata that can pretty much be summed up with the opening Hi, my name is Diane, I love Woody Allen, to, Bye, my name is Diane, isn't Woody the best?! PS, I never was a WA fan, it could have been a prejudicial reaction on my part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (10528)
    Performance
    (9082)
    Story
    (9043)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Mr. Personality (not!)"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steve Jobs?

    There were many memorable things about Steve Jobs, but I was most taken aback with his total lack of humanity in some areas of his life. Most notably with his daughter Lisa, when she was born, he went so far as to deny paternity. He eventually took his head out of his you know what and had something akin to a relationship with her as she got older, but I don't think he ever got wiser.


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

    The quicksilver nature of Jobs that could be infuriating one minute, consumingly charming and engaged another moment, and then completely cool, shut down, distant and unavailable the next. All this can be confusing in print, but is crystal clear when heard out loud.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This book made me a total Apple convert, I am typing this on my iPad as we speak, and my next PC will be an Apple as well. I am not, however, a big Steve Jobs fan. This book has only confirmed my opinion. I learned a ton of stuff, though, which was my goal anyway, so it was well worth the price of admission.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly
    • Narrated By Mark Kelly, Jeffrey Zaslow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    From one of the most admired and beloved couples in recent American history, an extraordinarily moving story of public service, risk-taking, romance - and the journey toward recovery. This book delivers hope and redemption in the face of the tragic shooting, and introduces two unforgettable heroes.

    Rene says: "AMAZING!"
    "Unbelievable Courage"
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    Where does Gabby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the upper third


    What other book might you compare Gabby to and why?

    Compres to the story of the brain scientist who had a massive stroke, and documented the entire experience as it was happening (the name of the book may be My Stroke of Genious, or I might have thought it should have been called that, I can't remember!).


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

    Because I, too, have a disorder that affects my brain, I felt a lot of sympathy for the frustration Gabby went through after all her hard work, and yet is still unable to find a word, or express a thought that once was so easy for her. It brought me to tears many times in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I had a strong negative reaction to Gabby's husband and his controlling ways over her life once the shooting occurred. Having once been fiercely independent myself, and now under the 24/7 care of my husband, I am sensitive to what is between the lines, not just what is being said. If it works for her, though, who am I to complain?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Harry Markopolos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1298)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (612)

    No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

    Brendan says: "Shocking, terrific"
    "I Listened"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, and I have, to as many people as would listen to me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was actually apalled by this story, dumbfounded and agreived by my counrty's lack of responsiveness to the information being presented to it on a regular basis.


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

    The honest sense of outrage he felt and experienced as he went through this experience. It translated vocally in a way I don't think the printed word could do alone.


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

    We couldn't make this stuff up if we tried!!


    Any additional comments?

    This book will give you a clear understanding of how our economy failed, how Bernie Madoff got away with his ridiculous schemes and scams year after year, and why the old fairy tale of The Emporer's New Clothes still has application today (surely you remember that one, everyone swears to see the lush new clothing of the naked king, in an effort not to seem out of step with the hoity toity, pooh poohing the nay sayer as a person of low taste and understanding. . . Hmmmm I bet Mr. Markopolos might be able to tell us a bit about what that feels like.....).

    I rarely give a five star rating to non-classics, but this one deserves it, for the classic way everyone preferred to look the other way while a common criminal robbed our economy, and our citizens, blind, while we smiled and said thank you, please come back again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shelters of Stone: Earth's Children, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (406)

    After their epic journey across Europe, Ayla and Jondalar have reached his home, the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii, the old stone-age settlement in the region known today as southwest France. Jondalar's family greet him warmly, but they are initially wary of the beautiful young woman he has brought back, with her strange accent and her tame wolf and horses.

    Kristi says: "The accent...please!"
    "Confessions of a Clan of the Cave Bear Day One Fan"
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    Would you listen to The Shelters of Stone again? Why?

    Yes. Just because I can. I have been following this series since the day the first book, The Clan of the Cave Bear, was published. For those of you old enough to know what I'm talking about, you also remember that was before any type of technology was even a twinkle in daddy's eye, when we would faithfully buy our copy of the books we waited for, read them like starved shipwrecks, then promptly start them again at a more leisurely pace to absorbe the nuances we'd missed on our first gallop through. Then we could graciously lend them to our trusted friends, people known to return our favorite books, and begin the long wait until the next book in the series comes out. And that is how we learned the art of patience. . . . .horrible, isn't it???


    Any additional comments?

    As far as I am concerned, the series is now finished for me. The journey has come full circle, I do not wish to continue on any more road trips. I myself am now older and tired. We started out young, now it is tme to rest. I am glad I read it, but now we part ways. I have loved you long, and loved you well. Thank you for the many hours of enjoyment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2413)
    Performance
    (1133)
    Story
    (1140)

    Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

    Jeanne says: "A Wonderful Listen!"
    "Saving my 5 Star Ratings for books like this"
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    If you could sum up Saving Ceecee Honeycutt in three words, what would they be?

    Follow your heart


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Every character in this book was special to me, important in a different way. But I most identified with Ceecee, her struggle to make sense of things, to understand things as they were around her, and ultimately, her need to flee and get answers.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she ultimately refused to go


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

    Every single one. From beginning to end.


    Any additional comments?

    Every time I listen, the story, performances, have the same affect on me. For me, it is a powerful book about how even a little person's life is important enough to be saved from evil, harshness, or corruption, do not give up, do not stop trying. There will be a way for you too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind in the Willows

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kenneth Grahame
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    The Wind in the Willows is a book for those "who keep the spirit of youth alive in them; of life, sunshine, running water, woodlands, dusty roads, winter firesides." So wrote Kenneth Grahame of his timeless tale of Rat, Mole, Badger, and Toad, in their lyrical world of gurgling rivers and whispering reeds, a world that is both beautiful and benevolently ordered. But it is also a world threatened by dark forces.

    2kittiesmom says: "All Time Childhood Favorite"
    "All Time Childhood Favorite"
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    Would you listen to The Wind in the Willows again? Why?

    Yes, and I have, many times. It always brings me back to that first time I read it, as a little girl, imagining myself right there with Mole and Ratty in their adventures.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The


    What about Mary Woods’s performance did you like?

    I saw pictures in my mind, like a movie screen in my head, as she spoke, it was so expressive.


    Any additional comments?

    This recording brought a childhood favorite back to life for me. I was sick in bed as an adult, unable to even read my old favorite for myself, so hearing this aloud was a great comfort and delight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Northanger Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (287)

    When Catherine Morland, a country clergyman's daughter, is invited to spend a season in Bath with the fashionable high society, little does she imagine the delights and perils that await her. Captivated and disconcerted by what she finds, and introduced to the joys of "Gothic novels" by her new friend, Isabella, Catherine longs for mystery and romance. When she is invited to stay with the beguiling Henry Tilney and his family at Northanger Abbey, she expects mystery and intrigue at every turn.

    Johnny says: "Awesome"
    "Not Jane's finest hour"
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    Where does Northanger Abbey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    #6, because Jane Austen's works were 6 published novels produced by Audible. She's had other works, letters and such, later published, but her core body of work was her 6 novels. I have listened to hundreds of audio books over the years, but the Austen novels remain the top 1-6 of my list.


    Any additional comments?

    I say this wasn't Jane's finest hour because the tone of this book seems almost silly compared to her other novels. I realize she is conveying that very message, girls devoted to gothic romances seem silly and shallow, but the over all effect is so much less satisfying her other books. I am left wishing I could say to her, we have so little of you as it is, I wish it hadn't been used up on this trifle of a book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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