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kathryn

Salisbury, NC, United States

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  • Lost on Planet China

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J. Maarten Troost
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (179)

    When the travel bug bit, J. Maarten Troost took on the world's most populous and intriguing nation. As Troost relates his gonzo adventure - dodging deadly drivers in Shanghai, eating yak in Tibet, deciphering restaurant menus (offering local favorites such as cattle penis with garlic), and visiting with Chairman Mao (still dead) - he reveals a vast, complex country on the brink of transformation that will soon shape the way we all work, live, and think.

    Dan says: "Funny but harsh with some underlying truth."
    "Not what I'd hoped for..."
    Overall

    I love reading about other countries and their cultures. As I am the proud grandmother of a smart and savy, seven year old Chinese boy, who came to us when he was four, I was hoping to gain some insight re/his heritage. I was disappointed with the author's condescending manner, and his "cutsy" humor. To me, he often came across sounding like the "ugly American." I would be embarrassed to have my Chinese friends read this book.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    Overall
    (3736)
    Performance
    (3332)
    Story
    (3344)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Poor performance, great story!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is difficult for me to rate, as I think the story is a good one, but in my opinion, Bill O'Reilly hurt the book by reading it himself. While he may do well on a television news show, he is not an actor, and his reading lacked both inflection and feeling. He droned... which I felt made the material uninteresting, no matter how good the text was, and I found myself falling asleep. As I have just purchased a Kindle Fire, I will purchase this book in that format.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mini Shopaholic: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (176)

    Nothing comes between Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) and her bargains. Neither act of God nor budget crunch can shatter her dreams of wall-to-wall Prada. Every milestone in her well-shopped life (travel, long-lost sister, marriage, pregnancy) inspires new vistas to explore in the name of retail therapy. But now she faces her greatest little challenge yet: Becky’s two-year-old daughter, Minnie. Her favorite word is “MINE!”

    James Gordon says: "I'm So Embarrassed!"
    "I loved it!"
    Overall

    This is another one of Sophie Kinsella's books that stole my heart and made me laugh out loud as I was listening to it. I usually purchase non-fiction literature, which I read from my Kindle, but I've found that when I'm listening, I prefer something light and well narrated. Kinsella's books bring a respite from the worries and stress of every day life, and Rosalyn Landor brings such life to these colorful characters. "Becks" is a darling, and now we have her "Minnie-Me" to love and amuse us as well. Please, Sophie...keep em' coming! I have become a true fan of your work!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Oprah: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kitty Kelley
    • Narrated By Kitty Kelley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (42)

    Based on three years of research and reporting, as well as 850 interviews with sources, many of whom have never before spoken for publication, Oprah is the first comprehensive biography of one of the most influential, powerful, and admired public figures of our time, by the most widely read biographer of our era.

    gingerpenny95 says: "Boring Droning Voice"
    "Another "tell-all????""
    Overall

    Only most of this book has already been told...and too much of it is unsubstantiated. Do you think it's possible for Oprah Winfrey to have built her Harpo empire without stepping on some toes, and making some enemies?? She's a shark and a smart and savy business woman!
    Kitty Kelley is no dumbbell herself; she wrote another long, boring book, and although I should have known better, I paid for it! Be smart...keep your money!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wishful Drinking

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Carrie Fisher
    • Narrated By Carrie Fisher
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (197)

    In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit. Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a little movie called Star Wars when only 19 years old. "But it isn't all sweetness and light sabers."

    Nick says: "An entertaining, yet unfortunate story."
    "FUNNY! And I NOW love Carrie Fisher!"
    Overall

    So I'd like to ask the readers who gave this book a bad review, what did you expect from Carrie Fisher? A self help manual? Not a previous fan of Miss Fisher, I am now! She writes a marvelously funny book about some pretty sad events in her life, and she does it with humor. And not a hint of self pity, as I've read in so many other books by the children of famous people. I loved her "it is what it is" attitude, along with the obvious love she has for her mother. Yes, I laughed out loud! And, Carrie...PLEASE come over for a glass of wine anytime you'd like!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life's Adversities

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Edwards
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (17)

    While on the campaign trail, Elizabeth Edwards met many others who have had to contend with serious adversity in their lives, and in Resilience, she draws on their experiences as well as her own, crafting an unsentimental and ultimately inspirational meditation on the gifts we can find among life's biggest challenges.

    Jill says: "Intense and emotional"
    "Sad"
    Overall

    I panned Mrs. Edward's first book, finding it self-serving, and insincere. This one is different. She manages to maintain a great dignity, while seemingly to write from her heart. The grief she feels at the loss of her son, is apparent in both books, but "Resilience," shows a woman I very well might like, as she is obviously struggling with her feelings re/the very public betrayal and on-going lies of her husband. In view of all the news of late, no one can deny that John Edwards is a very slimy man, with little strength of character.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (1352)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (488)

    Sophie Kinsella's debut is a romp through the perils of shopping and spending, spending, spending! Becky can't resist a sale, and she's only a little overdrawn on her VISA. Readers will laugh aloud at Becky's retail adventures as she finds new and creative ways to relieve her increasingly credit card debt. Emily Gray's narration bounces along with Becky and her buying whims, while delivering a humorous account of what happens when credit goes bad.

    Evelyn says: "Not so much!"
    "I laughed out loud!!!"
    Overall

    This book is a gem! I am usually a fan of non-fiction, and it takes something pretty good to get 5 stars from me...but I really loved this book! It has to count for something that I read it coming off of "The Help," which stole my heart. And it's highly possible I was in need of something light, but when a book makes me laugh out loud, I know it's a good one! I love the narrator, who absolutely breathes life into Rebecca, and makes her so very lovable! I saw her as an appendage of, or at least a good friend to, Bridget Jones, and wished I knew her personally.
    Surely, even the most penurious and self disciplined of us, can see just a little something of ourselves in "Becks." Wonderful story, which I couldn't recommend more highly for a fun read and a respite from the stress and worries of every-day life! I am a new fan of Sophie Kinsella!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26705)
    Performance
    (13341)
    Story
    (13386)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "One of the best!"
    Overall

    This book is a jewel! Well written, with well developed, interesting characters and a great story! So hard to believe that this is an accurate picture of the relationship between many white southerners and their help in my own lifetime. The narrators are as good as they get, making this one of the very best books I have ever bought. I was sorry to have it end, and I have bought it in hardback for my husband for Christmas. Thank you, thank you, thank you...for a wonderful listening experience!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Graces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Edwards
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    She charmed America with her smart, likable, down-to-earth personality as she campaigned for her husband, then vice-presidential candidate John Edwards. She inspired millions as she valiantly fought advanced breast cancer. She touched hundreds of similarly grieving families when her son, Wade, died tragically at age 16 in 1996. Now she shares her experiences in Saving Graces, an incandescent memoir of Edwards' trials, tragedies, and triumphs.

    glamazon says: "Not Exactly a Spiritual Journey"
    "Bor"
    Overall

    I bought this book with hopes of understanding something about the Edwards family, in view of his apparent philandering and lying to both his loved ones and his political supporters. A bit voyeuristic?? Yes...no excuses offered. Elizabeth Edward's paints a picture of an immensely caring and attentive husband, who physically and emotionally supports her and their children in every way possible. Hard to believe under the circumstances. Is she the epitome of a political wife, protecting her ambitious spouse, or was he able to deceive her so completely?
    Although no one can argue her love and great pain at the death of her 16 year old son, which was told with heartfelt prose. But I both dozed and figeted as I listened to Mrs. Edwards lengthy
    thank-you's to myriads of people, from staff, to friends, aquaintences, and finally even people who sent her get-well notes and small gifts. Again, her gratitude was heart felt, but listening to lists of names, both first and last, of countless people was tedious and boring.
    I know this may sound harsh, but if you're not a friend of the Edwards family, who will probably be named in this book, save your money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rise and Shine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (47)

    It's Monday morning when Meghan Fitzmaurice blows her perfect life to bits. The host of Rise and Shine, the country's highest-rated morning talk show, Meghan cuts to a commercial break, but not before she mutters two forbidden words into her open mike. It's the end of an era, not only for Meghan, a household face who is not equipped to deal with disgrace, but for her younger sister Bridget, a social worker in the Bronx who has always lived in Meghan's long shadow.

    Marie says: "Don't waste your time or credit"
    "Really not worth your time."
    Overall

    I think I've read most everything Anna Quindlen has written, and I've always enjoyed her stories.
    So I bought this one without reading any of the reviews. What a mistake! I fell asleep while she told what the sister said on televison that created such a stir...and later realized, I didn't really care! After attempting to get back into it three different times, I gave up. Extremely boring...and I didn't give a hoot about either of the main characters.

    Come on Anna...I have grown to expect far more from you!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Roll!

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Lisa Beamer, Ken Abraham
    • Narrated By Lisa Helm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    On September 11, 2001, Lisa Beamer was thrust into the national spotlight after her husband, Todd, became an American hero by preventing terrorist hijackers from almost certainly flying United Flight 93 into the White House or the United States Capitol.

    Sam says: "Inspiring book. I couldn't put it down."
    "Not what I'd expected."
    Overall

    Actually, I'm still trying to decide how I feel about this book. It's easy listening, and simply written...sometimes too simple, and occasionally tedious to listen to. I found the stories re/Todd's childhood extremely boring, and rather mundane, not giving the reader any real insight as to what kind of boy or man he was. In my opinion, Lisa Beamer came across as fairly "unreal"...extremely virtuous, and very much in control. I realize she was extolling her Christian beliefs, but I can't help wondering if there might be another "Lisa" underneath it all, who is much more interesting and heartfelt. I guess it was "her" story I was hoping to read, instead of listening to her ongoing proselytzing.

    So now I'm left questioning her genuine feelings, along with her motives for writing this book. For several years after 911 she seemed to appear on every talkshow available. But now all I have read about her is that she bought a second home for 1.9 million dollars and has remarried. Poor girl.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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