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Karen

Chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 9 reviews
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  • 319 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (3736)
    Performance
    (3019)
    Story
    (3043)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Dark Places"
    Overall

    This book is a must listen. The characters are extremely well developed, the plot compelling and the narration was excellent. After listening to several dogs, this was excellent!! THANK YOU!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2681)
    Performance
    (2394)
    Story
    (2413)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    FanB14 says: "Soap Opera Digest"
    "Yikes....."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you be willing to try another one of Caroline Lee’s performances?

    Voices were horrible....


    Could you see The Husband's Secret being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Oh, I could, there's a bunch of like nonsense on TV right now


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    Overall
    (2293)
    Performance
    (2055)
    Story
    (2056)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Narrator made the listen!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

    This was a love story between a mother and her child


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

    The ending with the letter from Bernadette


    Which character – as performed by Kathleen Wilhoite – was your favorite?

    All of them


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to at least a hundred titles and I can honestly say this narration was the best. Ms Wilhoite brought an energy and enthusiasm to a delightfully well written family love story..the characters were clear and distinct...such an enjoyable listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2712)
    Performance
    (2336)
    Story
    (2350)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    Richard Delman says: "Mr. Coben has gotten waaaay too popular."
    "So Bad!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    nothing


    Has Six Years turned you off from other books in this genre?

    other Harlan Coben books....


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    I've listened to others narrated by Scott....nothing this horrible


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Six Years?

    all of them


    Any additional comments?

    I normally don't write reviews unless the listen has knocked my socks off but this was so painful it forced me to write in hopes that no one else would waste a credit on it. I have not listened to Harlan Coben so I should start there...this was the most trite, cliche driven, confused, unlikeable characters...crazy bad narration - bad, bad, bad

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Society's Child: My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janis Ian
    • Narrated By Janis Ian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (411)

    Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

    Pamela says: "I know why this won the grammy"
    "Really good listen!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book-I didn't know who Janis Ian was and now I want to listen to her music!


    Any additional comments?

    A study in human development - fascinating, interesting and so honest....couldn't stop listening!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paula McLain
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1862)
    Performance
    (1280)
    Story
    (1281)

    Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

    Pris says: "Delighted in Del Mar"
    "Terrific Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Paris Wife in three words, what would they be?

    Love, sacrifice, determination


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Paris Wife?

    When Hadaly let go of her marriage.


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

    Her voice was amazing and sensitive. The building of characters made them real right in front of my eyes.


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

    Knowing she would love him her whole life and letting him go anyway - courage and self-will.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    Overall
    (1913)
    Performance
    (844)
    Story
    (842)

    In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

    Christopher says: "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet"
    "Booorrring"
    Overall

    I read the reviews, I reread the reviews...I could not get myself to finish this snoozer...I am so tired of paying for a book based on the excellent 4.17 star reviews to be so completely disappointed. Who are you people and does anyone have a better method of picking a book besides the reviews written for audible?

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18277)
    Performance
    (8168)
    Story
    (8196)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Finally - a great listen"
    Overall

    Don't often write reviews because I've been seriously misled so many times by other's reviews, but this was an excellent listen - just as good as the first book. Great character development, awesome plot line! A book that deserves the stars it gets!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In for the Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Lutz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    A madman is stalking women in the city. By the time his victims are found, they've been dismembered with careful precision, their limbs stacked into a gruesome pyramid and completely cleansed of every last drop of blood. Accustomed to working on the most grisly homicides, detective Frank Quinn's nerves don't rattle easily. But when the last names of the killer's victims spell out "Q-u-i-n-n", the veteran cop feels a chill run down his spine.

    Larry says: "A great read"
    "Unbelieveable"
    Overall

    This was the most unbelieveable, disconnected, disappointing book I have ever listened to. I kept praying that it would get better and perhaps an interesting twist would arise. No, no, and no. Can I please give half a star?

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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