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Kath

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  • The Corrections: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (471)

    The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century--a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost 50 years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.

    Cindy says: "A satisfying listen"
    "Quirky characters and situations."
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    Franzen's ability to get deep inside the heads of his characters and reveal their thoughts, emotions, and motivations is fascinating. Some characters are likeable. Others are not. But they are a very human mix of fear, frailty, hope and desire.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By D.H. Lawrence
    • Narrated By Johanna Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Under-appreciated until now, The Lost Girl is perhaps D.H. Lawrence's most beautiful, thoroughly contemporary, love story. This captivating novel charts the journey of a woman caught between two worlds and two lives, one mired in dreary, industrial England and a life of convention, the other set in the vibrant Italian landscape holding the promise of sensual liberation.

    V. T. Carson says: "Love story in the shadow of World War I"
    "So glad I "read" this!"
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    It's unlikely I would have purchased and read this book, but the audible version of this early 20th Century novel made it easy/accessible. I was engaged with the story and impressed with Lawrence's telling of this simple, yet deeply woven, tale. As an contemporary American woman, I experienced the stifling atmosphere The Lost Girl lived in is a reminder of how many women have lived (and some do today), and could better appreciate her desire to break from it, and the courage needed to do so. The prejudices and racism of the day are also reminders of how far we have come (or not).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3540)
    Performance
    (1256)
    Story
    (1261)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Franzen gets deep into his characters heads!"
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    The detail of the physical descriptions and the inner psychological detail of the characters kept me very engaged. He also keeps the story current and "unstuffy," though the level of the writing is very high. Unusual situations and reactions are coupled with very human reactions and interactions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35906)
    Performance
    (26910)
    Story
    (27294)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Animal Farm & 1984 for A New Generation"
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    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    I got to learn why these books are a hit and wanted to understand what my grandchildren were reading. . . wanted to read the first book before I saw the movies. Now I'm listening to the third one!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katniss, of course, as she's central to the story, but I really like Peeta for his gentleness and constancy. Gale is interesting, but not drawn out much.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Katnis is honoring Rue at the time of her death--with the flowers and the singing.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    So much has been said (negatively) about the violence and children killing children, etc. I found a lot more philosophical substance and a lot less violence than I expected. I certainly don't feel the violence is gratuitous,as it is directly related to the authoritarian nature of the capitol, and the iron hand it has on the districts, as well as the basic human instinct for survival (think Lord of the Flies). I ended up believing the Hunger Games series is sort of like the books Animal Farm and 1984 were for my generation (I graduated in 1966). The Hunger Games also raise consciousness by exposing political authoritarianism, cultural brainwashing and vapidity, and the lack of human empathy that results in true evil. I know my 16-year old grandson will be reflecting on the books at this level, and I hope many others will, as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (536)

    The first new collection of essays by Christopher Hitchens since 2004, Arguably offers an indispensable key to understanding the passionate and skeptical spirit of one of our most dazzling writers, widely admired for the clarity of his style, a result of his disciplined and candid thinking. Topics range from ruminations on why Charles Dickens was among the best of writers and the worst of men to the enduring legacies of Thomas Jefferson and George Orwell.

    Kristopher says: "Written with skill and style"
    "Fascinating History & Philosophy Lessons"
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    If you could sum up Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating history and philosophy lessons, not to mention economics, politics, etc., etc., are all contained in Hitchens essays (a title that is a little misleading as many are book reviews--but certainly more essay-like and with way more depth than the usual book review). His breadth is breath-taking and the language/vocabulary extraordinary. Sometimes I didn't know the meaning of a marvelous word he was stringing together in a powerful phrase with other wonderful words, and,since I was listening in the car, I couldn't stop to look it up, An intellectual challenge and delight!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not applicable, though I appreciated the essays/reviews involving the founding fathers, Carl Marx, and other well known historical figures.


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

    No.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The personal history of Karl Marx and how his work has been distorted was of great interest.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (508)

    The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.

    Elizabeth says: "Loved everyone minute!"
    "Catherine the Great is Great!"
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    Where does Catherine the Great rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Intelligent, well-written, engaging history. I learned so much about Catherine and Russian history. Very enjoyable!


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Catherine was made


    Which character – as performed by Mark Deakins – was your favorite?

    None due to Deakins performance, which was fairly straightforward. I can't say he added anything significant to the story with his reading, but he did not take anything away from it, and his voice was consistent and engaging.


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

    The Education of an Empress


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lantern: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Deborah Lawrenson
    • Narrated By Kristine Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    A modern gothic novel of love, secrets, and murder - set against thelush backdrop of Provence. When Eve falls for the secretive, charming Dom in Switzerland, their whirlwind relationship leads them to Les GenÉvriers, an abandoned house set among the fragrant lavender fields of the South of France. Each enchanting day delivers happy discoveries: hidden chambers, secret vaults, a beautiful wrought-iron lantern. Deeply in love and surrounded by music, books, and the heady summer scents of the French countryside, Eve has never felt more alive.

    Rachel says: "Beautiful narration, written like a classic, LOVED"
    "Engaging Mystery"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lantern to be better than the print version?

    The story was set in Provence and went from present day to an earlier day. An engaging story. Mysterious but not scary. Enjoyed the women's voices.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lantern?

    The discovery of the bodies, as it was a turning point in the story.


    What about Kristine Ryan’s performance did you like?

    Soft and delicate; easy to listen to.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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