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Kathleen

Highland Village, TX, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • What Was She Thinking?: Notes on a Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Zoe Heller
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    Schoolteacher Barbara Covett has led a bitter, lonely life as a self-made careerist. Sheba Hart is an ethereal, inexperienced new pottery teacher. When Barbara hears of Sheba's problems in the classroom, a maternal pity arises in her that soon leads to friendship and confidence. But Barbara is unprepared for the secret she will learn: that Sheba has begun a passionate affair with an underage male student. Barbara's confusion, disapproval, and jealousy are helpless to prevent the coming disaster.

    Lori S. Chadbourne says: "Pearl's wisdom"
    "Liked but annoyed"
    Overall

    I agree with most of the reviewers the book was well written and narrated. But I found myself genuinely NOT liking the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13599)
    Performance
    (5995)
    Story
    (6076)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Great listen"
    Overall

    Author and narrator both did a great job. I loved the character in both his youth and as a crotchety old man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mossflower: Redwall, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brian Jacques
    • Narrated By Brian Jacques, Full Cast
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (132)

    Visit the magical animal world of Brian Jacques in this thrilling prequel to Redwall. Long before the abbey of Redwall is built, the land is known simply as Mossflower, a lush woodland and happy home to all. That is, until Tsarmina, a cruel wildcat queen who demands obedience and offers the castle's dungeon to those who defy her, comes along. Brian Jacques' tales of courageous heroes and deliciously hateful villains have captivated countless readers.

    Laura says: "Fantastic listening"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I loved this author when reading the books. But the narrator is very difficult to listen to. My children for whom I selected the book, could not follow the story and soon lost interest.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood of Flowers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anita Amirrezvani
    • Narrated By Shohreh Aghdashloo
    Overall
    (1253)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (691)

    In 17th-century Persia, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. When her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

    Shaddi says: "I loved this book!"
    "Spellbinding"
    Overall

    This is the most amazing book I have listened to to date. The book on its own is a masterpiece of storytelling and prose. And the narrator's voice lends it the final touches. If you haven't already, try A Thousand Splendid Suns. I don't know if I have ever had the pleasure of being enraptured by two great books in two months time. But the two together are amazing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael B. Oren
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    From the first cannonballs fired by American warships at North African pirates to the conquest of Falluja by the Marines, and from the early American explorers who probed the sources of the Nile to the diplomats who strove for Arab-Israeli peace, the United States has been dramatically involved in the Middle East. For well over two centuries, American statesmen, merchants, and missionaries, both men and women, have had a profound impact on the shaping of this crucial region.

    Karl says: "Thoughtful and balanced"
    "Difficult but informative"
    Overall

    I learned so much from this book. But it wasn't enjoyable. It isn't particularly well organized. Perhaps it would be better to read it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5216)
    Performance
    (1438)
    Story
    (1441)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Something special"
    Overall

    This book will haunt you. While you aren't listening you will be thinking about the characters. When you are listening you will be greedy with each minute and hate when the book ends. It is just a special book, that blooms inside you as the characters come alive. Different from Hossein's first book, told through the eyes of women. I may just have to listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Losing America: Confronting a Reckless and Arrogant Presidency

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robert C. Byrd
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In the months and years following September 11, Robert C. Byrd has viewed with alarm what he considers to be a "slow unraveling of the people's liberties", when all dissenting voices were stilled and awesome power swung suddenly to the president to fight a "war on terror". This path violates historical American principles, it shows no regard for the balance of power or the role of the Congress; it invades our privacy; and it eliminates public participation in and understanding of government.

    Kathleen says: "Learning History"
    "Learning History"
    Overall

    While virulently anti-Bush, and tainted with his own legacy of pork spending, Byrd does a great job of walking you through recent history from a Senatorial perspective. At the same time he brings to the forefront lessons forgotten from our civics classes, how the Legislative and Executive branches of government were intended to work, and how we are losing that through our own neglect, vote pandering of candidates, special interests, and power grabbing at the executive level that is not just laid at the feet of Bush 43. The only reason this is not a 5 star book is Byrd's sometimes hyperbolic attacks on GWB.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The New American Story

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bill Bradley
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Bill Bradley believes that America is at a crossroads, a "teachable moment" in which we are compelled to reevaluate our political system and leadership. With clarity and urgency, Bradley outlines the story we are being told now about who we are and what is possible for our nation. He then offers a new story, including what changes need to be made, and suggests that the party that chooses to embrace this new story will be in power for a generation.

    Kathleen says: "Outstanding"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    While long, this book is so well organized and thoroughly researched I never felt overwhelmed by its length. Unlike the other reviewer I don't think B. Bradley spent an overt amount of time bashing Bush. What he did do was give a brilliant overview of the history (3rd section) of the Republican party both good and bad. He talks about the overall politcal process and where it has worked and where it has gone astray from both partys' perspectives. But in the end this book is not about political parties. It is about us, Americans, our future. Having listened to it, I now want a hard copy for my shelves. It is just a great book.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Linda Bloodworth Thomason
    • Narrated By Cynthia Darlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Woodrow McIlmore, the town's golden boy and local gynecologist, is married to his beautiful high school sweetheart, Milan, and seems by all appearances to be leading the perfect life with his two children and extended family and friends. But when Wood's daughter announces that she is smitten with a college classmate and intends to marry him, her parents are stunned.

    Cynthia says: "Deeply moving, a great listen"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    Some books just lend themselves to listening. Liberating Paris is just such a book. Laugh out loud funny - it is doubly so through the narrator's use of accent and inflection. The characters were multi dimensional, their weaknesses and moments of nobility clearly visible. You cannot help but love and weep for each one of them. Weeks later I can summon up some of the quotes and chuckle to myself or shake my head. I just loved this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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