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Kelly

Omaha, NE, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 22 reviews
  • 194 ratings
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  • 30 purchased in 2014
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  • The Round House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Gary Farmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (997)
    Performance
    (846)
    Story
    (844)

    One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

    Melinda says: "Heavy in My Heart"
    "It was not my favorite"
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    This book was beautifully written, but I was a little bored while listening. I felt detached from the characters and found my mind wandered quite often.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1373)
    Performance
    (1290)
    Story
    (1278)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "This one felt forced"
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    I gotta say that I'm a little disappointed with this one. I've loved them all, but this one felt forced. I'm sure Diana is under a lot of pressure to continue this wonderful series, but I think she's burnt out. Of course, if you've read the other seven books then you must get this one, but it may fall a little short of expectations.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • One Plus One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (128)

    Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

    Kathy says: "Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read."
    "Another great one by Jojo!"
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    As usual, Jojo Moyes turns a few simple characters, an interesting storyline and excellent writing into a highly enjoyable and accessible book. I didn't want to stop listening!

    However...
    while the narrators all did an excellent job, the book is written in the third person so to have the voices change is a little distracting. It doesn't make sense to have multiple narrators for the audiobook when there is only one real third person narrator throughout the book. I think this one was a bit over-produced, but still excellent.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (292)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Tawney says: "A remarkable listening experience"
    "Bad reviewers must be jealous"
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    The only reason I can think that someone would give this beautiful book a poor review is that they're jealous that they didn't write it. Do they not like the narrator? Zach is great, but honestly Kermit the Frog could read it to me and I would still listen. Get this book and tell all your friends. (But, don't tell your friends that you listened to it because then they'll get all self-righteous about how they could never listen because they just love to hold a book in their hands and they'll judge you and they'll correct you in public if you mention that you "read" a book when you really listened to a book.)

    70 of 77 people found this review helpful
  • And Sons: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By David Gilbert
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (65)

    Who is A. N. Dyer? & Sons is a literary masterwork for readers of The Art of Fielding, The Emperor’s Children, and Wonder Boys - the panoramic, deeply affecting story of an iconic novelist, two interconnected families, and the heartbreaking truths that fiction can hide.

    Doug P. says: "Full of brilliant bits and pieces"
    "Instant classic. Really."
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    "When someone uses the term "instant classic," I typically want to grab him and ask, "So this is, what, like the new Great Expectations? You sure about that?" But David Gilbert's novel & Sons, seductive and ripe with both comedy and heartbreak, made me reconsider my stance on such a label. & Sons feels deeply familiar, as though it existed for decades and I was just slow to find it." Mary Pols NPR

    Flawless narration by George Newbern.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Prey: The Hunt Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Andrew Fukuda
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    With death only a heartbeat away, Gene and the remaining humans must find a way to survive long enough to escape the hungry predators chasing them through the night. But they’re not the only things following Gene. He’s haunted by Ashley June who he left behind, and his burgeoning feelings for Sissy, the human girl at his side. Their escape takes them to a refuge of humans living high in the mountains. Gene and his friends think they’re finally safe, but not everything here is as it seems. And before long, Gene must ask himself if the new world they’ve entered is just as evil as the one they left behind.

    Kelly says: "Why aren't more of you reading this series?!"
    "Why aren't more of you reading this series?!"
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    I'm not a young adult and I'm not a vampire book fan, but I'm loving this series. The Prey was even better than The Hunt. Action-packed and intelligently written. I feel like Andrew Fukuda is a very careful and clean writer. He doesn't indulge in unnecessary detail, but somehow paints a vivid picture of characters and scenes for his reader.
    Sean Runnette is perfect!

    Your credits will be well-spent on this series. I'm looking forward to the final installment!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate Thief: Mithermages, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2015)
    Performance
    (1832)
    Story
    (1838)

    Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates.

    Benjamin says: "Flashes of Great, Ok, and Bad. Overall: Meh."
    "Religious allegory"
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    This is clearly a religious allegory. The author seems to be a bit self-righteous and out of touch with most teenagers. This combination makes the magic seem more realistic than the interactions amongst the characters.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Fukuda
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (146)

    Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them. Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules.

    Michelle says: "This had me on my toes from start to finish."
    "You will not be bored!"
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    This well-written dystopian novel will hold your attention throughout the entire book. Sean Runnette does a fantastic job narrating. Can't wait to start the next one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    Overall
    (2677)
    Performance
    (2436)
    Story
    (2445)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "Yes, you should get this beautiful book"
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    I mostly got this book because I loved the book cover design and it sounded interesting. And then I started listening and couldn't stop. Seriously, bought it yesterday, finished it today. The book is 15 hours long. The narrator is perfect in every way and the story is unique and beautiful. Loved it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Aviator's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (502)

    For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.

    Audrey says: "The Megalomaniac's Wife"
    "The fiction book that wants to be non."
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    The author, Melanie Benjamin, says what she hopes the reader will take away from her novel is the desire to learn more about the characters. Mission accomplished - I googled the Lindberghs. But, I can't figure out why she didn't just write a non-fiction book. This book wants to be non-fiction. It wants to show you the reality of the sociopathic husband and the doormat wife and that reality kinda sucks.
    Here are my thoughts as I listened to this book: "I can't wait until Anne does something crazy, like not make his dinner. Oh wait, crazy things won't happen, this is non-fiction. Wait, it's fiction, why aren't crazy things happening?".
    Why, Melanie, why can't Anne win just once?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2945)
    Performance
    (2584)
    Story
    (2588)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    Marci says: "I Miss Her"
    "What am I missing?"
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    I just wasn't blown away by this book. Interesting enough story, but I just couldn't really feel any empathy for Cheryl.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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