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Katherine

I love to read mysteries, histories, biographies, humor, and Jane Austen.

Mason, OH, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Perfect Chemistry

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Simone Elkeles
    • Narrated By Roxanne Hernandez, Blas Kisic
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (250)

    When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created perfect life is about to unravel before her eyes. She's forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.

    Leslie says: "Perfect Chemisty has perfect chemistry."
    "Better than I expected"
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    I'm not sure why I bought this, because I'm not the target audience (I'm in my 50's, but this book is clearly for young adults). That being said, I enjoyed the story quite a bit. The two-narrator presentation was good, although Blas Kisic sounded a little old for the part. The story has some intense scenes that are better for young adults over the age of 16 or 17 - but I also don't think this book would interest kids much younger than that, since it doesn't feature wizards or mythical creatures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Northanger Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (715)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (440)

    When Catherine Morland, a country clergyman's daughter, is invited to spend a season in Bath with the fashionable high society, little does she imagine the delights and perils that await her. Captivated and disconcerted by what she finds, and introduced to the joys of "Gothic novels" by her new friend, Isabella, Catherine longs for mystery and romance. When she is invited to stay with the beguiling Henry Tilney and his family at Northanger Abbey, she expects mystery and intrigue at every turn.

    Johnny says: "Awesome"
    "Juliet Stevens reads Austen beautifully"
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    This was, I believe, the first novel actually written by Jane Austen, although published much later. It is a gentle spoof of the overblown Gothic horror/romance novels of the day. It differs from Austen's later style but is still fun. Juliet Stevens, as always, narrates beautifully, with well-defined voices for the different characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Language A to Z

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John McWhorter
    • Narrated By Professor John McWhorter
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (591)

    Linguistics, the study of language, has a reputation for being complex and inaccessible. But here's a secret: There's a lot that's quirky and intriguing about how human language works-and much of it is downright fun to learn about. But with so many potential avenues of exploration, it can often seem daunting to try to understand it. Where does one even start?

    Jacobus says: "A genious Miscelany of linguistic topics"
    "Who knew linguistics could be such fun?"
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    Professor John McWhorter is fascinating and entertaining as he takes us through a whirlwind tour of linguistics, presented via assorted topics from A to Z. His teaching style is fresh and engaging. I only wish each lecture was longer than 15 minutes - they finish far too soon! Prof. McWhorter is now my favorite lecturer in the Great Courses Series - and that is saying a lot. Strongly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5832)
    Performance
    (3731)
    Story
    (3749)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "Satisfying conclusion to "Daemon""
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    This is the concluding volume to the novel "Daemon," which I reviewed previously. The first book shook me up, and it took awhile to listen to this one. Once again, the narrator does a superb job. The story is fast-paced and keeps you guessing - maybe the bad guys are really good, and the good guys are not?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Emma

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1191)
    Performance
    (850)
    Story
    (856)

    One of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.

    H. CRODDICK says: "Wonderful listen"
    "Great performance, annoying heroine"
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    As always, Juliet Stevenson does a superb job. But, for some reason, hearing the book instead of reading it brings out Emma's annoying and controlling personality. Reading it, Emma is charmingly misguided - hearing it, Emma is an unpleasant jerk. This has never been one of my favorite Austen books, but now I don't think I can read or listen to it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Something Rotten: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (300)

    After spending her time chasing a stray Minotaur into pulp Westerns, filling in for Joan of Arc, and raising her infant son, Friday, Thursday needs a break in the real world. But her return to Swindon is far from relaxing. Rogue fictioneer Yorrick Kaine and the evil multinational Goliath Corporation are trying to rule the world, and a deadly assassin called the Windowmaker is tracking Thursday's every move.

    Karen says: "Re: the different narrator"
    "Time travel messes with your head..."
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    ... but fortunately Thursday Next can roll with the punches. I love this series. I especially loved the tender and moving last chapters, when the narration point-of-view suddenly changes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22228)
    Performance
    (16018)
    Story
    (15924)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Sara says: "The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary"
    "Excellent performance, the story not so much"
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    So many folks have told me that I simply MUST read this series. So I gave the audio book a try.

    The good - the performance was excellent. The reader does a fine job of seamlessly shifting from English to Scottish accents, and her characters are well-defined vocally. No problems following the plot or which person was speaking.

    The bad -. I simply could not stand the central character. She stupidly gets herself into trouble repeatedly because she won't accept that her values and mores clash with the time into which she has been thrust. I also hated a lot of the dialogue. Do people really talk like that? Conflicts continually arise because characters jump to bad conclusions and won't say what's on their minds. The prolonged and frequent sex scenes were frankly boring after awhile. Finally, the male characters - no matter how wounded, no matter how close to death - were almost always the savior of this annoying damsel in distress. She does get herself out of a few scrapes, and helps to save her beloved at a couple of points, but mostly she waits to be saved. Very tiresome!

    I finished the audiobook but have absolutely no interest in continuing the series.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (207)

    Jane Austen's most popular novel, originally published in 1813, some 17 years after it was first written, presents the Bennet family of Longbourn. Against the background of gossipy Mrs. Bennet and the detached Mr. Bennet, the quest is on for husbands for the five daughters. The spotlight falls on Elizabeth, second eldest, who is courted by Darcy, though initially she is more concerned with the fate of her other sisters.

    Marilyn Pearse says: "Pride and Prejudice"
    "Great reading!"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this reading of P&P. At first, it drove me crazy when Ms. Fox would read Mrs. Bennett's lines - she would shriek and wail in a very obnoxious manner. Then I realized this is probably exactly how Mrs. Bennett would have spoken!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (3311)
    Performance
    (3030)
    Story
    (3011)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Karen Downes says: "Colin whispers in my ear, and I melt"
    "Complex and difficult"
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    It is interesting listening to Greene as he struggles with the complexities, frustrations, and passions of his Roman Catholic faith. This book deals with these themes well, although to someone not interest in Roman Catholicism, the book may seem to beat the same dead horse repeatedly (and I found it tiresome at times). I intensely dislike the literary convention that the best way for a romantic triangle to resolve itself is for the central woman to die. ("Madame Butterfly" anyone? "Miss Saigon"?) However, Colin Firth's performance is outstanding. As one of the other reviewers said, Firth makes the main character angry, misanthropic, and cruel, but still very human and someone you care about despite his many great flaws.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8023)
    Performance
    (4978)
    Story
    (5012)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Makes me anxious about technology"
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    This book was quite riveting. I usually listen to audiobooks before going to bed, but not this one - it made me too wound up! This was strictly daytimes-only listening. Now I look at our dependence on technology with skepticism and anxiety. Computers make our lives easier ... or do they?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Moonstone

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Peter Jeffrey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (275)

    T.S. Eliot described The Moonstone as "the first and the greatest English detective novel". The stone of the title is an enormous diamond plundered from an Indian shrine after the Siege of Seringapatam. Given to Miss Verinder on her 18th birthday, it mysteriously disappears that very night. Suspicion falls on three Indian jugglers who have been seen in the neighbourhood.

    Lucie says: "An engrossing detective novel"
    "Inventing a genre"
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    I enjoyed listening to this, though I found it a bit slow sometimes. Didn't realize this was basically the first detective story ever written. As a detective story, it seemed a bit thin, but then again it's hard to get everything right when you are inventing a genre! I've also read that Collin's description of laudanum addiction is remarkably accurate. The reader is excellent. For folks who enjoy 19th century literature, be sure to give this one a listen - you will enjoy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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