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Kalena

Lake Oswego, OR, US

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  • 6 reviews
  • 141 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • Ragtime

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By E. L. Doctorow
    • Narrated By E. L. Doctorow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (242)

    The story opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, New York, at the home of an affluent American family. One lazy Sunday afternoon, the famous escape artist Harry Houdini swerves his car into a telephone pole outside their house. And almost magically, the line between fantasy and historical fact, between real and imaginary characters, disappears.

    Catherine says: "Ragtime and Doctorow are compelling"
    "Ragtime should be peppy, this was a drudgery!"
    Overall

    The story lines were slow and the narration was slower. Even the abridged version would have been too long.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Orchardist

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Amanda Coplin
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (403)

    At the turn of the 20th century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion.

    Marcia says: "Beautiful, rich, sweeping tale, not a fairy tale."
    "half way through"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm loving this book, I hate to turn it off and can't wait to get back to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Angel's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (226)

    In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martin, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city's underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner.

    bluebelle says: "My Favorite Book!"
    "Fabulous narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked 'shadow of the wind' a little better than 'the angels game' but the story was very well developed and kept me interested and involved. I couldn't anticipate what was going to happen next. I would definitely recommend this book. Dan Stevens is an amazing narrator!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter Allison
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (176)

    Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a hilarious collection of true tales from top ­safari guide Peter Allison. In a place where the wrong behavior could get you eaten, Allison has survived face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry ­elephants, and the world's most unpredictable animals: herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides whose outrageous antics sometimes make them even more dangerous than a pride of hungry lions!

    D. says: "Drivers May Laugh Too Hard to Drive!"
    "I chose it because of the title"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book was so entertaining and interesting. It's laugh out loud funny and educational and beautiful. The narrator was terrific and the love the author has for the animals and what he does is a joy to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Goulston
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1100)
    Performance
    (869)
    Story
    (858)

    You’ve got a business colleague who’s hostile...a client who’s furious...a staffer who’s deeply cynical—how do you get people to do what you want in tough situations like these? In Just Listen, veteran psychiatrist and business coach Mark Goulston reveals the secret to how to get through to anyone, even when productive communication seems impossible.“Here's the challenge,” Mark says.

    Joseph says: "Not for everyone"
    "Interesting but...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book started out strong, and gave good information but it got a little preachy after awhile and I got tired of listening :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Week in December

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sebastian Faulks
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    London: the week before Christmas, 2007. Over seven days we follow the lives of seven characters: a hedge fund manager trying to bring off the biggest trade of his career; a professional footballer recently arrived from Poland; a young lawyer with little work and too much time to speculate; a student who has been led astray by Islamist theory; a hack book reviewer; a schoolboy hooked on reality TV and genetically altered pot; and a Tube train driver whose Circle Line train joins these and countless other lives together in a daily loop.

    Cariola says: "Something Different from Faulks"
    "Tedious"
    Overall

    It just droned on and on until I just didn't care what was going to happen by the end of the week!

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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