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kit

Edgewood, KY, United States | Listener Since 2006

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  • 9 reviews
  • 31 ratings
  • 344 titles in library
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  • Love in a Nutshell

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Dorien Kelly
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (454)

    Kate Appleton needs a job. Her husband has left her, she's been fired from her position as a magazine editor, and the only place she wants to go is to her parents' summer house, The Nutshell, in Keene's Harbor, Michigan. Kate's plan is to turn The Nutshell into a Bed and Breakfast. Problem is, she needs cash and the only job she can land is less than savory. Matt Culhane wants Kate to spy on his brewery employees.

    Heather says: "Great!"
    "Cute story, hard to listen"
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    What did you like best about Love in a Nutshell? What did you like least?

    The story was fun, the characters likeable, nice summer read... but I wish I had purchased the actual book. I found the narrator's delivery very annoying. Okay, now I'm being picky, but I found her to be too breathy, drawing out the last syllable of the last word of most every sentence. I couldn't get past it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2426)
    Performance
    (2181)
    Story
    (2192)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "Wonderful, but wish the narrator did his homework."
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    Any additional comments?

    Please understand, I think Edward Herrmann has a melodic, compelling voice. His delivery is great... when he's not mispronouncing Pacific NW names. Having grown up in Seattle, I can understand the difficulty, there are some unusual ones. But I cringed every time he said Post Intelli- GEN-cer, and Boh-Marche. Several place names of American Indian origin were also mangled. Surely SOMEONE could have helped with these and made an excellent book, perfect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4627)
    Performance
    (1948)
    Story
    (1978)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "Interesting, but far too long."
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    Any additional comments?

    Interesting premise, good narration, and while difficult to follow the time line (for obvious reasons), very entertaining. That is, until I got to about half way through the second part. It really started to drag. I so wanted the author to end Henry and Claire's misery. When it FINALLY did end, the way it ended was so disappointing. It's not my place as a reader to dictate the final bow, and it's not that I mind being left wondering a bit. It's that this grand tale deserved a rich ending. That just didn't happen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4475)
    Performance
    (3827)
    Story
    (3828)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "I must be a wimp."
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    "Disturbing." That's the only way I could describe this book to the friend who recommended it to me. About a third of the way through, I told her I wasn't sure I could finish listening, I found the subject matter so difficult to endure. And honestly, it wasn't the brutality of the murder, or the fact that a child was the suspect. It was the description of mental illness that could fly so far under the radar, a parent might not recognize it. But Landay had me hooked. While I imagined several endings, what the author conjured up was NOT one of the possibilities. The narrator, Gardner, was very good. I have to end this so I can look up other books he's read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Informationist: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Taylor Stevens
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1391)
    Performance
    (787)
    Story
    (801)

    Vanessa “Michael” Munroe deals in information - expensive information - working for corporations, heads of state, private clients, and anyone else who can pay for her unique brand of expertise. Born to missionary parents in lawless central Africa, Munroe took up with an infamous gunrunner and his mercenary crew when she was just fourteen. As his protégé, she earned the respect of the jungle's most dangerous men, cultivating her own reputation for years until something sent her running. After almost a decade building a new life and lucrative career from her home base in Dallas, she's never looked back. Until now....

    John C. says: "Strong premise & character descend into melodrama"
    "Good plot twists, good narrator"
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    The characters were intriguing, the plot draws you in. The narrator's skill with accent and inflection makes this an easy listen. I use audible to keep me exercising... after this one, I'm tired! Couldn't put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2494)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (530)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Debbie McKelvey says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Slow start, but worth the wait."
    Overall

    Had it not been for the great reviews, I think I would have given up on "Prisoner" before the trial ended. Once the main character, Danny, got to prison, however, the book got more interesting. In fact it was hard to stop listening. The narrator was excellent, and the author's insight in to prison life and Swiss banking made "Prisoner" an educational as well as fun read/listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paranoia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1591)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (433)

    Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

    Karen says: "Clever and interesting."
    "Finder is funny..."
    Overall

    The main character, Adam, is very compelling in his screw-up turned good-guy mission. The writing is concise, and sometimes LOL funny. The plot was not always completely believable (they hand him a Porche and a high rise condo two weeks into the job?), but it IS fiction, and the twists kept the plot moving. The narrator is very good... this is a fun summer read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9274)
    Performance
    (3672)
    Story
    (3712)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Worth 3x the price (credits)"
    Overall

    ... which is what listeners should pay, based on the length (six downloads). But the fact that it's a good deal for one credit is merely icing on the cake. This sequel defies the odds and is just as compelling as Pillars of the Earth. I'm told these two stories are not characteristic of Ken Follet's novels. Still, I find myself compelled to read more of his work... riveting!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Ryan
    • Narrated By Terry Ryan
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    Evelyn Ryan was an enterprising woman who kept poverty at bay with wit, poetry, and perfect prose during the "contest era" of the 1950s and 1960s. From her frenetic supermarket shopping spree - worth $3,000 today - to her clever entries worthy of Erma Bombeck, Dorothy Parker, and Ogden Nash, Evelyn Ryan's story shows how a winning spirit will triumph over the poverty of circumstance.

    Deena says: "Totally Delightful!"
    "Wonderful! But better in print."
    Overall

    Such a charming story... especially for anyone who grew up in a big family in the 50's. (Though I think people of all ages will enjoy the spunk and wit of Evelyn Ryan, recounted so well by her daughter) I wish though, that the author had sprung for a narrator rather than reading it herself. Terry Ryan's unprofessional monotone detracted from her good writing. Also, because some of the poems and jingles use "made-up" or convoluted language, they might be more easily understood in print.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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