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Kathryn Bell

Chapel Hill, NC United States | Member Since 2015

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  • 4 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 176 titles in library
  • 27 purchased in 2015
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  • The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Paterniti
    • Narrated By L.J. Ganser
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (108)

    In the picturesque village of Guzmán, Spain, in a cave dug into a hillside on the edge of town, an ancient door leads to a cramped limestone chamber known as “the telling room”. Containing nothing but a wooden table and two benches, this is where villagers have gathered for centuries to share their stories and secrets - usually accompanied by copious amounts of wine. It was here, in the summer of 2000, that Michael Paterniti found himself listening to a larger-than-life Spanish cheesemaker named Ambrosio Molinos de las Heras as he spun an odd and compelling tale about a piece of cheese.

    Mel says: "The Original Canned Cheese"
    "A little too long but good nevertheless"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    First time I've found the reader to detract. Too much artifice/contrived in words chosen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Humor, learned a lot about Spain, history of Spain and world incorporated in to story,


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of L.J. Ganser?

    ANYONE.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Too long - not enough pace in story. Too much digression and redundant.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1181)
    Performance
    (1060)
    Story
    (1053)

    Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

    Jen says: "Wonderful Wonderful - In Every Way"
    "Stirring, omelette and hated for it to end."
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    Vivid picture of a memorable sumerbin this small Minnesota town.cliche to say but touches on : life, death, love, loss, sex, fidelity, the generous and the cruel , haves/have-nots, prejudice. and more. ll has some villains, heroes, and scandal to keep it from being preachy or a 'coming of age novel '! The bonus is the expert writing and wide array of flawed complex characters . You know someone like each whether you live in a large city or rural community . Sad it is over . Download it now ! Try to figure 'who done it'! Bet ya' can't!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (205)

    "It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon..." This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture.

    Sara says: "The Sharp Edge Of Family"
    "Wow! So disappointing..."
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    If it hadn't been for her laurels... And other reviews would never have bought . I toiled and stayed the course out of a crazed Audible mania and kept thinking I was missing something (clearly I missed what others have discerned), or was waiting for the turning point. Wonder where this would rate if it were her first novel ... At least it I completed it and can get back to all the amazing hard to turn off content that is usually my good fortune to have downloaded!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7216)
    Performance
    (3448)
    Story
    (3469)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "Perfect for this genre!"
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    If you want something entertaining and like this genre can't do better than this -it is not literature but still very enjoyable and not too cliche. Highly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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