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Kathleen Wing

I listen to audiobooks when I drive and when I hike.

Redlands, CA United States

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  • Flanagan’s Run

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Tom McNab
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (112)

    During the Depression the ebullient American entrepreneur Charles Flanagan assembles 2,000 runners from all corners of the earth, to run from Los Angeles to New York for prize-money of $150,000. Flanagan’s Trans-America runners face 3,000 miles, across the Mojave desert and the frozen Rockies, running a daily average of 50 miles for three months.

    Tracy says: "Loved it"
    "Wow - this was one great story"
    Overall

    I rooted for the wonderful characters who ran in the race from the beginning to the end. There wasn't a boring section in this book. One of the best audiobooks I've listened to in a while.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1786)
    Performance
    (1607)
    Story
    (1614)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "History I remember and well done."
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    It made me realize all the changes that have happened in my life. History does circle around. I disagree with the comments that the story had a liberal bias. I think Follett did a good job depicting how it was. "Tricky Dicky" was depicted very well - good at international affairs, but a fraud and a liar. The liberals got their share of criticism too - the depictions of the Kennedy's and Johnson did not put halos on their heads. I would think that you would have to have a conservative bias to think this book has a liberal bias. That's the way people are today though - they lack tolerance for views that do not mirror their own. How did people become so judgmental?

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1866)
    Performance
    (1324)
    Story
    (1337)

    Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature. But there’s also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday.

    M. Davis says: "Another winner by Roberts!"
    "I got through it by putting the speed on 1.25X"
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    A really slow speaking narrator. It helped to put the book on 1.25X speed. At 1.25X speed it didn't put me to sleep, but isn't a book I'd recommend to anyone. The story just isn't that great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bowie: The Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Wendy Leigh
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Discover the man behind the myth in this new biography of one of the most pioneering and influential performers of our time - David Bowie. David Bowie - the iconic superstar of rock, fashion, art, design, and the quintessential sexual liberator - is a living legend. However, for the past five decades, he has managed to retain his Hollywood star mystique. Now, New York Times bestselling author Wendy Leigh reveals the real man behind the mythology. Through

    Madeira Darling says: "More Like This, PLEASE"
    "He was young and had fun, but then he grew up"
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    Life played out in the view of the masses. This is how life goes - you are young and have fun because you think you are immortal. Once you grow up and have explored enough, you settle down and leave the drama behind. It's not a bad book, but it's just the story of a man's life and nothing to get overly excited about.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Summer of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (274)

    It’s the summer of 1960 and in the small town of Elm Haven, Illinois, five twelve-year-old boys are forging the powerful bonds that a lifetime of change will not break. From sunset bike rides to shaded hiding places in the woods, the boys’ days are marked by all of the secrets and silences of an idyllic childhood. But amid the sun-drenched cornfields, their loyalty will be pitilessly tested.

    Jeff says: "Excellent well-developed thriller / youth story"
    "Started strong, but didn't stay that way"
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    The story was good and in the beginning I thought I was going to enjoy it as much as "It" by Stephen King, but there was not enough depth to this story to support the length of it. I think it would have been a much better story if it had been about 2/3 as long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Promise Canyon: A Virgin River Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (429)

    Lilly Yazhi knows all she needs to know about Clay Tahoma. Sure, he’s got a certain appeal befitting his Navajo roots, but she’s not falling for Clay’s silent, “earthy” attractiveness. She certainly won’t make the same mistake as Clay’s ex-wife. Only trouble is, her heart and mind have committed to different resolves.

    Amazon Customer says: "The series continures...."
    "Appears to be out of order"
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    Book 11 "Wild Man Creek" includes references to things that would have occurred previously in Promise Canyon. I think "Promise Canyon" is supposed to be Book 11 and "Wild Man Creek" is supposed to be Book 12. This book was enjoyable, but not as good as others in the series (I've read through Book 12).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (406)

    After a woman is brutally slain, investigators bring psychiatrist Joe O'Loughlin in for expert consultation. Joe is shocked to discover the dead woman is a former patient of his who cried rape when he rebuffed her sexual advances. Citing doctor/patient confidentiality, Joe hides this information. But the truth emerges, and suddenly he is the prime suspect.

    Bonnie says: "Found"
    "Started slow, but worth sticking with"
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    I almost gave up on this book about an hour into it, but then I gave it another try and really enjoyed the story. A good book overall.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (709)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (636)

    Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

    MissSusie66 says: "New favorite!"
    "A great reminder and a very good story"
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    I have to say thank you to Fannie Flag for writing this book. This book is such a good reminder to all women that we owe so much to the women who went before us, and it is also a funny, poignant, and engrossing novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18877)
    Performance
    (17067)
    Story
    (17212)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Clearly written for a young adult audience"
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    While listening to this book it was obvious that it was written with a young adult audience in mind, but it was still an enjoyable story for an older person. It is hard for me to believe that super intelligent people would not have a backup their computer programs, but I guess if I were not out in the workforce yet I could believe things like that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10261)
    Performance
    (9390)
    Story
    (9410)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "A good book until near the end."
    Overall
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    I enjoyed this book until last few hours of the book where it really started to drag. It was almost like the author got stuck in an endless loop as she neared the end. It also dragged a few other places along the way, but nothing like as it neared the end. Overall, a good book that did a fine job with the realities of life's gray areas, but just a little too much reiteration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undisputed Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mike Tyson, Larry Sloman
    • Narrated By Joshua Henry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (280)

    Philosopher, Broadway headliner, fighter, felon - Mike Tyson has defied stereotypes, expectations, and a lot of conventional wisdom during his three decades in the public eye. Bullied as a boy in the toughest, poorest neighborhood in Brooklyn, Tyson grew up to become one of the most thrilling and ferocious boxers of all time - and the youngest heavyweight champion ever. But his brilliance in the ring was often compromised by reckless behavior.

    Brock says: "Fascinating story about a train wreck of a life"
    "A good book - the good old days of boxing"
    Overall
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    I grew up in upstate New York and I remember hearing about the kid training in the Catskills that was going to be one of the greatest why back when Tyson must have been pretty young. I don't remember anyone that wasn't a fan of boxing back in those days. It's a different world now. Tyson's story needed to be told as it chronicles both the life of the man and what was going on in the boxing world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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