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Kathryn Bradley

Listener Since 2003

  • 9 reviews
  • 210 ratings
  • 377 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "Really? Really?!"

    I thought that bullcrap, macho, no women in space, Mad Men attitude went out in the 60's, but apparently it is alive and well and here today, ladies and gents. Unfortunately, these dudes are no Heinlein, and there is nothing of value to stick it out through the misogyny. I want my credit back.

    11 of 77 people found this review helpful
  • Your Blues Ain't Like Mine

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Bebe Moore Campbell
    • Narrated By Alfre Woodard, Allison Smith

    When young Armstrong Todd's mother sends him to spend the summer in her native rural Mississippi, the Chicago-bred 15-year-old is unused to the segregated ways of the Deep South. So when the black youth utters a few innocuous words in French to a white woman, he has no idea of the impending firestorm he has ignited. Armstrong ends up paying the ultimate price when the offended woman's husband and his friends decide to teach the youth a lesson.

    Jon says: "Not Pleased"
    "Audible ought to be ashamed of itself"

    This sounds like it was digitized using a pen-sized mp3 recorder in a 1978 Oldsmobile from an 8track while travelling through a wind tunnel and someone was also playing Outburst in the backseat. How can Audible let this amazing, classic story (far superior to "The Help") suffer like this? Make a new Audible Production. Talk to the publisher about masters. Buy the CD edition and rip it. Cause this version is complete and utter poop.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Crazy Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Rita Williams-Garcia
    • Narrated By Sisi Aisha Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Eleven-year-old Delphine and her younger sisters Vonetta and Fern travel to Oakland to meet their mother, Cecil, who abandoned their family years earlier. But even when Cecil gets them to her house, she shows no interest and seems to view them as nothing but a nuisance.

    Kathryn Bradley says: "Perfect."

    This is the best story/characters/YA that I have ever heard on Audible. Hands down. No question. If you have any interest in MG fiction or recent history or crazy awesomeness, you should hear this story Right. Now.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Emperor Mage: The Immortals: Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated By Tamora Pierce

    In this third volume of the popular Immortals Quartet, Daine enters a glittering world laced with danger and treachery, a world that grows more intense when the gods themselves push her to use her wild magic for their own ends.

    Kathryn Bradley says: "Good but not her best"
    "Good but not her best"

    The reader for Full Cast has kind of a stilted delivery that I find dumbs the book down. The character actors are all really great, and this series shows a lot of development for Pierce since the Lioness books.

    Hey, Audible, there's a fourth book in this series. What's up with leaving me hanging?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Joy Luck Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Gwendoline Yeo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1949, four Chinese women drawn together by the shadow of their past begin meeting in San Francisco to play Mah Jong, invest in stocks, eat dim sum, and "say" stories. Nearly 40 years later, one of the members has died, and her daughter has come to take her place, only to learn of her mother's lifelong wish and the tragic way in which it has come true. The revelation of this secret unleashes an urgent need among the women to reach back and remember.

    Kathryn Bradley says: "Great Book, Horrible Reader"
    "Great Book, Horrible Reader"

    Don't they have producers for these things? She read sentences twice, gave the wrong accent to a character, and invented the most annoying voice in audiobook history for another. I call for a do-over.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Parable of the Talents

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Patricia R. Floyd, Peter Jay Fernandez, Sisi Aisha Johnson

    Environmental devastation and economic chaos have turned America into a land of horrifying depravity. Assault, theft, sexual abuse, slavery, and murder are commonplace. And a zealous, bigoted tyrant has won his way into the White House. Directly opposed is Lauren Olamina, founder of Earthseed - a new faith that teaches "God Is Change". Persecuted for "heathen" beliefs as much as for having a black female leader, Earthseed's followers face a life-and-death struggle to preserve their vision.

    David says: "Powerful, dark sequel that stands on its own"

    Starting with an interesting premise, Butler squanders it with uneven story-telling, unlikable characters, and no true understanding of the world she has set them in.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By William Hope, Laurel Lefkow

    This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, a librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36, and were married when Clare was 22 and Henry 30. Impossible but true, because Henry has Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his past, present, and future.

    Lucy says: "Worth trying to sort it out"

    I loved this book wholeheartedly. I loved the story, the way sci-fi fit in without BEING the story, the characters. All of it.

    The female voice actor is hands down the best I've heard here. Another reviewer disliked her "breathy voice" but I found her tone perfect, regardless of the age and state of mind she was portraying. I will seriously considering listening to a book in the future merely because she reads it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "Why publishing houses employ editors"

    Maybe when actually reading a hard copy of this book, it would be possible to ignore the incredibly subpar grammar and sentence structure this author uses. When listening, it is not. I thought if I had to hear one more run on sentence, using only the word "and" to join clauses, I was going to throw my mp3 player in the trash. The plot may be intriguing for fans of the thriller/mafia/chase genre, if they can wade through the idiotic dialogue, and the absolutely impenetrable descriptions.

    4 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Boy Meets Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Levithan
    • Narrated By Nicholas Robideau, the Full Cast Family
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    What if you went to a school where it was actually all right to be who you really are? That's the enchanting place David Levithan has created in his highly acclaimed first novel. But even if the gay kids and the straight kids all get along just fine, even if it's all right for the quarterback to be a cross dresser named Infinite Darlene and the cheerleaders to ride Harleys into the pep rally, the road to true love is still a strange and winding path, as Paul discovers when he meets the boy of his dreams.

    Brian says: "Kudos to Full Cast Audio"
    "Fantasy, but fun"

    I enjoyed this book for its break from reality, and I didn't think about it for anything but fantastical imaginings, until I heard the interview afterwards, in which the producer talked to the voice actors. It seems the producer, an older man, actually thought that the school system might be this way. He actually thought there was the possibility that the American school system would tolerate boy crushes held out in the open, and lesbians holding hands in the halls.
    It seems obvious to me that there was litle research for this book done in actual high schools, where acceptance does not happen as a general rule. Also, these kids all seemed remarkably in touch with gay culture from the 90's, when they would all have been about 5, which struck me as unlikely. But hey, if you're going in for fantasy, why not?

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful

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