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Kathryn S. Daugherty

Duluth, MN United States | Member Since 2010

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REVIEWS
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
35

  • A Matter of Justice: Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (205)

    After two London men end their business partnership, one of them is savagely murdered in a medieval tithe barn on his estate in Somerset. Investigating the killing, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge discovers that the victim was universally despised in Cambury - even the victim's wife and the town's police inspector are suspect. And yet in London circles, the man was highly regarded. What triggered his death?

    Marie says: "Entertaining procedural through the end"
    "Rutledge and Hamish don't disappoint"
    Overall

    Althouth the reader knows from the beginning who likely "done it", the chase is still fun. And there are enough twists to keep it interesting! It fades a little in the middle. Takes too long to get to the meat of the matter.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1624)
    Performance
    (1185)
    Story
    (1174)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Sweeping, frightening, wonderful"
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    Would you listen to The Persimmon Tree again? Why?

    Probably not but then I never listen to a book more than once.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character because I got to know him very personally. There was a lot of good character development but none was as "real" as the main character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I could scarcely breathe as he watched what happened to the Australian and American sailors who went ashore.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is brutal and sometimes almost too difficult to read. This is especially true with Anna. But I did read every work and it was worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15497)
    Performance
    (9836)
    Story
    (9718)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Interesting precept, disappointing ending"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is outstanding. The idea of the story is fascinating - waking up in another century. I wondered throughout which of the possible endings would come to pass.


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her command of the Scottish tongue is a lot of fun and she easily transitions between voices.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The ending was a disappointment to me. It's like the author got tired after writing such a long (too long) book and just said, "The End". I was stunned when it ended.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2784)
    Performance
    (1600)
    Story
    (1606)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Inspiring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This one captured and held my attention. I used to hate boxing but I have a better appreciation for the athletes now. The book was occasionally difficult to read because of the cruelty but it was worth reading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1396)
    Performance
    (1204)
    Story
    (1180)

    A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

    Janice says: "I wanted to cheer out loud!"
    "So Southern, so touching, and a good mystery"
    Overall
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    I loved this book. The narrator is wonderful. The story is sad but amusing. The life of these characters is nothing like my own yet I could relate to all of them (especially Big) so well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2110)
    Performance
    (1324)
    Story
    (1330)

    Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

    Ethan M. says: "Excellent, if unfocused"
    "Who knew chemistry could be so funny?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoyed this one. The science is easy to follow and the stories are amusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Russell Shorto
    • Narrated By L.J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (764)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (299)

    Nearly 40 years ago, a New York State Library archivist discovered 12,000 pages of extraordinary records from the original Dutch colony on Manhattan. After decades of painstaking translation, the documents became the primary source for this breathtaking history of early New York.

    Pen Name says: "Loved it!"
    "Who knew chemistry could be funny?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoyed this one. The science is easy to follow and the stories are amusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of the Dancing Master

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (248)

    Stefan Lindman, a young police officer recently diagnosed with mouth cancer, decides to investigate the murder of his former colleague, but is soon enmeshed in a mystifying case with no witnesses and no apparent motives. Terrified of the disease that could take his life, Lindman becomes more and more reckless as he unearths the chilling links between Molin's death and an underground neo-Nazi network that runs further and deeper than he could ever have imagined.

    Richard Delman says: "Plodding. Ponderous. Heavy. Slow."
    "Complex, darkly Swedish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Henning Mankell is as brilliant as ever. The book has deeply flawed characters, a ghastly murder, and a depressed detective. What more could you ask for?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2646)
    Performance
    (2231)
    Story
    (2235)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Robert says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Palatable history and great insights"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm not a WWII history buff so I was afraid this book would disappoint. On the contrary, it taught me much history and I didn't even realize it. Love the way it looks into the motivations of the people of Europe, Japan, the US, and the Soviet Union. It's not just a chronicle of battles.

    Of course, the story is also very good and the characters well developed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1428)
    Performance
    (1174)
    Story
    (1176)

    A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

    Harold says: "From Civilization into Darkness"
    "Beautiful language, beautifully read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story can be disturbing because of widespread ignorance and prejudice but the author seems to be aware of it. That makes the difficult parts interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dombey and Son

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By David Timson
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (84)

    Dombey and Son is vintage Dickens and explores the classic themes of betrayal, cruelty and deceit. Dombey's dysfunctional relationships are painted against a backdrop of social unrest in industrialized London, which is populated by a host of fascinating and memorable secondary characters. The complete and unabridged novel is brought spectacularly to life by veteran reader David Timson.

    eileen says: "A Hidden Dickens Gem"
    "Dickens and a great narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book is read brilliantly. Dickens' subtle (and not-so-subtle) sarcasm is delivered in the most natural way. This one is simply hours of fun.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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