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Katheline A. Phelan

bethesda, maryland United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 14 reviews
  • 57 ratings
  • 237 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • Meditation for Pain Relief: Guided Pratices for Reclaiming Your Body and Your Life

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Jon Kabat-Zinn
    • Narrated By Jon Kabat-Zinn
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    If you're reading this, chances are your life, or the life of someone you know, is shaped by pain - and the physical and emotional suffering that usually accompany it. The good news: Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues have helped thousands of people learn to use the power of mindfulness to transform their relationship to pain and suffering, and discover new degrees of freedom for living with greater ease and quality of life.

    Marie says: "Like a friend talking to you"
    "Interesting and helpful"
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    Would you listen to Meditation for Pain Relief again? Why?

    Yes - I listen to it several times a week.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's not a story


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing to suggest


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not applicable


    Any additional comments?

    I am finding this meditation audio very helpful in dealing with chronic pain. I was skeptical, and it has not made the pain go completely away, but changing my attitude toward the pain and taking the time to meditate on it several times each week has helped a lot. I don't get depressed and anxious about the pain anymore and it does seem to be less than before.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    Overall
    (2641)
    Performance
    (2346)
    Story
    (2348)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Lovely and Funny Story"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry to be better than the print version?

    Don't know


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harold Fry because of his determination and personal development during the story


    Have you listened to any of Jim Broadbent’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This is a lovely story - inventive and charming. I listen to a lot of very long novels and non-fiction, but need something lighter sometimes and this really hit the spot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (628)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Dennis says: "Dared to let the kids listen and they loved it..."
    "Very Amusing"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think it could be a little shorter


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alan Carlson - who doesn't love a 100 year old who runs away from the nursing home?


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Steven Crossley?

    Yes


    Was The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This was an odd, but very amusing story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3215)
    Performance
    (2814)
    Story
    (2846)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Couldn't put it down"
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    If you could sum up Reamde in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The action, after the first 100 or so pages, was riveting. A real page turner. I'd asked one of my daughter's for a recommendation for something that had a lot of action and Reamde is what she suggested. She said, "It's the quickest 1,000 pages I've ever read." I must agree - I listened to most of the almost 40 hours of audio in one weekend.


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Hillgartner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't know


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (4800)
    Performance
    (4371)
    Story
    (4381)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Good Detective Story"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    Very good story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot and the characters


    Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

    Main character


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I was looking for a real page turner and this was it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Week in Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (412)

    Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know one another. When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy. Helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the house) and Orla, her niece (a whiz at business), Chicky is finally ready to welcome the first guests to Stone House’s big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms.

    Vicki says: "Didn't want it to end....."
    "Charming"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up A Week in Winter in three words, what would they be?

    I listened to this book with sadness, knowing that it's the last one that Maeve Binchy ever wrote. It is quintessential Binchy - full of charm and character development and people overcoming the obstacles in their lives. Loved it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are almost all captivating


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dissolution: A Novel of Tudor England Introducing Matthew Shardlake

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (570)

    This riveting debut set in 1534 England secured C. J. Sansom’s place “among the most distinguished of modern historical novelists” (P. D. James). When Henry VIII’s emissary is beheaded at an English monastery, hunchbacked lawyer Matthew Shardlake is dispatched to solve the crime. But as he uncovers a cesspool of sin, three more murders occur - and Matthew may be the next target.

    Grcla says: "Very good"
    "Terrific Historical Fiction"
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    What did you love best about Dissolution?

    I love this series and hope there are more coming because I've listened to all of them now. Story is interesting and intriguing, and the narration is excellent.


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    He really captures the different character's voices convincingly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Leader: A Faux Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jim Harrison
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Author Jim Harrison has won international acclaim for his masterful body of work, including over thirty books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. In his most original work to date, Harrison delivers an enthralling, witty, and expertly crafted novel following one man’s hunt for an elusive cult leader, dubbed the Great Leader.

    Craig says: "Are you an over-thehill guy with one last mission?"
    "I love Jim Harrison"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Harrison writes stories with interesting characters, and wonderful descriptive prose. He is also thought provoking. I want to read "Playing Indian" now, which is referred to many times in "The Great Leader".


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thérèse Raquin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (760)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (684)

    Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

    Jean says: "worth a listen"
    "Be Careful What You Wish For"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes


    If you???ve listened to books by Emile Zola before, how does this one compare?

    n/a


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final one where Therese and Laurent commit suicide


    Could you see Th??r??se Raquin being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Good read, and Kate Winslet is a wonderful narrator. I'd never read anything by Zola before, but would read him again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Dog Tulip

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By J. R. Ackerley
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Distinguished British man of letters J. R. Ackerley hardly thought himself a dog lover when, well into middle age, he came into possession of a German shepherd named Tulip. To his surprise, she turned out to be the love of his life, the “ideal friend” he had been seeking in vain for years. My Dog Tulip is a bittersweet retrospective account of their 16-year companionship, as well as a profound and subtle meditation on the strangeness that lies at the heart of all relationships.

    N. Rogers says: "Disappointing"
    "I was very disappointed"
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    What would have made My Dog Tulip better?

    There were a few amusing and/or heartfelt moments in this book, but the emphasis on scatalogical detail was gross. There is only so much I wish to hear about a dog's gastrointestinal and reproductive systems. Whole chapters are devoted to these matters in My Dog Tulip.


    Has My Dog Tulip turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not necessarily. I love animal stories, man/woman's best friend etc.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ralph Cosham???s performances?

    Probably not


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. And, I was very surprised that it had been rated so highly by other listeners. Audible listener reviews are usually a very reliable guide ofr me.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't even make it half way through this story, which is very unusual for me. I've listened to hundreds of books over the past 6 or 7 years, and there have only been two or three that I've abandoned without finishing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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