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Katheline A. Phelan

bethesda, maryland United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Great Leader: A Faux Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jim Harrison
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    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
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (1048)
    Story
    (1049)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Melinda says: "Intriguing--Captivating--Altering"
    "Something Different"
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    Where does Heft rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Certainly in the top 20%


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The boy - Kell. His character is written very authentically and sympathetically.


    What about Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka ’s performance did you like?

    They both did a great job with convincing voices.


    If you could rename Heft, what would you call it?

    Don't know, although it's not a great title.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an unusual story which I enjoyed very much. Was caught off guard by the abrupt ending, but after a little reflection think it is an excellent ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7444)
    Performance
    (6828)
    Story
    (6833)

    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"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Donna Tartt and/or David Pittu?

    Probably -


    Would you ever listen to anything by Donna Tartt again?

    Probably


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was not the problem for me, it was the story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If it had been much shorter and much less overwrought, cheap philosophizing, it could have been a very good book. The writing is not bad, but the character development, or lack thereof, and silly naval gazing personal revelations ruined it for me. Can't imagine how this won a Pulitzer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Bee: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Chris Cleave
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1455)
    Performance
    (740)
    Story
    (740)

    British couple Andrew and Sarah O'Rourke, vacationing on a Nigerian beach in a last-ditch effort to save their faltering marriage, come across Little Bee and her sister, Nigerian refugees fleeing from machete-wielding soldiers intent on clearing the beach. The horrific confrontation that follows changes the lives of everyone involved in unimaginable ways.

    Katerina says: "Good book, well told"
    "Very Powerful and Evocative Story"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Little Bee the most enjoyable?

    It is well written and the story is riveting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The title character, Little Bee, because of her wisdom and humor and growth during the story


    What about Anne Flosnik’s performance did you like?

    Her rendering of the voices of the different characters was extremely effective.


    Who was the most memorable character of Little Bee and why?

    I don't see how this is any different from the second question


    Any additional comments?

    A very sad story, but well worth hearing. It was an Audible Daily Deal and I am now checking the daily deals everyday.

    0 of 0 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2919)
    Performance
    (2599)
    Story
    (2601)

    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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    Story
    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
    (1296)
    Performance
    (1145)
    Story
    (1163)

    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.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "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
    (3521)
    Performance
    (3080)
    Story
    (3114)

    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"
    Overall
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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
    (5858)
    Performance
    (5332)
    Story
    (5344)

    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
  • 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
    (81)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    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"
    Overall
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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.

    3 of 4 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
    (560)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (479)

    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.

    A User says: "Didn't want it to end....."
    "Charming"
    Overall
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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
    (723)
    Performance
    (623)
    Story
    (630)

    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"
    Overall
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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

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