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Kathryn

Antelope, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • True Grit

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Portis
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1842)
    Performance
    (1013)
    Story
    (1020)

    Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her Daddy who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed "Rooster" Cogburn, the meanest U.S. marshal in the land, to ride along with her. In True Grit, we have a true American classic, as young Mattie, as vital as she is innocent, outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten men of the trail in a legend that will last through the ages.

    Tommygaus says: "So worth it!"
    "Loved the story..."
    Overall

    I loved the story (I'd seen the movie many times but never knew there was a book). I thought the reader had a great voice for the main character. The only thing that bothered me from time to time was that I could hear her audibly swallowing and/or breathing between sentences. Sometimes I would not notice it, but other times it drove me crazy. I would, however, still recommend this version.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Smokin' Seventeen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1904)
    Performance
    (1279)
    Story
    (1277)

    Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list. Short on time to find evidence proving the killer’s identity, Stephanie faces further complications when her family and friends decide that it’s time for her to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend and the other bad boy in her life....

    Joan says: "Been there read that!"
    "Good for some mindless entertainment..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Smokin' Seventeen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is basic Stefanie Plum formula: exploding car, Ranger vs. Morelli, Lula in spandex, Grandma Mazur going to viewings. Nothing new, nothing predictable. But, as always, it is good for several hours of mindless amusement. The narrator is fabulous - she has an amazing range of character voices. Sometimes I forgot it was only one person doing the reading.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    • Narrated By Lloyd Sherr
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (48)

    Containing discoveries heralded as greater than the wheel or fire, Dianetics has remained a best seller for more than 50 years. And with over 20 million copies in print, it's indisputably the most widely read and influential book ever written about the human mind. Dianetics enables you to discover and eradicate these harmful experiences so they never affect you again, revealing the one person you've always wanted to know: You.

    Kathryn says: "I gave up before the book made any kind of point."
    "I gave up before the book made any kind of point."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Dianetics better?

    The book just rambled. I'm hoping it eventually got to a point or some sort of action plan, I just couldn't hang in there. It kept going in circles without giving any kind of real information.


    What was most disappointing about L. Ron Hubbard’s story?

    There was no story.


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

    I probably wouldn't have made it past the first page if I hadn't been plugged into an audio book and taking a walk.


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

    Disappointment.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5273)
    Performance
    (3537)
    Story
    (3548)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "Couldn't Finish It"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made World War Z better?

    The story was so disjointed. I understand that the author was telling it from various viewpoints, but it went so slowly that I kept losing interest.


    Has World War Z turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This was my first book in this genre. I probably will not try another.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I didn't even have a favorite scene. I just felt apathy for the whole thing.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to like this. The premise was good. The narrator was good. I liked the idea of the different narrators. It just didn't come together enough to hold my interest. Bummer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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