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B. Latter

Overland Park, KS | Member Since 2005

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  • 12 reviews
  • 296 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2014
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  • The House On Tradd Street

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Aimee Bruneau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (721)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (325)

    Practical Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. But she's going to have to accept it. An Old man she recently met has died, leaving her his historic Tradd Street home, complete with housekeeper, dog - and a family of ghosts anxious to tell her their secrets.

    Joanna says: "Pleasantly surprised"
    "Love the story, hate the narrator"
    Overall

    I haven't finished the story yet, but I'm loving it.....I couldn't wait until I finished the book to comment on the narrator - her accent is horrible, her reading is wooden, and her phrasing and pauses are not good. I've found myself wanting to pull the plug on more than one occasion because of my irritation with the narrator, but I've become very invested in the characters and storyline and knew I'd be really disappointed if I didn't find out how it ended. I'd really like to rate this book a 3.5 because of the narrator, while the story itself is, in my opinion, a 4.5.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Every Secret Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (49)

    Kicked out of a birthday party, 11-year-olds Alice and Ronnie walk home and encounter a baby left in a carriage. Their earnest desire to do a good deed ends tragically, however, and seven years later they are released from "kid prison" to start their lives anew.

    Lauren says: "Couldn't Make It"
    "I was hooked on the story . . ."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    . . . from the very beginning, but the narrator was horrible. She has this sort of chipper voice that's not at all in keeping with the tenor of the story and the character delineation was so subtle that it was almost non-existent; with a more suitable narrator, this would have been a 5 star listen, in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cover the Butter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Carrie Kabak
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Get ready to cheer for Kate Cadogan, a forty-something woman who has spent her life trying to please her husband, her son, her mother, and her father without a moment's thought to her own needs. Until one day when a series of events causes her to slip back in time.

    B. Latter says: "Fabulous!"
    "Fabulous!"
    Overall

    I struggled with this book: I wanted to know what was happening to Kate, but I didn't want the book to end! I loved the main character, Kate, and cheered for her as she grew and changed and WON!

    I wish, wish, wish, that Carrie Kabak would write another novel - I loved her writing style, the storyline, and the emotions that all the characters brought me. Please Ms. Kabak, bring us more!

    Kate Reading is an excellent narrator - I'm looking forward to finding more offerings from her.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Story Sisters: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alice Hoffman
    • Narrated By Nancy Travis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (43)

    The Story Sisters charts the lives of three sisters, Elv, Claire, and Meg. Each has a fate she must meet alone: one on a country road, one in the streets of Paris, and one in the corridors of her own imagination. Inhabiting their world are a charismatic man who cannot tell the truth, a neighbor who is not who he appears to be, a clumsy boy in Paris who falls in love and stays there, a detective who finds his heart's desire, and a demon who will not let go.

    L. Calder says: "Another great Hoffman story but not the narrator"
    "Beautiful"
    Overall

    I love Alice Hoffman's voice when she tells a story and 'The Story Sisters" is another beautiful, haunting tale. Nancy Travis is a fabulous narrator and really does justice to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rush Home Road

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lori Lansens
    • Narrated By Ruby Dee
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (121)

    When a 70-year-old woman finds a five-year-old girl abandoned on her doorstep, she is thrust into a sorrowful past that can only be conquered with the help of the girl who opened her memory - the very girl she is trying to save. This first novel, according to author Jacquelyn Mitchard, is one of "exquisite power, honesty, and conviction...quite nearly without flaws."

    S. Davis says: "Rush Home Road"
    "Sweet but a little confusing"
    Overall

    I got this book because of Lansen's "The Girls" - this didn't grab me like that book did. It took me a little while to get used to Ruby Dee's cadence as the narrator. I think the abridgement was not good - there were plot lines that weren't fully fleshed out. All in all a pleasant listen, but not one I'd gush over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Day with a Perfect Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By David Gregory
    • Narrated By Ellen Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Exasperated by her husband Nick's sudden new obsession with Jesus, Mattie Cominsky views an out-of-town business trip as a welcome opportunity to reflect on their marriage: and to decide if it's time to put an end to this painfully unrewarding relationship.

    Andrea says: "not my thing"
    "Could have been a lovely listen . . ."
    Overall

    . . . but unfortunately the narrator was so whiney that I nearly ejected the disc from my player. I loved the premise, but the author didn't need to tell us every time one of the characters 'sipped their juice' or 'ate a bite of scone' - I didn't need a play by play of the food and drink consumed. There were some inspirational moments but they were overshadowed on the whole by the sappiness.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gods in Alabama

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    Overall
    (1043)
    Performance
    (473)
    Story
    (477)

    When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the "fourth rack of hell", her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found.

    Nicole says: "I couldn't turn it off!"
    "Couldn't wait to get back to it!!"
    Overall

    This novel had me longing for my commute and any other time I could steal to listen! I thought the narration was excellent and well suited for the story. The storyline had me running through the whole gamut of emotions from laughter to tears and there were definitely enough turns of the story to keep me interested and wanting more. I'm anxiously looking forward to more from this author!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Year of Meats

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ruth Ozeki
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    Jane, a struggling filmmaker in New York, is given her big break, a chance to travel through the United States to produce a Japanese television program sponsored by American meat exporters. Meanwhile, Akiko, a painfully thin Japanese woman struggling with bulimia, is being pressured by her child-craving husband to put some meat on her bones, literally.

    Emily says: "Entrancing story, unbelievable narration"
    "Loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it!"
    Overall

    I have to admit I found this book during a search for the narrator, Anna Fields - this is the second book I've listened to that she has narrated and she is INCREDIBLE! I liked the premise of the story as described by Audible - I became wrapped up in this story so quickly and became so invested in Jane and Akiko and the outcome of their stories. There are, as others have pointed out, some very gorey, painful and touching parts to this story and as someone said, they occur within moments of each other!! I can't wait to listen to the other offering by Ruth Ozeki read by Anna Fields - I anticipate being enthralled!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lucia, Lucia

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    Lucia Sartori is the beautiful 25-year-old daughter of a traditional Italian immigrant family in 1950s Greenwich Village. She boldly becomes an apprentice for a ready-to-wear clothing designer at B. Altman's famous department store. Though she is sought after as a potential wife by the best Italian families, she works hard and remains as devoted to her career as to her family.

    Joseph Mieczkowski Jr. says: "What a wonderful book!"
    "Magical!"
    Overall

    I was so conflicted while listening to this book - I wanted to know what was going to happen next, but didn't want it to end! The writing was rich and compelling and the narrator was was soothing, lively and wonderful. The author did a wonderful job of describing scenes, allowing you to 'draw' them in your mind - I can still picture Lucia and her room after more than a month since I listened to this. The two friends I loaned it to both raved about the pictures they were able to 'draw' as well - without prompting! They loved it too!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Upstate

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Kalisha Buckhanon
    • Narrated By Chadwick Boseman, Heather Simms
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Set in New York in the '80s and '90s, Upstate tells the story of two young lovers, Antonio and Natasha, torn apart by tragedy and struggling to survive against all odds. When a horrific tragedy sends Antonio to jail, their worlds turn upside down.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Book. Different Delivery, and Enjoyable"
    "Really liked this!"
    Overall

    The format and delivery took a bit to get into, but after I did, I couldn't wait until my next commute . . . strange, but true. The rhythm of the love and intimacy of the two characters grabbed me and pulled me in. I've shared it with one of my co-workers and she liked it as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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