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Kathleen

School Librarian, Cybrarian, Voracious Reader and Lifelong Inquirer.

Wayne, PA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    Overall
    (1369)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (754)

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    Stephanie says: "Awesome story, suspenseful, lots to think about!"
    "A Classic"
    Overall

    I expected "The Giver" to be a "kid's book." Technically it is, but any adult could appreciate this book. The Giver depicts a future world defined by utter conformity, which reminded me of Orwell's 1984, and had me thinking about this book for a long time. The reading level is certainly accessible to a 4th or 5th grader; but I'd recommend reading or listening to this with your kids so you can discuss and review the content. Nothing objectionable: it's just really deep, with an emphasis on thinking for oneself, with an uplifting message.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3644)
    Performance
    (3254)
    Story
    (3253)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "You'll be rooting for man and his best friend!"
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    Where does Suspect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Much better than I expected! Murder mystery/thriller is not normally my genre of choice and I'd never read Crais, but this is an engaging story that will keep you listening and on the edge of your seat.


    What other book might you compare Suspect to and why?

    Can't think of another book to compare this to: the story is a combination of murder mystery thriller, human and dog PTSD tale, and story of loyal companionship.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    Drill-sergeant style police canine corps director Leland was the best! Andrews read him beautifully, with the perfect combination of sternness and heart. His dogs love him, his human charges fear him.


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

    "We can all heal."


    Any additional comments?

    Loved, loved, LOVED the insight into canine training for bomb-sniffing and police work. As a lifelong doggie lover I am amazed to learn what our loving companions are capable of!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2925)
    Performance
    (2251)
    Story
    (2243)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    Chris - Audible says: "Believe the hype"
    "He's pretty to listen to, too...."
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up Stories I Only Tell My Friends in three words, what would they be?

    Rob Lowe...ahhhh.


    What about Rob Lowe’s performance did you like?

    Rob Lowe is a bright and articulate guy who (sorry to be trite) is so much more than a pretty face. It's almost heart rending that he's been written off as a pretty boy when he has a lot to say about politics, human nature, addiction, integrity and so much more.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Lowe recounts many, many fascinating and funny Hollywood stories. He dishes the dirt from behind the scenes without trashing anyone: very classy. But the best part: who knew he did such dead on impressions of just about everyone in Hollywood? I advise listeners that this is one book you'll want to listen to rather than read so you get the full effect of Lowe's take on Cary Grant, Patrick Swayze and many more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Vanessa Woods
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    In 2005, Vanessa Woods accepted a marriage proposal from a man she barely knew and agreed to join him on a research trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country reeling from a brutal decade-long war that had claimed the lives of millions. Settling in at a bonobo sanctuary in Congo's capital, Vanessa and her fiancee entered the world of a rare ape with whom we share 98.7 percent of our DNA.

    Elizabeth says: "Interesting & Informative"
    "Here's a hint: it's not a "hand"shake!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book will appeal to all who love real life adventure stories set in faraway, exotic places, particularly if the protagonist travels to do good works. The author is in Africa to study the little known Bonobo, almost identical looking to their primate cousins the Chimpanzee, but oh so different in several notable ways. Where Chimps are competitive and can be violent, Bonobos work together in peaceful groupings and use sexual contact for almost every type of emotion and communication, including with their human caregivers. You will fall in love with these quirky, delicate and loving creatures.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love animal stories and was fascinated to learn about the Bonobo. I loved the author's sense of humor and compassion.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is an episode where a female Bonobo develops a strong crush on the author's husband, also a researcher, and is hilariously demonstrative in her advances. Woods humorously recounts how astonished she is to realize she's insanely jealous of this competing female's attention to her beloved!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scientific experiments that showed Bonobos innately cooperate with one another without being taught were fascinating. I laughed out loud at several of the passages depicting the sexual activity by the Bonobos: they have sex constantly with random members of their social group from an extremely young age, as casually as humans shake hands. And they not-so-subtly request that humans touch them in certain places as this is their customary way of greeting one another. Obviously this can create some awkward moments which the author, and talented reader Eyre, treat with humor and grace.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Carolyn Mackler
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    This irreverent, but touching tale is a 2004 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book by acclaimed author Carolyn Mackler. 15 year old Virginia Shreves is overweight and doesn't have many friends, but wants to be like her family: picture perfect. What she knows about her family, however, slowly begins to change after one tragic phone call.

    Karen says: "All about taking charge!"
    "Her brain is even bigger."
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things the most enjoyable?

    Witty YA lit tale that deals with date rape, body image and first sexual encounters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things?

    Anais' first kiss with Froggy, how she fell on and off her diet, her relationship with her faraway older sister.


    What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

    Parker is very believable as a teen and as a listener you forget she is not Anais herself.


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

    I listened to this book over a few weeks while I had time in my car and it was very easy to pick up where I left off without a lot of memory jogging. A relaxed, undemanding story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J. Maarten Troost
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (209)

    At age 26, Maarten Troost decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to a remote South Pacific island. The idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. But he should have known better.

    Elizabeth says: "HILARIOUS"
    "No sex or cannibalism in this book, sorry!"
    Overall

    I'm not sure what I expected when I was steered to reading (or more accurately, listening to) this book for my monthly book club. But what a delightful surprise! Troost's literary voice is fact-filled yet witty, sometimes zany, in the style of Nick Hornby. His descriptions of the amazing contrasts found in this incredibly remote South Pacific atoll - bleak poverty, unthinkable sanitary conditions alongside endearing characters and unimaginable natural beauty - led me to seek out more information and photos of Tarawa and the rest of Kirabati (formerly known as The Gilbert Islands). Troost's often hilarious asides, read with droll Brithish-ness by narrator Simon Vance, had me laughing out loud more than once. If you like travelogue with a strong side dish of humor, I highly recommend this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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