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Kathryn

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Last Letter from Your Lover: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (331)

    A sophisticated, pause-resistant double love story spanning 40 years - an unforgettable Brief Encounter for our times. It is 1960. When Jennifer Stirling wakes up in the hospital, she can remember nothing - not the tragic car accident, not her husband, not even who she is. She feels like a stranger in her own life until she stumbles upon an impassioned letter, signed simply "B", asking her to leave her husband. Years later, a journalist named Ellie discovers the same enigmatic letter in a forgotten file in her newspaper's archives....

    FanB14 says: "What's so Great About Jennifer?"
    "Sweet and romantic!"
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    What did you love best about The Last Letter from Your Lover?

    Parallel stories with multiple characters.


    What about Susan Lyons’s performance did you like?

    She is easy to listen to and very likable. As she would say, I would like to go have a drink with her.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Project: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1636)
    Performance
    (1497)
    Story
    (1496)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    "Loved this book!"
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    This book is very funny and entertaining. I would love to hang out with Don and Rosie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1287)
    Performance
    (1147)
    Story
    (1169)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "1/3 Great, 2/3 Okay"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book was told from the perspective of three people. At any given time, one of the story lines was fascinating. The other two were dull and I couldn't wait to get back to the one that was worth my time.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1459)
    Performance
    (1317)
    Story
    (1311)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "I'm not an alcoholic - I just love alcohol!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - Hilde is a great character. She is likable and scrappy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Good House?

    Hilde describing how she doesn't really have a problem with drinking - she didn't pass out, was just taking a nap. LOL


    What does Mary Beth Hurt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The tone of her voice was perfect!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4037)
    Performance
    (3597)
    Story
    (3601)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "Historical fiction at its best."
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Orphan Train?

    The description of the girls experience on the train going from town to town.


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

    I listened to this book in its entirety on a car trip. Very entertaining.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1660)
    Performance
    (1216)
    Story
    (1206)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Historical fiction never so interesting!"
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    I love Bryce Courtenay! I haver read a few others and each one is better than the last. Not only does the story entertain, but the historical facts and interesting settings make me feel like I have gone somewhere and learned something new.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (8195)
    Performance
    (4896)
    Story
    (4886)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Good characters, lots of political history"
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    This was a very good book. I generally love historical fiction and this story is full of history. At times, some of the politics were a bit too detailed for me, but this was easy to over look. The story line of the main characters kept the pace moving along nicely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2879)
    Performance
    (1068)
    Story
    (1061)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Blue.....sad.....totally depressed!"
    Overall

    There are way too many sad and depressing things happening in this story. The writing is good, but not good enough to make me want to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Way Down

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nick Hornby
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Simon Vance, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (917)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (266)

    In his eagerly awaited fourth novel, New York Times best-selling author Nick Hornby mines the hearts and psyches of four lost souls who connect just when they've reached the end of the line.

    Julia's aunt says: "Seems made for audio format"
    "So witty!"
    Overall

    I have read a few of Nick Nornby's books and always enjoy him. So far, this is my favorite. He is so witty and funny. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog of the South

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Portis
    • Narrated By Edward Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    The Dog of the South is the story of Ray Midge as he tracks down his wife, Norma, who has run off with her first husband, by following credit card receipts (his credit card!). Midge starts out in Norma's lover's compact car, which has 74,000 miles on it and a quarter-turn slack in the steering wheel (they took his Ford Torino!). The trail leads from Arkansas, down to Mexico, and into Honduras.

    Paul says: "Top Ten Funniest Books"
    "Sloooowwwww"
    Overall

    While much of the writing is smart, I kept waiting for something significant to happen. The main character became more and more unlikable as the book went on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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