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Karin

LANSDALE, PA, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Therapy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubenstein
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (61)

    "Been a while since I had me a nice little whodunit," homicide detective Milo Sturgis tells Alex Delaware. But there's definitely nothing nice about the brutal tableau behind the yellow crime-scene tape. On a lonely lover's lane in the hills of Los Angeles, a young couple lies murdered in a car. Each bears a single gunshot wound to the head.

    Susan says: "Fun Listening"
    "Bring back Robin!"
    Overall

    OK, I liked the book, but I really miss the girlfriend Robin and Spike. While they made a modest appearance in this novel, it wasn't enough. The new chick's OK, but she's no Robin. Kellerman has crafted yet another, "can't wait to see how it finishes" mystery. I found myself driving a bit more slowly as I approached home because I didn't want to stop listening to the story. Milo is very present in this novel and as a result you get to know his character better, although Rick was hardly mentioned. The more I learn about this detective with the big, meaty paws, the more I like him.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Interpreter of Maladies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Narrated By Matilda Novak
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (247)

    With accomplished precision and gentle eloquence, Jhumpa Lahiri traces the crosscurrents set in motion when immigrants, expatriates, and their children arrive, quite literally, at a cultural divide. The nine stories in this stunning debut collection unerringly chart the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations.

    Jennifer says: "Novel-amazing; Audio-mediocre"
    "Fresh perspective on love's many maladies"
    Overall

    I bought this book after having read the Namesake, because I had enjoyed it so much. I was not disappointed. Each of the nine stories in this book offers a brief glimpse into the narrator's life. The stories offer no grandiose defining moments, but rather a very simple series of affecting moments, most of which center on an Indian protagonist. An American boy's relationship with his Indian nanny; a travel guide in India shares his imaginative subtext as he spends a day with an Indian-American family; etc. The narrator did a wonderful job on this project. I do wish there had been a bit longer break between stories...perhaps with a little music to aid in the transition. I also wish I could have smelled and tasted all of the food in this book! I realized, that during the two weeks I listened to this book, I'd been drawn to cook Indian food twice! (Quite out of the ordinary for me!)

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Partly Cloudy Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Sarah Vowell, Conan O'Brien, Seth Green, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1596)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (397)

    Sarah Vowell travels through the American past and investigates the dusty, bumpy roads of her own life. Her essays confront a wide range of subjects, icons, and historical moments: Ike, Teddy Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton; Canadian Mounties and German Filmmakers; Tom Cruise and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; twins and nerds; the Gettysburg Address, the State of the Union, and George W. Bush's inauguration. The result is an engrossing audiobook, capturing Vowell's memorable wit and her keen social commentary.

    Erik says: "A great listen"
    "Voice? C'mon!"
    Overall

    Alla youse who negated Sarah's narration are SO missing the point. These essays ARE Sarah. Who else could possibly narate her stories as well as she does? If you enjoy her stories...you enjoy the quintessential Sarah. If you enjoy the quintessential Sarah, then it is her VOICE you are drawn to. C'mon...listen with your head instead of your arse!

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Bergdorf Blondes

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Plum Sykes
    • Narrated By Sonya Walger
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    Plum Sykes' beguiling debut welcomes readers to the glamorous world of Park Avenue Princesses, the girls who careen through Manhattan in search of the perfect Fake Bake (tan acquired from Portofino Tanning Salon), a ride on a PJ (private jet) with the ATM (rich boyfriend), and the ever-elusive fiance.

    Akiko says: "Fun, Fun, Fun!"
    "Cute, silly, a great summer read...I mean listen"
    Overall

    This book was giddy fun from the very first Brit-accented sentence, through to the happy ending. Light and fluffy -- this book is the penultimate beach tome.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Positive Energy: 10 Prescriptions for Transforming Fatigue, Stress, and Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Judith Orloff
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Are you forever rushing around, fending off chronic exhaustion? Are you desperately overcommitted, afraid to say no? Does the onslaught of violence in the news leave you drained? If so, you're the victim of a hidden energy crisis. To resolve it you need more than traditional solutions such as eating well, getting a good night's sleep, and exercising. Here at last is the complete prescription to stop you from feeling constantly drained: the Positive Energy Program created by Judith Orloff, M.D.

    Karin says: "Excellent Content"
    "Excellent Content"
    Overall

    I love the message this book put forth, but I was not happy with the reader's presentation of the message. IMHO she somehow managed to make the author seem pompous and arrogant. I've listened to other audio books read by this particular reader (novels) and have enjoyed them tremendously, but this one just didn't come across well for me. In a non-fiction audio book I think it's important to have a reader take on the persona of an author more so than in a fiction book; after all, it's the author's voice that needs to come across and not a fictional character. As I listened to this book I kept having to remind myself that it was not being read by the author. PS -- I just ended up ordering a paper copy of the book because I really liked it and wanted my husband to read it. I knew that if he tried to listen to it, he wouldn't be able to get past the reader's interpretation.

    40 of 43 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2613)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (382)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "Enveloping"
    Overall

    I knew nothing about the premise of this story prior to beginning it (a friend suggested it so I got it without even reading the summary). As a result, the beginning was a bit slow because I was feeling a little confused, but once I understood what was going on, the love story between the two main characters totally enveloped me. What a creative and unsual way to tell a story -- I loved it! The language used and the level of detailed description supported the story in every way. I highly recomend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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