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Katie

Lolo, MT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The National Parks: America's Best Idea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
    • Narrated By Ken Burns
    Overall
    (82)
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    (62)
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    America's national parks spring from an idea as radical as the Declaration of Independence: that the nation's most magnificent and sacred places should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. In this evocative narrative, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan delve into the history of the park idea.

    Christopher says: ""See America First", and often..."
    "5 stars from this National Park junkie"
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    I have a strong emotional attachment to America's National Parks. I am fortunate to live near both Yellowstone and Glacier and visit one, the other, or both on average about once a month. I loved the documentary series, and I loved this book. I listened to it while on a solo trip to Yellowstone - kept it on my "unread" shelf until I could do so. Our National Parks are a great treasure and this book, like the documentary series, delivers the history of the parks, those who helped preserve them, and those who, like me and my family, love them. If you enjoyed the documentary series, you'll enjoy this book - and it won't be repetitious.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6852)
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    (6206)
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    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Beautifully stitched together like the story quilt"
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    This Sue Monk Kidd novel did not have the impact of her novel The Secret Lives of Bees for me, but it's a good read (or listen - I listened to the audio narrated by Jenna Lamia and Adepero Oduye, who deliver a beautiful performance). This novel explores slavery and women's rights from two different perspectives - the daughter of a slave owning family who, herself, abhors slavery and has ambitions considered impossible for women, and a female slave gifted to her on her 11th birthday. The separate narratives are stitched together as wonderfully as the story quilt that is an element of the novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8933)
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    (8166)
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    (8254)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "Thought provoking and packs an emotional punch"
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    I pre-ordered this last installment of the Divergent Trilogy for my son so it would arrive on release date and also purchased it in audio for myself on release date. I made a point of getting ahead of my son in the story to prevent him from dropping spoilers, whether by intent or accident. I'm very glad that I "read ahead" of my son in this case. This is a YA read that explores some very adult (and heavy) concepts. I'm glad that I know what he'll be experiencing through literature very soon, as there are things that will be good for us to discuss.

    I'll do my best to avoid spoilers as I expand on that.

    Veronica Roth did a fantastic job of making us fall in love (and hate) with the inhabitants of her dystopian world in Divergent and Insurgent. First person narration gives us a very intimate understanding of the characters and their motives (and gave me a clue that filled me with dread throughout Allegiant).

    In Allegiant, we travel along with those characters that we've come to love and hate as they confront some very adult concepts. Among those concepts are genetic modification, genocide, prejudice (even the 'benign' forms of prejudice - something akin to Affirmative Action), forgiveness, sacrifice, and living in a glass bowl with the oversight of a too-powerful centralized government. The difference between sacrifice and waste of life was explored in Insurgent. In Allegiant, that discussion is taken further.

    This is a thought provoking read for young readers and adults alike. I predict this will be one of those novels that really "sticks" with a young reader. It packs an emotional punch. If your young reader is reading these novels, I especially recommend that you read these novels as well, so you can discuss the social issues explored with your young reader.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Killing Moon: Dreamblood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By N. K. Jemisin
    • Narrated By Sarah Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
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    (68)
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    In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers - the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe . . . and kill those judged corrupt. But when a conspiracy blooms within Gujaareh's great temple, Ehiru - the most famous of the city's Gatherers - must question everything he knows.

    Paige says: "Fantastic narration!"
    "I tried. I tried again. I tried again..."
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    ... but this just never got off the ground for me. The first chapter was good but then it got bogged down in names, places, religions - too much to slog through.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Zora Neale Hurston
    • Narrated By Ruby Dee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (995)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (536)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Zora Neale Hurston’s classic novel begs to be read aloud, and Ruby Dee answers the challenge with utter perfection, capturing the wide range of characters and their diverse accents with grace and power. Their Eyes Were Watching God is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

    Leslie says: "a pleasure"
    "A Classic That Deserves The Name"
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    I've had the audio, narrated by Ruby Dee, in my Audible library for some time. I tried to listen to it before, but initially found the speed of speech and regional patois difficult to follow. I recently gave it another, and longer chance. I'm glad I did. This book is considered a classic for good reason. Ruby Dee's narration is full of feeling and a great match for this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3013)
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    (2773)
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    (2774)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "Culture, history & fantasy are drawn together"
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    I was so very glad that the author avoided the middle-east religious quagmire that having Jewish & Arabian culture meet could have led to.

    This novel is an original breath of fresh air, drawing together the folklore of different cultures, the history of immigrants in New York, and fantasy. Those strands were beautifully woven together and the narration by George Guidall was spot on.

    I look forward to more works by Helen Wecker. What a debut!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Distant Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1571)
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    (1066)
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    (1073)

    Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.

    Simone says: "Right Mood At The Right Time"
    "Dreamy Suspense"
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    I enjoyed the disjointed dream-like quality of the non-chronological telling of this tale and the way that it maintained the suspense. I thought I had it all figured out relatively early on, but I was mistaken. Then I was mistaken again. Then I was mistaken again. Well done, Kate Morton.

    Narration, by Caroline Lee, was spot-on job for the genre and period.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Opal Deception: Artemis Fowl, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    Overall
    (1206)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (499)

    After his last run-in with the fairies, Artemis Fowl had his mind wiped of his memories of the world below ground. Any goodness he had grudgingly learned is now gone, and the young genius has reverted to his criminal lifestyle.

    Kindle Customer says: "I Love Fairy Technology!!"
    "Delightful potty humor"
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    This series is fun. I especially enjoyed the potty humor in this one. Yes, I'm a grown-up. I think that makes me enjoy it all the more. Excellent performance from Nathaniel Parker.

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8642)
    Performance
    (5304)
    Story
    (5294)

    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"
    "Follett Delivers"
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    Follett delivers again - no surprise. Narration from John Lee is fantastic. I love his accents - all of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician King: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1883)
    Performance
    (1641)
    Story
    (1638)

    Quentin and his friends are now the kings and queens of Fillory, but the days and nights of royal luxury are starting to pall. After a morning hunt takes a sinister turn, Quentin and his old friend Julia charter a magical sailing ship and set out on an errand to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom. Their pleasure cruise becomes an adventure when the two are unceremoniously dumped back into the last place Quentin ever wants to see: his parent's house in Chesterton, Massachusetts.

    Douglas says: "King Grossman the Magician"
    "Deja Vu - but twisted"
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    A twisted up journey to Narnia, er Fillory, er... Well, just find out for yourself. I do think having read C.S. Lewis should be a prerequisite, though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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