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Kathryn

Prunedale, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1869)
    Performance
    (1065)
    Story
    (1068)

    Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

    Lind says: "Well written and well read"
    "Fascinating! Hated to put it down"
    Overall

    This book was not only enjoyable it was engrossing. I could not wait to get back to it every time I had to put it down. The author explains complex astrophysics in layman's terms. I enjoyed his lighthearted explanation of how the universe works. A broad spectrum of topics from the sub-atomic to complex molecules and how they are made are covered. I found myself saying "Oh yeah - I remember that from high school!" (40 years ago). Explaining the nuts and bolts of matter and how they make up our universe was very useful to me in understanding the relationship between planets, stars and galaxies.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Cinderella Deal

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (285)

    Daisy Flattery is a free spirit with a soft spot for strays and a weakness for a good story. Why else would she agree to the outrageous charade offered by her buttoned-down workaholic neighbor, Linc Blaise? The history professor needs to have a fiancée in order to capture his dream job, and Daisy is game to play the role. But something funny happens on their way to the altar that changes everything.

    Laura says: "The Listener"
    "Best Crusie Yet"
    Overall

    We have recently started reading Crusie books (5 so far) and are hooked. In this story she creates a pair that are impossible to imagine together and through a wonderful story in which each of them discover truths about themselves, they find they can create a perfect Cinderella ending. Can't wait to read more books buy this author with a wonderful sense of humor with great characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings

    • UNABRIDGED (32 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Ursula K. Le Guin
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Kitten Alexander Furby's parents think he is just wonderful. But when he goes exploring on his own one day, he gets stuck in a tree. Soon a black kitten with wings helps him and brings him home to a whole family of winged cats. How can Alexander repay her kindness?

    Kathryn says: "Wrong Title and Description for this book."
    "Wrong Title and Description for this book."
    Overall

    This is a wonderful book but the title and description are for book 3 of this series. The book that downloads is book 1 of the series. This book title is simply "Catwings". The author has a lovely soothing voice. This story is about kittens with wings first leaving home. I was dismayed when it ended so quickly and will be sure to look for the rest of the set. Hopefully audible will correct the title, but I am not sure how to tell if they add book 3 later with this title -

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    The one and only Mrs. Emily Pollifax is a part-time CIA operative and full-time garden-clubbing grandmother from New Jersey. In this adventure, she is off to the Sicilian countryside on a daring mission to rescue John Sebastian Farrell, a former CIA comrade, who was shot while trying to track down a document that allegedly bears the signature of Julius Caesar.

    Jackie says: "Great Story-Wrong Narrator"
    "More Pollifax - and Farrell too!"
    Overall

    For Gilman fans who can't get enough of Emily Pollifax. Emily joins Farrell again for another adventure. If you are a fan you will enjoy this story. If you are new to Gilman or Pollifax, the first 6 books are best (this one is #10). As a Pollifax introduction, I recommend "The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax" in which she first works for the CIA. Mrs. Pollifax is an unusual "little old lady" who has surprising skills as a spy because she looks so innocent. Light adventure, wonderful characters. I enjoy the multi-voice reading for this book as a nice change from the single voice narration (Barbara Rosenblat) for most of the Pollifax books.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Star Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By David Baker, the Full Cast Family
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (99)

    Lummox is not exactly the family dog. Big as a triceratops but more exotic in appetite (he once ate a Buick), "Lummy" has a decided penchant for trouble. Still, he's been part of the Stuart clan for generations, and his current owner, John Thomas Stuart XI, cares for him deeply. Just how deeply will be tested when Lummox's restless appetite starts a chain of events that turn his relationship with John Thomas upside down, and puts first John Thomas, and then the Earth itself, in peril.

    Kathryn says: "Teen main characters - fun twist to the story"
    "Teen main characters - fun twist to the story"
    Overall

    The Star Beast is one of Heinlein's stories for youths with teenage main characters. The story unfolds almost as a mystery with the star beast as an unknown species extra-terrestrial. The main human character (John Thomas) believes he is raising Lummox as a pet. Little does he know the funny and surprising truth. Full cast audio productions add extra life to any story by having a wide variety of voices for the characters rather than a typical single narrator. The voices of the various characters are well matched. My favorite youth Heinlein is "The Rolling Stones". I also love "Have Spacesuit Will Travel" which are both also done by "Full Cast". I recommend all 3 books for young readers and all Heinlein fans.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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