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Kingston, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2007

  • 4 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 354 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2014

  • The Woman Who Wouldn't

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Gene Wilder
    • Narrated By Gene Wilder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In actor Gene Wilder's second novel, concert violinist Jeremy Webb has an onstage breakdown. After pouring water into a tuba, he is sent away to a German health resort, where he meets, and tries to seduce, the beautiful Clara Mulpas. Unfortunately, after a disastrous marriage, she wants nothing to do with men. Jeremy isn't sure what to do - but he's determined not to give up.

    Lory says: "Small story, Big Theme, A Great Success"
    "Small story, Big Theme, A Great Success"

    The perfect mix of realistic and fantastical material, Mr. Wilder makes what some would call a small story. I don't. Intimacy and closeness to the characters is what a writer tries to do, the good ones anyway. Mr. Wilder succeeds wonderfully. -Lory Kaufman, Kingston, Canada

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tempest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Julie Cross
    • Narrated By Matthew Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Julie Cross' Tempest, the year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy: he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies - nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors - it’s just harmless fun. That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot.

    Kathleen says: "Grandma of two teens"
    "An enchanting twist to time travel stories"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to people who love what time travel stories do best; explore the choices people make in an atmosphere where they can have a second stab at getting it right. In otherwords, time travel stories allow characters to get a really good look at themselves from many angles and sometimes have a second chance (and sometime more) at making good their mistakes.T.T. stories also throw characters from different times together, to butt heads and therefore, ideas.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that the author thought up some new concepts for time travel, creating situations where characters went back and sometimes could change things, but there were other times they can't. That was different, I think, so good for Ms. Cross.

    What about Matthew Brown’s performance did you like?

    The story started with a smart ass kid and Mr. Brown caught his vibe perfectly. In fact, as the book started out, I thought I might not identify with the book because the character was too young. Then I realized something. As a writer of time travel books myself, I remembered that my first time travel novel was sometimes accused of being aimed at too young an audience because the characters started out young. Some readers didn't want to give them a chance to mature. So, I gave "Jackson" a chance. Very quickly I got into the story and I must say it was well enough written and performed to keep an adult's interest. Mr. Brown also did a fantastic job with the many voices, capturing their spirit. And his readings of the emotional bits had great atmosphere and timing. (well, except for his Scottish accent, but he was fantastic at the rest)

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

    I listen to a lot of audio books, mostly when I'm at the gym or driving, so I usually won't sit all day and do it. But if I was sick in bed or on a long flight, I do think this book could keep me listening.

    Any additional comments?

    Again, as a writer of time travel books, I really liked the ground Julie Cross broke here. Often there are time travel conventions that writers cross at their own peril. I can't wait to see what she does next with the story. Maybe I can find a way to be an early reader.-Lory KaufmanKingston, Ontario

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "Loved it, but now I have a problem . . ."

    For years I have been saying that my favorite book of all time, the best written and most cinematic, is FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLES, but now another war story with partisans is pushing itself to the front of the line. CITY OF THIEVES is the perfect construction as a piece of literature and Ron Perlman, one of my favorite actors, has done a great job.

    There's enough 5 star reviews that I don't have to go on too much about the positives, so I will make two other short comments.

    Regarding Mr. Perlman's performance, and I would site the director for this; at the beginning of the piece there is some sloppy diction which threw my dyslectic ear for a loop. Only three or four slurs, mind you, and after 30 minutes the performance fit the book perfectly.

    Regarding the one comment from a reviewer about the inappropriate language, I must whole-heartily disagree. All the language fit the characters and situations perfectly. There's a whole section of Christian literature for those who do not want to read stories written the way people really talk. Maybe there should be warnings at the beginning about harsh language, like on TV. I don't know, that's another conversation. It does purport to be young adult literature. See, I’m trying to be fair. Ah, let’s save that for another forum. I guess it shows how wonderfully written the book is that the strong language made it through the editorial process of a publisher buying a YA book. Me, I'm almost 60 and I think it’s YA only because the protagonists are young.

    I will have to listen to both books again to see if Mr. Benioff will replace Mr. Hemingway at the top of my list.

    Lory Kaufman, Kingston, Canada

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "The Pillars of the Earth"

    I liked the book, except for the author's annoying habit of constantly repeating and reminding the readers of what happened earlier. There is probably 3 hours that could be cut from this book and nobody would notice. Other than that, he knows how to craft a sentence and paragraph, the characters were interesting and diverse and I often wondered how things would resolve. Many small historical facts are incorrect, but this isn't a big deal. It's a great read, but not great literature. But that doesn't matter.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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