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Kristen Keirsey

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  • Code Name Verity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1597)
    Performance
    (1445)
    Story
    (1443)

    Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

    Suzn F says: "Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book"
    "A Tale of Heroism in WWII Told by Two Women"
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    What did you love best about Code Name Verity?

    Two characters told the story and the narrative went back and forth between them. I liked both the characters and the story caught my interest. Both women are placed in extraordinary circumstances because of the war. They were amazing women but the author had me believing that it could be possible. I had tears in my eyes at the end and since I was running while listening to the story I might have looked a bit odd to fellow runners and walkers!


    What other book might you compare Code Name Verity to and why?

    The book reminds me of other action adventure novels except the two main characters are women and men play only a supporting role.


    What does Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I always think it is almost like a play when there are different characters to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an enjoyable, engaging listen.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1650)
    Performance
    (1437)
    Story
    (1453)

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    mj says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "Can a Novel be Green?"
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    I enjoyed listening to this book and loved the main character. I could have continued listening and finding out what happens in the next part of her life journey. The strong environmental message might put off some readers but since I agree with the author I enjoyed the creative way she dealt with her message. I also liked the contrast between those who live off the land and scientists who use the land as laboratory.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Miracles: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Thompson Walker
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (422)

    On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life.

    Karen says: "Not sure I can measure up..."
    "Coming of Age Novel with a Twist"
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    What did you love best about The Age of Miracles?

    I loved the way the author used the parallel stories of early adolescence with all the upheavals kids go through with the story of an upheaval in the way the Earth rotates. The author never explains the "Slowing" as Earth takes longer and longer to rotate on its axis but she makes it seem real in the context of the story. People are still people even in extraordinary times and find a way to deal with unimaginable events. I really liked main characters in the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked main characters in the book but it is told through the voice of a young girl and I liked her the best.


    Have you listened to any of Emily Janice Card’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't know if I have but she was very good.


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

    I could have if I had that long to listen, it was entertaining.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Land More Kind Than Home

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Wiley Cash
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan, Lorna Raver, Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (195)

    For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when your mother catches you spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is enormously protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can't help sneaking a look at something he's not supposed to - an act that will have catastrophic repercussions, shattering both his world and Jess's. It's a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he's not prepared.

    Janice says: "An American Tragedy"
    "A Compelling Story"
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    This story is told from multiple points of view and read by different actors. All of them are excellent. I could hardly stop listening. Each character brought their own point of view to the unfolding events. I thought the voice of the young boy was very good. This book started out a little slow but it wasn't long before I was caught up in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Natural Woman: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Carole King
    • Narrated By Carole King
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (117)

    Carole King takes us from her early beginnings in Brooklyn to her remarkable success as one of the world's most acclaimed songwriting and performing talents of all time. A Natural Woman chronicles King's extraordinary life, drawing listeners into her musical world, including her phenomenally successful number-one album Tapestry, and into her journey as a performer, mother, wife, and present-day activist.

    Marie says: "Hearing it is even better than reading it!"
    "A Fascinating Autobiography read by Carole King"
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    Hearing Carole King read this book is so entertaining. The whole book is as if she is sitting down with you telling you stories about her life. Occasionally she breaks into song which is fun to hear. Her stories about different musicians provide a fascinating perspective like when she goes to John Lennon's and Yoko Ono's apartment for tea. Carole King is an amazing woman who has lived through amazing times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Katherine Boo
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (721)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (628)

    Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption.

    Dr. says: "An Antidote for Shantaram"
    "Enter a Different World"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Behind the Beautiful Forevers to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version but the narrator does make this settlement on the edge (in so many ways) come alive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Behind the Beautiful Forevers?

    When a character reaches such a level of despair that setting themselves on fire seems like a solution.


    Any additional comments?

    Katherine Boo has done an amazing job of depicting a world so different than mine and yet the people are almost recognizable types trying their best to succeed where all the odds are against them. She documents day to day life in circumstances that seem almost impossible to survive and yet the people do and keep on striving for something better. It does make me realize where I was born is such a gift.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shawshank Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (886)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (590)

    Based on a a novella from Different Seasons, this unabridged tale focuses on a man convicted of murder, who finds himself in a prison ruled by a sadistic warden and secretly operated by a clever convict.

    Eric says: "This makes the movie better"
    "Storytelling At Its Best"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the book. It is a story of people in terrible circumstances and how they overcome them. Characters are well developed. I had seen the movie but loved listening to the book. It also documents how determination and persistence can eventually pay off.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shawshank Redemption?

    The most memorable moment for me was when the main character is found missing from his extremely secure prison cell where he has resided for decades.


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is an excellent narrator and made the story come alive but I don't know if I had heard him before.


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

    It did help me get a lot of work in the yard done since I like to listen to books as I do the repetitive tasks necessary in the yard.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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