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Cathi

Miami, Florida, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26927)
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    (13558)
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    (13606)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Interesting, moving, and very well written"
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    The story is captivating from the start. It is a moving portrayal of the relationship between society ladies and their maids, wrapped up in an engaging and thrilling personal story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bee Wilson
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (182)

    Since prehistory, humans have braved the business ends of knives, scrapers, and mashers, all in the name of creating something delicious - or at least edible. In Consider the Fork, award-winning food writer and historian Bee Wilson traces the ancient lineage of our modern culinary tools, revealing the startling history of objects we often take for granted. Charting the evolution of technologies from the knife and fork to the gas range and the sous-vide cooker, Wilson offers unprecedented insights.

    Catherine says: "Intriguing history of everyday utensils"
    "Must read for anyone who enjoys cooking!"
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    This book really blew my expectations. I love her comfortable style of writing and her witty comments. As I listened to the different chapters, I felt this incredible connection to her as a fellow lover of food. Really worthwhile, my only complaint would be that it did not come with attached pictures of the described contraptions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (404)

    Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us - an ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings. In best-selling author Walter Isaacson's vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin turns to us from history's stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. In Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson shows how Franklin defines both his own time and ours. The most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself.

    Jeremy says: "Great read. Some areas disjointed, but solid bio."
    "Good book, not crazy about the narrator"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they are interested in learning about the founding fathers and in the life of scientists.


    What other book might you compare Benjamin Franklin: An American Life to and why?

    Washington: A Life. They are comprehensive biographies that portray their subjects as actual humans, with virtues and flaws, and make you feel close to them, their way of thinking, and how they became great historic icons.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    While his tone and articulation were very good, I cannot say the same about the frequent "mouth" sounds throughout the narration. You can hear him stopping to drink water, swallowing, and making other sounds that are distracting, annoying, and a little disgusting. I know that your mouth can become dry from narrating such a long book, but I have listened to the George Washington biography, Herman Wouk's Winds of War, and other equally long books, without these "sound effects".
    I think the narrator was good, but the sound production team could have worked better at filtering the sounds.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edward Dolnick
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (991)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (748)

    The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

    Alison says: "The Royal Society comes alive."
    "Wonderful book!"
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    Where does The Clockwork Universe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is one of my favorite audiobooks so far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It really transports the reader to the period between the reinassance and the enlightenment. I loved it beginning to end.


    Which character – as performed by Alan Sklar – was your favorite?

    Galileo


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    An epic story of e power of human reason


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended for anyone interested in science, math, and the stories of brilliant scientists

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2472)
    Performance
    (1954)
    Story
    (1939)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    James says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "Not as good as Tom Sawyer, but worth reading"
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    If you could sum up Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood in three words, what would they be?

    Great performance by Elijah Wood, the story was just OK.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting was the personal story and relations of Huck Finn. The least interesting was the endless narration of interactions with characters around the river, which have nothing to do with the main story. It felt at some points as if the novel was just a vehicle to write a history book on the Mississipi, with losts of mini-stories embedded. This made it a little boring. It does get much better at the end when Tom shows up.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I would have to say when Tom Sawyer shows up and all the tricks they play on his Aunt.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3102)
    Performance
    (2839)
    Story
    (2860)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "Good book, nice narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the story is interesting, the writing very beautiful, and the narrator was good.


    What about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance did you like?

    I liked the young, innocent tone to the narrator's character. It sounded very believable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The final reflection comparing life in the east and west. It was read with particular authenticity and delivers the author's sentiment perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    I had never read the book. I enjoyed it very much, it made me want to keep hearing it and finished very fast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Washington: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1659)
    Performance
    (1144)
    Story
    (1141)

    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    ButterLegume says: "A sad day when my book was done!"
    "Great biography of Washington!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Washington: A Life to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Long biographies tend to be tiring, and having it read so nicely makes you move on and not leave it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Washington: A Life?

    I loved to hear about his human relationships, his flaws and personality quirks. It really made him come alive.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The tone, when referring to historic milestones, really transported me to those times and the people's sentiment.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A legend, an icon, a real man.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent portrait of the person George Washington was, a true, living, breathing person as opposed to a picture on a dollar bill. Very complete biography of an outstanding human being. It also portrays a very complete description of the century, and the relations between nations at the time. I enjoyed it very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2112)
    Performance
    (1325)
    Story
    (1331)

    Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

    Ethan M. says: "Excellent, if unfocused"
    "Charming and interesting overview of the P.T."
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I am a science enthusiast and enjoy reading about scientific topics. This presentation of the periodic table, covering anecdotes and stories about the interaction of various elements with the real world, is a must read for anyone interested in learning about general science.
    The narrrator was clear and had good tone and articulation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2426)
    Performance
    (1127)
    Story
    (1143)

    In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

    Rebecca says: "Predictable Fun"
    "Classic Follet, entertaining, does not disappoint"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Dangerous Fortune the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the story. As in other books, Ken Follett is great at characterization and you can really feel the book's heroes and villains come alive. The multiple plots, twists, and points of view are always entertaining and keep you listening. The setting in 19th century England is interesting, and it provides good insight into the banking world.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moonwalking with Einstein

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Joshua Foer
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1479)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (995)

    Foer's unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives. On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Even more important, Foer found a vital truth we too often forget.

    Christopher says: "Got the Ball Rolling"
    "Interesting, entertaining, and deep."
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    I bought this audiobook for a little light entertainment in the car. It blew me away. It is smart, very entertaining, and really makes you think about making positive life changes, better than any cheesy self-help book. The writing is witty and funny, the narrator is fluent and not at all monotonous. I will definitely buy it in text form from Kindle, though, so that I can go over some parts with more pause and detail.

    I definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the human mind and our incredible natural abilities.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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