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Kathryn

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  • I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tony Danza
    • Narrated By Tony Danza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (486)
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    Long before he starred on some of television’s most beloved and long-running series such as Taxi and Who’s the Boss? and went on to distinguish himself in a variety of film and stage roles, Tony Danza was a walking contradiction: an indifferent student who dreamed of being a teacher. Inspiring a classroom of students was an aspiration he put aside for decades until one day it seemed that the most meaningful thing he could do was give his dream a shot. What followed was a year spent teaching 10th-grade English at Northeast High - Philadelphia’s largest high school with 3,600 students....

    Cheryl R Rowe says: "I may be a little biased, but ...."
    "An Ode to teachers everywhere"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Teaching is one of the most important professions in the world. Mr. Danza makes it real.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tony Danza, obviously. After that, every student and teacher with whom he interacted. (I taught English. Can you tell?)


    What about Tony Danza’s performance did you like?

    Having the author read a story gives it the passion he/she felt when writing the story. I felt that very clearly in this narration.


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

    I shed tears at the end when he talked about the rewards of teaching. It truly is for the students, certainly not for money or the rules placed on teachers. I speak from experience.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish everyone from the president of the U. S. to the lowliest among us would spend a year in the classroom, any classroom. I truly believe things would change for the better in education. These kids are our future leaders. They are our future, period. If lawmakers understood what happens in the classroom and in the homes of these students, we could give them the tools and help they need to make the world a better place for all of us.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Concealed in Death: In Death Series, Book 38

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1542)
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    (1397)
    Story
    (1400)

    In a decrepit and long-empty New York building, a man begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, he finds two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. The man is Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s billionaire husband, Roarke, and he summons her immediately. His latest real estate project is going to be on hold for a while, because by the time Eve and her crew are finished searching the premises, there are 12 murders to be solved.

    amazonian says: "Don't Read "In Death" LISTEN to it!"
    "And she's back!!"
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    After the bloodbath of "Thankless in Death" (I know the title should be in italics or underlined, but I can't get it to work!), this book was a welcome relief. I'm looking forward to seeing how the new forensic anthropologist will fit into future novels. Even though this book lacked the drive to solve-the-crime-before-the-next-body-turns-up, I loved the interaction between the recurring characters and hope to see some of the new characters again in later books. I just enjoyed the book. I look forward to each new book and the chance to interact with Eve and Roarke at least twice a year. And Susan Ericksen just nails the audio. Every time!

    There was a gentleness to this novel. Eve is growing and putting her past behind her. I loved the way she dealt with Qwilla and the families of the murdered girls. Even the ending I found very touching. Sad, but very moving for me. Can't wait to see what happens in the next installment of this series.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Celebrity in Death: In Death, Book 34

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Her career in homicide has taken her into the darkest depths of New York City’s underground - and sometimes Lieutenant Eve Dallas feels more comfortable in those kinds of places than in the high-rise, high-society world of her billionaire husband, Roarke. But while she’s no party girl, she’s managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating the debut of The Icove Agenda. This time it’s Eve, not Roarke, who’s a guest of honor, since the film is based on one of her famous cases. Her partner, Peabody, is practically giddy....

    Amy Huber says: "Susan Ericksen is amazing!"
    "Another Eve Dallas."
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    I love listening to Susan Ericksen read this series. Each character is distinct, accents are dead on, and I love the way she reads lines. It's not hard to get lost in the story. I find myself spending more time exercising or cleaning or working on projects just so I can spend more time with the characters. The "In Death" books are books I listen to again and again just because Ms. Ericksen has created characters that feel like old friends. I like having them come to visit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buck Meets the Monster Stick

    • ABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By Bil Lepp
    • Narrated By Bil Lepp
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    Remember the Monster Stick? The greatest and most dangerous fishing-rod ever? What about Buck, who simply "ain't no ordinary dog"? Anyone who has seen the Lepp boys perform or read their book The Monster Stick will never forget them. In this recording, we revisit West Virginia with Bil Lepp as he tells some of the stories that made his brother, Paul, and himself repeat winners of the West Virginia State Liars Contest.

    Steve says: "This might be a good but not for me"
    "Tall Tales at their finest!"
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    What did you love best about Buck Meets the Monster Stick?

    Bil Lepp came to our school and did a performance. He kept jr. high students in the palm of his hand - an amazing feat, I assure you. Listening to this brought back the wonderful memories of an incredible storyteller who knows how to time a laugh and how to deliver a line.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Buck Meets the Monster Stick?

    Meeting the Buck dog. Mr. Lepp told our students he is real, although some of the events the dog was involved in may have been exaggerated.


    Have you listened to any of Bil Lepp’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, and this compares well. Bil Lepp is just a good storyteller. I loved his vocabulary and timing. That's a gift not every storyteller is blessed to have.


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

    Knowing that Bil's older brother died young (36 yrs. old), I really like the story of using the monster stick for one last time. I thought it a fitting tribute.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delusion In Death: In Death, Book 35

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1691)
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    (1482)
    Story
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    It was just another after-work happy-hour bar downtown, where business professionals unwound with a few drinks, complained about the boss, maybe hooked up with someone for the night. Until something went terribly wrong. At first it was just a friction in the air. The noise intensified. The crowd seemed oppressive. Some sharp words were exchanged, some pushing and shoving. Then the madness descended. And after 12 minutes of chaos and violence, 80 people lay dead.

    Lisa says: "Robb, Dallas & Ericksen - what a Fantastic Combo"
    "Another homerun!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Delusion In Death the most enjoyable?

    Susan Ericksen. I love the characters that inhabit each of the "In Death" novels, and she brings them to life for me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Delusion In Death?

    The description of the carnage created by the drug let loose really made me care about catching the culprit.


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

    It's like listening to a play. She is my favorite narrator. She makes each character so individual and unique. Sometimes I re-listen to stories just to hear Roarke's Irish accent. She also gives pathos and emotion to scenes that make me care just a little bit more. She truly is a consummate artist and a very gifted storyteller.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series. Granted, some books have been more powerful for me than others, but overall, I love Eve and Roarke and those who inhabit their lives. They feel like friends and very real.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1162)
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    (856)
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    (867)

    After a sad and neglected childhood as an orphan, Jane Eyre was hired by Edward Rochester as governess for his ward. Jane was pleased with the quiet country life at Thornfield, with the beautiful old manor house and gardens, with the book-filled library, and with her own comfortable room. But there were stories of a strange tenant, a woman who laughed like a maniac, and who stayed in rooms on the third floor.

    bebe says: "a book that can be heard/read again and again"
    "Jane Eyre comes to life"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book because it is well written and one of the classics.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]?

    Couldn't pick just one.


    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    Everything! She makes each character come to life and gives such meaning to the events in the story.


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

    Never give up.


    Any additional comments?

    I was wonderful to revisit this book through the narrator. It felt like an old friend come by to talk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paris in Love: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Eloisa James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
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    In 2009 Eloisa James took a leap that many people dream about: She sold her house, took a sabbatical from her job, and moved her family to Paris. Paris in Love: A Memoir chronicles her joyful year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With no classes to teach, no committee meetings to attend, no lawn to mow, Eloisa revels in the ordinary pleasures of life - discovering corner museums that tourists overlook, chronicling Frenchwomen’s sartorial triumphs, walking from one end of Paris to another.

    CathyGrace says: "Interesting"
    "New Paris perspective"
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    If you could sum up Paris in Love in three words, what would they be?

    enjoyable, interesting, enlightening


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Paris in Love?

    I enjoyed listening to her reaction to the homeless people she encounters.


    What about Eloisa James???s performance did you like?

    Since it is her experience, she reads it in a way that let's you relive it.


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

    I would have listened in one sitting, but that's not a reality for me. But I listened every chance I got.


    Any additional comments?

    I've never wanted to visit Paris, but she gave me insights into a Paris I didn't know before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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