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Ann Elizabeth Korte

I'm an avid reader who doesn't have much time to actually read, now that I am also a mom. Love that so many great books are on audio now!

Grand Junction, CO United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jung Chang
    • Narrated By Joy Osmanski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (218)

    Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular best seller which has sold more than 13 million copies and a critically acclaimed history of China; a tragic tale of nightmarish cruelty and an uplifting story of bravery and survival.

    Mike says: "A real shocker!"
    "Wonderful book and great audio-book!"
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    This true account of the lives of the author, her mother, and her grandmother reads like a novel. The story takes the listener through many significant events in modern chinese history through the eyes of these amazing women. You won't be able to stop listening!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4816)
    Performance
    (4386)
    Story
    (4377)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Fantastic book!"
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    Really well done. I loved this book even more when I realized that Sarah & Angelina Grimke are real historical figures and that they actually did do/write many of the things in the book. Mind you, this is still fiction, but I love knowing that these women really existed and that they were willing to standing up for some really un-popular ideas that they believed in. Historical fiction at it's best! Wonderful combination of the factual and the author's imagination!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger's Curse

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Colleen Houck
    • Narrated By Annika Boras, Sanjiv Jahveri
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (531)

    The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince! When she learns she alone can break the Tiger's curse, Kelsey's life is turned upside-down. The unlikely duo journeys halfway around the world to piece together an Indian prophecy, find a way to free the man trapped by a centuries-old spell, and discover the path to their true destiny.

    F. DesBouillons says: "Great Book!!!"
    "Good overall"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, it is a creative idea and really imaginative.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    For me, the last portion started to have a little too much teenage angst. And I was disappointed that the main character couldn't have had a little more self-esteem. Too much, "no one that great could ever love little old me."


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Good narration


    Any additional comments?

    I liked it overall and plan to listen to the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kristin Cashore
    • Narrated By Xanthe Elbrick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (234)

    She is the last of her kind...It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. In King City, the young King Nash is clinging to the throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her.

    Allison says: "Totally Different from Graceling"
    "Great book and well done audio!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fire to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read it in print, but I did read Graceling and Bitterblue in print. Now I am wishing I listened to them too! (Especially if the narrator is the same).


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

    Definitely!


    Any additional comments?

    Cashore does a wonderful job of developing a whole other world. Love the characters and I love that while her books do have some cross-over with characters they are not your typical series with 1 main character that is followed in all the books. I also love that the books are spaced far enough apart that you really get a sense for how characters have grown and changed. I have loved all 3 of her books and really hope she is planning on a 4th!

    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
    (2389)
    Performance
    (1875)
    Story
    (1859)

    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"
    "Great narration of a great book!"
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    Where does Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Wood really brings all the charaters to life. It's a great narration!


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

    Laughed outloud at times. Really well done.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26306)
    Performance
    (20230)
    Story
    (20413)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    Sue Schreiber says: "A very satisfying ending"
    "A good ending..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Mockingjay to be better than the print version?

    I can't say as I did not read the print, but I enjoyed the audio version.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Collins would have a kept a few more of the characters I loved alive until the end, but I did like the way she ultimately wrapped it up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34088)
    Performance
    (25257)
    Story
    (25599)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Great audiobook!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    I don't know since I did not read the print version, but the narrator was great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hunger Games?

    Loved the developing of the relationship between Katniss & Peeta.


    Which character – as performed by Carolyn McCormick – was your favorite?

    I felt like I could picture many of the characters well. Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Rhu, Hamich...it's hard to have a favorite!


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

    There was certainly some horror at what the Hunger Games really are. It's an unbelievable thing to think about children enduring that.


    Any additional comments?

    Collins really paints their world and the characters well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26698)
    Performance
    (13336)
    Story
    (13381)

    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!"
    "Wonderfully done audiobook!"
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    This is one of the most well-done audiobooks I have ever listened to! The story is great, but it is enhanced by the wonderful narration. I was captivated!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandy Tolan
    • Narrated By Sandy Tolan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (98)

    In 1967, Bashir Al-Khayri, a Palestinian 25-year-old, made a long-imagined journey to what is now the city of Ramle in Israel, with the goal of seeing the beloved old stone house, with the lemon tree behind it that his father had planted, that he and his family had fled 19 years earlier. To his surprise, when he found the house and rang the bell, a young woman welcomed him in.

    Matthew says: "A Must Read -but deeply flawed"
    "Must read!!"
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    This book is a must read for anyone wishing to get a better understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As others have noted, it is by no means perfect, but it is a great introduction to why this conflict is so impossibly difficult to solve. In addition to providing a lot of background about how recent event developed (including the role of the US & Europe in creating some of the problems), it does a good job of personalizing the conflict and helping the listener to understand why good people on both sides of the conflict have such seemingly irreconcilable differences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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