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Kelly

Colorado Springs | Member Since 2018

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  • 381 reviews
  • 384 ratings
  • 657 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2018
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  • Cruel and Unusual

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (752)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (634)

    When an executed murderer’s fingerprints turn up at a new crime scene, Kay Scarpetta investigates. Prepare for the kind of riveting suspense this best-selling author delivers so well.

    Gloria says: "Exciting"
    "I hate the huge time lapses between books."
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    OK, I like the Scarpetta series for all the same reason as the rest of you. But I really hate the huge time lapses between each volume. And this one is the worst! I actually thought I must have skipped a book when I learned some of the details of Kay's life that occurred off the page. In fact, I am kind of pissed off! Why deny the readers the journey? These types of events would be great character development. I deducted one star because the disappointment that I encountered in the first chapters never dissipated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alexander Dumas
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (253)

    An adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy, and forgiveness, The Count of Monte Cristo focuses on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune, and sets about getting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment. However, his plans have devastating consequences for the innocent as well as the guilty.

    Heather Hall says: "It's fine... until it skips chunks of the story"
    "Even better the second time around!"
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    UPDATED RATING (2018): As I reread this book I discovered so much more about it. Now I give it a strong 5 stars without any hesitation! I picked up so much more detail. I connected more with the characters. And I saw the humor which Dumas hid in all the scenes.

    (2017) 4.5 stars.

    This book is a beloved classic for a reason -- the story is solidly written and the characters are intriguing. It is a huge book which never feels too long. I enjoyed the story very much and never felt as though Dumas wrote too many pages. I am left wondering only one thing: why did I wait so long to read it? But, I have been asking myself that often this year as I have been reading the classics for the first time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jung Chang
    • Narrated By Joy Osmanski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (957)
    Performance
    (849)
    Story
    (853)

    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.

    AEL says: "Wonderful book and great audio-book!"
    "Three women who teach you about strength."
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    If there is only one book that could make me happy to be a woman in America in the 21st century, this is it. The trials, hardship, torture of these three women are difficult to comprehend. The book is both fascinating and challenging; brutal and uplifting. Somehow the author tells her story with so much heart and such a sense of tribute and love for her family that it allowed me to breathe it in with joy even as I read of the horrific circumstances of their lives. I found myself learning history, better understanding politics, and confirming certain personal convictions. It is a difficult book for me to review. How does one criticize a personal and open story? I will say that I would have liked the story to include lengthier studies of her grandmother and great-grandmother, and perhaps slightly less of the exploration of communism. But that is my only (very minor) complaint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Colson Whitehead
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9395)
    Performance
    (8554)
    Story
    (8524)

    The Newest Oprah Book Club 2016 Selection. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood - where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned - Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.

    JQR says: "Stupendous book, hard to follow in audio"
    "Historical Fiction. SciFi. Alternative History. "
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    Brilliant!

    I loved this book for its history, its unique take on telling the story of slavery, its creativity. I loved this book for making me think and question. I loved this book for making me push the stop button and go to google for a little research. I loved this book for its brutality and what that made me feel. I loved this book for its beautiful, strong and feisty protagonist. Mostly, I love this book because I finished it a couple days ago and I cannot stop thinking about it.

    The book feels both historical and modern. It feels like historical fiction and science fiction. The closest I can come to describing it accurately is that it feels much like the television show Man in the High Castle.

    Another reviewer explained that Colson Whitehead used the storytelling style of the book Gulliver's Travels, and it made so much sense. But the truth is that I haven't read that book so am unable to make the comparison myself. I will say only one more thing: Read it with an open mind... but read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

     

    Journey to the dusty little Texas town of Lonesome Dove and meet an unforgettable assortment of heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settlers. Richly authentic, beautifully written, always dramatic, Lonesome Dove will make listeners laugh, weep, dream, and remember. 

    Joseph Coby says: "powerful story with compelling characters"
    "Lee Horsley is perfect!"
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    Nothing else I have read has brought to life the Old West like McMurtry's Lonesome Dove! I could practically taste the steak and beans cooked on the campfire. I could see the herds of buffalo. I could feel the sting of the dust on my face. I live in Colorado and all around me is the evidence of life in this era so the book made my home more intriguing.

    Each character was unique, likable and very real. I liked the people McMurtry introduced to me well enough that I plan to look for the second book in the series very soon.

    Lee Horsley is incredible in this book. His voices for the various characters are very distinct and really brought the book to life. I never struggled to know who was speaking. I was enchanted by both the book and the narration

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3099)
    Performance
    (2808)
    Story
    (2830)

    It's 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams, they create the Escapist.

    Darwin8u says: "A World I DON'T Ever Want to Escape From."
    "A unique, well-written, fun book."
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    I loved this chunkster of a book, and that surprised me. I never read the comics or followed superheroes as a child and nothing about the title or the publisher's blurb grabbed me. But it was picked for a monthly challenge and it is one of the winners of the Pulitzer Prize, so I picked it up. And, once I did, it was hard to put down.

    There are a few things that I found engrossing, and often enchanting. The history of the superhero publishing world was fascinating. I had never thought about what might have happened to the industry once the first superhero hit big. I never thought about it and this book made me want to learn more. It is such a good thing to have a book makes me want to do further research. And the history of WW2 is always a big draw for me. In this case the war which touched the Czech Republic was not something I knew a lot about and each time I learn more about the Nazi regime I am shocked all over again. It is hard to fathom. It is something I always want to know more about. I want to understand it, but I never will.

    The themes of this book include art, creativity, friendship, love and family. But the one that I found most emotionally moving was the theme of hope. Watching hope ebb and fade, especially for Joe, was at times heart-wrenching. And it spoke to my heart, triggering memories of the moments in my life when hope has faded. It made me remember how I found it again. It made me connect with him in a deep, quiet, very real way.

    David Colacci's narration was natural and seamless. I felt he became Joe and Sammy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1361)
    Performance
    (1155)
    Story
    (1158)

    A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over 2,000 miles away, in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes - much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

    GH says: "A tedious disappointment - Don't Bother!"
    "Blah."
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    Kay is still unhappy with Lucy's choices, Marino's choices, and Benton's choices. So, I guess you could say that Kay is just unhappy. Cornwell showed some improvement with her return to first person narrative and to Scarpetta with a real job and real power. Unfortunately it hasn't gotten better from there and so I can only give 3 stars that lean more heavily to 2 than to 4.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Mist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1715)
    Performance
    (1409)
    Story
    (1417)

    Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings. The murder of an Atlanta family years ago, a young woman on death row, and the inexplicable deaths of homeless people as far away as California seem unrelated. But Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding's death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning....

    Rene says: "Too much dialog, too little story"
    "A less whiny Kay is a very good thing."
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    Like many other reviewers I was very disappointed in many of the books leading up to this. I only kept reading because I had the glimmer of hope that the books would return to form. I have been rewarded, in part. Kay is much more like her earlier self; she is confident instead of whiny. The book is written in first person too -- without all the exploration of the killer's thoughts. UnfortunatelyI am still quite disappointed in both Marino and Lucy. I hope that the trend continues.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Port Mortuary: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1158)
    Performance
    (600)
    Story
    (614)

    In this fast-paced story, a treacherous path from Scarpetta's past merges with the high tech highway she now finds herself on. We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she enlisted in the Air Force to pay off her medical school debt and found herself ensnared in a gruesome case of what seemed to be vicious, racially motivated hate crimes against two Americans in South Africa.

    teresa gooch ross says: "once again angry"
    "A return to 1st person narrative."
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    I have nearly quit reading this series several times because I have been completely disappointed in the last few. But I keep hoping for a return of the magic I found in the first books. I remember loving this series for its smart characters and intense plots. But the last few have been horrible. So, although I didn't love this book I did find it much better than the last few. I think the biggest improvement is the return to a first person narrative. The second improvement is that Kay is less whiny than she was in the previous books. Unfortunately Marino is still awful and Lucy is selfish and narcissistic.

    Kate Burton is wonderful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wuthering Heights [Trout Lake Media Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Emily Brontë
    • Narrated By Emma Messenger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1073)
    Performance
    (960)
    Story
    (957)

    Famous, all-encompassing, passionate, but ultimately doomed love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, and how this unresolved passion eventually destroys them and the people around them. Today considered a classic of English literature, Wuthering Heights was met with mixed reviews when it first appeared, mainly because of the narrative's stark depiction of mental and physical cruelty.

    Jessica says: "Twisted Tale, Amazing Narrator"
    "My first 5 star rating for a book with only"
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    loathsome characters. I have never before rated a book 5 stars if I didn't love at least one character. I loathed all of the leading characters. I found little to be redeeming in any of them. Despite this, Emily Bronte made me have sympathy for all of them and hope for each of them to have a more desirable outcome. Her writing style was exquisite. And I loved the descriptions of the moors, the mansions, the people. I loved the story within a story style of telling the tales involved. I loved that when Heathcliff was missing the question of his whereabouts and doings remained untold. I loved that Nellie told the story from her viewpoint which meant there were emotions, thoughts and actions that we couldn't understand.

    The book is an intricate exposure of what happens to people when they live for revenge. Emily took Heathcliff down a very twisted path and allowed him to be very unlikable.
    She allowed him to seethe in his own jealousy, anger and grief. She allowed him to be repulsive. And I am so glad that she did!

    Some of the other reviewers disliked Emma Messenger's narration. I didn't have a problem with it. This is my first reading of the book, and know very little about the appropriate accents, so I believe that I do not have the knowledge some others may have. But I enjoyed her choices for the voices of the main characters and especially liked the sinister quality she gave to Heathcliff.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (1071)
    Performance
    (820)
    Story
    (828)

    After a whirlwind romance and a honeymoon in Italy, the innocent young heroine and the dashing Maxim de Winter return to his country estate, Manderley. But the unsettling memory of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, still lingers within. The timid bride must overcome her husband's oppressive silences and the sullen history of the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, to confront the emotional horrors of the past.

    P. Wade Thompson says: "A Great Listen"
    "Brooding Tale of Love- Misguided, Uninformed Love"
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    This is another wonderful book about which I was completely wrong -- I had absolutely no understanding of what this book was about. It is not a love story, or a romance. It isn't sweet. Now, some of you would have known this because you knew Daphne du Maurier, but I was not knowledgeable about her and had not read any of her books until a few weeks ago.

    I was completely wrong and I am so glad about it.

    This book is really fantastic. The setting is dark and brooding and so well drawn that I could see it clearly. The author's descriptions of Manderley were rich and detailed; her words were full of artistry, tightly knitted together creating a mood. I now know that Alfred Hitchcock used her works and created at least three films. He was a master of film noir, and this book is a perfect example of what I can only call "novel noir."

    In the very beginning of the book du Maurier told the reader how the book will end, but doesn't give away the surprise. Each moment, each twist in the story, is a surprise. The characters are fully fleshed out people, each struggling with their own demons, holding their own secrets. Each is flawed and unique and often unlikable. Even the protagonist provoked me at times because I found her to be silly and simpering. Her extreme self-consciousness and weakness was painful to read. She was so certain that Rebecca was more beautiful, smarter, sweeter, and more loved. Her certainty didn't come from any real place -- it all came from her own insecurities. And her husband didn't do anything to help her. He was dealing with his own guilt and depression, and he was so focused inward that he ignored his wife and failed to notice her.

    I loved how du Maurier kept the tensions in her words and that when the story climaxed I was completely surprised. I loved how even after the story resolved there was one more shocking event. I loved how the story isn't wrapped up in a pretty little bow. It seems that one of du Maurier's trademarks was to leave questions open and lingering in your mind. I saw this in My Cousin Rachel and The House on the Strand, and now in Rebecca too.

    Deciding my rating for this one was difficult. It was easily 4 stars; Maybe almost 5 stars. But I liked My Cousin Rachel even better so I am only giving it 4.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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