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Kathy Nichols

Healdsburg, CA United States | Member Since 2011

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  • On Canaan’s Side: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sebastian Barry
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    From the two-time Man Booker short-listed author of The Secret Scripture comes a magnificent new novel that is the story of the twentieth century in America. Told in the first person, as a narrative of Lilly Bere’s life over seventeen days, On Canaan’s Side opens as Lilly mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill.

    Laurene says: "Lovely and sad"
    "Poetic prose brings out the beauty"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This is the kind of story that if narrated as it unfolded would have been too sad. The way it was done was exquisite. An amazing life story told in bits as an old woman remembers back over her life. All of it could be gut wrenching, but the way the story is told makes it easier to hold. It reminds me of the book "English Patient" - another sad story told in poetic prose and a light-handed manner.I liked learning about that period in Ireland - had never thought about how it would affect individuals. I also liked the surprises in the book. You don't expect them.But best of all is the the way the words read by Wanda McCaddon just roll over me. It took the first chapter or two to fully understand her lovely Irish accent - and then it really made the story come to life. I've been recommending this to all my friends.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whitethorn Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    When a new highway threatens to bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, everyone has a passionate opinion about whether the town will benefit or suffer. But young Father Flynn is most concerned with the fate of St. Ann's Well, which is set at the edge of the woods and slated for destruction. People have been coming to St. Ann's for generations to share their dreams and fears, and speak their prayers.

    Claire says: "Not up to par for Binchy"
    "Great storytelling about interwoven lives"
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    If you could sum up Whitethorn Woods in three words, what would they be?

    Maeve Binchy is a great story teller. This book starts with a controversy in a small town in Ireland: whether or not to build a bypass road through a beloved local shrine. Then we get to hear the voices of the townspeople, both for and against.

    An especially nice storytelling technique used in this book is starting a story as told by one person, and then picking up the story by another person with a little different perspective. We learn of the secrets, longings, successes and losses of all these lives that interweave at various points and in various times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tara Road

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    Overall
    (755)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (254)

    When two unhappy women switch homes for the summer, there are extraordinary consequences, and each learns that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed. At the end of the summer, when the women at last meet face-to-face, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.

    Monica says: "Great Story - Terrible Recording"
    "Mesmerizing story"
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    Any additional comments?

    I loved everything about this book and found it hard to stop. It is about two women coming to terms with major changes in their lives and finding forgotten parts of themselves in places and ways they hadn't expected. An enchanting listen, well performed.I can't wait to try other books by Binchy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get from Your Financial Advisor

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ernie J. Zelinski
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free offers inspirational advice on how to enjoy life to its fullest. The key to achieving an active and satisfying retirement involves a great deal more than having adequate financial resources; it also encompasses all other aspects of life - interesting leisure activities, creative pursuits, physical well-being, mental well-being, and solid social support. With its friendly format and positive tone, How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free offers retirement wisdom that you won’t get from your financial advisor.

    Cheryl N. says: "Light and entertaining, interesting profiles"
    "Painful but valuable"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend reading, not listening, to this book. That way you can skim through parts. I may not be the intended audience and didn't like the evangalistic approach or demonizing work. I enjoy the work I do, AND I'm looking forward to retirement.


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

    This book really did get me thinking about retirement in a different way and I'm glad I stuck it out. But I found it painful to get through. I did like the second half better than the first half, when he gave practical suggestions.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The excited tone made this book hard to tolerate for me. I nearly gave up multiple times, and I really did pull the plug on my ipod after listening to the first 20 minutes.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3170)
    Performance
    (1350)
    Story
    (1349)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "A joy to listen to"
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    Any additional comments?

    I was entralled from the beginning. The characters were so vivid and alive. It was a captivating story with a very interesting historical backdrop. I learned while I was entertained. I listen while commuting and this is one of my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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