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Katherine

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  • 66 titles in library
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  • Me Talk Pretty One Day

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3377)
    Performance
    (1135)
    Story
    (1131)

    David Sedaris' collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. With every clever turn of a phrase, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter. You can also listen to Sedaris in an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

    Amazon Customer says: "You will ROFL"
    "brilliant"
    Overall

    David Sedaris always has me laughing and crying at the same time. His stories are so painfully real that I find myself laughing out loud and then feeling a little guilty because really the situation is sad and messed up. But it's so raw and real that it's just brilliant. You've got to laugh at life, especially when things are sad and messed up.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (203)

    No one fictional or factual embodies the Jazz Age as completely as F. Scott Fitzgerald's Jay Gatsby. First published in 1925, this legendary novel continues to enthrall generations as it serves as a lens to view our not so distant past. Many of our notions about that period are taken from the pages of this book. Bathtub gin, flappers, and house parties that last all week enliven Fitzgerald's classic tale.

    Kevin says: "Excellent work and even better reader"
    "brilliant"
    Overall

    A classic in every sense of the word. Frank Muller makes the poetry of Fitzgerald come to life with an aching beauty in the words.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • New Moon: The Twilight Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5592)
    Performance
    (2012)
    Story
    (2053)

    For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning.

    cmclien says: "Emotionally Painful..."
    "read it for the exciting climax"
    Overall

    Book 2 is really bland, long and kind of boring compared to the other books. I agree with other reviewers, if I was reading the book instead of listening, I would have skimmed over hundreds of pages. Bella wallows in her depression and brings you down with her. But the connection between her and Jacob and the rather exciting climax are crucial to the series story line. While I know that this series is intending for 13 year olds and I rolled my eyes often at Bella's insecurity, the obsession/love she has with Edward and the blatant Romeo and Juliet plot line, I still gobbled it up. These books are like donuts - you know there's no substance, but you just might eat the whole box anyway because it just tastes so darn good.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (14305)
    Performance
    (10666)
    Story
    (10685)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Teddy says: "Did not disappoint..."
    "Incredible, Ruthless, Fantastic"
    Overall

    GRRM picks it up right where he left off and with out any apologies for the dagger thrusts from Book 1. With new characters coming in the story starts to get broader and broader. So many names and families to keep track of! This book gives an agonizing cliff hanger so make sure you rush on to Book 3. Because Winter is Coming.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (21382)
    Performance
    (15490)
    Story
    (15544)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Incredible, Heart-pounding, Masterpiece"
    Overall

    Roy Detrice has a captivating voice and his execution of this brilliant work is top notch. I've already read all the books published so far, and evening knowing exactly what is about to happen I still find myself with heart racing, biting my nails on the edge of my seat. This is a character driven story and the depth and feeling I've developed for them is incredible. My heart breaks and soars chapter by chapter for House Stark.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2030)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (374)

    This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Robert says: "Over before you know it"
    "Wordy, but thought provoking"
    Overall

    I will fully admit to totally fast forwarding through the manifesto toward the end when John Gault makes his radio speech. And perhaps zoning out at other parts. But the story is so unique and fantastic that I have to give it 4 stars. There are a number of Ayn Rand's ideas that I agree with, but on a whole I do think that publicly funded projects are a good idea. If you think it should be every man for himself then Ayn Rand is for you. I heard some skuttlebut that this was actually being made into a movie. It's an epic under taking so we'll see what they do. I do love the strength demonstrated by a female main character. and the fact that this was written so long ago just makes it that much more impressive. I think this is a must-listen for everyone simply because it can encourage so much discussion.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3047)
    Performance
    (1047)
    Story
    (1050)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    Andrew says: "Best Listen In a Long Time"
    "Lengthy, but delightful"
    Overall

    I have the hardcopy of this book and I had tried to read it at least 3x but simply couldn't get into it. The audio version is simply delightful though. The story wanders and ambles a bit in the beginning but the direction toward the end is just so fantastic you have to believe it will have a sequel.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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