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Karen

Bothell, WA, United States | Listener Since 2008

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  • 10 reviews
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  • 62 purchased in 2014
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  • Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kristen Johnston
    • Narrated By Kristen Johnston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (375)

    The two-time Emmy Award-winning actress has written her first book, a surprisingly raw and triumphant memoir that is outrageous, moving, sweet, tragic, and heartbreakingly honest. Guts is a true triumph - a memoir that manages to be as frank and revealing as Augusten Burroughs, yet as hilarious and witty as David Sedaris.

    John Campbell says: "Whiskey and cigarettes have never sounded so good."
    "Please Please Please, Kristen, do more audios"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    She is the best reader I have ever heard in my many years of Audible membership. I really hope she reads other books for us.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Note to Self

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Alina Simone
    • Narrated By Aimee Castle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Anna Krestler is adrift. The Internet has draped itself, kudzu-like, over her brain, which makes it even more difficult to confront the question of what to do when she is dismissed from her job as a cubicle serf at a midtown law firm. Despite the exhortations of Leslie, her friend and volunteer life coach, Anna seeks refuge in the back alleys of Craigslist, where she connects with Taj, an adherent of a nebulous movement known as Nowism that occupies the most self-absorbed fringes of the art world.

    Karen says: "Vapid, but the actress who read it was great"
    "Vapid, but the actress who read it was great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The 37 year old main character looses her job and has no direction or plans for the future. It reads like sex in the city, except you just don't like the character. I was waiting for resolution, and didn't get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Son

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (115)

    When the young girl washed up on their shore, no one knew she had been a Vessel. That she had carried a Product. That it had been carved from her belly. Stolen. Claire had had a son. She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. When he was taken from their community, she knew she had to follow. And so her journey began. But here in this wind-battered village Claire is welcomed as one of their own. In the security of her new home, she is free and loved. She grows stronger.

    Amy says: "A great "build up" to a "let down"!"
    "If she was trying to write another challenged book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Ugh, what is this post apocolytical trendiness. Quasi Biblical themes. The narrator was very good, which is why I trudged through this. I suppose the market for this story is Hunger Game fans. I prefer more originality.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1998)
    Performance
    (1799)
    Story
    (1789)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "Listen to Ready Player One instead"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I don't really get the hype for this book. I felt like I had skipped something. The narrator was okay, but occasionally his voice got annoying, shrill when he was trying to show excitement. Maybe teenagers would like the book and it is just not one that can bridge it's genre gap.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Turn of Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Alice LaPlante
    • Narrated By Jean Reed Bahle
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (168)

    Told through the voice of a woman with a powerful intellect that is maddeningly slipping away, Turn of Mind is not only a suspenseful psychological thriller that pulses with intensity but also a brilliant portrayal of the fragility of consciousness and memory, and of a mind finally turning on itself.

    smith says: "Not bad"
    "Excellent Narration, Skillfully Written,"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    None of the characters are likeable, I suppose this is OK once in a while, but I prefer stories where I root for someone, and enjoy the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (16035)
    Performance
    (14193)
    Story
    (14140)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Amazing and I appreciate that the reader skips @#$"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The reader doesn't skip ALL of the four letter words, but some, and I appreciate it, King doesn't need that to write an amazing story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threading the Needle: The Cobbled Court Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Marie Bostwick
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber, Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (80)

    From New York Times best-selling author Marie Bostwick comes a beautiful novel of sisterhood lost and found - and of the ways we create the rich tapestries that encompass the past and the future. The economic downturn has hit New Bern, Connecticut, and Tessa Woodruff’s herbal apothecary shop, For the Love of Lavender, is suffering. So is her once-happy 34-year marriage to Lee. They’d given up everything to come back to New Bern from Boston and start their business, but now they’re wondering if they made the right decision.

    betty says: "Just wonderful!!!"
    "Great readers, story slightly disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found the story a little preachy and predictable. If you like stories about the rich who have fallen on hard times and middle age people still love-shy this book is for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Albert Brooks
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (128)

    Is this what's in store? June 12, 2030, started out like any other day in memory---and by then, memories were long. Since cancer had been cured fifteen years before, America's population was aging rapidly. That sounds like good news, but consider this: millions of baby boomers, with a big natural predator picked off, were sucking dry benefits and resources that were never meant to hold them into their eighties and beyond.

    Robert says: "A strange story, and possibly some validity to it."
    "Where is the humor?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was disappointed. I thought it would have some humor but it was very pessimistic.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Glen Duncan
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (344)

    Meet Jake. A bit on the elderly side (he turns 201 in March), but otherwise in the pink of health. The nonstop sex and exercise he’s still getting probably contribute to that, as does his diet: unusual amounts of flesh and blood (at least some from friends and relatives). Jake, of course, is a werewolf, and with the death of his colleague he has now become the only one of his kind.

    Squeak says: "Grizzly, just like a werewolf book should be!"
    "Great reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I would probably given up reading this book, but the reader was excellent. I am reaching saturation on the ware vampire genre.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Weird Sisters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Eleanor Brown
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (208)

    There is no problem that a library card can't solve. The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. See, we love each other.

    Sabrina says: ""I am not bound to please thee with my answers.""
    "I heard good reviews but it didn't live up to them"
    Overall

    I wish we could get a warning that there is the occasional cuss word, then I would know not to play certain audios in some places.

    The book was just ok, nothing outstanding, standard chick-lit

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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