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Kathryn

Mountain View, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Winter Study: An Anna Pigeon Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (170)

    It is January, and Park Ranger Anna Pigeon is sent to Isle Royale in Lake Superior to learn about managing and understanding wolves, as her home base of Rocky Mountain National Park might soon have its own pack of the magnificent, much-maligned animals. But what was once an idyllic refuge becomes a place of unnatural occurrences and danger beyond the ordinary.

    W. Black says: "Perhaps better than reading it"
    "Ending a little weak"
    Overall

    I am an Anna Pigeon fan. I've enjoyed her National Park series. This one, however, could have used a little editing and, frankly, the ending devised avoid the FBI investigation just didn't sit well with me. I enjoyed the scenery, the snow and the character development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invasion: Alaska: Invasion America, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Vaughn Heppner
    • Narrated By Mark Ashby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (199)

    In this controversial book, Vaughn Heppner explores the theme of a shattered America facing the onslaught of the new colossus in the East: Greater China. The time is 2032, and the Chinese are crossing the polar ice and steaming through the Gulf of Alaska. They have conquered oil-rich Siberia and turned Japan into a satellite state. Now a new glacial period has begun, devastating the world’s food supply. China plans to corner the world’s oil market and buy the needed food for their hungry masses.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Suspenseful and believable"
    "Interesting premise but there are flaws"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The premise of a war between China and the US was interesting for me. I enjoyed listening to the tempo and language of the dialog among the Chinese ministers. However, perhaps I have watched too many West Wing shows, I did not believe the flow of the dialog of the military commanders and the President. The description of the military equipment and the actual fighting was interesting but it's not my thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When the Tea Party Came to Town

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robert Draper
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    Experience the new nonfiction book from the author of the New York Times best seller Dead Certain. When the Tea Party Came to Town is the definitive book about the Bush Presidency, a revealing and riveting look at the new House of Representatives elected in the history-making 2010 midterm elections.

    Michael says: "Do Not Ask What this Book is About"
    "Great Story - Too Bad It's True"
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    I have been trying to get a better understanding of the development of the Tea Party and the internal dynamics of the parties. This book did a nice job blending the history of Congress with the folks who are now there. There were also nice vignettes of each of the freshmen and of the "old timers". Each Congress person seems to spend the most time
    out-conniving each other or the other party rather than compromising to solve the issues.

    As far as the book goes, I give it "A" rating. As far as Congress goes, I proclaim "a pox on all of their houses".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Utopia

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (270)

    Rising out of the Nevada canyons, Utopia is a theme park so technologically advanced as to be awe-inspiring. But serious mishaps are starting to cause concern, and things turn from bad to worse when a group of mercenaries infiltrates the park's computerized infrastructure, holding the entire park hostage. The engineer who designed the park now must find a way to save it.

    Patti says: "Utopia (unabridged)"
    "Never Met an Emotional Computer Scientist Before"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The plot was good but my experience with computer scientists did not match that of Andrew's. Andrew is so much more emotional and acted a bit irrational at times. However, once I got past that, I enjoyed getting to know the other characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2283)
    Performance
    (1585)
    Story
    (1586)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Kyle says: "Not an average book"
    "Part Fairy Tale, Part Nightmare"
    Overall
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    Here is a group of bored and spoiled kids looking for the next thrill. After each adventure, they think they have finally found happiness but the euphoria does not last for long. There are Narnia type adventures but frankly, I think Harry Potter has a better grasp of reality and better moral compass than they do. I wanted to stop reading the book during the middle third but my interest picked up after that especially after meeting Chatwin. Like gamblers, the group will always be looking for the next thrill. This book will not be one of my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robin Gunn
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    In this eighth adventure, abnormal medical test results send Summer Finley flying to the Netherlands—while she can—to fulfill her dream of meeting Noelle Van Zandt, her pen pal since fourth grade. As the sisterchicks float down an Amsterdam canal, visit Corrie ten Boom’s hiding place, sip Dutch chocolate in Delft, and bob happily through a sea of spring-fresh tulips, they begin to experience God’s healing touch.

    Kathryn says: "Interesting information about the Netherlands"
    "Interesting information about the Netherlands"
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    I downloaded this book because I'm a fan of the narrator, Barbara Rosenblatt. The story line was pretty good but I was not prepared for the faith lessons provided by the two main characters. I respect those lessons but it didn't make me like the book any more because of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Homicide in Hardcover: A Bibliophile Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kate Carlisle
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    The streets of San Francisco would be lined with hardcovers if rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright had her way. And her mentor wouldn't be lying in a pool of his own blood on the eve of a celebration for his latest book restoration. With his final breath he leaves Brooklyn a cryptic message, and gives her a priceless - and supposedly cursed - copy of Goethe's Faust for safekeeping.

    Ruth says: "Mystery,,, Good Romance...UGH"
    "Implausble"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My image of a book conservator is one who is thoughtful, patient and plans carefully. The main character was anything but. She consistently acted immaturely and lied or spoke half truths about what she saw. Why? There were other unbelievable issues: The author used a southern California slang term for highway 101 by calling it "the 101" which is not a good thing for a story set in northern California. She also described the main character's floormates in terms that bordered on typical gay stereotypes. It was a very hard book to finish.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Like You: DS Roy Grace Mystery, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Peter James
    • Narrated By David Bauckham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    The Metropole Hotel, Brighton. After a heady New Year’s Eve ball, a woman is brutally raped as she returns to her room. A week later, another woman is attacked. Both victims’ shoes are taken by the offender.... Detective Superintendent Roy Grace soon realises that these new cases bear remarkable similarities to an unsolved series of crimes in the city back in 1997.

    Jean says: "Better read than listened to"
    "Gritty"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoy the plots in this series but in this book, some of the descriptions were a little more gritty than I would have liked. Overall, still a good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Grilling Season

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Cherry Jones
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (32)

    Hired to cater a hockey party, Goldy comes up with a winning menu featuring zesty South of the Border Appetizers, succulent Goalies' Grilled Tuna and iced Stanley Cupcakes. Yet Patricia McCracken, her client and long-suffering friend, won't be satisfied until Goldy adds a hefty side order of revenge...Patricia is convinced that her obstetrician and her Health Maintenance Organization - penny-pinching ACHMO - are to blame for the recent loss of her baby. And the doctor in question is none other that John Richard Korman, Aspen Meadow's leading ob/gyn and Goldy's ex-husband, whose clean-cut good looks hide his dirty habit of battering women. Now, Patricia is suing the doctor and ACHMO for malpractice, but that's not enough. She wants Goldy's advice on getting even - and coming out on top.At first, Goldy relishes the fact that her ex-husband is finally going to pay. Even so, it's a horrid shock when John Richard is arrested for the murder of his current girlfriend, glamorous Suz Craig...especially when it's Goldy who makes the gruesome discovery. Shaken by the thought that she could easily have been the victim, Goldy feverishly throws herself into her work. But with her new husband, homicide cop Tom Schulz, delegated to the background of the case, and her 14 year-old son begging to prove his father innocent, Goldy has no choice but to sift through Aspen Meadow's premium mix of sizzling gossip and reheated rumor for clues.

    Dianne says: "OK but not her best book"
    "Goldie is a different person"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I didn't realize until this book how a narrator can significantly influence a character. I've always enjoyed Barbara Rosenblatt's interpretation but in this one narrated by Cherry Jones - Goldie comes across a little "even tempered" or less passionate about what she's facing.

    My other comment is about the story line - I don't agree that protecting Arch from his Father's continuing abusive treatment of his ex-wife in order to maintain a father-son relationship was a good idea. Arch is growing up and needs to learn that women are not to be treated the way his mother was and is. I kept wanted to talk back to my Audible player about this!

    As usual, the food preparation was tantalizing and I continued to marvel at how she accomplished making such wonderful meals in such a short amount of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bird Cloud: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Annie Proulx
    • Narrated By Joan Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    "Bird Cloud” is the name Annie Proulx gave to 640 acres of Wyoming wetlands and prairie and 400-foot cliffs plunging down to the North Platte River. On the day she first visited, a cloud in the shape of a bird hung in the evening sky. Proulx also saw pelicans, bald eagles, golden eagles, great blue herons, ravens, scores of bluebirds, harriers, kestrels, elk, deer and a dozen antelope

    Drinker says: "Craft vs. History"
    "This book is for Anne Proulx Fans"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is a mix of several genres: autobiography, historian, house builder. I enjoyed picking up little tidbits of her life but if you were expecting a start-middle-end, this is not for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anthill

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By E. O. Wilson
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (32)

    Inspirational and magical, here is the story of a boy who grows up determined to save the world from its most savage ecological predator: Man himself. "What the hell do you want?" snarled Frogman at Raff Cody, as the boy stepped innocently onto the reputed murderer's property. Fifteen years old, Raff, along with his older cousin, Junior, had only wanted to catch a glimpse of Frogman's 1,000-pound alligator. Thus, begins the saga of Anthill....

    Jacque says: "Fascinating"
    "You just have to love ants"
    Overall

    There are three distinct parts of this book: Rafael's youth, the story of ants and then the fight to save the preserve against development. They are each interesting and reasonably tied together. The narrator was easy to listen to, as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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