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Katherine

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  • This World We Live In

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Susan Beth Pfeffer
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    It's been a year since a meteor collided with the moon, catastrophically altering the earth's climate. For Miranda Evans life as she knew it no longer exists. Her friends and neighbors are dead, the landscape is frozen, and food is increasingly scarce. The struggle to survive intensifies when Miranda's father and stepmother arrive with a baby and three strangers in tow.

    Syd says: "Wish I Had Stopped After the First Book..."
    "Disappointing end to a series I loved."
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    I LOVED the first two books in this series so much. That is why it was even more troubling that the third book was such a disappointment.

    It felt rushed and contrived. Major plot points came out of nowhere and characters that we had grown very close to made decisions that made no sense based on how they were developed in the first two books. It felt like the author was doing a rush job to wrap up the series because she felt like she had to rather than because she had more quality story to tell

    The performer was the same as the first book, and she was great. She just had a not too wonderful story to read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Geronimo Stilton: Books 1-3

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Geronimo Stilton
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    Who is Geronimo Stilton? That's me! I run a newspaper, but my true passion is writing adventure stories. Here in New Mouse City, the capital of Mouse Island, my books are all best sellers! My stories are funny, fa-mouse-ly funny. They are whisker-licking-good tales, and that's a promise.

    Stewart Kennedy says: "Great bed time ritual"
    "My first grader LOVES it- Listens over and over"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My son is a huge audio book fan and this is one of his favorites. He will listen to these three short chapter books over and over. In fact, he has checked out some of the books from the library and really enjoys following along. (It works well because the art style of the book).

    I, on the other hand, find it rather annoying. If we are picking one to listen to together, this is not it. There is an analogy about cheese every other line and it makes my skin crawl with the device. I could go the rest of my life and never hear "As stinky as a three day old cheese ball" or "As sharp as a dark cheddar" or "As soft as a brie" again.

    But the book is not for me and how can I say a book that got my son begging to read chapter books is bad? I can't.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (923)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (273)

    When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt; they only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers - with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another.

    A User says: "What a waste"
    "Not expected- But that is what makes it good"
    Overall
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    Story

    I read many reviews and see how frustrated many are by the "plot twist at the end" that shall not be named.

    I say...this is Niffenegger delivering another sci-fi type story in the form of a feminine novel. What she does so well in Time Traveller's Wife- she does again here. You almost forget the non-realistic plot device for the pure character journey. The characters are AMAZING!

    This is a ghost story. The unexpected will, and did, happen. I for one, was delighted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4948)
    Performance
    (1827)
    Story
    (1839)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Lovely--give it 90 minutes and you will be hooked."
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    I was not so sure when this book got going that I was going to love it. I thought it was a bit too verbose at the start with no payoff, but as the book settled in and the plot got going, I fell in love with it.
    The style takes its cues and feel from Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, but in a modern day setting. It is gripping, mysterious, hauntingly beautiful and an all around good read.
    All of the performances are outstanding.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7062)
    Performance
    (5012)
    Story
    (5002)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Wonderful! A real suck you in book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book was beautifully written by a wonderful author and beautifully read by two amazing performers.
    The prologue grabs you and then the book never lets you go. You feel like you are in the kitchen house, feeling the highs and lows of these women's lives. You can almost smell the smells.
    If you are historical fiction lovers, than this is your kind of story.
    This is the kind of book I would stay in my car to hear just one more chapter before going inside.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27984)
    Performance
    (21751)
    Story
    (21963)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Not a great end to a great series"
    Overall

    I LOVED the first two books. This one was a huge let down. I agree with many of the prior reviews.

    In this installment, Katniss and Peeta lose much of what make them compelling and likable characters. Katniss makes decisions that make no sense and the last ten pages seems like a slapped on happy ending to make the readers happy.

    The audio reader is tremendous though. As in the first two, she delivers.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13584)
    Performance
    (5979)
    Story
    (6058)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Catches you and Won't Let Go"
    Overall

    Give this book 90 minutes and you will be caught. It is a beautiful story with all the things you need; tragedy, romance, history. It is simply enthralling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Namesake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Narrated By Sarita Choudhury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (991)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (312)

    The Namesake follows the Ganguli family through its journey from Calcutta to Cambridge to the Boston suburbs. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name.

    Diana - Audible says: "My favorite book - in print and audio"
    "Honest and Heartfelt"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book 100%. It follows a family though a lifetime together. While it is true, there is nothing extraordinary about this family and Namesake has no bizarre or tricky plot twists, it is this simplicity that made me simply fall in love with this book.

    If you are looking for action packed drama, look on. I loved Namesake because the characters and relationships were so real and powerful. I cared about this family. This slice of life drama took me in completely. I did not want it to end. To top it off, the reader is wonderful as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Douglas Adams
    Overall
    (2257)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (358)

    The Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy, the first volume in the five-part Hitchhiker "trilogy" made Douglas Adams a science fiction sensation, and is a must-listen for any and all fans of the genre. Don't forget to bring a towel!

    Victor says: "still a winner!!!"
    "Funny but tedious"
    Overall

    I found this book very amusing as it began. Adams is a great reader of his own work and his imagination is endless. As it went on, however, I became frustrated, because the action in the story took a back seat to endless jokes, thoughts and imaginative description. The books meanders in tagents through its story. This made me lose interest.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Lucky: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alice Sebold
    • Narrated By Alice Sebold
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (112)

    In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold (The Lovely Bones) reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an 18-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. "A rueful, razor-sharp memoir," raves Vogue, "funnier than you'd think was possible. Sebold tells what it's like to go through a particular kind of nightmare in order to tell what it's like - slowly, boldly, triumphantly - to heal."

    Samantha says: "Very raw"
    "Not for the faint of heart"
    Overall

    This is a truly intense and heart wrenching experiance in the form of an audiobook. I think the fact that it is read by the author gives it all the more intensity. You really fall right into her experiances as she retells them in this wonderfully written and powerful biography. It is graphic and honest and does not hold any punches. Be ready for a book that is hard to hear, but well worth it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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