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K. P. Cunningham

I listen to books while I do the repetitive part of my job and while I do yard work. I can't use audiobooks that require strict attention.

North Carolina, USA | Member Since 2008

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Dreams and Shadows: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By C. Robert Cargill
    • Narrated By Vikas Adam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    There is another world than our own - one no closer than a kiss and one no further than our nightmares - where all the stuff of which dreams are made is real and magic is just a step away. But once you see that world, you will never be the same. Dreams and Shadows takes us beyond this veil. Once bold explorers and youthful denizens of this magical realm, Ewan is now an Austin musician who just met his dream girl, and Colby, meanwhile, cannot escape the consequences of an innocent wish.

    hermanous says: "An Amazing Book"
    "Not for grown ups."
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    What disappointed you about Dreams and Shadows?

    I was hoping for an engaging urban fantasy. I got something written for 12 year olds with no discernment.


    Has Dreams and Shadows turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just from this author.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Vikas Adam?

    Probably


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No that I could find.


    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Medium Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Chris Dolley
    • Narrated By Noelle Romano
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    Medium Dead is a fun urban fantasy chronicling the crime fighting adventures of Brenda - a reluctant medium - and Brian - a vigilante demon with an impish sense of humour. Think Stephanie Plum with magic and a dash of Carl Hiaasen. Brenda Steele is smart, funny and out of her depth. A Vigilante Demon called Brian wants her to find murdered spirits and help him track down their killers. But Brian doesn't just catch criminals, he likes to play with them first, and make the punishment fit the crime.

    Donna says: "Good for a tween"
    "Drivel"
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    If you are looking for something similar to Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse books, you will be delighted with this. If you are hoping for something more like Christopher Moore, you will be disappointed.

    And the narrator doesn't seem to to be able to keep her English accent out of Australia.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2553)
    Performance
    (1281)
    Story
    (1285)

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
    "His least impressive book"
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    The research was sloppy.

    There are 2 places in this book where he states, "No one knows what this is" and "No one knows how this was done. But those statements aren't true. My mother told me the answer to one and I already knew the answer to the other. (The third shaker in a cruet set is for sugar and Victorian women wore drawers that no closing seam; they didn't have to "drop trou" in order to attend to necessary business. That's why the can-can was so outrageous. Not because of showing petticoats.}

    Granted, in the beginning of the book Bryson states that he intended to write it in his slippers without leaving home. There appears to be no doubt that is what he did. But, a little internet searching should have answered those questions for him without a great deal of effort.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Elsewhere

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert Jackson Bennett
    • Narrated By Graham Winton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (147)

    Some places are too good to be true. Under a pink moon, there is a perfect little town not found on any map. In that town, there are quiet streets lined with pretty houses, houses that conceal the strangest things. After a couple years of hard traveling, ex-cop Mona Bright inherits her long-dead mother's home in Wink, New Mexico. And the closer Mona gets to her mother's past, the more she understands that the people of Wink are very, very different....

    Lisa says: "You are entering the twighlight zone"
    "Needed better editting"
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    I listened to this via Audible. Didn't read the PB.

    I found it to be derivative. Clearly channeling Lovecraft's Great Old Ones. Also, some Dexter. Mona's "fuck" in every sentence was as tedious as Deb's.

    The story was good. The narrator was good. I didn't love the way Bennett told the story. It was inconsistent.

    I DID listen all the way through because I wanted to see where it was going, in spite of wishing he'd had a better editor.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Commuters

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Emily Gray Tedrowe
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    At 78, Winnie Easton has finally found love again with Jerry Trevis, a wealthy Chicago businessman who has moved to the small, upstate town of Hartfield, New York, to begin his life anew. But their decision to buy one of the town's biggest houses ignites anger and skepticism - as children and grandchildren take drastic actions to secure their own futures and endangered inheritances. With so much riding on Jerry's wealth, a decline in his physical health forces hard decisions on the family, renewing old loyalties while creating surprising alliances.

    Alan Kirk Gray says: "This captured me"
    "I just don't care"
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    I listened to this for 3 hours and finally quit because I simply didn't care about any of it. They aren't bad people and I'd probably have a nice chat with Winnie if I bumped into her in a coffee shop, but I could not listen to any more of their lives. It is ordinary people living ordinary lives of happinesses, confusions and struggle. I've already got one of those. Mr. Dietz' careful enunciation didn't make it any more riveting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1455)
    Performance
    (722)
    Story
    (718)

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "Leningrad in WWII was a hard place to be."
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    This is the story of a Jew caught out after curfew and a deserter from the Russian army. They are forced to work together for a week and they become friends in the process.

    This insiders' view of the privations and dangers of living in and around Leningrad, still thought of as St. Petersburg by the population, is well told. The characters are engaging. I wanted extra socks, a warm coat and a cup of something hot to drink the entire time I listened to it.

    It isn't always easy to hear. One part in particular had me cringing as I listened. And the disadvantage of listening rather than read is that you can't skip the hard stuff as easily.

    This isn't light, but it is very, very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5559)
    Performance
    (5185)
    Story
    (5181)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Yes, the title is a Star Trek reference"
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    This is fun. It takes a look at the lives of the crew of an Enterprise-like space ship when the camera is no longer on them. And then RUNS with it. It has adventure, explosions, dimension travel and a love story. What's not to love?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Folklore of Discworld

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Jacqueline Simpson
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (145)

    Most of us grow up having always known to touch wood or cross our fingers, and what happens when a princess kisses a frog or a boy pulls a sword from a stone, yet sadly, some of these things are now beginning to be forgotten. Legends, myths, and fairy tales: our world is made up of the stories we told ourselves about where we came from and how we got there. It is the same on Discworld, except that beings which on Earth are creatures of the imagination - like vampires, trolls, witches, and possibly, gods - are real, alive and in some cases kicking on the Disc.

    Sara says: "An interesting listen"
    "This is not a story"
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    I was expecting expansion of the myths and tall tales that are referred to by the characters of the DiscWorld. Instead, I found a comparative analysis of DiscWorld and Our World myths and legends.

    It isn't uninteresting, but it isn't what I expected.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (775)
    Story
    (782)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
    "Unabridged was a bad choice"
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    If I was editing this book now, I would take Hugo's soapbox away. Every day, there was a new rant about education, politics, religion, a new topic, a new rant. And they lasted for 2 hours.

    The narrator was good and I found the characters engaging. I finally gave up on the book because my interest in the characters was outweighed by the tedium of the sermons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (514)

    When the young orphan called Pip encounters the escaped convict Magwitch, the child's life is altered forever - in ways he cannot even imagine. In the course of his story, Pip encounters such memorable characters as the eccentric Miss Havisham and her beautiful ward Estella - and a mysterious benefactor. This recording includes both of the endings Dickens wrote for this classic novel.

    Jerry says: "Why a classic is a classic"
    "Dickens is better heard than read"
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    Was Great Expectations worth the listening time?

    I do not love Dickens. In my grandmother's words he never used one word when a thousand would do. Serial stories and being paid by the word did not improve his writing. Listening to it made that fact less onerous. And the last half is better than the beginning. I will never read it again, but I am glad that I know the whole story, now.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seraphina

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rachel Hartman
    • Narrated By Mandy Williams, Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (232)

    Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered.

    Shannon says: "Completely Inspiring Fantasy"
    "Shape changing dragons, oh my!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definitely. Hartman has a complete world here. The history and culture are complete, not created as she goes along. The characters are engaging, the relationships complex and real. I like the steam punk feel. I look forward to spending time with these characters, again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think I liked Seraphina's relationship with her uncle, Orma, the most.


    Have you listened to any of Mandy Williams and Justine Eyre ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but I did enjoy this one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not exactly. I didn't want to rush through so that it was over too quickly. But it was hard to stop.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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