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Kristen

Thank goodness for audio books. I can cook, clean, and drive and still "read".

CONCORD, NH, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mireille Guiliano
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (85)

    French women don't get fat, but they do eat bread and pastry, drink wine, and regularly enjoy three-course meals. In her delightful tale, Mireille Guiliano unlocks the simple secrets of this "French paradox", how to enjoy food and stay slim and healthy. Hers is a charming, sensible, and powerfully life-affirming view of health and eating for our times.

    Kristen says: "Bon appetit!"
    "Bon appetit!"
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    What made the experience of listening to French Women Don't Get Fat the most enjoyable?

    I put off reading this book for a long time. I thought it was just another diet book. However, after reading a book where "French Women Don't Get Fat" was referenced I decided to give it a go. I ended up loving it. It's not a diet book, it talks about a way of life. A holistic way of living. I think it was filled with a lot of good advice and good recipes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, Mireille of course!


    What does Kathe Mazur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    How to actually say the french words.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This is non-fiction, so I don't know if moving is an accurate word to describe it. However, it did inspire me to eat leeks for the first time in my life (and as it turns out, I LOVE them!). I also started walking to work and drinking a lot more water.


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly, I loved this book, but I think it would be better to have a hard copy because of all the recipes in it. I listened to it first and then bought the hardcover.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18807)
    Performance
    (12912)
    Story
    (12807)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Why is this a New York Times Best Seller?"
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    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    Davina Porter was good. Diana Gabaldon, only in a desperate situation.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not anything from the Outlander series.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Jamie.


    Did Outlander inspire you to do anything?

    Seriously? It was a romance book...what do you think?


    Any additional comments?

    I like a good romance book now and then, but at times this book got a little too graphic for me. The story line was okay, but I honestly don't understand why it gets such rave reviews.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1612)
    Performance
    (748)
    Story
    (765)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It is a truth universally acknowledged that anyone looking for a great listen won’t be able to resist Jane Austen’s delightful classic of love and manners in Regency England. Jane Austen's story of Mrs. Bennet's finding husbands for her daughters is told with wit and charm. A must for lovers of good literature. Commuters Library presents Pride and Prejudice read by Kate Reading.

    Victoria says: "loved it."
    "Classic."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Pride and Prejudice to be better than the print version?

    I definitely think listening to this book as opposed to reading it adds a different dimension.


    What other book might you compare Pride and Prejudice to and why?

    What immediately comes to mind is "Sense and Sensibility", both by Jane Austen. They are both a clear manifestation of the nineteenth century environment. Walks, parties, filagree and balls are the main focus of people’s lives.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Mr. Darcy confesses his love for Elizabeth!


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

    No, it wasn't riveting. But I enjoyed it just the same.


    1 of 1 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
    (7108)
    Performance
    (5050)
    Story
    (5039)

    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"
    "Heartbreaking."
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    Would you listen to The Kitchen House again? Why?

    Absolutely. The story was haunting, the characters intoxicating - it begs to be read again and again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kitchen House?

    All of it. Every moment was captivating. This is a book that I would just sit and listen to, because I had to know what was coming next.


    What does Orlagh Cassidy and Bahni Turpin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Soul.


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

    I already answered this question above: YES!


    Any additional comments?

    An absolute must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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