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Kristen Giles

Kea Giles (Asmus)

Boulder, CO, USA | Member Since 2011

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  • 6 reviews
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  • 3 purchased in 2014
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  • Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gretchen Rubin
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (107)

    One Sunday afternoon, as she unloaded the dishwasher, Gretchen Rubin felt hit by a wave of homesickness. Homesick - why? She was standing right in her own kitchen. She felt homesick, she realized, with love for home itself. “Of all the elements of a happy life,” she thought, “my home is the most important.” In a flash, she decided to undertake a new happiness project, and this time, to focus on home. And what did she want from her home? A place that calmed her and energized her. A place that, by making her feel safe, would free her to take risks.

    Jamie says: "Worthwhile Follow-Up to The Happiness Project"
    "Without Gretchen Rubin's Voice..."
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    I listened to The Happiness Project and really liked that it was read by the author. This one, however, is read by someone else. Kathe Mazur I'm sure has good intentions, but she reads the book like it is a book of poetry or a book of proverbs. Every word is treated as important. And the fact that it's not Gretchen Rubin's voice even though it's her words (and having listened to a whole book by her already) is jarring and disconcerting. I have not been able to get past the first hour and a half. I used to listen to the book while getting ready for work in the morning and eating breakfast, but now I prefer silence or reading. I'll try to get back into it -- but Gretchen, I wish you had read this one too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Society's Child: My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janis Ian
    • Narrated By Janis Ian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (399)

    Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

    Pamela says: "I know why this won the grammy"
    "Excellent Audio Performance - Great Book"
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    Janis Ian narrates her own book so well that I "couldn't put it down." Well done. It's a gripping biography, interesting & insightful. And Ian does a good job of sharing trauma without being maudlin. I did find the book somewhat stressful though *spoiler alert* - one story after another of pain and trauma and let-downs almost made me want to stop listening. But, as they say, it all turned out OK in the end -- though it's not the end -- she will have to put out a second book to cover the next 20 years or thereabouts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Speed of Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (176)

    In the near future, disease will be a condition of the past. Most genetic defects will be removed at birth; the remaining during infancy. Unfortunately, there will be a generation left behind. For members of that missed generation, small advances will be made. Through various programs, they will be taught to get along in the world despite their differences. They will be made active and contributing members of society. But they will never be normal.

    Andrew says: "Totally Recommended!"
    "Fantastic, especially with storyline around autism"
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    Well read by Jay Snyder, this book takes the reader into the mind and life of an autistic man in the near future. If you know someone who is autistic, or who has Asperger's syndrome, you'll feel at home with the character and get some good insight into how your friend, husband, son, or daughter might think. I especially liked the part about comparing an autistic person's facial recognition and other types of perception to that of a blind person. Also, good insight into how other people treat folks who think differently, who act differently.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Handkerchief Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Anne Douglas
    • Narrated By Lesley Mackie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    . She is content there until, suddenly, she must make decisions that will change everything. Fraser Kyle, the owner of the florist’s, proposes marriage. Should she accept, or renew her childish love for Mark Lindsay the doctor from the orphanage who first showed Shona the Handkerchief Tree that inspired her?

    Kristen Giles says: "Beautifully read, good storyline"
    "Beautifully read, good storyline"
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    This book is beautifully read by Lesley Mackie, whose voice adds depth to the story. It's a good story -- I listened to it almost straight through (with a few breaks). I highly recommend the book but even more so any other book read by Lesley Mackie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Until Tuesday

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Narrated By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (547)

    A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalvan never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home, however, the pressures of his physical wounds, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. In constant physical pain, he soon found himself unable to climb a simple flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the VA hospital. He drank; he argued; he cut himself off from those he loved. Then Luis met Tuesday, a beautiful and sensitive golden retriever....

    Char says: "Very Good Book"
    "Wonderful, Terrible, Heartbreaking, Heartwarming"
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    From my blog: What amazes me most about the audio version is that Montalván had the courage to read the book himself.

    Montalván has an excellent speaking voice, not too deep, not too soft, but not loud either. Soft as if he were petting Tuesday while doing the narration. A little gravelly like some of the desert sand had come home with him in his voice. Listening to Montalván tell the most painful part of his story, I almost wanted to say, “Stop, stop! You don’t have to relive it again just to narrate this book. Get someone else to do this part.” But I’m glad Montalván was the sole voice in the book; he creates a real connection with his listener. I know I will listen to the book again; maybe several times.

    But the best part, maybe, maybe the best part… Should I tell you? There’s kind of an “Easter egg” at the end. You find out again that Tuesday is a real dog. Listen to the book, and be prepared to giggle, yes giggle, with the unexpected punctuation, the audio paw-print that says, I hope, “And they lived happily ever after.”

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2064)
    Performance
    (1370)
    Story
    (1371)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "Excellent, but prepare for much crying"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book to anyone, except for those who have recently lost a pet.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dog's Purpose?

    Well, I can't say because that would give it away...


    What about George K. Wilson’s performance did you like?

    Well, the voice of the dogs, and the cadence and erudition.


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

    Yes. Twice the book had me sobbing for about 30 minutes each, but I can't say when because that would give away the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm really happy I bought this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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