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Karen R. Dill

WEBSTER, NC, US | Member Since 2012

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  • 4 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 55 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • The Sense of an Ending: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (817)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (698)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumor, and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Chris Reich says: "Stunning. I'm Guilty. Are You?"
    "Wonderful story!"
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    Would you listen to The Sense of an Ending again? Why?

    Yes, there were so many good lines and thoughts. I actually bought the book after listening just to reread the many great thoughts.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the beauty of the story--aging and endings--and the way the reader brought it to life.


    What about Richard Morant’s performance did you like?

    He reads in a slow and melodic way..perfect match to the flow of the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me think!


    Any additional comments?

    LOVE this selection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (291)

    When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

    Mary McCarthy says: "a thoughtful and often hilarious journey"
    "Interesting journey"
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    Where does Breakfast with Buddha rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rate it as one of the top stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator was excellent. The story was both funny and insightful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The bowling scene when the guru discovers fun!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    NO.


    Any additional comments?

    The plot was a little weak but interesting enough to keep me looking forward to the next chapter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5887)
    Performance
    (5101)
    Story
    (5092)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Fascinating story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Beautiful Ruins the most enjoyable?

    The story was interesting and the narration was excellent. I enjoyed the movie history element.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the Italian characters...both funny and well-developed.


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

    The accents enriched each character. He is an amazing reader.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not extreme--just enjoyed the experience and looked forward to hearing each episode.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10647)
    Performance
    (9780)
    Story
    (9829)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Great story."
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    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was among the best. Surprised as I thought it would be for young adults only but held my interest.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fault in Our Stars?

    Loved the ending though sad.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favorite?

    Hazel.


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

    Hazel and Gus' trip to Amsterdam.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed the audio so much that I bought the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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