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kgohl

WORCESTER, VT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 323 titles in library
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  • Rumpole and the Primrose Path

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (21)
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    (21)

    We last left Rumpole in his hospital bed after his sudden collapse in court. Now our hero finds himself in the Primrose Path nursing home - or a hospice as he persists in describing it. Things aren't looking good for Rumpole - until suddenly he begins to sense there's something wrong with the place, and all his intelligence and formidable insight into human behaviour come to the fore again.

    kgohl says: "Rumpole and Wallis--an excellent combination!"
    "Rumpole and Wallis--an excellent combination!"
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    After hearing others read Rumpole, I've come to appreciate Bill Wallis's rendering enormously. He gives Rumpole just the right combination of self-deprecation and bombast--so that I to continue to delight in hearing about Chateau Thames Embankment, the Timsons, QCs, and, of course, She Who Must Be Obeyed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust: Flavia de Luce, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (403)

    Flavia de Luce - "part Harriet the Spy, part Violet Baudelaire from Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" (The New York Times Book Review) - takes her remarkable sleuthing prowess to the unexpectedly unsavory world of Canadian boarding schools in the captivating new mystery from New York Times best-selling author Alan Bradley.

    Tomgotsue says: "A little disappointing"
    "Yaroo!"
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    Is that how you spell it? Well, in any case, I agree with an earlier reviewer that Alan Bradley and Jane Entwistle are a magical combination. And Flavia de Luce is my favorite character and series. More please.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (8308)
    Performance
    (2915)
    Story
    (2919)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Rebecca says: "A Blinkin' Good Read"
    "I see what he means"
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    I'm beginning to think Gladwell doesn't have a boring bone in his body. When I finished this book I immediately began it again, in part because I wanted to make sure I hadn't missed anything the first time but mainly because the topics are so compelling and the narrative so well constructed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (842)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (735)

    Emily Pollifax is one of a precious few gray-haired female sleuths who solve their cases through unflagging determination, moral courage and wisdom that comes with age. In "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax", Emily answers the call of that “nice Mr. Carstairs” to go to Istanbul as a courier and search for a missing agent.

    Coffee Lover says: "Wonderful story, perfect narration!"
    "It's okay"
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    I've enjoyed books 1 and 2, sort of, but Mrs. Pollifax is definitely not the American answer to Fowler of the UK's Bryant and May. I wanted to like the book but in the end was really only vaguely entertained. I guess Mrs. Pollifax isn't that amazing. I need to remember not to bother with book 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Luke Barr
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    Provence, 1970 is about a singular historic moment. In the winter of that year, more or less coincidentally, the iconic culinary figures James Beard, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Richard Olney, Simone Beck, and Judith Jones found themselves together in the South of France. They cooked and ate, talked and argued, about the future of food in America, the meaning of taste, and the limits of snobbery.

    Bohemian Bon Vivant says: "Superb Narration, Engrossing Tale"
    "What conversations they must have had!"
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    I found this book interesting reading for several reasons. The first is that it gave me more information about and insight into Richard Olney and M.F.K. Fisher, and their work. And then it brought them together with our more well known friends the Childs, Judith Jones, James Beard, and Simone Beck for various rousing encounters. This book was just an all around feast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Hike

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lawton Grinter
    • Narrated By Lawton Grinter
    Overall
    (42)
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    (35)
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    "I never set out to hike 10,000 miles. It just sort of happened over the course of a decade." And so goes Lawton Grinter's compelling collection of short stories that have been over ten years and 10,000 trail miles in the making. I Hike brings the reader trailside with blissful moments on the highest mountain ridges to the mental lows of mosquito hell and into some peculiar situations that even seasoned hikers may find unbelievable.

    Frank says: "Meh.....just OK"
    "Great hiking tales"
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    As a long-distance hiker and consumer of trail and adventure books, I found this short read to be entertaining, real, and a spur to get back on the trail, any trail. Many of the author's adventures are fun; some are compelling and useful. This book is a good midwinter read for those dreaming of hiking days to come.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Edmund White
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    When Edmund White moved to Paris in 1983, leaving New York City in the midst of the AIDS crisis, he was 43 years old, couldn’t speak French, and only knew two people in the entire city. But in middle age, he discovered the new anxieties and pleasures of mastering a new culture. When he left 15 years later to take a teaching position in the U.S., he was fluent enough to broadcast on French radio and TV, and in his work as a journalist, he’d made the acquaintance of everyone from Yves Saint Laurent to Catherine Deneuve to Michel Foucault.

    kgohl says: "Tiresome"
    "Tiresome"
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    Who would have thought Edmund White would be tiresome? I didn't believe other reviewers, but indeed I should have.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Andrea Lankford
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (187)
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    (187)

    The real stories behind the scenery of America’s national parks. For 12 years, Andrea Lankford lived in the biggest, most impressive national parks in the world, working a job she loved. She chaperoned baby sea turtles on their journey to sea. She pursued bad guys on her galloping patrol horse. She jumped into rescue helicopters bound for the heart of the Grand Canyon. She won arguments with bears. She slept with a few too many rattlesnakes. Hell yeah, it was the best job in the world! Fortunately, Andrea survived it.

    Charles says: "Cringeworthy"
    "People Magazine version of the National Parks"
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    As a longtime backpacker in places such as Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Glacier national parks, I made myself listen to the entire book, although I found it excruciating. The book is a mishmash and overwritten to the point that one almost cannot blame the narrator for her overly dramatic rendition of the narrative. This is the People Magazine version of important issues that have faced the Park Service for years. Books such as Over the Edge: Death in the Grand Canyon and Not without Peril: 150 Years of Misadventure in the White Mountains come at some of these issues more peripherally but perhaps with less high drama. This book is very overwritten.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Jewels of Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (62)

    Caterina Pellegrini is a native Venetian, and like so many of them, she’s had to leave home to pursue her career elsewhere, mostly abroad. With a doctorate in baroque opera from Vienna, she lands in Birmingham, England, as a research fellow and assistant professor. Birmingham, however, is no Venice, so when she gets word of a position back home, Caterina jumps at the opportunity. The job is an unusual one.

    Ruth says: "A "mystery" of a different sort, . ."
    "Let me be blunt"
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    This is a remarkably boring book. I generally enjoy Donna Leon's book, I enjoy slow books, including mysteries, but it's been almost three hours of listening and still little has happened. I don't know that I'll finish it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Miller
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (680)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (613)

    In 2003, software engineer David Miller left his job, family, and friends to hike 2,172 miles of the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller’s account of this thru-hike from Georgia to Maine. Listeners are treated to rich descriptions of the Appalachian Mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the rewards of taking a less conventional path through life. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about hiking gear and planning.

    Phillip says: "Most Informative Book on the AT"
    "Finally, a book by a competent hiker!"
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    A trope of many hiking books is how I hiked the Big Trail even though I'd never hiked before and was out of shape, started out with a pack full of useless stuff that I could hardly carry, and made a lot of other really stupid mistakes, until I gradually became competent and learned to love the trail. This theme gets old after a few books--no one, after all, can quite come up to Bill Bryson's level of incompetence or hilarity--so I was delighted to begin a hiking book in which the author was fit for the trail and knew what he was doing. And I continued to enjoy it. The author is one of those guys who regularly puts in 20-mile days--after all, he's there to hike--and doesn't seem to be a jerk to boot. I recommend this piece of hiking literature; it'll give you a feel for hiking the AT without having to hear some of the usual hiker neuroses.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tarquin Hall
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (319)

    Dr. Suresh Jha, best known for unmasking fraudulent swamis and godmen, dies in a fit of giggles at his morning yoga class when goddess Kali appears from the mist and plunges a sword into his chest. The only one laughing now is the main suspect, a powerful guru named Maharaj Swami, who seems to have done away with his most vocal critic.

    Carolyn says: "Fun and entertaining"
    "A dose of the subcontinent"
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    Having spent a number of years around a diverse group of Indians but never having traveled to India, I find this series utterly charming. The book stands up well as a murder mystery (unless you like a little gore and sadism in your mysteries), and the characters are real and lovely. Please record more of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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