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Karen

Pinehurst, NC, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 8 reviews
  • 38 ratings
  • 146 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • Voyager

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7521)
    Performance
    (4726)
    Story
    (4692)

    Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

    Kathy says: "Hurry up! I want them all!"
    "Repeating Excellence"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I echo so many other comments about this series and the narrator whose insights into character create voices and intonations that make the listening excel in appreciation. I just downloaded the 4th book but this time I'm going to try to listen to a different book before I begin "Drums" if only to prolong the fact that at some point there will be an end to the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    Overall
    (3531)
    Performance
    (1928)
    Story
    (1931)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Buffalogal says: "Incredible"
    "Totally captivating"
    Overall

    From start to finish I was transported to Frank's world and viewed the impact of his love and the mystery of his loss through his eyes. Poetry in metaphors. Excellent narration - he fit Frank to a tee. it is not often that I sit in the car unwilling to turn off my ipod when listening to a book. This was one of those times. I've now purchased her other two and can't wait to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Inheritance of Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kiran Desai
    • Narrated By Meera Simhan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga lives an embittered old judge. He only wants to retire in peace, but then his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The judge's chatty cook watches over her, but his thoughts are mostly with his son, Biju, who is hop-scotching from one New York restaurant job to another. A novel of depth and emotion, Desai's second, long-awaited novel fulfills the grand promise established by her first.

    Bob says: "Gorgeous prose but grim"
    "Major Disappointment"
    Overall

    I listened for 5 hours and gave up. I had no sense of where this book was going - the characters were as uninteresting as the description of their everyday lives - Depressing. In the future I'll read more reviews before purchasing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3147)
    Performance
    (1324)
    Story
    (1323)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Surprising"
    Overall

    I questioned the vehicle for the book and initially found it unstimulating. But in short order the readers and the story took hold. I found the characters engaging, the story both delightful, and uplifting. I think listening to this book with all the different 'voices' was probably a better read for me than a hardcopy would have been. By the end I felt that i knew everyone personally and the island. Nicely done

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4718)
    Performance
    (1609)
    Story
    (1618)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Mesmerizing"
    Overall

    What a wonderful tale that unfolded from the two excellent and distinctive narrators. It was storytelling at its very best.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Life in France

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Julia Child, Alex Prud'Homme
    • Narrated By Flo Salant Greenberg
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    This memoir is laced with wonderful stories about the French character, particularly in the world of food, and the way of life that Julia Child embraced so wholeheartedly. Above all, she reveals the kind of spirit and determination, the sheer love of cooking, and the drive to share that with her fellow Americans that made her the extraordinary success she became.

    Nathan says: "To be admired"
    "Thank you, Julia"
    Overall

    What a wonderful gift Julia Child left us when she agreed to work with her nephew to finally put into words her life in France. I could visualize Julia speaking throughout the book and smiled.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (207)

    From the perilous ocean crossing to the shared bounty of the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim settlement of New England has become enshrined as our most sacred national myth. Yet, as best-selling author Nathaniel Philbrick reveals in his spellbinding new book, the true story of the Pilgrims is much more than the well-known tale of piety and sacrifice; it is a 55-year epic that is at once tragic, heroic, exhilarating, and profound.

    John M says: "Fascinating book about a little-understood time"
    "Removing the Blinders"
    Overall

    By the time I had listened to only the prologue this book had my full attention! As a former elementary teacher I hope that future history books will include the perspective and the facts presented here. Young people need the to know the background of their national heritage to be better informed for opinions in their adult futures. As it stands now - that doesn't exist in our schools. A Wonderful and enlightening book with a captivating narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The March: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By E.L. Doctorow
    • Narrated By Joe Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (110)

    Almost hypnotic in its narrative drive, The March stunningly renders the countless lives swept up in the violence of a country at war with itself. The great march in E.L. Doctorow's hands becomes something more, a floating world, a nomadic consciousness, and an unforgettable reading experience with awesome relevance to our own times.

    Jim E says: "Uncivil War"
    "Captivating"
    Overall

    I listened to the March on a 5 hour drive to Charleston And couldn't wait to get back into my car to continue with this moving, powerful and insightful novel. The narrator fit the book to a T. I likened the experience to watching a Ken Burns' documentary and was sorry to see it end.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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