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Kim Ingham

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  • In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (291)

    The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the 19th century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the 20th. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

    Kimberly says: "Good book, poor editing ..."
    "High Adventure"
    Overall

    I have NOT listened to this audiobook but I read the hard copy when it came out and it was gripping. I can only imagine that if it is narrarated well, it will be a thrilling audio.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (4060)
    Performance
    (3545)
    Story
    (3514)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Soooo Booooring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made 1Q84 better?

    Moving faster


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Can't get to the end. Never quit a book but I am about to quit this one!


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators???s performances?

    The narration was fine.


    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
    (4784)
    Performance
    (1671)
    Story
    (1679)

    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"
    "Best Debut Novel"
    Overall

    I was skeptical after reading some of the reviews on this book - especially since it is a debut. Well, I sure am glad I decided to listen. The first 15 - 20 minutes almost convinced me that people must be right - but DON'T let those first few minutes sway you - have a few more minutes of patience and this book will grab you! Wow what a debut - I find it hard to think that Ms. Setterfield can top this!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3627)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (964)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "You'll burn more gas!!"
    Overall

    This is a fantastic book. Yes, there is a bit of
    a language barrier for the narrator (in various pronunciations) but I do not think it took away from the wonderful story in any way. The narrator's voice is so smooth and flowing that you cannot help but sink into this audible totally. I, like others, found that I just wanted to keep riding around instead of going home so I could keep listening. (Not a good thing to get in the habit of with gas prices so high.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Crazyladies of Pearl Street

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Trevanian
    • Narrated By Lee Leoncavallo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Legendary writer Trevanian brings readers his most personal novel yet: a funny, deeply felt, often touching autobiographical novel destined to become a classic American coming-of-age story.

    Kim Ingham says: "A walk down memory lane"
    "A walk down memory lane"
    Overall

    I have never read anything else by this author so I was skeptical about this book but it was delightful. It is rich in "signs of the time" and the reality of a child's imagination that is trying to cope with pressures and guilt, most of it self-imposed out of a sense of responsibility. Trevanian has captured the essence of growing up in poverty in a small city. I found so many things that related to my own childhood that at times I could still feel the burden and I think the only escape was to develop a rich imagination. I hated the story to end. A lot of books written about this time frame are written from a rural setting and we see how hard it is to run the farm or make a living from the land - this gives an urban view from the eyes of an intelligent ambitious young boy.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Cab

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By James Nichol
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    A terrified 3-year-old boy is found clinging to a wire fence at the side of a country road. His mother had whispered to him to never let go, then she vanished. The only clue found by authorities as to the child's identity is a photograph of two summering teenage girls and a letter presumably written from one to the other.

    Mary says: "suspense, murderous insanity to the extreme"
    "Very disappointing"
    Overall

    I read reviews from other sites and decided to have a listen anyway -
    "This was the worst book I think I've ever had on audio - and that would be many." I guess the "overall" story was alright but the narration was terrible. The details seemed meaningless AND endless - this is the first book I wished I had downloaded the abridged version of!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sammy's Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kristin Gore
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Comedy writer and middle daughter of Al Gore, Kristin Gore has written a funny and moving debut novel about life on Capitol Hill as seen through the eyes of Samantha Joyce, a 26-year-old health care analyst to Ohio Junior Senator Robert Gary. Hard working, idealistic, extremely competent, as well as neurotic and prone to daydreaming, Sammy, as she's known to her friends, has little time for anything, much less a relationship.

    Vicki says: "Not Funny at All!"
    "Enjoyable listen!"
    Overall

    No, it's not an intense drama about DC life or the funniest book I've ever read but it was enjoyable nonetheless. Yes, the character pretends she's armless, blind and stricken with various other anomalies but who of us haven't wondered what life would be like if we were stricken? So Sammy plays them out a little. She's a young girl living on her own in a new and fast paced situation and she has a hard time thinking she's worthy of such a position. It's comical and I found myself laughing several times on my way to work - that itself has to be a feat! She does get in some sneaky political statements but they even tend to provoke a smile. It's great for a lighthearted listen.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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