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Kerry

Vetts27

LYNNWOOD, WA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17655)
    Performance
    (13513)
    Story
    (13458)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "It's 30 Rock, but real."
    Overall

    I love 30 Rock. I love Tina's sense of humor. This book did not disappoint.... At times, her life mirrors 30 Rock and her sense of humor reflects the show, but overall, it was enjoyable.

    Tina also has some interesting points on life, how to relate to people and how to manage effectively. I would recommend this audiobook to my friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • False Colours

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (152)

    The honourable Christopher Fancot, on leave from the Diplomatic Service in the summer of 1817, is startled to find his entrancing but incorrigibly extravagant mother on the brink of financial and social ruin - and more than alarmed that his identical twin, Evelyn, Earl of Denville, has disappeared without trace. Christopher, or Kit, the respectable brother, is forced into an outrageous masquerade by his wayward family's tangled affairs. But in the face of Evelyn's continued absence, even Kit's ingenuity is stretched to the limit.

    Carol says: "Wow! A great listen!"
    "Weak."
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    This book attempted to be charming and period-based... it ended up being ridiculous and shallow, with obnoxious characters that you long to kill off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17680)
    Performance
    (15720)
    Story
    (15673)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "A great find!"
    Overall
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    Stephen King always surprises me with his writing talent. He spins tales and characters that you can relate to and believe in. The narrator did a great job (I gave 4 stars due to what developed into an annoying female-ish voice for one of the characters).

    The one thing I had forgotten is that Stephen King has made his name in the horror genre. At points (3 or four times in the book), his story turns past gruesome to horrifying... and as someone looking to spend time enjoying a book during my commute, parts of this story were really rough. Keep King's roots in mind if/when you buy this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2598)
    Performance
    (1861)
    Story
    (1880)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "Painful."
    Overall
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    I feel terrible writing this, but the narrator was painful to listen to. I wanted to listen to Brave New World as a refresher, since I haven't read it since school. I thought the audio book was a perfect way to do that... but the narrator was terrible. His reading voice is fine, nearly pleasant, but the voices he makes for his characters are uncomfortable at best. Honestly, the best way I can describe it is when Andy from The Office does his awful Cockney impersonation and it goes terribly, terribly wrong from there.

    Mr. York, if you ever read this (which I doubt you will), I'm sorry for being so brutal. Please accept my apologies.

    The book itself is great. It's an awesome dystopian scenario, cautioning against losing respect for individual human lives and human rights. Loved the book. I'm returning the Audible version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2527)
    Performance
    (2324)
    Story
    (2314)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "Hated the story, LOVED the listen."
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    I listen to audiobooks on my drive to work, so when I saw that Colin Firth read this, I was thrilled.

    That said, the story was not worth the listen. The protagonist's struggle with love vs lust vs hate seemed convoluted and contrary to any Judeo-Christian moral code. I was mainly left with a sense of pity. I do not mean to pass judgement, but the existence was so bleak there didn't seem to be a reason for the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4690)
    Performance
    (2446)
    Story
    (2484)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Makes you want to run an ultra!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book tells the tale of a man on a search for the perfect run... it's amusing, inspiring and motivating. I really enjoyed it. I also think it would be a great book for a non-runner looking for motivation and an amusing tale.

    One problem, though. The author really thinks himself a WRITER, complete with overuse of metaphors. It became a little annoying, but I'm willing to blame that on me being much too picky.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6855)
    Performance
    (4825)
    Story
    (4814)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Quite enjoyable"
    Overall
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    I really enjoyed this book. I first looked at it because I loved The Help, which, by the way is FANTASTIC in audiobook form. The Kitchen House wasn't quite up to The Help, but I did enjoy it and found myself driving more slowly to gain more listening time.

    The narration is impeccable, the story is endearing and catches your attention. I would definitely recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen, Davina Porter, Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1431)
    Performance
    (669)
    Story
    (677)

    The child of a scheming father and ruthless mother, Lady Jane Grey is born during a time when ambition dictates action. Cousin to Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, she is merely a pawn in a political and religious game in which one false step means a certain demise. But Lady Jane has remarkable qualities that help her to withstand the constant pressures of the royal machinery far better than most expect.

    Jt says: "Superior listen!"
    "Blech."
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    I enjoyed this tale for the first several hours... and then it turned righteous. The main character turned from likeable to preachy and I actually disliked the change enough that I didn't finish the book.

    I really wanted to like this audiobook. I didn't.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13311)
    Performance
    (5734)
    Story
    (5808)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "It gets even better"
    Overall
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    Story

    When I started this audiobook, I had a hard time listening to it, as it deals with old age and nursing homes and I had just lost my grandmother. A friend encouraged me to continue it, and I'm so glad I did. The characters were realistic and endearing... I'm really glad I took the time to listen!

    0 of 0 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
    (3175)
    Performance
    (1355)
    Story
    (1354)

    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!"
    "It's like listening to a good friend"
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    I loved this audiobook. I purchased it to drive across Washington state... and it made the time fly. I highly recommend the book, you love the characters and their stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26971)
    Performance
    (13600)
    Story
    (13648)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "LOVED IT."
    Overall
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    I was not sold on this book by reading the descriptions, but the reviews tempted me. I LOVED this book. They have several readers who really help bring the story to life. It is a well-written reflection of southern culture and I really enjoyed listening to it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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